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

bottled
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RATINGS: 376   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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This authentic Abbey Ale is based on the recipe perfected centuries ago by the monks of Abbey du Val-Dieu.


2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
Abijen (1139) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - MAR 23, 2013
A very poor blond. It smelled like wine?! I love the appearance. Beautiful color and head. The taste was poor and the palate very bad. Water with a little taste.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VoodooBear (42) - San Juan, PUERTO RICO - MAR 11, 2013
Presentation: Stubby 11.2 oz. brown bottle, served in an oversized wine glass. Appearance: Cloudy, pale gold color. Develops a two finger bright white head that goes down but remains all the way to the end. It leaves some great lacing. Smell: The scent is sweet, fruity, mainly banana. There’s some nice herbal and malt notes, as well as some yeast in the background. Taste: A fruit flavor is dominant. It has spice and herbal flavors that make for a very complex and appealing package. There’s alcohol and a tiny malt sweetness at the end, with some bitterness to balance everything out. Mouthfeel: It’s smooth, creamy and medium bodied. It has mildly high carbonation that’s not overwhelming but still present. Overall: Very drinkable and complex. It has a lot of flavors and scents, but also a simple sweetness, balanced perfectly by a hint of bitterness and an alcoholic character, that just make it a great beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thiesen (150) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 9, 2013
Yellow hazy w white head, medium retention. Quite dry and refreshing, light spicy good dry blonde

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
deanso (4662) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 5, 2013
33cl bittle at cafe de gare. Thin creamy white head. Clear gokden blond pour. Nice smooth brew.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bax (1046) - Hasselager, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 27, 2013
(27/02-2013) large white fading head, clear yellow color, light yeast aroma, medium co2, light bitter taste. Bb date 26/07-2014.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
stevoj (1699) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 20, 2013
A beautiful blonde! Soft aromas and smooth, fruity taste. Creamy, silky head coats the glass, floating atop a nice hazy, golden body. Body and mouthfeel are right in the zone, making this a near perfect example of the style. Well played, Val-Dieu, well played!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tanazuka (23) - - FEB 13, 2013
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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2200) - Michigan, USA - JAN 23, 2013
750 ml bottle into chalice, no bottle dating. Pours fairly cloudy golden amber color with a nice 1-2 finger fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass, with a nice amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of apple, pear, apricot, grape, floral, grass, honey, bread, candi sugar, pepper, and earthy yeast esters. Very nice aromas with good complexity, strength, and balance of fruity/malty notes. Taste of pear, apple, grape, apricot, floral, grass, bready grain, honey, pepper, earth, herbal, candi sugar, and spicy yeast esters. Lingering notes of light fruits, floral, grass, honey, candi sugar, bready grain, herbal, earth, and yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of flavors; with a nice malt/spicy ester balance; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a lightly slick, very crisp, and prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian blond style. Damn nice flavor complexity and balance of fruity/spiciness; and very smooth to drink. This was a highly enjoyable offering.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Deu (588) - Nantes, FRANCE - JAN 18, 2013
330ml bottle. Dark yellow and hazy in appearance. the beer has a fresh and a bit fruity aroma, quite a good one. Overall Ok, but there are much better belgian blondes.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Noctilucus (98) - All over Belgium, BELGIUM - JAN 15, 2013
Golden blonde with lots of long lasting white foam. Not much of a nose, overall pretty light with some hops coming through. The taste is pretty much along the same lines but with more pronounced hops, yet not too bitter overall - I also seem to pick up a lemon touch, maybe something vaguely spicy like coriander. Medium carbonation. There’s a smooth basis in the taste, keeping it from being too sharp, probably that’s the pilsener malt. In fact as a whole it comes across as a luxury version of a pils, pretty light and rather plain. For fans of light blonde beers, but I’m not one of them...


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