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 flagmantho
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 330mL bottle into my Val-Dieu chalice. Best-by date is April 10, 2009, but tripels are high enough ABV to age well, right? Well, I hope so.

Appearance: pours a hazy medium golden-orange with a thin finger of foamy ivory head. Dissipation is quick, but lacing is nice; not surprising for a beverage of this strength.

Smell: delicious fruity malt aromas of apple and pear with a little chalkiness -- just the right composition for me, although the volume could be turned up a little. I quite like it.

Taste: ooh, this is the ticket. Pear, a little apple, maybe even a little tiny bit of plum; then there's the slight chalkiness I got in the aroma. Fantastico.

Mouthfeel: medium body with plenty of big carbontion yields a mammoth creaminess here. As with the other Val-Dieu beers I've sampled, I'm highly impressed by the mouthfeel. Kudos!

Drinkability: well, you know me and a good tripel. I could slam these all night long if I had to. What's that? I have to? OK!

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear orange amber color; second pour was cloudy with sediment (probably bottle-conditioned). Poured a 1 finger foamy white head that dissipated to a broken skim. Lightly decanted. Laced in patches.

A: Light-colored fruits; banana, pear and apricot. Sweet malt and noble hops. Alcohol more prominent as the beer warmed.

T: Light-colored fruits and bready malt up front. Candi sugar and stronger banana flvor ahead of a long, light hop bitter. Alcohol and fruit linger a bit (pleasant).

M: Medium body. Light to moderate carbonation. Sweet finish is somewhat coating, but in a good way.

D: Nice Tripel; complex, flavorful, yet balanced. Yeast character pretty subdued making the sweet finish pleasant. ABV makes this one a sipper.

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Photo of mralphabet
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.9 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Wonderful looking beer... Hazy dull golden color, with big fluffy head, a good 3 fingers worth.... Settles to a thick layer of foam and lacing all the way down the glass.

S: Strong blend of wine, green apples, yeast and an overall sweetness.

T: OK, first thing I'm getting is a sharp tartness of green apples, with a dash of white wine. There is a sight sweetness with a touch of alcohol (not hot at all, just there).

M: Medium-bodied. Not a lot of carbonation here, a little on the sticky side. The finish is quite dry.

D: Not a bad little Triple. As most Triples this is not a session beer, sit back and enjoy take your time and enjoy the ride.

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Photo of Kendo
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a Chimay chalice. Body is slightly hazy, honey-yellow with a 1-finger white head. Chunks of sediment at the bottom of the glass.

S: Sweet, ripe fruit -- overripe nectarines, perhaps -- and some yeastiness.

T: Sweetness again dominates. Fruit -- ripe apple skins, peaches and candied sugar -- over a slightly bready malt. Finishes with slight alcohol warmth down the belly.

M: Call it a tad bit lighter than medium in heft. Good fizziness. Finishes clean and dry.

D: Good.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky peach colored body, wispy white head.

Sweet fruity, floral aroma with notes of apricot.

Apricot, peach, pear, green apple, honey and caramel upfront, with just a hint of sweetness. Floral, but mostly fruity, with just enough spice on the finish to lend balance. Richer in body than most Tripels, but plenty of carbonation to keep it refreshing.

Great summertime beer. I don't have AC in my house and things are warming up in Denver. This is just the beer!

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Photo of NahpunGnome
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a Chimay Goblet.

A - Not as cloudy as I expected since this is a Tripel. The head isn't too tall, but looks nice.

S - I sense mostly bananas and a slight hint of alcohol.

T - Not as yeasty as I expected. There's also a slight alcohol in the aftertaste. Not too sweet and fairly balanced.

M - Just like its appearance, not too thick, not too thin.

D - Since there is an alcohol note in the aftertaste, the alochol tends to linger on my palate the more I drink. Some may not like to have more than 1 or 2 servings of this.

Summary - This is a pretty good tripel, but isn't the stereotypical one in my opinion. The color seems a little darker and not as cloudy as other tripels that I've tried. I think the alcohol could be hidden a bit better.

