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


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RATINGS: 1430   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2004
Bottle (330ml). A dark rich ale with a huge, complex flavour profile. Plenty of fruit, caramel, and dark sugar. Very good, up there with the trappists.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 21, 2004
Deep copper in color with some larger particles in suspension but not really cloudy. Amazing aroma and flavour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 17, 2004
Poured a hazy copper-red with tons of rather nasty-looking yeast "floaties" and a dense, puffy light tan head. Very perfumey aroma with pepper and anise; the combination is reminiscent of a Saison. Perfumey notes are carried over into the flavor as are licorice and pepper. The body is floral and spicy, with a somewhat muddled fruitiness and leathery quality. Ethanol and apple peel finish the beer on a somewhat bitter note. This was certainly not what I expected, and a bit disappointing following the great Midnight Sun La Maitresse du Moine.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rlgk (12378) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 16, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2005 Dark amber/brown color. Hazy with yeast in it. Great lasting beige head. Aroma is wonderful from banana and some plums, malty with chocolate, vanilla, butter and toffee. Flavor is alittle less impressing. Fruity and sweet , vinous and with some spcies and hops. But also with malty touches. Hoppy finish. Great body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
WabashMan (1016) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUN 11, 2004
A very nice belgian strong. Good color and a long lasting, if not thick head. Very nice aroma, though not overpowering. Good flavor and a great, longlasting mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2004
Nice looking beer. Burgundy color with beige head. Aroma was a combination of plums, malt, brandy, raisins, and who knows what else. Nice mouthfeel with just the right fizz. Flavor was pleasant blend of sweet and spice and alcohol. Nice but not great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 10, 2004
Chill hazen rubyish brown, tall, lusciously thick and frothy ivory top adorns the top portion of the glass with a solid girth. Resides softly down to a hefty, always present skim, lacing in delicate whispy sheets. Aroma is of crispy pine notes, lemon rinds, tropical fruitiness, pale earthy wood and dirt, candyish melons and more fresh fruits. Quite an inticing nose, albiet, its soft, hardly overpowering in any sense, very subtle and pleasantly so. Taste is a wonderful array of tropical fruits, well rounded, lush, and full of candy-like fruitiness thats quite ripe, not sour, nice juices interminging across the palate. Banana, mango, dark orange, pineapple, grapes, and perhaps more to this fruit salad. It works its fruity magic for a good bit before the finish sneaks up bringing light wood pulp, hoppy herbal spice, and a super fine easy dryness. As well as some residual sugars and fruits lay way in the back late in the finish. Very fine mouthfeel, full, smooth, well rounded, with a fluffy carbonation thats biting and warm in just the right amount nearer the end, never uneven, and seems to almost thicken up as it goes, like a really nice chocolate. The drinkability is exceptionally enjoyable. A fruit laden wonderment with a complexing palate to say the least. Delicate yet brazen. Beholdingly gratifying...um...great stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2004
The overall effect on this beer is too sweet, it has something annoying and sickly tasting on the aftertaste. It is also watery and thin, 9% notwithstanding. It has an annoying "stealth" head that explodes over the side of the glass after the pour appears to be complete, and then pours all over the table, so be careful. It does look very nice once it has settled though. Overall, I just can’t agree that this brewery is worth its high reputation. It is in no way in the league of Westvleteren, Rochefort, or even St. Bernardus.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DomiNate (123) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 4, 2004
Foamy brown pour. Lot of settiment. Nice foamy head and great aroma. Delicious. Was a very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
desurfer (1245) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUN 4, 2004
Cloudy amber with a small head. Aroma is very yeasty and fruity, with the flavor being much of the same. There is a slight sourness that is pleasing. Great beer? Yes, but I’m not sure of its Top 50 status.

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