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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

271 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 271
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 45
Gots: 15 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Lee_Hancock, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of avaldivia
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

avaldivia, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of wattershed
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

wattershed, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of woosterbill
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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).

Cheers!

woosterbill, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of karatebartender
4/5  rDev -4.3%

karatebartender, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of danedelman
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-dark brown with creamy white head. Nice lacing on glass as you drink.

S-dried fruit, candi sugar, molasses and malt dark

T-very smooth at 10.5%. Lots of raisin, fig, and dark candi sugar all very well blended together. All work well together and produce an awesome brew.

M-very drinkable, if the abv wasn't so high could session this one!!

danedelman, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of wedge
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

@ Woody's

Served in a Val-Dieu chalice, which was a nice surprise. Very dark brown, nearly black in the dim lighting with an attractive silky beige covering on top. Sweet raisin aromas dominate upfront, opening up to reveal strawberry, cherry, caramel, chocolate, banana, and vanilla...very nice. Somewhat less fruity flavor, though the raisin continues along with plum, fig, and caramel malt. No booze at all. Medium-full bodied with very light carbonation making it satisfyingly smooth. I really liked this one...

wedge, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of Kahlerbock
3/5  rDev -28.2%

Kahlerbock, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of kayrex
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

kayrex, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 1/2" tan coloured head that remained and left a nice lacing over a deep and rich coloured dark brown liquid. The carbonation was steady. Beautiful.

S: Very sweet. Strong Belgian yeast smells of cherries, figs, plums and pears dominate the smell profile.

T: The taste is very similar to the smell. Very sweet with flavours of figs, plums, cherries, dark grapes and some pears on the back end. The malt is sweet and biscuity with a hint of toffee. I would give it perfect marks taste-wise, however, I found it to be a little too sweet and just a faint bit metallic on the back end.

M: Medium to thick viscosity and a high level of fine carbonation.

O: A beautiful beer that ranks up there with some of the best Quads and Belgian Strong Dark Ales that I have tried.

DaftCaskBC, Jan 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

MTjohnson, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of rderedin
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

rderedin, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

ygtbsm94, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of arkansastroy
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

arkansastroy, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of dbellizzi
5/5  rDev +19.6%

dbellizzi, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a deep amber/brown color with a tan colored head on top. The smell of the beer was a little sour ot funky... It worried me a little bit, I was expected a sweet malty aroma and I got something that reminded me of a Wild Ale. The taste however completely made up for the aroma. The sweet malt and candy like flavors that a quality Quad has were in there and very pronounced. The beer tastes sweet with minimal bitterness. The mouthfeel was pretty good, it was moderately thick feeling with a low carbonation to it. Overall I enjoyed it, the smell still doesn't please me but the beer in general is quite good.

Knapp85, Dec 29, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

jophish17, Dec 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

pudoo, Dec 23, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

CelticAleMan, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of gfreed
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Found a bottle gathering dust at one of the beer stores on my regular route. Given the ABV and the quadness, I figured that even if it really had been sitting eternally on a shelf it wouldn't be rotten and old. As it turns out, this really wasn't too bad but it leans toward being gritty-sweet, similar to the frosting on a supermarket sheet cake. Dark-brown to near-black; decent head, if a bit thin; sugary aroma mixed with a Dr. Peppery pruniness; a taste of peaches and figs and then the slightly out-of-bounds sugar. Definitely mellows out upon warming, and makes a nice winter accompaniment to beef stew, popcorn and a decent Hollywood Western. I took about 90 minutes to drink half the bottle; by the bottom of the glass my opinion had definitely risen (although that may just have been the 10.5% talking).

gfreed, Dec 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

JohneHoodlum, Dec 08, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

tjseveryday, Dec 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

ROGUE16, Dec 05, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

Snellgg5, Dec 02, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

uturn, Dec 01, 2011
Val-Dieu Grand Cru from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
93 out of 100 based on 271 ratings.