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Photo of JohnL9013
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the less impressive tripels I've had, Val-Dieu still offers a fine product.

A: Not quite the appearance I expected. Thin head that dissipated quickly and an eerily clear orange...I expected a cloudier appearance.

S: A fairly pleasant smell of slightly darker malts than expected with a barely detectable level of hops.

T: This beer is good, but it is just not flatline enough, and not as good as the other Belgian Tripels I've had. There's not enough hops, and the malt is just slightly darker and slightly more excessive than it needs to be in my opinion. This beer has a sharp sweetness to it that is hard to describe, but not a shining feature...homogeneity is key here and this beer falls short in this department.

M: The mouthfeel is unpleasant due to the sharp, almost twangy sweetness, and unfortunately, this beer gets worse as it warms up, unlike almost every other tripel I've had.

D: This beer hides its high alcohol content very well but is still quite the force to be reckoned with.

I know people who swear by this stuff but in my opinion Westmalle, St. Bernardus, and Unibroue make much, much better tripels.

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Photo of Radome
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - 3.5 - This was obviously bottle conditioned, with a small amount of sediment in the bottom. Beer was light amber-orange color and fairly cloudy without being opaque. Swarms of tiny bubbles rise through the glass constantly. The head is bright white and made up of large soap-like bubbles. It starts out fluffy and about 1/4" thick and quickly fades away to nothing.

Aroma - 4.0 - Light aroma is a mixture of noble hops and sweet malt with some faint banana notes from the yeast.

Flavor - 4.0 - Very nice balance between malt, candi sugar, bananas and some moderate hop bitterness and flavor. 9% alcohol is not obvious. Complex and flavorful while still managing to be drinkable.

Mouthfeel - 4.5 - Moderate body and light carbonation. Somewhat sweet finish that leaves your mouth coated in a pleasant way.

Overall Drinkability - 4.0 - Very nice and drinkable; has all the elements of a classic tripel, but is somewhat restrained. The yeast character is especially muted compared to classic Trappist examples.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A - It pours a brilliant gold with nice white head, a decent level of retention and some lace.

S - For a Tripel, the aroma is quite Euro-lager-y, and also of straw, banana and farm. And a rich yeast is obviously behind most of it.

T - It tastes pretty delicious; the yeast has a strong effect on the overall flavor of the brew. It goes from smooth to hot to a fully clean finish. Makes for a dynamic experience, albeit solid and not spectacular.

M - It totally enhances, or more so is an integral part of the flavor profile, as the mouthfeel interacts with and enables some of the flavors.

D - Pretty good, but it is hard to prefer it over other good Belgian options.

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Photo of Rayek
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Val-Dieu glass.

A: Deep gold, with nice clarity. A small and foamy eggshell head has OK retention and leaves good lace.

S: Very white wine like. Green grapes, fresh pears and granny smith apples are front and center. A pepper tingle is just strong enough to hold down the sweeter aromas.

T: 9% ABV and it's completely masked. The sweet pale fruits from the nose sweep seamlessly into the flavor. They make up the bulk of the proceedings. Bitterness is extremely mild and has a lemon and coriander bite. Finished very dry and a bit tart. There's a very hidden warmth as the beer goes down.

M: The body is quite light and effervescent.

D: I love a good Tripel. Val-Dieu goes down easy and knocks you on your butt if you're not careful, just like a good Tripel should. An excellent pickup.

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Photo of stakem
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz stubby brown bottle into my Val-Dieu Chalice. Bottle has a best before date of 7/30/11.

Pours a clear golden color with more than 2 fingers of white foam. Really good retension due to bubbles of carbination providing constant support. Significant amount of clingy lace all around the glass. Sweet aroma riddled with spice like clove and fruit similar to pears and apples. Some alcohol thrown into the aroma as well to mix it up. Taste is sweet upfront tasting like pear/apple and clove. Tiny bit of hop bitterness keeping the sweetness in check. Somewhat dry finish that is quite warming. Medium to light feel and highly carbed. Lingering taste of the fruity sweetness is left in the mouth that is similar to sour apple but without the sourness...if that makes any sense. Overall very enjoyable.

