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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: 1386   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.


4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2002
(re-rate) Slightly hazy, orangey/amber. Beautiful head and lace. Nose is indescribable but I will try. Grainy, doughy malt, ripened honeydew, caramel, nuts, bananas, subdued hints of cherries, spices (ginger), brandy and more. Amazing. Very unique in taste as well. Just about medium bodied, slightly syrupy. Soft floral notes swimming with the abundant ripened fruit flavors, complex sweet malts countered by subtle sourness and yeasty fluffiness and mustiness. Finishes with a perfect spicy alcohol kick, ripened fruit juice and a smidge of yeasty dryness. So well melded and balanced, the little alcohol that is evident just adds character. A world class brew and one that is now in my top 5.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2002
Big beige head, dark amber body with sediment, complex fruity nose. Sweet, malty, fruity, complex with a hint of spice. Alcohol doesn’t come through much in the flavor, but is evident going down. This one may smell better than it tastes, but it still tastes better than most. I do prefer the Grand Cru, though.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slinkymello (137) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2002
Saved this one for my #100; nice aroma of grain, spice, and some fruit... quite malty with a bit of yeast... flavor is an interesting one, somewhat stouty in the sense that it’s damn malty but also contains hints of nut, grain and spicy yeast, little hop flavor but not in a bad way... musty fruit, slight chocolate, nice sweet finish... good beer

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
skortila (4602) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - NOV 10, 2002
clear dark red appearance with a diminishing head. Could be better. Aroma is strong sweet and fruity (apple) with hints of spices. Sweet fruity and spicy taste. Bit bitter end. Palate is a bit off compared with the taste.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - NOV 6, 2002
Spicy nose with hints of over-ripe fruits. Very complex taste that offers bursts of raisin, fig, alcohol, wood-barrels, and loads of sugar. Awesome brew!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jaymobrown (1686) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2002
Heavy thick malt nose with complexities of dark fruit, such as plums, and raisins. The alcohol is noticable but not overpowering. This is a fabulous brew. The only disappointing part is when it was gone!

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 2, 2002
Not much on aroma, but has a spicy bold taste. Strong malt flavor with smoothness. Light brown in color, with a tinge of caramel. Overall, pretty good.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - NOV 1, 2002
This is a top notch brew. Beautiful dark amber color which held to the light revals a ruby heart. Nice tan head receding to wispy lace. The aroma of this beer is fantastic. Full of dark fruits plums,raisins,spice. First sip reveals a lush full mouthfeel,very creamy. Flavor has all that the nose revealed but with a malty fullness binding and melding them into something so delicious. This is a beer that is damn near perfection. Many thanks to maxpower for this wonderful brew.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - OCT 26, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2004 Cork removes with much liveliness.Dark mahogany with short lived tan head.Fresh aromas consisting of carmalized dark fruit,chocolate,brown sugar,bread,and spicy yeast.Palate is delicate and very round.Flavors are subtle,at first,but really develop.Sweet dark fruit,followed with spicy yeast and followed with the caramel,toffee flavors.Thickness develops well,which,molds beer better than it already was. Yeast pour adds nor decreases anything. THe more I drank the more I wanted.Really look forward to re-visiting this one!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2002
Re-rate: Had a year old one last night; still great and very malty. Had with Italian food and it worked well. A really nice strong ale. Not overpowering or strong alcohol presence. Malty and rich in flavor.


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