Val-Dieu Grand Cru - Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
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4.38/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
11-20-2011 02:03:16 | More by Stinkypuss
4.3/5 rDev +2.9%
On tap @ moeder lambic " zwanze day "
A- Pours a dark ruby / crimson color, almost black. Produced a fingers width of white creamy head. As the beer warmed, lacing became more prevalent.
S- I love the smell of aged quads. Loads of dark fruit consisting of figs, prunes, and raisins along with ripe pear. Also carried some sweetness from malts. Just fantastic.
T- Much like the nose...great combination of ripe fruits and sweet malts. Really enjoyed how the fruit flavors were distinct. Sometimes the sweetness can be overdone in big beers, but this had just the right amount. Very mellow and blended perfectly.
M- Medium to full bodied. Pretty carbonated. My only knock is that it could have been a bit more viscous.
D- While the aroma and taste were great, this is still a big beer. That being said, the alcohol really mellowed out as compared to the fresh version.
09-17-2011 17:15:52 | More by beerpirates
4.08/5 rDev -2.4%
On tap at Moeder Lambic Fontainas during our trip to Belgium last week. Reviewed from notes.
Served in a Val-Dieu chalice.
Pours a very dark brown with hints of mahogany and a really nice light tan head that lasts for quite awhile.
The nose brings some light roast as well as a good amount of dark fruit and a fairly-prominent anise character. Light booze. Flavor mixes dark fruits and anise quite well, leading to a nice finish after a medium body. Really interesting and tasty.
09-15-2011 13:42:17 | More by Thorpe429
4.13/5 rDev -1.2%
Thanks to Thirstybird for sharing. 750ml corked and caged bottle purchased in 2009. Cork reads 02/10. Pours a hazy mahogany with an off-white head and thick bands of lacing that are revealed as the brew is consumed. Nose suggests a bit of oxidation, yeast and dark fruit (primarily prunes). This beer taste great - vinous, dark fruits interspersed with a subtle spicy character. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a crisp carbonation that leaves a residual bite at the back of the throat. A very solid Quad - carbonation is bit too assertive, but not overly off-putting. Not mind-blowing but really quite pleasant.
09-15-2011 00:42:05 | More by Jwale73
4.45/5 rDev +6.5%
I tried this beer on the Zythos beer festival in March 2011 for the first time, and it was the winner that day!! I loved it ever since.
At a beer tasting on the 26th of august this year, this beer had the honor to be tasted after the Dark Lord 2010. It hurts to say that it made a knee fall that evening. To the 'Brabander' I would like to say: I'll be back!
A - Beautiful dark brown with a nice head.
S - Very nice on the nose, dark fruit, some vinous characteristics.
T - Very rich flavor profile, a bit sweet and some wine like flavors.
M - Good carbonation, and smooth but maybe not quite as smooth as the Westvleteren 12.
O - Strong taste, nice after dinner beer. A very, very good beer.
09-05-2011 19:23:14 | More by Mar02x
3.75/5 rDev -10.3%
We drank this beer during at tasting at Mar02x place in Vlissingen a week ago. This beer had bad luck to come just after we tasted a Dark Lord. I did quit nice....
Fluid is normal to darkbrown. Little head. Smell and taste are a bit sweet. Well balanced beer where the alcohol was pretty well hidden. Corbonation was normal.
09-04-2011 09:02:16 | More by Brabander
4.58/5 rDev +9.6%
I’ve wanted to sample this ale for a while, finally found a bottle at a shop in Maine. 25.4 oz. bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.
Appearance: Murky dark brown with a very nice tan head, building to about an inch. Very nice lacing.
Smell: Very nice on the nose, dark fruit, some vinous characteristics, plus some hints of spice. As the beer warms the aromas become richer and more intense. This beer smells as good as St. Bernardus Abt 12 (maybe even a bit better).
