Val-Dieu Brune

Today was a little crazy. I went to class, then work, then the gym (and did homework while doing cardio), came home and ate, studied for a midterm tomorrow and prepped for an oral presentation and did some yoga. After all that, I am ready for a brew.

(I really need some new glassware…)

ABV: 8%

Style: Dubbel

Trivia: According to the brewery website: “The abbey of Val-Dieu was built 1216 by Cistercian monks. They were looking for a lone valley with a stream for agricultural and brewing activities, a haven of peace full of nature.”

Random: Before I really got into beer, I was not a fan of Belgians. Although I haven’t tried a lot of them, I’m really getting into them.

This brew pours a rich, dark brown with a two finger off white head that dissipates rather quickly. There is a decent amount of lacing left on the interior glass. On the nose, I get some malt and coffee. On the next sniff, I get some chocolate on it and a hint of smoke. This is one of the more complex noses that I’ve had on a beer. On first sip, there’s a decent amount of sweetness to this brew with a very subtle hint of bitterness. I get dates, some coffee notes and chocolate. I also get a bit of brown sugar. There is a lot going on with this beer. The alcohol, despite being pretty high for 8%, is completely hidden. There is also moderate carbonation on this brew. I also thought that this was going to a heavy beer due to the color, but this is a lot lighter than I thought it would be. The finish on the brew is mildly bitter and lingers. This is an awesome beer that is full of complexities and nuances. I will definitely be trying more Belgians if they’re at all like this.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0