Grand Cru
Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu

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From:
Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
 
Belgium
Style:
Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #37
ABV:
10.5%
Score:
93
Ranked #4,096
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 10.58%
Ratings:
450
Status:
Active
Rated:
Mar 27, 2022
Added:
Dec 02, 2006
Wants:
  61
Gots:
  76
SCORE
93
Outstanding
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Notes: Dark in color, with a brownish and creamy head, the Grand Cru is a rich, whole and powerful beer with a delicious long aftertaste.
We find complex and surprisingly sweet aromas in view of the high degree of alcohol, subtly hidden.
The caramel mousse and roundness in the mouth are in perfect harmony with a medium bitterness and coffee flavors. Produced with heavily roasted malt from
which it derives a more tangy taste.
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3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by KT3418 from Colorado

Very heavy on the banana clove flavors and candied sugars. Definitely a solid quad that I've had but not a personal favorite. Although having this on tap is pretty sick. It does seem the keg is a wee bit over-carbonated though so that's a knock.

Mar 27, 2022
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4.96/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
by dbean3 from Texas

One of the best beers I've had.

Mar 19, 2022
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3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by DefenCorps from Oregon

Bottle from Market of Choice. Haven't had a Val Dieu beer in, oh, 12 years since Max's

A deep mahogany brown with a dense, light brown head with good retention and lacing. The nose is very yeast forward, with rising fruitcake, dark fruit, yeast phenols and spices present. Dark brown sugar, dark caramel, raisins soaked in rum, leather. Its hard to overstate how yeast forward this is. On the palate, this is yeasty, fruity, spicy with loads of rising bread, fruitcake, brown sugar, caramel, dark honey. Rich, sweet, medium full bodied. Alcohol is well hidden but man!the yeast! As it breathes, it takes on a slightly metallic note with autolyzed yeast/marmite notes present. Sweet, fruity, spicy on the finish. Solid stuff.

Feb 27, 2022
 
3.8 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Feb 21, 2022
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4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
by jimmah120 from Minnesota

11.2oz single

Look is dark brown-ruby, unfiltered and looks a beaut. Smell is dark fruit and caramel. Thick and chewy and sweet, the flavor here is unreal... maybe just a bit too sweet if I'm nit-picking...

Jan 29, 2022
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4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

750 mL cork and cage bottle purchased at the LCBO some time in 2018; best before Apr 11 2019 and served barely chilled. I think this might be the most 'expired' beer I've ever reviewed (almost three years past due!)... but it's a bottle conditioned quad, so I'm not terribly worried. Even still, I'd suggest you take this review with a few grains of salt, unless you've also been sitting on a bottle for 3 to 4 years.

Pours a muddy chestnut brown, taking on a brilliant ruby red hue when held to the light; gathered atop is one finger of smooth, foamy, light tan-coloured head that seeps down to a fat, creamy collar and thin cap over the next several minutes. An even curtain of fine lace is draped against the glass in the process - this beer may be old, but it looks fantastic in the glass. Confectionery and dark fruits on the nose - caramelized sugars and cola syrup, with hints of raisin, cherry and fig; hints of toffee, honey, and a modest whiff of booziness.

A pretty solid quad - lots of big malt flavours, without much in the way of yeast spiciness. Bready malts, candi syrup, toffee and a touch of chocolate syrup, with fruity notes of plum, fig and raisin not far behind. Remains sweet through the finish, joined by notes of pepper, clove and cherry; hints of mushy banana, toffee and dark fruits linger into a boozy-sweet aftertaste. Slightly tongue-numbing due to the abv. Medium-full in body, with moderately low carbonation that feels a bit frothy on the palate. It's a warming beer, but on a cold January night that's hardly unwelcome.

Final Grade: 4.19, a worthy A-. I sipped on this beer for the better part of four hours: 750 mL is probably too much for most folks, including myself, but that's my own dumb ass fault for not splitting it with someone else. Still, I enjoyed it for the majority of this extended session. If I'm fortunate enough to come across Val-Dieu's Grand Cru again, I'll be sure to try it fresh and compare notes... but for a beer that is already well beyond its best before date, I think it was still pretty damn good.

