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Belgian Tripel
Ranked #13
Ranked #2,468
4.16 | pDev: 9.62%
Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
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JonnoWillsteed from England

4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L-Pours mid-gold/lighter amber, slight haze (more accreted sediment left in bottle), 2Cm pillowy white head, still holding 10mins later.
S- Aromatic wood/timber notes.
T- Pretty much follows the Smell^, then into a pungent slightly sour+rich fruitiness (reminds me of baked cooking apples or the rich/slightly sour apple in a Brit apple crumble). It's clever, it doesn't hit you with a sense of being 9%, it's well crafted, subtle and more sophisticated than that.
F- You can tell it's pretty pungent but no one facet is really standing out from the whole and declaring itself OTT.
O- It's very drinkable indeed, and I'd be delighted to buy+drink this again.
Bought from BelgiumInABox Antwerp/BE for delivery to me in London/UK. BB: 03/10/21.
The label is entirely redesigned and it's far simpler, really pared back actually and classy looking. 330ml bottle, BB: 03/10/2021. Bought from BelgiumInABox Antwerp/BE for home delivery to me in London/UK.

May 15, 2020
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Summersoldier from Massachusetts

4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

You'd be hard to find a more delightfully balanced brew. Sip or (not condoning) slug with equal measure of pleasure, which is not typical of the style. Sweet canned peach aromas and flavors that don't wash out the bitterness, with perfect texture, neither thin or unnecessarily unctuous. You can enjoy this beer at almost any time though shoulder months seem to most easily bring out its charms.

Mar 26, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Certainly on the sweeter end of the tripel style, but it is balanced and full enough to be ver satisfying. Plenty of white bread with honey malt for the base, allowing the plum, yeasts, peach, spices, candi sugar, pear, and booze to play nice. Perfect for sitting outside on a cool day and people watching

Sep 12, 2018
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RayCannata from Louisiana

3.29/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I feel like this is a bit overrated. Very blond for a Belgian with abbe-style name. Not very flavorful, or malty compared to the abbey or boozy Belgian darker ales. Enjoyed it, but not what I hoped.

Jul 22, 2018
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Swillburger/The Playhouse in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a clear and transparent dark orange color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This one smells like sweet peach, apricot, bubblegum, maltiness, and clove.

This is about exactly typical for the style. There's a great and nearly overripe fruitiness- mostly pear, some apple and apricot, with slight clovey bitterness. It tastes incredibly smooth and there's no hint that it's getting up there in ABV.

This is slightly creamy, with a sparkling level of carbonation, and a high level of drinkability.

Tripel might be my least favorite style out there, but this is really well done nonetheless.

May 10, 2018
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle, it pours a hazy light amber with a modest head. Scent of malt and fruit in the nose. The mouth gets the lightly malty flavor of the beer with a pleasant aftertaste.

Apr 13, 2018
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Bruno74200 from France

4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazt yellow body. Very huge white head. Very nice looking

Smell of peach and other stone fruits pear and other orchard fruits, mango

Very balanced all along. Nice sweetness but some herbal hop bitterness too.

Low carbonation, velvety mouthfeel.

A classy tripel

Mar 29, 2018
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Dope from Massachusetts

4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1/3/19 bottling date. Who knows what it means.

A: Lightly hazy golden pour. Huge frothy white head. Excellent head retention with some small bits of soapy lacing left behind.

S: Citrusy and doughy. Light bits of white pepper and maybe some floral hops?

T: Very nice citrus up front with a floral backing. Sweet doughy malt is very pleasant. Some light spices, mainly white pepper I'd say. These spices continue into the aftertaste with a tinge of bitterness and hints of that sweet doughy flavor - almost like sweetbread.

M: Somewhat heavy, very smooth.

O: Very nice tripel. Great balance, great traditional tripel flavors, everything you could want. Easy top 10 for me.

Nov 13, 2017
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

3.31/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Traditional golden pour. Aroma is sweet, lots of expected fruity esters. Taste was somewhat bland - dried plantain, lots of chalky yeast, underwhelming. Very thin mouthfeel as well, which was a bit odd for a tripel. Not awful but not a seek out beer

Aug 06, 2017
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donspublic from Texas

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from tap into tulip, minimal head, soso lacing. Semi transparent gold in the glass. Apple and honey on the nose, almost like a cider. Taste is initially a little fruit from the yeast, then the green apple comes to the front. The finish is a little on the dry side, which makes this a dangerous tripel. No alcohol apparent.

Apr 27, 2017
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

4.69/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750 mL into a tulip...

This is one of the best-looking beers I've had, both in terms of "true to the style" and just nice to look at. Hazy (yeast) and shimmering gold, with a fast disappearing head, but extremely-persistent and ample lacing throughout the quaff.

The aromas are varied and extremely complex. I took several samples of the smell at the beginning and throughout and came away with something different each time. Green apple and honey are immediate, with peach, coriander, and white pepper in the background. Floral and yeast notes are just barely noticeable as well.

