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

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BA SCORE
4.16/5
Exceptional
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:
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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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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 381 |  Reviews: 162
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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Photo of valkyre65
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Edgarallenpoor
4.76/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dcmchew
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 golf4collet
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of AleHunter805
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Poured a deep chocolate-coffee color with a 1F head in an Orval Trappist glass.

This beer is best at warmer temps as recommenced on the bottle: 52°F 11°C to start.
When I first poured the beer, it was colder. The bitterness overwhelmed the mouth feel and taste. As the beer warmed up,it was totally different.

Aroma( not strong even with warming) plum, fig, malt.

MF: very malty, light body, mild bitterness.

Taste: strong plum, fig, and light licorice.

Overall: the beer at its best is malty, with strong plum, fig, chocolate,light licorice and malt MF.

Excellent quad, best in a Trappist glass.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Murky brown color with tan head. Aroma has some tart fruits, toasted malt in the background and some brown sugar. Taste is quite yeasty with fermented fruits, some spices, brown sugar and an earthy bitterness on the finish. Medium plus body, medium carbonation, well hidden alcohol. This beer has all kinds of flavors: tart fruits, sweet sugar and bitter hops but the combination is not very harmonious.

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

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 anvilx
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Heyitsjoe666
3.57/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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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