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

Val-Dieu Grand CruVal-Dieu Grand Cru

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

249 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 249
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.26%


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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Gavage

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear reddish dark amber color. One finger head falls to a thick surface covering. Nice lacing paints the glass.

Smell: yeast, alcohol, and caramel candy are pleasant on the nose.

Taste: caramel, bread dough, plums, grapes, honey, spicy yeast, and mild alcohol tones are wrapped in a nice bitterness. This is a hearty Grand Cru.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Smooth throughout. Long caramel and bready aftertaste.

Drinkability: this beer represented the style well and is a slow sipper. Alcohol will catch up to you with this one. Nice beer worth finding.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2007 23:17:31 | More by Gavage
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Crosling

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Burgundy color, with a full and creamy foam that lasts. Lightly aromatic, with hints of burnt popcorn, brandy, dark fruit (plum) and the attributes of Belgian Yeast. Flavor is very rich and full, with extremely well hidden alcohol, fruit, chocolate and Belgian yeast.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2007 03:36:29 | More by Crosling
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graywalker

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2007 23:44:52 | More by graywalker
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geexploitation

Indiana

3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours very, very dark -- nearly black, with only shy tawny highlights that show up with the liquid at a very low level. Strong Brussels lacing, little head. One of the darkest Belgians I've ever seen. Aromas are predominantly sweet, with roasted coffee, cola, dark candi sugar, and some bubble gum leading the way. Very rich, sumptuous aroma. On the palate, cola tastes lead the way, from syrupy sweetness right down to that tarty cola tang. Nutty at the mid-palate, then creamy, before drying out at the finish. Mouthfeel is full of carbonation and thick malts. Overall, this is a big, sweet, smooth quadrupel. I wasn't crazy about the cola flavors, but it's in line with style and well executed. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2007 03:53:30 | More by geexploitation
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark purpley pour to settle a glazed black with a mediumish sized light sandy tanned whitened cap that slips away quickly to a hazey skim and good collaring. Lots of lacing in a solid coating sticks tightly in a wave of tiny holed sheeting acroos the snifter.

Aroma is soft and dullish of dark fruity sugars and purple grape juice, the dark malty fruityness begins to add up more as it warms as does some vanilla cola sweetness and a tiny hint to yeasty spice and black licorice. Nice, but I had to really stick my nose in it to get into it.

Taste is firm and soft with an alluring gradual pull into a sweet, dark, sugary pile of fruity pie filling. Purple grape emerges the winner at first taste with a smooth rounded tone of malty gooeyness that slips right into a melange of warming dark jellies and pastry fillings. Flavors and tones are quite acceptable in the realm of sweet dark malts, caramel, and light fruit tones, semi bready and sugary with vanilla, plum, fig, cherry, and grape. Lingers lightly for a bit and kinda cuts off before rebuilding a memory of lasting lengthy malt laden chewyness and slickness across the palate as it finishes with a crescendo of the warmth.

Body is firm, soothing, and just beyond medium with a thick lasting malty smooth reaction of boldness and chewyness. Has a late reacting finish which really grows on ya. Has quite the memory take back on the palate. A unique characteristic not found very often and which I found to be intriguing and fulfullingly fun and interesting. Warmth emerges even later with a hint of heat touching the back. The malts however stay the stage no matter the scene.

A pretty decent Belgian Quad here. Val-Dieu's Grand Cru is by far one of the better, top notch brews to be produced by them and worth giving a try. The unique effect of body from start to never ending finish in flavor and tone is the best part(heart) of the whole beer and the main reason to seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2007 02:45:27 | More by tavernjef
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BretSikkink

Mexico

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

Deep violet, opaque, nearly black, almosr, under a fine sheath of creamy froth...I like the look, so far...
Dark chocolatey color, style-appropriate. Nice.
Big yeast carbonation in the nose. "Dark" spices - pepper, anise.
Good flavor, a touch understated for a quad, which can be nice. Dark malts, roast, coffee. Carbonated enough to be reminiscient of spiked Coke. Honestly, it smells like bread yeast. It's good, not overly complex but not a pretender. Full bodied, but hides double digits nicely.

Thick in the mouth, gets more viscous when warm. Good for the style and the aftertaste is less intense than others 10+% beers. Finishing the bottle was hard for me, not necessarily the taste just the heavy characteristics. Great beer.



