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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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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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daledeee

Iowa

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

I popped the cork from this 750ml bottle and fruit smell started emminating from the bottle. This beer has a head that will not go away with a dark brown clear body.

The nose is fruit, yeast and musty.

The taste is fruity like grapes or cherries. Background notes are sugar and caramel. Very very nice drink. Alcohol is very warming but this is an easy to drink beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2008 23:25:41 | More by daledeee
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 23:53:10 | More by DaftCaskBC
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jtierney89

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 05:15:15 | More by jtierney89
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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2007 03:15:54 | More by mrasskicktastic
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joepais

Maine

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle with a 02/10 date poured into a Chalice produced a good two fingers worth of off white to tan bubbly head that goes to a thick lace. The body is a dark burgandy color on this brew.

Aromas of dark fruits, raisins and plumbs along with a whiff of yeast

Great flavors of fruit, candy, spice and bready yeast filled my mouth. Full creamy mouthfeel nice carbonation on the tongue as well.

Great drinkability on this, a little high in the alcohol department to drink too many of these in one sitting. I guess though it depends how the night goes.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2008 22:47:03 | More by joepais
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AdamP

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

09-10-2012 14:58:52 | More by AdamP
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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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ommegangpbr

New York

3.35/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I'm pretty sure I tried the Brune from this brewery but somehow neglected to review that one. I kinda recall liking it but don't recall specifics.
Pours a very, very dark cola color just shy of being opaque. Not very much head forms, the head that does is bright white.
Not a whole lot comes out on the nose but there is a sour scent that makes me a bit wary. A sourness that would be appropriate in a flanders red ale, in here, makes me think that something may have gone wrong.
Flavors are less worrying, if a bit one dimensional. Almost overtly sweet with dark sugar candy flavors. Molasses undertones with edges of port wine in there. Very fermented, overly ripe dark fruits, maybe a flash of fig?
Better warmer than colder, misses out on some balance for my taste. The 10.5% alcohol is, indeed, extremely sneaky and belly warming. Maybe serve with a dessert? A boozy fruit cake, maybe? Something in a rum cake? Rum raisin ice cream does come to mind when having this.
Worth a try, especially if you like the style. Probably worth a trying in a taste test next to something similar.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 06:23:44 | More by ommegangpbr
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dasenebler

Maine

2.83/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml, Netherlands, best by cork date 03/12.

Brooding brown, very dark. Great head laces with some serious staying power.

Aroma is quite bready and warmly spicy. Dark fruit notes.

The flavor is not terrible, I just find it too sweet and flawed in the end, sort of like the beer hasn't finished fermenting yet. Lots of brown sugar and toffee, coupled with slight dark cherry flavors. That's it really. I was expecting more depth. Alcohol and spices start to kick in as the beer comes to room, but overall the alcohol is well-disguised. Slick and oily mouthfeel. Soft, creamy carbonation.

This beer succeeds in every aspect except the most important: flavor. Maybe this bottle needed more age. Yet, with a cork date of 3/12, I would expect this to have been bottled in 2008 or earlier, so it should really be much more drinkable than it is.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 00:09:54 | More by dasenebler
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OriolesFan1008

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

05-29-2012 19:07:20 | More by OriolesFan1008
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Nolen12

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

02-04-2014 03:13:42 | More by Nolen12
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mithrascruor

California

3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 00:02:34 | More by mithrascruor
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BuckTuckian

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -4.3%

02-11-2014 19:06:30 | More by BuckTuckian
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alcstradamus

Washington

4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Near black pour with a huge foam head and good lacing.

Aroma is raisin/caramel sweetness and some roasty malt. Notes of yeast and spices. Very peppery.

The flavor is toned way down in the spice department and the raisin is kicked way up. This is pretty damn good! Lots of yeast and a very light bit of acetone in the finish.

The body is on the fuller side of medium. Carbonation is high but soft and still keeps the beer a bit creamy.

