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


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RATINGS: 1520   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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 1, 2004
UPDATED: APR 30, 2004 Bottled, served in St. Alexandre pub in Quebec City. Why would this not be considered the "Grand Cru", as it is the superior of two fairly similar fantastic belgian strong ales. Poured a medium brown with a burgundy shimmer, and a minimal (yet lasting) head. The aroma was strong, with cloves being the distinctive in the nose. The flavor is primarily caramel, with sweetness, tartness and mustiness all perfectly in balance. Smooth finish, with a touch of alcohol kick, but not severe enough to significantly diminish this gem.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hansen (8410) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAR 29, 2004
Well, its good, but not that good. Aroma of spices and citrus. Flavor too bitter, not enough malt/bread.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thehoff (598) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 27, 2004
Very nice red/brown ale, tall head, cream good lacing. Plenty of floaties. Smell: Alcohol, citrus, burnt marshmallow, prune, caramel. Taste: sweet, slight chocolate, dry beer. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - MAR 18, 2004
Bright amber. Light hoppy aroma, a bit dusty and musty in the hops. Fairly straightforward malt character. Sweetish with a touch of alcohol. Not much in the way of dark fruit. I really don't care for the dusty/musty hop flavor. Perhaps this is a bit old. The second pour produced lots of floaties, protein I'm assuming. I will resample.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - MAR 15, 2004
Huge port wine aroma, deep ruby/brownish color with a thin, lacy head. Tasted of massive overripe fruit, brown sugar, banana, cloves, spices and a hint of orange. I don't know why I waited so long to try this one. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - MAR 12, 2004
Deep red pour, quite a few floaties and a big head. Aroma is a bit winey and quite sweet. Amazing depth of flavor, all the dark fruit I was expecting, not as sweet as the aroma led me to anticipate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 10, 2004
This to me is one of those beers that really needs to be drunk at the proper temperature. The flavors started coming out, more so than in others. It started with a big frothy head with tiny bubbles upon a red-brown body. Chunks of yeast floated around in the glass, lacing. Smooth as silk, dancing on the palate. Flavors of dark dried fruits finishing fruity as well. Yum. Didn't taste the 9% abv.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2004
Solid belgian ale. Sligthly fruity and chocolatey. Noticeable alcohol in flavor. Smooth mouthfeel and finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
diabel (1680) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - MAR 7, 2004
Fizzy, light brown head, which is fairly lacing and mostly lasting. Hazy brown body. Malty aroma. Lightly sweet and moderately bitter initial flavour. Lightly sweet and moderately bitter finish, average long. Oily texture, soft mouthfeel. Great by it's simplicity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 3, 2004
Slightly surprising soapy aroma hit me at first, but then the sweetness of some chocolate and fruit took over. Really warm brown with ruby moments and an almost barleywine-like feel to the mouthful. Sweet with some chocolate and caramel and perhaps even a little nuttiness too. Sort of port-like finish which some may not like as much but which suited me fine...

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