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

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BA SCORE
87
very good
114 Reviews
Val-Dieu BlondVal-Dieu Blond
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
Reviews:
114
Ratings:
195
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
14.99%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
17
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 114 | Ratings: 195
Photo of StJamesGate
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rocky head like a boulder that trails over amber-tinged blonde.
Phenolic nose - wax + earthy yeast, plus oily herbal leaf and flower nectar.
Clean lagery grain like baguette crust, slight yellow apple skin esters, a buttery hit, apple pie spice yeast and spicy hops. Tingly linger.
Fizzy, crisp, light.

Zippy and clean - a super summer quencher. Balanced and attenuated, but instead of complexity, the taste shifts with each sip - fruit, spice, grain. Incredibly well crafted for being so simple.

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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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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 VoodooBear
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Presentation: Stubby 11.2 oz. brown bottle, served in an oversized wine glass.

Appearance: Cloudy, pale gold color. Develops a two finger bright white head that goes down but remains all the way to the end. It leaves some great lacing.

Smell: The scent is sweet, fruity, mainly banana. There's some nice herbal and malt notes, as well as some yeast in the background.

Taste: A fruit flavor is dominant. It has spice and herbal flavors that make for a very complex and appealing package. There's alcohol and a tiny malt sweetness at the end, with some bitterness to balance everything out.

Mouthfeel: It's smooth, creamy and medium bodied. It has mildly high carbonation that's not overwhelming but still present.

Overall: Very drinkable and complex. It has a lot of flavors and scents, but also a simple sweetness, balanced perfectly by a hint of bitterness and an alcoholic character, that just make it a great beer.

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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 jsisko01
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a nice golden color with an inch thick, creamy white head. Leaves a very nice lacing.

Smell - Has a somewhat musty smell at first.. Followed by a subtle sweetness, and very bready.

Taste - Has a very nice sweetness to it. Earthy and floral hops, lemon, apple, oak, grass, alcohol, and a slightly dry finish. The bitterness is very mild.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall - This was a pretty good beer

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Photo of Marc_V
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Belgian Beer Shop.com. The beer is golden blond and clear. Large white head. The aroma is typical for a Belgian abbey blond: spicy, lots of yeast, fruity accents. The taste is very similar with yeast, fruits, sweetness and bitterness well balanced. Overall an easy to drink blond of good quality.

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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 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 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 Aethien
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold with a small, fluffy white head.
Some bready yeast, grassy notes, spices and a little lemon in the smell. I almost have to dive into the goblet before I smell much though.
A slightly pungent yeast flavour is a constant in the taste, with grassy hops, lemon and a little spiciness rounding it out. A little watery but good carbonation and easily drinkable.

I can't remember how much I paid for this, but if it's cheap it's a nice session beer. Not too special but not bad either.

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

On-tap at Moeder Lambic Fontainas, served in a Val-Dieu goblet.

A: Clear gold body under a fine, persistent white head. Ok lace.

S: Bready, fruity, and estery. Some pineapple, grasss, and flowers. Nice.

T: A bit less fruity and more dry - some earthiness joins the floral notes, and dry grassiness dominates on the clean, chalky finish. Enjoyable.

M: Soft, well-carbonated, medium-bodied. Nice.

O: Very good BPA. Extremely refreshing, but with plenty of interesting flavors as well.

Cheers!

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy gold with a pillowy white head.

S: Aromas of caramel, biscuits, and grassy hops dominate the nose. As the beer warms, spicy, yeasty aromas gradually make their presence known.

T: Notes of lemon, grass, straw, caramel, woody spice, biscuits, herbs, and pungent yeast wash across the palate. The finish is straight-forward with a pleasant mixture of biscuit and grassy, herbal flavors.

M: Medium bodied and dry, though a bit watery. Carbonation is prickly and spiky, imparting a cleansing quality to the mouth. This ale is quite drinkable, but to me, it feels a bit sterile.

O: This is a neat, tidy little Belgian pale that hits all the high notes for the style. My problem with it is that it comes across as being too dry, too sterile, and really just too predictable. Maybe I'm beginning to tire of this style, but in my opinion, Val-Dieu Blond does everything expected of it and nothing more.

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

11.2oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a slighty hazy yellow/amber colour with a fairly large white fizzy/frothy head. There is an average amount of carbonation, and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for about 6 minutes before it was gone. There are also lots of yeast chunks floating around.

