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Val-Dieu Blond | Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu

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Val-Dieu BlondVal-Dieu Blond

Brewed by:
Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bierman9 on 03-04-2002

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Reviews: 113 | Ratings: 194
Reviews by homersimpson:
Photo of homersimpson
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy gold with a white frothy head.
Sweet malt and fruit throughout the nose.
Light, delicate body.
A touch of hop leads to a long malty flavor tinted with wheat. Definite esters lend a lightly fruity note to it.
Finish is long and sweet.
Great example of the style, despite having less ABV than you would expect.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jonb5
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

300ml bottle, poured into La Chouffe tulip, consumed during Belgium’s FIFA WC quarter final
with Argentina.

A: Pale golden, slightly hazy, one finger rocky head, good retention, very lively
looking, lots of bubbles.

S: Yeast, molasses, phenols, starch.

T: Follows the nose, slightly watery, sour citrus fruits, on the bitter side.

M: Crisp, well carbonated, light body.

O: A well madeBelgian blonde/pale ale, at six percent its on the
light side but a decent enough mid session beer.

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Photo of Jason
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Short stubby 11.2 brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Nearly clear with a bright pale golden colour, yeast was still a bit unsettled in the bottle and did make it way into the glass but not to the point of making the beer cloudy. Cake like head floats on top and sticks all over.

Smell: Light peppery herbal aroma with malt sweetness in the back, suggestions of ripe tangerine juice and juicy fruit bubble gum in the nose also.

Taste: Multi texture mouth feel, creamy and viscous carbonation with a medium body. Spicy up front with the crispness of the carbonation, yeast and hops meld together to bring for an other complexity to the spicy character. Fruitiness flows through with hints of apple peel and unripe plantains. Fresh sweet grain in the palate, graininess seems to be everlasting and wades far into the finish. Mildly estery with a light warming alcohol.

Notes: Tight and complex with a delicate side and some snappy spiciness from the hops and yeast byproducts also. A Belgian Blonde I’d go back to again and again.

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Photo of oberon
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Iam giving the pour a perfect score pours a slightly hazy light blond with a huge blooming head that is just not coming down it might stay like this forever!Aroma is dry with a iron note to it and ripe lemons,taste lightly tart with medicinal tones and a little toasted grain underneath the flavors.I think for the style its pretty complex with a bunch of nice flavors,high marks for me.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one poured a nice, hazy orange in color with a huge white head that left some gorgeous lacing on the inside of my Chimay glass.

Smell – The light Belgian yeast and modest hops are mixed with tons of sharp spicing that will curl your toes.

Taste – Ah, this one has a nice sweetness to it that reminds me of rich tangerines and maybe some light banana. The malt base is slightly yeasty and the spices from the nose step back just a bit at the taste.

Mouthfeel – This Belgian Blonde is medium-bodied with some good carbonation and a bit of dryness throughout.

Drinkability – I really enjoy this style and thought this was a good representation of my preferences. I like a little more spice than normal and a light yeasty malts, and this one delivered in spades.

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Photo of Marc33
1/5  rDev -74.2%

Photo of petewheeler
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of ant1
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Osiris9588
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale gold color, pouring very clear with a slight head that dissipated quickly. An aroma of citrus and yeast. Taste offers light fruit and spice with a slight mineral quality. Mouth is light and bright, though not a whole lot in the way of complexity. It is highly drinkable. It would probably accompany fish dishes excellently. Solid overall, but nothing earth-shattering. Would surley drink one if I found it in my fridge though.

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

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 fl. oz. bottle served in a chalice

A- a slightly murky golden color with strong carbonation and a pure white head that dissipates pretty quickly leaving a ring of foam around the edge

S- Very yeasty bready aroma with hints of honey just a touch of fruity esters aswell

T- very good honey/ pils malt upfront with some fruitiness finishes with a light hop spiciness to finish. No hot alcohol tones but a dry finish

M- it has a somewhat cream perhaps more bubbly mouthfeel that is pretty smooth. No alcohol warmth or tartness at all.

D- this is a very smooth beer with a light malty sweetness. It is very clean tasting and makes it a very pleasant session beer.

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Photo of asabreed
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33 cl. bottle served in an Abbey du Val-Dieu oversized wine glass (that I received with the gift pack, so I figured I should try out the glass with a proper brew).