Taste: Very rich flavor profile, the same as the nose plus some chocolate. As the beer warms the flavors really develop, again similar to the Abt. 12 with the wine like characteristics really adding to my enjoyment of this beer.
Mouthfeel: Pleasant on the palate, good carbonation, and smooth but maybe not quite as smooth as the Abt. 12.
Overall: Very, very good, in fact much better than I anticipated. This beer may very well end up in my top 10 quad/Bsda’s.
09-03-2011 16:46:31 | More by BobZ
4.03/5 rDev -3.6%
Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA
Dark amber, ruby, and brown with a very thin khaki head. Lined lacing down the glass. Can't come out looking much better from the tap.
The aroma is of prunes and raisins, some alcohol, rye bread, and a bit of spicy, tangy yeast. Good, but I wish there was less of an alcohol presence.
I have a similar complaint with the flavor. The dark fruits, yeast, and tangy rye bread are all very good, though (and perhaps because I tend to judge my quads tougher than most any other style) I'm disappointed in how present the alcohol is in the flavor. A delicious sipper, though it does have room to improve. I would love to try this one aged.
Medium to thick mouthfeel. Somewhat thick and creamy.
A good quad, with just a touch too much alcohol heat.
08-11-2011 17:53:17 | More by ehammond1
4/5 rDev -4.3%
deep amber in color bordering on a nice brown with a small head of light off white color that quickly faded into obscurity and left some nice lacing along the sides of the glass. Deep boozy aroma here, lots of alcohol present along with some nice caramel malts and a touch of light grassy notes as it warmed. Some nice fruit flavor on the first sip but this is drowned out quickly by the hot nature of the booze. Really could use some time to sit down as it is just too fresh I feel. Still though I push on letting it warm and come through some light touches of raisins, perhaps a touch of light fig now mixing in as well. Smooth, light and subtle carbonation leaves the mouth dry
08-06-2011 01:50:36 | More by mikesgroove
4.47/5 rDev +6.9%
A- Pours black w/ a massive three finger cocoa head. Excellent carbonation and lacing. Head sticks around for a really long time, leaving tons of lacing on the glass. No light gets into this brew, it's super dark.
S- Malt, yeast, cherry, and dark fruits. Nose isn't as strong as I'd like, but still very pleasant and balanced.
T- Plum, cherries, malt, alcohol, yeast, and some dark fruits. This is a really tasty Quad. Nice smooth aftertaste as well. Really enjoying this beer- glad I found it.
M- Very smooth, and the malt coats your throat w/ a nice thick layer of Quad-ness. Full bodied beer that goes down fairly easy, especially for the style.
O- Really nice beer in one of my favorite categories. Opens up quite a bit w/ warming. If you see it, buy it. Highly recommended.
08-04-2011 23:13:15 | More by jayhawk73
3.85/5 rDev -7.9%
First had: on tap at Ebenezer's Pub, Lovell, ME
Served on tap, poured into a chalice; a dark mahogany brown with a small eggshell head that left some nice lacing on the glass. Aromas of dark sugars, rich maltiness, and notes of dark, dried fruit. Nice array of flavors on the palate, with yeasty bread, brown sugar and caramel, raisins, pears, plums. Smooth and medium-bodied, and pleasantly drinkable.
07-20-2011 23:03:11 | More by Rifugium
4.45/5 rDev +6.5%
Pours a deep mahogany/brown with a thick, tight mouse-like head that lingers. Thick lacing down the glass.
Aroma is rich stone fruits, figs, plums, raisins, molasses, burnt sugar and dark caramels. Wonderful.
Taste follows the nose with sweet, dark caramels and dark fruits. There is a bit of burnt sugar, sweet malt, molasses, moving into plums, raisins, figs and a bit of Munich malt like bready character. Finish has hints of alcohol and dark fruits that linger for awhile. A very pleasing taste that lingers.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.
Overall this is an amazing beer: strong, full bodied flavor with a great complexity and lasting finish. Highly recommended.
