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


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RATINGS: 1512   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hawkshadow (107) - Rural Retreat, Virginia, USA - MAY 11, 2005
Not my favorite Rocs. But still good. This 750ml bottle was heavy with protien globbies. Poured rich brown, thick tan head. Aroma is distinctly Rocs (I’m assuming it’s their yeast) malty richness. Taste is smooth but nothing exciting. I will re-rate when I can find a more clear bottle.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2005
Bottle. Pours with big lumps of yeast. Large head with good retention. Metallic aroma. The flavor is rather complex with chocolate, dried fruit and alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - MAY 7, 2005
Beautiful dark belgian appearance with tons of floaties. Taste is of dark fruit and brown sugar. Lush palate with the right carbonation. Spices- especially cinnamon. Not as complex as I would like. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - MAY 3, 2005
Dark amber with a creamy foamy head.The aroma from this is every bit as wonderful as Westy 8 or St. B 12.Luscious aromas of dark exotic fruits ie overipe bananas and aromatic spices.Not as thick as some of the Big Belgians but every bit as tasty.The Belgians strains of yeast are incredibly complex in flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2005
Light brown with red highlights and a billowing tan head, this ale also had an abundance of yeast residue drifting about throughout the course of the drink. The aroma is sweet toffee with dried fruits and a dose of alcohol. The flavor is sweet and malty with brown sugar, raisins, some slight smokiness, and alcohol. The finish is a long, dry alcoholic one. I like this beer and all seven of its malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 23, 2005
Hazy reddish brown with a fluffy light brown head. Deep complex aroma of caramel, toffee, figs, flowers and raisin. Sweet malty flavour of toffee, caramel, flowers, peaches, apricot and raisin. Full sweet mouthfeel. Long full aftertaste of lihgt chocolate, toffee and figs. Damn good beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 16, 2005
Pours a cloudy dark orange with yeasties all over. Aroma is dry, estery, and alcoholic. Tastes of sweetness and fruity esters up front, and of course yeast. Spices in the background contribute some bitterness. Nice tartness works well to offset the alcohol. Texture is sticky and coating. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 15, 2005
much thanks to footbalm for sending me this brew.the drune poured a dark murky brown with loads of little "floaties" swimming about.i also was greeted with an inch and a half light brown head that took 5 minutes to start sitting down.as it did,it left a thick wall of webbing around my chimay glass.the aroma was a nice mixture of lemonade,earthy malts,spice,and salt.the flavor was super malty and smooth.containing a blend of sugar,wine,wood,lemonade,caramel,yeast,and brown sugar.the mouthfeel was semi thick,and stuck around after having a sip.this is very nice,and well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - APR 15, 2005
caramel, slightly sweet. But very SWEET. served in a tulip glass poured from bottle, the glass was fat, but the flavor was PHAT. not overwhelmingage at all,. but solid/.candy like.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Garrat (1325) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2005
From A Bottle.Colour is a ruby brown with a lasting small head, aroma is rich and full of yeast,alcohol and malt, taste is also rich with dark fruit,malt,alcohol and wood and a slight sweet finish.

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