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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:
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Reviews: 113 | Ratings: 194
Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Surprised I had never tried this beer before. I'm glad I did; it proves to be a very nice beer. Typical Belgian, it shares a lot of characteristics with Duvel and Leffe. The beer is lighter, paler in color, but nearly competes with Duvel in its head retention. Light haze shows lots of proteins and lends to an estery, spicy aroma. Nearly honey sweet with light hopping for balance. Fruity with peaches and pears, sprinled with a light clove, bananna character. Very creamy and soft on the toung...like a Witbier. Cleanly lifts away in the finish with a lightly cooling evaporative quality. Not drying or grainy. Pure and simple good beer.

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Photo of brentk56
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy apricot body with a frothy, whipped egg whites head; leaves splashy lacing all over the place

Smell: Spicy, fruity and a touch of bubblegum, along with the trademark Belgian yeasty funk (which, in this case, is rather subtle)

Taste: Starts out with a biscuity malt flavor with a touch of lemon in the back; after the swallow, a variety of other flavors come into play - pear, pepper, more lemon, candi sugar and leather come to mind

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with lots of carbonation

Drinkability: I'm not a big fan of Belgian pales, but this one hits the spot for me; where others are underwhelmed, I enjoy the subtle elements

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

750 ml bottle into chalice, no bottle dating. Pours fairly cloudy golden amber color with a nice 1-2 finger fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass, with a nice amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of apple, pear, apricot, grape, floral, grass, honey, bread, candi sugar, pepper, and earthy yeast esters. Very nice aromas with good complexity, strength, and balance of fruity/malty notes. Taste of pear, apple, grape, apricot, floral, grass, bready grain, honey, pepper, earth, herbal, candi sugar, and spicy yeast esters. Lingering notes of light fruits, floral, grass, honey, candi sugar, bready grain, herbal, earth, and yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of flavors; with a nice malt/spicy ester balance; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a lightly slick, very crisp, and prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian blond style. Damn nice flavor complexity and balance of fruity/spiciness; and very smooth to drink. This was a highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hugely yeasty ripe lemon with waxy lemon edges. The cream colored head is beautiful. It's thick, rich and sticky with an attractively pebbled upper surface. Chunky scraps of pocked lace adhere to the glass, where they patiently oversee the crown's slow, majestic descent. Irrespective of positive qualities yet to be uncovered, the appearance suggests that this is a quality beer.

The nose is not as wonderful. Slightly sweet, lightly buttered pale malt leads the way. Those adjectives point out the aroma's lack of power and personality. As well, the usually distinctive scent of Belgian yeast is subdued, although not totally lacking. All in all, the nose is pleasant, but no more than that.

Val-Dieu Blond is good beer. The malt structure is firm and tastes like buttered sugar cookies, or sugared butter cookies. As one who likes a little sweetness in most styles, I approve of the amount of candi sugar used. There's minimal fruitiness (ripe pears) and a subdued herbal hop presence. Even though this is anything but a complex beer, I like it.

A clove-like yeastiness is present on the palate as well, although it's still in the background. A stronger yeast presence would improve things. The mouthfeel is solidly medium thanks to all the malt. However, the candi sugar may be tricking me into thinking it's more full than it really is.

Other than the highly-hopped style outlier that is De Ranke XX Bitter, I've never been overly thrilled with Belgian pale ales. They're often nothing more than pale imitations of BSPAs. My preference for big, boldly flavored beer leads me to think more highly of the higher octane style. Even though I don't like it as well as I liked Val-Dieu Tripel, and even though it's fairly simple and straightforward, Val-Dieu Blond is still a worthwhile purchase.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, aside from all that little yeast flecks, effervescent body with a tall, airy, white head.

Smell: Tangy-scented, sweet-smelling bouquet with notes of citrus, spicy hops, yeast, and, to a somewhat lesser degree, bananas.

Taste: Pale, pilsner maltiness with a big sugary, honey-hinted sweetness. Spritz of tangy lemon juice, maybe even a bit of lime, and heck, maybe some tangerine in there, too. Hints of unripe bananas. Spicy Noble hops with a mild bitterness. Slight yeastiness. Crisp, fruity, sweetish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Well carbonated, like drinking a Sprite.

