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

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding
176 Reviews
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
Reviews:
176
Ratings:
272
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
12.19%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
20
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 176 | Ratings: 272
Photo of hotstuff
3.12/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Dayton, Oh AleFest:This beer had a small sized tan head that consisted of mostly lasting fine sized bubbles.The body was cloudy with no carbonation observed.The hue of this beer was brown with a nose of malts and some hops.The flavor was acidic and bitter which had a lingering effect to it.The mouthfeel was very tingly, thin, watery and light bodied.There was good lacing with this beer.

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

this was a "suprise" beer from my local packie. This beer poured a nice dark brown colour with an off-white head. The aromas were heavy on the malt, with almost no hops in the nose. The taste was heavily malty, musty, a bit alcoholic, and not hoppy at all. The mouthfeel was thick and filling and the drinkability was good as well. All in all, this is a very simple, yet tasty abby-style brown ale. Kind of like a Rochefort 8 or 10 without the "kick"

nice enough though...

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Photo of clvand0
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark brown with a nice sized, thick head (dies flat shortly after) and lots of lacing on the glass. The aroma is malty and sweet. Reminds me slightly of a wheat beer aroma. The flavor is a little sweet and spicy but very smooth. It is very malty in taste and it finished up with a wheat flavor. Pretty decent Belgian Brown.

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

Nice dark brown color with a fluffy white head approx. 3". Head calms down in a few minutes and lacing is consistent throughout the beer. Medium to dark brown with a creamy white head. Traces of light can be seen through the glass, but this is definitely darker than most brown ales I've had. The smell is exceedingly sweet and perfumey. Two of my favorite worlds collide here. Its a cross between an english brown ale and a belgian artisinal. With a nice sweetness that balances perfectly with a mild hoppy bitterness. Aftertaste is sweet. This one stands out for me. Its sweet, its bitter, its Belgian and its good : ).

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Photo of nomad
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured an oaky brown color with an orange-red glow along the sides. Had a very soft foamy head, a surprising huge amount of carbonation, some slick sliding lace, and left lots of stain.

Smelled of bitter chocolate, smoked hickory, and raisins soaked in wine. Opened to some spice and nut notes. The taste was first of an interesting malt flavor (woody), a raisin and wine presence again, and bitter dark chocolate finish. Refreshing and not overpowering despite its “dark” characteristics, this had a nice personality to it.

A thin mouthfeel, it slides down awful easy and is lightly warming. Well done for a Belgian “brune” but not a commanding presence.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A sample of one of my favorite styles from an as-yet untried brewer...this is always fun!
Color is a deep, dark, gorgeous red, and the head is a thick, full, frothy off-whitish hue. Aroma: jam-packed with with spice, vanilla, cola nuts. (I can't shake off a certain similarity to Coca-Cola, as much as I'd like to!)
Lush and luscious mouthfeel, fueled by tingly, sparkling hops. Aflood with earthy, yeasty feeling, and rich, satisfying malt. Just delicious! Tantalizing on the tongue, with flavor fully realized. This little stubby 11.2 oz. bottle depletes far too briefly!
Much thanks to JohnnyDuvel for helping a BA brother out!

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Photo of ellman
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Appearance: This one came in a short stumping 11.2 oz bottle Thw pour was dark brown with a tan dence head that thined out to a nice trimming of lace.

The Smell: Starts sweet then comes fruit and yeast.

The Taste: Malty sweetness with hint of fruit and yeast

The Mouthfeel: The is a medium body beer.

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Photo of zerk
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber brown, with a thin but persistent white head that leaves sheets of lace. Aroma is fruity and sweet, with burnt caramel, sour apples, and vanilla. Flavor begins with caramel and toffee, with some apple and vanilla... finishing somewhat metallic. It's on the thin side, and has prickly mouthfeel. This is not my favorite dubbel, but is a solid beer nonetheless.

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Photo of cretemixer
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oh Yeah! Pours a medium brown with a burnt orange tinge. An average head that fades rather quickly to a thin layer leaving a slight lace ring. Aromas of caramel, toffee, sweet malts. Tastes malty, honey and mollasses are there without being cloyingly sweet--very smooth. Very nice mouthfeel, medium carbonation. The glass was covered with lace by the time I finished. A great beer. While I'll skip the blond next time, I'll save up for this one.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a nice suprise! I stopped at my favorite local "packy", and saw this sitting on the shelf (for the first time). When I removed the wire top from the cork, it exploded! I've never had this happen before. The beer poured (and tasted) a little darker than I expected. The sugary sweetness that is present with so many Belgian beers is quite noticeable here, as is a prominent head and sticky, lasting lace. The taste reminded me a little of Westlverten 8 (only not quite as strong). I would rate this beer in the same category as Corsendonk and Maudite, along with Chimay Red. Very, very good, well worth trying if you like the Belgian style. I will absolutely buy this again. (The second time I tried it, the sweetness was more apparent. Still quite good, but I docked it a little for the sweetness).

