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


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RATINGS: 1515   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 15, 2005
much thanks to footbalm for sending me this brew.the drune poured a dark murky brown with loads of little "floaties" swimming about.i also was greeted with an inch and a half light brown head that took 5 minutes to start sitting down.as it did,it left a thick wall of webbing around my chimay glass.the aroma was a nice mixture of lemonade,earthy malts,spice,and salt.the flavor was super malty and smooth.containing a blend of sugar,wine,wood,lemonade,caramel,yeast,and brown sugar.the mouthfeel was semi thick,and stuck around after having a sip.this is very nice,and well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - APR 15, 2005
caramel, slightly sweet. But very SWEET. served in a tulip glass poured from bottle, the glass was fat, but the flavor was PHAT. not overwhelmingage at all,. but solid/.candy like.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Garrat (1326) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2005
From A Bottle.Colour is a ruby brown with a lasting small head, aroma is rich and full of yeast,alcohol and malt, taste is also rich with dark fruit,malt,alcohol and wood and a slight sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonsiii (165) - Fredericia, DENMARK - APR 6, 2005
It has a rouge color and a lasting head. The aroma is very fruity. Very good beer, which I will try again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - APR 5, 2005
Courtesy of Pailhead. Pours dark hazy orange/medium brown. Big dense head. Lots of sediment/floaties. Strong banana aroma and flavor with lots of yeast and some chocolate. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sigmund (6439) - Tau, NORWAY - APR 5, 2005
330 ml bottle, bought at Pivni Galerie, Prague. Murky brown colour with floaties, enormous lingering head. Strong fruity aroma (cherries, prunes) with notes of leather, caramel and oak, hints of barnyard. Flavour is intensely oaky and malty with notes of smoke, dried fruits and spices. Alcohol is evident. Moderate sweetness, bitter and oaky aftertaste. Not for beginners this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stew41 (1907) - 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 (2628) - 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!

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