Jan 05, 2022
 
4.16 by marcrech from Brazil on Nov 27, 2021
 
4.29 by arzt from Russian Federation on Nov 12, 2021
 
4.25 by Birdlegs from Washington on Nov 06, 2021
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4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Beejay from Virginia

A: Dark brown verging on black with a large tan head with a few smaller frog eyes hanging about.

S: Dark bread, and slightly fruity. I'm not picking up a huge amount on this one. Perhaps some clove. in there as well.

T: Ok now we are talking. Rich caramel, raisin, light clove, and the finish has a lovely dark berry and stone fruit finish. Glorious.

M: Medium thick, with a slightly sticky feel, butt ha carbonation is moderate and fine in texture. The finish coats the the mouth with a hint of sweetness.

O: I'm not sure why, but this beer reminds me of fall. The slightly damp leaves, the cool crisp air, and a campfire waiting to be lit. This is one of the beers that transcends liquid in a glass, and becomes an experience. One to be savored, shared, and inspired by.

Aug 29, 2021
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by REVZEB from Illinois

Frothy khaki cap and lacing accent the opaque brown body. Nose is laced with dark fruit, caramel and candi sugar, only yeast serves as a counter. Yeah this is just plain delicious: tons of dark fruit, especially plum, tootsie roll, candi sugar, light caramelized nuts, yeast that provides sharp contrast with some earth. High carbonation helps keep the thick body in line with moderate booze warmth.
The wife loved it

Aug 20, 2021
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by elnachooo from Spain

De color ámbar, con un cordón de espuma de poca duración. De cuerpo medio y baja carbonatación. Aroma a malta tostada y frutos rojos. En boca tiene un ligero dulzor, similar a vino dulce (Oporto). Final seco con un leve amargor.

Aug 09, 2021
 
4.24 by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota on Jun 18, 2021
 
4 by brandonld23 from Massachusetts on May 17, 2021
 
4.17 by shelby415 from Oregon on Mar 23, 2021
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4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by hman43 from North Carolina

Look: It pours dark mahogany brown with a tan, frothy head. Head retention is medium.

Smell: It has as strong malty and sweet presence in the nose. It has aromas of raisins and dried cherries with a bit of caramel. There is a slight perfume like presence as well.

Taste: It is sweet up front with the flavor featuring raisins. There are some dark caramel notes in medium quantities with dried cherries.

Feel: It has a full body with smooth alcohol warmth. The finish is dry with some sweetness.

Overall, dark fruits are the strongest element with the malt in support.

Mar 12, 2021
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4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by jlindros from Massachusetts

2015 vintage
Pours a med fizzy off-white head with med retention, fair soapy lacing, semi hazy dark auburn chestnut color

Nose some booze, lots of sweet characters, bootstrap molasses, dark Belgian candi sugar, nutty toffee, some winey port-like oxidation notes but a little papery as well, rich candied dark dried fruits with fig and date up front, prune, candied raisin, more wine characters

Taste big rich malts, toasted sweet brownish malts with some biscuity Belgian malt, a hint of chocolate, more sweet flavors with more bootstrap molasses, Belgian dark candi sugar, toffee, a bit nutty with that, caramelized brown sugar, rock candy, lots of fruits again, dried sweetened raisin, prune, date, some candied fig, back into some winey port oxidation notes, no paper or cardboard, a bit of hot alcohol and phenol notes,

Mouth is fuller bod, rich chewy syrupy, med foamy carb, a bit of warming slight tingly alcohol

Overall solid Quad, about usual for the style, would like to see a barrel aged version of this

Feb 26, 2021
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4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

750ml brown bottle. Back label has best by date of '07/05/22'.
Ruby brown colored body, Light beige head. Leaves behind scattered patterns of lacing.
Aroma is slight. Dark malts and caramel. Dark fruit that reminds me of figs.
Taste is much more expressive than the nose. Cherry cola up top, figs, raisins, and prunes in the middle, and the roasted malts as a base, with caramel, toffee, and a hint of chocolate. There is an herbal spiciness too.
Thicker than average mouth feel, with slight stickiness. Good carbonation.
Certainly more sweet than bitter, with a creamy melange of dark fruit jam and spicy bread.

