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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

262 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 262
Reviews: 138
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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Yesac

Georgia

4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Appears solid black in the glass. The head is extremely foamy and a pain to manage. The foam is sloppy and sticks to the glass unevenly.

S - caramel, roasted nuts, fruity accents, some tartness.

T - Pretty complex. Sweet fuits.. and a yeasty finish. It's watery-light overall which I'm not keen of. Smooth drinking.

M - Highly carbonated.. bubbles dancing across the tongue. Alcohol warming effect.

D - So smooth, thin and complex. The 10.5% is extremely well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2008 00:47:39 | More by Yesac
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treyrab

California

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Zeno's, State College last night and split with a fellow BA...

A: A semi-hazy dark Belgian color. Murky dark copper with a nice big head that lasts and laces decently.

S: Tons of banana, dark fruits, clove, spice. The smell here is really robust.

T: Does not lack complexity by any means. Very flavorful with sweet fruits dominating. This reminds me a lot of Southampton Abbot 12, but not as sweet. A lot of banana and clove in the taste as well..

Overall, this is a great Grand Cru and/or Quad.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2008 21:44:44 | More by treyrab
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rye726

Colorado

4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This pours a deep mahogany color with a silky beige head. Very nice lacing as well. The nose is very fruity with a sweet candy, bready malts and a good amount of peppery yeasts. The flavor is full of ripe earthy fruits, spicy yeasts, biscuity malts and chocolate. Creamy body is well carbonated and suits this style perfectly. A rich yet well balanced brew from Val Dieu. I'll have to try the triple next.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2008 02:14:38 | More by rye726
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear deep brown color ale with a full foamy head with good retention and great lacing. Aroma consists of sweet malt with some candi sugar and some dry fruit characteristics. Taste is also a well balance mix between rich Belgian malt with notes of candi sugar and some dry fruits such as raisins and plums. Full body with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well done and some thing that I would have on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2008 20:04:14 | More by Phyl21ca
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joepais

Maine

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2008 22:47:03 | More by joepais
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jisom123

Indiana

4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Belgian from Belgium.
Lighter in color than most Quads.
Fresh sent. Fresh flavor, notes of light apple and grain.
abv was 10.5 but you could only taste 8. kind of cloudy appearance, not unlike Erdinger.
Would go perfectly on a picnic, or another hot day when you normally would not want to bottoms up a quad.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2008 03:55:29 | More by jisom123
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GustoMan

Florida

4.88/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was my first taste of Val'Dieu Gran Cru and let me tell you that it wont be the last! Like I just read by another taster it has such a silky smooth mouth feel and the lightly well balanced fruity taste was well balanced with the high gravity alcohol level. There is also a slight spice taste that only sneaks in and doesnt take over. I might just have to visit Brasserie De L'Abbey DU Val-Dieu in Aubel Belgium someday and thank them for such a well done brew!

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2008 21:59:22 | More by GustoMan
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zeff80

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cork had a date of 03/09

A - Poured out a semi-opaque, very dark burgandy color with a tan, bubbly, four-finger head. It left some soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of cherry and raisin. Also, malty and spicy aromas. Alcohol was also present in the nose.

T - It tasted of dried fruit and sweet malt. The spiciness increased as it warmed up.

M - It was soft and smooth. A medium to heavy-bodied beer with a warm alcohol presence.

D - This is a very good Quad. Only drawback is that it became very heavy by the end.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2008 15:46:11 | More by zeff80
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Atron67

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just had this over at Brasserie V in madison

A- was a deep walnut brown with a strong red hue under light with a thin tan head on top that lasted pretty long

S- big earthy characteristics, caramel and biscuit character, with a great yeast and fruit undertone throughout. pretty decent yeast character all over and really nice

T- this works together great, all the things that you can notice in the nose is there as well, and they all are blended together pretty smoothly and gives a really smooth overall character that has no hint of the alcohol. very rich and well enjoyed

