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

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Val-Dieu TripleVal-Dieu Triple

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Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 253 | Ratings: 464
Photo of pat61
4.99/5  rDev +21.1%
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 +19.4%
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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Photo of SIRIUS2
4.85/5  rDev +17.7%
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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Photo of atsprings
4.85/5  rDev +17.7%
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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Photo of Helvectis
4.84/5  rDev +17.5%
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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Photo of Neorebel
4.79/5  rDev +16.3%
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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Photo of GeckoPunk
4.79/5  rDev +16.3%
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 YankChef
4.78/5  rDev +16%
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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Photo of Ochsenblut
4.77/5  rDev +15.8%
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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Photo of jenbys2001
4.76/5  rDev +15.5%
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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Photo of runner72
4.73/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving from a 26 oz bottle. No freshness date.

Pours a cloudy, golden color. Three finger with head, good retention. Looks very appealing. Smell is combination of pepper, yeast, grassy, vanila. Taste is great! Hints of pepper, earthy, yeast. Very little hops. You can't taste the alcohol at all. Very smooth. Perfect for the style. Mouthfeel is nice. Carbonation dominates. Overall, a great Tripel!

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Photo of unclejimbay
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Val-dieu Abbey Triple, "Anno 1216"
Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
Style: Tripel
ABV: 9.00 % - bottle>tulip
Reviewed 3/7/09

A 4.5 - Cloudy toasty golden in color. Excellent head, retention & lacing.
S 4.5 - Sweet candy shop aromas, root candy aromas linger, roasty citrus notes like caramelized grilled pineapple or citrus, some mild yeast notes.
T 5.0 - Excellent taste pans out the same as the aromas imply. Excellent sweetness without being overly done. Taste follows the smells and is followed by a very subtle nutty malt finish.
MF 4.5 - Good medium body for a Triple, good medium smooth carbonation.
D 4.5 - Excellent representation for a Triple. Has all the sweet complexities I would expect, without being overly sweet or cloying. It's rare to find this one in my area and a bit pricey, but I would look for it as a Triple if I had the craving.

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Photo of brewdenver
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl poured into a Val-Dieu glass

A: Gold in color slightly cloudy. Poured a relatively low head dying quickly. Medium to strong lacing and fingers around glass.

S: Fruity aroma, that reminds me of banana's, sugar candy, peach. Very pleasant to take in.

T: WOW! This is one delightful beer. Banana, candy, other fruit flavors probably brought out by the hops and yeast. It starts out sweet. With a nice clean middle finishing slightly dry and with many flavors left on the palette. It truly begs you to drink more.

M: Good carbonation dancing on the tongue and bringing out the flavors and aromas of the hops. A good malty characteristic letting you know there was no lack of grain used in this beer. Some Belgiums seem to get their sweetness and abv from the candy leaving it a bit watery. Not the case here.

This is a damn good beer. I was able to get this in a gift pack along with two other Val-Dieus. The only bomber or single I have been able to find of Val-Dieu is the Grand Cru. Which is also one hell of a beer. Just wish I could find this one as well.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Belgian's are so good and this brew is no exception. Cloudy yellow, good head - pour carefully, leaves a lot of lace. Sweet malty nose and sweet taste, finish is sweet and smooth the hops are there but very subtle. Medium body. Not much sediment in bottle or glass.

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Photo of merlin48
4.67/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz stubby bottle, pours a slightly hazy, yellow gold color with an intersting, but small head of various sized bubbles. The head is persistent, and coats the goblet with serious sheet and patch lacing.
Aroma is a wonderland of mango and apricot tropical fruit, with bubblegum and vanilla in the background.
Mouthfeel has a slight fizz, but mostly just a fruit flavor tartness.
Tatse is exceptional. Earthy, mushroom tasting yeast combines nicely with the apricot and mango flavors that were apparent in the nose. Vanilla and a hint of cinnamon invigorate the background. Honeydew melon flavors enable this one to leap over all hurdles that would prevent this one from earning a perfect score for taste.
This is one of those Belgian ales that you instantly fall in love with, hopefully with a lifetime of bliss.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Gold/auburn, foamy white head on initial pour into a tulip glass which resolved to nice thin layer, good effervescence and cloudy

S: Bouquet of honey and caramel, malty, fruit esters (a little banana, raisin, apple),

T: Malty forward taste, hint of pear/plum followed by a little fruit/honey then a hint of hops and a fairly dry clean finish.