07-14-2011 03:09:46 | More by trevorjn06
4.65/5 rDev +11.2%
A: Poured a deep purplish color with good carbonation leaving a nice dirty cap and bubbles, some lacing
S: Sweet candy, loads of fruit(grapes, lighter prunes, figs, very nice
T: Amazing. The moment I sipped this I said "Wow". Very tasty. Loads of nice dark grapes, not overly ripe but fresh, some figs, raisins and a light prune, some candy sugar, brown sugar, molasses. So sweet and easy toi drink. The booze is light but no way did it taste at 10%. Killer beer.
M: Medium body, not heavy, booze is masked well, loads of flavor
O: I believe this sets the standard for Gran Cru's. I found it to be awesome and it beer be at $9
07-06-2011 01:53:10 | More by barleywinefiend
4.3/5 rDev +2.9%
The color is a nice mahogany with a slight reddish or purple tint. A tall white head with a hint of tan. Relatively transparent with some cloudiness. It smells sweet like maple syrup and brown sugar. It kind of reminds me of pancakes, but with a hint of alcohol. Haha.
The taste is nicely sweet, like raisins and brown sugar. The high ABV is hidden well with the sweetness. A light medium body that brings back the maple syrup idea. Light carbonation.
Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. I paired it with my saltier steak and it was perfect.
06-13-2011 00:03:23 | More by JohnnyS17
4.13/5 rDev -1.2%
Cork date of 04/12 - not sure what vintage that makes this...served lightly chilled. Poured from a caged-and-corked 750mL bottle into my Trappist Westvleteren goblet.
The cork emerges with a burst of smoke and lends the air an immediate scent of currants and dessert wine.
Bottle glass brown body, reveals itself to be a complex mixture of garnet, carmine, and other deep reds with lighter highlights when held to a strong light. Extremely dark, yet with good clarity on first pour. A thin finger of creamy lasting wheat colored foam forms a dense sheen above the liquid's surface. Pasty tiers of lacing coat the sides, and a fine clear gloss rides down just beyond the edge of foam.
The aromatics are densely packed with esters, including a mixture of berries, currants, and wine (as mentioned above). As the beer warms and breathes, a hint of spice and leather emerges as well, while the yeast contributes it's own subtle complexity behind a bready malt note.
Tart around the edges, but primarily sweet, fruity, potently malty, with a wide array of secondary flavors from green figs to a light herbaceous quality that emerges in the finish. Hints of chocolate malt arrive long after the aftertaste should have given out - very impressive how slowly the flavors morph and evolve. Relatively sweet finish, though never cloying. A contemplative flavor profile which would lend this beer towards inclusion in the preparation of a meal, or paired with a good blue cheese (e.g. Roquefort, Gorgonzola, Bleu d'Auvergne) or ripened chevre (e.g. Humbolt Fog, Purple Haze, etc).
Effervescent, rich, full bodied mouthfeel, with hefty but by no means overwhelming alcohol content.
An excellent quad, a good value, with decent aging potential (maybe not enough to warrant picking up a 6L methuselah, but it's nice that you have the option).
06-11-2011 21:49:26 | More by augustgarage
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
4.43/5 rDev +6%
A: The pour is slightly yeasty, so there's a bit of turbidity to it, but the color is mahogany with a big off-white head.
S: Wonderfully sweet on the nose with plenty of maple syrup, caramel, and brown sugar. There's a little bit of vanilla aroma and plenty of dark fruits.
T: A really solid dark fruit flavor of raisins, currants, and plums starts things off. Dark brown sugar, caramel, and toffee give a nice maltiness and sweetness and I get some maple syrup as well.
M: Medium to full in body with a moderate level of carbonation.
O: One of the better Quads out there. One of my favorites.
04-24-2011 06:06:05 | More by womencantsail
Val-Dieu Grand Cru from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
93 out of 100 based on 267 ratings.