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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: 1418   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 17, 2004
Poured a hazy copper-red with tons of rather nasty-looking yeast "floaties" and a dense, puffy light tan head. Very perfumey aroma with pepper and anise; the combination is reminiscent of a Saison. Perfumey notes are carried over into the flavor as are licorice and pepper. The body is floral and spicy, with a somewhat muddled fruitiness and leathery quality. Ethanol and apple peel finish the beer on a somewhat bitter note. This was certainly not what I expected, and a bit disappointing following the great Midnight Sun La Maitresse du Moine.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rlgk (12025) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 16, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2005 Dark amber/brown color. Hazy with yeast in it. Great lasting beige head. Aroma is wonderful from banana and some plums, malty with chocolate, vanilla, butter and toffee. Flavor is alittle less impressing. Fruity and sweet , vinous and with some spcies and hops. But also with malty touches. Hoppy finish. Great body.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
WabashMan (1016) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUN 11, 2004
A very nice belgian strong. Good color and a long lasting, if not thick head. Very nice aroma, though not overpowering. Good flavor and a great, longlasting mouthfeel.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2004
Nice looking beer. Burgundy color with beige head. Aroma was a combination of plums, malt, brandy, raisins, and who knows what else. Nice mouthfeel with just the right fizz. Flavor was pleasant blend of sweet and spice and alcohol. Nice but not great.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 10, 2004
Chill hazen rubyish brown, tall, lusciously thick and frothy ivory top adorns the top portion of the glass with a solid girth. Resides softly down to a hefty, always present skim, lacing in delicate whispy sheets. Aroma is of crispy pine notes, lemon rinds, tropical fruitiness, pale earthy wood and dirt, candyish melons and more fresh fruits. Quite an inticing nose, albiet, its soft, hardly overpowering in any sense, very subtle and pleasantly so. Taste is a wonderful array of tropical fruits, well rounded, lush, and full of candy-like fruitiness thats quite ripe, not sour, nice juices interminging across the palate. Banana, mango, dark orange, pineapple, grapes, and perhaps more to this fruit salad. It works its fruity magic for a good bit before the finish sneaks up bringing light wood pulp, hoppy herbal spice, and a super fine easy dryness. As well as some residual sugars and fruits lay way in the back late in the finish. Very fine mouthfeel, full, smooth, well rounded, with a fluffy carbonation thats biting and warm in just the right amount nearer the end, never uneven, and seems to almost thicken up as it goes, like a really nice chocolate. The drinkability is exceptionally enjoyable. A fruit laden wonderment with a complexing palate to say the least. Delicate yet brazen. Beholdingly gratifying...um...great stuff!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2004
The overall effect on this beer is too sweet, it has something annoying and sickly tasting on the aftertaste. It is also watery and thin, 9% notwithstanding. It has an annoying "stealth" head that explodes over the side of the glass after the pour appears to be complete, and then pours all over the table, so be careful. It does look very nice once it has settled though. Overall, I just can’t agree that this brewery is worth its high reputation. It is in no way in the league of Westvleteren, Rochefort, or even St. Bernardus.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DomiNate (123) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 4, 2004
Foamy brown pour. Lot of settiment. Nice foamy head and great aroma. Delicious. Was a very nice beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
desurfer (1244) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUN 4, 2004
Cloudy amber with a small head. Aroma is very yeasty and fruity, with the flavor being much of the same. There is a slight sourness that is pleasing. Great beer? Yes, but I’m not sure of its Top 50 status.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Betty (235) - Walgett, NSW, AUSTRALIA - JUN 2, 2004
Amazing beer. Can’t fault it. Thanks to Motelpogo for the oppurtunity! We’re using recultured yeast from it right now for a stout homebrew and it’s working really well. The beer is way malty and classy caramel for real and belgian chocolate all over the place. One of the best I’ve had.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 31, 2004
Pours a hazy ruby-amber color, topped by a light brown head, that is raised to a three-finger thickness by a solid carbonation. Interesting, almost wine like aroma, joined by notes of tannin, apricot, sweet herbs, musty cellars, dust, and a spicy peppery note. There is quite a complex nose on this beer. The taste is lightly sweet, fruity, with perhaps a hint of sherry. The fruity notes are reminiscent of sour plum and apricot. Quite a bit of musty cobweb type notes going on here as well. Complex tasting, definitely a bit aged, as this is showing bits of oxidation around the edges, nothing harmful yet, it just adds to the maltiness and complexity of this brew.


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