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


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RATINGS: 1478   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2005
Pours hazy orange/brown into chalice, foamy head that somewhat stays. Fruity aroma. Taste is malt, fruity, sweet, bitter, somewhat thick carbonation, full and excellent..as good as the trapist brews and its rating suggest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 7, 2005
thick tall off white head over a cloudy brown body. aroma was hopy w/ a small amount of apricot and another fruit also had a hint of raisens. palate was creamy and well carbonated. The flavor was a slightly sweet malty touch of hops and something else I couldn’t pick out. Overall this was a pretty good beer. Thanks to DavidP for this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 7, 2005
Cloudy brown body with a voluminous tan head. Minty sweet malt aorma. Efferevenscent flavor with banana, clove and sweet caramel malt finishing with toffee and light grassy hops. Fizzy palate.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
brandonfisher (16) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2005
I requested this beer since my brother was going to Belgium and it hard to find. The Aroma was fullfilling and left my nostrils wanting wanting to taste this bad boy, which was sampled in a small tulip glass. Noticable yeast that was lurking bottom, but had no effect on the beer what so ever. The Tempature on the label suggested a 55 to 60 degree F, which it was sampled at. The appearance was of this fine crafted beer was dark and a plesant foamy head. The flavor of this beer was excellent and was reminicent of other Belgium Beers. This beer was very Palatable and Potable, it was sweet tasting, but hoppy and there was no hint of the strong alchol as indicated on the bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (6026) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2005
UPDATED: APR 5, 2005 Bottle: Aroma is very malty with lots of banana and other fruits in the backround. A little sourness in there. Tons of rather large sediment. Pours an orangish-red with an off-white head with very good retention. Lots of fruit, yeast, and chocolate. Very malty. Slight tart cherry in the finish. As it warms the banana begins to fade and the other fruits become stronger.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pilsnerrogge (2680) - Finspĺng, SWEDEN - FEB 19, 2005
Dark red-ish amber colour, lots of yeast sediment. Rich head. A rich, warming, smooth beer with toffee ’n’ liquorice aroma and flavour. Bitter finish. This beer really Rocs!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2005
just looking through the full bottle, one may anticipate that a very tactile experience is at hand: the amount of swirling muck in the gloom suggests a slow motion tornado plowing across wet fields. it looks like an old catfish was exploded in a vat of mangrove-rusty tannic swamp water. but i mean this in a positive way. it’s beautiful. murky chestnut with chunks. the head was cork colored and piled up skyward like unpaid bills. there were barnacles of rigid bubbles inside the bottle-- bubbles caught like fossils in the suspended animation of perpetual bloat-- you could break off a piece of this belgian beer bubble and mail it to a friend in singapore as a memento of a "solid" beer. aromatically, this is whiskey that has been sent to modeling school. it’s coifed and perfumed, it’s hard edges are softened unto silk, it’s jangling alcohol is rendered to a velvety whisper, it’s once hot temper now wants only to bathe your senses in a sweet euphoric caress. it’s taste is part cuban cigar, part guatemalan orchard, with mustiness of a deep and ancient cellar. there’s earth and fruit and a bit of smoke, it’s applesauce cake and peach baby food electrified with a bamboo-bittered jigger of rum. very lovely celebratory sweetness, enormously fruitful collaboration between the sticky toasted malts and the more bitter rinds of mango and sour orange. as the beer warms and the carbonation softens, the alcohol touches your secret gastronomic ’g’ spot. by the end i was emailing the brewery promising to shave my head and scour their brewing kettles for free, just to be near the birth place of this savior.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 13, 2005
Mahogney color, large light tan head, lots of floating sediments. Brown sugar, rasin and plum aroma. Smooth mouthfeel. Moderate sweetness, some plum, slight earthy notes, fruity yeast finish. Such a drinkable Belgian Strong.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mephisto (1278) - TAIWAN - FEB 12, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2005 very tasty with wonderful aroma. malty and fruity, full bodied and is very drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 8, 2005
This is incredible. Deep reddish brown with a thick foamy tan head that stayed for the duration. Huge chunks of yeast float throughout, some sink and others stay suspended. The aroma is thick with dark, sweet fruit...heavy malt and yeast. Flavor is sweet and fruity, caramel like, malty with a touch of woodiness. There is also a distinct, yet subdued, bitterness. The palate is complex, but mellow and without a doubt remarkable. Smooth, creamy with a warming finish. Truly one of a kind.

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