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


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RATINGS: 1478   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 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 (5208) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2004
Pours a deep mahogany with a tall off-white head, smooth with thick lacing. There was so much sediment in this bottle, we poured three glasses, the first was crystal clear transparent, the second looked like a westy 12, and the third looked like a mud puddle. I’ll rate on the first glass like people do with dark lord. Lots of spicy hops in the aroma with a sweet dark fruit and almost woody smell to it. Taste is very dry, light spiciness throughout. Caramel apple start with a well balanced smooth taste. Lots of complex malts and very crisp hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2004 Very complex beer. It was tough to get used to. The taste is very sweet with raisin and malt being the most dominate characteristics. Great, but a bit too sweet. The aroma is a bit sweet also, but nice. Good spices in the aroma. I will rate this for now. However due to the complexity, I need to try it again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JayBaxter (407) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2008 Deep clear red with a lasting off white head. Sweet raisiny, fruity,spicy taste that hides the alcohol well. One great beer worthy of its 100 score.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Darkover (1528) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2004
Dark red and a little cloudy, has a huge thick and creamy head. Aroma is sweet with notes of suger, toffee and dark fruits. Flavors of suger, spices and dark fruits.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - NOV 23, 2004
Frosted cranberry/dirty brown body. Very thick, butter cream head that lasts forever. Smells of apples, cinnamon, grapes and lightly of coffee hops. Taste is ripe fruits, the asaid apples with some dates, plums, grapes, caramel and chocolate. Taste is also more bitter with both vegetable and coffee hops. Alcohol is there but just average. Not too sweet either which is nice for the style. A little watery though, not sure what thats about. Still a tremendous beer I was lucky to pick up at Norm’s in Vienna, VA in the 750ml bottle.

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