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

476 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Ratings: 476 |  Reviews: 257
Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
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 -1.5%
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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Photo of Suds
3.15/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew is a golden blond color with some yeast in suspension. It's generous head is soapy, and very stable, leaving lots of intricate lace. The smell gives the impression of a dry, yeasty, highly alcoholic beer. There's a little medicinal and phenolic quality...lots of yeast in the aroma, plus some alcohol. The taste is semi-sweet, with a Belgian yeast flavor and lots of pale malt. There's also a warming that borders on hotness, and isn't really well placed. Finishes a little sweeter than the overall taste. Fairly full in body. This one is satisfying, but not quite good, compared to similar classed Belgian Tripels. .

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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 smcolw
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lots of off-white head; leaves moderate lace. The liquid is suitably cloudy and light gold-orange in color.

Classic Belgian smell of slightly sweet malt, strong yeast, and a sense of earthiness. Lots of spice (all spice, cinnamon and nutmeg)

The taste mirrors the smell except that this is smoother/creamier. Strong citrus flavors intermingled with the spice noted above. Thick body with a relatively low level of carbonation. The aftertaste is sour with a strong yeast bite.

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Photo of stumac
3.33/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

this brew pours up a crazy golden color with an immaculate white dome. the microscopic particles that get swept into my nose are yeast, malt sugars, peach. I take shots before work, baybuh! i taste a rollercoaster of fruits and yeasts and:

a walk through the city on a cloudy day
when someone stops you by yelling your name
you dont know what to do, you dont know what to say
then they spit in your your face and you stumble in dismay.

medium bodied, low carbo. smooth like a babe's ass. Keep this in mind, this berr has been aged for over 200 years ( minus 199) so it is quite on the smooth side and it quenches quite quickly and qualifies it for the quad run.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.06/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best Before: 09/09/10

Appearance: Pours a hazy, golden body with a tall, foamy, white head.

Smell: Interesting aroma smelling of a blend of white wine, green apples, yeast, and a simple pilsner.

Taste: Pilsner maltiness with a slight bready character. Pop of sugariness alongside green apples, a touch of alcohol, and a sour yeastiness. Dash of white wine. Mild spicy hops and bitterness. Finishes dry with a lingering sour fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Moderate carbonation. Slight stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Passable. By no means by favorite tripel, I would definitely prefer a Chimay over this.

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Photo of morimech
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden color with a small white head that quickly faded to just a small area of tiny bubbles resting on the surface. A little spotty lacing is left on the glass. Has a fruity and floral aroma that is very pleasing, and with just a hint of alcohol, reminds me of perfume. Fruit flavors abound in this tripel. Apples, pears, and grape flavors are noted. Some earthiness is tasted as the ale warms and opens up. Is not overly sweet and finishes neutral. Alcohol is very well hiddened. Medium body with low carbonation. Well matched that lends a nice soft texture. The high ABV means trouble for such an easy drinking and delicious beer. I would definately buy this one again.

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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 thierrynantes
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2001.

Appearance : Blond color, with white foam head (fine bubbles).
Smell : cereals
Taste and mouthfeel : alcohol presence, grain coupled with a little spicy notes.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Belgian triple ale.

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Photo of brdc
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small capped bottle, poured into a goblet.

Gorgeous as most belgian tripels, hazy orange with reddish highlights, off-white colored, big long lasting fluffy head, lots of lacing.
Fruity aroma, quite pleasant and strong. Some hoppy, flowery, yeasty and alcoholic notes.
Medium bodied, smooth on the palate, but the flavor lacks a bit of depth to be a great beer. Spicy, hoppy, sometimes fruity and sweet.
Very good, but short of great.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a pure white head that sticks around as a medium cap. Fairly nice lacing. Not as sweet smelling as some Tripels, but with the standars Belgian yeast nose with cloves, tangy sweetness, and dry spice. Fairly mellow flavor with the alcohol well hidden. Relatively dry for the style with a creamy light sweetness and some light pineapple, banana, and tangerine flavors. Very smooth and even a bit nutty and creamy on the finish. Not quite as full flavored as some, but the restrained sweetness and the nicely subtle flavors are very pleasant.

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Photo of erikm25
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bright gold and highlighted copper. Thick off white beige head that deteriorates quickly. Sits in the glass clear. Retention is good and the lacing grasps to the glass nicely.

S: Delicate with light fruity and pale malt aromas. Slight hints of spices and herbs coupled with nuts and toffee. Musty quality toward the back of the nose with a subtle lemon snap.

T: Relatively fruity taste with bananas and grains. Slight earthy and malt taste. Apricots and candy soaked ginger rounded with sugar. There are clove and citrus tastes that make the alcohol impressively hidden.

M: Creamy with medium carbonation.

D: Notes taken from original tasting on 07/19/08. This was a solid balanced beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a coppery-orange with a nice thick creamy white head with a moderately good retention and lacing.

S: fruity, sweet and spicy with some apples and citrus.

T: fruity, with some honey, apples and citrus. There was a tart yeastiness with pale grains with a light spicy alcohol finish that was tangy and sweet.

M: creamy with a light body and texture with some candi-sugar sweetness with a slight stickiness.

D: The abv was fairly well hidden providing a nice tangy, fruity triple that was refreshing and easy to drink. Worth a try.

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

600th BA review!

