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


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RATINGS: 1353   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - OCT 30, 2003
Pours deep dark amber with a brilliant medium beige head. Perfect retention. Great aroma, initially i get apricots, mangos, honey and candy (fairy floss?). After that theres all sorts, raisins, vanilla, citrus (orange?) and a *touch* of alcohol and chocolate. Smooth soft medium mouthfeel. My first few mouthfulls were just like the commercial description, chocolate, malty caramel and a hint of cherries. Its very well balanced, you can tell theres bitterness behind there but it doesnt really show up. As I got further into it i tasted some tropical fruit drink too, and a hint of yeasty spice in the aftertaste. ABV masked very well. Certainly interesting stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rickgordon (3843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 29, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2007 Bottled. Short rerate. Prune and tidbits flavour explosion. Wow! Semi-complex and very flavourful after 2 years in the cupboard. Lots of chunks. Last rating gave a 3,6.
Hazy brown. Indeed a rich head. Not stirred nor shaken, so a late sediment nourishment. Sweet malty with a prune explosion in both aroma and the sweetish sugary flavour. Flat body. This is nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aurelius (4107) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2003
Don't care much for the green bottle -- we also had to use a carpentry solution (drywall screw, claw hammer) to get past the composite cork. Smallish flocculent sediment. Rich, tart, fruity, caramel aroma. Mud brown. Pretty mellow, fruity and alcoholic. Cocoa, caramel, Belgian yeast flavor. The palate gets a little clingy, but has good initial zing. ABV gives a good wine buzz.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PorterPounder (5451) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2003
Pours with a nice dark caramel color with specks of floating sediment. Head is thick and frothy with good sticky lacing - light mocha colored. The aroma is sweet and malty with some apple tones, a bit of spice in the back end as well. Flavor has elements of chocolate, dates and raisins. Not as cloyingly sweet as I anticipated. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth and luxuriant - not something to rush through. The 9% abv is hidden extremely well - careful - it can catch up on you.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Aubrey (3431) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 26, 2003
Dark amber with red-apple hues in the light. Frothy, lasting, off-white head leaves behind some nice lacing. Incredibly aromatic, notes of cider, brown sugar, yeast and candy sugar. Very silky and thickish on the tongue; carbonation was amazingly soft and tight (god, you'd think I was describing a part of the female body). Sweet, cake-like malts with some toasted notes. Bitterness is mild, but balanced. Hops seem to mostly provide a spiciness. Fruity and yeasty notes throughout: spiced apples, pears, plums. Finishes a little sticky, but not overly cloying. Great beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 17, 2003
The beautiful deep amber/burgundy body is topped by a thick off white head with a good amount of lacing left behind. The only draw back to the appearance was the large floaterd the showed up after about half the bottle was gone. The aroma is sweet, malty and caramelly with a very slight flowery note, some fruitiness and the slightest touch of alcohol. The malty flavor is sweet and fruity with notes of caramel and the slightest touch of alcohol. Just an incredible flavor. A tear cam to my eye when the bottle was empty. Full bodied, surprisingly smooth yet tingly on the tongue and slightly warming.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TChrome (1417) - Bedford, Texas, USA - OCT 16, 2003
Extremely rich and complex ale. Mustiness really comes through in the wonderful aroma, also plums and alcohol. Appearance is cloudy brown with good head retention. Flavor is delicious, multi-layered and very complex. Some alcoholic warmth. Gratefule to be able to drink ales of this caliber. Thanks RateBeer for pointing me to ales like this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - OCT 15, 2003
Medium to large head that diminishes to a thin layer that never dies. Aroma of dark rich fruit, sweet maltyness, and a hint of alcohol. Flavor of rich fruit, caramel and an alcohol burn that blends with the sweetness to bring a slight spicy flavor. Only good when room temp. I tried it straight out of the fridge and was afraid I would be disappointed but after it warmed it turned out to be a very nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6011) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 14, 2003
Hazy copper hue with a small but tight off-white head and good lace. The aroma hints of sweet fruits (apple, cherry, apricot, plum), toasted bready and caramel malts, hazelnut and earthy yeast. The taste started fruity sweet then developed a undertone of mild bitterness and espresso twang. The mouthfeel was grainy and full with just a touch of alcohol present on both the palate and finish. Overall, an outstanding brew with nice complexity and warmth. Not a smooth and rich as the Grand Cru which I slightly prefer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nate (3710) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2003
Sweet nose. Malty & froth bitter, orange oil, wheat beer ester, some straw. Copper-amber clear with cream colored lasting, lacing, foamy head. Medium watery body & carb, well-balanced. Mild sweet start. Big malts punctuated by alcohol, a little fig, and bit of barley or wheat grain. Nice hops flavor toward a medium bitter, dry finish. Light bitter & sweet nutty after. Very nice beer for under $2.

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