Abbaye Val-Dieu Tripel


“– It is the result of a long fermentation which is very carefully checked by the Master Brewer.
– Its deep bitterness will still maintain its delicate flavor.
– Aromatized hops will be identified.
– It can be consumed with very sophisticated meals.”

Glassware: Trappist Chalice.

Appearance: Hazy pale orange pour with a subtle golden hue. A short fizzy head practically fades instantly and forms a halo. Very little lace work as we go.

Aroma: Tonnes of fruit character emanating. The strongest being the candied orange, mandarin and rather earthy apricot but there’s also splashy notes of yeast-driven orchard fruits i.e apple and pear along with banana runts and a delicate lick of lemon. Distinctly floral hops, clove/peppery spice, a touch of vanilla and a nicely poised semi sweet honey malt at the base. Excellent aroma.

Flavour: We think we’re on here. This is about as good a set of flavours you’ll get from a Belgian Tripel. Sweet and almost woody malt along with the earthy and floral hops gets it all started. The in come the fruits…first the chewy apricot then the sweet/sugary orange. A gentle bitterness develops late and sets up the fruity, spicy and well rounded finish.

Mouthfeel: Perfectly weighted. Soft pillowy texture with just the right amount of effervescence. Light-moderate body and the 9% ABV is incredibly well hidden.

Overall: Up there with some of the best Tripels we’ve ever had. Pretty much faultless actually. That’s all we have to add. Superb.