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

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RATINGS: 1342   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05   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.


4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2003
Sparkling ruby with a beautiful beige head. The aroma is quite simply outstanding. Orange, plum, chcoclate,and a musty yeastiness. The flavor is equally as outstanding. Cherry, choclate, other fruits. Sweet up front then develops into semi-dry alcohol tinged finish. Smooth full body. The flavors linger for a good long while. An excellent brew!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
haddon90 (1439) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2003
Hazy ruby/copper color. Lasting tannisth frothy head. Aroma full of fruit, citrus, and a hint of chocolate. Complex taste. Chocolate, some cherries maybe? Definitely some caramel as well. Great quality ale. Nice sweet lingering aftertaste. A must have!!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sloth (2454) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - NOV 24, 2003
Large tan/offwhite head, lasting. Clear reddish/copper color, good lookin brew! Citrusy, fruity nose, somewhat earthy and and malty. Full/medium body, good mouthfeel. Citrus, caramel and vanilla notes with a touch of alcohol too boot. Finish is medium sweet. Thanks Bierbauch!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2003
Poured a hazy reddish brown, frothy overflowing head, great lacing. An abundance of flavors - predominately chocolate, licorice caramel and fruit - especially cherries. A certain person at the table noted that this really "blossomed" as it warmed. Great quality, but I was more impressed by their Grand Cru - had more depth of flavor. I have another of these, I'll try it again and re-rate if necessary.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrRomero (1974) - Nolanville, USA - NOV 10, 2003
750 ml bottle from In't Spinnekopke, Brussels, Belgium. Caramel colored and highly carbonated. My bottle was served in a wine bucket and opened in front of me. I was told to let it cool for a few minutes but the beer was slowly coming out of the bottle. I had to have it before I had nothing left. This beer is wonderful. Caramel colored with a thick fluffy, long lasting head. Has a yeasty aroma. Warm, it has a slight sourness to it. Colder, it tends to be more sweet and fruity. Available for take out.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 5, 2003
Great looking beer with solid 3/4 inch head throughout the entire time I had it. Sweet fruity, chocolate aroma. Sweet malt flavor and subtle bitter finish. I was shocked to see it's 9%. Well hidden.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 3, 2003
Pours amber/ruby, with a thin off white head, lacing. High levels of carbonation, and I happened to get some floaties (same bottle as Buck, don't think it'll hurt me.) A nice and pleasant nose of fruits (mostly plum or raisin.) Sweet malt flavors, some more fruit (more raisin.) Nice smooth palate, finishing slightly tart. Nice, can't wait for the grand cru up next.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 3, 2003
Pours dark ruby brown color with nice carbonation, head and lacing. There is lots of yeast in this one and some large chunks floating around. Aroma is mild with light hints of raisin, plum and hops. Flavor is lightly sweet & slightly tart, alcohol is detectable but pretty well hidden. This is a well balanced belgian strong with some great hidden complexities and smooth flavors.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CEZ (397) - Milano, ITALY - OCT 30, 2003
Wonderful deep amber colour, generous and lasting head which leaves a beautful lace on the glass. High carbonation. Aroma is really strong and sweet with cherries and caramel, but with a distinct spicy and yeasty note. When you taste it, it almost immediately reveals a subtle almond bitterness to complement the sweet malt texture. The finish is almost dry. The result is an impressive, majestic, yet easily drinkable brew, as it never gets cloying. Body is full and creamy. Very long finish. Just as good (or almost as good) as Westvleteren, and much cheaper...

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - OCT 30, 2003
Pours deep dark amber with a brilliant medium beige head. Perfect retention. Great aroma, initially i get apricots, mangos, honey and candy (fairy floss?). After that theres all sorts, raisins, vanilla, citrus (orange?) and a *touch* of alcohol and chocolate. Smooth soft medium mouthfeel. My first few mouthfulls were just like the commercial description, chocolate, malty caramel and a hint of cherries. Its very well balanced, you can tell theres bitterness behind there but it doesnt really show up. As I got further into it i tasted some tropical fruit drink too, and a hint of yeasty spice in the aftertaste. ABV masked very well. Certainly interesting stuff.


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