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


on tap

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RATINGS: 440   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21/5   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 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 (11669) - 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 (6164) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ross (2128) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - FEB 26, 2005
dark brown pour. flavor is yeasty and malty and pretty refreshing. pretty good amount of carbonation, with a fruity smell and taste. it was ok, not the best but it worked.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - JAN 28, 2005
On draught in café de Hopduvel in Ghent. Fine lively beer with a light hazy yellow color and with a good white head. Fresh aroma’s with a faint citrussy accent and some touches of hops and fresh herbs. Refreshing mouthfeel with some citrus, pils-malts, blank wet wood (birch), hops and grass.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
YogiBeera (2554) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 28, 2005
Light yellow color, hint of green. Medium rocky head leaving little fury laces on the glass. Citrus, slightly sulphury and artificial nose. Light vanilla taste, a bit sweet. No body. Good I take notes, otherwise I would have forgetten about this beer in no time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2005
Well, certainly *pours* blonde looking. Nice head and lacing, too! Aroma is a bit on the sour side with some nice spices, but to style. Ya’ know, the easiest way to describe this is to call it a solid Belgian Ale. Nicely done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2005
33 cl bottle. Nice dough and flowery aroma comes from the puffy white head. Taste is hay with a little bit of honey. An excellent blonde. Light candi sugars and light spices make this awesome.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pivo (2647) - GERMANY - JAN 22, 2005
Grainy, cereal nose with some sulfur, hazy pale gold yellow color, lathery head with some lacing. Looks good but doesn’t quite smell right. Light pale malt body with some citrus and vanilla tones. A fleeting dry spiciness comes at the end. Light and refreshing. Weak, but I liked it overall.

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