Jan 03, 2021
 
4.13 by trevorpost from Pennsylvania on Dec 06, 2020
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4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Gajo74 from New York

On tap at Arts and Crafts Beer Parlor, NYC.

Pours an elegant, chestnut brown color. A moderate creamy tan head gives way to swirls of lacing.

The nose opens with notes of toasted and biscuity amber/brown malts. Aromas of toffee, caramel and a hint of chocolate. Aromas of dark fruit include raisin, prune, dates and figs. Although sweet overall, there is a hint of cayenne like peppery spice.

Sweet and complex with notes of toasted, biscuity malts, toffee, brown sugar and sweet alcohol. Fruity notes of raisin, prune, dates, figs and grapes. There is a gentle touch of nutty and roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, woodsy and earthy hops and peppery spices. The finish is smooth, spicy and dry.

Medium to full bodied with a vinous lightness. The mouthfeel is smooth, velvety and creamy. The carbonation is moderate.

A nice complex and wellbalanced Belgian Quad. It is rather drinkable despite the 10.5% ABV.

Nov 21, 2020
 
4 by DvdP from Netherlands on Nov 11, 2020
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4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by officerbill from New York

Medium pour into a chalice from a BB 13/02/22 bottle
L: deep chestnut bordering on coffee brown with a tall tab head that slowly dissolves and laces the sides
S: figs and raisins and toffee
T: follows the smell with figs, raisins, prunes, toffee, burnt sugar, malts, no noticable hops.
As it warms the fruit flavors fade and the coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate bitterness come to the front.
F: thick, mild carbonation, slides over the tongue with a dark chocolate aftertaste
O: this is a seriously good quad. Complex and fulfilling with a body you can feel. Rich without being cloying. A beer that evolves and changes as you drink. Hides the 10.5% ABV well, and that okay because sipping on one satisfies you.

Nov 07, 2020
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4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Smakawhat from Maryland

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A real nice rusted ruby color, deep brown with some actual clarity as well. The head makes about a finger on a simple pour, and retains a nice khaki colored collar around the glass. Very beautiful looking quad.

Real wonderful nose. Deep notes of thick chewy raisin like fruit. Ripe figs. Some wine like quality of a nice fruity merlot even. Very impressive aroma.

Real delicious palate. Rich fruity sensations with a thick rich pulling body. Pie like density of figs and caramel, followed by a light touch of wine like cherry and blackberry fruits. Creamy vanilla, soft raisin, even some oatmeal like cookie flavors jump in as well. Spicy finish with a real hint of splinter woody and pine.

Excellent quad.

Oct 31, 2020
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4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by russpowell from Arkansas

Consume before 07/01/21; not sure if that means July or January

Pours a effervescent chestnut hued hazel with 3+ fingers of tan head. Insane lacing & almost as good head retention

S: Figgyness in spades, not really anything else

T: Follows the nose, much jammyness, a little sweet red grape, candi sugar & leafy hops up front. Woody hops, juicy-fruit, & figgy jammyness as this warms, plus concord grapes. Finishes with leafy hops, concord grapes, a little dryness & figgyness

MF: Medium body, slight carbonation

Pretty good Quad, ABV is subtle to say the least

Oct 16, 2020
 
3.75 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Jul 22, 2020
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3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by JonnoWillsteed from England

L- Very deep chestnut with some sediment in the pour (despite being v well rested. More sediment left in the bottle). Pours with 3mm off-white head.
S- Surprisingly light, just the subtlest hint of stewed fruit.
T- Quite deep, quite rich, with some hints of sweetness. Puddingy (in the British sense!) stewed fruit or steamed Xmas pudding. The hints of sweetness are like the deep/toasty/rich flashes of flavour you'd get from an Xmas mince pie.
F- Rich, deep, a slow-sipping winter-warmer. Just to the sweet side of rich but not risking being OTT sweet at all. ABV% is very subtle on the palate for 10.5%; I get a sherry-ish 'brush of mild liquor' across the palate, but zero ABV%-zing. CO2 in the mouth is great, just enough to feel good but not draw attention.
O- Quite godly, in that for a 10.5% Quad it could steam-roll in on the palate but it's relatively under-stated.
330ml bottle BB: 05/03/2022. Euro2.90. Bought from [email protected] for home delivery to me in London.