Drinkability: A lively, sweet, but still refreshing Belgian ale.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

I enjoyed this at Moeder Lambic served in a goblet chilled

The color is golden with good clarity and cloud-like white head with thick 3 fingers and average sized bead with thick lace pattern left nad good retention. The smell is earthy and grainy, almost hay-like with some malt and yeast spice with phenolic aroma and the grain smell is raw. The feel is very good wiht mild belgian yeast spice and light sweetness with a gentle creamy texture and moderately low carbonation with peppery tinge and mild alcohol in the finish which is dry.

The taste is very malty with yeasty flavor supporting that brings a sort of peppery dry aspect and spice/phenolic element with slight sweet element from the malt which also has a light toasted taste.There is a mild amount of alcohol in the finish flavor-wise. Overall a very good Belgian blond with spicy yeast and moderate strength -very quaffable.

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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 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 stakem
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stubby 11.2oz brown bottle poured into a matching Val-Dieu goblet. Admittedly, I received this sample pack as a gift one Christmas season a couple years ago. The best before date is 30/07/11 whoops? The brew pours a brilliant color of pale yellow to golden and perfectly clear. Rising bubbles of carbonation stream to the surface and support the white cap with a firm finger that faded from the initial 2 fingers of white froth. As the cap fades, it leaves a full curtain of white lace sticking to the glass. A swirl isnt even necessary as the rising carbonation emits enough aromatics and head retention.

The aroma is sweet like a pale sort of candy sugar mixed with vanilla and candy corn. A bit of fresh grainy quality is still present that gives a bit of straw character to the nose. More sniffs reveal a bit of herbal to grassy hop character and very mild alcohol inclusion of fruity to floral esters. As it warms up, it gets a bit herbal. In all honesty, even though I let this one get "over the hill" and expired, it still smells fantastic and I cant imagine a fresh bottle being any better than this.

The taste includes a bit of that previously described candy corn sweetness that is mildly like vanilla and pale belgian candy sugar/syrup. A yeasty spice of clove is present blending into a bit of fresh grain quality before the onset of some herbal to fruity and floral hops/alcohol esters emerge. This is a pretty tight and enjoyable package for a belgian blonde.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a crisp snappy finish to it. The carbonation is effervescent and helps move the flavors across the palate and keep it bright and uplifting. I never would have guessed the best by date was more than a year ago. Pretty good stuff here and worth a try if you enjoy belgian blondes.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Spun-gold, clear, under fizzy bone-white foam.
Citric nose, a dash of sour, with a side of flowers,yeasty, lemony, light.
Brisk and fruity in the mouth, but low-key in the mouthfeel. Great grab in the palate up front, then mellowing. Very easy and breezy, just like a good blond oughta be..."blond ale", I mean, of course.
Just a bit spicy and honeyish in the taste, getting more complex further into the bottle. Very zesty, refreshing, a great dinner chaser.

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Photo of Tone
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden color with lots of suspended sediment. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of yeast, sweet malt, hops, and citrus (slight banana). Fits the style of an Belgian Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of hops, sweet malt, citrus (banana), and slight yeast. Overall, a smooth and easy drinking pale ale with a good body.

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

Poured a hazy golden color with a thin white head. The aroma boasted floral, citrus, and yeast components. The mouthfeel was crisp, as the citrus flavors married well with the sweetness of the malt. The yeast was pronounced and some honey flavor crept in during the swallow. Very mellow aftertaste with some hint of bitterness. This medium bodied beer is very drinkable and refreshing.

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

LOOK: A golden color with a soapy white head. Just a slight haze but pours free from sediment. The bottle is several years old.

SMELL; Pear and clove yeast notes, medicinal, musty. Dusty malts. Pretty clean yet distinctly rustic and Belgian at the same time.

TASTE & FEEL: Lively and fruity on the palate, some pear, apple and honey dew melon come through clearly. Clove and lemon notes with some chalky yeast and powdered aspirin. Hay and near farmhouse quality, then slightly tangy before the sweet malts take over. Herbal hops and bitterness are slight but do dry the beer out.

