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Rader Ambrée | Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu

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Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by dogfooddog on 07-02-2006

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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of chrisroarshack
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Howlader
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of middkid45
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Honeybourne
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of mattfancett
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of brandon911
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Sparky44
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of biernack
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of desint
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of flagmantho
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: hazy light-brown hue with a thick finger of frothy white foam. Not too bad.

Smell: rich malty aroma (it is sweet, like Whoppers) with an interesting component that's almost piney. Could this be the hops? Hard to tell.

Taste: sweet and smooth. Rich malt flavor but with plenty of alcohol coming through. There's not a lot of complexity here, either, but it is not bad.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a deliciously rich carbonation and creaminess. Good stuff.

Overall: this beer is a little bizarre but I find it rather satisfying. I grow a little bit fonder with each sip.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a really nice amber color, the head is a light fan color that leaves a decent lacing. The smell of the beer is a little tart bit has a sweet malt aroma also coming off of it. The taste of the beer has a good malty flavor with a pretty good hoppy bitterness. There was whist a hint of tart cherry I was picking up in ther but not much. The mouthfeel was nicely carbonated and was medium bodied. Overall I found this err to be pretty decent and would drink it again.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap into a tulip glass at Delirium Cafe in Brussels.

A: A very deep brown, clear when held to light. 2 finger offwhite head that doesn't seem to ever go away. I actually got excited when this beer came out. Rare occurance for me.

S: Caramel and butterscotch without much else in there...

T: Good malt profile - caramle and a slight buttery note. Butterscotch flavor. Fresh bread.

Not very balanced. Good but not a great beer. Looks amazing though...

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dumpy 33cl brown bottle, best before 10 Jun 2011, drank 22 Aug 2010: poured into a 2000 special Duvel tulip.

Light amber, or dull orange depending on your mood. Managed to pour the beer without any grist getting into the glass, even so the beer had a haze/mistiness to it. On top sat a huge, large bubbled head, white in colour.

Yeast esters more than anything elae, very Belgian in its smells, malt aromas outnumbered any hop smells but the whole aroma was enough to excite my tastebuds.

Tangy and interesting, sweet molasses vieing with a hop bitterness and some spice elements (peppery maybe?). It is one of those pesky Belgians that hide the alcohol content so well, the 10.5% ABV only becomes apparent towards the end of the tasting as the beer warms in the glass.

Highly carbonated, but not 'fizzy', it might have benefited with a little more time to age, as it seemed a bit 'young' or 'green' to me.

Most enjoyable and one I wouldn't be frightened to try again. It went well with raw hazelnuts.

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Photo of manthedan
4.72/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Rader Ambree is one of my favorite beers to drink. It pours a golden amber/bronzeish color with a small amount of head. Has a very distinct sharp nose, a bit like citrus and hint of orange.

My favorite part about the Ambree is its strong taste combined with the dryness of the beer. You get all the flavors of citrus,spice and a slightly malty flavor and it evaporates off your tongue due to the dryness of the beer.

Highly recommended for a warm summer day/evening. A+

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Photo of mmahut
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber bronze colour with with strong head slowly disappearing leaving nice rings on the glass.

S: Caramel with orange or other sweet citrus if you have a good nose.

T: Sugar with fruits, very soft and pleasing. The caramel smell is not to be found in the taste.

M: Medium body with non-significant carbonation. Alcoholic after-feel.

D: I'm very surprised by this beer and could recommend to anyone. Too strong and too tasty.

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Photo of josefnewsong
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by date: 06/06/09

A - pours a cloudy deep brownish orange with 1 1/2 fingers of soapy white head that recedes at an average pace and leaves some lacing
S - not getting much more than belgian yeast, a lot of sugar, and tiny hints of tart fruits
T - belgian yeast and candied sugar as expected, a nice touch of alcohol warmth right in the middle, becomes a little boozy as it warms, no bitterness to speak of...tastes almost tripel-like
M - on the light side of medium-bodied, an optimal amount of carbonation, slightly sticky and not too dry...an enjoyable mouthfeel for certain
D - at 10.5% it doesn't get much more drinkable than this...it's possible the sweetness may be cloying for some but I could keep drinking this for a while as I don't find it too overwhelming

I'm sure this ale has a couple years on it and I'm curious to try it fresh...not that I think it would be much better or worse, I would just love to compare the two. I wouldn't be surprised if the aged version is a bit more enjoyable. If you're looking for a high-alcohol content/drinkable Belgian, grab it. My only criticism is that I wish there was a little more complexity, maybe some spice or hop characteristics.

