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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

262 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 262
Reviews: 138
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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DRBiser

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

07-28-2013 01:38:19 | More by DRBiser
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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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CheapBeerBuzz

California

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.3%

07-21-2013 18:29:19 | More by FilumDee
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

4.61/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 13:40:42 | More by deadonhisfeet
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Sspeer1

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +19.6%

07-17-2013 01:47:08 | More by Sspeer1
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

07-04-2013 02:50:38 | More by WOLFGANG
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AnitaBrewski

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

06-28-2013 18:31:54 | More by AnitaBrewski
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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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drummermattie02

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

06-15-2013 17:20:26 | More by drummermattie02
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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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ajzy

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

06-02-2013 13:44:45 | More by ajzy
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smithj4

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

05-31-2013 02:57:39 | More by smithj4
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metter98

New York

4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is slightly hazy brownish amber in color. It poured with a finger high off white head that gradually died down, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of dark fruits are present in the nose - plums seem to stand out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of dark fruits along with a moderate amount of sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: While you can tell that this is a strong beer from the sweetness, it hides its alcohol very well from the taste. This is exactly how I like my quads - with lots of fruits and a good amount of sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 02:57:04 | More by metter98
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thierrynantes

France

4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (75 cl.) purchased from "Bières d'ailleurs", and tasted in 2013.

Appearance : reddish brown color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : roasted malt and spicy aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : alcohol and malty flavors, with vineous notes.
Drinkability : a nice beer in the style Quadrupel.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 18:54:13 | More by thierrynantes
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

05-11-2013 13:58:03 | More by RedneckBeerz
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wer3w01f

Russian Federation

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

05-06-2013 13:41:33 | More by wer3w01f
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BartMcStout

Belgium

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

05-01-2013 20:38:14 | More by BartMcStout
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samEBC

Belgium

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

04-27-2013 20:35:27 | More by samEBC
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randylangford

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

04-26-2013 22:32:36 | More by randylangford
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a clear dark orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, dark fruit, and slight spice aromas. Taste is much the same with fruity and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2013 02:29:03 | More by UCLABrewN84
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

04-08-2013 01:02:14 | More by WanderingFool
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mikeradebaugh

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

04-01-2013 01:01:59 | More by mikeradebaugh
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BAsbill

California

4/5  rDev -4.3%

03-30-2013 04:08:30 | More by BAsbill
Val-Dieu Grand Cru from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
93 out of 100 based on 262 ratings.