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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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(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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DenverLogan

Colorado

4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 03:39:12 | More by DenverLogan
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Kopfschuss

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

03-10-2013 05:54:48 | More by Kopfschuss
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strongaf

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

03-02-2013 10:39:35 | More by strongaf
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NickThePyro

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

03-01-2013 04:36:45 | More by NickThePyro
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kevinhughes

Netherlands

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

02-25-2013 22:02:41 | More by kevinhughes
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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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ujsplace

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

02-24-2013 02:53:08 | More by ujsplace
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Willcourt

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

02-20-2013 01:15:10 | More by Willcourt
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, best before Jan 2014. I had no idea that this was a Quad - otherwise I might have gotten to it much sooner upon its arrival in Alberta a while back. It possesses a crappy, unmovable Champagne-style cork, which at least gives my recently idle corkscrew something to do - silver linings!

This beer pours a hazy, fine sediment-strewn dark copper-amber hue, with three ambitious fingers of puffy, shiny, thinly foamy ecru head, which leaves a few dense, sudsy instances of hanging curtain lace around the glass as it duly melts away.

It smells of dark, complex sour fruit - plums and bruised banana, mostly - earthy yeast, light caramel malt, a bit of astringent woodiness, a touch of brewer's sugar, mild nutty chocolate, and a musty, somewhat dank hoppiness. The taste is a fair bit sweeter than let on by the nose, with a steadily subtle caramel/toffee malt, some nicely muddled black/brown fruit - again led by overripe bananas and saucy prunes - bittersweet chocolate, mild clove and faint white pepper spice, ethereal Belgian yeast, and a dull hum of moderately musty, dusty, earthy hops.

The carbonation is average, with a bit of lifting pep, and nothing more, the body an almost hefty, but that's a-ok, medium weight, with a dulcet, understatedly creamy smoothness. It finishes on the sweet side, but in a oh-so moderated manner - fruit, malt, yeast, and a conspicuously absolute absence of booze warming.

While maybe not on a totally even par with the Rocheforts and Westvleterens of this focused little world, Val-Dieu's Grand Cru (I just love saying that, for some reason) still comes off as a serious player, in both flavour and otherworldly complexity. I still can't inwardly reconcile how they sneaked a 21-proof ABV offering past me so cleanly, so additional kudos for that.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 03:47:25 | More by biboergosum
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DmanGTR

Florida

4/5  rDev -4.3%

02-05-2013 16:19:06 | More by DmanGTR
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imperiallibations

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

01-30-2013 22:42:57 | More by imperiallibations
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.3%

01-14-2013 01:00:30 | More by spycow
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PHSCAPT

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – mahogany dark, turbid orange when held to a light; poured at 60F into a Chimay goblet; a pinky finger of creamy white head
S – seriously…I get macaroni and cheese mixed with an apple shed
T – Nicely boozy; sweet dark fruits with slightly dry finish
M – finely carbonated, very smooth
O - Definitely a re-buy

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 21:45:21 | More by PHSCAPT
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

12-30-2012 03:39:23 | More by kjkinsey
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Hyhat

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

12-28-2012 20:11:50 | More by Hyhat
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.3%

12-25-2012 17:40:06 | More by ejimhof
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ReeseMax3

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

12-23-2012 19:42:30 | More by ReeseMax3
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Scamboogery

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

12-16-2012 23:19:32 | More by Scamboogery
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siradmiralnelson

Iowa

4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml corked and caged into Westvleteren chalice.

A. Pours 2 finger head. Thick lacing. Really good retention. Color is very dark brown.

S. Caramel, dark fruit, oaky earthiness, belgian yeast. Smells like it is a dryer quad. Gets a little bit sweeter smelling as it warms. Brings out some candi sugar. Also get a bit of creamy spice as the beer warms. Interesting depth of aroma.

T. Drinks pretty dry too. Very interesting. Lots of caramel malt. So much caramel malt flavor it almost pulls the beers flavor away from being called a quad. Get belgian yeast, and a bit of spice on the back of the tongue. Not very sweet.

M. Medium/full bodied. Medium carbonation. Finishes pretty dry.

O. Really good beer. Great aroma. Flavor is not on par with the very best quads. Just not the traditional Belgian flavor of the very top Quads. Has a lot more caramel flavor, and lacks some of the sweetness. Never the less, this is a really good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 01:21:40 | More by siradmiralnelson
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slm100


5/5  rDev +19.6%

12-11-2012 23:07:27 | More by slm100
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 00:31:07 | More by twiggamortis420
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Dactrius

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

11-20-2012 02:58:10 | More by Dactrius
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Davintosh


4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

11-14-2012 14:31:45 | More by Swonkie
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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
Val-Dieu Grand Cru from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
93 out of 100 based on 262 ratings.