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RATINGS: 623   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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The new masterpiece from the Val-Dieu brewery. A very complex and full-bodied beer with a long aftertaste. The brewmaster advises to cellar the beer for a year for it to unfold its full potential.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - MAY 22, 2007
750. 06/09?. Pours dark w/ minimal head. Alcohol fumes mix w/ raw sugar. Complex yet muddled palate, still very interesting. The spices are there in the beginning but it ends w/ the yeasty sweet alcoholic Belgian vibe. It’s nice.


3.9
melush (4961) - SPAIN - DEC 31, 2017
33cl Bottle @ Bodecall, Malaga, Spain. Hazy brown colour with a medium size tan head. Aroma is yeast, malt, raisins. Taste is yeast, malt, raisins, molasses, fruits. Medium body, average carbonation.

4
danielyabu (1724) - União da Vitória, BRAZIL - DEC 31, 2017
Average frothy offwhite head. Good lacing. Mostly diminishing. Flat thick dark-brown body. Aroma: moderate malty, caramel, dark chocolate, cask wood, alcohol, solvent, aniseed. Initial flavor: moderate sweet. Final flavor: moderate sweet light acidic bitter; long duration. Palate: medium body, watery/oily texture, lively carbonation and heavy alcoholic finish. Aroma: The malt is rich and strong, and can have a deep bready-toasty quality often with a deep caramel complexity. The fruity esters are strong, and contain raisin, plum, dried cherry, fig or prune notes. Spicy phenols may be present, but usually have a peppery quality not clove-like; light vanilla is possible. Alcohols are soft, spicy, perfumy and/or rose-like, and are low to moderate in intensity. solventy aromas. (surge como defeito). Dulçor maltado, achocolatado e alcoolico. Forte aquecimento alcoolico. Moderately maltyrich on the palate, which can have a sweet impression if bitterness is low. Usually moderately dry to dry finish, although may be up to moderately sweet. Amargor e presença alcoolica se confundem. Toques amadeirados no paladar. O final lembra um pouco whisky, dada a queimação na garganta. Authentic Trappist versions tend to be drier (Belgians would say more digestible) than Abbey versions, which can be rather sweet and full-bodied.Esta, por ser de abadia, enquadrou-se no estilo. Baixa drinkability. O dulçor lembra ameixa fresca, bem como leve acidez. 130s

4.1
deepdrinker (367) - Leeds, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2017 Pours ruby amber with small foamy off white head . Aroma of earth , malt . Tastes of liquorice , spices , with a sweet warming aftertaste

4.6
piraat83 (37) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2017 I am actually reviewing Val Dieu Winter Ale, but it is not yet on RateBeer. Pours a lite Golden with a foamy white head. Biscuity and subtle sweet. Not sure what makes this a winter ale, but it’s a damn fine example of a Belgian ale.

3.8
DonGregorio (612) - POLAND - DEC 21, 2017
Bottle. Unclear brown colour, frothy tan head with good duration. Aroma of raisins, figs, plums, caramel, apple brandy. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and light to medium bitter, of raisins, figs, plums, caramel, candi sugar, apples, yeasty with fruity finish. Medium to full body, average carbonation. Very tasty.

4.2
pleispleis (220) - Maccagno, ITALY - DEC 16, 2017
bottiglia 33 cl, schiuma beige media grana media persistenza, color marrone intenso, al naso malto lieviti belgi spezie uvetta sotto spirito, in bocca caramello uvetta sotto spirito biscotto e zucchero di canna, carbonatazione decisa, corpo strutturato, nonostante i 10,5% l'alcool è ben bilanciato, dolce con amaro moderato. E' un piacere berla. Ottima 16.12.17

4.3
Carlisle (865) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2017
Draft. Pours mahogany with light beige head and substantial lacing. Nose of plums, figs, and dark raisins. Plum and fig flavors with some raisin in the long finish. Chewy mouthfeel. Excellent.

3.6
GarageBrewer80 (714) - SWEDEN - DEC 3, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2017 Flaska från Bishops Örebro. Mörkbrun, kulör med smutsvit skumkrona. Doft av knäck, pumpa och kryddor. Söt och kryddig munkänsla. Smak av pumpa, knäck, mjuk pepparkaka, nejlika och kryddor.

4.7
julesxxl (129) - Cholet, FRANCE - DEC 1, 2017
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2018 (cerise nuit, nez levure & poire (liq) & fruit rouge/noir, corps ample parfait, harmonie, maîtrise, back bitter-oil higher)

3.6
nutjes (1330) - Zwevegem, BELGIUM - NOV 29, 2017
33cl-fles in de Trollekelder te Gent. U: Wazig hazelnootbruin met een beige schuimkraag. G: Gedroogd fruit, kandijsuiker en zeer kruidig. S: Zoet. Karamel, kruidig en wat chocolade. Wat gedroogd fruit. M: Nogal zwak van body voor z'n ABV met matige carbonatie.


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