Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu

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Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
Belgian Blonde Ale
Ranked #25
Ranked #18,731
3.85 | pDev: 11.43%
Aug 24, 2022
Mar 04, 2002
Very Good
Notes: None
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Rated: 3 by prisdefer from New York

Aug 24, 2022
Rated: 4.16 by fiveiron from Minnesota

Jul 10, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by NorbertB1974 from Germany

Mar 22, 2022
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
330 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal pub, Stavanger. Also available in Norway at Vinmonopolet. ABV is 6%. Brewed in the abbey. Secondary fermentation in the bottle. Hazy golden colour, no head, minimal carbonation. The bottle cap can’t have been air tight - a part of the glass rim was missing. The aroma and flavour were okay, though. Yeasty, sweetish, fruity and spicy aroma, notes of leather and oak too. Fruity and spicy flavour, quite nice. Soft mouthfeel, due to lack of carbonation. Will need to try another bottle.
Jan 27, 2022
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Reviewed by BucBasil from Rwanda

3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Poured from the 33cL bottle into a mug. The beer is a pale yellow color with particles suspended inside, topped with a foamy white head that leaps up over 3 fingers and sticks around a while.

S; Banana bread, spicy clove, sweet Belgian yeast and honey. Light fruits round things out here.

T: Bright and fruity up front with crisp apple and pear and a hint of honey. Rounds out into Belgian yeast and some spices including clove and even ginger. Finishes smooth with banana bread and a vague nut character lingering on the palate for a while.

In many ways a typical Belgian blonde, but a superb example of the style. Not super remarkable, but spot on.
Nov 04, 2021
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Reviewed by Alieniloquium from Florida

3.11/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
On tap at Das Beer Garden. Cloudy yellow. Smells a little sweet and a little fruity. Grain and Belgian yeast character. Tastes of grain and fruity yeast flavors. A bit sweet. Medium body. Decent.
May 20, 2021
Rated: 4 by brandonld23 from Massachusetts

May 17, 2021
Rated: 3.74 by shelby415 from Oregon

Apr 28, 2021
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Reviewed by JonnoWillsteed from England

3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Blind-tasted except for the beer's name and brewery/country, zero reviews below read (yet!)...
L- Pale straw, slightly hazy, pours with eager 6Cm pillowy white head. Chilled/rested bottle but the foam went like a rocket! Rising CO2 is vigorous too. ps @ +10mins, Head still 1Cm, and lacing formed down side of glass.
S- Belgian yeast, some aromatic notes.
T- Dry! First sip of beer today and this has quite some hoppy dry zing to it. Brief suggestions of some malt before heading off again into a hoppy-dry finish.
F- Dry, with some malts revealing themselves bringing partial balance.
O- I was surprised by quite how hoppy this was right on the front. It's not a profile I associate with abbey-brewed beer. It's a nice beer, nothing to note 'wrong' or out of balance, just... IDK for me this might be more suited to warmer months than when it's 6C outside.
Review/scoring all done, now the reveal, I get to read the bottle lables to see what I missed! --> Bottle-conditioned [yep, there is minor silt left in the bottle]. They also claim this is the only 'true Abbey beer', it being brewed by monks inside the abbey itself.
330ml bottle BB: 14/08/22 £2.85 Bought from BeautifulBeers/BurySt.Edmunds as part of a large pick-your own consignment to London.
Mar 01, 2021
Rated: 3.14 by DvdP from Netherlands

Nov 11, 2020
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Reviewed by janubio from Spain

3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Bottle at Echarle Huevos. Huge head that fades quickly, pale head, almost no lacing. Aroma, at first, is citrics and barnyard. Then comes banana, cloves, pear.
Medium body, rough texture.
Taste of citrus, clove, coriander, pears, bananas.
Aug 22, 2020
Rated: 4 by paulish from New York

Dec 26, 2019
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Reviewed by elnachooo from Spain

3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
De color dorado, con una buena cabeza espumosa. Cuerpo y carbonatación media. Aroma a pan y malta. En boca es agradable, frutal con un final levemente picante sintiendo la presencia del cilantro.
Nov 09, 2019
Rated: 3.94 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Sep 11, 2019
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Reviewed by Anacross from Oregon

4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pale gold and refreshing. Crisp and citrusy, a bit malty but not too much. A variety of fruits come to the palate, always with pleasant notes. Rich as the great beers are, a must drink.
Jul 05, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by Quafftastic from Virginia

May 15, 2019
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Rated by edhardy22 from England

4.59/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Citrusy lime/lemon notes with hints of bitterness.
May 11, 2019
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Reviewed by OlaB from Norway

3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Pours a cloudy golden color with a medium top of white head that dissolves slowly and leaves a lot of lacings on the glass.
Aroma is of bread, yeast, herbs, grass, apples, pears, banana and some citrus.
The taste starts of fruity with spicy and yeasty tones. It then gets more bitterness in the flavour before finishing of slightly dry. Kind of unballanced in the flavour and the aftertaste are a little weak. Mouthfeel is smooth and clean but a little watery.
Medium carbonation with a medium body.
Is a fairly good blonde ale, but I expected better from this brewery.
Apr 05, 2019
Rated: 3.88 by 54V4G3 from Belgium

Jan 05, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by Jotora from Canada (ON)

Sep 24, 2018
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Rated by safaricook from Netherlands

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
wonderful tasty blonde. need to review it some day.
Jul 15, 2018
Rated: 3.9 by kbrown from Ohio

Mar 22, 2018
Rated: 3.8 by BenMaalouf from Virginia

Jan 09, 2018
Rated: 4.16 by danflux from Netherlands

Dec 22, 2017
Rated: 3.66 by siebevl from Belgium

Oct 16, 2017
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Reviewed by josanguapo from Spain

3.02/5  rDev -21.6%
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
Aug 27, 2017
Rated: 4 by DbbC from Illinois

Jul 29, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by mishi_d from Romania

Jul 14, 2017
Rated: 4 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Jul 02, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by jcb7472 from Florida

Jun 24, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by bigred89 from Maryland

Jun 20, 2017
Rated: 3.29 by BlackVeg from Germany

Jun 05, 2017
Rated: 3.81 by BelgianBeerChef from Romania

Apr 11, 2017
Rated: 3.88 by valkyre65 from Texas

Mar 25, 2017
Rated: 3.79 by samEBC from Belgium

Jan 14, 2017
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Reviewed by Pundit_of_Potability from Indiana

4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
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.
Nov 22, 2016
Rated: 4 by Donkster46 from Washington

Oct 15, 2016
Rated: 3.63 by lhwjanssen from Netherlands

Aug 11, 2016
Rated: 4.5 by redfox405 from Virginia

Jul 17, 2016
Rated: 4.03 by minterro from California

Jul 10, 2016
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