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Photo of NewGeneric
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got handed a bottle of this at the WYES International Beer Festival in New Orleans. Opened it the following night and poured an opaque rust color with thick, slightly off-white foam that left plenty of lacing. Smelled of spices, raisins, and bready yeast. Tasted similar with some hints of plum, quite sweet and tart as well. A bit overcarbonated, somewhat oily, plenty warming. This was definitely a sipping brew, no more than one at a time also.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Autumn leaves orange with a fairly dense cloud of yeast that gives the beer a rustic look. The pearl colored crown is a thing of beauty in the way that only Belgian foam can be. It's richly creamy, rounded rocky and is a lace generator of the highest order. Whatever else this big ale is, it's a looker.

For some reason, Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu decided to add genever gin to both of their Rader offerings. Talk about an odd design choice. The nose is especially earthy and musky for the style and smells like juniper berries and assorted herbs. Imagine that.

Too bad I have little to no flavor memory of Rader Blonde. I do know that I liked it, and I'm groovin' on Ambree as well. It gets points for being different, but there's no way it would have gotten the above taste score unless it was also delicious. Good thing the gin isn't overpowering because that's one of the few liquors that I can't stand.

It tastes like pale malt is dominant by far, with a modicum of something more toasted in the background. Candi sugar adds a rock candy-like sweetness and grassy noble hops add a balancing amount of bitterness. Pears and apples add a fruity quality and the botanicals from the gin give the beer its uniqueness. Oak barrel-aged? Could have fooled me.

The mouthfeel is luxurious thanks to absolutely perfect carbonation. Heavy cream doesn't feel this silky smooth. It's hard to overstate the importance of proper carbonation when it comes to looks, smell, taste and mouthfeel. Get the bubbles right and everything else falls into place.

Don't let the unimpressive label fool you... Rader Ambree (like Rader Blonde) is wonderful beer. It's also interesting beer, which is almost always a good thing. If I paid less than $12 for this 750 ml bottle, it was well worth it.

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Photo of xxHelderxx
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into my new chalice! I feel like a knight pouring from a corked 750 into this monster.

Anyway, the color on this is pretty good. I could stand for a tad more clarity but its still good. Nice smooth head, it settled to the consistency of something like a guiness...silky smooth. Lots of lacing on this one as well..

The smell was chapmagney. Orange/citrus zest with some yeast and alcohol behind it.

The taste is sweet immediately, with the same orange/zesty/spicey type notes up front fading into some stronger yeast/alcohol flavors.

The mouth on this is a bit tart but tastey. The carbonation and body of this beer make it otherwise easy on the tastebuds and I dont imagine i'll have any trouble polishing off that 750ml.

The drinkability of this beer is what you would expect in a Belgian Pale Ale. Very refreshing despite the 10.50 abv. Give it a shot.

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Photo of zeff80
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a somewhat cloudy, amber/brown color. It had a thick, long-lasting, light tan head that left some nice lace.

S - It smelled of yeast, lemon and other sweet fruits. Some muted caramel malt aromas.

T - It tasted very sweet. Nice fruit flavors, lemon and citrusy flavors. It had a light caramel malt flavor with some sharp spiciness.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good ale. Nice sweet fruity flavors and a good dose of caramel.

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Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy medium amber color with a two-finger head that leaves a film of lacing around the chalice

Smell: Bready and spicy, with candi sugar, spice cookies and rotting nectarines

Taste: Opens with a sweet and spicy combination of spice cookies, coconut, candi sugar and tropical fruit (passion fruit and nectarine); after the swallow, the balance between the white pepper and the sweeter flavors edges in favor of the sweet, candi sugar and coconut

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation; warmth on the finish

Drinkability: Although it is just a tad too sweet, this is a very nice Belgian that has not been widely distributed in this country

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Photo of auxiliary
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Dark amber brownish color. Nice off white head and lefts some lace.

smell - Yeast, sweet fruits, and sugar smells here.

taste - Taste of sweet malt, licorice, and a finish with some bittrness.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - Nice tasting beer fro a high ABV.
Lots of flavor in a glass of this.

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