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

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BA SCORE
4.16/5
Exceptional
383 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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-02-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,769
Reviews:
163
Ratings:
383
pDev:
11.06%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
60
Gots:
64
Trade:
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Ratings: 383 |  Reviews: 163
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a deep amber/brown color with a tan colored head on top. The smell of the beer was a little sour ot funky... It worried me a little bit, I was expected a sweet malty aroma and I got something that reminded me of a Wild Ale. The taste however completely made up for the aroma. The sweet malt and candy like flavors that a quality Quad has were in there and very pronounced. The beer tastes sweet with minimal bitterness. The mouthfeel was pretty good, it was moderately thick feeling with a low carbonation to it. Overall I enjoyed it, the smell still doesn't please me but the beer in general is quite good.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of gfreed
3.51/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Found a bottle gathering dust at one of the beer stores on my regular route. Given the ABV and the quadness, I figured that even if it really had been sitting eternally on a shelf it wouldn't be rotten and old. As it turns out, this really wasn't too bad but it leans toward being gritty-sweet, similar to the frosting on a supermarket sheet cake. Dark-brown to near-black; decent head, if a bit thin; sugary aroma mixed with a Dr. Peppery pruniness; a taste of peaches and figs and then the slightly out-of-bounds sugar. Definitely mellows out upon warming, and makes a nice winter accompaniment to beef stew, popcorn and a decent Hollywood Western. I took about 90 minutes to drink half the bottle; by the bottom of the glass my opinion had definitely risen (although that may just have been the 10.5% talking).

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of draheim
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL (best by 12/11? on cork) poured into a chalice. Crystal-clear mahogany color w/ a 1-finger khaki head. Nice bright carb.

Aroma is vinous grapes and some dark sugary fruits.

Taste is plums, dark candi sugar, grapes, and sweet malt. A little alcohol burn too, which I actually like.

Mouthfeel is velvety and smooth, with a clean dry finish.

Overall this one surprised me, I really liked it as a sipper over a dinner of Thanksgiving leftovers. Nice and warm and tasty.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Val-Dieu Grand Cru

Abbey Ale from Belgium, the Val-Dieu Grand Cru pours a clear deep amber hue with an inch of bubbly film. Active carbonation rises from the bottom of the etched goblet. Aromas of grape, belgian yeast, and sweet malts. In the taste, raisin, brown sugar, mild sweetness and finishes clean and dry. Effervescent, medium bodied with very solid flavor. Enjoyable for being surprisingly light given it's strength, and flavorful at that. A fine example of a Quad.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Val-Dieu Grand Cru from Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 383 ratings
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