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Val-Dieu Grand Cru by Brasserie de l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
Quadrupel
10.50 % ABV


 
Review by tavernjef on 09/30/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 8 18 5 9 0
Dark purpley pour to settle a glazed black with a mediumish sized light sandy tanned whitened cap that slips away quickly to a hazey skim and good collaring. Lots of lacing in a solid coating sticks tightly in a wave of tiny holed sheeting acroos the snifter.

Aroma is soft and dullish of dark fruity sugars and purple grape juice, the dark malty fruityness begins to add up more as it warms as does some vanilla cola sweetness and a tiny hint to yeasty spice and black licorice. Nice, but I had to really stick my nose in it to get into it.

Taste is firm and soft with an alluring gradual pull into a sweet, dark, sugary pile of fruity pie filling. Purple grape emerges the winner at first taste with a smooth rounded tone of malty gooeyness that slips right into a melange of warming dark jellies and pastry fillings. Flavors and tones are quite acceptable in the realm of sweet dark malts, caramel, and light fruit tones, semi bready and sugary with vanilla, plum, fig, cherry, and grape. Lingers lightly for a bit and kinda cuts off before rebuilding a memory of lasting lengthy malt laden chewyness and slickness across the palate as it finishes with a crescendo of the warmth.

Body is firm, soothing, and just beyond medium with a thick lasting malty smooth reaction of boldness and chewyness. Has a late reacting finish which really grows on ya. Has quite the memory take back on the palate. A unique characteristic not found very often and which I found to be intriguing and fulfullingly fun and interesting. Warmth emerges even later with a hint of heat touching the back. The malts however stay the stage no matter the scene.

A pretty decent Belgian Quad here. Val-Dieu's Grand Cru is by far one of the better, top notch brews to be produced by them and worth giving a try. The unique effect of body from start to never ending finish in flavor and tone is the best part(heart) of the whole beer and the main reason to seek it out.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 01/01/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 9 18 5 8 0
A - Head starts small and fizzy, light beige and made up of small bubbles. Within a minute it is just a patch floating around in the middle and a ring of bubbles around the glass. A hazelnut brown body that is clear, but think looking.

S - Cola. Dark fruits with plums most present. Apple juice. Anise. Molasses. Slight alcohol burn.

T - Rich and warming. This beer has some sweet complexity to it. Starts with loads of brown sugar mixed in with dark Belgian candi sugar. Molasses comes in and intermingles with the two aformentioned components. Some subtle spiciness with cinnamon and coriander, slight hint of anise. Dark fruit abound with raisins, dates, figs, and plums. More brown sugar in the finish and aftertaste.

M - Full bodied with light, low carbonation. Smooth feel.

D - This is a nice sipper. Full of flavor and a bottle that you could easily enjoy next to a fire for a couple hours.

Served In: Pint Glass

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