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


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RATINGS: 632   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Val-Dieu Triple is the result of a long fermentation, scrupulously followed by the brewmaster. Its deep yet soft bitterness does not interfer with the discovery of its components. The taste of the hop comes through, naturally aromatized, accompanied by an alcoholic after taste. It can be associated with refined dishes and ranks among the great beers. It may be found in the some of the most exclusive restaurants.

Ingredients: Pilsen malt, Saaz and Spalter hops, sugar, live yeast, natural water from the region.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (15378) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 27, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2008 2008-07-04, bottle at Le Carolus, Paris, 7-5-7-3-15=37
Hazy golden color; big thick head. The aroma is soft, malty, a bit spicy; freshly cut wood. Good flavor, very sweet for a Triple, with a very light fruity touch and a very light trace of Belgian yeast; the sweetness and light spices produce an impression of liquorice. Almost missing bitterness. Not a typical one, but good.

2004-05-26, 7-5-8-4-14=38
Golden color; nice and persistent perlage, supporting a rocky foam cap, generous. Nice Tripel aroma, delicate spices and lemon zest. Reasonably good malty body, maybe not really dry and spicy as expected; with some sweet orange peel. The hopping shows quite late…

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CEZ (399) - Milano, ITALY - MAY 26, 2004
[On tap, Udine 2004] I’m going to be the highest rater for this beer, but I really liked this one and I saved it for my 200th rating! Poured in its proper Val du Dieu glass, looks magnificent, golden and shiny, with a perfectly white, fine, creamy, and eternally lasting head. Rather weak fruity aroma; the taste is an explosion of fresh fruit (apricot, orange, grapes), yeast, subtle hops. Medium to full body. White wine-like, tasty, crisp, very easy to drink, hides the 9% ABV extremely well. Even my girlfriend liked it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAY 21, 2004
330mL bottle, 05.20.04 Pours bright, pale yellowish golden; fluffy white head, quite lasting; very fine lace, though ample. Aromas of orange/citrus, clove, barnyard, green apple. Flavors of pear, sugar, honey; buttermilk-like in a sort of creamy though sour way. Simple, not much depth to flavor or palate, which is mostly lightly creamy though tingly in its carbonation. As beer warms, the sourness comes more to the forefront. I don’t really smell or taste the high ABV. As tripels go, this one is unspectacular.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BBB63 (6235) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 20, 2004
Hazy golden hue with fuffy head and very good lace. The aroma has notes of lemongrass and orange rind, hay and wheat, dusty yeast esters, mild bitters and cardamom. The taste starts with a twangy and bittersweet note. Some undertones of spice, fruit, and yeast. Very earthy tasting on the finish. The mouthfeel is lively and astrengent. Not like most tripels, lacks the punch I was expecting, somewhat "dumbed down", an average beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbrus (4991) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - MAY 10, 2004
Aroma is citrus, hops, little smoked. Hazy, yellow color, white head, good lace. Sweet, little bitter, fruity, little apple. Medium body, little alcohol burn in the very end.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2004 Draught, White Horse, Hedgerley. Keg dispense, poured by me. Golden & slightly cloudy. Vinger like aroma that I thought would mean the taste would be bad, but it’s actually good. Sweet/malty, somewhat spicy, somewhat sour. A good tripel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CapFlu (4653) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 3, 2004
(750ml bottle) Pours a super cloudy and sediment filled lemonade body with a thin, white head. Interesting multi-motion carbonation. Some bubbles actually seem to be moving at a slower rate than those in the middle of the glass? Sour and yeasty nose. Sweet candy-link flavour with an orangte finish. Biggest discrepancy between aroma and flavour I’ve ever encountered. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 28, 2004
Sour, tart and citrusy aroma with yeast very present also. Cloudy yellow colour with white head that persists nicely. Sweet flavour with mild spiciness and a touch of bitter orange. Tartness re-appears in the finish. High carbonation and lively, effervescent body. Bottle (thanks to MartinT for bringing this one). Ok so I’ll list the crew present at the post-TapNY festival tasting since the rest of you are too lazy to do so... In no particular order: MartinT, CapFlu, Lubiere, Muzzlehatch, MaibockAddict, mkobes and myself).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - APR 26, 2004
Thanks from the guys at Tap New York.This will be corated with them Citrus aroma. Spicy and malty flavor. SLightly cloudy. Not a big fan of tripels but this one was good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 26, 2004
750 ml bottle, from post-TAP NY tasting. Fairly sweet yesty nose; light lemony body, very cloudy. Sweet, citrusy taste (oranges), oh my it is sweet...lot of sweet beers that day...some nice hints of Concord grapes towards the end. Pretty fine I think.

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