M- creamy full body, light carbonation, lingering body

D- very good

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2008 22:27:10 | More by Atron67
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.88/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Clear, dark auburn. Big rocky cap of tan froth recedes gradually and leaves nice swaths of lace. Aroma is full of sweet candy, yeasty, estery goodness and warm biscuity malt tones. Very solid flavor profile that exhibits more earthiness than the aroma led on to. The candy like maltiness lends a sweetness to the overall impression. Subtle spice and subtle cookie dough yeastiness. Everything is so subtle, yet so perfect as well. This is truly an intricate work of art. Cinnamon and cardamon. Earthy fruitiness. Mouthfeel is like cotton. So damn smooth. This beer wilts away in the mouth like cotton candy. This whole experience is exceptional. Great, great beer. Owe a thanks to the Zapster for this B-day present. Next time I crack one of these I'll have to whip up some Lobster salad and salmon steaks on the grill and truly make it an evening of Decadence.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2008 03:55:31 | More by Bighuge
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle from Abe's for about $9, served in a chalice.

This is big, sweet quad with enough spice to make you wonder if the yeast can really do that much work. It's fruity, of course, with dark fruit of blackberries, dates, and raisins. The spice elements is all very smooth with light vanilla, corriander, white pepper, and cinnamon. My only complaint is that while this doesn't drink cloyingly sweet, it can become a little much and this is a must-share beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2008 19:20:40 | More by tempest
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roblowther

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, cork says 11/09...I don't know what that means, really. If its 2009 that's in the future so its not bottled date and its too soon to be "drink before" for a bottle conditioned ale north of 10%. Oh well. Some things are not for the knowing. Pours absolutely perfectly black with a dense, creamy head that leaves lacing that makes me want to lick the glass clean. Smell is brown sugar, raisins, cherries, vanilla, sawdust, and lemons. :) Taste is oak, cinnamon, raisins, and cloves. Much drier than I expected, with an almost puckering finish. Very nice indeed. Mouthfeel supports the appearance, creamy with a nice tingle of carbonation to offset it. Drinkability is excellent, the bone-dry finish not withstanding. Still won't be an issue at all to polish off the whole bottle. Definitely worth the trouble to acquire.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2008 23:34:25 | More by roblowther
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Beerzebub

California

4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

3/22/2008 review:

750 ml bottle, 03/09 on the cork, served in a big wine glass at 59 F/ 15 C.

Very dark red-brown, two inches of dense beige head that develops a pothole in the middle, huge chunky sticky lace, much of it a quarter inch thick on the side of the glass.

Smells like grape, plum, warm spice, crusty brown bread. A bit of liquorice, dried orange peel, and solvent.

Tastes sweeter and darker than it smells. Prunes and raisins, dark caramel, brown sugar, honey, sweet dough, warm spice - coriander, cinnamon, and a touch of clove or allspice - and some rumlike alcohol. Burnt notes develop, balancing the sweetness, and some mild bitterness and astringency like fruit skin. Long finish of sugar, prunes and raisins, judiciously torched.

Decadent creamy texture, ultra smooth. Very drinkable, for what it is.

Great beer.

10/15/2012 review:

Aged bottle, not sure how old but says 03/10 on the cork. Guessing about 4 1/2 years old. Pretty much the same as I remember it being fresh, but super smooth, hardly any alcohol or solvent. Quite sweet, quite delicious, everything is quite integrated into one cohesive whole. Sort of like Christmas pudding. Very nice beer, it aged gracefully.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2008 06:59:14 | More by Beerzebub
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bunnyhustle

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Randomly picked from the shelf with no expectations, had never even heard of it. I was immediately impressed. Pours dark as can be, not quite black but a tremendously dark brown, thick off-white head with decent retention and ok lacing. Smell is of a typical Belgian, some bread and yeast, a touch of sweet fruit and a bit of alcohol, a little heavy on the bread smell. Taste is great. It has a very sweet taste to it, very sweet sugar, almost Duvel-ish. Plenty of fruit flavors, a little grassy taste and a warming alcohol taste as it goes down. Medium bodied with low carbonation, a very smooth drinker. the 10.5 ABV is impressive, but whats more impressive is how well its hidden. This is a truely great beer and one I will definitely revisit in the future.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2008 00:08:14 | More by bunnyhustle
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IntriqKen

California

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

Pours a dark, dark brown with only a hint of red tones. A ful 3 finger head of off-white craggy foam tops the brew and leaves a very sticky map as it melts away.

Aromas are caramel malts, dark brown sugars and some dark fruits.