Appearance: Oversized wine glasses certainly do make the brews look beautiful. Hazy dry straw yellow with many bubbles floating toward the top. The head's currently refusing to dissipate, sitting at about 1" for more than 5 minutes now. Very very nice.

Smell: Burst of citrus and phenols come from the head and the beer as it warms and the head starts to dissipate. Extremely earthy and musty tones come from the yeast. Some lemon grass, citrus zest, and slight candi sugar. Fruitiness from the malt can be discerned too, as a combination of some tropical fruit, banana, and slight bubblegum. Slight esters are there upon warming also. I don't really get much hops at all, but that's not a big deal I suppose.

Taste: Tons of malt at the forefront of the first sip. Tropical fruit, citrus, slight bubblegum and banana, and phenols come through near the finish. Esters also are very up front, and come through more in the taste than the aroma. Finishes slightly sweet, a tad sour, and the finish is long, then becomes dry, then melds into a nearly-perfect blend of slight hops and all the aforementioned flavors.

Mouthfeel: Pretty silky and velvety, but not as full as I thought it was going to be with all the malt and sugars. A smooth burst of carbonation makes the end of the swallow very nice.

Drinkability: An excellent BPA, and certainly one of the best I've tried. I actually think, both for the price and the taste, this is better than Orval, and I certainly recommend it. It's balanced, complex, tasty, and it looks fantastic in an oversized wine glass.

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Photo of mattfancett
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of silver0rlead
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, golden and pale yellow with a thick white head that settles farily quickly but leaves nice lacing everywhere. Aroma is very authentically belgian, nice fruity esters with a bready malt background but not in a clean, sanitized american way...very wild smelling. Taste is spicy, hints of corriander, lemon zest and clove as well a a light bready malt presence. The mouthfeel is very crisp, with somewhat high carbonation (for a belgian) and quite refreshing and thus the drinkability is fairly high.

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Photo of Backer2004
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Definitely a great choice in my books. For the history and deatils, see the previous review (interesting stuff). Drank this one first as part of a choose your own flight at the Flying Sauce in Charlotte. The first few sips were wonderful. Very smooth down the throat and quite easy to drink. The alcohol comes out a bit as it warms. A bit on the cloudy straw colored side. Not nearly as hoppy as an American or English Pale Ale.

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Photo of ChrisL24481
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of morimech
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a smallish white head that quickly faded to a thin cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass. Has a light fruity aroma, slightly vinous, and some spice coming from the yeast. Overall a pleasant aroma but it is a bit weak. The flavor is a bit weak as well. It is nicely balanced but it does not pack a lot of punch. Light fruit and cloves. Sweet finish but rather underwhelmed by the flavor. Light body with abundant, but not harsh carbonation. The ABV is getting up there for a session beer. Maybe a fresher example would of impressed me more.

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Photo of BPHL
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Antyk
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hotstuff
3.31/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Dayton, OH AleFest:This beer formed a small sized white head with fine-small sized bubbles.The body was cloudy with lively carbonation observed.The hue of this beer was straw yellow and its nose was that of clove, spices and fruits.The flavor was bitter from start to finish and it had a lingering effect.This beer had a smooth mouthfeel and it was light in body.There was a fair amount of lacing on the sides of my glass.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer was a pale, hazy golden color that produced a nice light white head, which was not well retained, which was odd given the carbonation level of the beer.

The beer gave off a nice bready aroma with hints of some fruit sweetness and a grass quality as well.

The taste of the beer followed the nose nicely. A solid Belgian yeast/grain backbone with hints of lemon and some earthiness, which finished with a tart, dry taste.

The beer was smooth and easy to drink. The only real quality that I did not care of the beer was that after it was poured, it almost seemed to go flat. I could not recreate the head, which was odd, given the level of carbonation. Overall, a good beer and perhaps one that I will try again.

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Photo of Samp01
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark golden orange hue with a small short lived white head. Aroma of sweet ripe fruit apples pears, Belgian yeast with some biscuit malt. Taste of biscuit malt, Belgian yeast, sweet fruity notes, some mild citrus, light bitterness. A medium body, light crisp mouth feel with mild carbonation on the Palate. Finish is of biscuit malt, Belgian yeast, pleasantly fruity with a slightly dry ending. Overall a good, delightful drinking ale.

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Val-Dieu Blond from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
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