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


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RATINGS: 1527   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 25, 2005
Hazy rose/brown in color with a copiously foamy and creamy head that’s 1/4" thick. Aroma unfolds cloves, bananas, vanilla, pepper and lemon zest, with a dusty nutshell reminder interjecting its presence from time to time. Slight whiff of alcohol, caramelized pecans and brown sugar. Slippery glide down the shoot, revealing caramel, pistachio, chocolaty toffee and butterscotch. Mild pepper and coriander on the backend. Rich and abundantly sweet. Mild cigar wrapper and dried cherry finish with a rustic nutty aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 24, 2005
06.24.05 750ml bottle, drink by 2008. The pour is a hazy burgundy brown, much lighter than I expected for some reason. The bottle was a very slight gusher and the head filled half of my Duvel glass. I was anxious to try this beer that has somehow eluded me for so many years, so I took a sip of very cold beer through the foam. Big mistake as it was all mineral, vinous, and harshly dry. Once it warmed to a more reasonable temp, I got down to enjoying the beer. Very mild aromas, much moreso than I thought I’d find from such a highly regarded brew. Some butterscotch, fig, honey, sweet tea, dried orange rind, mild cocoa bitter-sweetness. Nice balance all around and yet perceptively complex. Most everyone should find something to like in a beer like this, but nothing for me really stands out as exceptional. I bet I’d like it better if it was older.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 20, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2005 Very hoppy for a brune. Surprisingly dry for the alcohol, and the style. All in all very enjoyable -- it made it to NC, then sold out immediately.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 20, 2005
(Bottle 33 cl) In this original version simply called "Abbaye des Rocs" - all other versions are newer inventions. Very dark brown with a frothy and very lively beige head. Flavourwise we’re talking Trappist-territory here. Fantastic complex malty notes full of dried fruits, caramel, chocolate, used diapers, candi sugar - well, you name it. This beer has got pretty much everything, and by each sip you discover a new senasation. Extremely complex with a nice, warming alcohol. A classic indeed. 301297

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUN 17, 2005
bottle says brasserie des rocs brune but the picture is the exact same so i hope this is it. pours a dark chestnut brown with thick creamy tan head. huge sticky gobs of lacing clinging to the sides of my glass. beautiful looking beer aroma is of spice yeast and malt. taste is subtle. spice clove fruity mabye prunes? lingering taste a little sweet with a light alcohol dryness and warming. i love this beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlueDevil0206 (122) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 16, 2005
Bottled. Pours a very hazy mohogany brown with a small head that doesn’t last long. Aroma is malty and yeasty with an incredibly developed ester profile: banana, phenolic cloviness, apple, dried cherry. Flavor is crystal malty sweet with a hint of roasted nuttiness that precedes the immense estery fruitiness with similar characteristics as described in the aroma along with some peppery spiciness and acidity in the finish. I didn’t get any hops in the flavor though a small hop bitterness was present. Bready yeast is also apparent in the flavor of this cloudy beer. Alcohol is well hidden. Body is very full with a smooth mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 10, 2005
what a pretty beer! Looks good enough to drink. Taste good enough to drink more! What a nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - JUN 9, 2005
Chesnut brown color with good livelyness and with little specks of yeast floating around. It has a creamy light-brown head with an very expressive aroma. It is very malty, has hints of sweet milk-chocolate, agorn sirup and some spices. The taste is smooth, has a caramely malt caracter some mild spices and a touche of sweet Rhum. Aftertaste is rich and elegant. A great classic. At the Kulminator in Antwerp.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 7, 2005
Orange, brown sugar, somewhat hoppy, mariscino cherry, alcohol in the nose. Cloudy (dirty) orange/brown. Very fruity up front, earthy malt, brown sugar, yeast, strawberries and cream.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2607) - California, USA - JUN 7, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2007 Cloudy brown pour with a moderate head, good lacing and retention, lotsa floaties. Aroma is very complex with darker fruit notes like raisins, but also spiced with orange. Notes of sugar, yeast, darker malts also present. Medium to full body, fairly dry. Very complex, very balanced, but doesn’t wow you.

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