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Brewed by Brasserie de l’Abbaye des Rocs
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Montignies-sur-Roc, Belgium

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RATINGS: 1504   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Abbaye des Rocs (9% alcohol vol.) is a pure malt beer, with no added sugar. The entire range of tastes is directly linked to the double fermentation, the precise quantities of malts (7 types) as well as the mixtures of three kinds of hops (Belgian, German and Czech). Its colour is a striking deep and majestic red. Its taste is rich and full of subtlety. It is tasted like a red wine with which it shares the ruby colour without having the tannin. It develops a strong sweet smell. It confirms the initial impression in the first mouthful, with a sharp body that is balanced with a certain fruitiness. It frees itself on the palate and develops an impressive depth of taste. Some traces of burnt wood are detectable, but never scorched even if it contains this kind of malt. The foretaste is very prolonged because of its rich and unctuous development throughout the mouth. The bitter and sugar tendencies (even though there is no sugar in its composition) compete and come back together to the taster's great satisfaction. It is a deep, mystic and extremely mature beer to be classed among the great products of our soil.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (7054) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2006 Rerate: I much preferred it this time, sweet and woody, this is very tasty stuff. Bumped it up a few points.
Bottle from HogTownHarry. Dark brown with a nice creamy head and lots of sediment. Subtle aroma of fruits, malt and a little spice. Smooth palate. Taste is very malty with little hops presence and not very spicy. Hides the alcohol well. A very good, pleasant beer but not in the leagues that it is currently rated at in my opinion.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 30, 2005
Dark brown color, cloudy and yeasty appearance. Medium brown head. Chocolate, alcohol, spices, sweetness in aroma, nice one. Medium to full bodied. Spices, chocolate, nice alcohol in flavor. Sweetness lasts with bitter aftertaste, also some alcohol comes up.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HogTownHarry (6372) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2005 Bottle (330ml). My first case-by-consignment, my first rating. Would be 18/20 but the sediment ... oh, the sediment! Lovely lacy head (moderately active), rich and cloudy dark brown/amber colour, a hint of "cru" tartness in with the usual Belgian Flavour mélange. Not quite a Rochefort, but very very close.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 27, 2005
Bottle. Mirky dark brown pour. Sweet caramel malt aroma, with a much more pronounced citrus note than I was expecting. Bubble tan head as well. Initial mouthfeel is frothy over a medium body. Taste is sharp - strong malt sweetness and strong alcohol. Lots of pepper and spiciness abound in the middle and it finishes with a delicate hop touch. This is a very interesting beer that will probably reveal more to me each time I drink the few bottles I have just acquired. Thanks to Blankboy and Harry for hooking me up with a few of these.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2005
Deep ruby color, slightly cloudy - medium tan head. Light roasted aroma with hints of fruit. Nice chewy malts, smooth body, hints of apples, caramel, yeast, and other spices. Very very good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MiP (14732) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2007 Bottle. Weak malty aroma. Brown colour, small head. Flavour is malty and slightly peppery. Pointy aniseed aftertaste. Good body, slightly swelling mouthfeel. Hint of liquorice aftertaste. Not as peppery (or as good) as I expected. 6 3 8 3 18

Bottle, 9%, BB 2006, last year. Very fruity aroma, dried fruits and a little coriander. Hazy brown colour, some floaties. Very small light brown head. The flavour is slightly sweet, has distinct coriander notes. Some alcohol bitterness, but OK rounded. 7 3 8 4 18

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1761) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAY 21, 2005
Pours reddish brown, with a tan head. Aromas of dark fruit, spice, sweet malt, and yeast. Flavor is spice, dark fruit , malt, and some yeast. Creamy body, that’s on the heavy side. Very nice, its hides the alcohol pretty well.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2005
750 ml bottle. Clear reddish orange in color with a nice fluffy tan head. Fruity candied sugar aroma. Grape and plum. Smooth and creamy. Malty. Lasting malt flavors. Full bodied. Sweet tasting. Excellent tasting beer.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2005
750 ml. Clear brownish orange, nice fluffy tan head. Some escaped from the bottle when the cap was removed. Candied fruit aroma. Oranges, strawberry, rasberry, grape, plumb. This one has a great yeast character. Smooth and light on the palate with big lasting malty flavors. Sweet malts linger without being sticky. Absolutely delicious. I could drink bottle after bottle of this in one sitting.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2005
750ml bottle: Mostly opaque brownish amber body with many large particles and a large dark tan head that lasts. Aroma of flowers, lemon, honey, sweet malt, very mild funky (close to but not barnyard), salty hops, raisins, yeast, caramel. Lively carbonation, medium bodied, wet, mildly acidic. Taste is very complex: spicy stale hops, honey, chocolate, plum, grapes, raisins, straw, grains, pepper, apple, orange rind, mild lemon, old wood, maple tree sap, sour yeast, retronasal citrus/hops notes, and mild barnyard. Finishes moderately dry with spicy/floral hop notes and a sticky malt sweetness coating the mouth and lips.


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