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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: 1452   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 19, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2005 Thanks to matt_dinges for a bottle of this. Pours hazy dark amber with a huge off white head. The head retention and lacing are incrediable. Large yeast flakes are present floating in the beer. The dark color and the masses of floating flakes kind of took away from the appearance, but the giant head, lacing, and head retention were outstanding. Aroma is of orange and a strong red wine. The malts dominate this beer giving it a thick mouthful. The flavor of this is similar to a heavy red wine, as well as having a spicey orange taste. Pineapple, plum, and fig were also noticable in the flavor. This beer finishes rather dry leaving you wanting another sip. This was a really heavy beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 18, 2004
Dark red colour with nice off white head. Lovely sweet malty aroma with some liqourice and caramel. Flavor has some sweet fruityness and a nice low key bitter finish.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 7, 2004
Pours a deep, dark amber color into my goblet and creates a very thick off white head. Aroma is complex, very malty, estery and earthy. Taste is also rich and earthy. It is spicy, with a hint of nutmeg. It gets better as it warms. A swirl in the mouth wakes up every point of the palate. Mouthfeel is thick and coating, a bit syrupy. Warms as it goes down, light alcohol finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2005 Light burgundy. Beautiful color. The head is big, thick and creamy. I have been smelling this for the last 10 minutes without tasting it at all. I am truly in awe. Oranges, caramel, cherries and freshly chopped soaked wood along with some grainy notes and a citrus kick. 15 minutes later, I am ready to move on to the next step. This is a lovely tasting beer. It’s quite odd really. Chocolate, caramel, cherries, plums, oranges, wood and oranges are all present but are dominated by plum pit notes. The bitterness at the end is well taken. The 9% is noticeable but not offensive. The sweet malt and candy aspects of this beer is amazing considering that no sugars were used at all. Vintage 1987: Kulminator - Antwerpen Aroma: 4.5 Appearence: 4.5 Taste: 5.0 Drinkability: 5.0 Mouthfeel: 5.0

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2004
the alcohol seemed to be more noticeable then i’d expected from what i read on this belgian. was quite good though, sweet with hints of dark fruits and toffe/caramel. really enjoyed this brew, glad to have a few lying around waiting for me.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harvey (40) - Milano, ITALY - SEP 27, 2004
Good head of long persistence, dark amber colour. Spicy (cinnamon?) aroma with some caramel, complex enough anyway. Taste is very complex too, with notes of caramel, ruhm, cherries under spirit. Hops very evident in the dry finish.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - SEP 21, 2004
75cl bottle, no BBD date, but had gold "world championship beer" medal in lower right corner as the one pictured does. Chunky pour, massive tan head. Smells like Fruit-Loops. Insane nose. Spicy flavor, ginger, sweet, witha bit of a bite. All kinds of fruit and malt. Full bodied and sweetish, but lusciously so. Better than the Gran Cru, IMO...but the chunks were noticeable at times on my palate.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2004
Brown/Red Coloring. Good Head. Badgerben Smelled Toffee in Aroma...My Sinus’ Were of Little Help. Some Pepper, Herbs...Little Bit of Alcohol. Overall Very Tasty!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4608) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2004
Pours a dark brown color with a medium head. Hints of toffee in the nose along with some root-like character. Good chocolate, malt, and herbal taste. Hides the alcohol incredibly well. Very tasty!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
henrik (41) - Århus, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2004
Aroma: Yeast and roasted barley. Lots of carbonation responsible for chunks of yeast floating around in the glass. Very complex taste. Some hops in the warm and lasting finish. Deserves further exploration.


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