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

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Val-Dieu TripleVal-Dieu Triple

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

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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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 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 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 martinpfal
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
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

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Photo of pakemfull
3.22/5  rDev -22%
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.

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Photo of bishopdc0
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of Helvectis
4.84/5  rDev +17.2%
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 jzeilinger
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.54/5  rDev +9.9%
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 Premo88
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
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

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Photo of Jwale73
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of FriarMickOnThePlateau
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
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

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

750ML bottle poured into a tulip glass, cork says 5/2014, which I am guessing is the bottled on date.

Appearance - hazy golden body with tan head

Smell - golden raisin, ginger, apricot

Taste - ginger, golden raisin, coriander , apple

Mouthfeel - full bodied, medium carbonation, citrus sweetness upfront, belgian spices follow, dry finish

Overall - very nice tripel that I am glad to have tried

Price Point - $10.99/750 ML bottle

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Photo of Dzu
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Light copper with a milky-white foam head.
S: Oranges and weak soarness.
T: Complex excellent balanced mix of citrus fruits?banana and spices.
F: Alcohol very well hidden. Enjoyable aftertaste.
O: Not so good in start but impressive reveal in finish.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.79/5  rDev +16%
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 TomMahan
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
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 pat61
4.99/5  rDev +20.8%
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 schoolboy
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a big two year old bottle to drag to a party with mostly wine snobs in attendance so I would have something decent to defend. It held its own.

It is a little dark and mysterious looking, with fine head. The aroma is a reserved fruity yeasty smell.

The taste is well settled in after twenty three months, and very well behaved. There is nothing offensive. Good balance.

The aftertaste is a pleasant experience. Overall, above average. If you can get some aged to two years, get it.

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

Had on tap in a snifter. This fine Belgian triple pours a hazy peachy/yellow glowing color with
a fine white head and beautiful lacing. Nose of honey, Belgian yeast, fruit esters of apple, and
a dash of light citrus. There is a touch of hops in the background. Flavor is off the charts
fantastic. Sweet Belgian candy sugars to the front and sides, ever so light hops in the back,
fruit flavors of light citrus and light spicy Belgian yeast on the aftertaste with a smooth well
carbonated mouthfeel. An excellent example of the style from the birthplace of great ale.

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Photo of Dentist666
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured into snifter.
Hazy dark amber beer with restrain off-white head, receding quickly to some fluffy remnants. Modest aroma of yeasts, citrus, dough, slightly fruity. Flavour is fruity, alcoholic, light bitter finish, honey, yeasts. Not exactly the same that I love in tripels.

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the House of Brews in Jensen Beach, poured into a chalice.

A –Can a beer look both hazy and bright? Yes it can and that is what this one pours. Think stark white head that left clingy lacing down the glass.

S – Floral, fruity esters, sweet and light.

T – Fruit comes through first with a nice light sweetness. Apples and pears. Touch of hops follows with just the smallest amount of bitterness. Compliments that fruit flavors very well. Light honey and pepper flavors and just again a touch of Belgian yeast to finish.

M – Perfectly carbonated. Tingly on the palate as it feels alive. Clean finisher.

O – Cant beat this. It’s a very good tripel. Easy drinker and complex tasting. Delicious.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
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 BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

With the vast array of "Belgian-style" this and "Belgian-inspired" that; its refreshing to get back to basics with an authentic and time-honored taste that relies not on gimmicks nor reinvention, but a pure and simple ale done right.

Val Dieu Tripel jumps right out of the gate with bold fruit and supportive sweetness. Its bright floral aroma is mildly of perfume and honeysuckle while a crisp wafer-thin pilsner-type of sweetness smolders beneath.

Upon the tongue, its bracing effervescent springs to life the beer's fruity and spicy attitude. Lemons, oranges and apples balance against white pepper, coriander, mild cumin and its grassy hop additions. Champagne-like acidity keeps the palate refreshed and highly drinkable.

Finishing with a nod to hops and alcohol spiciness, its continued grass and hay flavors superscede any fruity-sweet upstarts, en route to an effervescent acidity and a quick aftertaste of peppercorn.

With a smidgen more sweetness and a barely heavier feel, Val Dieu's Tripel is nearly spot-on to most abbey versions. With all the parts to its taste coming together effortlessly, the recipe and brewer execution works to near perfection.

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