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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: 1515   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GonZoBeeR (3051) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 22, 2005
Aroma:fruity and sugar.... Appearance:Red-brown good head.... Flavor:Fruity,sugar and beligan bitterness...

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ERickey (9) - London, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2005 does not count
Pours a very attractive dark, golden-orange colour with a very long lasting beige head. It tastes slightly bitter, with hints of fruit and caramel throughout. Not bad overall.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAR 18, 2005
Nice brown color with a decent sized tan head. Aroma is raisins, malt and sweet figs. Taste is nicely carbonated with a medium body. Sweet, hell yeah. Taste a bit like sweet Georgia iced tea. I’d like to see this stuff in 33 cl bottles. Packs a hell of a wallop. A good beer but not Top 50 IMHO.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AshleysBar10dr (2) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - MAR 17, 2005 does not count
I think people are overrating this beer. The flavor is muddled by an unrefined wineyness that isn’t balanced with the other flavors present of sweet fruitiness. It is certainly above par for belgian ales, but many superior alternative exist.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - MAR 14, 2005
3/7/05. Poured out of 750 mL bottle, bought at Toronado in San Francisco, CA 9/4/04. 2000 Vintage. Deep red-orange in color, clear appearance with very active carbonation (fantastic for any beer, much less one that is going on 5 years old). Truly a great surprise after all these years. Aroma has a musty, dusty, aged and slightly woody quality. Faint sourness, lovely fruits and softness. Head is dense and uniform but fades really low; light tan. Deep, rich prune and raisin; wonderful medley of dried fruit. Beautiful soft body, medium-full with perfect carbonation. Finish dries up with faint tartness and almost dusty, chalky prunes, wonderfully dry with subtly roasty dark malt aon the back of the finish-- sits up nicely against the fruit. Black currant and chalky alcohol dust. A superb, superb beer. I’ve had this ’00 vintage three times (and this was my last bottle)-- I tried one back in September with FlipBrewerSF and some non-RB friends at the Toronado, and that bottle was so amazing (I told Flip I was going to rate it a 4.8, and he called it a 5.0) that I bought two more bottles to go. Now I wish I’d bought the whole lot of ’em. A second bottle that I brought to the GABF RB tasting wasn’t near as good but was still very enjoyable-- too fruity and sweet, but I’d have rated that something like a 4.0. I was nervous about this one, but it absolutely appeased my fears and has me yearning for other finely-aged des Rocs classics. No protein drop or sad signs of aging to speak of-- despite a soggy cork that looked ominous, this bottle opened with a pop and never let up or gave off anything undesirable. Simply delicious.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wnp22 (698) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 13, 2005
Tasted in Toronto. Obtained from Plumpjacks in Noe San Francisco. Tasted in trappist glass, 750ml bottle. Appearance is muddy brown with a slight reddish hue, very opaque. Thin white sustained head. Nice looking - rustic. Estery aroma. Floral, fragrant with hints of apricot or peach, honey and spice. FLavour is well composed with a definite fruity consistency and backbone. Nice spicyness and sweetness. Very good indeed.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lululegrand (94) - gent, BELGIUM - MAR 12, 2005
Brown with red shine and thick light colored foam. Very aromatic, hints of fruits, malts, caramel and appletaart also little green bitter in the nose. Full taste, very malty with burned cakes, herbs and fine bitter hops. rich a full afthertaste. Dont drink this to cold.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2005
Pours hazy orange/brown into chalice, foamy head that somewhat stays. Fruity aroma. Taste is malt, fruity, sweet, bitter, somewhat thick carbonation, full and excellent..as good as the trapist brews and its rating suggest.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 7, 2005
thick tall off white head over a cloudy brown body. aroma was hopy w/ a small amount of apricot and another fruit also had a hint of raisens. palate was creamy and well carbonated. The flavor was a slightly sweet malty touch of hops and something else I couldn’t pick out. Overall this was a pretty good beer. Thanks to DavidP for this one.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 7, 2005
Cloudy brown body with a voluminous tan head. Minty sweet malt aorma. Efferevenscent flavor with banana, clove and sweet caramel malt finishing with toffee and light grassy hops. Fizzy palate.


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