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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
91
outstanding

280 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 280
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 46
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-02-2006)
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Photo of avalon07
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. had a dark brown color and a cloudy consistency. There was a two inch, off white, foamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A big aroma of dark fruit, yeast, sugar, and malt.

T: Tasted of Belgian yeast, toffee, malt, dark fruit (plums, raisins), and some spices (pepper). Slightly boozy, but not overwhelmingly so. A very focused, complex and powerful flavor.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a smooth, prickly finish. Medium-bodied.

O: One of the best Quadrupels I've tried in a while (or ever). Very, very drinkable.

avalon07, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of ccrida
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review #1000!
Served in the small Val Dieu Grand Cru goblet, it's dark brownish red with a big light tan head, creamy on the edges but some bigger bubbles in the middle, leaving heavy sheets of foam. On draught (at La Trappe in San Francisco), which normally is a nail in the coffin for the style, but really didn't hurt the head much at all here.

Smell is strong rich malt, big grape flavors, but an equally assertive spicy ester, as well as perceived dryness. Very unique and distinguished for the style.

Taste is pretty smooth, rich, but really not as intense as the noes, which is first a let down. Still, it's pretty full, lot's of special B like raisin notes, red wined, with some noble hop spice, grass, light hints of bread pudding and caramel, alcohol character.

Mouthfeel is highly digestible, medium light body, with a bit of a dry chalkiness as well. Super smooth.

Drinkability is pretty good, one of the fruiter quads, big flavor without being a palate buster. The light body also really drives home what a benchmark example this is of the style.

ccrida, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

twiggamortis420, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of tavernjef
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark purpley pour to settle a glazed black with a mediumish sized light sandy tanned whitened cap that slips away quickly to a hazey skim and good collaring. Lots of lacing in a solid coating sticks tightly in a wave of tiny holed sheeting acroos the snifter.

Aroma is soft and dullish of dark fruity sugars and purple grape juice, the dark malty fruityness begins to add up more as it warms as does some vanilla cola sweetness and a tiny hint to yeasty spice and black licorice. Nice, but I had to really stick my nose in it to get into it.

Taste is firm and soft with an alluring gradual pull into a sweet, dark, sugary pile of fruity pie filling. Purple grape emerges the winner at first taste with a smooth rounded tone of malty gooeyness that slips right into a melange of warming dark jellies and pastry fillings. Flavors and tones are quite acceptable in the realm of sweet dark malts, caramel, and light fruit tones, semi bready and sugary with vanilla, plum, fig, cherry, and grape. Lingers lightly for a bit and kinda cuts off before rebuilding a memory of lasting lengthy malt laden chewyness and slickness across the palate as it finishes with a crescendo of the warmth.

Body is firm, soothing, and just beyond medium with a thick lasting malty smooth reaction of boldness and chewyness. Has a late reacting finish which really grows on ya. Has quite the memory take back on the palate. A unique characteristic not found very often and which I found to be intriguing and fulfullingly fun and interesting. Warmth emerges even later with a hint of heat touching the back. The malts however stay the stage no matter the scene.

A pretty decent Belgian Quad here. Val-Dieu's Grand Cru is by far one of the better, top notch brews to be produced by them and worth giving a try. The unique effect of body from start to never ending finish in flavor and tone is the best part(heart) of the whole beer and the main reason to seek it out.

tavernjef, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of WOLFGANG
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

WOLFGANG, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of mrfrancis
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

mrfrancis, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of Jwale73
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Thirstybird for sharing. 750ml corked and caged bottle purchased in 2009. Cork reads 02/10. Pours a hazy mahogany with an off-white head and thick bands of lacing that are revealed as the brew is consumed. Nose suggests a bit of oxidation, yeast and dark fruit (primarily prunes). This beer taste great - vinous, dark fruits interspersed with a subtle spicy character. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a crisp carbonation that leaves a residual bite at the back of the throat. A very solid Quad - carbonation is bit too assertive, but not overly off-putting. Not mind-blowing but really quite pleasant.

Jwale73, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev -3.8%

ROGUE16, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dense black body that leaves a big head and lace ring down the entire glass. A mix of roasted, coffee, burnt chocolate, toffee, oak, maple...I'm picking up a lot of malts and hints of fruit. A thick bodied and stick beer that is a little dry, has a large portion of roasted and burnt malts with some sweetness from chocolate, vanilla and caramel (even licorice). Not quite sure but I know tasting something like maple or molasses along with a berry type fruit. Finish is dry and a tad bit of an alcohol burn. A quality quad that is meant to sip and enjoy for a very long time...it's just that heavy and like a meal in a bottle.

clayrock81, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of DmanGTR
4/5  rDev -3.8%

DmanGTR, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of ArrogantB
3.05/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle $10. I have always passed up Val Dieu beers and for some reason this caught my eye. Maybe it was the black label? Anyway, this poured a very dark brown and looks like your typical Belgian quad. The smell was fruity and sweet, almost too sweet. The flavor was raisins and sweetness, cloying sweetness. This was not my favorite quad and now I may know better about buying Val Dieu beers.