The flavor is a symphony of balance and subtlety. It is somewhat subdued, but still outstanding. Like the aroma, there is a lot going on here, and what is happening is all good. Fruity and sweet at the outset, but not overly so. Just the right amount of yeast for the style. Mandarin orange sweetness, green apple acidity, peppery alcohol notes, and phenols/spices all show up for the party. Other sweet notes include honey and pear. At the very end, just a kiss of hops to provide a little dryness.

The mouthfeel is simply spot on. The carbonation is excellent, without being "bubbly" and, combined with the alcohol, provides just the perfect amount of lift.

This is one of the best tripels I've ever had. There are so many things going on that one might expect it to be a muddled mess. But each note is discernable and describable. I had to travel 240 miles to get this 750 bottle and will be making the trip again soon. A must try.

Apr 23, 2017
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Zet from Netherlands

4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Light orange colour with a little haze and lively carbonation, resulting in a big, clean and steady head. A full nose of light fruits (pear, peach) with some pepper. I love the blend of fruit flavours in the taste: pear, tangerine, orange and peach. There are also hints of honey and malt and the alcohol gently makes it presence known in the swallowing. The pepper and yeast are also there, as is the hop in the finish. A sweet taste is prevalent, but the flavours keep it well balanced. This beer is also surprisingly smooth for its 9.0 abv. Deceiving. A good tripel: it's always nice to meet good abbey beers from non-trappist breweries (though this one is still brewed in a monastery as far as I know)

May 01, 2016
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful Tripel. Lucious in Look (close to amber) and Smell (apples, malt, honey.) Luxurious reflections in the Taste. And very soft in the mouth, I read, from the abbey's soft well-water. It obviously complements Val-Dieu's excellence in cultivating yeasts. Made from a recipe originated by Cisterian monks (who are the silent type), they clearly sublimated human desires into making this ale. Thank you.

MJ's "Great Beers of Belgium" reviews the ale (and describes its brewery, of course.) Of its Tripel, he says "colour of golden plums, a nutty maltiness, and a drying finish." All true. But soft, luxuriously soft, I say.

8/12/18 Had another rendition bottled almost five years ago (based on the cork of 12/14.) Five years is too long for this tripel. It tended to be sweeter than I remember and particularly in the after-taste. On the plus side, 5 years offers up wonderfully fruity aromatics. But to pair with food, I'm thinking three years is a good time to catch my next bottle.

While I've only had Val-Dieu's four ales widely distributed in the Midwest, I finally went on their website (and found the English button). Their story is good-to-great and the photos and copy really make me want to put Val-Dieu on my bucket list of Belgian breweries to visit. The problem is this: the Belgian bucket list is already quite long.

Apr 23, 2016
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PatrickCT from Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle split between two tulips.

a: Juicy, vibrant, hazy orange-gold body. One finger, light head. Continuous lace.

s: Sweet and spicey. Pear and raw honey mingles with spicey esters.

t: The fruit muscles in on the malts with a balancing spicey, peppery finish complimented by the alcohol.

mf: Smooth and creamy. Medium carbonation.

o: For my taste this beer would benefit from a touch more corbonation. However, it is wonderfully balanced and the alcohol is bordering on dangerously well hidden. I am guessing the bottle I had was at least two years old. I would love to try this within a year old.

Feb 23, 2016
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GeckoPunk from Connecticut

4.79/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Golden-orange with foamy white head. Lots of bubbles and floaties swimming in the beer.

S - Touch of alcohol, banana, Belgian yeast and candi sugar. Dark fruit (I.e. raisin, etc...)

T - Sweet up front with a touch of sour after the initial taste. I like the blend of sugar vs tart, they almost balance one another out perfectly, but there is a residual sweetness left in my mouth. A hint of funk, but definitely very subtle, it comes in the small, sour bite at the end.

M - Mouthfeel is like champagne yeast, very bubbly and highly carbonated. The liquid gold "gassifies" in your mouth. I believe it would be better if it weren't so carbonated, but it's understandable as a higher ABV beer requires a yeast strain that can consume all the sugar without attenuating too soon. The Belgian candi sugar plays a strong role in all aspects of this beer, including taste, smell, and mouthfeel as the yeast eating the sugar creates an alcohol bite, extra carbonation, and yeast product smells. So I could say all this for taste as it affects that too, but the most noticeable for me is the very bubbly mouthfeel.

O - Great beer! Only would change 2 things about it, Too sweet and too carbonated. Other than that, perfect beer!

Feb 22, 2016
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martinpfal from Indiana

3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Color is cloudy light Amber. Smell of alcohol present but not powerful. Some nuttiness bread taste. Surely a good triple. 8oz bottle at $4.59 not cheap but won't kill the bank either. Is good

Feb 07, 2016
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pakemfull from Georgia

3.22/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great golden color, good white head (1/4 inch), no taste of mint. Smells and tastes equal to honey wheat bread. Based on the description was disappointed.

Jan 19, 2016
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bishopdc0 from Maine

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow I forgot how awesome this beer is. I dare say the best triple I've had. On draugt Golden blog in my stem glass. No haze almost brilliant.

