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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: 1368   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.


4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2004
This is without a doubt one of the greatest belgians that I have ever had. A beautiful appearance, with a perfect two finger, frothy egg-white head. Lots of active, effervescent carbonation in my Chimay glass. A wonderful aroma, with lots of fruity sweetness, and did I mention a perfect head, that last all the way through the drink. Taste is rich and cream with lots of figs and dates, with a little bit of port in the aftertaste. Perfectly balanced with a sweet flavor that has a great duration in the mouthfeel. Full finish that is creamy soft and rich.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 18, 2004
This is very close to the pinacle of beer. pours into a tulip glass with a thick light brown head that lingers for a while. The aroma is mind boggling, I think maybe Traquair Jacobite comes close.Malts, cinnamon,yeasts dominate the nose. The flavour is huge. Thick , full mouthfeel flavours of fruitcake, dark breads, sweet caramel. The alcohol is nicely hidden. I'm glad I have more in my cellar

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4642) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 17, 2004
Starting aroma is strong and shocking, mellows after a few minutes. Perfect appearance looks like a desert in the snifter glass. Dark chocolate layer with a thick off-white whip cream layer. Very nice in the mouth but wtih a warm mouth feel and malt/alcohol/hop taste but seems to be missing something in the way of character.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (7940) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 17, 2004
Hazy dark-amber; dark cream head, evenly collapsing. Very fruity nose (grapes, plums, figs); liquorice, faint chocolate and lavender. Taste is estery (banana, fig), yeasty and spicey (coriander, galangaroot). Bit of orange liqueur. Very full-bodied, oily & slick mouthfeel. Nice, satisfying, but the coriandertouch is a touch too exaggerated to be really great. For those who like perfumey, thick malty beers, it has to be a must. But to qualify this amongst the Belgian top...

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.


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