Val-Dieu Grand Cru - Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
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4.44/5 rDev +6.2%
(11.2oz bottle - best by date: Apr 9 201x - last digit cut off)
A: exceptionally brooding, leather, raw umber liquid, ruby highlights... decent finger width of foam on the pour, keeps a
S: dark-toasted muffin, raisin... perhaps a bit of roasted grain... bit of a spicy note on the tail end... simply enticing and drool-inducing for lovers of dark Belgian ales and muffins
T: dark, rich, melanoidin-y (a la doppelbocky decoction) maltiness... hint of dark roast coffee grounds in the finish... unique shade of pan-earthy-fruity (fig-violet-grape-date) booze, sand-blasted in drive... sort of citrus-pithy bitterness lingering, alcohol and milk chocolate hanging
M: decadent, marginally-spongy muscle of malt with a distant, fiery, halo glow of mellow-acidic ethanol... the sauce is on top, feather-light, sub-levels circling the perimeter, while the numbing, (tongue-)tranquilizing eth-knock more than cuts off the stab of sweets
O: like they all said at work - fan-freakin-tastic... a 'quad' with a bruised, fleshy tone... try this shit... do it
06-23-2014 05:13:31 | More by Bouleboubier
4.15/5 rDev -0.7%
On tap at Brasserie V in Madison, served in a Val-Dieu chalice. Pours a brown color with some copper tones. The light brown head is thick and pillowy and hangs on for the entire ride. I had to drink through suds right down to the very last sip. Great retention! Lace....Talk about lace! This more or less pulled a sheet of bubbles down the entire glass as I drank.
The aroma reminded me of black cherry so definitely some dark fruits on the nose as well as a well defined sweet malt and some brown sugar-ish/toasted caramel presence with little to no alcohol detected.
The flavor is quite complex, although predominated by the dark fruit character with black cherries being the dominant fruit I'd associate it with, as well as an underlying raisin, some brown sugar flavors, a mild chocolate presence throughout, and just a hint of hop spiciness towards the end to round out the flavor profile.
I was thoroughly impressed with this beer. Just silky smooth, leaving a delectable presence on the palate. Quite an easy drinker too, although it would probably be best to keep this to one or two glasses. Those Belgian Strong Dark Ales and Quads never cease to amaze me with their ability to pack an amazing flavor-punch, yet retain a low alcohol presence, despite the high ABV.
08-01-2009 00:58:04 | More by Soneast
4.45/5 rDev +6.5%
Drank from a Chimay Chalice
A - Pours a dark mahogany colour, off white creamy head that stays around for a while.
S - Heavy aromas of maly and sweet stewed fruits with some spice.
T - Complex flavours of malt and spice with some stewed fruits a hint of molassis. very well balanced indeed.
M - Medium to full body and medium carbonation.
D - This is a top shelf quad, that I enjoyed very much.
11-30-2010 15:33:26 | More by eric5bellies
4.25/5 rDev +1.7%
I thank Hop-head Mike for making sure I've had this both on-tap and from the bottle. Either way try to check this one out.
There's a noticeable jump in character from the Val-Dieu Triple. It's bigger, darker, and sweeter. The sweetness is a fundamental driving character here- we get notes of caramel and brown sugar and some dried fruit backed by the malt. This is pure Candyland for adults, with the alcohol subtly enhancing the mix, but not overpowering.
There are quads out there that have more complexity and bigger flavor profiles. Compared to some of those, this one may not be the greatest beer on the planet. Let those ones stand as a main course. This ones for dessert.
05-13-2011 04:18:18 | More by Wowcoolman
British Columbia (Canada)
4.63/5 rDev +10.8%
A: 1/2" tan coloured head that remained and left a nice lacing over a deep and rich coloured dark brown liquid. The carbonation was steady. Beautiful.
S: Very sweet. Strong Belgian yeast smells of cherries, figs, plums and pears dominate the smell profile.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell. Very sweet with flavours of figs, plums, cherries, dark grapes and some pears on the back end. The malt is sweet and biscuity with a hint of toffee. I would give it perfect marks taste-wise, however, I found it to be a little too sweet and just a faint bit metallic on the back end.
M: Medium to thick viscosity and a high level of fine carbonation.
O: A beautiful beer that ranks up there with some of the best Quads and Belgian Strong Dark Ales that I have tried.
01-26-2012 23:53:10 | More by DaftCaskBC
4.45/5 rDev +6.5%
I popped the cork from this 750ml bottle and fruit smell started emminating from the bottle. This beer has a head that will not go away with a dark brown clear body.
The nose is fruit, yeast and musty.
The taste is fruity like grapes or cherries. Background notes are sugar and caramel. Very very nice drink. Alcohol is very warming but this is an easy to drink beer.
12-25-2008 23:25:41 | More by daledeee
4.3/5 rDev +2.9%
Deep tawny color with relatively good clarity. big fizzy off white head. Rich hearty, currants, figs, booze soaked dark fruits. There really is a nice hearty grainy smell that overrides the other smlls in this beer. Smells like theses hearty rustic pretzels I had at a german beer garden.
The flavor is incredibly subtle and delicious. Slightly sweet dark fruits, some dark belgian candi sugar, that hearty grainy flavor comes up on the back end for a bit of balance, a little bit of alcohol heat on the back and a little bit of lingering sweetness. Incredible subtlety though with a velvety medium body and prickly carbonation. It's a really great beer, for being so big it drinks so easy, simple but well blended flavors.
12-01-2013 05:15:15 | More by jtierney89
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
4.2/5 rDev +0.5%
Bottle with a 02/10 date poured into a Chalice produced a good two fingers worth of off white to tan bubbly head that goes to a thick lace. The body is a dark burgandy color on this brew.
Aromas of dark fruits, raisins and plumbs along with a whiff of yeast
Great flavors of fruit, candy, spice and bready yeast filled my mouth. Full creamy mouthfeel nice carbonation on the tongue as well.
Great drinkability on this, a little high in the alcohol department to drink too many of these in one sitting. I guess though it depends how the night goes.
09-06-2008 22:47:03 | More by joepais
3.35/5 rDev -19.9%
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.
03-12-2010 06:23:44 | More by ommegangpbr
4.28/5 rDev +2.4%
750ml into a tulip. Pours a clear dark copper, backlit reveals a dark garnet. Dense towering head recedes leaving clumpy froth dangling.
Aroma as if a strong dark noël. Crisp clean spicy. Some smells seem happy, no reason really they just do, as does this. Superb
Long evolving flavor. Lots of candied dark sugars. Indigestion is a possibility. Nice peppery alcohol punches through momentarily before the phenolic long sweet finish begins. Warms well. Aftertaste till tomorrow. Thick viscous mouthfeel.
more of a strong dark than a quad
03-20-2011 04:22:15 | More by impending
2.83/5 rDev -32.3%
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.
10-15-2010 00:09:54 | More by dasenebler
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
4.3/5 rDev +2.9%
Near black pour with a huge foam head and good lacing.
Aroma is raisin/caramel sweetness and some roasty malt. Notes of yeast and spices. Very peppery.
The flavor is toned way down in the spice department and the raisin is kicked way up. This is pretty damn good! Lots of yeast and a very light bit of acetone in the finish.
The body is on the fuller side of medium. Carbonation is high but soft and still keeps the beer a bit creamy.
Overall this is a very fine quad. Not complex at all, but quite tasty and easy drinking for the huge ABV.
11-15-2010 01:55:47 | More by alcstradamus
3.93/5 rDev -6%
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.
03-13-2007 03:53:30 | More by geexploitation
Val-Dieu Grand Cru from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
93 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.