BeerIsGood wrote:At the moment I'm having the Grand Cru Val-Dieu. Moving on to a Straffe Hendrik Quad next.
Curious about your thoughts on both of these. I have a Strafe Hedrik cooling its heels for later in the week, and plan on picking up the Val Dieu shortly. I quite enjoyed the Abbaye des Rocs, but felt that it fell short of the top tier.
With the Straffe I knew what to expect, as I've had it several times. A very good quad for me personally as to my tastes it's substantially lower in sweetness than many others in the style. While I greatly enjoy quads, there are some that bump up against (La Trappe) or exceed (Kasteel Donker) my personal sweetness threshold. This beer also has an excellent, lingering finish. As for the Val-Dieu, it was my first time and I lucked out, as again the sweetness to my tastes is at the lower end of the style. Quite rich, thick, and with a very slight bitterness. I would consider both to be somewhat less typical of the style because of the lower sweetness but are right up my alley personally. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend or drink again with frequency.