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


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RATINGS: 1502   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Suttree (5844) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 31, 2004
Served at 63 degrees. Brownish orange, thick rich tan head. Smells of cherries, alcohol, and dirt. The first sip is smooth as velvet. There is an almost overwhelming number of flavors here - sweet malt, plums and cherries, alcohol, and there some earthy, juniper, walnut flavors in the background. Excellent and complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
midejo (19) - amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 28, 2004
good heavy beer, rocky head. Beautifull dark amber color, with a fewtaste & smell Oily a, few big yeasty paticles. A beautiful beer!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
obxdude10 (2205) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2004
Dark brownish in color, nice off-white head, caramel & coffee in the nose, earthy flavors, nice & malty in the body, sweet & malty finish with a slightly acidic aftertaste, excellent Belgian ale

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 20, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2004 75 cL, snifter. Cookie, caramel, mild coffee, milk chocolate (H); flowery hops (M); grape, raisin, plum, figs, dates, tawny port, butterscotch aromas! Heavily sweet throughout with a lightly bitter, lightly acidic finish. Medium heavy body, creamy texture, fizzy carbonation. The bottom line is: sweet malty heaven in a bottle.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2004
This is without a doubt one of the greatest belgians that I have ever had. A beautiful appearance, with a perfect two finger, frothy egg-white head. Lots of active, effervescent carbonation in my Chimay glass. A wonderful aroma, with lots of fruity sweetness, and did I mention a perfect head, that last all the way through the drink. Taste is rich and cream with lots of figs and dates, with a little bit of port in the aftertaste. Perfectly balanced with a sweet flavor that has a great duration in the mouthfeel. Full finish that is creamy soft and rich.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 18, 2004
This is very close to the pinacle of beer. pours into a tulip glass with a thick light brown head that lingers for a while. The aroma is mind boggling, I think maybe Traquair Jacobite comes close.Malts, cinnamon,yeasts dominate the nose. The flavour is huge. Thick , full mouthfeel flavours of fruitcake, dark breads, sweet caramel. The alcohol is nicely hidden. I'm glad I have more in my cellar

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 17, 2004
Starting aroma is strong and shocking, mellows after a few minutes. Perfect appearance looks like a desert in the snifter glass. Dark chocolate layer with a thick off-white whip cream layer. Very nice in the mouth but wtih a warm mouth feel and malt/alcohol/hop taste but seems to be missing something in the way of character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (9048) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JAN 17, 2004
Hazy dark-amber; dark cream head, evenly collapsing. Very fruity nose (grapes, plums, figs); liquorice, faint chocolate and lavender. Taste is estery (banana, fig), yeasty and spicey (coriander, galangaroot). Bit of orange liqueur. Very full-bodied, oily & slick mouthfeel. Nice, satisfying, but the coriandertouch is a touch too exaggerated to be really great. For those who like perfumey, thick malty beers, it has to be a must. But to qualify this amongst the Belgian top...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
The Etruscan (607) - Tuscany, ITALY - JAN 17, 2004
Beige creamy head. Dark copper-brown color. Aroma is fruit with apricot and light alcohol notes. Flavor is fruity too (raisins) with a few caramel notes, ending in a fruity and slightly caramelise finish. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 16, 2004
Aroma leaps from the bottle upon uncorking: honey, apple, characteristic belgian spiciness. Spumescent head, well retained. Brilliant amber-red. Some suspended globules of yeast, mostly due to my own less-than-careful handling. Caramel, honey sweetness, slight roast, tart fruit flavors. VERY drinkable, 9% alcohol barely makes its presence known (until about 3/4 of the way through the bottle!). Perfectly balanced. Medium-full body with a very fine carbonation, fairly low for the style. I could drink this every day.

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