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:
#1,883
Reviews:
170
Ratings:
401
pDev:
10.82%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
60
Gots:
70
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 401 |  Reviews: 170
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

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Lucnifter
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of bobbyhands
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sweffin
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Grand Cru from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 401 ratings