Rader Blonde

750 mL, corked & caged, Green's on Ponce, Atlanta, GA, USA, $6.95. A close look through the brown bottle reveals plenty of easily disturbed sediment. This settles quickly. Lively pour into the Duvel tulip with a good head that leaves some thin lace. Color is a macro-like golden hue. Nose is a medicinal herb mixture with some lemon pine bathroom cleaner and a little Belgian yeast! Not quite as disgusting as that combo sounds! The taste is VERY unusual. A combination of lemon, pine, soap, yeast,...

Rader Ambrée

750 mL corked & caged. Green's, Ponce, Atlanta, GA, USA. $6.95 from memory. 06/06/09 on the label. Given that this is the Ambree (compared to the Blonde) I was expecting a deeper copper colored hue than I got. It was surprisingly light in color. Huge, billowing head in the Duvel tulip, it looks pretty good. Some nice lacing. Fine carbonation, slightly prickly in the mouth. Sweet nose, a little Belgian yeast. As others have mentioned, the label says 10.5% ABV and it certainly drinks above the...

Val-Dieu Grand Cru

I am adding this beer since I feel sure it is a "new" version of the Winter offering from Val-Dieu. Beautiful pour with initially what looks like an almost black pour, but becomes more brown as the contents of the Val-Dieu chalice are emptied. Nice head, good sticky lacing and plenty of that spotty, creamy head that you are looking for in the style. Aroma is yeasty alcohol, almost "meaty"! Tastes reflect a typical, high quality Belgian Dark/Quad. Layer after layer of alcohol, dark plummy and...

Val-Dieu Winter

This is designed to be a sipper, but because of its sheer deliciousness, its actually difficult not to gulp this down at an alarming rate of knots. Conker (Horse-chestnut) brown body, with a lovely, spotty creamy head with ultra-fine bubbles of carbonation present. A little lacing, but nice thin film retention. All the dark fruit aromas (plums and balck grapes) that one would expect from the style, but we get the additional smells of vanilla and deep, smooth alcohol thrown in. The sheer depth...

Val-Dieu Brune

Quite a dark pour, much more so than I expected. Lots of floaties that took some time to settle down. Some head, but it is airy and then disappears quickly to leave some lacing and a spotty, creamy thin head. Aroma is pretty non-descript, some alcohol and a little dark fruit. Obviously Belgian yeast presence in the taste and increasingly bitter as I drink it. Decent alcohol in the finish, and a little dry as the drink ends. A little prickly carbonation takes something away from the mouthfeel,...

Val-Dieu Blond

Part of a 3-bottle gift pack that included 11.2 oz bottles of this, the Brown and the Tripel and a Val-Dieu goblet for $11.99. Good value I thought. Very light, almost dare I say it, macro lager like appearance, with some fairly aggressive carbonation. The carbonation is a little too much for me, and it leads to a rather thin body, mouthfeel and light, non-persistent head. Definite Belgian yeast taste, but the "Pale" in Belgian Pale is really the dominant feature of this brew and it is...

Val-Dieu Triple

$2.75, Greens Beverage, Atlanta, GA, USA. I was extremely surprised at how drinkable this was. I always feel that as one gets to 9-10% ABV you are getting into territory that can force you just to have one or two of a particular beer before reaching for something much less demanding. However, it seemed like this could be consumed at an alarming rate of knots! Take Care! Slightly thin in the mouth. Cloudy, golden pour, with a small head. Very fruity both in terms of the aroma and the taste....