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

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RATINGS: 326   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
sneevel (71) - - NOV 11, 2012
Pours a light orangey golden with a generous white head. Clean light malt and spices on the nose. Light bodied in the mouth with delicate ginger and some vanilla notes. Little trace of alcohol, some sweetness. Good.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bartlebier (3556) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - DEC 2, 2016
Overly chilled draught at source as well as temperated bottle, late Nov 2016. - Bref: a manageably spiced, apricot and banana-infused light version of their smooth triple dialed down to Blonde sessionability. Surprising amber-beige pour, little head at the iced temperature of La Casse-Croute’s tap installation. Sweet spices cater to Wallonian coriander broth and apricot schnaps predelictions, dialed down just in time. Like all Val-Dieu beers, it makes up in smooth, easydrinking honeycoated malt profile what it lacks in yeast character.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABS (943) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 1, 2016
Bottle from Vinmonopolet’s BU. Amber body. Frothy, white head. Heavy sugar nose. Grass, hay, sugar, fruit, banana flavour. Sweet, maybe a bit too sweet. Medium body and carbonation. Good, but there’s nothing super interesting about it.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gehbe (297) - Vilnius, LITHUANIA - NOV 18, 2016
Bottle. Hazy light amber with a huge frothy white head and beautiful lacing. Aroma of spice, yeast, zest, citrus, candy and nice malty notes in the background, as well as hints of dried fruit. Tastes medium sweet and sour with a nice crispy bitterness on finish. Light to medium body, high carbonation, smooth texture, no excessive alcoholic warmth. Very drinkable, quite dangerous!

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jamaty (1992) - Madrid, SPAIN - NOV 11, 2016
Ambar nebuosa, espuma blanca consistente. Adoma escaso, levadura. En boca gaseosa, miel, acaramelada y levadura belga que aporta predominio ligeramente ácido y lácteo. Poco especial, belgian blonde del montón con un poco más de alcohol.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sissio (1361) - Orsenigo, ITALY - OCT 6, 2016
Deep gold, clear, white head. Passito, light alcohol, peach, yellow fruit, white (moscato) grapes. Warming winter taste, medium body. Biscuits, dry fruits (dates, raisins, apricots, apples), hint of honey.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PeatyPete (956) - NETHERLANDS - APR 8, 2016
Orange yellow color with white foam head. Yeasty aroma. Taste of sweet malt, banana and canned fruit.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ardeo (222) - Flémalle, BELGIUM - MAR 6, 2016
Cuvée 2015. Belle mousse blanche pour cette blonde légèrement rosée. Fines bulles agréable à l’œil. Arômes floraux, miel. En bouche, sucre, miel, assez écœurant. Bière plate sans grande envergure. Finale avec légère amertume. Peu d’intérêt.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vipinvelp (3980) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - MAR 2, 2016
Clear dark yellow, white lasting, lacing foam head. Light barley aroma, some grass and hay notes. Nice warm drinking feeling, light bittersweet, dominated by again grass/hay tones. very pleasant. (Velp 201603)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
McSherman (586) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - FEB 5, 2016
Orange-braun, trüb mit beständiger grobporiger weißer Schaumkrone. Typisches Belgisches Bier: hefig, ordentlich würzig, leicht malzig und süß. Süffig. Anders als viele andere belgische Weihnachtsbiere ist dieses hier ein (ungewürztes) helles Bier. Gut!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Douberd (5031) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - JAN 25, 2016
(Val-Dieu Bière de Noël) Stubby bottle 330 ml at home, served into a big tulip, ABV 7% Deep orange colour on the body, hazy. Huge and thick white head on top, and sitting there for quite some time. Aroma of grains, light nuts, malts, yeast, apricot. Taste follows, grainy and kind of nutty, refreshing fruity notes following though with apricot and some peach, sugars. Medium thin body, high carbonation. Typical belgian ale with the high drinkability that comes with it. No spices or anything that people associate with Christmas as is the case with many of those belgian Christmas beers.


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