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Val-Dieu Grand Cru - Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu

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Val-Dieu Grand CruVal-Dieu Grand Cru

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BA SCORE
92
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293 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 293
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 45
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-02-2006

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Photo of JayQue
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good Quad!! Pours a hazy mahogany brown color into my Chimay goblet. Very little light comes through at the base of the glass. Fairly big off-white head ( good for this abv level) with better than average retention. Plenty of filmy lacing on the glass. Strong aroma of dark fruit (raisins, plums and some cherry), malt and some Belgian yeast and candi sugar.

Flavor is more of the same with the dark fruit and malt most dominant with the yeast and sweetness taking a less prominent role. Very flavorful, not a whole lot of spices but the flavor is strong and very appealing.

Mouthfeel is rich and smooth with a little alcohol presence, warming with just a little bite. The sweetness is just right.

Just a step below my favorites, such as St Bernadus abt 12 and Westvleteren. Relly good Quad.

Mouthfeel

Photo of Premo88
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

25.4 oz. bottle poured into Orval goblet
(courtesy of good friends back from a Belgian vacation)

L: clear brown -- MUCH clearer than any quad I've seen; 1/3-inch tan foam; keeps a nice half skin of foam and active bubbly collar; burnt orange up to light

S: dark fruit ... raisins, plums ... toasted fruit cake; molasses ... LOTS of molasses; smell just a hint of alcohol/red wine; toasted honey-roasted nuts (gets a bit of a nutty note)

T: red wine, grapes, very sweet raisins, dates -- very sweet and fruity even when it tastes on the darker side of the range of abbey ale malt flavors, basically getting more molasses than licorice; does show a little licorice in there at times

F: fantastic ... bubbly midweight and easy going down; some might say a bit light for a quad, but I'm saying perfect

O: a bit sweet and definitely darker -- the licorice note exists, though it's not omnipotent here -- but hard not to say it's quite yummy. fun getting a chance to try it straight from foreign lands. it's not anything I'd go to great lengths to find, but good brew.

Photo of barczar
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very raisiny and prune dominant in aroma, with rich melanoidin character and toasty malt.

Flavor echoes, but is more dry than expected, with a bit of alcohol bite.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of keithmurray
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - eggplant colour body with white head

Smell - raisins, plums, figs, sherry, port

Taste - plums, figs, raisin, sherry, port, nutmeg, blackberry, grapes

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, medium carbonation, slight sweetness upfront from the dark fruits, spices from the belgian yeast on the back end

Overall - this is a great Quad - I would dare to say this is right up there with St Bernardus Abt 12 and Rochefort 10. very well done. I would easily re-visit this

Price Point - $10.95/750ML bottle

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4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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3.4/5  rDev -18.3%

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4.3/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.8/5  rDev +15.4%

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3.16/5  rDev -24%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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3.06/5  rDev -26.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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1/5  rDev -76%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Bierman9
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%

I swung into Cafe Frape in Maastricht on 29SEP14 for a libation or two... While perusing their extensive menu, the friendly owner suggested I try this offering, fresh on tap. Sure, why not? A 0.33l chalice was priced at €3.75. Quite reasonable...

The glass was filled with a dark, deep chestnut-hued bier; quite opaque all in all. Had a layer of fine, tan foam which ebbed to a thin coating along with some solid lacing. Aroma was of sweetish dark fruit, like raisins and dates, with a splash of cherry. It was medium-plus body-wise, and silky smooth passing across the tongue.

Flavor also had a pleasing level of sweetness, with LOTS of dark fruit present. I found raisins, dates, currants and cherries mixed in, with some mild hopping at the finish. A super bier! I loved it and bought three, plus was comped a fourth from the owner. Much obliged, my friend!! Zum Wohl!!

4.35/5 rDev +4.1%
look: 4.20 | smell: 4.10 | feel: 4.15 | taste: 4.45 | drinkability: 4.50

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4.3/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.56/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.1/5  rDev -25.5%

Photo of argock
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured from a 750 ml brown bottle 3 ways into a clear tulip. No freshness date (on label says to look at cork) and cork has "REF -- 18" labeled. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Very dark brown with amber edge ringed by a 1/2-finger beige head that falls away pretty quickly but leaves a thin line of lacing. (3.5)

S: Big fruity malt aromas of fig and dark purple/black grape mixed with brown sugar and some molasses. Hops are not really there. Yeast esters are light but carry the fruitiness with minimal phenols and minimal to no hot alcohol. (4)

T: Stellar flavor with delicious sweet graham cracker cookie, fig, brown sugar, and light molasses. It really has a lot of Fig Newton notes. Hops provide moderate bitterness to this big beer. Yeast flavors are minimal and alcohol is very well-hidden. A masterful quad with a good balance of bitterness and malty dark fruit sweetness. (4.5)

M: A very drinkable beer with moderate viscosity with a little bit of syrupy fading to medium body, light carbonation overall, a delight to drink. (4.25)

O: A grand beer with big malty flavors, balanced evenly with bitterness and with abundant dark fruity notes. A really nice classic quadrupel that puts many to shame and drinks more like a BSDA with its medium body and low-medium carbonation. Val-Dieu brings it again and it is one of the unsung Belgian breweries in my opinion. I expect excellence from them and again they have delivered!

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Val-Dieu Grand Cru from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
92 out of 100 based on 293 ratings.