M: Just the right amount of carbonation to prevent it from being perceived as syrupy

O: Excellent beer, will definitely stock up.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap 12/30/06 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a bright yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a decent lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very fruity (banana & citrus) with yeast and a little bit of spice.

T: Sweet fruity flavors dominate the taste as they do the smell. There’s a big yeast background and some malt presence. The 9.00% ABV is well-hidden and the after-taste is sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish from the sweetness.

D: Very tasty, goes extremely easily, not filling at all, quite poundable, but the ABV will catch up to you quickly. I liked this beer quite a bit.

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Photo of TomMahan
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A recent convert to the triple style, and this is my hands down favorite! I have only tried a dozen or so of this style, but the Val-Dieu is the leader of the pack so far.

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Photo of stevoj
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice smooth tripel with thick velvety head. Cloudy straw golden in color, perfect tripel aroma, flavor is smooth and buttery. Head completely coats the glass, all the way down to the end. This is a beauty of a beer....

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Photo of Jason
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

Appearance: Bright and glowing golden hue, haze from both the yeast and chill haze are very light. Thin powdery white lace leaves a beautiful trail down the glass.

Smell: Ripe pear, raw honey and peppery phenols rise into the nostrils. Spicy sweet estery alcohol intoxicates the nose.

Taste: Smooth and creamy with a fluffy crispness upfront. Delicate and supple medium body curls around the tongue with a medium to high carbonation. Esters are solid but not flamboyant. Sweetness pushes forth with ripe fruit and pale honey. Fruitiness is light yet expressive with hints of pear and tangerine. Hop bitterness cuts through a bit and a bite from the yeast tries to keep things in balance also. Slight phenolic peppery flavour adds an enjoyable contrast to the sweetness. Phenolic flavours stay with the finish so the sweetness does not appear to dominant.

Notes: Incredibly easy to drink and dangerous at that being a triple. Very well balanced with a clean palate even with the esters and phenols running around the taste buds.

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Photo of corby112
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a thick creamy white head that settles into a lasting lacing. Aroma of light crisp fruit, candi sugar and alcohol. Medium bodied and very quaffable with a very smooth, crisp light fruit flavor and dry finish. Very good.

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Photo of filabrazilia
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a hazy pale golden with a fluffy white head that is generous as it leaves patterns and lines of fine white lace on the glass. Gorgeous.

This beer is slightly sweet in its aroma and is joined by a spicy (cloves & coriander perhaps) complement. I would say that I detect notes of honey and fruit in the nose as well.

The taste is remarkably smooth and mellow. It is dominated by spice on the initial taste but is countered by a malty sweetness. The yeast character asserts itself a bit in the finish. As it warms, you can feel the alcohol, which is nice on a cold winters evening.

I was going to give this beer a 4 on mouthfeel to start but decided that it's too smooth and easy to slight it like that. While the alcohol content is high, there is no astringency or overwhelming alcohol presence to spoil it. This beer is a fine example of the style.

I cannot wait to have another one of these beauties. This beer was almost too easy to drink. I wish I could have more.

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of corsendonkfan
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Served in a 11.2% Fl oz bottle, poured a very light hazy non-transparent champagne color. Bottom of the bottle conained a good amount of sediment which was visible in the pour.

S: Has a green apple, sour grape smell. Very strong citrus smell.

T: Citrusy, for a High ABV beer you do not taste a lot of alcohol initially. Alcohol is overpowered by fruit tastes. Slightly spicy boozy aftertaste. Very sweet candy-like

M: Feel a lot of carbonation like champagne.

O: Very sweet/citrusy beer. I would compare it to De Dolle brews like Arabier but much sweeter. I enjoyed this beer very much, one of the better tripel's I've had.

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Photo of scooter231
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I may have converted a Michelob Ultra drinker with this one. Two sips in and I knew this was going to be in my top 10 favorites til the end of time. Or at least for a while. Pours a golden, slightly hazy color with white white head and a bit of delicate lacing down the sides.

Smells delicious. Lots of fruits- apple, pear, apricot, and a dash of honey. Bits of pepper as well. Tastes great, too. So fruity and light and floraly, with a tich of a sour/spicy finish that really rounds out the flavors nicely.

Mouthfeel is a taaaad watery, but the lightness is nice. Highly, highly drinkable. 9%? Where is it? Can't smell it, can't taste it- I can certainly feel it, but man- a sneaky little bastard. Reminds me of Hennepin a little bit, and la Fin du Monde. Extremely enjoyable.

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