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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2005
Pours a deep red (some may say "majestic") with a creamy head, large chunks of yeast are everywhere. This is surely a malt bomb, but there is actually a stronger yeast presence than I anticipated: big aroma of estery apple, banana, some currant. The malt swells up with a very mellow sweetness giving the yeast a taffee characteristic. Some roastiness here, a touch woody, but nothing burnt tasting. Definitely a strong beer that is not lacking in flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8798) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2005
Big thanks to Brock_Landers for this one. Pours turbid dark copper/ruby edged, with a gigantic tan head. Complex aroma of malt, dark fruit, honey, cabernet. Tastes very malty, fruity, with a solid honey component at the start giving rise to a dry fruity finish. Increasing fruit and caramel components emerged as it warmed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - JAN 31, 2005
WOW!!! This is quite possibly the best tasting beverage that I have ever put in my mouth. The aroma is very sweet smelling and the taste is truly wonderful. Has a nice fruityness to it. Truly a wonderful brew and I WANT MORE.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2005
High light brown head on a brown body. The aroma is fruity. The flavour is spicy yet fruity with a dry hoppy after taste. A pleasure to drink, a worthy representative of the Belgian beer-brewing art.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DeepBlack (386) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2005
On draught at TheCriterion in Leicester on the 22nd Jan 2005 Rate Beer Pub Crawl Deep brown colour. A taste a bit like old Dr Pepper. Very Fruity smell & taste. Quite fizzy. Pleasent but a bit strong tasting to drink much, expencive too...

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2005
This beer is nearly the same as Westmalle Dubbel. There is 2% more alcohol, aroma of sweet fruits instead of brown sugar, and a bit hoppier taste with this beer. Poured in Corsendonk tulip glass, medium brown liquid, large beige head dissipates slowly. Large, plump yeasties to float, then to sink. Aroma is terrific, reminds me of Westy 12, fruity and sweet. Looks great and is easy to drink; alcohol content is masked completely. Tastes good, maybe somewhat spicy at first, but has a somewhat dry finish with hops, not just deducting one point off the flavor, but two. Overall, not a bad beer at all. 33cl bottle, direct from Belgium, no government warning, some numbers along the right side of the label, but none seemed to be marked in any manner. No other dates indicated. Sampled while chilled up to room temperature.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2005
GABF 2004, in somebody’s hotel room. An enjoyable Belgian Strong. Malt from the beginning of the pour to the last sip. The cherry, apricot and chocolate flavors swam beneath the bready malt that fills the mouth. Finish is smooth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2005
Amazing aroma of apricots and plums, some bread. Thick creamy, velvet head. Flavor was full of fruits like apricots, maybe apples, that were awashed in a light medley of spices and bitterness. All the different fruit flavors ebbed in and out. Very complex, fruity tastes. finishes much the same. Outstanding. This is truly an above par belgian.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
clutchrogers (90) - Broussard, Louisiana, USA - JAN 16, 2005
33cl bottle, imported from belgium via suitcase. hazy purpleish colo, with tan head. complex aromas of malt, chcolate, dark fruits, orange, red grapes, caromel,and wood smoke. flavors are like chocolate fondue with a plethora of fruits. orange, plum, peach, grape and apple. fruit liquor flavors sublty balanced with hop bitterness. very meaty beer. some roast malt bitterness and smoke. awsome beer. belgians amaze me with the balance they get with their beers

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hotstuff (4532) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 14, 2005
Bottle. Marked best before end of 2007. A lot of sediment in the bottom of this bottle. Poured a huge ivory head that mostly diminished, fair lacing, fine-small sized bubbles, carbonated, cloudy, yeasty, and an orange brown hue. Aroma was wonderful-malty, caramel, sweet, and some fruityness. The flavor was rich and extremely delicious-sweet, malty, caramel, somewhat dry, and vinous but not overly so. Tingly mouthfeel. All-in-all extremely quaffable and a great beer to enjoy on a Friday evening. If you enjoy a good BSA, this is a must try IMMHO. I hope to have this one again sometime soon.

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