Grand Cru | Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-02-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,831
Reviews:
168
Ratings:
396
pDev:
10.82%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
60
Gots:
68
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Ratings: 396 |  Reviews: 168
Photo of WanderingFool
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of byronic
3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

An excellent offering from Val-Dieu. Ale pours with a nice ruby brown hue and thick frothy
foamy head that leaves significant lacing. An exceptional nose of dark plums, Belgian candy
sugars, dark cherries, sweet earthy breads, and light Belgian spices of coriander and anise.
Taste is unbelievable. Dark fruits wash over the palate in waves....plums, figs, black raisins,
and that wonderful sweet Belgian candy sugar. Alcohol is far from present on the nose but
well represented on the back with coriander and a hint of sweet orange. Sweet finish that
lasts long and full. A sweet treat for all Belgian lovers. A WOW kind of experience.
Best of the Val-Dieu's I have had. Outstanding. One of the best ales I have had this year to
date.

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Photo of Jcarriglio
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Petegrieco
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Burt
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of BenBreeg
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cryptichead
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dentist666
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice hazy dark brown appearance, long beige head retention, fruity and spicy smell.
Full body, spirituous, warming, sticky. Moderate to high carbonation level.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Dark amber, ruby, and brown with a very thin khaki head. Lined lacing down the glass. Can't come out looking much better from the tap.

The aroma is of prunes and raisins, some alcohol, rye bread, and a bit of spicy, tangy yeast. Good, but I wish there was less of an alcohol presence.

I have a similar complaint with the flavor. The dark fruits, yeast, and tangy rye bread are all very good, though (and perhaps because I tend to judge my quads tougher than most any other style) I'm disappointed in how present the alcohol is in the flavor. A delicious sipper, though it does have room to improve. I would love to try this one aged.

Medium to thick mouthfeel. Somewhat thick and creamy.

A good quad, with just a touch too much alcohol heat.

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Photo of JohneHoodlum
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ste5venla
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of JamFuel
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into correct glasssware at De Garre in Bruges.

Pours a murky, dark reddish brown, with some fine foam. Not the prettiest beer, and darker that usual for the style.

The smell is fruity and a bit sweet. Plums, raisins and some brown sugar are prominent.

The taste is spicey and fruity, with the brown sugar and raisins from the nose making a return along with some cinnamon and cardamom. Delicious!

Mouthfeel is medium and chewy, good level of carbonation.

Overall, a very good quad, with some unique elements. Not pretty, but tasty!

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lovely ruby brown with a thumb of head. Retention is quite nice, and upon break you see a thin layer of foam with some nice lacing.

Smell is in line with the category. I get sweet dark fruits, Belgian yeast, candi and some spices. All work nicely together for a great aroma.

Taste follows the nose, with dark fruits such as fig and prune leading the race. Then come the sugars and yeast, with a mild spice finish.

Feel is quite full and thick/chewy. Carbonation is about right for the style, and the finish is sweet but perhaps less so than others in the style.

A nice quad, I'd say it is a very nice example of the style. Fruity, a bit sweet and it hides the booze extremely well. I would definitely revisit this beer.

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Photo of taospowder
3.72/5  rDev -10.6%

Photo of rangerred
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BcOneSeven
3.56/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of Soneast
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at Brasserie V in Madison, served in a Val-Dieu chalice. Pours a brown color with some copper tones. The light brown head is thick and pillowy and hangs on for the entire ride. I had to drink through suds right down to the very last sip. Great retention! Lace....Talk about lace! This more or less pulled a sheet of bubbles down the entire glass as I drank.

The aroma reminded me of black cherry so definitely some dark fruits on the nose as well as a well defined sweet malt and some brown sugar-ish/toasted caramel presence with little to no alcohol detected.

The flavor is quite complex, although predominated by the dark fruit character with black cherries being the dominant fruit I'd associate it with, as well as an underlying raisin, some brown sugar flavors, a mild chocolate presence throughout, and just a hint of hop spiciness towards the end to round out the flavor profile.

I was thoroughly impressed with this beer. Just silky smooth, leaving a delectable presence on the palate. Quite an easy drinker too, although it would probably be best to keep this to one or two glasses. Those Belgian Strong Dark Ales and Quads never cease to amaze me with their ability to pack an amazing flavor-punch, yet retain a low alcohol presence, despite the high ABV.

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Photo of Jspriest
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml cork and cage bottle from the LCBo for about $10. Anno 1216, so these guys have 800 years of brewing experience. Served fairly cold into a Chimay chalice. Best before 11/04/19. Needed the corkscrew to get this open and opening with a satisfying pop.

Appearance - Very, very dark brown, appearing virtually black in the glass. Two fingers of loose and soft looking tan head sit casually on top. Great staying power, looks like it could stay for days. lots of bubbles right at the edges of the glass and streaks of lacing form as the head diminishes. Phenomenal looking.

Smell - Interesting combo, as initially its musty, earthy aromas, but then moves to some sweetness of candi sugar, brown sugar and dark fruits namely figs and cherries. Boozy on the nose too. Interesting complexity.

Taste - Earthy and musty again with the first sip then BANG, flavor sensors go into overdrive. Chocolate, figs again, brown sugar, cherries, booze and molasses all combine in many pairings, giving a slightly different flavor every time.

Mouthfeel - Body is pretty light, but sticky, carbonation is present, but drinks like silk. Lots of heat in the back of the throat as the booze quotient certainly isn't shy here.

Overall - Pretty sensational quad, reminds me quite a bit of Chimay Blue with a touch more bitterness, or perhaps the absence of sweetness. Top notch and really enjoyable beer. Will certainly keep my eyes peeled for another couple of these before they're all gone.

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Photo of thebigredone
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vylo
4.79/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DRBiser
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of GABrew
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of GilGarp
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a chalice glass.

Cork is so far down in the bottle I needed a corkscrew to get it out. Date is best by 03/09 so maybe a little older than the brewery intended.

Pours a deep dark mahogony brown with red highlights and creamy white head. The head is neither as thick or long lasting as I would have liked. Some lacing is left behind.

Aroma is coaxed out with a little swirling. It is pretty mild but has some nice sweet fruit and spice notes.

After lack-luster appearance and aroma, the flavor comes as a pleasant surprise. Depth and complexity are certainly not for want in this beer. Lots of rich dark fruits, raisins, green grapes, spice, and yeast all in abundance. Perhaps a little pumpkin but it's favorable. Sweetness prevails but there is a nice bitterness midway through and it finishes pretty dry with the alcohol evaporating off the tongue.

Mouthfeel is full body and pretty smooth considering the big carbonation. Very drinkable as the alcohol is only detected on the finish and it's well-hidden.

Overall it's not my favorite quad (there are many great examples) but it's very enjoyable and worth a try if you're a fan of the style.

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Grand Cru from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 396 ratings