The nose is toasted malts, beautiful. This smells like taking a handful of pilsner malt in you hand and stuffing your nose in.

The flavor is initially grains, malt and a light toasted bread. It sweetens and has a nice honey flavor. That reveals a slight fruityness. The yeast is subdued and would be a great entry to the style for this who do not like more aggressive Belgian yeasthe flavor.

Jan 08, 2016
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Helvectis from Canada

4.84/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a small fat brown bottle.

Cloudy yellow/orange, 2 finger white head.

Hit of yeast and spice, some sugar.

Dried apricots, pears, apple, nice esters, clove and peper spice in the background.

Full bodied, somewhat carbonated, but not overly.

Simply amazing, top notch beer to be had here, would recommend to any abbaye/triple lovers. Only thing wrong with this brew, it's too hard to find!

Nov 22, 2015
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Nice medium gold color with moderate carbonation and a very thick white, frothy head that's almost cream-like in appearance, very sticky foam and clings to the glass.

S - Belgian candy sugar, pears, apricots, yeasty, Belgian spice.

T - Light fruit, fruity esters from start to finish - apricots, pears, apples, pepper, yeast, honey, with a little bit of clove in the background. Coats the mouth with honey and pepper for a sweet finish.

M - Full medium body, creamy carbonation.

O - A very nice Tripel and recommended.

Oct 24, 2015
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Gregaroo from Pennsylvania

4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hey now!!! On tap at The Flying Saucer in downtown Houston. Came in looking for locals, but had two of these instead. Great choice! Served in a 25cl stemmed Val-Dieu globe. So much going on with all of the flavors. Aromas are spectacular, especially after giving them more space in the globe. Such a find (for me, at least)! "Excuse me, barkeep? Yes, one more, please." - Me.

Oct 06, 2015
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Premo88 from Texas

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into chalice

L: peach-gold ... quite a bit of amber in it up to the light; huge head of white to off-white foam that is coating the sides of the glass ... head is a solid 1 inch; lots of debris but beer is relatively clear

S: fruity ... very dubbel-like with lots of sweet grapes, plums ... no clove/allspice notes; very soft and fruity sweet

T: follows the nose ... dubbel-like fruity sweetness, sweet grapes, plums ... no spice again, all sweet malt

F: a little soft but full, lots of carbonation ... lightweight

O: quite a treat ... it's full of all sorts of abbey ale goodness but perhaps a bit "darker" than the average triple; no hop character and no spice flavor but lots of sweet grape and plum; I will drink this beer often

Sep 26, 2015
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2oz. bottle served in a tulip. Pours a burnt orange hue (although closer to brown) with a hazy clarity and a dense, 2.5 inch, bright white head that continues to expand past the lip of the glass. As the head recedes into a tight quarter inch cap, textured strands of delicate lacing are revealed and exhibit excellent retention. Nose expresses medicinal phenols, yeast and a suggestion of cloves. Taste follows nose; however, medicinal quality drops off and is replaced with banana esters and perhaps a kiss of tangerines. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a pleasant carbonation and a semi-dry finish. Overall, a solid triple - not too sweet with a nice dry quality.

Sep 20, 2015
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Marius from Netherlands

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear light amber colour with visible carbonation and a nice velvety white head. Smells like a tripel, which I always found hard to describe - Belgian yeast, flowers , malt and a bit of funkiness. The taste is sweet and spicy, with a maltier body compared to the typical tripel. No taste of funky brett or any other wild yeast in the mouth, and the carbonation just adds to the overall spiciness, making this beer feel very young and refreshing. A bit too sweet for my taste, and there's a feint metallic taste that I find disturbing, but other than that this is a very good tripel.

Sep 12, 2015
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FriarMickOnThePlateau from Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasting Sept 2, 2015. Poured from a 11.2 fluid oz bottle at 50*F / 10*C. Bottle Best Before End Date: Oct 1, 2015. I've manage the beer department of a large liquor store the past year and have been homebrewing the past five years.
LOOK: Murky from bottle conditioning detracts a little; could have better clarity for style. The color is a light brownish gold. Long-lasting, creamy, rocky, white head resulting in characteristic “Belgian lace” on the glass as it fades.
AROMA: Characteristic of style with a complex spiciness. At first it reminded me of the Brett in Orval. As it warmed it took on some fruitiness with just slight alcohol and hop aromas. The malt character is light. No diacetyl.
TASTE: Nice blend of spicy, fruity and soft alcohol flavors supported by
a soft malt character. Low to moderate phenols are peppery in
FEEL: Upon opening - POP! So effervescent you immediately think of midnight at New Years. At 9% ABV it is an easy drinking, light bodied yet complex, effervescent
Belgian-style ale. Just what the doctor ordered!
OVERALL: True to style. Not as brilliant as US standards dictate or as sweet, but a true Belgian Tripel in taste with Lees in the bottle. Cheers, Friar Mick

Sep 03, 2015
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