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

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4.16/5
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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:
#1,833
Reviews:
168
Ratings:
396
pDev:
10.82%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
60
Gots:
68
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 396 |  Reviews: 168
Photo of stevoj
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh but to be enjoying this on a crisp winter’s night. Pours dark reddish brown with a small silky beige head. Aroma wafts with dried fruit, brown bread, oak barrel smells. taste is just as rich, smooth and creamy. Nice sticky aftertaste and very, very mild alcohol burn. A treasure.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Azpittil57
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 Gkruszewski
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of Dzu
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 0.33 bottle into goblet.
L: Turbid dark brown with a weak foam head.
S: Wine notes, plums, caramel.
T: Sweets fruits, raisin, appleas.
F: Fuul body and soft carbonation. Great balanced.
O: may be too sweet but aftertaste is great as taste.

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Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chrisroarshack
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of PatrickCT
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Cramerican
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bowzer4birdie
3.69/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

on draft at the Comet Café in Milwaukee. a solid grand cru (quad) overall but I can't say that there was any particular quality that stood out. $9 a draft is pricey, too, for what is IMO a solid if unspectacular beer.

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

Photo of AMZB
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mjpoole
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L - Poured into a tulip glass, this beer produces a beautiful dark ruby color with a tan head that slowly fades. Leaves behind some good lacing.

S - Some pear, apple, and nail polish remover, similar to some Tripels and Quads I've had before, like a Westmalle. Not a very strong smell.

T - It has a sweet fruity taste with a hint of spice. There's some apple, pear, and a sharp nail polish remover flavor. Perhaps some coffee and chocolate notes, though pretty hidden. Sweet, bready characters also break through. The nail polish remover taste lingers and lends to a bitter-sweet after taste that has a small hint of pears and malt. It also shares some red wine qualities.

F - Medium carbonation, nice and creamy, dry. Good stuff.

O - A fairly good Quad, no doubt. Not quite as good as others in it's style, but above average, and I think it's price reflects it's quality. Still, it's a great beer!

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of brpendergast85
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Nazzz
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ppavlick
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | 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 n2pux
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of JackRWatkins
3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

On draught and the J. Clyde in Birmingham

Deep almost opaque brown cola color mild lacing creamy head weak retention

Smells of raisins and dark fruit (jams and jelly) brown sugar malt baked bread

Good deal of bitterness up front for a quad
More dark fruit and the malt profile of a dubbel though it is scaled back a bit here for balance though still noticeable, a bit of nondescript tartness warm and rich

Creamy and smooth

Overall a pretty decent BSDA but I would always reach for the ABT 12 before I'd reach for this, it is definitely worth a try tho

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