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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

267 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 267
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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randylangford

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

04-26-2013 22:32:36 | More by randylangford
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.05/5  rDev -3.1%

On tap at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a clear dark orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, dark fruit, and slight spice aromas. Taste is much the same with fruity and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

04-23-2013 02:29:03 | More by UCLABrewN84
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

04-08-2013 01:02:14 | More by WanderingFool
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mikeradebaugh

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

04-01-2013 01:01:59 | More by mikeradebaugh
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BAsbill

California

4/5  rDev -4.3%

03-30-2013 04:08:30 | More by BAsbill
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DenverLogan

Colorado

4.45/5  rDev +6.5%

Corked bottle...nice pop...poured in a Corsendonk chalice. Cork says 10/2014.
Dark brown with a beige head.
Rich aroma of sweet malts, slight plum, pear & prune.
Significant carbonation and big mouthfeel.
Flavors of candy sugar, molassas, dark roasted malts, caramel, cocoa, slight carob, rosemary, sarsaparilla...lets give this a few minutes...
Yeah baby...there's a small remaining head and the aroma remains strong and sweet...flavors are strong with a sweet biting malt distinctiveness.
I'll admit I did represent this brewery in California in 2007 and found all their brews excellent...great yeast and big malt profiles. The Grand Cru has a touch more of a bite than the others, but nevertheless a lovely beer, fresh or with a few years age.

03-24-2013 03:39:12 | More by DenverLogan
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Kopfschuss

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

03-10-2013 05:54:48 | More by Kopfschuss
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strongaf

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

03-02-2013 10:39:35 | More by strongaf
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NickThePyro

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

03-01-2013 04:36:45 | More by NickThePyro
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kevinhughes

Netherlands

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

02-25-2013 22:02:41 | More by kevinhughes
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magine

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

02-24-2013 03:04:49 | More by magine
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ujsplace

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

02-24-2013 02:53:08 | More by ujsplace
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Willcourt

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

02-20-2013 01:15:10 | More by Willcourt
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.24/5  rDev +1.4%

750ml bottle, best before Jan 2014. I had no idea that this was a Quad - otherwise I might have gotten to it much sooner upon its arrival in Alberta a while back. It possesses a crappy, unmovable Champagne-style cork, which at least gives my recently idle corkscrew something to do - silver linings!

This beer pours a hazy, fine sediment-strewn dark copper-amber hue, with three ambitious fingers of puffy, shiny, thinly foamy ecru head, which leaves a few dense, sudsy instances of hanging curtain lace around the glass as it duly melts away.

It smells of dark, complex sour fruit - plums and bruised banana, mostly - earthy yeast, light caramel malt, a bit of astringent woodiness, a touch of brewer's sugar, mild nutty chocolate, and a musty, somewhat dank hoppiness. The taste is a fair bit sweeter than let on by the nose, with a steadily subtle caramel/toffee malt, some nicely muddled black/brown fruit - again led by overripe bananas and saucy prunes - bittersweet chocolate, mild clove and faint white pepper spice, ethereal Belgian yeast, and a dull hum of moderately musty, dusty, earthy hops.

The carbonation is average, with a bit of lifting pep, and nothing more, the body an almost hefty, but that's a-ok, medium weight, with a dulcet, understatedly creamy smoothness. It finishes on the sweet side, but in a oh-so moderated manner - fruit, malt, yeast, and a conspicuously absolute absence of booze warming.

While maybe not on a totally even par with the Rocheforts and Westvleterens of this focused little world, Val-Dieu's Grand Cru (I just love saying that, for some reason) still comes off as a serious player, in both flavour and otherworldly complexity. I still can't inwardly reconcile how they sneaked a 21-proof ABV offering past me so cleanly, so additional kudos for that.

02-13-2013 03:47:25 | More by biboergosum
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DmanGTR

Florida

4/5  rDev -4.3%

02-05-2013 16:19:06 | More by DmanGTR
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imperiallibations

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

01-30-2013 22:42:57 | More by imperiallibations
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.3%

01-14-2013 01:00:30 | More by spycow
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PHSCAPT

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%

A – mahogany dark, turbid orange when held to a light; poured at 60F into a Chimay goblet; a pinky finger of creamy white head
S – seriously…I get macaroni and cheese mixed with an apple shed
T – Nicely boozy; sweet dark fruits with slightly dry finish
M – finely carbonated, very smooth
O - Definitely a re-buy

01-02-2013 21:45:21 | More by PHSCAPT
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

12-30-2012 03:39:23 | More by kjkinsey
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Hyhat

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

12-28-2012 20:11:50 | More by Hyhat
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.3%

12-25-2012 17:40:06 | More by ejimhof
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ReeseMax3

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

12-23-2012 19:42:30 | More by ReeseMax3
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Scamboogery

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

12-16-2012 23:19:32 | More by Scamboogery
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siradmiralnelson

Iowa

4.13/5  rDev -1.2%

Poured from 750ml corked and caged into Westvleteren chalice.

A. Pours 2 finger head. Thick lacing. Really good retention. Color is very dark brown.

S. Caramel, dark fruit, oaky earthiness, belgian yeast. Smells like it is a dryer quad. Gets a little bit sweeter smelling as it warms. Brings out some candi sugar. Also get a bit of creamy spice as the beer warms. Interesting depth of aroma.

T. Drinks pretty dry too. Very interesting. Lots of caramel malt. So much caramel malt flavor it almost pulls the beers flavor away from being called a quad. Get belgian yeast, and a bit of spice on the back of the tongue. Not very sweet.

M. Medium/full bodied. Medium carbonation. Finishes pretty dry.

O. Really good beer. Great aroma. Flavor is not on par with the very best quads. Just not the traditional Belgian flavor of the very top Quads. Has a lot more caramel flavor, and lacks some of the sweetness. Never the less, this is a really good beer.

12-14-2012 01:21:40 | More by siradmiralnelson
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slm100


5/5  rDev +19.6%

12-11-2012 23:07:27 | More by slm100
Val-Dieu Grand Cru from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
93 out of 100 based on 267 ratings.