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


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RATINGS: 1520   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 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 (15264) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2005
750 ml bottle. Clear reddish orange in color with a nice fluffy tan head. Fruity candied sugar aroma. Grape and plum. Smooth and creamy. Malty. Lasting malt flavors. Full bodied. Sweet tasting. Excellent tasting beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2005
750 ml. Clear brownish orange, nice fluffy tan head. Some escaped from the bottle when the cap was removed. Candied fruit aroma. Oranges, strawberry, rasberry, grape, plumb. This one has a great yeast character. Smooth and light on the palate with big lasting malty flavors. Sweet malts linger without being sticky. Absolutely delicious. I could drink bottle after bottle of this in one sitting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2005
750ml bottle: Mostly opaque brownish amber body with many large particles and a large dark tan head that lasts. Aroma of flowers, lemon, honey, sweet malt, very mild funky (close to but not barnyard), salty hops, raisins, yeast, caramel. Lively carbonation, medium bodied, wet, mildly acidic. Taste is very complex: spicy stale hops, honey, chocolate, plum, grapes, raisins, straw, grains, pepper, apple, orange rind, mild lemon, old wood, maple tree sap, sour yeast, retronasal citrus/hops notes, and mild barnyard. Finishes moderately dry with spicy/floral hop notes and a sticky malt sweetness coating the mouth and lips.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Terminus (3561) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 16, 2005
bottle-pours a hazy amber hue with a small off-white head. big caramel apple, cinammon, slight funk aroma that was fantastic! very well balance of estery brett chracter, spices, candy sugar, and belgian spicing. Great balance! This is a 750 i could drink by myself. this beer has great complexity that would change over the course of a bottle. I really like this!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dbx540 (19) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 13, 2005
Ups - should have waited a couple of days before opening it, it sprayed all over. But I caught the most of it. Its not as nuanced as I would have expected, but its lovely. Im very fond of its powerful palate.

   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.

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