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

BA SCORE
89
very good
282 Ratings
Val-Dieu BruneVal-Dieu Brune
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
Belgium
val-dieu.com

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 01-20-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
282
Reviews:
179
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
9.7%
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
25
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Squire123
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Intense dark brown color with orange gold highlights. Light tan cap and lacing.

Strong aroma of dark ripe figs and molasses accented with ripe dark cherries.

Wow, pretty complex and sophisticated flavors here. On entry the flavors present all together yet there is a high solo voice of Dry Oloroso Sherry richness that hints at but doesn't achieve sweetness. It's as if someone swirled caramel and honey in a bowl, poured it out then filled the bowl with the ripe fruits mention above. Finish brings dark barley notes of chocolate and unsweetened cocoa. I know, those two sound alike but they're not the same.

Full texture with balancing carbonation.

Another roasty, toasty hearty brown that does credit to Belgian brewing tradition.

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Photo of Dutchcraftbeergeek
3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear brown color with beige head. Aroma has mostly yeast esters with brown sugar and some sourdough. Taste starts sugary and yeasty, continues with some earthy notes and a light cardboard bitterness on the finish. Light body with a high carbonation, also quite dry on the finish. It tastes really authentic and "belgian" but it doesn't stand out with anything.

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Photo of mishi_d
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of unclekeith
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BlackVeg
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of DanfromVan
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice definite toffee and bready notes...not quite as sweet as St Bernardus, with a just a tinge more metallic aftertaste than St B's
Would enjoy again, but would let it flatten out a bit more in the glass and get rid of some of the effervescence .

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Photo of dcmchew
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BelgianBeerChef
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of valkyre65
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LennyBound
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of REDAMI
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750ml bottle into Chimay goblet.

L-Medium brown pour with a quarter inch of tan foam.

S-Copper metallic smell, yeast, brown bread, sweet malts, musty wood.

T-Brown bread, yeast, toasted grain, tart raisin.

F-Heavy carbonation, creamy mouth feel, not overly sweet.

A solid brown ale, refreshing and light for an 8% beer. Quite easy to imagine monks drinking this.

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Photo of Silke_Neryn
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of minterro
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of RBuckley73
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zet
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown amber colour (almost black actually) with a decent head of foam that stays very well. Smell of toffee and some roasted malt. The taste has toffee and roasted malt as well, together with licquorice, caramel and dark chocolate. There is also a strong (pilsener?) hop profile in the finish. I didn't note any fruit esters: this is more of a malt-hop-dubbel. It reminds me of some German doppelbocks actually. No complaints here though: a good dubbel, especially for those who like their beers a bit less sweet.

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Photo of Shockey
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beginner2
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Allegue04
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kitschiguy
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was given a few samples of beer from this brewery marketed in Spain as Maset. This one is Maset Rubia.

330ml bottle into 350ml beer glass.

Pours a hazy, medium brown with a small head. Lots of lacing.

Nose is big with malts, brown sugar, toffee. Nice.

Palate is big and malty with brown sugar, toffee, caramel and biscuit. Well balanced. Very nice.

Mouth feel is good - medium bodied and quite silky smooth.

Overall a very enjoyable beer. Big, malty and quite sweet.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of Vixie
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reddish brown in color with a large creamy tan head. Looks a bit like root beer at first, but red hinst show through when held up to the light

Has a nice smell, seems malty with brown sugar, toffee, and caramel.

A but sweet up front, more like a fruity sweetness, mainly cherry. Has a touch of toffee as well, and with the sugar and carbonation, reminds me a lot of drinking a cola drink, but with alcohol warming at the finish.

Feel is a bit watery, and with the carbonation, feels like I am drinking a cola.

How much you like this one depends on your tolerance for sweetness. I didn't find it overly sweet, but those sensitive to sweets may find it a bit much. I think the best comparison would be it is like drinking an alcoholic cherry Coke. Good, and I liked it, but may not be to all tastes.

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

Photo of vrtx64
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Val-Dieu Brune from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
4.02 out of 5 based on 282 ratings.
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