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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: 1431   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.


4.4
   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.

4.6
   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.

5
   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!

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ross (2120) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 6, 2004
Poured beautiful amber brown with nice lasting tan head...the floaties have got to go...an earlier post said as cool as it may be I don’t like shit floating either...I kept on thinking one of my idiot friends ashed a cigarette in there...a great beer to mark 100...ordered this and was qutie surprised that I needed a wine key for it...aroma of malt and I guess orange juice...dates and citrus in the taste...a little bitterness which masks the alcohol superbly...wow...the floaties...Jesus...

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bu11zeye (12109) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2004
(750ml Bottle) Pours a dark amber with many yeast floaties and a huge beige head. Aroma of toffee, nuts, yeast, dates, and butterscotch. Flavors of sweet malt, plums, caramel, and dates. Great beer!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LiamPatrick16 (124) - Montgomery, New York, USA - JUL 10, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2004 what a great beer. spent 10 days in italy and this was my favorite beer i had over there. Nice full head if i recall correctly. Great flavor and consistency. If i rembered this beer was good after my trip it must have been.

4.5
   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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Boutip (5033) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 12, 2004
Bottle: Poured a dark brown beer with a huge foamy head with good retention. Incredible amount of yeast is contained at the bottom of the glasses and I decided to pour those in my glass. Aroma of roastiness mix with some nice fresh sweet fruit (Apricot/peach) creates quite an incredible combination. Taste is quite complex as it start with some sweet flavour and then roastiness come aboard and ends with a subtle bitterness coming straight from the hops. Wow! Almost up there with the Rochefort/Westy 8.

4.6
   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.


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