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


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RATINGS: 1527   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 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dorwart (2541) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 5, 2005
What a beautiful sight. Thin dense foam on top of the brew which lasts the duration. Great carbonation which keeps the surface a swirling turmoil of little eddies and bubbly hotspots. Sweet, fruity and spicey aroma. A hint of fertilizer in there also. Maybe some mango. Color is a dark burgubdy orange. Wow is this creamy in the mouth. The palate feels like the head looks but without feeling fizzy. Glides down super easy. Plenty of malts and dark fruit yet is not as thick as you might expect. Damn is it good though. Good alcohol warming. Finish is creamy smooth with a very slight tartness that give the brew a nice bite at the end. A top quality Belgian Strong. Prima!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2008 A Mes rate: 33cl bottle from The Bottle Stop.
Very light coloured for something called brune. More amber if you ask me. Aroma of raisins, plums, brown sugar and sweet roasty malt. Very nutty flavour. Plenty of malt and some fairly clear alcohol. Really nice sweet malty finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbabybeer (39) - langley, Washington, USA - JUN 1, 2005
33cl btl. This beer is great. Somewhat similar to rochefort 8 or 10, although this brew is a bit ’sharper’ with heavier carbonation that really fizzes up in the mouth. Wonderful complex flavor. Cheers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (7268) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2006 Rerate: I much preferred it this time, sweet and woody, this is very tasty stuff. Bumped it up a few points.
Bottle from HogTownHarry. Dark brown with a nice creamy head and lots of sediment. Subtle aroma of fruits, malt and a little spice. Smooth palate. Taste is very malty with little hops presence and not very spicy. Hides the alcohol well. A very good, pleasant beer but not in the leagues that it is currently rated at in my opinion.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 30, 2005
Dark brown color, cloudy and yeasty appearance. Medium brown head. Chocolate, alcohol, spices, sweetness in aroma, nice one. Medium to full bodied. Spices, chocolate, nice alcohol in flavor. Sweetness lasts with bitter aftertaste, also some alcohol comes up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HogTownHarry (6376) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2005 Bottle (330ml). My first case-by-consignment, my first rating. Would be 18/20 but the sediment ... oh, the sediment! Lovely lacy head (moderately active), rich and cloudy dark brown/amber colour, a hint of "cru" tartness in with the usual Belgian Flavour mélange. Not quite a Rochefort, but very very close.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 27, 2005
Bottle. Mirky dark brown pour. Sweet caramel malt aroma, with a much more pronounced citrus note than I was expecting. Bubble tan head as well. Initial mouthfeel is frothy over a medium body. Taste is sharp - strong malt sweetness and strong alcohol. Lots of pepper and spiciness abound in the middle and it finishes with a delicate hop touch. This is a very interesting beer that will probably reveal more to me each time I drink the few bottles I have just acquired. Thanks to Blankboy and Harry for hooking me up with a few of these.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2005
Deep ruby color, slightly cloudy - medium tan head. Light roasted aroma with hints of fruit. Nice chewy malts, smooth body, hints of apples, caramel, yeast, and other spices. Very very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MiP (15296) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2007 Bottle. Weak malty aroma. Brown colour, small head. Flavour is malty and slightly peppery. Pointy aniseed aftertaste. Good body, slightly swelling mouthfeel. Hint of liquorice aftertaste. Not as peppery (or as good) as I expected. 6 3 8 3 18

Bottle, 9%, BB 2006, last year. Very fruity aroma, dried fruits and a little coriander. Hazy brown colour, some floaties. Very small light brown head. The flavour is slightly sweet, has distinct coriander notes. Some alcohol bitterness, but OK rounded. 7 3 8 4 18

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1764) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAY 21, 2005
Pours reddish brown, with a tan head. Aromas of dark fruit, spice, sweet malt, and yeast. Flavor is spice, dark fruit , malt, and some yeast. Creamy body, that’s on the heavy side. Very nice, its hides the alcohol pretty well.

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