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

BA SCORE
91
outstanding
476 Ratings
Val-Dieu TripleVal-Dieu Triple
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
Belgium
val-dieu.com

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-24-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
476
Reviews:
257
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
9.95%
 
 
Wants:
60
Gots:
65
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 476 |  Reviews: 257
Photo of Premo88
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
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 -4.1%
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 shelby415
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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 uturn
3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of valkyre65
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FriarMickOnThePlateau
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
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
character.
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 NickThePyro
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ellis1701
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mthomp081
4.69/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of keithmurray
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
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 Evil_Pidde
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dzu
4.12/5  rDev 0%
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 kjkinsey
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SpanishUnicorn
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Nazzz
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 IBUQT
4.78/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy light golden color with soapy white head. Aroma has sweet sugar and malt notes with some floral yeast on top. Taste starts on the sweet side, slightly sugary, quite yeasty with some alcohol on the finish. Medium body, high carbonation. There is something about this belgian style strong ales I don't really enjoy. It might be the candi sugar sweetness.

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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 RMentair
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tbone1384
3.42/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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

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