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


on tap

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RATINGS: 465   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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 29, 2005
(Bottle 33 cl) Slightly cloudy golden beer with a creamy, white head leaving some lacework. Marked yeasty aroma and some coriander up there too. Soft and lightly malty with a weak perfumy touch from the coriander. Only the slightest hint of hops in the finish. A very accessible and pleasant "Blonde" that hardly can offend anyone. On the other hand it’s not really very thrilling. 270905

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 24, 2005
Sampled from bottle. Pours a cloudy gold with a thick, creamy white head and wonderful lacing. Aroma is delicate with bananas, citrus and mild spices. Masterfully balanced flavor with candy sugar, banana, plums and subtle, spicy hops all present. Full-bodied, but not viscous, moderately carbonated. The best part of this beer is catching a bit of the creamy head with each sip. The mouthfeel is incredible and this ale is way too eay to drink.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2005
A Mes rate: Tap @ PBF. Not impressed at all really. Looks pretty crappy and the flavour followed suit. Standard blonde, little bit of cream, reasonably smooth, slight spice. Nothing complex about this one. It went down the drain.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (10137) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2005
Bottle. Golden with red tints and an off-white head. Aromas are sweet malts with a light roast character, chocolate, berries and yeast. Flavours are sweet malts with raisins, yeast and burnt brown sugar. Warming alcohol on finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 27, 2005
Bottle - best before 02/06. Poured a hazy golden color with a large amount of sediment... probably should have decanted this one. Low well-sustained white head. Very nice intricate white lacing as it went down. Aroma was primarily Belgian yeast and banana esters. Flavor followed the aroma quite well, but was a little sweeter. There was not a whole lotta complexity going on, though. Decent brew, but certainly not remarkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2009 July 2005. Beer #24 at Croydon Draught Belgian Beer Festival. A straightforward blonde ale. Reasonably fruity (mainly apple) and slightly yeasty. Smooth mouthfeel. No great depth of flavour but pleasant enough. [6/3/6/3/13] RE-RATE. March 2009. Draught at De Hopduvel, Gent as Hoppetje, a house beer. Think my Belgian tastes must have moved on as I found this rather dull, if not unpleasant. Clear gold. Touches of sweetish fruit. Nothing much happening really.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - JUL 8, 2005
Draught: Golden colour with a white head. Mild fruity aroma. Sweet malts. Fruity yet subied and dry. Medium bodied. Nice belgian blonde.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
TBone (16449) - Pori, FINLAND - JUN 28, 2005
Bottled (BB 01/2006)
Hazy yellow color, thick creamy off-white head, lace. Aroma has skunked hops, leather and wood. Carbonated mouthfeel. Thin and weak malt profile. Citric adicy, hints of honey, bitter "soapy" aftertaste. Quite empty beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JonMoore (2067) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 21, 2005
Hazy golden colour with large white head. Aroma is yeasty, some spice , some fruit, some honey. Quite highly carbonated, light bodied. Taste is sweet, fruity, some malt, no real bitterness. I’ve had more flavoursome, but this is OK and quite drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 20, 2005
Pours gold with an off-white thin headand very fine but scarce bubbles. smells od corn stalks, sugar, spice, coriander and some mild peppery notes. Taste is flat with some oranges, bananas, there, but overall watery and bland with a slightly bitter finish.

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