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


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RATINGS: 1387   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - APR 18, 2004
Did not enjoy this as much as other Belgian Strongs. I thought it was true to type I found the mustiness off setting. Did not enjoy the fizzy mouth feel,

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 13, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2006 Poured clear with the yeast all clinging to the bottle. Fizzy big bubbles in the head settled to a thin layer of foam. Spicy (cinnamon, nutmeg), woody, toffee, chocolate and slightly oxidised (though it was BB2006) aroma. Light, almost thin body with a corresponding drier, less malty flavour than many big Belgians. This makes a really nice change, however, and works beautifully with the spiciness and dark fruit flavours. A bit too fizzy in the mouth for mine. Somewhat reminiscent of (though not as good as) aged Chimay Bleu, but far superior to fresh Chimay Bleu. Overall great, though I suspect this bottle was a bit oxidised.
RR: Yep, this stuff is the bizness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 12, 2004
Poured a nice dark brown, with a medium tan head. Absolutely full of flavor of caramel and chocolate. A great aroma also. Pumped to hear the rating is this high.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2004
Big bottle with cap over a cork. Lots of lime and grapefruit in the bouqet. Same flavors are stepped up on first sip. Kind of like a more polished trois pistoles? Will have to do a sidebyside comparison sometime.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jutuahol (189) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - APR 6, 2004
Bottled @ Helsinki Beer Festival 2004
Darkbrown, huge head that mostly lasts. Nose is fruity, aromatic, spicy and smooth. Full and smooth body. Flavor is herbs, some licorice, a bit dry. Nice Belgian overall!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jsquire (3553) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2004
This poured a dark amber out of the bottle with a thin, off-white head that crackled as it bubbled. Nose of current, raisen and dark bread. I started drinking this too cold and was initially disappointed. I left it on the counter to warm up and it just bloomed to life. Creamy toffe and butterscotch notes with dark plum, cherry, raisen and some breadiness. Simply delicious.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (12992) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 4, 2004
Bottled, BB 2006 (Helsinki Beer Festival 2004)
Dark copper brown. Brown/beige head, which stays forever. Aroma is fruity, even parfumic: very unique. Taste is leather and malts. Smells better than tastes!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
skaughty (647) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 1, 2004
UPDATED: APR 30, 2004 Bottled, served in St. Alexandre pub in Quebec City. Why would this not be considered the "Grand Cru", as it is the superior of two fairly similar fantastic belgian strong ales. Poured a medium brown with a burgundy shimmer, and a minimal (yet lasting) head. The aroma was strong, with cloves being the distinctive in the nose. The flavor is primarily caramel, with sweetness, tartness and mustiness all perfectly in balance. Smooth finish, with a touch of alcohol kick, but not severe enough to significantly diminish this gem.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hansen (6878) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAR 29, 2004
Well, its good, but not that good. Aroma of spices and citrus. Flavor too bitter, not enough malt/bread.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 27, 2004
Very nice red/brown ale, tall head, cream good lacing. Plenty of floaties. Smell: Alcohol, citrus, burnt marshmallow, prune, caramel. Taste: sweet, slight chocolate, dry beer. Great beer.

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