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


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RATINGS: 1483   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2005
This beer is nearly the same as Westmalle Dubbel. There is 2% more alcohol, aroma of sweet fruits instead of brown sugar, and a bit hoppier taste with this beer. Poured in Corsendonk tulip glass, medium brown liquid, large beige head dissipates slowly. Large, plump yeasties to float, then to sink. Aroma is terrific, reminds me of Westy 12, fruity and sweet. Looks great and is easy to drink; alcohol content is masked completely. Tastes good, maybe somewhat spicy at first, but has a somewhat dry finish with hops, not just deducting one point off the flavor, but two. Overall, not a bad beer at all. 33cl bottle, direct from Belgium, no government warning, some numbers along the right side of the label, but none seemed to be marked in any manner. No other dates indicated. Sampled while chilled up to room temperature.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2005
GABF 2004, in somebody’s hotel room. An enjoyable Belgian Strong. Malt from the beginning of the pour to the last sip. The cherry, apricot and chocolate flavors swam beneath the bready malt that fills the mouth. Finish is smooth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2005
Amazing aroma of apricots and plums, some bread. Thick creamy, velvet head. Flavor was full of fruits like apricots, maybe apples, that were awashed in a light medley of spices and bitterness. All the different fruit flavors ebbed in and out. Very complex, fruity tastes. finishes much the same. Outstanding. This is truly an above par belgian.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
clutchrogers (90) - Broussard, Louisiana, USA - JAN 16, 2005
33cl bottle, imported from belgium via suitcase. hazy purpleish colo, with tan head. complex aromas of malt, chcolate, dark fruits, orange, red grapes, caromel,and wood smoke. flavors are like chocolate fondue with a plethora of fruits. orange, plum, peach, grape and apple. fruit liquor flavors sublty balanced with hop bitterness. very meaty beer. some roast malt bitterness and smoke. awsome beer. belgians amaze me with the balance they get with their beers

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hotstuff (4645) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 14, 2005
Bottle. Marked best before end of 2007. A lot of sediment in the bottom of this bottle. Poured a huge ivory head that mostly diminished, fair lacing, fine-small sized bubbles, carbonated, cloudy, yeasty, and an orange brown hue. Aroma was wonderful-malty, caramel, sweet, and some fruityness. The flavor was rich and extremely delicious-sweet, malty, caramel, somewhat dry, and vinous but not overly so. Tingly mouthfeel. All-in-all extremely quaffable and a great beer to enjoy on a Friday evening. If you enjoy a good BSA, this is a must try IMMHO. I hope to have this one again sometime soon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2005
Shame on me for neglecting my Belgian ales....boy was this a good one to get me back on the wagon. Light reddish brown pour with a rich head. One of the best aromas I’ve experienced in some time-plum, fruity hops, alcohol, mandarin orange, light cocoa. Mouthfeel is smooth and the flavor fills the mouth showing it’s alcohol, sweet pale malts, pear, peach - sweet, fruity, long flavours. Very, very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JAN 3, 2005
Poured light red/burgundy with a with a creamy off-white head that never completely dissipated. Aroma is apples, grapes, and cinamon. Taste is of smooth sweetness, grapes, and pears with a dry finish. A truly world-class belgian.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - JAN 3, 2005
ruby amber color with lots of big yeasty chunks. lots of fizz in the body. creamy medium size head that is light tan/off-white. short lasting with a short dense layer of lacing. aroma is candi sugar, caramel, raisin, pear, light yeast & lightly toasted malt. very faint alcohol aroma, like an aged whiskey. flavor is lightly dry and sweet, starts a little doughy/bready and hoppy, then is sweet like caramel/toffee, pear, slight banana, and dark cherry/raisin. creamy mouthfeel and very fizzy. clean alcohol finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - DEC 16, 2004
Great fruity sweet smell, lots of good malts, pours a brown color, a shit load of yeast too, interesting hops, kinda bitter and sour, very smooth and tangy, has a huge foamy head, you can only get one good glass out of a champagne bottle the rest is full of globs of yeast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heemer77 (5217) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 16, 2004
Large light yellow colored head that bubbles down quickly to a medium size. A rosy red and brown color that is fairly clear. Aroma has pears, nutmeg and honey. Also some deep earthy musty malts that come out as it warms a little. The taste has an orgasmic blend of dry oaky notes and some cobwebs. Also just a hint of sweet pears and apricots. Slightly fruity, but more dry. A slight vinous character that makes this a pleasure to keep drinking. Keeps getting drier going through the glass and it picks up some molasses hints. This complex brew is great in mouthfeel with a little carbonation and a medium body.

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