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

Val-Dieu BruneVal-Dieu Brune
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Val-Dieu BruneVal-Dieu Brune

Brewed by:
Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 01-20-2002

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Ratings: 285 |  Reviews: 180
Photo of cakirkl
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Dark ruby brown with a two finger fairly dense off-white head. A few clumps of lacing stick around.

S - Smells of bright fruit, some brown sugar, prunes.

T - Brown sugar, toffee, roasted malts dominate the flavor. This is a much bigger flavor than the Westmalle Dubbel I had a few nights ago.

M - The carbonation is a bit much for me on this one. Slightly light on the thickness of it.

D - Light alcohol on the backend makes this one a sipper, but good none-the-less.

Buy it!

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Photo of godfathermg57
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into westmalle chalice.

A: pours deep red brown with off-white head..
S: malty as well as a bit sweet.
T: certainly a Belgian style ale, malty, as well as sweet. Alcohol content gives a warming sensation
M: creamy
D: fairly drinkable and pleasant

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Photo of WorldWideStout
2.76/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: Fairly dark brown, with a fluffy quite white head that stays around for awhile.

S: Not getting a lot. Yeast, some fruit, and a bit of sourness.

T: Yeasty spices are prominent throughout, with sourness coming in about halfway through. Aftertaste is an unfortunate metallic bitterness.

M: Fine.

D: I drank about half of this and then drainpoured it. Best by date was a year from now, so I'm not sure if I got a bad bottle or not, but I was not happy with this one.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ML bottle poured into a chalice

beer pours a dark brown colour with a light brown fluffy head that lingers long

smells are of currants, black licorice, brown sugar, plums raisins and blackberries

taste is a bit similar to the nose, belgian candi sugar is prominent, raisins, currants, figs and dates

mouthfeel - heavily carbonated, but the brew slides down pretty smooth

this one is very drinkable for a 8% beer, may or may not finish this during the Final Four. This is a dubbel that I was pleased with at for the price (8.99) it is good value. would revisit this easily

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Photo of jazztoloc
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a wine glass from a 330 ml stubby bottle.

A: Dark ambar looking, you can see the sediment at the bottom of the glass. Cloudy.

S: Light aroma of fermented fruit and some alcohol blended into a nice and complex smell.

T: Medium alcohol, seetness with a nice bitter finish. Very crisp.

M: Medium carbonation, medium bodied.

D: Very high in drinkability, this is a beer anybody could get used to have. The balance in this beer is awesome.

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Photo of Rayek
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Val-Dieu glass.

A: Pours a deep chestnut brown, with nice clarity for being bottle conditioned. A small yet dense cream cap has very nice retention and leaves patches of lace.

S: Chocolate covered raspberries pretty much sums it up. The chocolate aroma leans toward the dark side with its bittersweet smell. There's a light sourdough note in the background.

T: Lots of chocolate and dark fruit out front. Bittersweet baker's chocolate and raspberries dominate. They're joined by a slight candy sugar sweetness. Bitterness is just enough to balance the sweetness. If dry was a flavor, that would pretty much describe the role of the hops. Gets a touch astringent toward the end before finishing rather clean. The 8% ABV is completely masked.

M: The body is dry and quite light for this much alcohol. But that's pretty much par for the course with many Belgians. The carbonation feels just a touch low.

D: I was through my bottle in a flash. This beer goes down easy and the alcohol is so well hidden that the beer's strength can't be felt until a warm feeling hits at the end of the glass. A very nicely put together beer.

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Photo of taigor
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into regular glass.

A - Poured slightly transparent deep brown color with medium head that dissipated slowly leaving signifficant lacing.

S - Mostly malts and bready yeast.

T - Slightly sweet followed by bready and yeasty taste.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D - Very good and easy going dubbel. Would like to have more in the future.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht.

From a bottle into a chalice.

