Val-Dieu Grand Cru - Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
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4.68/5 rDev +12%
On tap at 6 & Save in New Kensington, PA.
Poured into a goblet very dark, looked medium-bodied, with a thin dusting & ring of head. Ruby highlights. Full lacing, like the inside of the glass was coated in gauze.
Smells of dark, rich fruit: cherry, grape. Like a pudding.
Taste is fab! Rich, candied fruit, bready, spices like cinnamon & sugar. Under that is kind of a crispy, biscuity malt character reminiscent of an Oktoberfest, gives it a little backbone. Some caramel pops up. Wonderful.
The mouthfeel is full, kind of sticky sweet, to be expected.
This was delicious. Did not find the alcohol imposing, or even really noticeable. This is like a rich dessert: one is plenty, but you can't help yourself going back for another helping.
12-23-2009 12:17:49 | More by OneDropSoup
4.68/5 rDev +12%
Served on-tap At brigid's in Philadelphia, PA.
Pours a dark purple/black almost prune-like color with a thin off-white foamy head. Aroma is dominated by chocolate maltiness, dark fruit and toast. Very smooth drinking beer that masks the high abv very well. Smooth creamy maltiness lasts throughout with dark chocolate, fig, toast, caramel and toffee notes. Slight dry finish.
12-01-2008 09:02:11 | More by corby112
4.65/5 rDev +11.2%
Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a goblet..
Nice dark color, nearly black, with a great aroma, slightly fruity, slightly malty, slight alcohol aroma but did not overpower the aroma...
the taste was the best part for me, which is, of course, very important...could taste the fruitiness, malt and hops, and could taste that the alcohol was there, but again, not overpowering...very easy to drink
for a beer that is 10.5% alcohol, this is very smooth, and i definitely put it right up with the other quadrupels i have tried, 3 philosophers and st. bernardus...great beer, pick it up if you ever find it..
01-26-2007 17:34:51 | More by csteeves
4.65/5 rDev +11.2%
A: Poured a deep purplish color with good carbonation leaving a nice dirty cap and bubbles, some lacing
S: Sweet candy, loads of fruit(grapes, lighter prunes, figs, very nice
T: Amazing. The moment I sipped this I said "Wow". Very tasty. Loads of nice dark grapes, not overly ripe but fresh, some figs, raisins and a light prune, some candy sugar, brown sugar, molasses. So sweet and easy toi drink. The booze is light but no way did it taste at 10%. Killer beer.
M: Medium body, not heavy, booze is masked well, loads of flavor
O: I believe this sets the standard for Gran Cru's. I found it to be awesome and it beer be at $9
07-06-2011 01:53:10 | More by barleywinefiend
4.63/5 rDev +10.8%
A - Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Pours dark garnet/raisin with a booming, creamy khaki head that sloooowly dissipates.
S - Dark fruits, malt, dark brown Belgian candy sugar.
T - Really amazingly rich and detailed. Tons of dark fruits, prunes, raisins, dark brown sugar, molasses, cinnamon, nutmeg, a really dark abbey ale quality.
M - Creamy, velvety, decent carbonation.
07-08-2009 03:50:28 | More by HeyItsChili
4.63/5 rDev +10.8%
This pours a deep mahogany color with a silky beige head. Very nice lacing as well. The nose is very fruity with a sweet candy, bready malts and a good amount of peppery yeasts. The flavor is full of ripe earthy fruits, spicy yeasts, biscuity malts and chocolate. Creamy body is well carbonated and suits this style perfectly. A rich yet well balanced brew from Val Dieu. I'll have to try the triple next.
09-18-2008 02:14:38 | More by rye726
British Columbia (Canada)
4.63/5 rDev +10.8%
A: 1/2" tan coloured head that remained and left a nice lacing over a deep and rich coloured dark brown liquid. The carbonation was steady. Beautiful.
S: Very sweet. Strong Belgian yeast smells of cherries, figs, plums and pears dominate the smell profile.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell. Very sweet with flavours of figs, plums, cherries, dark grapes and some pears on the back end. The malt is sweet and biscuity with a hint of toffee. I would give it perfect marks taste-wise, however, I found it to be a little too sweet and just a faint bit metallic on the back end.
M: Medium to thick viscosity and a high level of fine carbonation.
O: A beautiful beer that ranks up there with some of the best Quads and Belgian Strong Dark Ales that I have tried.
01-26-2012 23:53:10 | More by DaftCaskBC
4.61/5 rDev +10.3%
Poured from a corked and caged bottle into a Rochefort chalice. It's a deep, dark brown pour; clear when held up to the light. I get a nice lacing of khaki head that dissipates down to a thin film with lacing around the edges, but doesn't ever seem to vanish completely. The nose is divine. It has all the indications of a fantastic quad. There are big sweet bready notes, sugary cakes fresh from the oven, chocolate, and figs soaked in rum with fudge. Simply heaven.
