Val-Dieu Grand Cru - Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
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3.53/5 rDev -15.6%
750 ml corked bottle. $8.50 from Pints O Plenty.
Appearance: A very dark, clear ruby color. Big, soft cottony looking head with infinite retention. Very nice lacing. Helluva good start.
Smell: Smells very sweet. Dark fruit and yeasty spiciness. A nice maltiness and a tiny, unexpected whiff of sourness.
Taste: Very, very sweet. Too sweet. Raisiny syrup flavor, some spice, a nice bready yeast finish. The alcohol is warming, but hardly tasted at all. Not all that complex, and just too damn sweet.
Mouthfeel: Well this part is really nice. Full in the mouth and very smooth. The carbonation gives an exceptional softness.
Drinkability: This is a pretty good beer, but not that great of a quad, especially for an actual Belgian. Its just too sweet and not multifaceted enough. It was enjoyable enough, but I won't buy it again.
08-20-2010 01:28:16 | More by rapidsequence
3.58/5 rDev -14.4%
On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,
A: Pours a dark brown with a remarkably white head compared to the base beer. Some nice lace.
S: Brown sugar, raisins, dark candi sugar is prominent.
T: Has the classic dark candi sugar quad flavour but really nothing else. Some raisin and prune, but lacking complexity. Just going through the motions.
M: Medium-bodied, very smooth, light carbonation.
D: A solid quad, but the complexity and flavour was considerably better in the Brune which I had back in the day.
06-30-2010 23:50:38 | More by Halcyondays
3.63/5 rDev -13.2%
The first thing I noticed about this beer upon uncorking it was the smell. It has a very sweet smell with a faint tartness that I found to be quite pleasant, though a little stronger than I'm used to from Abbey ales.
Poured into a chalice, the color is a very dark, deep brown. I was disappointed that there was no real head to speak of, and it quickly faded. The color was nice and about what you'd expect from a quad, but the head retention was much less than what I've come to expect from an Abbey ale.
The beer was colder than what was suggested on the bottle, but I was impatient and dove right in. The taste was about what I was expecting form the aroma. Very sweet, tasting of grapes, a faint taste of cherries, and the raisin/fig quality found in most Abbey ales. When colder, its definitely a little too sweet for my liking. As it warmed, it mellowed out and the taste was significantly better. The high alcohol content (10.5%) is also hidden quite well.
In all, I enjoyed this beer, but I don't think its something I would seek out again. To me, it was a little overpowering and less subtle and complex than other Abbey ales.
06-19-2010 02:06:38 | More by 89Vision
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
3.7/5 rDev -11.5%
750 mL bottle poured into a chalice.
Appearance: A very dark pour, with reddish-brown highlights at the edges. Nice off-white head is creamy and foamy, with good retention. Some nice lacing as well.
Smell: Quite different than I imagined, since it is not heavy at all. I am getting the lightness of, say, strawberries and cream, though the actual aroma is more of caramel and fruit.
Taste: Has a pretty mellow fruity caramel flavor. I catch some raisins, apples, and hints of spice (cinnamon, nutmeg). Not much in the way of darker fruits, clove, yeast, or brown sugar. There's some more sweetness up front, and a bit of bitterness in the aftertaste, but overall, a pretty even keel throughout.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth with light yet constant carbonation.
Drinkability: High ABV but not really apparent in the flavor.
A nice beer, but I don't really feel impressed by it. It lacks the dark, heady flavors that I generally associate with this style, and after a while starts to taste a tad too sweet. Not bad, but I was expecting something more and I'll pass on this in the future.
03-22-2011 00:02:34 | More by mithrascruor
3.73/5 rDev -10.8%
A - Deep mahogany with a medium head, bubbles clinging to the sides under the surface. The head is thick and clings to the sides of the glass.
S - Prunes, raisins, caramel malt and molasses. An okay aroma, abv is faintly detectable.
T - Malty, raisins, dates, a touch of dry grapes and alcohol. Aftertaste is faint linger fruitiness and alcohol. A touch of overripe bananas,
M - Thick, smooth, slick, very frefreshing and delcious.
d - Pretty good. I'd have it again, but I am in no hurry to do so.
03-27-2007 03:15:54 | More by mrasskicktastic
3.75/5 rDev -10.3%
We drank this beer during at tasting at Mar02x place in Vlissingen a week ago. This beer had bad luck to come just after we tasted a Dark Lord. I did quit nice....
Fluid is normal to darkbrown. Little head. Smell and taste are a bit sweet. Well balanced beer where the alcohol was pretty well hidden. Corbonation was normal.
09-04-2011 09:02:16 | More by Brabander
3.76/5 rDev -10%
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.
09-23-2013 02:53:02 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.8/5 rDev -9.1%
Burgundy color, with a full and creamy foam that lasts. Lightly aromatic, with hints of burnt popcorn, brandy, dark fruit (plum) and the attributes of Belgian Yeast. Flavor is very rich and full, with extremely well hidden alcohol, fruit, chocolate and Belgian yeast.
05-15-2007 03:36:29 | More by Crosling
3.85/5 rDev -7.9%
First had: on tap at Ebenezer's Pub, Lovell, ME
Served on tap, poured into a chalice; a dark mahogany brown with a small eggshell head that left some nice lacing on the glass. Aromas of dark sugars, rich maltiness, and notes of dark, dried fruit. Nice array of flavors on the palate, with yeasty bread, brown sugar and caramel, raisins, pears, plums. Smooth and medium-bodied, and pleasantly drinkable.
07-20-2011 23:03:11 | More by Rifugium
District of Columbia
3.88/5 rDev -7.2%
Shared a bottle with Rob earlier this summer. Review from notes.
Poured into two goblets from a 750mL bottle. This beer appears a cinnamon brown hue with a decent sized head and adequate lacing on the glass.
Belgian yeast aromas with sweet malts, figs, alcohol.
This beer is a little hotter and a sweeter than I would prefer. There are some nice notes of dark fruits soaked in alcohol and classic Belgian yeast strain flavors, but this is a step below the upper echelon of Belgian quads.
08-02-2010 03:35:37 | More by Huhzubendah
Val-Dieu Grand Cru from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
93 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.