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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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 KajII
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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 -9.8%
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 +4.9%
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 +3.1%
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 -0.3%
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 +3.1%
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 -1%
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 -0.8%
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%
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 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 DmanGTR
2.83/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Review from notes on 9/9/09

A - poured a golden blonde with a short lived white head that diminished to a thin cap. Lovely Belgian lacing. Quite clear as well. 4.0

S - light pilsner malts, biscuits, apple cider, and that signature Belgian fruitiness. Hint of pears and white wine. 3.5

T - A bit one-dimensional for a beer, let alone a Belgian ale. Pilsener malt, slight hops, acidic, and light fruits. Not much else. 2.5

M - light bodied, highly carbonated to smoothness. Crisp and dry. 3.5

D - No wonder it's only $3.99. This was disappointing. 2.0

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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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Photo of taigor
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into regular glass.

A - Poured hazy straw color with huge head that dissipated slowly leaving signifficant lacing around the glass.

S - Yeasty scent upfront with floral and citrus hints.

T - Sweet upfront followed by bready yeast taste and some fruit aftertaste.

M - Light bodied with very high carbonation.

D - Very good and very drinkable beer even with carbonation being high.

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Photo of adamette
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from the stubby dark brown 11.2 oz. bottle that I bought, along with the cool thick walled snifter with a very nice gold and blue "Val-Dieu" label on the side of it and two other Val-Dieu beers as a part of a gift set from Reider's Market in Painesville yesterday for $9.99. Since about $3.33 per beer is close to a reasonable price one really gets the cool snifter free. "Best by" date of 30/01/11. Poured, of course, into the Val-Dieu snifter. As a side note, the cap announces: "Blonde" but the front label has: "Blond." Oh well, even the brewer could not decide on a spelling.

A Creamy white 3 inch head fills the snifter to the top over a light straw and translucent body with strings of bubbles rising up from the bottom. Kind of basic look really but I do like the abundant head. 3.5 After pouring beer from the bottom of the bottle the look changed enough that I think that I should comment. The body was much more opaque after pouring from the bottom of the bottle and a very fine sediment was seen floating evenly throughout the body. 4.0

S Yeast grains predominate and a muted malt presence is there as well. Minimal but pleasant smell. 3.5

T Nice light Belgian blonde taste of light malt, some yeast grains. Basic but pleasant taste. 3.5

M Carbonation is high and makes it dance across the tongue, an effect that I really appreciate in this style. The ABV is moderate making it not such a huge beer either. 4.0

D Good. I found the bottom of the snifter without any trouble and the ABV and feel lend it to easy drinkability. 4.0

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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 ShadesOfGray
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a short 11.2 oz bottle into my Val-Dieu chalice. Pours a hazy golden color with a white 1 finger head. Head disapates to a decent layer of froth over the beer.

Aroma is rather distant. Wheat, citrus, oak, earthy...overall though...pretty faint.

Medium body, creamy...solid blond ale. A little oak, citrus, grapefruit...mellow.

Creamy and sticky lacing slowely slides down the glass as you drink.

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Photo of Tone
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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 BlackHaddock
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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 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 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 morimech
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
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 corby112
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
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 Georgiabeer
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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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Val-Dieu Blond from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
3.88 out of 5 based on 196 ratings.
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