Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - JUL 7, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2004 Great look in the glass. I really like a beer when it sits there and just forms a patina of a head. It suggests a quality beer that at its ABV really wouldn’t hold a billowy head. A very fruity nose is there, redolent of caramelised plums. Finally the taste. Surprisingly dry but totally acceptable with a great mouthfeel that does not give a hint of its ABV. OK, I agree with you other 246 boffins, this is a very fine beer.
Firefaery (19) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 1, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rocs has a sweet, autumn malt aroma with a beautiful lacing that has a bubbly gleam as it goes down the glass. The color is that of a ripe red plum and has a sweet plum like taste. It is rich but very smooth from start to finish. This 9% will provide you with a nice buzz that will begin to settle on you once through the first glass. The body has quite a bit of dancing little friends in it, which might freak one out, and the friends become more so as you get deeper into the bottle. A wonderful brew otherwise. I suggest everyone try it. If you’re that weirded out by the floating particles, get a goldfish net.
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 1, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours with a nice lasting head. This has a very nice color, a deep red-amber, fairly clear. The aroma is malty and sweet, slightly faint. The flavor is great; complex malty richness, ripe plums or maybe figs. The 9% is well hidden in the mix. This has a great feel, and the flavor hangs on the tongue long after swallowing. Very satisfying; a very, very nice beer.
dirkbreedveld (288) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 30, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
elegant glass of beer, mouthfilling with a long aftertaste, the nose at first is very malty, with hinds of sugar and hopps.
Well balanced beer. Indeed a good belgian abbey beer.
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - JUN 27, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tried back to back with Midnight Sun La Mâitresse du Moine which I found to be a far superior beverage. However, des Rocs was fairly sweet with a nice seasoned malt marginal complexity. Floaties to the magnitude of a Sea Monkey metropolis which caused the loss of appearance points. Sorry, it may be cool, but I don’t like shit floating in my beer. Call it a deep engrained evolutionary phobea like the fear of snakes, if you like. Apple cider flavors and champagne bubbles. Massive head that is slow to subdue. Really good, but in my opinion des not Roc.
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle (330ml). A dark rich ale with a huge, complex flavour profile. Plenty of fruit, caramel, and dark sugar. Very good, up there with the trappists.
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 21, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep copper in color with some larger particles in suspension but not really cloudy. Amazing aroma and flavour.
Silphium (3186) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 17, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a hazy copper-red with tons of rather nasty-looking yeast "floaties" and a dense, puffy light tan head. Very perfumey aroma with pepper and anise; the combination is reminiscent of a Saison. Perfumey notes are carried over into the flavor as are licorice and pepper. The body is floral and spicy, with a somewhat muddled fruitiness and leathery quality. Ethanol and apple peel finish the beer on a somewhat bitter note. This was certainly not what I expected, and a bit disappointing following the great Midnight Sun La Maitresse du Moine.
rlgk (11937) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 16, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2005 Dark amber/brown color. Hazy with yeast in it. Great lasting beige head. Aroma is wonderful from banana and some plums, malty with chocolate, vanilla, butter and toffee.
Flavor is alittle less impressing. Fruity and sweet , vinous and with some spcies and hops. But also with malty touches. Hoppy finish. Great body.
WabashMan (1016) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUN 11, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very nice belgian strong. Good color and a long lasting, if not thick head. Very nice aroma, though not overpowering. Good flavor and a great, longlasting mouthfeel.