Smell - Bread, grains, lemon, green grapes, wood

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste bread/grains mixed with lemon and green grapes. I can also taste yeast and a bit of a woodiness. I ends with a yeasty and earthy slightly tart aftertaste.

Drink - The beer definitely improved as it got warmer in my glass. I don't think I've ever seen some much yeast/sediment floating around in a beer before.. It's an above average beer but not something that blew my mind. I'm glass I tried it, but would get something else next time.

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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 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 KajII
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Best served in a Trappist glass]

Poured a hazy amber with a small particles of yeast sediment floating throughout with an average size white frothy head and had excellent lacing. The aroma had a strong scent of a flowery hops, light grainy malts and a mild soapy yeast odor with notes of citrus. It tasted moderatley bitter and slightly acidic at first then mellowed into a smooth bitter yeasty flavor with notes of citrus that lingered on the palate for a nice while. Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a nice lively carbonation. Overall an outstanding Abbey ale.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33cl, missing rear label and best-by date.

Pours a slightly hazy gold with a very nice, rocky head. Retains very well, leaving clumpy lacing on the way down.

Aroma has powdery yeast character, along with some citrus and phenolic, rubbery notes.

The flavor is okay. A sort of cookie-like maltiness prevails, along with strong notes of wheat and hay. There is some orangey, citrusy character, but the hops devolve into a vegetal thing that just doesn't work very well with the yeasty flavors. Somewhat bitter and dry. The mouthfeel is very good, with soft, creamy and effervescent carbonation, though some chalky sensations as well. Does not finish very clean.

A fine beer, just not that remarkable or as flavorful as the style can be. Drinkable.

Notes: Maybe this wasn't the freshest of bottles, though I am pretty sure the other one I bought was good until 2012, so the bottle I'm reviewing should be fine.

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Photo of RedBrewer83
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into goblet...

A: Pours a hazy yellow hue with a large frothy white head that is very rocky, leaves great lacing.

S: Aromas of fresh cut lemon floral grassy hops and a biscuit malt profile.

T: Follows the nose, lots of fresh citrus and grass upfront with a balanced biscuit malt mid palate and a crisp finish of floral and bitter hops.

M: Clean mouthfeel, nice weight on the palate and a clean finish.

D: Very drinkable especially for the style. The flavors are all there and the finish is crisp and clean.

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

Appearance: Hazy star colored. Silky white head. Minimal lacing

Smell: Wonderful aroma of candi sugar and fermentation.

Taste: Slight malt flavors. Some hop bitterness in the tail end. Very belgian beer.

Mouthfeel: Tingly from the carbonation. Excellent.

Drinkability: Excellent beer. Excellent example of the style. May be one of the best.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank from my Duvel Tulip.

A - Pours a hazey blond colour with a fomay white head that retains well.

S - Citrus fruits dominte with mandarin and some biscuit and spice.

T - Biscuit flavours followed by some pear and grapes and some lemon. A little spicey and dry on the finish.

M - Light body and medium carbonation makes for a good drop.

D - Not favourite belgian style but enjoyable nonetheless.

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

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of sweet malt some fruit and spice

T - Like the smell starts off with sweet malt then the spices from the Belgian yeast come through

M - This beer has a light body with high carbonation to it

D - This is a very good tasting Blonde thats very easy to drink if this stuff was a little cheaper this could be a regular in my fridge worth getting sometime to try

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle. $4 from Pints O Plenty.

Appearance: Just a very slight haze to this golden- orange, highly carbonated, heady beer. The head is thick and creamy, and with very good retention. The head sticks around a long time, and falls in sheets, but doesnt leave much lacing. Other than the lacing, a nearly perfect looking Belgian pale.

Smell: A little candy-like sweetness, almost like butterscotch. A tiny whiff of clove. Some light fruity aromas too. All in all, not the most aromatic beer-- nothing bad, nothing great.

Taste: Clovey spice, a little yeasty flavor, some sweet fruit. More flavor than smell for sure. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Lots of nice tingly carbonation. A slightly thick mouthfeel, but a pretty clean finish.

Drinkability: A very drinkable Belgian pale. Not the most complex and interesting, but pretty good. Problem is that there is no reason to choose this over many Belgians that are WAY better.

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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 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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Val-Dieu Blond from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
3.87 out of 5 based on 195 ratings.
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