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:
370
Reviews:
158
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
11.03%
 
 
Wants:
60
Gots:
63
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 370 |  Reviews: 158
Photo of ChrisL24481
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VeganUndead
3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JayQue
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good Quad!! Pours a hazy mahogany brown color into my Chimay goblet. Very little light comes through at the base of the glass. Fairly big off-white head ( good for this abv level) with better than average retention. Plenty of filmy lacing on the glass. Strong aroma of dark fruit (raisins, plums and some cherry), malt and some Belgian yeast and candi sugar.

Flavor is more of the same with the dark fruit and malt most dominant with the yeast and sweetness taking a less prominent role. Very flavorful, not a whole lot of spices but the flavor is strong and very appealing.

Mouthfeel is rich and smooth with a little alcohol presence, warming with just a little bite. The sweetness is just right.

Just a step below my favorites, such as St Bernadus abt 12 and Westvleteren. Relly good Quad.

Mouthfeel

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Photo of Premo88
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

25.4 oz. bottle poured into Orval goblet
(courtesy of good friends back from a Belgian vacation)

L: clear brown -- MUCH clearer than any quad I've seen; 1/3-inch tan foam; keeps a nice half skin of foam and active bubbly collar; burnt orange up to light

S: dark fruit ... raisins, plums ... toasted fruit cake; molasses ... LOTS of molasses; smell just a hint of alcohol/red wine; toasted honey-roasted nuts (gets a bit of a nutty note)

T: red wine, grapes, very sweet raisins, dates -- very sweet and fruity even when it tastes on the darker side of the range of abbey ale malt flavors, basically getting more molasses than licorice; does show a little licorice in there at times

F: fantastic ... bubbly midweight and easy going down; some might say a bit light for a quad, but I'm saying perfect

O: a bit sweet and definitely darker -- the licorice note exists, though it's not omnipotent here -- but hard not to say it's quite yummy. fun getting a chance to try it straight from foreign lands. it's not anything I'd go to great lengths to find, but good brew.

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Photo of barczar
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very raisiny and prune dominant in aroma, with rich melanoidin character and toasty malt.

Flavor echoes, but is more dry than expected, with a bit of alcohol bite.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of keithmurray
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - eggplant colour body with white head

Smell - raisins, plums, figs, sherry, port

Taste - plums, figs, raisin, sherry, port, nutmeg, blackberry, grapes

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, medium carbonation, slight sweetness upfront from the dark fruits, spices from the belgian yeast on the back end

Overall - this is a great Quad - I would dare to say this is right up there with St Bernardus Abt 12 and Rochefort 10. very well done. I would easily re-visit this

Price Point - $10.95/750ML bottle

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Photo of neruda11
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of waldemarsto
3.4/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of BPHL
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of vess
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of CBrown1985
3.16/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of giro8856
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of ninkasibrew
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of WCKDVBZ
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of bcholka1
3.06/5  rDev -26.6%

Photo of desint
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of ejcardenas322
1/5  rDev -76%

Photo of SVD
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of lmaduells
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of athomasPSU
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Bierman9
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%

I swung into Cafe Frape in Maastricht on 29SEP14 for a libation or two... While perusing their extensive menu, the friendly owner suggested I try this offering, fresh on tap. Sure, why not? A 0.33l chalice was priced at €3.75. Quite reasonable...

The glass was filled with a dark, deep chestnut-hued bier; quite opaque all in all. Had a layer of fine, tan foam which ebbed to a thin coating along with some solid lacing. Aroma was of sweetish dark fruit, like raisins and dates, with a splash of cherry. It was medium-plus body-wise, and silky smooth passing across the tongue.

Flavor also had a pleasing level of sweetness, with LOTS of dark fruit present. I found raisins, dates, currants and cherries mixed in, with some mild hopping at the finish. A super bier! I loved it and bought three, plus was comped a fourth from the owner. Much obliged, my friend!! Zum Wohl!!

4.35/5 rDev +4.1%
look: 4.20 | smell: 4.10 | feel: 4.15 | taste: 4.45 | drinkability: 4.50

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Photo of Pegge
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of BcOneSeven
3.56/5  rDev -14.6%

Val-Dieu Grand Cru from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
4.17 out of 5 based on 370 ratings.
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