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Photo of taigor
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into regular glass.

A - Poured cloudy orange with big head that slowly dissipated leaving above average lacing around the glass.

S - Sweet malts upfront with hints of fruitness and spiciness towards the end.

T - Sweet upfront followed by citrus bitterness with yeast finish.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

D - Good but abv is not well masked and carbonation is too high.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht.

From a bottle into a chalice.

APPEARANCE: Pours a 1 ½ finger medium-thin white head with good retention. Gamboge orange in color with quite a bit of carbonation in the form of little bubbles. Head fades to a decent film cap that remains until the end and leaves a little lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Pale and toasted malt with lots of pear and apricot esters as well. Green apple notes too. Yeasty qualities with clove and tyme spices as well. Bold nose; quite impressive.

TASTE: Pale and toasted malt with some pear and apricot as well, but spices are much more evident here. Clove, tyme, and spicy yeast and alcohol shine through. After taste is strong and long lasting, including some bitter-sweetness and alcohol notes. Bold flavors are enjoyable for sure.

PALATE: Medium body, smooth and light on the palate with higher carbonation. Goes down smooth with a bit of the burn at the back of the throat. Finishes slightly mouth-coating.

OVERALL: Excellent triple, very true to the style. Very tasty for sure, though perhaps not as good a triple as their double is a double. One to check out if you're a triple fan. Recommended.

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Photo of adamette
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from the stubby dark brown 11.2 oz. bottle that I bought, along with the cool thick walled snifter with a very nice gold and blue "Val-Dieu" label on the side of it and two other Val-Dieu beers as a part of a gift set from Reider's Market in Painesville yesterday for $9.99. Since about $3.33 per beer is close to a reasonable price one really gets the cool snifter free. "Best by" date of 30/01/11. Poured, of course, into the Val-Dieu snifter.

A Creamy white head over an opague dark yellow body with obvious sediment floating about. Really nice look for the style. 4.5

S Nice sweet malt and Belgian yeast grains which are at the same time consistent with the style and inviting/interesting to me. This tripel delivers on the style guidelines and offers an interesting smell. 4.5

T Oh yes, my nose leads me in the right direction as there is a great malt honey like sweetness and that great Belgian yeast grain in the background that makes tripels my favorite style. I have always liked the interplay of these tastes. There is certainly a warmth of alcohol along with it too. 4.0

M Slight honey stickiness, full with the warmth of alcohol and the Belgian yeast and big with the triple malt. Feel is a classic tripel feel. 4.0

D Good for the style which is not particularly drinkable with its traditionally big ABV and tastes. That being said, I found the bottom of this great looking snifter within about 5 minutes. 4.0

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Photo of rootbeerman
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into duvel glass

A: pours cloudy orange, (i like a little of the yeast) finger and a half creamy head.
S: sweet malt, yeasty, oranges, spices, earthy, slight hint of alcohol
T: sweet malt, oranges, yeast clove and banana, hop earthiness. light alcohol
M: creamy and coating
D: cant put the glass down, even though it is now empty

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Photo of argock
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 33cL brown bottle into a Chimay chalice. Best by 08/01/10 on back label. Single purchased at Market Street Wine Shop (Charlottesville, VA) for $2.99.

A: Slightly hazy golden with 1-finger foamy head that recedes pretty quickly but leaves some decent lacing.

S: The aroma is too light with only tart apples, spicy yeast, pears, alcohol, and herbal hops coming through.

T: Yeast and light phenolic notes are most apparent at first, but the spicy hops, apple, and vinous qualities really come out with some time and air. Pepper and more floral hops flavors are there too. Not overdone, not to subtle -- a good resting point for flavor power.

M: Very nice medium-to-full body with medium carbonation leaves a pleasant feel. Alcohol is not readily detected. Afertaste is malty, spicy yeast, and floral hops.