APPEARANCE: Pours a thick tight looking 2 finger slightly reddish off-white head with excellent retention. Medium carbonation evident in the form of really tiny bubbles. Very dark brown or even bistre brown in color. A healthy foam cap remains and leaves some nice lacing down the glass. Looks great, but needs a little more lacing to make it a perfect score.

SMELL: Very bold nose of caramel malt and dark fruits, mostly prunes, dates, cherries and dark grapes. Yeasty spicy notes as well, cloves mostly. Cool nose, slightly wine-like with a strong grape presence. Excellent for the style.

TASTE: Caramel malt again with some dark fruits through the middle, cherries and dark grapes mostly. Mild notes of spicy Belgian yeast, cloves, and some spicy alcohol at the finish. Spicy aftertaste has some sweet sugar, an alcohol punch, and some slight hop bitterness to balance it out. Very nice indeed.

PALATE: Medium-full body with medium carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. A little burn at the back of the throat at the end.

OVERALL: An absolutely phenomenal double. This one ranks up there with the best doubles in Belgium. If you're a fan of the style, make sure to pick this one up if you see it. Recommended.

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Photo of rootbeerman
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into duvel tulip.

A: pours deep brown with a off white finger and a half head that fell to a nice thin layer.
S: earthy and bready sweet malt, slight bit of yeast.
T: sweet cookie like malt, little yeast from my over pour
M: smooth carbonation, creamy
D: good, easy sipper

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Photo of adamette
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 07/07/11. Again, as with the Blonde (or is it Blond?), the cap disagrees with the label on the same beer. The cap lists "Brune" but the label announces "Brown" as the name. I realize that both of these words mean the same thing but I thought that it was interesting.

A Light brown creamy head that leaves a nice, curtain type lacing over a really great looking dark brown body that glows a dark dark brown, mahogany in front of direct light. I really like the look of this dubbel, a mature, craft beer appearance created by brewers with a passion for their beer. 5.0

S More of a muted smell than I had expected of some sweet malt and some barley husks and it is devoid of a significant hop presence to me. The smell is just not as strong as I thought that it might be. 3.5

T Medium roast malt and roasted it is. I can taste the roasting in the beer and it strikes me as a beer that is more of an English Brown Ale than a dubbel. Anyway, I really like the taste (whatever the style). 4.0

M Nice and smooth and creamy like some of the best English Brown Ales. Really, the appearance of the head gave me a clue as to what the feel would likely be and the actual feel did not dissapoint. 4.5

D Good indeed. I found the bottom of the Val-Dieu snifter within a few minutes. 4.5

Notes: I was pleasantly surprised by this beer which strikes me as an English Brown Ale but not the dubbel that it has been assigned.

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Photo of TonyReaves
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this in a gift pack with three 11 oz. bottles and a goblet. Poured into the goblet, of course.

Pours with a good head that dissipates quickly. Cloudy dark-red, looks gorgeous.

Smell has some dark fruit, maybe dates. A little metallic.

Sweet taste with a hint of alcohol. More dark fruit flavor- this is a rich-tasting beer, although the carbonation keeps it from feeling too heavy.

High carbonation keeps it light on the tongue. Despite the sweetness, it's fairly light-bodied.

Not sure I'd drink a lot of this. As I finish this, I have no urge for another, which I'm going to rate as "average" since it's a dubbel, and I've never ordered a second dubbel despite my fondness for the style.

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

Bought as a holiday gift pack including 3 different Val-Dieu's and a chalice. Poured out of a short bottle 11.2oz...very dark brown. Very solid in color and thickness. Head is thick and creamy. White thick frothy head that lasts a long time and leaves great lacing.
Smells a little like raisons, malt, dark sugar, and booze.
Taste is mild, but clean and crisp. Very smooth and satisfying,'s a dubbel, but looks like a quad. Hard to put a finger on a specific fruit, but sweet taste from fruits. Goes down easy...great brew.

