Val-Dieu Grand Cru - Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
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4.3/5 rDev +2.9%
Poured from a 750 ml brown bottle 3 ways into a clear tulip. No freshness date (on label says to look at cork) and cork has "REF -- 18" labeled. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).
A: Very dark brown with amber edge ringed by a 1/2-finger beige head that falls away pretty quickly but leaves a thin line of lacing. (3.5)
S: Big fruity malt aromas of fig and dark purple/black grape mixed with brown sugar and some molasses. Hops are not really there. Yeast esters are light but carry the fruitiness with minimal phenols and minimal to no hot alcohol. (4)
T: Stellar flavor with delicious sweet graham cracker cookie, fig, brown sugar, and light molasses. It really has a lot of Fig Newton notes. Hops provide moderate bitterness to this big beer. Yeast flavors are minimal and alcohol is very well-hidden. A masterful quad with a good balance of bitterness and malty dark fruit sweetness. (4.5)
M: A very drinkable beer with moderate viscosity with a little bit of syrupy fading to medium body, light carbonation overall, a delight to drink. (4.25)
O: A grand beer with big malty flavors, balanced evenly with bitterness and with abundant dark fruity notes. A really nice classic quadrupel that puts many to shame and drinks more like a BSDA with its medium body and low-medium carbonation. Val-Dieu brings it again and it is one of the unsung Belgian breweries in my opinion. I expect excellence from them and again they have delivered!
09-01-2014 04:17:30 | More by argock
4.5/5 rDev +7.7%
An excellent offering from Val-Dieu. Ale pours with a nice ruby brown hue and thick frothy
foamy head that leaves significant lacing. An exceptional nose of dark plums, Belgian candy
sugars, dark cherries, sweet earthy breads, and light Belgian spices of coriander and anise.
Taste is unbelievable. Dark fruits wash over the palate in waves....plums, figs, black raisins,
and that wonderful sweet Belgian candy sugar. Alcohol is far from present on the nose but
well represented on the back with coriander and a hint of sweet orange. Sweet finish that
lasts long and full. A sweet treat for all Belgian lovers. A WOW kind of experience.
Best of the Val-Dieu's I have had. Outstanding. One of the best ales I have had this year to
08-15-2014 23:01:17 | More by Brutaltruth
4.05/5 rDev -3.1%
Poured from a 750 mL corked & caged bottle into a Duvel tulip. Moderate hand. Cork is dated 10/2014, indicated as a best by date according to the label.
A: Deep ruby-brown body that is essentially opaque black viewed straight on. 2-3 fingers of rocky, off-white/beige head. Good retention. Impressive lacing. Really nice looking brew.
S: Dark fruit, raisin, black cherry, date. Sweet bread. Molasses. Toffee. Faint banana. Trace dark chocolate. Spice cake.
T: Richly sweet malt with a strong dried fruit presence up front. Baking spice. The sweetness gradually yields partially to some balancing hop bitterness. Finished semi-dry. Notable alcohol presence with some lingering warmth and dark chocolate notes in the aftertaste.
M: Moderate carbonation with a moderate to full body. Very palate coating. Slightly sticky. A touch prickly.
O: This one is certainly more suited to December than August - fairly boozy, sweet and heavy. Did get a bit cloying finishing off the fifth myself, but very nice scents and flavors. Will definitely revisit come more quad-appropriate weather.
08-08-2014 04:32:58 | More by fourstringer
4.33/5 rDev +3.6%
750 ml bottle into chalice, best before 4/2015. Pours fairly cloudy deep reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, cherry, pear, apple, light banana, dark candi sugar, clove, pepper, light caramel, toast, brown bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with awesome complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and bready/candi sugar malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, cherry, pear, apple, light banana, clove, pepper, dark candi sugar, light caramel, toast, brown bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Good amount earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, cherry, pear, apple, light banana, clove, pepper, dark candi sugar, light caramel, toast, brown bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and bready/candi sugar malt sweetness; with an awesome malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding quadrupel style! All around fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and bready/candi sugar malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
06-29-2014 03:10:14 | More by superspak
4.44/5 rDev +6.2%
(11.2oz bottle - best by date: Apr 9 201x - last digit cut off)
A: exceptionally brooding, leather, raw umber liquid, ruby highlights... decent finger width of foam on the pour, keeps a
S: dark-toasted muffin, raisin... perhaps a bit of roasted grain... bit of a spicy note on the tail end... simply enticing and drool-inducing for lovers of dark Belgian ales and muffins
T: dark, rich, melanoidin-y (a la doppelbocky decoction) maltiness... hint of dark roast coffee grounds in the finish... unique shade of pan-earthy-fruity (fig-violet-grape-date) booze, sand-blasted in drive... sort of citrus-pithy bitterness lingering, alcohol and milk chocolate hanging
M: decadent, marginally-spongy muscle of malt with a distant, fiery, halo glow of mellow-acidic ethanol... the sauce is on top, feather-light, sub-levels circling the perimeter, while the numbing, (tongue-)tranquilizing eth-knock more than cuts off the stab of sweets
O: like they all said at work - fan-freakin-tastic... a 'quad' with a bruised, fleshy tone... try this shit... do it
06-23-2014 05:13:31 | More by Bouleboubier
Val-Dieu Grand Cru from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
93 out of 100 based on 269 ratings.