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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

268 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 268
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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woosterbill

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

On-tap at Moeder Lambic Fontainas, served in a Val-Dieu goblet.

A: Deep persimmon body under a finger of creamy, very fine tan head. Great retention, good lace. Excellent.

S: Rich, sweet dark fruits, dessert wine, and a chocolate. Lots of figs, grapes, raisins, and plums. Minor spice, chocolate, and alcohol. Terrific.

T: Fruity up front, with some rich malt sweetness building in behind the dark fruits. Spicy booze on the finish. Sweet, complex, and great.

M: Fairly full-bodied, sticky, and full of creamy, rich carbonation. Decadent.

O: This was a spectacular Quad, probably my favorite that I drank while in Belgium (no, I didn't have Westvleteren, but I did have tons of Rochefort 10).

Cheers!

04-04-2012 12:53:27 | More by woosterbill
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karatebartender

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -4.3%

02-16-2012 19:44:33 | More by karatebartender
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danedelman

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +6%

A-dark brown with creamy white head. Nice lacing on glass as you drink.

S-dried fruit, candi sugar, molasses and malt dark

T-very smooth at 10.5%. Lots of raisin, fig, and dark candi sugar all very well blended together. All work well together and produce an awesome brew.

M-very drinkable, if the abv wasn't so high could session this one!!

02-03-2012 22:19:12 | More by danedelman
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wedge

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +1%

@ Woody's

Served in a Val-Dieu chalice, which was a nice surprise. Very dark brown, nearly black in the dim lighting with an attractive silky beige covering on top. Sweet raisin aromas dominate upfront, opening up to reveal strawberry, cherry, caramel, chocolate, banana, and vanilla...very nice. Somewhat less fruity flavor, though the raisin continues along with plum, fig, and caramel malt. No booze at all. Medium-full bodied with very light carbonation making it satisfyingly smooth. I really liked this one...

02-03-2012 14:05:46 | More by wedge
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Kahlerbock

Kansas

3/5  rDev -28.2%

01-27-2012 16:21:49 | More by Kahlerbock
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kayrex

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

01-26-2012 23:53:58 | More by kayrex
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DaftCaskBC

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
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MTjohnson

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.3%

01-16-2012 21:15:01 | More by MTjohnson
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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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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

01-05-2012 07:02:35 | More by ygtbsm94
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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%

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.

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%

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).

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%

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.

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
Val-Dieu Grand Cru from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
93 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.