Blond | Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu

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3.87/5
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209 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
Belgium
val-dieu.com

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Bierman9 on 03-04-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#11,568
Reviews:
115
Ratings:
209
pDev:
11.37%
Bros Score:
4.3
 
 
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13
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Photo of kbrown
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BenMaalouf
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of danflux
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of siebevl
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of josanguapo
3.02/5  rDev -22%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

From Optimus Beer. In Val-Dieu glass. Playing A Foretold Affair. Pear and clove yeasty esters. Very smooth, so much that it feels a bit bad, too watery. Alcohol well hidden and low bitterness. Too foamy

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Photo of DbbC
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mishi_d
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jcb7472
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BlackVeg
3.29/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BelgianBeerChef
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of valkyre65
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of samEBC
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
4.36/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've now had this twice. Nice flavor for a Blonde. First impressions are yeasty, musty, but finishes lemony with a hint of bitterness. Gets better as you drink more. An effective fizz and creaminess finish at the back in the end. Recommended.

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Photo of Donkster46
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lhwjanssen
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of minterro
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Shockey
4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tuckerster
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zet
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy light yellow colour with a steady head of foam that keeps the surface covered the entire session. Nice gentle smell of light fruits like tangerine and peach, together with some hints of pine and malt. The taste is a balanced combination of light fruits from the esters, toast from the malts and resin and lemon zest from the hops. The tard tends too dominate a bit too much near the end though. The mouth feel is smooth, albeit a bit watery from time to time. Typical for this particular style: once again, a good belgian pale ale, once again, not a beer I'll have fond memories about. This category has a lot of fine beers, but lacks real standouts.

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Photo of Dzu
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Beginner2
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Other than the Trappists, Abbaye du Val-Dieu is the only abbey to have a working brewery (per MJ.)
These Cistercians also took a liking to MJ and he to them.

Perhaps I Had this Blonde four times and usually in a mini-tulip from Val-Dieu. (I have two of these glasses from a sampler pack and very much like to use them both side by side to compare ales.)

MJ's "Great beers of Belgium" called this Blonde "crisp and clean, with an interplay of nutty maltiness, hoppy bitterness and earthy yeasty (faintly lemony?) acidity."

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Blond from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 209 ratings