Val-Dieu 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
Ratings:
375
Reviews:
160
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
11.03%
 
 
Wants:
63
Gots:
64
For Trade:
1
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3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750ml caged & corked bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a murky medium brown color, with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, caramelized malts, dark fruit, brown sugar, some spice and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of caramel, brown sugar, spices and some fruit. Then some breadiness comes in from a strong Belgian yeast backbone and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid Quad to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a corked and caged bottle into a Rochefort chalice. It's a deep, dark brown pour; clear when held up to the light. I get a nice lacing of khaki head that dissipates down to a thin film with lacing around the edges, but doesn't ever seem to vanish completely. The nose is divine. It has all the indications of a fantastic quad. There are big sweet bready notes, sugary cakes fresh from the oven, chocolate, and figs soaked in rum with fudge. Simply heaven.

One sip of this one and I was staggered. Full body and an overload of sweet, boozy, dessert-like flavors. Tons of spice cake, dark fruits, and brownies, all swimming in port. It's very reminiscent of Pannepot, only with a bit more booziness up front. The sweet flavors are so intense, it keeps catching you by surprise (even after several sips). As the beer warms a bit and de-gasses, the port-like notes start to deepen a bit on the back of the palate and the booziness starts to seem more tempered. Either that, or it's the buzz kicking in.

This beer is like a dessert and after-dinner liqueur all rolled into one. My only gripe is that the booziness, while delightful, is perhaps just a bit too prevalent and lends the beer a somewhat cloying character, reducing the drinkability. Perhaps my palate is just too sensitive and is over-reacting to too much of a good thing. At any rate, this is certainly one of the best quads I have had yet. A delightful drinking experience I must recommend to every fan of the style.

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Val-Dieu Grand Cru from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
4.17 out of 5 based on 375 ratings.
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