Val-Dieu Grand Cru - Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
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3.65/5 rDev -12.7%
750 mL bottle courtesy of fthomasl pours a rich crimson color with a fluffed tan head. Awesome lacing upon a decent retention. A good looking beer for sure.
Nose is bananas and chocolate....almost reminds me a bit of Aventinus. Lots of yeast esters and malty goodness....mmm
Taste is chocolate covered bananas with a dusting of cloves...interesting and tasty belgian offering. Id go more BSDA than quad but that is mainly due to the spicy zestiness the beer throws down. Interesting blend of flavors, but a bit on the sweet side for me and the phenols are raging.
12-08-2012 00:31:07 | More by twiggamortis420
4.75/5 rDev +13.6%
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.
10-18-2012 20:02:31 | More by Impfan
4.6/5 rDev +10%
A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. had a dark brown color and a cloudy consistency. There was a two inch, off white, foamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.
S: A big aroma of dark fruit, yeast, sugar, and malt.
T: Tasted of Belgian yeast, toffee, malt, dark fruit (plums, raisins), and some spices (pepper). Slightly boozy, but not overwhelmingly so. A very focused, complex and powerful flavor.
M: A highly carbonated beer with a smooth, prickly finish. Medium-bodied.
O: One of the best Quadrupels I've tried in a while (or ever). Very, very drinkable.
08-09-2012 13:30:14 | More by avalon07
4/5 rDev -4.3%
A gift from brewandbbq, thanks for the opportunity Jeff!
Pours a deep reddish orange color with a huge bubbly off white head that persists forever. The smell is quite fruity. Orange and cherries and raisins in front of a solid caramel and darker sugar back drop with a hint of alcohol. The flavor is quite fruity as well with orange and citrus mixed with some sweet cherries raisins and plums. A solid caramel and melanoidin malt sweetness provides a nice balance against the fruit. There's a warming alcohol, but its very faint and never harsh. Medium to thick body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. This is a very nice quad, the citrus flavor adds a nice dimension to this brew.
07-31-2012 00:28:06 | More by johnnnniee
4.03/5 rDev -3.6%
The brew is clouded chestnut, an off-white small head with little lacing but heavy curtains.
Smelling of dried or ripe fruits, bananas, spices, some acidity. Much Belgian.
Tasting sweet, brown biscuits, syrup, brown sugar, ripe fruits, some faint bitter cherry seed nuances.
Medium carbonation, foamy small bubbles, soft and smooth, a big body.
A very rewarding and in every sense great beer.
07-27-2012 18:40:39 | More by rarbring
4.43/5 rDev +6%
On tap @ Chez Moeder Lambic Fontainas (Brussels, Belgium) on 7/5/12. Served in goblet.
Pours a near black in the glass, topped with 1 ½ fingers of rich off-white froth. This retains with a thin creaminess that soaps the sides of the glass with thick swathes of glass. The aroma is a dark fruit explosion, with a strong spiciness (anise is really sticking out) and a sticky underpinning of molasses and brown sugar flavors. This is very rich and flavorful in the nose.
The taste is RICH! Dark fruit, cocoa, molasses, brown sugar, toffee, and licorice all leading into a dry and spicy feeling finish. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a light prickliness on the tongue and then more of a smooth silkiness that fills out the rest of the mouth. The alcohol here is present and while not overly warm in any way, it does start to wear on the palette just a bit.
Man, this was a damn good Quad! It was extremely flavorful and smooth for the size and was just a real treat to end our meal with. I’m glad we can get these beers in the States. Val-Dieu is on my radar in a big way now.
07-25-2012 16:56:20 | More by Kegatron
4.3/5 rDev +2.9%
750ml bottle poured in a snifter.
A: Pours a deep dark amber color forming a huge yellow head. Particles floating around. Good retention and many lacings left
S: Very sweet and fruity (plums). Candy sugar, caramel malts, Belgian yeasts and alcohol. Bit of earthy hops
T: Follows the nose. Sweet upfront. Very malty. Candy sugar, Belgian yeasts, dark fruit esters (plums and raisins). Alcohol in the end. In overall, a sweet beer
M: Heavy creamy and molasses body. Good mild bitter aftertaste
O: Good drinkability. Nice Quad
05-18-2012 19:55:03 | More by eduardolinhalis
4.33/5 rDev +3.6%
Had first heard about this beer from Ml67 (Mark) and he said it was incredible. While visiting Moeder Lambic in Brussels I saw this on the menu. Just had to have it. Very glad I did. Excellent beer.
Being in Brussels needless to say it was served in the proper and specific glassware. There was a thick/tight beige head with awesome retention. Dark brown with burgundy/purple tones. Some foam lines the glass as you work through the beer.
Aroma hangs heavy in your nostril and if filled with sweet, rope dark fruit. Plum, fig, light spice and some yeast notes. There is a sweetness to this that is very pleasant.
The flavor follows the aroma, but is a bit more complex. Raisins, plums, fig present along with some cherry coke. Black Pepper and subtle anise. Lots going on here. The layers of malt flavor are very nice.
Thick body, shy of sticky…but in the neighborhood.
Mark was right. (not that I doubted him) This is a great beer.
04-28-2012 11:29:48 | More by Reagan1984
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).
04-04-2012 12:53:27 | More by woosterbill
Val-Dieu Grand Cru from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
93 out of 100 based on 267 ratings.