Jun 17, 2020
 
4.23 by Bruno74200 from France on Jun 01, 2020
 
4.19 by mattreitz49 from Florida on May 25, 2020
 
4.3 by steverx8 from England on Mar 29, 2020
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3.66/5  rDev -12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by teromous from Virginia

From the rear label "Best before end 11/20/20 11:46"

Appearance: The body is dark and between black and very dark brown. The head has an off-white color that is creamy textured with a frothy cap of various bubble sizes. There is excellent lacing on the sides. It is a very impressive looking beer.

Aroma: Dates, maple syrup, brown sugar, and prunes all come into the forefront of this beer.

Taste: Up front there is a rich caramel flavor and a raw sugar character. This immediately jumps to toffee and a hint of coffee flavor. It has a nice base of flavors and it is also very sweet tasting.

Mouthfeel: It is smooth and thick with a full body but it feels underattenuated and a bit chewy.

Overall: It's not the best Belgian Quad, given that it is overly sweet and is a bit chewy, but it has a nice array of Belgian flavors which are pleasant. Aside from the overt sweetness it is pretty good but it wouldn't be a first-pick. If you have a strong sweet tooth then it's worth picking up. Overall I probably would drink it again but it would most likely be a "one and done" beer.

Jan 18, 2020
 
4.25 by flyersfan900 from Virginia on Jan 13, 2020
 
4.48 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Jan 13, 2020
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4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by DoctorZombies from Florida

Poured at 49 degrees, a frothy rocky beige head three fingers thick sits atop dark brown liquid; good clarity under a long lasting cap; heavy lacing; thin legs. Sweet raisins and a whiff of clove in the nose. Taste follows nose; sweet dried fruit, raisins, prunes; plums and pears; caramel, fig, tobacco and leather as beverage warms. Crisp medium body; medium plus carbonation; some warmth from 10.5% abv. Overall an enjoyable, well balanced ale up there with TR10, etc., flavors wise, but not as chewy or as complex. Would definitely drink again.

Oct 30, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by josanguapo from Spain

En copa Val Dieu. Viendo Mr. Robot 1x06-07. Agradable sabor a frutas oscuras, con alguna nota regaliz. Se disfruta cada sorbo, aunque desgraciadamente se sube bastante a la cabeza

Sep 27, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by ThaneMcC from Germany

Poured from a 75cl bottle with good by date of 10/10/20
Pours deep reddish brown with copious light tan head and fair amount of sticky lacing. Smell is those classic Belgian yeast notes, herbal, prune, bready, burned caramel. Taste is sweet notes forward with some jammy notes of raisin, molasses, candied yam, cocoa and leather with a bitter, almost metallic taste mid-note and a residual lingering taste of cherry and prune. Mouthfeel is medium, a bit syrupy with only a fair amount of carbonation. Rather malty – but not in a bad way.
Paired up with a strong cheese (blue) – this is quite good and easily one of the best of the Belgian quads.

Aug 03, 2019
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4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by VABA from Virginia

A-Pours a dark color with a generous head and lacing
A-Aroma has very nice fruity and spice hints
T-Taste follows the nose with a very nice fruity and spice flavor
M-A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A good Belgian Quad

Jul 28, 2019
 
4.66 by Anacross from Oregon on Jul 05, 2019
 
4.11 by 4ster from Canada (ON) on Jun 16, 2019
 
4.14 by williamthistle from Texas on May 03, 2019
 
5 by generallee from Virginia on Feb 02, 2019
Grand Cru from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 450 ratings