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


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RATINGS: 1478   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04/5   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dorqui (2154) - Brescia, ITALY - NOV 21, 2004

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
IslandHaole (1156) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - NOV 19, 2004
Found this gem in a small store in the city of Morioka, about a three hour drive south of here. A deep brown, dark chocolate color with a massive thick, light brown head. One of the most impressive looking beers I’ve had! Thick sedimentation with "floaties" swimming throughout the glass. What an aroma, fantastic....like some type of exotic plum based asian dessert. Both sweet and tart with the alcohol hidden deep beneath the complex flavors. A stunning brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JonMoore (2033) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2004
Amber coloured with huge beige head. Aroma is brown sugar and malt, fruits and caramel, and liquorice... complex; in a very good way. Taste is great. Sweet, malty, dark fruits, slightly roasted. Very nice on the palate, smooth with a hint of wood in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flemdawg (550) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - OCT 31, 2004
Finally popped this one open after almost a year in the mini fridge. Shared this with walleye. Thin tan head atop a mahogany body that was filled with yeasty floaties, and some cork pieces that I picked out prior to consumption. A candy aroma, much like a sweetart, and also cherries, malty carmel, and alcohol as it warms. Sweet fruit taste up front followed by an almost baking chocolate type bitterness. Thrown in for good measure was some earthy woody(maybe corky) flavors and hints of alcohol all around. The year in the fridge didn’t hamper this beer a bit. Very well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 30, 2004
I don’t see what all the fuss is about, overall quite bland, malty aroma, slight alcohol finish, the flavor is bready and sweet, but kind of like stale bread, like it might make good toast, but it isn’t cuttin it as far as bread goes, and I guess thats how I feel about this Belgian

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
walleye (1082) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - OCT 29, 2004
shared a bottle with flemdawg. poured mahagony, with a light tan with lots and lots of floaties. aroma sweet tarts, cherries, caramel, malts, semi sweet red wine, hints of hops as it warms hints alcohol. flavor,fruity wine, a nice smooth mouth feel, with a nice touch of bitterness. did get a hint of the wood, a nice hint of chocolate, cherries, malts, honey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 19, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2005 Thanks to matt_dinges for a bottle of this. Pours hazy dark amber with a huge off white head. The head retention and lacing are incrediable. Large yeast flakes are present floating in the beer. The dark color and the masses of floating flakes kind of took away from the appearance, but the giant head, lacing, and head retention were outstanding. Aroma is of orange and a strong red wine. The malts dominate this beer giving it a thick mouthful. The flavor of this is similar to a heavy red wine, as well as having a spicey orange taste. Pineapple, plum, and fig were also noticable in the flavor. This beer finishes rather dry leaving you wanting another sip. This was a really heavy beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 18, 2004
Dark red colour with nice off white head. Lovely sweet malty aroma with some liqourice and caramel. Flavor has some sweet fruityness and a nice low key bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 7, 2004
Pours a deep, dark amber color into my goblet and creates a very thick off white head. Aroma is complex, very malty, estery and earthy. Taste is also rich and earthy. It is spicy, with a hint of nutmeg. It gets better as it warms. A swirl in the mouth wakes up every point of the palate. Mouthfeel is thick and coating, a bit syrupy. Warms as it goes down, light alcohol finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2005 Light burgundy. Beautiful color. The head is big, thick and creamy. I have been smelling this for the last 10 minutes without tasting it at all. I am truly in awe. Oranges, caramel, cherries and freshly chopped soaked wood along with some grainy notes and a citrus kick. 15 minutes later, I am ready to move on to the next step. This is a lovely tasting beer. It’s quite odd really. Chocolate, caramel, cherries, plums, oranges, wood and oranges are all present but are dominated by plum pit notes. The bitterness at the end is well taken. The 9% is noticeable but not offensive. The sweet malt and candy aspects of this beer is amazing considering that no sugars were used at all. Vintage 1987: Kulminator - Antwerpen Aroma: 4.5 Appearence: 4.5 Taste: 5.0 Drinkability: 5.0 Mouthfeel: 5.0

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