One sip of this one and I was staggered. Full body and an overload of sweet, boozy, dessert-like flavors. Tons of spice cake, dark fruits, and brownies, all swimming in port. It's very reminiscent of Pannepot, only with a bit more booziness up front. The sweet flavors are so intense, it keeps catching you by surprise (even after several sips). As the beer warms a bit and de-gasses, the port-like notes start to deepen a bit on the back of the palate and the booziness starts to seem more tempered. Either that, or it's the buzz kicking in.
This beer is like a dessert and after-dinner liqueur all rolled into one. My only gripe is that the booziness, while delightful, is perhaps just a bit too prevalent and lends the beer a somewhat cloying character, reducing the drinkability. Perhaps my palate is just too sensitive and is over-reacting to too much of a good thing. At any rate, this is certainly one of the best quads I have had yet. A delightful drinking experience I must recommend to every fan of the style.
07-21-2013 13:40:42 | More by deadonhisfeet
4.6/5 rDev +10%
A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. had a dark brown color and a cloudy consistency. There was a two inch, off white, foamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.
S: A big aroma of dark fruit, yeast, sugar, and malt.
T: Tasted of Belgian yeast, toffee, malt, dark fruit (plums, raisins), and some spices (pepper). Slightly boozy, but not overwhelmingly so. A very focused, complex and powerful flavor.
M: A highly carbonated beer with a smooth, prickly finish. Medium-bodied.
O: One of the best Quadrupels I've tried in a while (or ever). Very, very drinkable.
08-09-2012 13:30:14 | More by avalon07
4.58/5 rDev +9.6%
I’ve wanted to sample this ale for a while, finally found a bottle at a shop in Maine. 25.4 oz. bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.
Appearance: Murky dark brown with a very nice tan head, building to about an inch. Very nice lacing.
Smell: Very nice on the nose, dark fruit, some vinous characteristics, plus some hints of spice. As the beer warms the aromas become richer and more intense. This beer smells as good as St. Bernardus Abt 12 (maybe even a bit better).
Taste: Very rich flavor profile, the same as the nose plus some chocolate. As the beer warms the flavors really develop, again similar to the Abt. 12 with the wine like characteristics really adding to my enjoyment of this beer.
Mouthfeel: Pleasant on the palate, good carbonation, and smooth but maybe not quite as smooth as the Abt. 12.
Overall: Very, very good, in fact much better than I anticipated. This beer may very well end up in my top 10 quad/Bsda’s.
09-03-2011 16:46:31 | More by BobZ
4.53/5 rDev +8.4%
Belgian from Belgium.
Lighter in color than most Quads.
Fresh sent. Fresh flavor, notes of light apple and grain.
abv was 10.5 but you could only taste 8. kind of cloudy appearance, not unlike Erdinger.
Would go perfectly on a picnic, or another hot day when you normally would not want to bottoms up a quad.
09-05-2008 03:55:29 | More by jisom123
4.53/5 rDev +8.4%
Served in the small Val Dieu Grand Cru goblet, it's dark brownish red with a big light tan head, creamy on the edges but some bigger bubbles in the middle, leaving heavy sheets of foam. On draught (at La Trappe in San Francisco), which normally is a nail in the coffin for the style, but really didn't hurt the head much at all here.
Smell is strong rich malt, big grape flavors, but an equally assertive spicy ester, as well as perceived dryness. Very unique and distinguished for the style.
Taste is pretty smooth, rich, but really not as intense as the noes, which is first a let down. Still, it's pretty full, lot's of special B like raisin notes, red wined, with some noble hop spice, grass, light hints of bread pudding and caramel, alcohol character.
Mouthfeel is highly digestible, medium light body, with a bit of a dry chalkiness as well. Super smooth.
Drinkability is pretty good, one of the fruiter quads, big flavor without being a palate buster. The light body also really drives home what a benchmark example this is of the style.
03-26-2009 21:34:36 | More by ccrida
4.53/5 rDev +8.4%
Served in a glass that was a cross between a flute and a tulip. Poured a very dark brown, really light black, with 3/4 of an inch of tan head that had good retention and lacing.
The aroma was a slightly sweet blend of malt and fruity scents, not really any yeast on the nose. the flavors were also rich and dark, featuring a bit of fruit, solid malts and a bit of yeast.
The body was full, rich and smooth. Drinkability was great, couldn't be better. Overall, a true gem of a beer, worth seeking out.
06-02-2010 19:29:12 | More by beertunes
4.5/5 rDev +7.7%
An excellent offering from Val-Dieu. Ale pours with a nice ruby brown hue and thick frothy
foamy head that leaves significant lacing. An exceptional nose of dark plums, Belgian candy
sugars, dark cherries, sweet earthy breads, and light Belgian spices of coriander and anise.
Taste is unbelievable. Dark fruits wash over the palate in waves....plums, figs, black raisins,
and that wonderful sweet Belgian candy sugar. Alcohol is far from present on the nose but
well represented on the back with coriander and a hint of sweet orange. Sweet finish that
lasts long and full. A sweet treat for all Belgian lovers. A WOW kind of experience.
Best of the Val-Dieu's I have had. Outstanding. One of the best ales I have had this year to
08-15-2014 23:01:17 | More by Brutaltruth
Val-Dieu Grand Cru from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
93 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.