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

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RATINGS: 338   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This authentic Abbey Ale is based on the recipe perfected centuries ago by the monks of Abbey du Val-Dieu.

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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
L_Lovecraft (432) - - FEB 11, 2017
Sweet aroma, dried fruits and spices, amber with a good white head, medium body, medium carbonation, spices and hints of caramel...not bad.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madnorwegian (193) - FRANCE - FEB 11, 2017
Not a bad Christmas beer. Mostly on the sweet malty side but relatively well balanced overall.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
freretoc (1866) - Besançon, FRANCE - DEC 30, 2016
Bue ŕ la pression en 25cl au El Napo ŕ Ličge Couleur blonde, belle mousse et belle effervescence Nez sur le sucre Attaque porto et le bois avec une pointe épicée et sucrée.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adster (773) - HUNGARY - DEC 23, 2016
A karácsony idén ezzel a főzettel köszönt be, s mintha régen látott ismerőst üdvözölnénk személyében, függetlenül attól, hogy még sohasem volt szerencsém az apátsági főzethez. Ízig-vérig belga itóka ködfátyolos, mustszerű testtel, hófehér, pöffeszkedő habpaplannal, marcipános hangulatú élesztős illatokkal. Kellemes, zamatos kortyokkal örvendeztet, valódi malátaszirup benyomását kelti, melyet cifra élesztő szálai bolondítanak meg kissé. Diófélék hangulata, túlérett, vagy éppen aszalt gyümölcsök jegyeinek turmixa, mindez közepes, az ital szerkezetéhez épp ideális szénsavtartalommal, ízletes lecsengéssel. Ezekben a darabokban nemigen lehet csalódni, különösen karácsonykor nem.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (5110) - Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2016
750 ml bottle into chalice, best before 8/17/2018. Pours fairly crystal clear golden amber/light orange color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big lemon, orange, peach, apricot, apple, pear, melon, plum, golden raisin, peppercorn, coriander, light banana/clove, honey, candi sugar, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malt, and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, orange, peach, apricot, apple, pear, melon, plum, golden raisin, peppercorn, coriander, light banana/clove, honey, candi sugar, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Moderate yeast spiciness and light herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange, peach, apricot, apple, pear, melon, plum, golden raisin, peppercorn, coriander, honey, candi sugar, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malt, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from carbonation and yeast spiciness. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, moderately creamy/grainy, and lightly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 7%. Overall this is an outstanding Tripel! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malt, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, and quite refreshing to drink. Very bright and complex on yeast, with great malt balance. Very well carbonated, but not prickly or foamy on mouthfeel. A highly enjoyable offering.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Syfher (361) - Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 21, 2016
Bottle of 33cl, in a Trappist glass; from the fridge. Good Christmas beer BUT : we’re in front of a low alcohol winter beer (only 7%) which is clearly tasted in the light palate that that beer gave. The colour is a beautiful copper/ginger one, with a white foamy head. The taste is spicy, warm.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
77ships (8661) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 19, 2016
[Thank you for sharing!][330 ml. bottle sampled @ O.B.E.R. Kerstbierfestival 2016] Clear amber, tanned head. Nose is sweet sugar, chemical, sugar, syrup, some vegetables. Thin, fizzy, sparkling, chemical, sugar, low vegetable, fain t dark fruit, hollow, thin & fizzy. Poor, expected much more here, bad bottle maybe?

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jybi (172) - FRANCE - DEC 16, 2016
La question qui me taraudait en débouchant cette Val Dieu de Noël, bičre d’abbaye, était de savoir si nos chers moines nous avaient, pour cette période toute particuličre, concocté une recette ŕ la hauteur de l’évčnement. D’emblée je reste néanmoins dubitatif des 7 % Abv, bien faiblard. En verre, la composition est plutôt bonne, un blond foncé couplé ŕ une forte effervescence procurant une abondante mousse blanche de plusieurs centimčtres (mais s’affaissant cependant par la suite). Le nez frais, se porte sur les céréales, le miel et une pointe de moűt de raisin. L’attaque est pleine de promesse, sur une belle alliance entre les céréales, les épices et des arômes d’orange. La deuxičme bouche permet de laisser s’exprimer l’amertume relevée par l’alcool qui arrive tout de męme ŕ pointer le bout de son nez. L’arričre bouche permet quant ŕ elle de donner une belle envergure ŕ l’ensemble avec des arômes d’orange et d’épices. Mais alors que la dégustation est des plus agréables et que l’on attend un final brillant permettant une envolée gustative....patatras....quelle déception...l’ensemble s’effondre dans un magma difforme, lourd en bouche et beaucoup trop mielleux. Nul doute que le titrage alcoolique trop faible n’y est pas étranger. Dommage, car cette Val Dieu de Noël avait de beaux atouts pour en faire une excellente bičre. Je mets tout de męme une mention spéciale pour l’étiquette trčs joliment travaillée.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Myonlyvice (223) - DENMARK - DEC 15, 2016
Dark amber with a medium head. Caramel, malt, yeast and some spice aroma. Taste is sweet and somewhat spice. Decent.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rubin77 (1456) - Brussels / Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 13, 2016
F: huge, white, long lasting. C: dark amber, very hazy, opaque. A: malt, orange peels, coriander, spicy, tangerine, peach, yeast. T: malty, very yeasty, fruity, light spicy, caramel, medium body, medium to high carbonation, for me there is lack of some balancing bitterness, not bad but not very enjoyed, 0,33l bottle from Carrefour market - Saint-Michel @ Etterbeek, Brussels.


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