750 ml cork-in-cage bottle, opened with a hearty poof!, poured into a small tulip glass yields a brightly-clear golden amber body capped with a plump, grainy layer of white foam. The head recedes to a creamy broken sheet that leaves rings of lacing on the glass.

The smell of the drink is fruity and floral, with sweet apples, spring flowers, and a savory note of pale malt.

The taste is sweetly fruity, with juicy notes of plums, Bartlett pears, and ripe golden apples. A mild malty backbone provides support to the fruitiness. A slippery touch of banana sneaks into the profile as the drink warms a bit.

The drink is crisp and medium in body with fine carbonation that works great with Val-Dieu's brew. This is an excellent and refreshing drink, and there is no indication of the potent 9% abv. I nominate this excellent "Triple" to be recognized as more of a "Homerun".

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Photo of MTNboy
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Nice brass/golden hazy body with an off white head. There is lot of head and lace to this beer.

Smell- There is a strong yeast and fruity smell. It sort of reminds me of a desert that you might encounter while Europe.

Taste- It has a light and fluffy fruity flavor.

Mouthfeel- Very carbonated but light and it is not as thick as most Belgian ales.

Drinkability- It is a great beer that I think could be enjoyed anytime.

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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 Patrick999
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had it at the Room, out of the bottle.

A - Short, stubby bottle. Pours hazy gold with a stout bone head.

S - Candy, phenolic aromas, such as a tripel should have.

T - Nice. The near-perfect match of dry tripels I've had, and sweet tripels I've had. Strikes a nice balance with fleeting sweetness, pepper, and nuanced medicinal hop. Alcohol pokes through slightly, but doesn't come off as an alcohol bomb like some other tripels can.

F - Medium body, a fair bit of carbonation.

D - One of the more balanced tripels I've had; my female companion also enjoyed this brew. Two thumbs up.

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Photo of KeefD
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a small head and average lacing, into a Val-Dieu chalice. Nice aroma of sweet candy sugar and floral notes. Sweet as can be, plenty of Belgian candy sugar, nice floral and candied fruit flavors, and a bit of spiciness. Very silky and smooth on the tongue, lots of carboantion at first, but goes away quickly. Alcohol warming can be felt, but it adds more complexity to the brew. Very nice, would like to get some more.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice a nice orangy gold tint with a fair amount of haze. Head retention isn't great but it had a nice fluffy head. Sweetness is present in the aroma, like smelling hard candy type of sweetness on the tongue followed by another sweetness closer to anise or black licorice finishing with a dryness. Very nice; I like this triple. It's clear that it has around the average strength of a triple at 9%.

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Photo of USCTrojanBrian
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Trappist in Oakland, served in appropriate Val Dieu glassware (great place!). From notes ...

Creamy, frothy 1/2" head, with like, egg bubbles. Mild, sweet. Some spice notes. Orange peel, peach dominance.

Cloudy, bright yellow. Some banana and lemon.

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Photo of Portertime
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a sensational beer! I had this at a tasting at my own ABC store in Gainesville. Unfortunately it was in a tiny plastic cup at first but I later snatched a wine glass to get it's full flavor and what a flavor! Poured a peircing gold color with a magnificant head. Smell was of raisins, and some dried fruits. Taste was wonderfully balanced, nice and chilled on the tongue masking the alcohol warmth. Honey laced green apples came to mind along with suculent green grapes. Bubbly on the finish almost like a fine champagne. What a great triple!

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Photo of semihobo
2.06/5  rDev -50%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Best before end 15-01-09 on the bottle. 11.2 oz from a sample pack.

Foams a little upon popping the cap. Pours a light gold, cloudy body with a delicate, thin but evenly distributed head. It just occurs to me now that you can look at the bottom of the head by holding a beer up in the air, works pretty well in this chalice. Maybe I need to spend less time in the pool. As the beer is consumed, lacing is weak and the head has no staying power.

Smells both acidic and overly sweet. Can't pinpoint the spice but there is a prominent blend. Slightly chemical.

The taste is funky, which is not meant here as a compliment. Unrefined sweetness, with raw candi sugar and yeast byproducts that seem to marching to the beat of a different drummer. Minimal fruit, no clove, few of the delicacies one would expect for the style. Not lousy, but a little out of sorts. Slightly metallic finish.

Mouthfeel is slightly harsh on the finish, it would be nice to have lusher, softer carbonation.

Fairly weak within the style. Triples are great, and there are too many good ones to have a mediocre example. Below average for the style and very unimpressive.

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Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: When I poured this beer from its stubby little bottle to a chalice, it had a bright amber color and a good half inch of long-lasting head. Lots of sediment. Good lacing.

S: There was a very fruity aroma, along with some malt and ester. Nicely done and not overpowering.

T: Like a lot of Belgian beers, there's a strong taste of oranges, malt, pepper and other spices. There's a certain acidic quality to it, but it's not that bad.

M: A pretty high amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. This is a full-bodied beer.

D: While this isn't exactly my favorite tripel, it is certainly drinkable. It goes down easy and is complex enough to hold your attention.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dirty orangey color ale with a nice big foamy head with good retention and some nice lacing. Aroma of fruity ester with a lightly spicy touch is very interesting. Taste is a well balanced mix between some sweet malt with some notes of fruity ester and some lightly spicy notes form the yeast. Great carbonation with a full body and no alcohol was apparent. Very well done and something I wouldn't mind having regular access to.

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Val-Dieu Triple from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
4.12 out of 5 based on 476 ratings.
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