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

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

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-24-2002

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of pat61
4.99/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours hazy gold with a thick, pillowy 2’ or more thick white foam cap that perches above the rim of the glass and produces intricate Belgian lace with each sip. The palate features yeast driven esters and phenolics – light spicy fruit – suspended in a airy yet creamy malty emulsion. The body is light for a beer this size and delightfully creamy. Slightly sweet but very well balanced and not cloying. The 9% alcohol is smooth and deceptive with a gentle warming the only warning of its presence. A 750 ml bottle is the perfect accompaniment for an evening when you do not need to go anywhere.

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Photo of ledemie
4.92/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours golden, hazy. Creamy white head, Nice retention and lacing.

S: is light, a little fruity and a bit spicy and a distinct Triple aroma.

T: is light in body and has a fruity sense but not overly sweet . Vanilla was evident throughou, Sour Apple candied background

M:l is medium bodied and Quite nice.

D:this is a good Chimay Tripel contender, the Rpice would be the choice effect in between the two, though I had Chimay only in a TAP, I still have to try the bottle version.

Serving type: bottle

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4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml into a chalice style glass

A: Hazy pale yellow tinted toward orange, with a very nice white foam head of small bubbles. Head retention was very good with thin layer of bubble remaining throughout the drink. Excellent lacing.

S: Nothing harsh; light smells of spice mixed with malts and something fruity in nature... not sure what, but it smells great!

T: Wonderful balance of malts, spices, and light hops. The flavors remain solid on the tongue and never diminish. The finish is at first a bit dry but fades to an interesting light malt finish with slight finish of the spices. Very tasty.

M&D: Mouthfeel is damn near perfect. The carbonation is light to medium with small bubbles which does nothing but enhance the flavors of the brew. There is nothing here that gives away the strength of this brew. It is so smooth and easy to drink that the effects sort of sneek up on you in a subtle enjoyable kind of way.

I'm a tripel guy and I love a good trappist ale. It was suggested to me that I try this brew with an open mind to see what I thought. Overall - Awesome! This is a very good representation of an abbey tripel. I loved it. If you are into abbey trips, you have to try this one!

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4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served with a great head that was slow to diminish but left no lacing on the glass. The aroma was of great spice and floral hops. The taste was of sharp crisp citrus and spice. The beer was very creamy in the mouth and the alcohol was well hidden, this is one to be careful with. Overall, I must say this is an outstanding beer.

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4.84/5  rDev +16.6%
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!

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4.79/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A beautiful hazy yellow orange, Val Dieu is one of the best tripels to ever grace my palate - very sweet and bright with citrus and banana esters, some subtle spice, and a bready mouth feel that's second to none! Very balanced with a well-masked ABV. Belgian lovers, do not overlook this gem!

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4.79/5  rDev +15.4%
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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4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle poured into a ommegang hennepin glass. no freshness date, picked up from clearance display. This is a review of the bottom portion of the beer.

Appearance: pours a dark blonde with hints of orange. CHUNKY, sediment is very apparent, with a large amount settling at the bottom. 1/4 inch thick sudsy head that clings all the way down and leaves a decent bit of lacing.

Smell: Strong aroma of honey and orange, corriander and floral notes.

Taste: Upfront there is a sweetness that is akin to the honey aroma as well as orange. It then goes to more of an almost acidic tartness. There is definitely a bit of astringency left on the palate that leaves you wanting more.

Overall: This beer is damn drinkable at 9%abv, dangerously so. Very complex and highly enjoyable, even if you don't like this style, or even belgians i highly recommend this beer!

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4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Strawberry blonde, cloudy with a two finger billowy white head. The head retention is brilliant.

S- Delicate floral notes combine with a peppery phenols. Once the beer warms, sugar cookie smell intoxicates the senses.

T- Sweet vanilla is accented with light citrusy hops, combining with a touch of the expected peppery phenols. The alcohol warms the back of the throat all the while, creating a complex sensation balanced between the purfume-like sweetness of the malt, the subtle bite of the citrusy hops and the conclusive pepper and alcohol kick. The aftertaste is grassy, almost hay-like, and lingers along with a mellow sourness.

M- The mouthfeel is slick (diacetyl?) and extremely soft with low carbonation.

D- The alcohol isn't hidden in this beer. On the contrary, it plays quite well to create a balanced and complex drinking experience. The notable presence of it however makes this beer less of a session and more of a one-offer.

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4.76/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This a gorgeous example of a Tripel, and one of my favorite beers. It pours a deep golden color with a slightly orange cloudiness to it. There's a great deal of sediment in the glass, which I swirled around before drinking. The taste is reminiscent of apples, honey and perhaps a bit of pepper. Despite the carbonation, there's a creamy, almost buttery feel to it. However, there's enough of a spicy alcohol kick to perfectly balance the flavor. I drank one glass, without realizing it has 9% ABV. I was really surprised because this beer is so deliciously drinkable.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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