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


on tap

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RATINGS: 477   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.

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ChrisTurner (207) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 14, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2007 Bottle -- Deep cloudy yellow with active carbonation and lots of lees. Large fluffy white head that doesn’t last long but never totally disappears and leaves some lacing. Sweet, fruity aroma with yeast and a bit of spice and citrus. Flavour is smooth and light with some honey and some sourness. It actually reminds me of a deluxe version of a Belgian witbier.

Grovlam (4224) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 10, 2007
Bottle. Average fizzy white head that mostly diminished. Clear sparkling body with a golden color and moderated particles in flow. Very Val-Dieu’is yeast aroma with notes of light spice, coriander, fruit, caramel and citrus. Light bodied with an average carbonation. Light sweet flavor with hint of acidic and bitter notes as well that was all very balanced combined. Light sweet finish.

dchmela (3062) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2007
Pours with a big white head and golden colored body. Crisp wheat and lemon flavor. Dry refereshing taste. Not outstanding, but a nice blonde.

HenrikSoegaard (14101) - Randers, DENMARK - JUN 7, 2007
Bottle. Creamy white excellent fully lasting head. Yellow colour. Light malty moderate hoppy aroma. Nice and fuity. Light bitter flavor. Powerfull fruity /mango/citrus) notes. Average finish. Oily palate.

Sigmund (7394) - Tau, NORWAY - JUN 5, 2007
330 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal pub, Stavanger. Also available in Norway at Vinmonopolet. ABV is 6%. Brewed in the abbey. Secondary fermentation in the bottle. Hazy golden colour, no head, minimal carbonation. The bottle cap can’t have been air tight - a part of the glass rim was missing. The aroma and flavour were okay, though. Yeasty, sweetish, fruity and spicy aroma, notes of leather and oak too. Fruity and spicy flavour, quite nice. Soft mouthfeel, due to lack of carbonation. Will need to try another bottle.

DruncanVeasey (8225) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2007 Sweet, headily fruity snout with hints of lemon rind, peach, orange and alcohol. Possibly a pinch of coriander. Fruity, spicy Blond with a parting note of woodsy dryness. Slightly wheaty and hazy. Leaning towards a Wit. Lots of alcohol for the ABV. Smooth and heavily sedimented. Tasty table blond but nothing to rush back to. (Re-rate)... Intermission from xmas shopping, Cafe Bruxelles, Leiscum. Didn’t think I’d had this. Spritzy, lagery gold absolutely heaped with froth. Woodsy witbier aroma with tropical fruit, peach, pineapple, lemon jelly. Silky spruce, pineneedle-earthy hops and yeasty tang. Creamy pale malt and biscuit with vanilla hints. Top drawer ’Blonde’ big on flavour and drinkability, and upped from a 3.3 to a 3.8.

shalloWMeans (169) - Independence, Kentucky, USA - MAY 22, 2007
Bottle from Val Dieu sampler. Pours with a very short-lived, bubbly head. The color is deep golden, looking very similar to a Duvel, but with lots of cloudy yeast sediment. Smell is yeasty, strong, cinammon and coriander. It tastes spicy and bitter, once again cinammon, pepper, and some citrus.Overall,its very similar to Duvel only a little weaker and a lot sweeter.

tjp68 (31) - Washington, Missouri, USA - MAY 19, 2007
Bottle from Lukas Liquor. Pours hazy yellow. Taste is a little sour, a little malty. Overall, just average.

ha1ag (900) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 4, 2007
on the tap in POthuiske in Maastricht. Hazy yellow color, quickly diminsihing head. Flavour somewhat sweet with spicy and lime mouthfeel. Produced just across the border here. not my taste

acearl (510) - The Ham, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2007
Yellow cloudy hue, frothy lasting white head. Lots of sediment thats suspended. Soft carbonation watery texture. Light with hints of citrus, dry finish but not much of anything else. Average at best. If this recipe is so old it should be updated. Meh.

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