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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: 1365   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2002
Very spicy and caramelly. Some fruitiness in the nose. A very good ale.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2002
As others suggest, the aroma is wonderfully spicy and fruity - nutmeg, pepper, coriander, strawberry, peach, and alcohol. Initial taste is that of a good tripel - yeasty with spice present. There is a great caramel and chocolatey malt presence as well. Finish is lightly acidic. Burnt orange in color with a minimal head. A top-notch beer

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2002
Had a pervasive cotton-candy sweetness in the finish.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2002
An amazing aroma with this beer. Fruity and sweet. Maybe a bit too sweet, teetering on that edge, anyway. Chocolate maltiness is also quite apparent.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 12, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2003 750ml bottle, pours deep reddish-brown in color, foamy ass tan head, clings to the sides of my glass, sweet malty, brown sugar aroma. Dark chocolate, fruity and smokey flavor, full body. This is an awesome ale, worth a try.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2002
What an aroma!!!! Lots of spice, chocolate, caramel, nutmeg etc. Deep brown/ amber in colour, lots of spice in the nose, malty character, sweeter at the start, but well balanced, lots of spice and chocolate on the palate.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
legion242 (2190) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2002
Dark red in color; Lively head; Cherry and alcohol in the nose. Lively on the tongue. Alcohol is definitely present. Tons of chocolate. Nice yeasty kick. Bit of a numbing effect after a while :) The wife loved it and I did too.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 6, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2011 Cherry and raspberry fruitiness blooming through excessive licorice, orange zest and coriander...A touch of alcohol drips onto jujubes...Doughy yeast and vegetal earthiness create a surprising finish...

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - JUL 5, 2002
dark russet brown color, soft cloudy beige head. dark sediment particles end up on the bottom of the glass if you let it sit for a bit. woody nutty sweet aroma. rather seet taste with lots of floral spicy and earthy notes. paired this with some epoisse cheese for a great combination.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 27, 2002
nice head, beautiful mahogany color. The alcohol is very well hidden. It has a malty, yet slightly sweet taste. It’s a great beer.


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