ArrogantB, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of woosterbill
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
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 TheBeerAlmanac
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

TheBeerAlmanac, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

jophish17, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of mynie
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours like gingerbread and butter. Neat like them, too. Sandy offred. Nice head.

Smells of wonderful fruit and yeast and ethanaol and love. Lightly sour. Lightly burny.

Tastes perfect. Excellent. Excellent and perfect. Giant fruit, fresh and authentic like you're on a grove, walking amongst the fruit, and you just pull one right off the goddamn vine and bite into it. What fruit these are, I do not know. It's really fucking tasty, though. Moves into medium-bodied red wine, peppery yeast, pleasant alcoholic zing.

mynie, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We went to Ebenezer's Pub in Lovell, ME for a party, and Chris had a metheuslah of this beer. Besides the impressive presentation, this is a very good beer. A brown color with a medium head that lingered well. Sweet, fruity aroma. A nice vanilla taste, with the dark fruit and Belgian yeast present also. Lovely beer, very smooth. Didn't know it was 10.5% ABV until I was admiring the bottle.

lordofthewiens, Feb 07, 2007
Photo of Reagan1984
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had first heard about this beer from Ml67 (Mark) and he said it was incredible. While visiting Moeder Lambic in Brussels I saw this on the menu. Just had to have it. Very glad I did. Excellent beer.

Being in Brussels needless to say it was served in the proper and specific glassware. There was a thick/tight beige head with awesome retention. Dark brown with burgundy/purple tones. Some foam lines the glass as you work through the beer.

Aroma hangs heavy in your nostril and if filled with sweet, rope dark fruit. Plum, fig, light spice and some yeast notes. There is a sweetness to this that is very pleasant.

The flavor follows the aroma, but is a bit more complex. Raisins, plums, fig present along with some cherry coke. Black Pepper and subtle anise. Lots going on here. The layers of malt flavor are very nice.

Thick body, shy of sticky…but in the neighborhood.

Mark was right. (not that I doubted him) This is a great beer.

Reagan1984, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of bpfrush
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

bpfrush, Nov 16, 2011
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 Bierman9
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%

I swung into Cafe Frape in Maastricht on 29SEP14 for a libation or two... While perusing their extensive menu, the friendly owner suggested I try this offering, fresh on tap. Sure, why not? A 0.33l chalice was priced at €3.75. Quite reasonable...

The glass was filled with a dark, deep chestnut-hued bier; quite opaque all in all. Had a layer of fine, tan foam which ebbed to a thin coating along with some solid lacing. Aroma was of sweetish dark fruit, like raisins and dates, with a splash of cherry. It was medium-plus body-wise, and silky smooth passing across the tongue.

Flavor also had a pleasing level of sweetness, with LOTS of dark fruit present. I found raisins, dates, currants and cherries mixed in, with some mild hopping at the finish. A super bier! I loved it and bought three, plus was comped a fourth from the owner. Much obliged, my friend!! Zum Wohl!!

4.35/5 rDev +4.1%
look: 4.20 | smell: 4.10 | feel: 4.15 | taste: 4.45 | drinkability: 4.50

1676

Bierman9, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of strongaf
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

strongaf, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of ehammond1
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Dark amber, ruby, and brown with a very thin khaki head. Lined lacing down the glass. Can't come out looking much better from the tap.

The aroma is of prunes and raisins, some alcohol, rye bread, and a bit of spicy, tangy yeast. Good, but I wish there was less of an alcohol presence.

I have a similar complaint with the flavor. The dark fruits, yeast, and tangy rye bread are all very good, though (and perhaps because I tend to judge my quads tougher than most any other style) I'm disappointed in how present the alcohol is in the flavor. A delicious sipper, though it does have room to improve. I would love to try this one aged.

Medium to thick mouthfeel. Somewhat thick and creamy.

A good quad, with just a touch too much alcohol heat.

ehammond1, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of argock
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured from a 750 ml brown bottle 3 ways into a clear tulip. No freshness date (on label says to look at cork) and cork has "REF -- 18" labeled. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Very dark brown with amber edge ringed by a 1/2-finger beige head that falls away pretty quickly but leaves a thin line of lacing. (3.5)

S: Big fruity malt aromas of fig and dark purple/black grape mixed with brown sugar and some molasses. Hops are not really there. Yeast esters are light but carry the fruitiness with minimal phenols and minimal to no hot alcohol. (4)

T: Stellar flavor with delicious sweet graham cracker cookie, fig, brown sugar, and light molasses. It really has a lot of Fig Newton notes. Hops provide moderate bitterness to this big beer. Yeast flavors are minimal and alcohol is very well-hidden. A masterful quad with a good balance of bitterness and malty dark fruit sweetness. (4.5)

M: A very drinkable beer with moderate viscosity with a little bit of syrupy fading to medium body, light carbonation overall, a delight to drink. (4.25)

O: A grand beer with big malty flavors, balanced evenly with bitterness and with abundant dark fruity notes. A really nice classic quadrupel that puts many to shame and drinks more like a BSDA with its medium body and low-medium carbonation. Val-Dieu brings it again and it is one of the unsung Belgian breweries in my opinion. I expect excellence from them and again they have delivered!

argock, Sep 01, 2014
Val-Dieu Grand Cru from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
91 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.