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


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RATINGS: 1449   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 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Andrew196 (1096) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUL 10, 2003
HUGE head on this bad boy...a light beige/orange hue. Aroma was of yeast and gingerbread....very welcoming! Flavor wasnt as complex as I was expecting, just sweet grapes and berries with a nice yeastiness....more alcohol came out as it warmed. A very smooth finish. This is a world class beer, well made, well balanced, this beer defines the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUL 10, 2003
Bottle, at long last. Reminds me somewhat of Orval. HIGHLY yeasty, which compliments a large palate of fruits, most notably grapes, cherries, and a tad bit of citric flavor. Apart from this, I get lots of caramel and a bit of chocolate. Maybe some wheatiness as well, but it could be my imagination as there is so much going on here! A hair too acidic in the nose that doesn't get reflected in the flavor. Nicety.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2003
Beautiful. Long lasting, dense, light brown head. Unclear red-brown colour. Great aroma; rum, fruit (raisins), spices (ginger, liqourice, coriander), christmas! Soft, medium to full palate. Taste is sweet with a long bitter(liqourice-like)-dry finish

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgb9348 (5067) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 1, 2003
Finally, this one is mine...after tasting the Grand Cru and loving it, seeing that this one is rated higher, I expect even more from it! The pour was very nice...a very hazy brown colour with a thick slightly off-white head. Typical of the good belgies, tons of very small bubbles rise from the sides of the glass. The smell....simply stated, phenominal. Slightly musty, toffee, pit fruits, caramel and even pepper are noticable. The flavour is musty, malty and pretty sweet. Not the depth and complexity I really expected, but the flavours I do pick up are pretty good. Some sugars (both caramel and chocolate) are noticable as well as some spicyness. The aftertaste is a bit drying. Definately a top 50 beer, but I don't know if I would classify it as a top 10. Either way, a good beer to be sampled by all of you guys! I had this in a 750 mL bottle (i'm sure its the only way its available), which I bought from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, New York.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2003
Rich chewey brown belgian ale with some resemblance to Chimay Bleu, but slightly thinner. It is malty, smooth with no sign of alcohol. Subtle big and beautiful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 28, 2003
Pours with a rocky head that doesn't take real long to diminish. Fairly dark, without haziness, amber color. The large sediment floating is easy to notice. Smells of alcohol and liquorice. For as dark as it is, it is very light on the tongue. The alcohol is apparent, but not overpowering. Well crafted, but I can name a half dozen other beers that stand out better that aren't top 50. Don't get me wrong, it was tasty, better than most other beers, just not...elite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2003
Even though this was a pretty decent brew i can't say it was a favorite of mine.Reddish brown color,nice aroma of malt,fruit and a slight hint of nuttines as well with a mild earthy tone thrown in.Malty taste with a mild hint of possible coffee and toffee with a suporting cast from the fruit line.Not to bad IMO but it just doesn't do it for me and i think there are better out there sorry to the other RBer's but i have to slightly tank this one for a lower rating.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 20, 2003
Violent pour yields a caramel copper color with a thin coating of creamy small-bubbled head and good lace. Oaky butterscotch aroma has a touch of alcohol. Flavor is a complex mixture of toffee, licorice, dark fruits, and light acidity. Palate is thick and syrupy with carbonation hidden within. Finish is woody and bittersweet with hardly any detectable alcohol. Quite complex and well-balanced, a very good Belgian strong ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eirikur (376) - hafnarfjordur, ICELAND - JUN 10, 2003
750 ml bottle. best before 2003. This is very similar to Chimay Grand, I did not find that humongous smell that everyone is talking about. Allthough this beer is very nice I just thought it would be a tad better.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jerohen (2062) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - JUN 5, 2003
What a choice for my 400th beer. Dark brown/amber coloured, beautiful lacing. Fantastic aroma, malty, nutty, fruity, one of the best. Creamy, malty flavour, bit caramel, very complex. Smooth bitter finish. Excellent brew.

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