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


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RATINGS: 1509   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 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stew41 (1894) - Phuket, THAILAND - MAR 31, 2005
Whoa...100%er...amazingly just sitting on the shelf in my local gathering dust. Pours a big fat head early - nice. Medium brown, hazy, with all sorts of particules floating about. Powerful bouquet, reminds of a scotch ale, intimidating. Excellent in the palate, a great example of power welded nicely into a balanced, smooth, almost elegant structure. Sure it’s malt driven but never gets too sweet or cloying. Pretty hefty at 9% but you’d never know such is the balance. Leaves you wanting just a bit more obvious malt and alcohol kick but perhaps that’s the appeal of the beer in the first place.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 26, 2005
bottle. murky burgundy in appearance with a whole bunch of big yeast particles floating around. a fairly large thick head. I can smell this stuff from across the room, I think it’s probably the best aroma I have had the privilege of smelling. There is a very rich maltiness, dark fruit, and lots of yeast. oh sh*t, this is one tasty belgian! Rich complexity, lots of sweet maltiness, some notes of cheese, and perhaps a little bit of alcohol but not enough to suggest a 9% alcohol level. This is a very easy to drink belgian strong ale. medium bodied. I wish I had additional bottles of this glorious brew as it is truly amazing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bockyhorsey (2626) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 24, 2005
Pour was a lighter sharde of brown with a big chocolate head. Head remained though out the beer leaving lacing on the glass. The fermantation of the malts Ibelive is what gave this the sweet flavor. A the end the flavor seemed to be more of wine than beer which is good. Great beer glad my wife found this one for Turbo and myself.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - MAR 24, 2005
Poured caramel with a giant off white head and lacing that hangs in sheets on the glass. Aroma is sweet malt and fruit. Flavor is rich and malty banana,caramel with just a touch of alcohol at the finish. alcohol is well hidden Very, very good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GonZoBeeR (3042) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 22, 2005
Aroma:fruity and sugar.... Appearance:Red-brown good head.... Flavor:Fruity,sugar and beligan bitterness...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ERickey (9) - London, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2005 does not count
Pours a very attractive dark, golden-orange colour with a very long lasting beige head. It tastes slightly bitter, with hints of fruit and caramel throughout. Not bad overall.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAR 18, 2005
Nice brown color with a decent sized tan head. Aroma is raisins, malt and sweet figs. Taste is nicely carbonated with a medium body. Sweet, hell yeah. Taste a bit like sweet Georgia iced tea. I’d like to see this stuff in 33 cl bottles. Packs a hell of a wallop. A good beer but not Top 50 IMHO.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AshleysBar10dr (2) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - MAR 17, 2005 does not count
I think people are overrating this beer. The flavor is muddled by an unrefined wineyness that isn’t balanced with the other flavors present of sweet fruitiness. It is certainly above par for belgian ales, but many superior alternative exist.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - MAR 14, 2005
3/7/05. Poured out of 750 mL bottle, bought at Toronado in San Francisco, CA 9/4/04. 2000 Vintage. Deep red-orange in color, clear appearance with very active carbonation (fantastic for any beer, much less one that is going on 5 years old). Truly a great surprise after all these years. Aroma has a musty, dusty, aged and slightly woody quality. Faint sourness, lovely fruits and softness. Head is dense and uniform but fades really low; light tan. Deep, rich prune and raisin; wonderful medley of dried fruit. Beautiful soft body, medium-full with perfect carbonation. Finish dries up with faint tartness and almost dusty, chalky prunes, wonderfully dry with subtly roasty dark malt aon the back of the finish-- sits up nicely against the fruit. Black currant and chalky alcohol dust. A superb, superb beer. I’ve had this ’00 vintage three times (and this was my last bottle)-- I tried one back in September with FlipBrewerSF and some non-RB friends at the Toronado, and that bottle was so amazing (I told Flip I was going to rate it a 4.8, and he called it a 5.0) that I bought two more bottles to go. Now I wish I’d bought the whole lot of ’em. A second bottle that I brought to the GABF RB tasting wasn’t near as good but was still very enjoyable-- too fruity and sweet, but I’d have rated that something like a 4.0. I was nervous about this one, but it absolutely appeased my fears and has me yearning for other finely-aged des Rocs classics. No protein drop or sad signs of aging to speak of-- despite a soggy cork that looked ominous, this bottle opened with a pop and never let up or gave off anything undesirable. Simply delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wnp22 (698) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 13, 2005
Tasted in Toronto. Obtained from Plumpjacks in Noe San Francisco. Tasted in trappist glass, 750ml bottle. Appearance is muddy brown with a slight reddish hue, very opaque. Thin white sustained head. Nice looking - rustic. Estery aroma. Floral, fragrant with hints of apricot or peach, honey and spice. FLavour is well composed with a definite fruity consistency and backbone. Nice spicyness and sweetness. Very good indeed.

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