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

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Val-Dieu BlondVal-Dieu Blond

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Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of finepaws
4.68/5  rDev +20.6%
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 stevoj
4.5/5  rDev +16%
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 mralphabet
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
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 +13.9%
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 +13.9%
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 +12.9%
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 Pundit_of_Potability
4.36/5  rDev +12.4%
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 Premo88
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
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 +12.1%
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 marc77
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
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 +11.6%
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 +11.3%
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 +10.8%
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 +10.8%
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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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
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 Patrick999
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle, a birthday gift from my brother.

Poured a cloudy gold into a tulip glass. Nice head, but really excellent lacing. Beautiful and classy-looking beer.

Smell is a bit understated, like a pilsner with some Belgian yeast, unsurprising given the pilsner malts and Saaz hops in this beer.

Taste - wow, quite nice. A little spicy phenolic kick with copious sweet pilsner malt and gentle hops. Reminds me of a less intense Duvel.

Mouthfeel, drinkability - well carbonated, but doesn't seem filling in the slightest. A little sweet but never cloying. Sits well on the tongue and easy in the stomach. Exceptionally easy to drink - if I was to session a Belgian ale, this would be a fine choice indeed. Big-time props to my brother for picking this out for me; it's right up my alley.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Whitish blonde yellow with a medium white cap of smoothly lathering foam. Rings of lace coat downwardly in patches.

Very prominent aroma of flowers that is brightly intense with a fine little touch of yeasty funk and sugar sweetness. A feathering of lemony orange floats around in there as well. Quite fragrant and pleasing.

Taste is much more sweet and evenly malted then the aroma gives way to. The flowery aspects are all but a drift along an expansive field of wheat sugared bready sweetness. Nice though. Pleasingly soft and delicate with a nice touch and go with the flowery notes.

Feel is well balanced and favorable smooth with a lighter medium-like body. Has an escapeability to its body thats ghostly full in its malt base. So soothing and soft to the palate its as if it were a liquid pillow of sugary bread and flowers.

A damn fine Blonde Ale; drinks down with ease and comfort.

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Photo of mntlover
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a pretty golden color with a white head that falls to clumps of bubbles that leaves a nice lacing on my goblet. Smells light crisp apples, white grapes, melon and spicey yeasties. Taste is also light and crisp fruit then malt takes its place increasing mouthfeel, nice. Burst of spice thats lightly peppery and hoppy come to the front very nice little Belgian Pale Ale. Mouthfeel is light as it should be, but increases a little when the malt kicks in. Drinkability is great goes down smooth and quick very tastey also, would have been a great brew this summer.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle. This beer pours out a hazy yellowish-orange color with lots of floating particles and a huge white head. The aroma is pils malt and zesty fruit and spice. Sweet and malty flavor. Floral, crisp hops. Some orange flavor, but not as fruity as many Belgian pale ales. The finish is spicy, with pepper and coriander, and the spicyness is accentuated by a small bubble carbonation that explodes on the tongue. I like that this beer has the full, complex flavor without the huge amount of alcohol in many Belgian Pales. Very nice beer.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you like Duvel, La Fin Du Monde, or Delerium, but don't want the high ABV, here's the beer to try. It has that same fruity, clean taste, with only a 6% ABV. Pours almost identical to Delerium Tremens. Foamy head, light golden color. Very smooth and refreshing. Nothing negative to say, other than the almost $7 for a 750. A little pricey for sure, but a real nice blonde.

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Photo of farrago
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid one finger of pure white foam, as if spooned onto the top of the beer, the lacing clings tenaciously without losing its appearance of delicacy. Simple yellow gold to zinc in color, mostly transparent, attractive without makeup. The nose unfolds green apple, pear, peach fruit as well as a brush of banana and coconut, sweet cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice nuances, the floral side brings out zesty lemon notes, the grains and bread understated and not really more than a complement. In the mouth it's light-bodied with added presence via the churning foaminess. As tactful as ever, gossamer floral dew pairs with lemon and orange mist, just ripened peach, apricot, pear, melon fruit flavors and then a finishing grapiness. The yeast and white bread accents barely baked, warm and sticks to your fingers. As it finishes, stone and stream water parts cleanse the palate, the flavors washed away as the foam eventually peters out too.

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Photo of oberon
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
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 weeare138
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Michael's Deli sometime last year. BB Date of April, 2005...oh, brother. Here we go again.
Appears a hazy light gold with a 1 finger, dense white head of fluff. Lots of scattered lace is left around the glass.
Smell is of yeasty bread, sugary citrus, vanilla, candy orange slices, along with an earthiness that seems to fit well.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a decent mix of the yeasty, sugary notes that are enjoyable.
Moutheel is light medium bodied, balanced, sweet up front, light yeastiness with vanilla cream mixed over the tongue leading to a dry finish that's very pleasant.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy golden blond color. Poured a 3 finger foamy white head with good retention to a half finger dollop. Lots of sticky lace.

S: Light fruits dominate; pear and white grapes with citrussy notes. Biscuty malts. Pepper finishes it out.

T: Consistent with smell with light-colored fruits and citrus. Biscuity malts more predominent with dry straw. Long, light bitter to balanced; white pepper and lemon rind.

M: Light body. Moderate carbonation. Slightly coating and sweet ahead of smooth carbonation and dry bitter.

D: Easily drinkable and moderate ABV made this really enjoyable. Light, flavorful and balanced.

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Photo of Rayek
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Val-Dieu glass.

A: Hazy gold with minimal carbonation. A dense, yet small white cap has excellent retention. It slowly recedes to a 1/4" pillow of foam that sticks the whole way down the glass. Leaves nice rings of lace.

S: Very fruity. Aromas of pear and green grape really stand out. A light coriander spice and a mild mustiness round things out.

T: Nice and light, but still complex. The pale fruits from the nose carry right into the flavor. They're joined by a straw like malt flavor. Bitterness is mild, but well balanced. It has a spicy pepper and coriander kick. Finishes with a mild lemon tartness.

M: The light body is dry and has very fine and smooth carbonation.

D: I was through my glass in a flash. Drinks lighter than its already fairly low ABV. I thoroughly enjoyed this.

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