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


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RATINGS: 1415   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - JUL 7, 2004
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Firefaery (19) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 1, 2004
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 1, 2004
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dirkbreedveld (288) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 30, 2004
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - JUN 27, 2004
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2004
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 21, 2004
Deep copper in color with some larger particles in suspension but not really cloudy. Amazing aroma and flavour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3186) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 17, 2004
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rlgk (11937) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 16, 2004
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
WabashMan (1016) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUN 11, 2004
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.

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