Taste: mmmm-MMM!!!Espresso whispers, cola hushes, dark fruits and anise, black pepper peeps in, black and chocolate malt, and delicious Belgian malt and yeast. Mmm, darkness and spice aplenty! Yu-um! That's what makes this special, this particular sparkling spiciness....a bit rough in the texture, burrs against the buds to much, methinks...but then this unique and wondrous flavor creeps in ...too much...

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2007 05:24:15 | More by BretSikkink
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RedHaze

Nebraska

4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, with 09/08 on the cork.

Pours a dark brown that's nearly black, with crimson highlights. The head peaks at about one finger, and fades very slowly to a thick cap that remains throughout the entire beer. Lacing is a thick sheet, almost completely covering the inside of the glass.

Smell; lots of dark fruits with dates, plums and a little bit of some figs. Some bready malts are present along with candied sugar and a little bit of vanilla.

Taste; the fruits are just as prevalent in the flavor as they were in the aroma. Plums, figs and dates are all there as well as a touch of cherries. The candied sugar adds a nice, but not cloying sweetnees, and the yeasts add a bit of a dying chalkiness. A peppery spiciness mixes very nicely with a bit of an alcohol bite in the finish.

Mouthfell/Drinkability; the mouthfeel is full bodied, with a nice smooth carbonation, and the drinkability would fantastic if the alcohol was not so high.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2007 00:59:00 | More by RedHaze
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep violet, opaque, nearly black, almosr, under a fine sheath of creamy froth...I like the look, so far...

Aroma: lovely, and uplifting, sweet and delightful...yeasty, brady, some delicate fruit...some dark malt notes, too, some black pepper, licorice, cola....

Taste: mmmm-MMM!!!Espresso whispers, cola hushes, dark fruits and anise, black pepper peeps in, black and chocolate malt, and delicious Belgian malt and yeast. Mmm, darkness and spice aplenty! Yu-um! That's what makes this special, this particular sparkling spiciness....a bit rough in the texture, burrs against the buds to much, methinks...but then this unique and wondrous flavor creeps in ...too much...

Wonderful beer...wish I had a caseful at hand...alas, and alack!

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2007 07:51:56 | More by feloniousmonk
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We went to Ebenezer's Pub in Lovell, ME for a party, and Chris had a metheuslah of this beer. Besides the impressive presentation, this is a very good beer. A brown color with a medium head that lingered well. Sweet, fruity aroma. A nice vanilla taste, with the dark fruit and Belgian yeast present also. Lovely beer, very smooth. Didn't know it was 10.5% ABV until I was admiring the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2007 21:33:07 | More by lordofthewiens
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csteeves

Florida

4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a goblet..
Nice dark color, nearly black, with a great aroma, slightly fruity, slightly malty, slight alcohol aroma but did not overpower the aroma...

the taste was the best part for me, which is, of course, very important...could taste the fruitiness, malt and hops, and could taste that the alcohol was there, but again, not overpowering...very easy to drink

for a beer that is 10.5% alcohol, this is very smooth, and i definitely put it right up with the other quadrupels i have tried, 3 philosophers and st. bernardus...great beer, pick it up if you ever find it..

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2007 17:34:51 | More by csteeves
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phisig137

Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The cork tells me 09/08... I can only assume that this is a best by sept. 2008 dating. Pours a fairly dark black color, with ruby brown highlights around the edges. 1 1/2 finger bone white head has great retention, and falls into a creamy blanket on top of the glass, leaving behind abundant thick lacing.

Aroma is quite nice. Malty sweetness, caramel, and yeasty esters. Quite a bit of complex sugar as well as dark fruit aromas, a touch of cloves, and also a distinct smell of cooked sweet yellow corn. But not in an adjunct way at all. Perhaps the corn aroma is left over from the massive amounts of candi sugar that are present in the...

Flavor: mildly sweet up front, with complex malts. Slight toasted grain character, with good dark caramel sweetness. Nice raisony, plum and fig like fruit profile from the yeast. I don't notice much in the way of spice, but at the same time I feel that there is something extra in there. Again, a huge amount of candi sugar is present... mostly the dark candi sugar I would guess. Finished slightly sweet and lingers. Mouthfeel is heavy and full. Drinkability is quite good.

Wow, this is one of the better quad's/noel's that I've had in some time. Great flavor, well balanced, and enjoyable from first sip to the bottom of the bottle. I'll probably pick up another few bottles to lay down for a few years. I think that this will age very very well. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2006 03:04:54 | More by phisig137
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Val-Dieu Grand Cru from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
93 out of 100 based on 249 ratings.