1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Val-Dieu Grand CruVal-Dieu Grand Cru

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

282 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 282
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 46
Gots: 17 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-02-2006)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 282 | Reviews: 142 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of ejcardenas322
1/5  rDev -76%

ejcardenas322, Oct 23, 2014
Photo of craftbeerasian
1.75/5  rDev -57.9%

craftbeerasian, May 17, 2014
Photo of alfistheman
2.45/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

750ML bottle, with 2/11 drink by date on cork
Good appearance, light brown semi transparent with good amount of lacing.
Smell is of fruits and chocolate, hard to seperate the complexity.
There is an immediate off taste that over powers the taste of the malt and yeast... is that dextrose? I drink natural ice time to time and I know that offending flavor... Maybe the Belgium call it sucrose... but I believe thats a different flavor, more sweet than chemical like adjunct. This tastes like adjunct and it over powers all the other flavors... i get a little hint of chocolate on the after taste and a big alcohol bite which is expected at 10.5%
The mouthfeel is pretty good, bubbly carbination, little oily but thats what caries the after taste... the mouthfeel is only thing even coming close to saving this!
Drinkability... well it was a 750ml and I won't be buying it again. I had to force myself to get the last glass down. My GF didn't like it either and agreed it had a Macro American taste even though its from Belgium.
Can't believe the reviews give this an A! This is the only Val-Dieu offering i've had... and the only Quad but this doesn't come close to american belgium offerings from Allagash and Ommegang.

alfistheman, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of mendvicdog
2.75/5  rDev -33.9%

mendvicdog, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of dasenebler
2.83/5  rDev -32%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml, Netherlands, best by cork date 03/12.

Brooding brown, very dark. Great head laces with some serious staying power.

Aroma is quite bready and warmly spicy. Dark fruit notes.

The flavor is not terrible, I just find it too sweet and flawed in the end, sort of like the beer hasn't finished fermenting yet. Lots of brown sugar and toffee, coupled with slight dark cherry flavors. That's it really. I was expecting more depth. Alcohol and spices start to kick in as the beer comes to room, but overall the alcohol is well-disguised. Slick and oily mouthfeel. Soft, creamy carbonation.

This beer succeeds in every aspect except the most important: flavor. Maybe this bottle needed more age. Yet, with a cork date of 3/12, I would expect this to have been bottled in 2008 or earlier, so it should really be much more drinkable than it is.

dasenebler, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.98/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours from the corked and caged bottle a chocolate brown color with a large, dense and creamy, stark white head. Tons of lacing. The head is almost like a large marshmallow on top of the beer. Very nice indeed.

Aroma was slightly sour and yeasty. Not typical of other quads I have had. This one lacks the sweetness and candi sugar.

A little more sweetness in the flavor. Yeast, dark fruits, and a sort of cola flavor like cardamom. Interesting flavor.

Although the head is large and dense, the carbonation is rather low. This was decent but tasted like Coke with yeast. Cant say it is my favorite or even one of the best of the style.

SaCkErZ9, May 27, 2009
Photo of Kahlerbock
3/5  rDev -27.9%

Kahlerbock, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of 2neardead
3/5  rDev -27.9%

2neardead, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of ArrogantB
3.05/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle $10. I have always passed up Val Dieu beers and for some reason this caught my eye. Maybe it was the black label? Anyway, this poured a very dark brown and looks like your typical Belgian quad. The smell was fruity and sweet, almost too sweet. The flavor was raisins and sweetness, cloying sweetness. This was not my favorite quad and now I may know better about buying Val Dieu beers.

ArrogantB, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of bcholka1
3.06/5  rDev -26.4%

bcholka1, Oct 24, 2014
Photo of mattfancett
3.1/5  rDev -25.5%

mattfancett, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of SVD
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

SVD, Oct 22, 2014
Photo of ommegangpbr
3.35/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I'm pretty sure I tried the Brune from this brewery but somehow neglected to review that one. I kinda recall liking it but don't recall specifics.
Pours a very, very dark cola color just shy of being opaque. Not very much head forms, the head that does is bright white.
Not a whole lot comes out on the nose but there is a sour scent that makes me a bit wary. A sourness that would be appropriate in a flanders red ale, in here, makes me think that something may have gone wrong.
Flavors are less worrying, if a bit one dimensional. Almost overtly sweet with dark sugar candy flavors. Molasses undertones with edges of port wine in there. Very fermented, overly ripe dark fruits, maybe a flash of fig?
Better warmer than colder, misses out on some balance for my taste. The 10.5% alcohol is, indeed, extremely sneaky and belly warming. Maybe serve with a dessert? A boozy fruit cake, maybe? Something in a rum cake? Rum raisin ice cream does come to mind when having this.
Worth a try, especially if you like the style. Probably worth a trying in a taste test next to something similar.

ommegangpbr, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of graywalker
3.38/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours very dark, with very little head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is lots of malt, dark fruits, and a little bit of spice. The alcohol is barely present in the aroma and does not even come to the front in the taste. Mouthfeel and carbonation are very nice but this beer is way too sweet for me. I love quads but I think I would turn this down next time. Give me a Rochfort or Pennepot Fisherman's ale instead.

graywalker, Apr 10, 2007
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the second beer I drank on 30th Aug 2007, to celebrate the lives of John White and Micheal Jackson. I bought the bottle at the brewery shop this year and had been saving it for a special occasion.

Brown 75cl corked and caged bottle, the cork carries the best before date of 03/09. The cork was long and difficult to remove, so the bottle was slightly wobbled, the sediment moved into the beer and may have messed up the scores a bit!

Poured in a Duvel glass and a Hoegaarden Grand Cru one.

Very dark, almost black in colour, with a white head sitting proudly on top. If I looked closely, which I did, the sediment was washing around just below the surface and throughout the body of the beer, pity.

I could detect no aroma what so ever, which in its self is very strange, because the taste was full bodied and strong.

The taste as already mentioned was full bodied, it was also fairly sweet, very alcoholic and suggested plums, raisens and a light liquorice presence.

The flavours hung around in the mouth and although it is a strong beer, the thickness wasn't rich or pudding like. Can't put my finger on it, but something was missing. Which is why the drinkability is only a 3.5 score. The no show of any aroma doesn't help either.

BlackHaddock, Sep 01, 2007
Photo of Swonkie
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Swonkie, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of frontalot
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

frontalot, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

ygtbsm94, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of crhea89
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

crhea89, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of Willcourt
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Willcourt, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of Hyhat
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Hyhat, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of gfreed
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Found a bottle gathering dust at one of the beer stores on my regular route. Given the ABV and the quadness, I figured that even if it really had been sitting eternally on a shelf it wouldn't be rotten and old. As it turns out, this really wasn't too bad but it leans toward being gritty-sweet, similar to the frosting on a supermarket sheet cake. Dark-brown to near-black; decent head, if a bit thin; sugary aroma mixed with a Dr. Peppery pruniness; a taste of peaches and figs and then the slightly out-of-bounds sugar. Definitely mellows out upon warming, and makes a nice winter accompaniment to beef stew, popcorn and a decent Hollywood Western. I took about 90 minutes to drink half the bottle; by the bottom of the glass my opinion had definitely risen (although that may just have been the 10.5% talking).

gfreed, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of CelticAleMan
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

CelticAleMan, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of Fettpopps
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Fettpopps, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

CheapBeerBuzz, Jul 25, 2013
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Val-Dieu Grand Cru from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
93 out of 100 based on 282 ratings.