D: A delicious brew that has a more agreeable price point than some of the big Belgian tripels. Even though a chalice is pictured on the bottle label, the next one I try will be from a snifter to try to capture more aroma.

Poured from 11.2 oz brown bottle into a Palm tulip. Served at Basil (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Murky and hazy lemony-peach hue with creamy, foamy 1-2 finger head with great retention and several draping lines of lacing.

S: The alcohol is pretty up front but not off-putting. The light maltiness is very substantial with some pear notes. There is a nice citrus note running through this beer as well. The hopping is lightly citrus and herbal/earthy in character otherwise. Yeastiness is present and spicy in just the right proportion.

T: This is a very good tasting tripel with sturdy pale maltiness, a light alcohol burn without the berry or fusel quality, and solid herbal hops presence. The light fruit pear and yellow apple qualities come through a little more with warming. I was really impressed with this beer.

M: The mouthfeel is medium-to-full with only a little crispness. The carbonation could be upped a tad and I wish this felt a little lighter overall, but it is still solid.

O: I have not had much from Val-Dieu previously, but this brew impressed with with its mixture of solid pale maltiness, light fruit tones, and deft alcohol presence and herbal and light citrus hopping. Definitely give this one a run.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a short 12oz bottle into my Val-Dieu chalice. Pours very pale and light at first but takes a pale golden hazy appearance as it fills the glass. Head is creamy white and about a finger and a half worth. As it dissapates, leaves a thick creamy lacing. After settleing on the surgace, head remains as a thin surface of creamy white bubbles and a decent size creamy ring.

Aroma, at first...while pouring, filled the imidiate area with a sweet fruity scent. After poured, the aroma was a litte weaker, but full of grapefruit, booze, and rather woodsy. Very inviting and pleasant to say the least.

Flavor is full of light fruit up front, again grapefruit, a little maybe. Very sweet and a little creamy. Cabonation dies slowly as it warms...and the flavors become stronger...which is great and predictable.

Medium body and very tasty.

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Photo of Pencible
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a hazy light gold with lots of white head. It smelled like faint lemon and earthy sour yeast, with some banana and light spices. It tasted like lemon and sour but creamy yeast, with some earthy spices and a bit of candi sugar. It was somewhat thick with some carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this beer had a nice, clean scent and taste with a fairly smooth body. But it wasn't very complex or bold, or unique in any way. It hid the alcohol well, so it was easy to drink, but there wasn't much else to this beer. Enjoyable but forgettable.

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Photo of TLove
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(From Notes)

On tap at Birreria Paradiso.

Creamy head and very light, staunch body with some definitive syrupy maltiness and a virulent carbonation. Strong smell of apple, lemon, and a touch of winterberry and wheat. Sweet citrus and rye malt taste with a touch of tartness and bitterness. Very translucent, but has the body of a much darker and yeastier beer.

Finish is full in the mouth, as the carbonation dies quickly. Has a very distinct "living beer" taste that I found in a lot of similar Belgian tripels. Strong, 9%ABV well hidden by citrus malts and the apple crispness and wheat grains renders a wonderful, round finish that is uncharacteristic of the style.

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Photo of WoogityBoogity
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber body with slight haze and yeast particles floating around. Tall thick collar of foam that dissipates quickly.

S - Sweet malty smell with masks of fruity esters including orange and a banana character. Peppery spice phenols and clove. Definitely a low alcohol aroma and low spiced hop note.

T - Medium malt sweetness followed by various spice phenols. Ending finish of alcohol and minute flavor of hop bitterness. Dry finish. Fruit esters are not as strong or pronounced in the taste as in the smell.

M - Medium body with high carbonation. Medium warming that is inviting and accentual to the nature of this beverage.

D - A very moddest tripel, but not a very complex palate as others.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review is of a 33cl brown bottle obtained from the brewery in 2008. The best before date is 14th May 2009, the date of the tasting was 31st August 2009.

Poured into a Westmalle chalice very slowly to prevent as much sediment as possible stayed within the glass.

