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


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RATINGS: 1439   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
temporrari (388) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 2, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2008 Dark amber, lots and lots of sediment. Somewhat astringent, pretty good flavor though. Fruity and yeasty, it’s not great, but it could be worse. I’d like to try another bottle without so much sediment.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - AUG 30, 2004
Poured a deep red/orange color. Nice off white head lingers and fades into a thin but present head. Aroma is sweet and fruity. Taste is malty, sweet and satisfying. Mouthfeel is medium and pleasant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - AUG 30, 2004
Red/Orange in color, thick off-white head, very carbonated, great fruity taste that goes with the fruity smell

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
vanvenlo (1399) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 29, 2004
8 May 2004 - Luscious fruit hop aroma (that rocks). Some cloudiness with a brown colour, a good retaining head and lacing. Well rounded fruit complexity with a medium body

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - AUG 26, 2004
Fine red brown color with a small amount of cream head on top. The aroma is mostly malt and yeast notes. There is a faint earthy smell of leather on the back, and a smooth sweetness as well. The flavor is af first nothing really special, but it’s growing on me. Malt and smooth at first, with a moderate hop finish. Then there is the a odd sweetness to it, something subtle and earthy at the same time. As this warms up it has more and more of a smoother and less obvious sweetness to it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - AUG 24, 2004
Bottled. Dark rich blooded brown colour. Lovely bouquet which is full and generous with just a hint of alcohol. Generous and complex I was actually taken aback by the quality of the beer (some people make to mush fuss over some Belgium’s).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jzzbassman (1523) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - AUG 21, 2004
The only fault I can find is that I can’t get this in Oklahoma. Looks great with its deep red color and compact head that lasted to the end. Aroma is light, but likie fresh fruit and bread. The mouth fell just knocked me out; silky smooth and full. Flavor was superb, wiuthout the sweet aftertaste in many of the style. Earthy, woody, port-like, WOW!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2004 Here is one hell of a beer! It pours a nice full red with a distinctly light fruit flavor. A full-bodied head that last right through to the end of the drink. Served in a Tulip glass at volo italian cafe. Rounded out a night of 3 classics. certainly one of my top 10 beers ever. On re-rating, it ranks even higher... a fave amongst my friends as well!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ross (2122) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - AUG 18, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2006 i had previously stated that i would not give a 5/5 because i did not think that any beer could be perfect. well that was before i tried this beer. this damn thing is so good, its amazing. if there was ever a beer that deserves a perfect score, this may be it. pours out dark orange colored with a giant tan head that never goes away. smell is hoppy yeasty and earthy smelling. that taste is so great, that this could actually get about a 12 on taste. this whole 750 ml bottle is mine, im not sharing it. :) has a very rich yeasty taste that has a nice little alcohol burn and carbonation laced within. this is a damn fine beer, and i must say, my new #1 favorite replacing dreadnaught and stone imp. this is the beer of all beers.
After drinking this multiple times since its been in NC, I feel that this beer has somewhat degraded in quality. It is still an amazing beer, but it no longer is my #1 beer. It is certainly close, but when they quit putting the cork in the bottle, it seems the taste changed alot.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 9, 2004
My first sampling of this brew in several years and I’m all atwitter! Cap and cork are removed and the prey is sighted, the creamy nodule of foam that peeks from the neck, waiting to escape from the green bottle and into a worthy glass, eager for my consumption. Cast in a gorgeous garnet color, cherry red, a sumptuous sight, the foam a lovely thing, all lace, all bubbly. Nose is velvety soft, angelic, sexy. This aroma is a herald to beer nirvana, beautifully yeasty, happily hoppy. I reel in orgiastic delight, sent from the ecstacy of it all. We sip, and the tastebuds are enticed, excited, set aflame, aglow, tossed back, and laid low...a graniloquent effect, indeed. Magnificent maltiness! Abundant fruitiness! A symphony of rich, rounded flavors rings loudly through all corners and corridors of mind, body, and soul. Sip after sip, a massive power sweeps over, wave after wave...magniloquent, effervescicant, scintillastic, etherealistic...I’m left inventing new words to truly transcibe such transcendence. Like soaking in happiness, trading in your every cell for burgundy bubbles and floating into unearthly ecstacy. The very thing to judge others of this style by, Does it flood the mouth with flavor? Does it devastate the senses? Damn, but this sure does!

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