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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: 1421   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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - MAR 28, 2003
Intense aroma...fruity...plums, cherries, orange peel...even a little cocoa. The flavor was fruity as well with some sweet maltiness, yeast, and alcohol to finish. Pretty orange/brown color with a thick beige head. Smooth feel with just the perfect amount of crispness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radiomgb (2450) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2003
Murky red colour. Aroma of caramel, fruit, cookies. Flavour is fruity, nutty, caramel. Quite complex and a beer that I would love to try again.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 17, 2003
Chestnut w/ generous beige head. Absolutely fantastic peach, bubble, gum, cookie dough, & caramel nose. Surprisingly light, lively feel. Peach, bubble gum, & cookie dough also come through in the flavour as well as some lemon, chocolate and coffee.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 11, 2003
Oranges, brown sugar aroma. Chestnut, pours a huge toffee head, long lasting lace. Pomegranate and nutty flavour, raisins, bread, caramel, roasted malt aftertaste. Complex, fine sweetness, great bitterness, some sourish notes. Excellent Belgian Strong Ale!

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
GregClow (2938) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2003
Stunning ruby-orange colour with a strong, creamy head. The aroma is spectcular - full, fruity, amazingly complex. It would be hard for the flavour of any beer to live up to such an aroma, but this one comes oh so close, with notes of dark cherry, grapefruit, burgundy wine, caramel... big and sweet and rich, sliding into a slightly bitter and dry finish. Really, really good!

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2003
- dark amber red color with a quick bubbly head that dissipates quickly, cloudy with large pieces of sediment, sugary alcohol aroma, fruity prunes and plums that give it a wine-like touch, a light nuttiness and spiciness too, highly aromatic and complex; flavor is very good, not as much alcohol presence as the Grand Cru, sugary-fruity mix, the aromas creep into the flavor, a bit bubbly, just a tiny bit syrupy which adds some texture, light spiciness, woody and earthy, complex

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5441) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2005 Pours a dark rusty brown with a tan fluffy head. First aroma is of bitter fruitiness and spice with some malt. More tartness and tingle on the palate. Definite licorice taste in this and maybe a slight coffee taste as well. Chocolate taste comes out in the finish as does a little sourness. Overall, this is recommended.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2003
Very carbonated. Aroma of alcohol,fruit and mustiness. Firsts noticed the mustiness, then cherry and every so slight caramelly malt sweetness. Great Brew!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SchlossyMcSaus (75) - San Marcos, California, USA - FEB 20, 2003
Aroma carries sweet raisin, molasses and spices. Full tan head on the dark brown/orange brew. Packs in vanilla malt and ginger spiciness. Lingering aftertaste lets you contemplate the next belt. One of my favorites.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slimjim (106) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 20, 2003
WOW, aroma was very very nice. Sweetness was what this brew was all about. Outstanding work of art, please try a glass!!


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