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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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no score

(send 'em beer!)
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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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +19.6%

11-26-2011 01:30:25 | More by Rochefort10nh
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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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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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mynie

Indiana

4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours like gingerbread and butter. Neat like them, too. Sandy offred. Nice head.

Smells of wonderful fruit and yeast and ethanaol and love. Lightly sour. Lightly burny.

Tastes perfect. Excellent. Excellent and perfect. Giant fruit, fresh and authentic like you're on a grove, walking amongst the fruit, and you just pull one right off the goddamn vine and bite into it. What fruit these are, I do not know. It's really fucking tasty, though. Moves into medium-bodied red wine, peppery yeast, pleasant alcoholic zing.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 04:54:15 | More by mynie
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abents

Wisconsin

4.78/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark reddish brown color with huge light tan head that laces sporadically. Smells of yeasty bread with a hint of sweetness.
wow this an interesting brew a whole lot going on with the taste buds. Sweet malty, fruitiness lead into various spices, maybe anise, pepper?, and red fruits. Way more complex than what my lowly palate can detect, but sooo interesting and delicious. Slight alcohol at the finish, but so smooth and exciting, this is one BIG beer.
Mouthfeel is probably one of the best I have ever had, it has this creamy texture upfront that leads to a refreshing crispness at the end. Great, great beer put on to try again list.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 04:54:30 | More by abents
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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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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

11-16-2011 03:47:29 | More by bpfrush
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wollefdoogylloj

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

05-24-2014 23:24:39 | More by wollefdoogylloj
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Davintosh


4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

11-16-2012 05:49:55 | More by Davintosh
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ZeroFX7

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

04-21-2014 17:48:57 | More by ZeroFX7
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Impfan

Washington

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

Aroma and flavor of dark, candied fruit, caramel, toffee, clove, banana, tart Branston pickle, ginger, lemon and orange peel, and honeyed melon, cherries, grapes, and pears. Very complex and appealing with just the right level of carbonation. One of the better Grand Crus I’ve tasted.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 20:02:31 | More by Impfan
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marleyr

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

04-19-2014 19:50:55 | More by marleyr
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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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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

02-03-2014 19:03:48 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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ILiveOffHops

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

08-26-2012 18:40:41 | More by ILiveOffHops
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

07-04-2013 02:50:38 | More by WOLFGANG
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Alex5

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

12-10-2013 03:06:32 | More by Alex5
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ajs4bd

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

07-11-2012 02:37:00 | More by ajs4bd
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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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OneDropSoup

Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at 6 & Save in New Kensington, PA.

Poured into a goblet very dark, looked medium-bodied, with a thin dusting & ring of head. Ruby highlights. Full lacing, like the inside of the glass was coated in gauze.

Smells of dark, rich fruit: cherry, grape. Like a pudding.

Taste is fab! Rich, candied fruit, bready, spices like cinnamon & sugar. Under that is kind of a crispy, biscuity malt character reminiscent of an Oktoberfest, gives it a little backbone. Some caramel pops up. Wonderful.

The mouthfeel is full, kind of sticky sweet, to be expected.

This was delicious. Did not find the alcohol imposing, or even really noticeable. This is like a rich dessert: one is plenty, but you can't help yourself going back for another helping.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2009 12:17:49 | More by OneDropSoup
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2008 09:02:11 | More by corby112
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csteeves

Florida

4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a goblet..
Nice dark color, nearly black, with a great aroma, slightly fruity, slightly malty, slight alcohol aroma but did not overpower the aroma...

the taste was the best part for me, which is, of course, very important...could taste the fruitiness, malt and hops, and could taste that the alcohol was there, but again, not overpowering...very easy to drink

for a beer that is 10.5% alcohol, this is very smooth, and i definitely put it right up with the other quadrupels i have tried, 3 philosophers and st. bernardus...great beer, pick it up if you ever find it..

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2007 17:34:51 | More by csteeves
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2011 01:53:10 | More by barleywinefiend
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HeyItsChili

China

4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Pours dark garnet/raisin with a booming, creamy khaki head that sloooowly dissipates.

S - Dark fruits, malt, dark brown Belgian candy sugar.

T - Really amazingly rich and detailed. Tons of dark fruits, prunes, raisins, dark brown sugar, molasses, cinnamon, nutmeg, a really dark abbey ale quality.

M - Creamy, velvety, decent carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 03:50:28 | More by HeyItsChili
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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
Val-Dieu Grand Cru from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
93 out of 100 based on 262 ratings.