Val-Dieu Triple – Brasserie de l’Abbaye du Val-Dieu (Aubel, Belgium)


Val-Dieu Tripel – Brasserie de l’Abbaye du Val-Dieu, 9% ABV, 33cl., (Aubel, Belgium)

on the back label:

“Val-Dieu is the only TRUE Belgian abbey beer, for it is brewed in the abbey itself, through the ancient infusion method and from the traditional recipe handed down by the monk-brewers of the cistercian Abbey of Val-Dieu. Beer secondary fermentation in the bottle.


  • Style: Abbey Tripel
  • Taste: Creamy dense sweet honey barley malt tangerine hidden alcohol
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N.Burnaby
  • How much: $3.30 CAD (10% off) – 33cl., March 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yep, for the love of God.

Visual: Pours pale light golden orange without a significant head, spotty layer of ultra micro bubbles, spread out steady micro clusters of activity.

Nose: honey barley malt, tangerine undertones. (lvl-)-pungency

Attack: Crisp-micro creamy, thicker smooth mouthfeel

Mid-palate: background orange citrusy tangy alcohol mixed with dense (lvl-7-sweetness), honey-sweet, light toasty barley malt

Finish: subtle alcoholic heat, tingly residual honey barley malt, very subtle hops.

Summary: A solid tripel with excellent balance – not too heavy or harsh, good sweetness and that characteristic honey-floral-candi sugar barley malt flavour.

Val-Dieu Grand Cru – Brasserie de l’Abbaye du Val-Dieu (Aubel, Belgium)

Val-Dieu Grand Cru – Brasserie de l’Abbaye du Val-Dieu, 10.5% ABV, (Belgium)

My Notes:

  • My Rating: B
  • Why I like it: rich, honey sweet, and malty, all balanced
  • Where I got it: W. 16th (?)
  • How much: $12, 750ml, Summer 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: 50/50, only if shared
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: Yes, smooth and tasty

Tasting notes: Pours dark coffee brown/black with a decent head, good micro foamy retention, sticky lacing, lots of fast-moving CO2 streams. Clover honey on the nose. Drinks with initial 8/10-level gentle sweetness, tastes of strong honeychamomile, medium-heavy malts, finishes sweet and 5/10-level bitter. The alcohol hits you pretty fast and this beer doesn’t pair very well with spicy food/pasta/corn/avocado/beef roll (what I’m eating now). Medium complexity, medium-high depth, good carry, good transitions, pretty good drinkability. It gets pretty heavy and overly sweet after 250ml into it – this beer is best for sharing.