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


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RATINGS: 1401   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 12, 2004
Aroma of spices, alcohol, fruit, gingerbread. Quite spicy. Apricots also seem to come out as it warms. Pours a cloudy orange-brown, thin head, large yeast floaties. Sweetness in the flavour, muted chocolate. Mustiness in the finish. The strength is in the smoothness. Well balanced, lively mouthfeel. Above average, but overrated at the 100th percentile.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lunkie (1486) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - MAY 10, 2004
Floral Armona with dark golden colour and wonderful head. Chocolate flavour with hints of malt and fruit.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - MAY 8, 2004
So this is the Rocs... Well well... Nice reddish amber color, very fine frothy white head. The nose is spicy and sweet. Same is the flavor, candied fruits too. The body and mouthfeel is mediocre i think, nothin special there... But the Rocs is a pretty cool beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 7, 2004
Bottle pours deep amber, a reddish copper color.   Head is off-white, large, and very frothy.   HUGE flakes of yeast floating about.   Super sticky lacing.   Cloves, corriander, candi-sugar, and spices on the nose.   Very inviting!   Up front I get a creamy mouthfeel, subtle hints of pitted fruit, cherries, slight caramel, a tad bit yeasty too.   Good body, good mouthfeel, but at the end I get a strange basement/musty aftertaste.   While not bad, I dont really look foward to the finish.   Still, its one to definitely seek out.   OH, and the 9% is very well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 5, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2004 Pours with amedium head, brown color with a lot of yeast sediment. Nice aroma of alcohol, burnt caramel and spices. Enjoyable flavors of alcohol, roastiness and spices. Great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kodos (205) - USA - MAY 4, 2004
Pours dark with a large long lasting head. Flavors are cherry, orange, sweet wine, slightly chocolatey, almost no evidence of alcohol. Just right. Finishes sweet with a slight mustiness. Overall highly recommended yet again!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Sammy (9072) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2004
A wine-like finishing beer. Excellent. One mate wanted more aftertaste. Orange brown. Complementing mix of Hops and malts and spicy cinammon works and worth paying for. Buy the right glass for this classic. Orange and candy sweetness. Alcohol basically hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
egajdzis (5436) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2004
065/759976... Poured a ruby color with a large off white head and lots of lacing. Yeasties floating around. Musty old dried fruits, caramel, red wine, and just a bit of alcohol in the aroma. Chocolate, caramel, and cherries taste had a soft mouthfeel. This was beautiful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 27, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2008 Bottle pours a clear cherry red with a monster head and cobweb lace. It looks great. The aroma is yeasty, malty, and fruity. Wow, the flavor is so well balanced. The flavor is vanilla, candy sugar, spice, light chocolate, and just perfect. The palate is cleansing and rich, but not anywhere near being sticky or thick; in fact, it is very refreshing - even at cellar temperature. The alcohol does not show in the flavor. Overall, this is one of the finest beers I had had the pleasure of tasting! I will get more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eczematic (1320) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - APR 27, 2004
a most agreeable odour. almond roca, vanilla, brandy, malt, candied orange peel. taste=mellow munich malt and sweet orange, finishing silkily with vanilla and more orange peel. sorry i couldnt get past the orange peel as you may have noticed. more similar to cointreau than beer. less fullbodied than i expected, but smooth and malty enough. maintains a delicate balance of orange and chocolate right throughout. not realllly what i hoped for, but motel assures me that every bottle he's had is completely different so i hope i get a slightly less orangey one next.

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