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

BA SCORE
89
very good
276 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:
276
Reviews:
177
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
9.7%
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
22
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 276 |  Reviews: 177
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

Photo of impending
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of josanguapo
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From Club del Gourmet of El Corte Ingles. In Teku glass. Watching Sons of Anarchy 6x09. Amazing aroma, great taste. One of the best brews that can be bought at El Corte Ingles. To enjoy slowly

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Photo of janubio
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown colour, creamy big off white head that lingers all the while. Great lace. Smell of candied sugar, caramel, milk chocolate, hints of xerry wine and red fruits. Medium to full body, lively carbonation. Taste of caramel, cherries, chocolate. Finish with some toasted nuances.

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Photo of JD554
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dzu
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 0.75 l bottle into goblet.
L: Turbid dark red-brown with a medium foam head.
S: Dark fruits, caramel.
T: Caramel, dark fruits, very complex.
F: Tight body and medium carbonation.
O: Great example of belgian dubbel.

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Photo of Songminx2
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Val-Dieu Brune from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
4.02 out of 5 based on 276 ratings.
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