Taste is also lots of dark complex fruits...plums, prunes, raisins. Dark, dark candied sugars and a bit of alcohol.

Lots of alcohol warmth after you swallow and as it settles in your tummy.

Very tingly mouthfeel from a combination of tiny carbonation and pepper-like spice.

Very, very nice dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 03:11:38 | More by IntriqKen
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t0rin0

California

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my favorite quadrupel (of the 13 I've tried). It pours a dark brown color that is pretty clear. The head is white and thick and sticky, pretty cool for a Belgian beer.

The smell is mostly of raisin and plum but there are other sweet smells coming out as well. There is also some yeast to be smelled when its been sitting in the pint glass for a couple minutes. Alcohol doesn't make itself noticeable until the temp rises.

The taste is wonderfully strong and sweet. No hop flavor as usual but theres plenty of yeast and fruit flavor. Tons of malty goodness. Some small amounts of spices noticeable but not so much in the taste, more in the mouthfeel of the beer. Just a wonderful flavor all around. Everything balances nicely and no one flavor dominates the rest. Not the most complex beer in the world but thats alright, sometimes (like in this case) simpler is better.

Medium/heavy body. Its not really that viscous but once it hits the tongue it really coats everything nicely. Very drinkable, if it were cheaper I would buy a ton of this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2008 21:33:41 | More by t0rin0
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Kraken

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wonderful Beer poured from from caged and corked 750ml bottle. Smells of raisins and fermented apples. Deep Brown color, thin foamy head with nice lacing, head diminishes over time. First sip of the dark caramel-goodness is raisin/plum with citrius and vanillla notes. Slight alcohol taste upfront, alcohol becomes more noticeable as if warms. Nice finish, apples, caramel and yeast become more prevalent as beer warms. Complex but not cloying as some other quads. Fantastic beer highly recommend if you can find. Took my bro and I 2yrs to find our second bottle!

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2008 00:52:44 | More by Kraken
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scottoale

California

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the big 750ml. brown bottle with a Best before: 03/09 stamped on the cork, into a large Duvel tulip. Very dark brown with a two-finger thick, ivory floam cap. The head settles after ten minutes or so and leaves some thick clumpy lace, clinging to the glass. Very good looking stuff.

The nose is sweet and fruity with some spicy yeast characteristics. Some phenols creep through as the brew warms a bit.

The flavor is rich and fruity of over-ripened plum, fig, pear along with a thick caramel and toffee that coats the tongue. The finish is pleasantly sweet and warming...excellent full taste, hint of tobacco.

Good smooth, slightly fluffy full body that is a pleasure to consume. A very good, solid Quad, that I fully recommend. Chalk another one up for Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2008 23:20:22 | More by scottoale
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John_M

Oregon

4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's rare to see this beer and I've never seen it on tap before. Oh that's right, I'm at 72 hours of Belgium at Max's.

The beer pours a brownish color with great head retention and lacing. On the nose one gets chocolate, brown sugar and honey. The flavor profile replicates the nose and is just delicious. Very soft and creamy on the palate. The abv. is well disguised.

Fabulous stuff. Just absolute nectar.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2008 18:11:59 | More by John_M
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brdc

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Large corked and caged bottle, poured into a goblet.

Very nice looking, very dark brew with multiple reddish hues, a nice tan, creamy-looking head that is very small despite my efforts (?), but the small amount that I can make holds well into the end, with very very nice lacing - sides of the glass are all covered.
Aroma is pleasant, but less pronounced than most quadrupels; it is quite delicate here. Fruity, mostly berries, yeasty, sweetish malts mostly caramel, but you really need your nose deep into it, it is not coming out as I expected. Still nice, though.
Very creamy, even velvety on the mouth, with a pleasant taste, although similar to the aroma, not as powerful as I expect from a quadrupel.
Fruity, mostly sweetish and showing multiple notes of berries and caramel, with a reasonably dry finish that asks for more. There are also some spices coming and going, mostly peppery.
There are a number of better quadrupels out there, but this one is still very pleasant and worthwhile.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 02:20:02 | More by brdc
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dnichols

Washington

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My sons and I enjoyed a capped and corked 750 ml bottle poured into chilled chalices during a Christmas dinner of baby-back ribs and homemade Boston baked beans.

