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

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RATINGS: 1364   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
The Etruscan (528) - Tuscany, ITALY - JAN 17, 2004
Beige creamy head. Dark copper-brown color. Aroma is fruit with apricot and light alcohol notes. Flavor is fruity too (raisins) with a few caramel notes, ending in a fruity and slightly caramelise finish. Medium bodied.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 16, 2004
Aroma leaps from the bottle upon uncorking: honey, apple, characteristic belgian spiciness. Spumescent head, well retained. Brilliant amber-red. Some suspended globules of yeast, mostly due to my own less-than-careful handling. Caramel, honey sweetness, slight roast, tart fruit flavors. VERY drinkable, 9% alcohol barely makes its presence known (until about 3/4 of the way through the bottle!). Perfectly balanced. Medium-full body with a very fine carbonation, fairly low for the style. I could drink this every day.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JAN 9, 2004
Chestnut color with a beige head. The taste is sweet and fruity with notes of yeast

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2004
Pours an almost clear amber witha thick head that settled down quickly. Has huge yeast sediment chunks floating everywhere in the glass. Aroma is a strong fruity one with hints of plums that also is a bit musty smelling. Mouthfeel is full and smooth with a nice crisp effervescent feel. Flavor is much like the aroma. Fruity and malty with a nice yeasty flavor as well. Alcohol is unnoticable in both aroma and flavor. Overall a fine Belgian ale.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2004
Beautiful beige head on a clear dark amber coloured body. Sweet nose of fruit, rye and some citrus. Flavors are fruit, rye, oranges. A little bitter aftertaste with a nice alcohol note. A smooth and delicious beer!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2004 Deep amber body and fading beige head. Fantastic, indulgent smell of dark fruits, cherries, and spice. Flavor includes hints of raisins, leather, and burnt caramel. This is an ultra-smooth and heavenly concoction. I've never had a better beer.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (4566) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 19, 2003
smells like chocholate raspberries or cherries. Has a great bubbly taste and especially aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2003
Burgundy color with a tan head. Yeasty nose, slightly sweet, with apples, pepper, coriander. Lightly sweet flavor, spicy, too effervescent, some rich roasted malt flavor, some dry bitterness at the end.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 12, 2003
Fruity, Crown Royal/SoCo aroma. Dry, crushed velvet mouthfeel. A lot of soft cranberry, blackberry and some vinous flavors, balanced by deep malty thickness and subtle cocoa. Didn't note any coffee flavors however.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jercraigs (7812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2006 Re-Rate March 2006. Bottle approximately a 6-12 months old. Brown body with a massive beige head. Sweet aroma with fruity caramel and brown sugar, raisins and dark fruit. Sweet flavour with just enough dry fruity alcohol to offset the sugary caramel sweetness. Surprisingly quaffable smooth medium palate leaves the mouth tingly from the alchol. Quite pleasant. 8/4/9/4/18<P> Re-Rate 1/15/04: Second bottle I took extra care to settle out the sediment, even sacrificing a bit of the beer to do so, and it was a bit better than the last one. I bumped my flavour rating up one. Still a bit underwhelmed by this one. 6/3/8/3/17<P> First rating: Aroma is slightly fruity and malty, with notes of alcohol. Body is a hazy dark brown and red with some protein floaties. May not be in prime condition. Flavour is dark and malty with some fruit and the slightest undercurrent of alcohol. A very nice beer, but a bit of a dissappointment. I have a second bottle in the fridge so I will have to see if it is the same.


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