Brewed by Brasserie de l’Abbaye du Val-Dieu
Style: Belgian Ale
Aubel, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 426   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
This authentic Abbey Ale is based on the recipe perfected centuries ago by the monks of Abbey du Val-Dieu.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
jefcon (1502) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 12, 2005
Banana yellow and opaque, with a half-inch head and good lacing. Aromas of sourdough and spice, with a slight hoppy background. Tasting offers an initial sweetness, followed by woodsy notes of wild yeast and hops. Light finish. A smooth beer that is overwhelmed by its carbonation, so low marks on palate. Overall, a somewhat medieval beer with a unique profile. The yeast stands out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 12, 2005
Sampled on tap at "Den Tatoverede Enke", Copenhagen. Allegedly the only malts used for this beer is plain "pilsener malt", so here you can really appreciate the two radically different yeasts. Definitely more interesting than a pilsener, but nonetheless a fairly simple Belgian blonde.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (6197) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2005
750 ml bottle - Habersham Beverage Warehouse, Savannah, Ga. Pours a murky light golden with a thick, frothy, sticky white head and lacing. Aroma is floral fresh and lemony. Flavor has some faint bubblegum notes with an underlying lemony essence. Some spices make there way in there as well - coriander perhaps. Very refreshing after woring in the yared. Mouthfeel is slighlty spritzy, but not overdone. Overall, very pleasant.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 5, 2005
Golden colour with a white head. Fruity malty aroma and a sweet spicy malty taste. Medium body and a sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 4, 2005
From a small bottle. Cloudy light orange color. Medium white head with rather large bubbles. Apple aroma. Not the most flavorfull beer in the world. Some hints of apple and maybe some spice. Wonderfully light and enjoyable though. Subtlety wins!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 19, 2005
03.19.05 33cl bottle Very pale, lightly hazed golden pour with massive, rocky white head. Bready aromas, slight funk, wheaty esters abound, clove, mulch. Palate is soft and very effervescent. A bit tinny, earthy hops, more clove, musty. Not great, not complex, but drinkable and refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 19, 2005
Big white head when poured at room temperature. Rather bitter taste but nice to drink, although not exceptional.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - MAR 8, 2005
Pours dark brown with a very slight head. Flavor is nice and malty and aroma is fruity. A very nice brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bierkoning (11110) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - MAR 4, 2005
Huge head. Slightly milky, citric aroma. Hopbitter flavor with chalk and hints of cream. Light to medium bodied. Light but tasty and likeable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 3, 2005
Sweet citrus and banana reminiscent phenols dominate the aroma. Val-Dieu blonde is only slightly hazy straw to gold yellow. Head is white, not lacing much. On the palate, almost excessive carbonation enhances the absence of complexity this beer proposes. Mild cloves and vanilla undertones fail to provide any exciting spiciness while the bubblegummy esters provide a sweetness that only the strong effervescence tries to control. Hmm, very mellow, phenolic and ordinary belgian ale. I didn’t expect any masterpiece, but certainly more malt depth would have been welcomed in that underhopped belgian. Lots of weizen character in that one.

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