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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
93
outstanding

267 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 267
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 43
Gots: 13 | 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)
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

07-25-2013 03:24:50 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

06-20-2013 23:39:46 | More by mrfrancis
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jophish17

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

12-26-2011 17:16:38 | More by jophish17
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rderedin

Maine

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

01-07-2012 00:52:59 | More by rderedin
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GrindFatherBob

New York

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

06-03-2013 19:41:05 | More by GrindFatherBob
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

07-23-2013 14:03:01 | More by tom10101
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rapidsequence

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -15.6%

750 ml corked bottle. $8.50 from Pints O Plenty.

Appearance: A very dark, clear ruby color. Big, soft cottony looking head with infinite retention. Very nice lacing. Helluva good start.

Smell: Smells very sweet. Dark fruit and yeasty spiciness. A nice maltiness and a tiny, unexpected whiff of sourness.

Taste: Very, very sweet. Too sweet. Raisiny syrup flavor, some spice, a nice bready yeast finish. The alcohol is warming, but hardly tasted at all. Not all that complex, and just too damn sweet.

Mouthfeel: Well this part is really nice. Full in the mouth and very smooth. The carbonation gives an exceptional softness.

Drinkability: This is a pretty good beer, but not that great of a quad, especially for an actual Belgian. Its just too sweet and not multifaceted enough. It was enjoyable enough, but I won't buy it again.

08-20-2010 01:28:16 | More by rapidsequence
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Halcyondays

California

3.58/5  rDev -14.4%

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a dark brown with a remarkably white head compared to the base beer. Some nice lace.

S: Brown sugar, raisins, dark candi sugar is prominent.

T: Has the classic dark candi sugar quad flavour but really nothing else. Some raisin and prune, but lacking complexity. Just going through the motions.

M: Medium-bodied, very smooth, light carbonation.

D: A solid quad, but the complexity and flavour was considerably better in the Brune which I had back in the day.

06-30-2010 23:50:38 | More by Halcyondays
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89Vision

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -13.2%

The first thing I noticed about this beer upon uncorking it was the smell. It has a very sweet smell with a faint tartness that I found to be quite pleasant, though a little stronger than I'm used to from Abbey ales.

Poured into a chalice, the color is a very dark, deep brown. I was disappointed that there was no real head to speak of, and it quickly faded. The color was nice and about what you'd expect from a quad, but the head retention was much less than what I've come to expect from an Abbey ale.

The beer was colder than what was suggested on the bottle, but I was impatient and dove right in. The taste was about what I was expecting form the aroma. Very sweet, tasting of grapes, a faint taste of cherries, and the raisin/fig quality found in most Abbey ales. When colder, its definitely a little too sweet for my liking. As it warmed, it mellowed out and the taste was significantly better. The high alcohol content (10.5%) is also hidden quite well.

In all, I enjoyed this beer, but I don't think its something I would seek out again. To me, it was a little overpowering and less subtle and complex than other Abbey ales.

06-19-2010 02:06:38 | More by 89Vision
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.65/5  rDev -12.7%

750 mL bottle courtesy of fthomasl pours a rich crimson color with a fluffed tan head. Awesome lacing upon a decent retention. A good looking beer for sure.

Nose is bananas and chocolate....almost reminds me a bit of Aventinus. Lots of yeast esters and malty goodness....mmm

Taste is chocolate covered bananas with a dusting of cloves...interesting and tasty belgian offering. Id go more BSDA than quad but that is mainly due to the spicy zestiness the beer throws down. Interesting blend of flavors, but a bit on the sweet side for me and the phenols are raging.

12-08-2012 00:31:07 | More by twiggamortis420
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mithrascruor

California

3.7/5  rDev -11.5%

750 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: A very dark pour, with reddish-brown highlights at the edges. Nice off-white head is creamy and foamy, with good retention. Some nice lacing as well.

Smell: Quite different than I imagined, since it is not heavy at all. I am getting the lightness of, say, strawberries and cream, though the actual aroma is more of caramel and fruit.

Taste: Has a pretty mellow fruity caramel flavor. I catch some raisins, apples, and hints of spice (cinnamon, nutmeg). Not much in the way of darker fruits, clove, yeast, or brown sugar. There's some more sweetness up front, and a bit of bitterness in the aftertaste, but overall, a pretty even keel throughout.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth with light yet constant carbonation.

Drinkability: High ABV but not really apparent in the flavor.

A nice beer, but I don't really feel impressed by it. It lacks the dark, heady flavors that I generally associate with this style, and after a while starts to taste a tad too sweet. Not bad, but I was expecting something more and I'll pass on this in the future.

03-22-2011 00:02:34 | More by mithrascruor
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taospowder

New Mexico

3.72/5  rDev -11%

08-19-2014 02:52:39 | More by taospowder
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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -10.8%

A - Deep mahogany with a medium head, bubbles clinging to the sides under the surface. The head is thick and clings to the sides of the glass.

S - Prunes, raisins, caramel malt and molasses. An okay aroma, abv is faintly detectable.

T - Malty, raisins, dates, a touch of dry grapes and alcohol. Aftertaste is faint linger fruitiness and alcohol. A touch of overripe bananas,

M - Thick, smooth, slick, very frefreshing and delcious.

d - Pretty good. I'd have it again, but I am in no hurry to do so.

03-27-2007 03:15:54 | More by mrasskicktastic
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zonker17

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

07-04-2012 01:02:30 | More by zonker17
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dcisco44

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

11-29-2013 23:27:30 | More by dcisco44
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JamieDuncan

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

01-08-2014 02:37:48 | More by JamieDuncan
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ReeseMax3

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

12-23-2012 19:42:30 | More by ReeseMax3
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ajzy

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

06-02-2013 13:44:45 | More by ajzy
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

12-30-2012 03:39:23 | More by kjkinsey
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GJ40

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

07-19-2014 22:56:02 | More by GJ40
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Flashyspoons

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

08-05-2013 02:07:57 | More by Flashyspoons
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Brabander

Netherlands

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

We drank this beer during at tasting at Mar02x place in Vlissingen a week ago. This beer had bad luck to come just after we tasted a Dark Lord. I did quit nice....

Fluid is normal to darkbrown. Little head. Smell and taste are a bit sweet. Well balanced beer where the alcohol was pretty well hidden. Corbonation was normal.

09-04-2011 09:02:16 | More by Brabander
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MatthewPlus

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

07-26-2013 14:16:49 | More by MatthewPlus
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

06-08-2014 00:40:06 | More by djrn2
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Jeeb

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

09-16-2013 19:28:04 | More by Jeeb
Val-Dieu Grand Cru from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
93 out of 100 based on 267 ratings.