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

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Added by Bierman9 on 03-04-2002

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Reviews: 114 | Ratings: 197
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 crookedhalo
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl bottle with best before label notching of Aug 05. Pours a lightly murky golden yellow color with a fluffy white head sustaining a thin layer over the beer. Delicate aroma of pale malts and candi sugar with a pear-like fruitiness and faint notes of honey, white pepper, musty hops. Initially sweet and malty, followed with a mild fruitiness and a smooth transition to a light, spicy bite in the finish. Velvety mouthfeel from the carbonation and medium body. A decent blond that is very drinkable and easy to enjoy.

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Photo of paterlodie
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 25-6-2006 so well in time to drink. Great appearance. Perfectly clear and nice golden color and with a huge and lasting head.
Smell is a lots of malts, spice, and a delicate hop crown. Taste is full malty too, litle sour, dry with a strange "sweet" bitterness. Aftertaste is litle yeasty, litle hops and some drying out malts. Good beer.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
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 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 Bierman9
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A semi-hard pour from a 750ml bottle into my Rapscallion goblet produced a very healthy snow-white head atop a crystal-clear, rich golden liquid. A plethora (is that a fancy name for a shit-load?) of tiny bubbles ascended rapidly through the liquid. The head slowly receded from its initial 2" plus to leave a solid 1/4", plus a dollop of foam in the center of the goblet. Lacing was a thick coating of honeycombs along the sides. Looks great!! The nose is heavy with tropical fruit plus a sharp, peppery spice aspect layered atop a bready malt base. Quite inviting! The bier passes rather easily across the palate, though I found it lacking a bit in the body department, checking in just south of medium. The flavor has a solid bready malt foundation upon which is stacked some light, tropical fruit notes and mild sweetness. It doesn't seem to go much into depth after that, though. There is only a light spicy quality here, quite less than suggested by the nose. A mild hoppiness finishes things off, and lingers slightly on the palate. A decent bier, though I found it better looking than tasting.


overall: 3.9
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5


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Photo of PorterLambic
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a straw yellow, hazy with a smallish head that dissolves to a film, leaves good lace.
Smell is apples, raisins, grapes, with hops.
Taste is grape, apple, malt, hops (light and late) and alcohol.
Mouthfeel is smooth,effervescent on the tip of the tongue, medium body.
Drinakbility quite good. A flavorful brew and easy to drink. I can se myself downing several of these.

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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 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 homersimpson
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy gold with a white frothy head.
Sweet malt and fruit throughout the nose.
Light, delicate body.
A touch of hop leads to a long malty flavor tinted with wheat. Definite esters lend a lightly fruity note to it.
Finish is long and sweet.
Great example of the style, despite having less ABV than you would expect.

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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 rajendra82
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The body is hazy pale yellow with a smallish foamy head that leaves good lace. The aroma is fairly mildly wheat malt with some horse blanket yeast aroma. Taste is rather uncomplicated fruity esters (banana, apple, and apricot mostly) with a lemony tartness and a spicy aftertaste. Feels weak and mild which is probably true to the style. A nice summertime pleasure when you don’t want something too challenging.

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Photo of dannyvee
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle overflowed when i popped the cap. served at cellar temperature into a chimay chalice. poured cloudy gold with a thick, pillowy white head which disapated quickly leaving fine lacing. citrusy, earthy and slightly floral in aroma. mouthfeel is light and a little tart. citrus and pepper dominate the taste with a dry fruity finish. i'd drink it again, but wouldn't go out of my way.

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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 dpend
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, light gold and created a fluffy white head that looked like a chef's hat hovering over the glass. Aroma was tart and citrusy.
Taste was light citrus with wheat and alcohol. Carbonation seemed a bit aggressive and left me with a bit of an etched feel to the mouth. A really refreshing beer though and one Belgian beer I could handle on summer days.

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Photo of Ave
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thin hazy yellow, with a brilliant whit head. Banana lemon yeasty aroma, yum. A wonderfully fluffy hearty head with beautiful tracery all the way down. A lightly sweet, dry, tart hop flavor up front, Belgian yeast is mild & well stated. Taste turns delicately sour but stays well balanced throughout. A very good beer all around


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Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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 jdhilt
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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 BierReise
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75cl corked bottle showing 05/05 on the cork. Clear golden ale with snow white colored head. Head is very creamy and looking like a tripel. Some alcohol in the aroma as well as berries and spices. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp and almost has a dry lagery type of feeling. This is actually a very nice Belgian Pale. Dry, fruity and easy to drink.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.31/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Dayton, OH AleFest:This beer formed a small sized white head with fine-small sized bubbles.The body was cloudy with lively carbonation observed.The hue of this beer was straw yellow and its nose was that of clove, spices and fruits.The flavor was bitter from start to finish and it had a lingering effect.This beer had a smooth mouthfeel and it was light in body.There was a fair amount of lacing on the sides of my glass.

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Photo of cretemixer
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy straw color with a thick, shaving cream-like head. Furiously carbonated. Tiny bubbles keep the head at about one fat finger. Clingy lace. Floral/citrus hop aroma, grassy smell. Farily dry taste, citrus with just a hint of spiceness, very, very faint. A very mild beer, refreshing. Creamy and slightly overcarbonated. If it wasn't for the cost, this could make for a pretty good session beer.

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Photo of oqnid
2.6/5  rDev -33%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Smeels more like a "Blanche" than a Pale Ale. Coriander and fruity spices are the first things I detect just by smeeling it. Faithful to it's Belgian look, this brew has the bottle fermentation appearence to it, you can see and almost feel it's roundness. Now the taste...heavy! You can actually feel it go down which you find more in a Trippel or a Malt beer than a Pale Ale(!?!)
Slite change of pace when your halfway done. This brew turns out to have a more "domestic" brew caracteristics to it. An appreciative bitterness when you take a sip but it doesn't stay as much as you'd like. Although this beer is fairly well balanced there is still something missing...IMO.

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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 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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Val-Dieu Blond from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
3.88 out of 5 based on 197 ratings.
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