Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 4, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL bottle. Poured deep, coppery-brown with a tall cap of beige head.. set itself up nicely in the glass. The aroma picked up a great blend of raisins, plums, and molasses with accents of peppery yeast and banana.. warmth brought out more spice and candied fruit.. good stuff! The flavor found molasses and raisins above all else at the core, with caramel providing some support.. tangy earth and peppery spices joined banana and dusty yeast notes around.. peppery spices and warm raisins amplified by alcohol on the long finish. Medium-plus bodied moderate-plus carbonation on the palate.. everything was very well balanced, and I’ll be glad to drink this again.
Eructoblaster (4100) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 27, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - 750ml. Dark brown body with ruby glints and a thin off-white foamy head. Well balanced malty/hoppy aroma with grassy and biscuity hints. Alcohol is very well hidden. Taste carries yeasty, vanilla, and plummy notes. Ends with a good warming finish. Enjoyable.
branspra (293) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a very large, frothy and dense light brown head. Lacing is extremely strong. Aromas of grapefruit, roasty, banana, and toffee. Palate is very lively to start and then the beer has an extremely long aftertaste. Flavors of banana, malts, and hints of wine. A good beer that I can imagine will be much better after this sits around a year or two.
chicagobears (467) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I remember having a Val-Dieu on tap with my Dad some years ago. So when I saw the "Grand Cru" label I knew I had to try this. I would like to store an extra bottle of this to "mature", but I don’t think I would have thew patience since this taste damn good now. Has the typical sweet yeasty Belgian taste that any fan of this style is accustomed to. This reminds me of some of the Noel Belgians that I have had like St. Bernardus and Affligem. Dark fruits, spicy, and warming to the palate.
Beerona97 (2399) - Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours brown with particles and a sudsy white head. Aroma of sweet fruit-peach, apple, with caramel. Taste is pretty sweet, very carbonated and fruity. Alcohol is mild and masked well.
punkska101 (1948) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle shared with JF @ Saint-Bock 10.01.16 : Brown minimal head. Aroma of grape, caramel, dark fruits and yeast. This beer as a sweet finish it’s short It’s med in body. Taste full of dark fruits, date, brown sugar and caramel. The sugar truly hides well the 10.5 % abv. Worth the price paid that nite.
KornDogg (570) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2010
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle aged roughly a year. Fruity/molasses aroma. Dark brown/amber body with medium head.. nice lacing around the glass...Flavor or cherry, molasses, plum with spiced yeast, hides the alcohol well as it is very complex and balanced
Bontus (793) - Flanders, BELGIUM - JAN 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours mahogany brown. White head. Chocolate malt aroma. Fondant chocolate, some coffee, no excessive burnt malts aroma. Well balanced, good mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Alcohol well hidden, but inevitably there.
smith4498 (3586) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours cloudy dark brown color with tan head. Aromas of dark fruits and Belgian yeast. Raisin, fig and plum flavors with doughy yeast. Medium body with tingly carbonation. Very nice.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. The best i’ve had under the Val-Dieu line to date. Pours a dark brune body with an off white head. Dark fruit esters, modest warming, plums, dates, licorice, with a sweet warming. Spiced yeast character hints of cinnamon and woody notes. A very nice ale.