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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-24-2002

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Ratings: 484 |  Reviews: 258
Photo of mdillon86
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of valdieuer
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of imbibehour
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap into a tulip glass at Pizza Paradiso Dupont DC.

A one inch head off the pour is given that is nice and creamy. Some decent staying power and gives some good lacing. Body color is a gold to brown and slightly orb glowing amber, with hints of yellow on the edges. I can't see any rising carbonation.

Nose is very creamy smelling. Mushy fruit and big malt. This almost smells like apple pie. Very impressive and very different.

Taste is a large big banana mush, with large milkshake creamy palate and consistency. Light carbonation with just a hint of fizz quality. Fruity, estery, creamy.

Overall this really reminds me more of a hefeweizen it's really interesting. However, banana is not a fav flavor of mine so I would rather go for another tripel. It is a very well put together beer no question, but not for me.

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Photo of Burt
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of speter
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pizzeria Paradiso DuPont Circle.

A: Pours a hazy golden hue with a two-finger head that left nice lacing.

S: Banana and quince with a yeasty Belgian overtone.

T: This is by far one of the most complex triples I've had. There is certainly banana upfront, but there is a domination of quince in the middle that I rarely find in the fermented world. The finish is long and rich, and the aftertaste is like eating ripe quince.

M: Full bodied and nicely carbonated.

O: This is a unique triple. I can't say it defined the class, but within the class, it is amazing. Seek this one out!

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Photo of KidRagnarok
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of richbrew
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of Elfastball7
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Squelch
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a goblet, the beer is golden brown and slightly opaque. This beer gives a show with the multiple streams of tiny bubbles throughout its volume streaming to the minuscule head.

Smell: Fresh apples, hay are dominant. Lemon, coriander.

Taste: Banana up front, followed by tropical fruit. Lacks a depth of flavor with a weak finish. Could be great.

Mouthfeel: Lots of alcohol heat. Watery. Dry finish.

Overall: A nice triple but not the best. Try it though as you may love it's unique characteristics.

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

A: Poured a deep yellow/gold with a very thick fluffy white head.

S: Sharp citrus notes, some other fruits and light flowers

T: Fruity, slightly sweet taste, hints of spice, some candy, booze sting

M: Slick mouthfeel. Very well carbonated.

O: A very good Tripel overall.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

6 liter jerobom poured into a wine glass.

Pours a nice light golden color with a small white head along with some fine lacing. Nose is fairly bready and malty, a bit ofalmost milky as well.

Taste is very smooth, creamy, a bit sweet like caramel with an almost candy finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, full and well carbonated and finishes very dry.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Ebenezer's Pub, Lovell, ME

I had two Val-Dieus (-x?) at Ebenezer's it seems. Poured into a stem glass, the tripel was a hazy golden-yellow color with a nice fluffy white head that retained well. Aroma of pale malts, white wine, some alcohol; biscuity. Yeasty taste, with sugar and spice ever-present, apple skins and a white wine sensation. Hop bitterness kicks in towards the end for a dry finish. Pleasant, light-medium mouthfeel, moderately carbonated, and quite drinkable.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Moeder Lambic Fontainas into its proper goblet.

A: Clear pale amber body, 2 1/2 fingers of thick, creamy, rocky white foam. Spectacular retention and thick, chunky lace. Quintessentially perfect-looking Tripel.

S: Sweet and hugely estery. Banana, bubblegum, apple, caramel, toffee. A bit of peppery spice keeps it from being too lopsided toward sweetness. Excellent.

T: Sweet toffee malt, fruity yeast, spicy finish. Lots of bubblegum and caramel. A bit sweeter than I'd like, but delicious all the same. Great job keeping the booze in check.

M: Medium body with a huge amount of lightly prickly carbonation. Ok.

O: Of all the Tripels I tried for the first time on my trip to Belgium, this was hands-down the most enjoyable (with Gouden Carolus not far behind). I think I'd still probably prefer Karmeliet or St Bernardus, but this one is definitely in the same ballpark. Great stuff.


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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Some sediment was noticed in the bottle, but a careful pour yielded only small traces of yeast particles on a hazy gold body. Tightly beaded bubbles form a formidable foam cap and retention is excellent. This beer looks lively with active carbonation rising to the top.

Smell: Complex nose boasts Belgian yeast with a sweet apricot note and some underlying white pepper spice. Bready malts. A soft whiff of alcohol peeking though. Complexities abound.

Taste: A well balanced tripel with a nice peppery spice and undistinguishable fruit presence. Sharp carbonation along with an earthy and tea like hop expression. Some creamy malt melds well with the chalky yeast. Gradually the alcohol comes into the picture. Authentic, alittle raw but graceful about it.

Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied, effervescent, strong carbonation, semi dry finish.

Overall: Solid, solid tripel. True to the style, has a good bit of character and more going for it than many interpretations out there. Very fine beer.

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Photo of n2185
3.33/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear yellow-gold with two fingers of white head that fades into a white cap with decent lacing.

S: Some light spice and clove aromas up front followed by smells of biscuits and light breads. There are some sweet candy and light fruit notes in there, but they're surprisingly subtle.