A: It poured a dark amber body with a ruddy copper hue. pours a clear reddish dark amber color. The one to two finger head retained well before falling to a thick even surface cover that supported a consistent but not long lasting lacing.

S: It had distinct and bold dark bready and yeast aromas followed by sweet malts and caramel with hints of alcohol.

T: It was bready with dark yeast flavors that reminded me of pumpernickel bread dough. The yeast flavors were followed by sweet roasted malts that produced a very sweet caramel flavor and lots of dark fruits (e.g., plums and red graped). Each sip ended with a warming affect of the alcohol dashed with dark spices including cloves and black pepper.

M: It was a medium-to-full body brew with a smooth creamy texture and a yeasty sweet warming profile that finished with a sweet bready aftertaste.

D: It was full bodied and had a high ABV that might limit its functionality as a session brew. It is a sipper and a wonderful treat to share with friends. I intend to add it to my stash for special occasions.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 14:36:25 | More by dnichols
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4thoseabout2bock

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured very dark and clear into goblet
nice lacing

toffee, caramel sweetness in the aroma

The taste was surprisingly sweet (even for a strong Belgian beer) and lacked complexity as compared to other vleteren quads. I got some toffee/caramel/candy sugar, and a little alcohol. Maybe a little raisin. But not really much else. This was sort of like a St Bernadus 12 "light" in flavor -- it had the same top notes, but not much behind it.

Glad I tried it, and nothing wrong with it. But there are other quads I prefer.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2007 17:12:37 | More by 4thoseabout2bock
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CWiggins

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I mistook this for the blond ale by the same brewer, and opened it without realizing what I had! Imagine my surprise after the first gulp, when those dark, malted candy sugars and intense alcohol hit my tongue. Whew!

I purchased this some time back, while picking up several items from Sam's in Durham. It poured a very dark brown into my Unibroue glass, and the tan head hung around for some time. Lacing continued around the perimeter until the glass was empty. The aroma is rather weak; there are hints of brown sugar, dark cherries and alcohol, but they're just not very strong. With a deeper sniff I noticed the scent of Concord grape juice!

The flavor is superb. It's full of dark sugars and chocolate, with a slight espresso accent at the finish. There's a nice warmth here as well, probably due to the alcohol. It's full-bodied and contains a little more than medium carbonation.

A very nice Quadrupel. It's nice to know there are so many good Quads on the market.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2007 00:57:27 | More by CWiggins
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.45/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the second beer I drank on 30th Aug 2007, to celebrate the lives of John White and Micheal Jackson. I bought the bottle at the brewery shop this year and had been saving it for a special occasion.

Brown 75cl corked and caged bottle, the cork carries the best before date of 03/09. The cork was long and difficult to remove, so the bottle was slightly wobbled, the sediment moved into the beer and may have messed up the scores a bit!

Poured in a Duvel glass and a Hoegaarden Grand Cru one.

Very dark, almost black in colour, with a white head sitting proudly on top. If I looked closely, which I did, the sediment was washing around just below the surface and throughout the body of the beer, pity.

I could detect no aroma what so ever, which in its self is very strange, because the taste was full bodied and strong.

The taste as already mentioned was full bodied, it was also fairly sweet, very alcoholic and suggested plums, raisens and a light liquorice presence.

The flavours hung around in the mouth and although it is a strong beer, the thickness wasn't rich or pudding like. Can't put my finger on it, but something was missing. Which is why the drinkability is only a 3.5 score. The no show of any aroma doesn't help either.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2007 09:03:52 | More by BlackHaddock
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rallison

California

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

Pours a dark brown with a 1 finger semi-fizzy off-white head. Smells of Belgian yeast and dark fruits.

Taste quite delicious. Lots of strong flavors here. Dark fruits - plums, raisins, etc. Coriander and anise spicing. Molasses. Port. Belgian yeast and Candi Sugar. Nice kick of alcohol at the end to remind you it's there. This is how I like my quads - strong, and never boring.

Mouthfeel is very rich, with a slightly sharp finish. Drinkability is good on this, despite the strong flavors and alcohol presence.

Highly recommended. A very tasty quad indeed - if not one that you can afford to drink every day.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2007 04:52:13 | More by rallison
Val-Dieu Grand Cru from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
93 out of 100 based on 262 ratings.