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Photo of Gusler
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased this beer in a gift pack with a couple other Val Dieu beers and a nice glass, I kind of like those gift packs as it’s nice to have the appropriate glass when sampling these fine beers.

A deep translucent garnet with hints of brown, the head massive in size, creamy in its texture and the lace fine sheets to cover the glass. The aroma of malted or lightly toasted grains reaches you first, then sweet nutlike tones, quite pleasant. Sweet at the front, lots of malt and the top middling in its mouth feel, finish is masterfully hopped, biting in its acidity and the aftertaste quite dry and long lasting. Well worth the sample, gift pack not with standing.

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Photo of purplehops
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Val-Dieu pours a beautiful chestnut brown with an off-white head that clings to the glass. This is the color brown ale should be! The aroma is very fruity with odors of apple, pear, and grapefruit. There is a faint aroma of hops. The taste starts with a warm rich malty sweetness and subtle carbonation. This is followed by apple and apricot flavors and subtle hints of hops with notes of citrus. The aftertaste is that fruity Belgian yeast flavor with sweet malt flavors lingering in your mouth. The mouthfeel is smooth and enjoyable. Alcohol and hops are noticeable but they take a back seat to the rich malt and fruity yeast flavors and aromas. I'm not a big Brown Ale fan but this beer could turn me into a convert. A Great example of a Brown Ale.

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Photo of marc77
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The stiff, lively, bumpy off white head rises and escapes the glass, peaks then slowly settles. Intricate lace is left. Deep garnet in hue w/ a light haze. Notes of sweet, heavily caramelized sugar from both dark candi sugar and dark caramel melt in aroma, along w/ buttery chocolate. Fruitiness is typically enticing, consisting of ripe, dark dried fruit akin to prunes and raisins. Light green apple acetaldehyde provides tartness aromawise. Molasses like, caramelized sweetness upfront in flavor. Clove and mellow chocolate malt ensue. The ripe, dark fruitiness mirrors that of the aroma, but sugary, fructose laden dates is perceptible as well. The token hop bitterness lends an overall sweet, but not cloyingly sweet overall impression. Fairly clean esterwise, with only a hint of bubblegum towards the finish. Moderately bodied, w/ a smooth, firmly malty mouthfeel. Finishes mildly phenolic, w/ malt sweetness and hints of peppry alcohol briefly lingering on the palate. Val Dieu is quite a complex and delicious brew. It's quite clean outright in esters, but possesses an superb coupling of mellow dark fruit and chocolate malt.

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Photo of frank4sail
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet and big time yeasty smell (candi sugar?). Very deep dark red color with a thick beige head. Lots of carbonation. Sweet complex taste with a nice bitter finish. Quite dry. Slight alcohol notes left on the tongue. You can tell that this is fermented with an established pedigree yeast that commands respect from the drinker. Medium body to the brew but very smooth. Can you tell that I like it?

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

Presentation: Short stubby 11.2 brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Deep reddish brown, the lace that trails down the side of the glass in magnificent as well as the glowing clarity this brew show when put to light.

Smell: Some chocolaty and definite coffee roasted grain aromas, bit of malt sweetness, breadiness that is close to pumpernickel and mild phenols in the nose to bring more to the table for the nose to play with.

Taste: Crisp with a moderate body that holds well, carbonation is medium to high. Bitter twang from the roasted malts is coupled with a touch of hops and enhanced by the carbonation all at once. Sweetness is underlying add tries to keep the bitterness on an even keel. Maltiness is deep and complex with dark bread, roasted coffee and unsweetened chocolate. Alcoholic esters are tight and keep to a minimum, warmth from the alcohol is a bit slow but works in just fine. Slightly dry finish with vague phenols making themselves noticed.

Notes: Flavourful, sturdy and complex. All about the malt and hops without too much else getting in the way other than the occasional phenolic aroma and flavour.

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Photo of AaronRed
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Robust, and rich. Darker than a typical brown ale, but creamy with a rocky head that sticks for the duration. Good carbination. Yeast definetely present, but not dominating. Overall a wonderful beer, to be enjoyed on a cold winter night.

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Val-Dieu Brune from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
4.02 out of 5 based on 272 ratings.
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