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


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RATINGS: 1326   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluevegie (3042) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 30, 2003
Spice, apricots, chocolate, caramel, alcohol all this and more in my first belgian strong ale, takes a little getting used to but I am sure I will get to like the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 16, 2003
I was expecting to be swept off my feet with this world class rated beer, but I never really began to hover? ** The appearance is a deep controlled burgundy, with an initial off white fizzy head, however a few minuets later, I was stunned to find no indication of lacing at all. The Abbaye des Rocs had a rich toasty malt flavor, very acidic, like a cabernet wine, also, yeasty, something reminded me of an aged brandy. The alcohol is somewhat noticeable throughout the drinking experience, and I was picking up on some fruity notes like apricots. The finish was dry, reminiscent of brute champagne, a fine beer but not one that swept me away and sent me to Oz.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jayb0 (984) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - AUG 14, 2003
Deep red, foamy, lingering head. Aroma is perfumy and spicy, cinnamon, clove, ginger, vanilla. Creamy, sweet and malty in the mouth, great mix of fruit and caramel, sour underpinnings layered with a firm sweetness. Finishes soft with no off flavors. Alcohol is surprisingly subtle. Great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 5, 2003
Ruby-dark and rich. Intense aromas of wood, fruity sweetness and a slight tobacco note. The woodiness continues into the flavor, which is mostly sweet and malty, and bursting with fruit: cherries, raspberries and a little citrus, with flashes of warming alcohol. Long-developing finish, with tangy hops balancing the delicious fruitness. A great slow-sipping beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bierkoning (9836) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUL 30, 2003
Aroma has anis, orange and peach. Fairly hopbitter and very fruity flavor. In fact lots of tropical fruit, anis and vanilla. Some tartness. The alcohol can be noticed, but is not too apparent. Lovely, high quality beer that will probably suit most beer drinkers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
winterlager (101) - Orchard Park, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2003
Nice reddish amber color, Rich sweet aroma, Lots of sweet fruit tastes with a chocolate taste. I think this is a little more bitter then the Grand Cru.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drinkbeer (281) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - JUL 18, 2003
aroma of citrus and alcohol. Looks like butterscotch. sweet at first, but then bitterness appears around tongue. I wasn't used to strong ales being this hopped. Good, but I've had better.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUL 10, 2003
HUGE head on this bad boy...a light beige/orange hue. Aroma was of yeast and gingerbread....very welcoming! Flavor wasnt as complex as I was expecting, just sweet grapes and berries with a nice yeastiness....more alcohol came out as it warmed. A very smooth finish. This is a world class beer, well made, well balanced, this beer defines the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUL 10, 2003
Bottle, at long last. Reminds me somewhat of Orval. HIGHLY yeasty, which compliments a large palate of fruits, most notably grapes, cherries, and a tad bit of citric flavor. Apart from this, I get lots of caramel and a bit of chocolate. Maybe some wheatiness as well, but it could be my imagination as there is so much going on here! A hair too acidic in the nose that doesn't get reflected in the flavor. Nicety.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2003
Beautiful. Long lasting, dense, light brown head. Unclear red-brown colour. Great aroma; rum, fruit (raisins), spices (ginger, liqourice, coriander), christmas! Soft, medium to full palate. Taste is sweet with a long bitter(liqourice-like)-dry finish

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