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


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RATINGS: 1464   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4651) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2004
Pours a dark brown color with a medium head. Hints of toffee in the nose along with some root-like character. Good chocolate, malt, and herbal taste. Hides the alcohol incredibly well. Very tasty!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
henrik (41) - Århus, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2004
Aroma: Yeast and roasted barley. Lots of carbonation responsible for chunks of yeast floating around in the glass. Very complex taste. Some hops in the warm and lasting finish. Deserves further exploration.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (10105) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2004
Poured a medium to dark mahogany color with a large tan head. Bready, nutty, earthy, caramel plums and raisin aromas and tastes. All nice and subtle - working very well together. Slightly sweet. Alcohol very well hidden (hard to believe there’s 9% in this one). Very good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3266) - Tennessee, USA - SEP 7, 2004
Clear ruby toned brown with a nice head that laced well. Aroma is sweet malt and mellow wine. The flavor is faintly sweet with a nice bitterness to it. Light on the tongue and somewhat thin in the body. Good, but over rated. Good Belgian for the price however.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - SEP 3, 2004
Dark brown colour and excellent aroma of dark fruits. The flavour is wonderfully complex with notes of rasins, plums and brown sugar. The alcohol is very well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
temporrari (389) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 2, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2008 Dark amber, lots and lots of sediment. Somewhat astringent, pretty good flavor though. Fruity and yeasty, it’s not great, but it could be worse. I’d like to try another bottle without so much sediment.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - AUG 30, 2004
Poured a deep red/orange color. Nice off white head lingers and fades into a thin but present head. Aroma is sweet and fruity. Taste is malty, sweet and satisfying. Mouthfeel is medium and pleasant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - AUG 30, 2004
Red/Orange in color, thick off-white head, very carbonated, great fruity taste that goes with the fruity smell

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
vanvenlo (1511) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 29, 2004
8 May 2004 - Luscious fruit hop aroma (that rocks). Some cloudiness with a brown colour, a good retaining head and lacing. Well rounded fruit complexity with a medium body

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - AUG 26, 2004
Fine red brown color with a small amount of cream head on top. The aroma is mostly malt and yeast notes. There is a faint earthy smell of leather on the back, and a smooth sweetness as well. The flavor is af first nothing really special, but it’s growing on me. Malt and smooth at first, with a moderate hop finish. Then there is the a odd sweetness to it, something subtle and earthy at the same time. As this warms up it has more and more of a smoother and less obvious sweetness to it.

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