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


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RATINGS: 1382   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
diabel (1608) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - MAR 7, 2004
Fizzy, light brown head, which is fairly lacing and mostly lasting. Hazy brown body. Malty aroma. Lightly sweet and moderately bitter initial flavour. Lightly sweet and moderately bitter finish, average long. Oily texture, soft mouthfeel. Great by it's simplicity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 3, 2004
Slightly surprising soapy aroma hit me at first, but then the sweetness of some chocolate and fruit took over. Really warm brown with ruby moments and an almost barleywine-like feel to the mouthful. Sweet with some chocolate and caramel and perhaps even a little nuttiness too. Sort of port-like finish which some may not like as much but which suited me fine...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sayravai (4673) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2005 (Re-rate, 0.33l bottle) Very nice, deep, dark red color with a large head and lots of big yeast particles on the bottom. Extremely malty, sweetish and toffeeish, raisiny, rye-pudding aroma, even sweet-imperial-stoutish and port-wineous. The flavor is extremely malty, sweetish, almond-liqueourish, quite bitter-hoppy. Port-wineous, liqueourish - but pleasantly so, full of rye-pudding and spices (orange peel, licorice, etc.), plus a hefty fruitiness. The palate is quite full-bodied, warming, somewhat foamy-carbonated and sweet - but bitter. Some alcohol can be felt, but it’s definitely not dominating the flavor. An excellent, full-bodied, yeasty, very malty and tasty brew. Succeeds nicely in combining scotch ale, abbey dubbel and imperial stout. This must be the brew to die for, if well aged! (0,75l bottle, was 6-4-7-4-14=3.5) Nice, murky, dark amber color with medium head. Sour, slightly sweet aroma. Quite alcoholic, sweetish flavor. Soft and full-bodied palate. A good brew for/with dessert, but a slight disappointment considering what I had read from others.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 25, 2004
gorgeous head lasts forever; lively, whop-a-tula aroma for those of you that know the smell: fruity, citrusy, and quite alcoholic; MMMMMM, wonderful, silky and a little tart, hints of trail mix sweet nuttiness; my, simply, what a fine Belgian.....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 23, 2004
2004 SE Ratebeer Gathering. Flavor reminds me of a fruity champagne. Pours a cludy brownish red with a lasting head. Very warming alcohol presence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2012 Dark brown colour with lots of sediment in spite of careful pouring and the useage of the correct glass. Smell is of roasted fruit but also hints of raw meat. The taste is also a mixture of very drinkable sugary deep red fruit, but again a hint of something not quite right (again meaty). The bottle was BBE2006 and was carefully stored so I do question whether there is something wrong in this case. Should be interested in trying this beer again in view of its huge reputation. Score 3.3
Subsequent rating scored 3.6. Average becomes 3.4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlimJimDrinker (115) - Nørrebronx, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2004
smoky fruit. mild with a sweet full body complete a light, complex beer. Slightly bitter

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VAYankee (332) - Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2004
Dark reddish-brown body with a nice beige head. Beautiful strong aroma characterized by caramel, light fruit, faint alcohol, and faint yeastiness. Complex sugary flavor (fruit, yeast and caramel malt blend). Aftertaste is of mild chocolate, cherry and alcohol bite. Very impressive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeMcPhee (8530) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2004 33 cl bottle, BB 2006 Dark brown beer with great looking tan-coloured head. Cloudy in appearance but yeast is strangely flocculant, with large clumps throughout the beer. Rich yeasty smell with nice fruity esters, raisins, dried fruit, and chocolate. Taste is also fruity and herbaceous on the front, with some sweet caramel in the middle before a long bitter chocolate and coffee finish. This beer tastes awesome, and except for that yeast thing, one of my new favourites.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Crockett (1010) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 4, 2004
Cloudy, big pillowy head. Dark red brown pour. Sweet yeasty berry aroma, lots of alcohol. Very Boozey. Faint chocolate/toffee/banana/caramel. Roasted malts. Slightly bitter. Beautiful mouth-feel. Creamy. Did I say boozey. Very Belgian. Very Good!

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