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

Val-Dieu Grand CruVal-Dieu Grand Cru
BA SCORE
4.16/5
381 Ratings
Val-Dieu Grand CruVal-Dieu Grand Cru
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-02-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,717
Reviews:
162
Ratings:
381
pDev:
11.06%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
60
Gots:
64
Trade:
1
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A: exceptionally brooding, leather, raw umber liquid, ruby highlights... decent finger width of foam on the pour, keeps a

S: dark-toasted muffin, raisin... perhaps a bit of roasted grain... bit of a spicy note on the tail end... simply enticing and drool-inducing for lovers of dark Belgian ales and muffins

T: dark, rich, melanoidin-y (a la doppelbocky decoction) maltiness... hint of dark roast coffee grounds in the finish... unique shade of pan-earthy-fruity (fig-violet-grape-date) booze, sand-blasted in drive... sort of citrus-pithy bitterness lingering, alcohol and milk chocolate hanging

M: decadent, marginally-spongy muscle of malt with a distant, fiery, halo glow of mellow-acidic ethanol... the sauce is on top, feather-light, sub-levels circling the perimeter, while the numbing, (tongue-)tranquilizing eth-knock more than cuts off the stab of sweets

O: like they all said at work - fan-freakin-tastic... a 'quad' with a bruised, fleshy tone... try this shit... do it

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautifully balanced, powerfully complex and highly spiced; yet the ale has a delicate side that makes it approachable and way more drinkable than a beer of this stature should. But that's the seductive nature and the charm of authentic abbey ale.

Lighter in its tone than many Belgian darker, stronger ale- its finesse dark honey hue shows even in the beer's appearance. Lightly creamy in its froth, a slowly smoldering white cap builds on the beer and retains with a daintiness and subtlety that laces the glass quite intricately.

Its medley of fruit and spice dances in the nose with a back and forth of apples, clove, dates, black pepper, plum, fennel, cherry, coriander, raisin and white pepper. Its balanced scent is supported with the scent of brown sugar dominance but also pulled candy. Even its rounded alcohol spice plays out in its scent like spiced rum and vinous acidity.

To taste, fresh fruitcake comes to mind as all those bready-sweet tastes play out on the early palate like coffee-cake or rum-cake. In the middle, fruit flavors pile on with those savory pitted fruits, dark fruits, stone fruits and with a pep of rose wine to boot. Mildly spicy with pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove- these flavors are delicate and supportive, seeming to arrive via its yeasty backdrop. Finishing with spicy rum and wine, the complexity of the ale keeps building as it reveals more and more flavors as it warms.

Medium-full on the mouth, the beer's sweetness is pulled from the tongue by its soft but racy carbonation. Creamy and yet semi-dry, the beer ushers in a steady procession toward a malty-dry finish with spicy warmth and lingering fruit in aftertaste.

Val Dieu shows why the legacy of Belgian ale will live on and in the highest of quality possible. Its a unique recipe but is also true to form. Its taste is simply divine.

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Val-Dieu Grand Cru from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 381 ratings
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