T: Light fruit and clove flavors at first followed by a slightly bitter bread and yeast flavor that dominates all other flavors. There is an underlying honey-sweet flavor as well.

M: Light body with high carbonation, this beer is pretty well attenuated but there is a bit of an underlying sticky sweetness that keeps it from being as crisp as it should.

O: A decent beer, but a bit bland overall. I'd like more presence from both the light fruit flavors as well as the spicy yeast characteristics. And while it's not as bad as many takes on the style, there's still a bit of a sticky sweetness in there that detracts from the flavors.

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Photo of runner72
4.73/5  rDev +14%
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 rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer pours a slightly hazy butterscotch color with a big bubble popping of the base and racing to the surface. The snow white head is a big cobweb and last for a good bit.

S- The soft sweetness and light peppery phenolic aroma blend in an otherwise pretty clean aroma. There is a fresh grain sweetness that comes through as the beer opens up.

T- The dry light candy sugar flavor has honey and pale malt flavors with some bright dried fruit qualities to follow. The dry finish has a light hop bit with a noble green hop note.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a crisp finish and the alcohol is well hidden till it the last few sips.

D- This beer is simple and elegant with some great yeast character and subtle depth and a good balance of hops and sweetness.

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Photo of brewdenver
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
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 KajII
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Trappist glass]

Poured a cloudy medium amber with a large frothy white head that was fully lasting and had excellent lacing. The aroma was heavy of a doughy yeast, a cereal malt and a light flowery hop with notes of citrus and apricot. It tasted sweet and mildly bitter at first and developed into a sweet , smooth and creamy flavor with nice notes of fruit. Mouthfeel was light to medium in body and quite creamy in texture with a very soft carbonation. Overall a very tasty Tripel.

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Photo of Aiptasia
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a small 11.2 oz bottle from a Whole foods mix and match 6 pack. Poured into a frosty glass beer mug.

A: When I initially poured this, it was a very light blond beer similar to a Belgian whitbier. It frothed up immediately with a big pillowy 2" head as thick as mashed potatoes. Lacing is tenacious with all day long cling. It looks beautiful.

S: Smells of biscuity hay with traces of mango.

T: Delicious citrus notes with spiced flavors of pepper, mustard, apple, mandarin orange and caramel malts. Dried grapes and peach on the exhale.

M: A good amount of carbonation with some sting from alcoholics and a very mild hop flavor. Warms with a wet belly.

D: Very drinkable and strong. You'll want more than one. Just pace yourself.

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Photo of RedBrewer83
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into goblet...

A: Light amber hue, fairly clear with a nice frothy white head, great lacing and great retention.

S: Classic tripel aromas, crisp light fruit of white grape, peach, green apple, faint floral hops and big presence of yeast and biscuit-like malt.

T: Starts off very crisp with lots of bright fruit and citrus zest, biscuit and caramel malt flavors come in next with a big presence of the yeast and a long dry finish of fruit and grassy floral hops.

M: Doesn't feel like 9% on the palate, very clean and crisp and smooth on the finish.

D: Incredibly drinkable for a tripel, found myself trying to slow down just to enjoy it more, very smooth and bright.

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Photo of kjyost
3.64/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle, poured into a Duvel tulip. BB 23/02/2012. Served around 6-7C initially.

A: Nice white head with stellar retention and beautiful lacing. The body though is a little murky (I know I let some yeast in there, but not that much) and a touch more to the brown end of the spectrum than I was expecting.

S: A bit of bready yeast that is dominated by an enjoyable traditional belgian nose with a light bit of earthy funk (not strong enough to be considered a barnyard aroma) and a bit of cherry fruit

T: A bit of a letdown honestly. The body has a nice level of viscosity without being thick or cloying, just reminding you of the barley from whence it came. The esters aren't terribly strong in the body though, being overtaken by a bit of alcoholic heat and the body. Personally I like my belgians to be a touch more assertive than this.

M: As above. Enjoyable as it gives a solid body to enjoy the beer with.

D: Decent, nothing to write home about though.

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Photo of Ochsenblut
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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Photo of impending
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into a tulip. Pours a clear pale gold with towering dense head which recedes leaving fine lace.

Aroma is crisp, clean and sweet from fleshy light skinned fruits sitting in the middle of a bakery at the workday start. No phenols. Excellent.

Very sweet, very fruity and lots of yeast. Hop flavor is minor, bitterness nearly non existent. The alcohol is just a tad peppery, I would like it to be hotter to balance the sweetness since the finish is not dry in the least. A pleasant little alcohol gut warmth follows the aftertaste. Full bodied viscous mouthfeel. Improves with warmth.

The level of sweetness will decide if you like this or . . . .

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Photo of fourplayed
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lite and Clear Straw color with thin white head and minimal lacing.

Smells of Grapes, grains, spices, yeasts...sweet.

Taste is fairly sweet and somewhat vinuous, grapes, pears, apricot. Nice malts, spice and mild hop notes & bite. alcohol is well hidden.

Lite to medium body, medium zesty carbonation, medium alcohol warmth, nice dry finish.

A fruity and sweet vinuous tripel with nice malt smoothness and decent dry finish, interesting spice's and yeasts make this one a true belgiun brew...a bit too sweet for my tastes.

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Val-Dieu Triple from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 484 ratings
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