Overall this is a very fine quad. Not complex at all, but quite tasty and easy drinking for the huge ABV.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 01:55:47 | More by alcstradamus
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geexploitation

Indiana

3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours very, very dark -- nearly black, with only shy tawny highlights that show up with the liquid at a very low level. Strong Brussels lacing, little head. One of the darkest Belgians I've ever seen. Aromas are predominantly sweet, with roasted coffee, cola, dark candi sugar, and some bubble gum leading the way. Very rich, sumptuous aroma. On the palate, cola tastes lead the way, from syrupy sweetness right down to that tarty cola tang. Nutty at the mid-palate, then creamy, before drying out at the finish. Mouthfeel is full of carbonation and thick malts. Overall, this is a big, sweet, smooth quadrupel. I wasn't crazy about the cola flavors, but it's in line with style and well executed. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2007 03:53:30 | More by geexploitation
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impending

California

4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml into a tulip. Pours a clear dark copper, backlit reveals a dark garnet. Dense towering head recedes leaving clumpy froth dangling.

Aroma as if a strong dark noël. Crisp clean spicy. Some smells seem happy, no reason really they just do, as does this. Superb

Long evolving flavor. Lots of candied dark sugars. Indigestion is a possibility. Nice peppery alcohol punches through momentarily before the phenolic long sweet finish begins. Warms well. Aftertaste till tomorrow. Thick viscous mouthfeel.
more of a strong dark than a quad
cheers
jd

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 04:22:15 | More by impending
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Wowcoolman

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thank Hop-head Mike for making sure I've had this both on-tap and from the bottle. Either way try to check this one out.
There's a noticeable jump in character from the Val-Dieu Triple. It's bigger, darker, and sweeter. The sweetness is a fundamental driving character here- we get notes of caramel and brown sugar and some dried fruit backed by the malt. This is pure Candyland for adults, with the alcohol subtly enhancing the mix, but not overpowering.
There are quads out there that have more complexity and bigger flavor profiles. Compared to some of those, this one may not be the greatest beer on the planet. Let those ones stand as a main course. This ones for dessert.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2011 04:18:18 | More by Wowcoolman
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scottoale

California

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

Poured from the big 750ml. brown bottle with a Best before: 03/09 stamped on the cork, into a large Duvel tulip. Very dark brown with a two-finger thick, ivory floam cap. The head settles after ten minutes or so and leaves some thick clumpy lace, clinging to the glass. Very good looking stuff.

The nose is sweet and fruity with some spicy yeast characteristics. Some phenols creep through as the brew warms a bit.

The flavor is rich and fruity of over-ripened plum, fig, pear along with a thick caramel and toffee that coats the tongue. The finish is pleasantly sweet and warming...excellent full taste, hint of tobacco.

Good smooth, slightly fluffy full body that is a pleasure to consume. A very good, solid Quad, that I fully recommend. Chalk another one up for Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2008 23:20:22 | More by scottoale
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JamieDuncan

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

01-08-2014 02:37:48 | More by JamieDuncan
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

4.61/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 13:40:42 | More by deadonhisfeet
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craftbeerasian

Florida

1.75/5  rDev -58.1%

05-17-2014 22:35:17 | More by craftbeerasian
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lunarbrew

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

01-13-2014 16:07:33 | More by lunarbrew
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rapidsequence

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 01:28:16 | More by rapidsequence
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rallison

California

4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a 1 finger semi-fizzy off-white head. Smells of Belgian yeast and dark fruits.

Taste quite delicious. Lots of strong flavors here. Dark fruits - plums, raisins, etc. Coriander and anise spicing. Molasses. Port. Belgian yeast and Candi Sugar. Nice kick of alcohol at the end to remind you it's there. This is how I like my quads - strong, and never boring.

Mouthfeel is very rich, with a slightly sharp finish. Drinkability is good on this, despite the strong flavors and alcohol presence.

Highly recommended. A very tasty quad indeed - if not one that you can afford to drink every day.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2007 04:52:13 | More by rallison
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ajs4bd

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

07-11-2012 02:37:00 | More by ajs4bd
Val-Dieu Grand Cru from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
93 out of 100 based on 262 ratings.