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

Poured in my favorite Grimbergen chalice.
I've been listening about this beer for a long time so, I was able to find it in my new favorite beer store in Switzerland "Au Grain D'Orge". Something like "At the Barley Beans" :). Back to the beer. It's a classic Belgian Double (Dubbel) beer, first of all, quite good one! It has a brown-red amber color and smells like coffee, chocolate and brown malt. Quite good taste that would be better if we could feel less alcohol. In average, satisfying beer. Looking forward to taste their Quad one.

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

This poured a hazy dark mahogany with lots of light tan head. It smelled like faint cocoa powder and creamy yeast, with some brown sugar and a slight amount of lemon hops. It tasted like caramel and brown sugar, with bready yeast and some cocoa powder, and a bit of coffee and alcohol. It was slightly thick with some carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this was a nice beer with good scent, taste, and body. It wasn't very complex or bold, but it was a bit unique with hints of a stout. It was easy to drink, almost seeming like a session beer despite weighing in at 8% ABV. I'm not sure if age would improve this one. The beer was interesting and enjoyable once, but I'm not sure if it was quite good enough for me to come back to it again.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown 33cl bottle obtained from the brewery in 2008. No best by date to be found on the bottle or labels, but I know the beer is at least 14 months old.

Today I am celebrating Grimsby Towns win at Bury and the fact England are going to win the fifth Test against Australia and win back the Ashes. I am also pleased to have mown the lawns and re-felted my shed roof today, I deserve a decent beer!

The beer was poured (sediment and all) into an 'Augustijn' badged chalice. Looked dark brown at first, but held up to the sun it showed its true colour, a dark redwood tree reddy brown. The sediment hung within the body, suspended, floating as in space, only visible when held up to the sunlight. On top sat a cream coloured soft foaming head. The head shrunk but stayed, strong lacing clung to the glass as the beer level reduced, this beer was in good order.

Sweet and sour aroma, almost fruity (mostly cherry like) smell too. The smell got more sour as the beer warmed, the taste didn't, although a slight bitterness did appear towards the end of the tasting.

Plums, Victoria Plums came to mind as I sarted to sip the beer, then rich fruit cake soaked in Port.

This is very drinkable, the 8% is evident straight away, but because of its richness and fullness of body, the alcohol doesn't take over and ruin the experience.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet for a dark brown body with a tan head and some lace patches. An intense malt smell with some roasted, caramel, chocolate and coffee malts along with a little yeast and some dark fruits tucked in there. Great smooth and creaminess in a medium body with caramel, chocolate, toffee, coffee, roasted malts along with figs for a sticky, sweet and dry finish. The malts dominate but there are some fruits like orange and apple pie crust as well for that dryish, bready taste with hints of fruitiness. Overall, a sweet malty double with a plethora of flavors that I am not doing justice; one of the better Belgians I've had and great for after dinner.

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Photo of Nick3
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle depicts a painting of the brewery or abbey. Best before date reads 15/02/10. Poured into a Kasteel chalice the beer forms a lovely 2 finger head which holds for several minutes. Dark, dark chocolate brown color with solid carbonation feeding the head. Floaties are abound and in full force. Thick laces paste themselves to the glass throughout the drink. A very attractive beer. Nose is subtle, nothing over powering here but definitely dark roasted malts and some dark fruit make their presence known. Taste is very smooth, alcohol is well hidden and hops are hiding in the background until the finish. Medium bodied, note nearly as thick on the palate as I expected. Was very surprised that the beer was as smooth and mellow as it was . .. looks had me thinking it was going to be strong and warming and this beer tasted more like something I could session; dangerous given the ABV here. Overall, a very enjoyable brew and probably a good one to give a newbie to the belgian beer world.

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Photo of stumac
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this brew from my old boss. Very cool guy he is....

this brew is aged for about a year:

this brew pours up a solid brown color with a decent off white head. Tons of lacing on my glass and tons of yeast flakes roaming around like a bunch of bums that just got let loose on a money tree farm. i smell a big nutty malt aroma, delicious, some yeast. i taste big malts, nutty flavor, dark red apples, crisp hop background in the finish, no real bitterness though. full bodied, low to medium carbo. a pretty badass beer!

