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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
92
outstanding

280 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 280
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 45
Gots: 17 | 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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Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep tawny color with relatively good clarity. big fizzy off white head. Rich hearty, currants, figs, booze soaked dark fruits. There really is a nice hearty grainy smell that overrides the other smlls in this beer. Smells like theses hearty rustic pretzels I had at a german beer garden.

The flavor is incredibly subtle and delicious. Slightly sweet dark fruits, some dark belgian candi sugar, that hearty grainy flavor comes up on the back end for a bit of balance, a little bit of alcohol heat on the back and a little bit of lingering sweetness. Incredible subtlety though with a velvety medium body and prickly carbonation. It's a really great beer, for being so big it drinks so easy, simple but well blended flavors.

jtierney89, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of dcisco44
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

dcisco44, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of GABrew
4/5  rDev -3.8%

GABrew, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

jaydoc, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of bishopdc0
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap part of my uprising

Served in a Val-Dieu goblet

The beer is deep red with a dark white head. The beer laces very well.

The nose is sweet with hints of berries, heavy malts and a pleasant alcohol back

The taste is a classic quad, malty earth with hints of leather and almost red wine. There is a noticeable amount of alcohol but it cuts the mouth making a nice dry mouth.

bishopdc0, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750ml caged & corked bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a murky medium brown color, with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, caramelized malts, dark fruit, brown sugar, some spice and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of caramel, brown sugar, spices and some fruit. Then some breadiness comes in from a strong Belgian yeast backbone and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid Quad to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

TheManiacalOne, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of Jeeb
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Jeeb, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of Raziel313
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Raziel313, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of Anvilfarm
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Anvilfarm, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of schopenhauerale
4/5  rDev -3.8%

schopenhauerale, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of SGToliver
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

SGToliver, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of jalexy
4/5  rDev -3.8%

jalexy, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

HaveUSeenMyCellar, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -3.8%

SocalKicks, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of ste5venla
4/5  rDev -3.8%

ste5venla, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of maketheheartglad
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

maketheheartglad, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of Flashyspoons
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Flashyspoons, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of DRBiser
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

DRBiser, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of MatthewPlus
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

MatthewPlus, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

CheapBeerBuzz, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

tom10101, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of FilumDee
4/5  rDev -3.8%

FilumDee, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.61/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a corked and caged bottle into a Rochefort chalice. It's a deep, dark brown pour; clear when held up to the light. I get a nice lacing of khaki head that dissipates down to a thin film with lacing around the edges, but doesn't ever seem to vanish completely. The nose is divine. It has all the indications of a fantastic quad. There are big sweet bready notes, sugary cakes fresh from the oven, chocolate, and figs soaked in rum with fudge. Simply heaven.

One sip of this one and I was staggered. Full body and an overload of sweet, boozy, dessert-like flavors. Tons of spice cake, dark fruits, and brownies, all swimming in port. It's very reminiscent of Pannepot, only with a bit more booziness up front. The sweet flavors are so intense, it keeps catching you by surprise (even after several sips). As the beer warms a bit and de-gasses, the port-like notes start to deepen a bit on the back of the palate and the booziness starts to seem more tempered. Either that, or it's the buzz kicking in.

This beer is like a dessert and after-dinner liqueur all rolled into one. My only gripe is that the booziness, while delightful, is perhaps just a bit too prevalent and lends the beer a somewhat cloying character, reducing the drinkability. Perhaps my palate is just too sensitive and is over-reacting to too much of a good thing. At any rate, this is certainly one of the best quads I have had yet. A delightful drinking experience I must recommend to every fan of the style.

deadonhisfeet, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of Sspeer1
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Sspeer1, Jul 17, 2013
Val-Dieu Grand Cru from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
92 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.