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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Sammy (9139) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2004
A wine-like finishing beer. Excellent. One mate wanted more aftertaste. Orange brown. Complementing mix of Hops and malts and spicy cinammon works and worth paying for. Buy the right glass for this classic. Orange and candy sweetness. Alcohol basically hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
egajdzis (5456) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2004
065/759976... Poured a ruby color with a large off white head and lots of lacing. Yeasties floating around. Musty old dried fruits, caramel, red wine, and just a bit of alcohol in the aroma. Chocolate, caramel, and cherries taste had a soft mouthfeel. This was beautiful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 27, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2008 Bottle pours a clear cherry red with a monster head and cobweb lace. It looks great. The aroma is yeasty, malty, and fruity. Wow, the flavor is so well balanced. The flavor is vanilla, candy sugar, spice, light chocolate, and just perfect. The palate is cleansing and rich, but not anywhere near being sticky or thick; in fact, it is very refreshing - even at cellar temperature. The alcohol does not show in the flavor. Overall, this is one of the finest beers I had had the pleasure of tasting! I will get more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eczematic (1320) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - APR 27, 2004
a most agreeable odour. almond roca, vanilla, brandy, malt, candied orange peel. taste=mellow munich malt and sweet orange, finishing silkily with vanilla and more orange peel. sorry i couldnt get past the orange peel as you may have noticed. more similar to cointreau than beer. less fullbodied than i expected, but smooth and malty enough. maintains a delicate balance of orange and chocolate right throughout. not realllly what i hoped for, but motel assures me that every bottle he's had is completely different so i hope i get a slightly less orangey one next.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2004
Reddish brown in colour with a huge frothy head. Aroma is fruity, orange, prunes and alcohol. Flavour is same with a touch of dark chocolate, spice and a lingering sweet spiced aftertaste. A yummy beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 23, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2004 Man oh man was this cool. Huge brown head that is long lasting, amber in colour nose is taht of fruit loops cerial and sweet malts. The taste is acidic but sweet and malty smooth but with a nice bite to it. Good find, I likeed this, probably the best and most easily drinkable belgian I have ever had. (I hate belgians)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - APR 23, 2004
Aroma: grapes, wine barrels, acidic aromas (tannic aroma found in red wines?), slight chocolate/carmel malts, mossy/earthy scents.
Appearance: dark, reddish-brown color, cream colored head, great lacing, head very thick and foamy.
Flavor: dry, sweet chocolate flavors, cream, peet moss/oak barrels, molasses, red wine, grapes, earth, nutrients, and a hint of vanilla
Palate: smooth, creamy, and thick. Sweet, earthy finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Filthmuppet (33) - Newtown, AUSTRALIA - APR 21, 2004
What an aroma! Had this beer last night and even tho i was quite drunk at the time the lingering flavours were incredible. Was a creamy vanilla taste with a hint of oak and french toast. It hides the alcohol sooo well, and for me that is a sign of a truely great beer. Have to send a shout out to motelpogo for introducing me to this beer, big props. A must try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - APR 18, 2004
Did not enjoy this as much as other Belgian Strongs. I thought it was true to type I found the mustiness off setting. Did not enjoy the fizzy mouth feel,

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 13, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2006 Poured clear with the yeast all clinging to the bottle. Fizzy big bubbles in the head settled to a thin layer of foam. Spicy (cinnamon, nutmeg), woody, toffee, chocolate and slightly oxidised (though it was BB2006) aroma. Light, almost thin body with a corresponding drier, less malty flavour than many big Belgians. This makes a really nice change, however, and works beautifully with the spiciness and dark fruit flavours. A bit too fizzy in the mouth for mine. Somewhat reminiscent of (though not as good as) aged Chimay Bleu, but far superior to fresh Chimay Bleu. Overall great, though I suspect this bottle was a bit oxidised.
RR: Yep, this stuff is the bizness.

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