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

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BA SCORE
3.87/5
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206 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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bierman9 on 03-04-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,445
Reviews:
115
Ratings:
206
pDev:
11.37%
Bros Score:
4.3
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
18
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 206 |  Reviews: 115
Photo of Annesemj
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of finepaws
4.68/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another on tap at Flying Saucer. Poured a light, slightly cloudy, lemon yellow. Huge white head hung around forever. Thick on the sides til the end. Floral hoppy smells. Tastes wheaty, and fruity, like a hefe'. The slight hoppy flavor balances this one to a tight rope perfection. I love La Fin Du Monde, and have always wanted to try delereum. But this is what we get in NC. You can't beat a belgium in my book. This rocks! Went to the Common Market after leaving the saucer, and picked up 2 more. Thanks CM for staying open till 2am on the weekends!

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Photo of Dutchcraftbeergeek
4.62/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lenny87
4.51/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ArmyATCBrewer
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of SnifterLifter
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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 stevoj
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful blonde! Soft aromas and smooth, fruity taste. Creamy, silky head coats the glass, floating atop a nice hazy, golden body. Body and mouthfeel are right in the zone, making this a near perfect example of the style. Well played, Val-Dieu, well played!

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Photo of WOLFGANG
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of mralphabet
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11.9 oz bottle pour into St. Bernardus goblet

A: Pale golden, cloudy and full of nice little bit of yeast. About a fingers worth of head that settles to a ring and nice little floating clouds. Very nice lacing.

S: Sweet, with nice juicy citrus note, and a hint of light pepper.

T: A nice mix of sweet and sour citrus, little spicy and the end. Very balanced, with a little yeast and hops hanging in the aftertaste. Very nice mix over all.

M: I thought the carbonation might be pretty high when I opened and poured it and I was right. Very crisp and fizzy in the mouth, but all of that calms down as it warms. As it settles in the feel is warmer and smoother. As I finished it the feel was downright wonderful.

D: Pretty low ABV for a Belgian brew, with all the great Belgian feel and taste. I could drink this all day.... Wonderful beer.

Give this one a try.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a DT tulip.

A: Pours a slightly hazy pale gold. Thick creamy cap of foam that laces like a MF.

S: Green apples, pear, citrus, spice, bananas, pepper, vanilla, and herbal grassy hops.

T: Flavors of oranges/lemons, green bananas, white pepper, herbs, tart green apples, sweet juicy pears, and cut grass hops. Pleasant yeast flavors. Very nice drying malt quality that further emphasizes the hop profile.

M: Thinnish and sharp upon initial pour. The body thickens considerably as it comes up to temp.

D: An excellent combination of sweet and tart fruit, herbal hoppiness, tasty yeast, and just the right amount of malt. I see myself coming back to this many times in the future. Fantastic!

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Photo of brewdenver
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly cloudy for a blonde. Medium head with strong finger and medium lacing. Smell is subtle with hints of fruit, my allergies are acting up so its a bit tough to get a good feel of the aroma. Very refreshing to drink; this is even better than the St. Bernadus witbier in terms of a nice summer drinking beer. I just hope I can find this somewhere. I got this in a gift pack. Carbonation is pleasant not to much. This is one of the best blondes I have ever had.

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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 shigg85
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 Pete1991
4.36/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Premo88
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz. stubby brown bottle poured into tulip

L: pale yellow, mostly clear with just a slight haziness, big head of white foam, about 2 inches and some of the coolest sticking you'll ever see; thousands of bubbles are churning in the glass, it's like nothing I've ever seen, and it's pushing up a constant 1/8- to 1/4-inch head of white foam that's lacing all the way down -- a perfect show

S: musty sweet fruit ... very Belgian, almost abbey ale sweet but a little lemon peel underneath; the earthy/musty aroma isn't quite on a farmhouse/brett level, not really that tart, but it does give the nose a nice complexity; hint of ginger; biggest thing is the musty earth aroma that subdues the sweetness ... it doesn't pop or explode but it's still incredibly nice, restrained and elegant

T: light malt sweetness and fruity; a pinch of clove, ginger ... not overly spicy but enough to detect; slight peach; as it warms, takes on a bigger clove taste, very tripel-like

F: creamy ... all that activity keeps a constant little head on top and it makes for a very soft but medium-weight feel ... a bit like a hefeweizen

O: really good brew, one I wouldn't mind revisiting from time to time; it's much sweeter than some others in its class with no major brettanomyces character that I can tell, but there is a little spicy flavor here and there, mostly a tripel-like clove.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another fine brew thanks to brewandbbq.

Pours a barely closy yellow with a thin white head. Smooth flavor that maintains nice sweet tones that don't go overboard but stay consistent. Not overly complex, but definitely nice. Feel is smooth on liquid and the carbonation is actually coming off as soft. That is the biggest thing I have noticed on this beer: the carbonation. Definitely softer and more refined than any American production of the same style. Shows how know-how and experience can trump passionate zeal. A very east drinking beer.

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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 marc77
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Formidably thick, mountainous, ivory - white head tops a slightly hazy golden hued effervescent brew. Belgian lace is left. Tart, unripe fruit is perceived in aroma at first, but sweet honey & cider quickly round it out. The overall flavor profile is of mellow residual sweetness due to the low hop bitterness, but lemony esters & mild clove add complexity. Moderately bodied w/ sufficient residual dextrins to lend a full mouthfeel. Finishes w/ quickly fading sweet residual sugar and tart ester combination. Val - Dieu Blond exhibits excellent drinkability & overall smoothness. There should be more Belgian "session" beers like this one.

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Photo of rousee
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Gold-honey color, fairly murky and forms a beautifull 2 finger cap of very active carbonation. You can actually hear the action of the bubbles and carbonation as it is has been set free after being kept in that tight confining bottle. It leaves a thick and lush foam lace on chalice.

Smell is light floral and honey with some grassiness too.
Taste is fruity, malty, and tart. Very nicely balanced though.

Mouthfeel is really fabulous but maybe just a tad too foamy.
Drinkability is the one weakness of this beer-it would be hard to have more than a couple. Might have better drinkability as part of a meal.

I tried it on-tap at ACPH for the BBF pre-party and it was even a little better on-tap than in the bottle.

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Photo of rootbeerman
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into val-dieu glass

A: pours cloudy dark yellow, not much head due to very conservative pour into the seemingly small branded glass. swirled to form a thin white head that actually hung around a bit.
S: sweet malt, sort of sourdough starter like yeast
T: again with the sourdough, sweet bread/cracker. lemon, slight fruitiness. im tempted to have a taste with the yeast stirred up. (yeast adds too much of the bready flavors)
M: light carbonation, crisp but with slight carbonation bite on the front of the tongue.
D: simple, would be good next step for someone new to 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 techdiver
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very slightly hazy gold with a modest head that dissipates slowly. Smells of malt and tangerine. Taste is quite smooth and well balanced, medium-bodied with good carbonation. Esters present themselves throughout and lead to a finish that leaves you wanting more. A very tasty and drinkable brew.

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Val-Dieu Blond from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 206 ratings
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