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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

258 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 258
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11%
Wants: 44
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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arkansastroy

Arkansas

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

01-03-2012 14:54:53 | More by arkansastroy
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dbellizzi

California

5/5  rDev +19.6%

12-29-2011 04:13:39 | More by dbellizzi
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a deep amber/brown color with a tan colored head on top. The smell of the beer was a little sour ot funky... It worried me a little bit, I was expected a sweet malty aroma and I got something that reminded me of a Wild Ale. The taste however completely made up for the aroma. The sweet malt and candy like flavors that a quality Quad has were in there and very pronounced. The beer tastes sweet with minimal bitterness. The mouthfeel was pretty good, it was moderately thick feeling with a low carbonation to it. Overall I enjoyed it, the smell still doesn't please me but the beer in general is quite good.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 02:57:08 | More by Knapp85
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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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pudoo

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.3%

12-23-2011 19:47:44 | More by pudoo
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CelticAleMan

California

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

12-21-2011 05:41:20 | More by CelticAleMan
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gfreed

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
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).

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 21:48:43 | More by gfreed
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JohneHoodlum

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.3%

12-08-2011 23:11:04 | More by JohneHoodlum
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tjseveryday

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +19.6%

12-08-2011 22:10:34 | More by tjseveryday
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ROGUE16

Delaware

4/5  rDev -4.3%

12-05-2011 13:02:19 | More by ROGUE16
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Snellgg5

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +19.6%

12-02-2011 01:50:27 | More by Snellgg5
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uturn

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

12-01-2011 23:14:42 | More by uturn
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draheim

Washington

4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL (best by 12/11? on cork) poured into a chalice. Crystal-clear mahogany color w/ a 1-finger khaki head. Nice bright carb.

Aroma is vinous grapes and some dark sugary fruits.

Taste is plums, dark candi sugar, grapes, and sweet malt. A little alcohol burn too, which I actually like.

Mouthfeel is velvety and smooth, with a clean dry finish.

Overall this one surprised me, I really liked it as a sipper over a dinner of Thanksgiving leftovers. Nice and warm and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 03:22:44 | More by draheim
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jfstilling

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.3%

11-29-2011 00:02:49 | More by jfstilling
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +19.6%

11-26-2011 01:30:25 | More by Rochefort10nh
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mrunseen

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

11-23-2011 05:06:05 | More by mrunseen
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clegolfski

Ohio

5/5  rDev +19.6%

11-21-2011 22:03:42 | More by clegolfski
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Val-Dieu Grand Cru

Abbey Ale from Belgium, the Val-Dieu Grand Cru pours a clear deep amber hue with an inch of bubbly film. Active carbonation rises from the bottom of the etched goblet. Aromas of grape, belgian yeast, and sweet malts. In the taste, raisin, brown sugar, mild sweetness and finishes clean and dry. Effervescent, medium bodied with very solid flavor. Enjoyable for being surprisingly light given it's strength, and flavorful at that. A fine example of a Quad.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 02:03:16 | More by Stinkypuss
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Burt

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

11-18-2011 05:34:45 | More by Burt
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bigdaddypolite

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +19.6%

11-17-2011 04:01:54 | More by bigdaddypolite
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

11-16-2011 03:47:29 | More by bpfrush
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ElGallo

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +19.6%

11-15-2011 16:18:46 | More by ElGallo
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -4.3%

11-14-2011 19:14:03 | More by JAHMUR
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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +19.6%

11-14-2011 18:28:17 | More by Jspriest
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bbadger

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

11-14-2011 13:05:55 | More by bbadger
Val-Dieu Grand Cru from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
93 out of 100 based on 258 ratings.