Val-Dieu Grand Cru - Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
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4.45/5 rDev +6.5%
Daryk77 was nice enough to split this one with me.
Pours a hazy deep chestnut color with a big two-finger light tan head. The head recedes slowly into a thin pancake of bubbles on top and a thick ring around the glass. Lacing is sticky. The last of the bottle yields fine yeast floaties.
Smells of Belgian candy sugar with some breadiness along with dark fruits. Light hints of the alcohol come through as the beer warms.
Tastes great. Candied dark fruit flavors up front are backed up by very light bready flavors and even lighter spices. It's a tad sweeter than most other quads I've had.
Mouthfeel is great. It's got a good thickness and small, grainy carbonation that make this one smooth brew. Velvety.
Drinkability is great for any ABV, but especially for a 10.5%. I could have a lot of these.
Overall this is on the top tier of quads. All the flavors work very well together and it's so very smooth. Give this one a shot if you see it around.
12-29-2008 22:27:52 | More by glid02
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
4/5 rDev -4.3%
Poured into a Chimay glass. Deep brown in color with a medium head, low carbonation. The aroma is of rasins and plum. The taste is a touch of sour rasins, but a mix that is warming as it goes down. The alcohol is well hidden, but hits you at the end. The body if full and rich. This makes for and enjoyable drinking experience. A very smooth drink with a good amount of subtle flavors.
12-23-2008 13:27:40 | More by phishgator
4.45/5 rDev +6.5%
Appearance: Pours a dark amber color with a classic Belgian head that sheets the chalice with lace; nice retenttion, too
Smell: Plum-sweet aroma, with cherry, licorice and bubblegum influences
Taste: Opens with bubblegum, although not quite that sweet and then expands into a range of interesting fruity flavors, predominately plum, but also cherry, strawberry, green apple and pear; after the swallow, the darker influences emerge, with fig, licorice and a hint of tobacco
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body and creamy; could stand to be a tad thicker; moderate carbonation
Drinkability: Great example of the style; I often see the other Val Dieus around, but this should be more widely available
12-20-2008 01:56:18 | More by brentk56
4.68/5 rDev +12%
Served on-tap At brigid's in Philadelphia, PA.
Pours a dark purple/black almost prune-like color with a thin off-white foamy head. Aroma is dominated by chocolate maltiness, dark fruit and toast. Very smooth drinking beer that masks the high abv very well. Smooth creamy maltiness lasts throughout with dark chocolate, fig, toast, caramel and toffee notes. Slight dry finish.
12-01-2008 09:02:11 | More by corby112
4.1/5 rDev -1.9%
Bottle from Five Points Bottle Shoppe, Athens, GA. Split with my father, with my portion poured into a cervoise.
Appearance: Pours a deep but still largely transparent orange brown. For a quadrupel of 10.5% abv, the head on this one is mammoth and has fantastic retention - I actually had to coax mine down, as it looked as if it not had intention of going anywhere anytime soon. It's a good two-and-a-half fingers, fluffy and solid-looking in places, bubbly, sudsy, and foamy in others, slightly creamy in color. It's also flecked with little specks of black, glittery, perhaps yeast matter or spices. The body itself is loaded with fine floaties, dancing around with one another, caught up in some kind of internal beer jet stream. I originally had this at a 4.5, but given how long the lacing and head stuck around, I'm really gonna have to bump it up to a 5.0. Just great.
Aroma: Intensely fruity and spicy is my first impression. Apples, pears, cherries, and other lighter fruity notes mingle well with a wide array of yeasty spices, an earthy, phenolic kick, and a bucketload of darker malts. It smells slightly more "medicinal" here than as described in the taste below, hence the score discrepancy, but by and large the notes are very similar.
Taste: A fantastic and complex array of flavors here. Ripe stone fruits are the main course here, apricots, buttery pears, slightly tart apples, flourishes of more tropical examples. The yeast - in addition to overripe bananas - imparts a huge amount of delicate spice which isn't limited to clove: I get definite anise and hints of allspice, as well, along with a number of other spicy and nondescript but nonetheless pleasant phenols. The obligatory Belgian quadrupel darker fruits are present as well, with raisins and prunes intermingling well with the other flavors present. Other malt notes - caramel, sweet chocolate, honey, candi sugar - put a cap on this very complex-tasting brew. Any alcohol prickle is hidden admirably both by the spicy phenols and the sweet, ripe fruits, both of which combine to do the job without either one of them becoming annoying in the process.
Mouthfeel: On par with the best examples of the style, it's incredibly soft and delicate. The "sublimation" factor is slightly less intense than in some other examples, but it's still a divine-feeling beer, pillowy, intense, exploding, like drinking a cloud. Great.
Drinkability: A damn fine beer. First, the reason it's a 4.0: it's sweet, intensely sweet, with tons of sugars hanging around, fruity, malty, etc. It's also slightly medicinal in the phenolic profile, which is enhanced slightly by the dominating lighter fruity flavors (dimetapp anyone?). The alcohol's also pretty high. On the other hand, that alcohol's well hidden, the phenolic, medicinal quality doesn't come through as strongly in the taste, and this is - on the whole - a really damn complex and good beer. I don't know if I can in good faith classify it as a quadrupel - there's too much yeast character and too little malt character - but, regardless, give it a try. Recommended, highly.
11-27-2008 03:06:59 | More by CrellMoset
4.15/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
11-05-2008 00:47:39 | More by Yesac
4/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
10-16-2008 21:44:44 | More by treyrab
4.63/5 rDev +10.8%
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.
09-18-2008 02:14:38 | More by rye726
4/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
09-16-2008 20:04:14 | More by Phyl21ca
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
4.53/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
09-05-2008 03:55:29 | More by jisom123
4.88/5 rDev +16.7%
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!
07-30-2008 21:59:22 | More by GustoMan
4.33/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
07-04-2008 15:46:11 | More by zeff80
4.33/5 rDev +3.6%
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
05-31-2008 22:27:10 | More by Atron67
4.88/5 rDev +16.7%
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.
05-21-2008 03:55:31 | More by Bighuge
4.13/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
05-18-2008 19:20:40 | More by tempest
4.28/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
04-20-2008 23:34:25 | More by roblowther
4.3/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
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.
03-22-2008 06:59:14 | More by Beerzebub
4.33/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
03-16-2008 00:08:14 | More by bunnyhustle
4.38/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
03-02-2008 03:11:38 | More by IntriqKen
4.33/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
02-29-2008 21:33:41 | More by t0rin0
4.75/5 rDev +13.6%
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!
02-27-2008 00:52:44 | More by Kraken
4.35/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
02-21-2008 23:20:22 | More by scottoale
4.4/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
02-17-2008 18:11:59 | More by John_M
Val-Dieu Grand Cru from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
93 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.