OVERALL: A nice example of a Belgian Pale Ale. Its simple, clean and to the point. Hops have faded with time, but it let the yeast, malt and fringe elements of the beer come out more. Charming little Belgian brew that is quite refreshing.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown 33cl bottle obtained from the brewery, stored a little longer than I intended, best before 2nd Apr 2009, drank 20th Aug 2009. Poured into a Corsendonk branded, stemmed tulip glass.

Very pale yellow, cloudy too, good white foaming head sat on top. I left the sediment in the bottle and drank it later, even so the beer had a true misty hue to it. The head had good retension and lacing stayed on the glass throughout the tasting.

Aroma was typical Belgian Blonde, yeasty and hay notes.

The taste is also typical (good quality) Belgian Blonde; crisp, sharp and refreshing.

The 6% sits nicely and suits the feel of the beer, other Belgian Blondes can go over the top with alcohol content, this is just right.

Impressed, I thought my slight ageing might effect the taste and review, if it has, then it's enhanced the enjoyment.

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

Pours a hazy pale golden with an excellent head that sticks around as a cap and leaves some slight lacing. The smell is somewhat light and lemony with some clove throughout. Tastes nicely balanced with a very nice lemony, creamy freshness. There are some lightly biscuity malt notes with some residual sweetness that comes through. Its not too much, though, and it is smooth and creamy, and light, and delicious.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into my Val-Dieu chalice. This came from a multi-beer gift pack and the best-by date on the label is Aug 28, 2008. So, it's either well past fresh or well into a graceful aging ... I guess we shall find out!

Appearance: body is a medium golden hue with tons of effervescence and is free of any haze. Head is a generous finger of pillowy white foam which leaves a nice lace coating. I like it.

Smell: rich orchardy aroma mostly comprised of pear but also with bits of apple and plum. There's also a bit of a breadiness to it; this might be due to its age, but I find myself enjoying it anyway.

Taste: flavor is similar to the aroma, but I'm getting more apple-cidery flavors here. There is some bitterness toward the end, but it's not significant. This seems less refined than the aroma; there are some hard edges around the acidity and bread flavors. Again I'm wondering if this is age or just the beer's character.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a bit of syrupy character and massive carbonation. The creaminess here is almost unbelievable. Love it.

Drinkability: a nice, rather drinkable Belgian pale. I want to try one that's a wee bit fresher, but even this expired sample is one I'd drink again.

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Photo of weeare138
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
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 jdhilt
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a two-fingered white head that fades slowly and leaves some lace. A cloudy light golden color. Nose is on the malty side, I didn't notice any sour or metallic aroma as others have found. Starts malty, finishes nice and crisp. Good carbonation. Nice Belgian pale much better than an American pale.

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Photo of corby112
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden color with a thick white head that slowly dissipates leaving no visible lacing. Has a somewhat crisp, fruity aroma with hints of grape, apple, light raisin and pear. Flavor consists of these same light, crisp fruits with a sweet dry finish.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a hazy pale gold with a 2 finger foamy and sticky white head that had a great retention and left a patchy lacing. There were some visible floaties as well a strong visible carbonation.

S: some candi-sugar, yeastiness of cloves, bananas, and sour citrus hops.

T: citrusy with sour fruit (green apples), oranges and a light fresh breadiness. There was some honey, cloey sweetness with a light nuttiness. before finishing with a spritzy carbonation bite and dried fruitiness.

M: lively from the strong carbonation, citrusy, sour, light, and tingly.

D: A nice drink, easy, smooth with a dry finish and definitely quenches the thirst per style.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy light gold w/ a huge, frothy head that died slow and left lace sheath rings all down the glass. A citrusy and tart aroma, not overly tart but some minor sour fruit, plush fruit as well - like a white wine with yeast...typical Belgian pale ale smell. Taste is more of the same as I just can't put it down- smooth, light, easy to drink, the beer has a balance of pear, apple, tropical fruit, citric, sour notes - and it's sharp too w/ good carbonation that leads to a crisp finish. Some sweetness gets in there as well - overall just a well balanced and interesting beer that is a must.

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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 Haybeerman
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
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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