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


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RATINGS: 1415   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19, 2004
Rust coloured with huge beige head and large circulating yeast particles. Very yeasty aroma. Flavour begins sweet and fruity, then turns yeasty. Another interesting bottle conditioned Belgian but like a lot of others I’ve had. Sorry, I just didn’t think it was exceptional.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hotchick (20) - Delaware, USA - MAY 18, 2004
The appearance is a brownish brick red with floating yeasty sediments. The aroma is rich of caramel and cherry with hints of pear and dough. The flavor is very bold with cherry, citrus, and dark chocolate tones with a subtle coffee finish. It has a full mouth feel with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 16, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2005 Chocolate, raisins, dates, sweet malt, sour cherries, yeast, bread in the aroma. Clear amber brown with plenty of carbonation and pillowy off-white head that lasts. Toffee, dark fruits (raisin, plum, fig, date), molasses flavours. Lightly musty and yeasty. Some alcohol warming. Flavours marry well and each sip reveals new delights. Medium body, lively carbonation and crisp mouthfeel. Bottle. Later rerate was 9-4-9-4-18=4.4 with largely similar comments.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAY 14, 2004
Deep red brown colour with a diminishing frothy and rocky tan coloured head. Gingerbread, molasses, toffee, raisin, plum, yeast, and vinous aroma. Toffee, raisin, plum, vinous, and gingerbread flavours with a slight background acidity then finishing with a nutty, rummy, and alcohol bitterness. Full bodied, warming, rich, creamy, and smooth mouthfeel. Excellent at first sip at just absolutely fantastic by the last. Thanks Josh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 12, 2004
Aroma of spices, alcohol, fruit, gingerbread. Quite spicy. Apricots also seem to come out as it warms. Pours a cloudy orange-brown, thin head, large yeast floaties. Sweetness in the flavour, muted chocolate. Mustiness in the finish. The strength is in the smoothness. Well balanced, lively mouthfeel. Above average, but overrated at the 100th percentile.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lunkie (1497) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - MAY 10, 2004
Floral Armona with dark golden colour and wonderful head. Chocolate flavour with hints of malt and fruit.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - MAY 8, 2004
So this is the Rocs... Well well... Nice reddish amber color, very fine frothy white head. The nose is spicy and sweet. Same is the flavor, candied fruits too. The body and mouthfeel is mediocre i think, nothin special there... But the Rocs is a pretty cool beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 7, 2004
Bottle pours deep amber, a reddish copper color.   Head is off-white, large, and very frothy.   HUGE flakes of yeast floating about.   Super sticky lacing.   Cloves, corriander, candi-sugar, and spices on the nose.   Very inviting!   Up front I get a creamy mouthfeel, subtle hints of pitted fruit, cherries, slight caramel, a tad bit yeasty too.   Good body, good mouthfeel, but at the end I get a strange basement/musty aftertaste.   While not bad, I dont really look foward to the finish.   Still, its one to definitely seek out.   OH, and the 9% is very well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 5, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2004 Pours with amedium head, brown color with a lot of yeast sediment. Nice aroma of alcohol, burnt caramel and spices. Enjoyable flavors of alcohol, roastiness and spices. Great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kodos (205) - USA - MAY 4, 2004
Pours dark with a large long lasting head. Flavors are cherry, orange, sweet wine, slightly chocolatey, almost no evidence of alcohol. Just right. Finishes sweet with a slight mustiness. Overall highly recommended yet again!

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