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Photo of morimech
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a very dusty bottle. Cannot quite make out the best before date but it looks like sometime in 2009. The color is a dark reddish brown with a large white head that has good retention. The head eventually settles to a thin cap. Moderate amount of delicate lacing on the glass.

Lacks a strong aroma. What I do smell is sugar and yeast. A little fruit notes if one concentrates hard enough. Alcohol is also detected.

This is a sweet dubbel. Some fruitiness is detected but mostly a caramel/toffee flavor dominates. Has a dry finish that saves the flavor. I do not get much flavor from the yeast but there is no mistaken this from being anything but Belgian. Some warmth from the elevated ABV.

A unique mouthfeel that I found to be very pleasant. Almost like a good champagne. Feels very light, airy, and robust. Gives a slight tingle but it is not harsh in anyway. It oddly works in this sweet, high ABV beer.

If one prefers the sweeter side of beer, this may be a good recommedation. Although it is not among the elite of Belgian Dubbels, it is still a good beer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best Before: 09/09/10

Appearance: Pours out a clear, dark reddish-brown body with a large, frothy, ivory-colored head. Nice, delicate lacing.

Smell: Malty, mocha-scented aroma with further notes of nutty toffee, dark fruits, booze, and candi sugar.

Taste: Heavily sweetened mocha, sugary toffee candy, and even a pinch of cocoa powder strike the palate. Flavors of fruit, anise, baked bread, and sourish yeast are present but this all gets somewhat obscured by all this rampant sweetness. Drying finish (though still quite sweet) with just the tiniest bit of alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Moderate carbonation lends some assistance in scrubbing away all of those pesky sugars.

Drinkability: While not exactly a classic of the style, it remains a sweet, pleasant dubbel.

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

Beer bottle (33 cl.), tasted in 2001.

Appearance : dark brown color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : roasted malts aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : sweet flavours of roasted malts, alcohol presence, spicy notes in finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Belgian Dubbel.

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Photo of corby112
3.21/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown almost black color with a very slim head that quickly dissapears, generating not lacing. Had a strong nectar/ grape aroma. This beer taste more like a wine than a beer with not enough maltiness to balance out the sweet vinuous character.

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Photo of jwc215
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml cork=caged bottle, poured into a glass chalice:

Pours dark brown with some dark rubyish hues. The thin tan head eventually becomes a wide patch. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of spiced dark bread, some herbal notes and a bit of anise.

The taste is rooty, aniseedy with sweet caramelish/toffeeish maltiness, a touch of herbal spicing and a hint of sourish dark fruitiness. Becomes sweeter and maltier as it progresses. Nice maltiness.

It has a creamy, silky, medium-to-full body.

A nice, malty, but well-balanced, sipper with quite a bit of subtle complexities to it. A delicious dubbel with a great feel!

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Photo of KeefD
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Val-Dieu chalice a dark amber/brown/crimson red color with a small amount of foam that fell into a nice cap and left behind plenty of thick lacing. Aroma of chocolate and dark bready, yeasty notes. Taste is similar to nose. Toasted bread, hints of baker's chocolate, a dry yeasty finish. Semi-sweet, delicious, and goes down quite easily. I'm not generally a big fan of dubbels, but this one was great!

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

this is a nice smooth brown beer. poured nice into me glass with about two inches of head. steady carbonation and rich smell. the aroma of fruits, roasted malt and yeast. the taste was the same and finished nice and smooth. very nice lacing down the whole way. i am glad i bought four of these and with two left to enjoy i will savor each sip.

good beer. suckem up and movem out.


p.s. i found that this had a best by date of 13 months ago. i am guessing that it was kept in a good place and is likely to be a style of beer that ages well.

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Val-Dieu Brune from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
Beer rating: 83.5% out of 100 with 285 ratings
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