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

BA SCORE
91
outstanding
471 Ratings
Val-Dieu TripleVal-Dieu Triple
BEER INFO

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

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-24-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
471
Reviews:
255
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
9.93%
 
 
Wants:
58
Gots:
61
For Trade:
0
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Photo of donspublic
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.69/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BelgianBeerChef
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tfsimpkins
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of samEBC
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of philbe311
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JohnTurano
4.61/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Antyk
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zet
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
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)

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Photo of Beginner2
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pkclark
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mitchellrhen
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Robertas
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of YvesB
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PatrickCT
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of GeckoPunk
4.79/5  rDev +16%
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!

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Photo of KeithE
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jow
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ovaltine
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Val-Dieu Triple from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
4.13 out of 5 based on 471 ratings.
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