Even though it was poured sedately there was a slight cloudy hue to the dull blond body of the beer. the head was only a wisp from the off, the pour might have helped to prevent one being produced, but I doubt it, as I tried to encourage the beer to pour at the begining of the emptying.

A fairly sweet yeast aroma with hay and wheat esters coming out as well.

Sweet and sour taste, it reminded me of the less sour citrus fruit of Pink Grapefruit in its flavour. Well carbonated and with a plesant tang, the 9% sat well within the brew and although noticeable it take over such is the strenght of the its flavours and balance.

Very drinkable!

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Photo of PatrickJR
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into red wine glass.

A - Golden, perhaps a shade paler than apple juice. Some largish sediment floating around. 2-3 fingers of white head rise with decent retention as a moderate cap lasts for the duration. Decent lacing as well.

S - Great aroma, something between butter, sour apples, pears, and even a bit of lemon, orange, and pineapple. Smells sort of like some kind of interesting smoothie. There's some powder on the back end along with a bit of vinegar. A very fruity tripel that delves into some unusual but well-integrated citrus and tropical aromas.

T - Sour apples drizzled with a bit of pineapple syrup atop a sort of butteriness, akin to a pie or dessert of some sort. The moderate sweetness dies down mid palate giving way to orange and lemon notes with citric sourness and medicinal bitterness. Slight sourness carries into late palate where bitterness peaks with powdery flavor. Tart lemonade and phenols carry into the finish.

M - Medium bodied, and while initially a solid medium carbonation subsisted, it did not hold up well and the beer got significanly flatter in a short period of time. Val-Dieu Triple was much better with some bubbles and the flatness occurs much too quickly.

D - Overall a pretty good tripel. Not my favorite, but definitely nothing to pass up and worth exploring for it's slightly different citrus/pineapple flavor as opposed to the banana/vanilla found alongside the typical apple/pear. The finish gets a little muddled and the phenolic aspects aren't integrated as well as they could be but this stuff is small potatoes. Worth checking out, and certainly something I'd revisit down the road.

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Photo of halfP1NT
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured with a fizzy carbonation into a St. Bernardus chalice. It iis a bright orange color, slightly hazy, with a thin, soapy white head that quickly dissipates, leaving a foamy ring around the glass.

Smell is sweet fruit like apples and pears, biscuity with spices. Yeasty.

Taste up front is doughy and sweet, like apple juice. Slight bitterness kicks in to balance, and finishes with a fruity, alcoholic bite. Well rounded, biscuity malt, yeasty Belgian flavors, fruity, nicely balanced. Fruitiness comes to the forefront as the beer warms.

This is a very drinkable triple, nicely balanced. Prickly carbonation compliments the sweetness. The alcohol definitely has a warming presence but adds a nice layer of complexity.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter for a frothy head with see thru ruby-tinted body and left lace sheath down my glass. A fruity, orange/pear/yeasty belgian smell along with some citric notes and mild caramelized malt. Smooth, creamy, light to medium bodied and with great carbonation almost has a white wine/champagne feel. Taste and body are almost chewey with some sweet malts balanced with pear, citric and apple fruit notes with a crisp, sharp finish thanks to some herbal hop bitterness. This tripel is both fruity and sweet and dry and sour at the same time - they really pull off a balancing act. I ended up killing my glass real quick which isn't quite recommended considering the high (and hidden) ABV. Not that trips are my fave, but this is one damn good Belgian.

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Photo of grayburn
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent all around tripel. The high point in this beer is the pour. A hazy, sediment filled yellow orange haze with probably the rockiest clingiest superbest head I have ever laid eyes on.

The smell is light fruit with some alcohol back, and the taste is the same, well influenced by the flavors from the yeast.

The mouthfeel is a bit thicker than I would like but is still within the style, the carbonation is perfect.

I could drink this for a good part of the night, in fact I did. Very nice.

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Val-Dieu Triple from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
4.13 out of 5 based on 474 ratings.
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