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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
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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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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

A: Very dark, brown-black with a huge, bubbly, light-tan head. Excellent retention & lacing.

S: Dark fruit & pleasant spicy phenols. Truly excellent.

T: Figs, raisins, cherries, light spicing, brown sugar, cider, nuts, hints of cocao, nicely balanced bitterness, slight alcohol warmth, though I'd never guess it was this strong! Flavourful, perfectly balanced, well-crafted.

M: Well-attenuated, moderately full body has only a slight hint of residual sweetness. Good carbonation.

D: A really easy-drinking Belgian for its strength.

I'd say this is more of a strong dark than a quad, but all around, it's a great brew.

07-31-2010 20:36:07 | More by Derek
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OriolesFan1008

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

05-29-2012 19:07:20 | More by OriolesFan1008
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bbadger

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

11-14-2011 13:05:55 | More by bbadger
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amrozga

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

05-03-2012 19:43:35 | More by amrozga
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

05-11-2013 13:58:03 | More by RedneckBeerz
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tanzbodeli

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

05-17-2014 03:24:54 | More by tanzbodeli
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kayrex

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

01-26-2012 23:53:58 | More by kayrex
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willjschmidt

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Served on-tap at La Trappe in SF in the proper glass.

A: Pours a dark brown hue with a tan head.

S: Sweet dark fruits, some brown sugar.

T: Dark fruits in the form of plums, figs, and some cherries. Some brown and candied sugar in there as well. A great quad.

M: Smooth and rich.

D: A very drinkable beer, I could easily sip this all night although the high ABV would get me in the end.

03-10-2009 15:46:16 | More by willjschmidt
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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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arkansastroy

Arkansas

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

01-03-2012 14:54:53 | More by arkansastroy
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gradergator

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

07-07-2014 18:47:11 | More by gradergator
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brewdenver

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Wonderful beer. Active frothy head with pour. Used a New Belgium .47L tulip glass. Color is dark, around 18-23 lovibond. Taste was sweet with hints of caramel and red wine. Had a sort of resin aroma. Very active on the palate. Definetly getting more for the price I found it.

03-16-2011 07:36:26 | More by brewdenver
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uturn

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

12-01-2011 23:14:42 | More by uturn
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Nolen12

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

02-04-2014 03:13:42 | More by Nolen12
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woosterbill

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

On-tap at Moeder Lambic Fontainas, served in a Val-Dieu goblet.

A: Deep persimmon body under a finger of creamy, very fine tan head. Great retention, good lace. Excellent.

S: Rich, sweet dark fruits, dessert wine, and a chocolate. Lots of figs, grapes, raisins, and plums. Minor spice, chocolate, and alcohol. Terrific.

T: Fruity up front, with some rich malt sweetness building in behind the dark fruits. Spicy booze on the finish. Sweet, complex, and great.

M: Fairly full-bodied, sticky, and full of creamy, rich carbonation. Decadent.

O: This was a spectacular Quad, probably my favorite that I drank while in Belgium (no, I didn't have Westvleteren, but I did have tons of Rochefort 10).

Cheers!

04-04-2012 12:53:27 | More by woosterbill
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BartMcStout

Belgium

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

05-01-2013 20:38:14 | More by BartMcStout
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afsdan

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

08-17-2014 19:39:40 | More by afsdan
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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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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Deep violet, opaque, nearly black, almosr, under a fine sheath of creamy froth...I like the look, so far...

Aroma: lovely, and uplifting, sweet and delightful...yeasty, brady, some delicate fruit...some dark malt notes, too, some black pepper, licorice, cola....

Taste: mmmm-MMM!!!Espresso whispers, cola hushes, dark fruits and anise, black pepper peeps in, black and chocolate malt, and delicious Belgian malt and yeast. Mmm, darkness and spice aplenty! Yu-um! That's what makes this special, this particular sparkling spiciness....a bit rough in the texture, burrs against the buds to much, methinks...but then this unique and wondrous flavor creeps in ...too much...

Wonderful beer...wish I had a caseful at hand...alas, and alack!

02-12-2007 07:51:56 | More by feloniousmonk
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jayhawk73

Maryland

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
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glid02

Georgia

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
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.45/5  rDev +6.5%

750ml bottle served in a chalice glass.

Cork is so far down in the bottle I needed a corkscrew to get it out. Date is best by 03/09 so maybe a little older than the brewery intended.

Pours a deep dark mahogony brown with red highlights and creamy white head. The head is neither as thick or long lasting as I would have liked. Some lacing is left behind.

Aroma is coaxed out with a little swirling. It is pretty mild but has some nice sweet fruit and spice notes.

After lack-luster appearance and aroma, the flavor comes as a pleasant surprise. Depth and complexity are certainly not for want in this beer. Lots of rich dark fruits, raisins, green grapes, spice, and yeast all in abundance. Perhaps a little pumpkin but it's favorable. Sweetness prevails but there is a nice bitterness midway through and it finishes pretty dry with the alcohol evaporating off the tongue.

Mouthfeel is full body and pretty smooth considering the big carbonation. Very drinkable as the alcohol is only detected on the finish and it's well-hidden.

Overall it's not my favorite quad (there are many great examples) but it's very enjoyable and worth a try if you're a fan of the style.

06-15-2009 00:12:31 | More by GilGarp
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Mar02x

Netherlands

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
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eric5bellies

Australia

4.45/5  rDev +6.5%

Drank from a Chimay Chalice

A - Pours a dark mahogany colour, off white creamy head that stays around for a while.

S - Heavy aromas of maly and sweet stewed fruits with some spice.

T - Complex flavours of malt and spice with some stewed fruits a hint of molassis. very well balanced indeed.

M - Medium to full body and medium carbonation.

D - This is a top shelf quad, that I enjoyed very much.

11-30-2010 15:33:26 | More by eric5bellies
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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
Val-Dieu Grand Cru from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
93 out of 100 based on 267 ratings.