Triple | Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu

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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-24-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,887
Reviews:
262
Ratings:
493
pDev:
9.64%
Bros Score:
4.57
 
 
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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.44/5  rDev +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

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Photo of OriolesFan1008
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BigIslandfarmer
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BenMaalouf
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Twal
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mmilyko
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dope
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of IckyT2012
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Heeenrik
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brittanylicious
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of heysuz
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Griphon
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of freewill35
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dandy14
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PaulSlazinger
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of desint
3.61/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ajm5108
3.31/5  rDev -20.2%
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

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Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dukeufo
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mishi_d
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of unclekeith
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of donspublic
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
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%
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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Triple from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 493 ratings