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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: 1418   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
SinH4 (550) - SWITZERLAND - FEB 13, 2015
Hazy amber color with big white head. Aroma of spicy yeasts, coriander, toffee, and a hint of tartness. The tartness reminds me of cherries and berries. Taste is more toffee, caramel, malty, dark fruits with prunes, raisins, nice booze kick. Carbonation is smooth but prominent, very creamy texture. Warming finish with spices. A complex classic indeed. Still feels fresh despite the heaviness. Superbly priced as well. I like it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lello4ever (112) - ITALY - FEB 13, 2015
Eccellente belga. Si presenta di un marrone con riflessi rosso scuro e un ampio cappello di schiuma beige di buona persistenza e compattezza. Al naso principalmente malto e caramello. Sin dal primo sorso il dolce del malto è predominante e perfettamente equilibrato, ricco e intenso, unito alla buona presenza dell’alcool che le da un corpo pieno. Senza dubbio una di quelle strong ale che ricordi, sulla falsa riga di una Chimay, St. Bernardus e simili.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElManana (796) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - FEB 9, 2015
Bottle bought at Geers. Pours amber, brown, almost no head. Aroma of prunes, raisins, malts and caramel. Flavour is malty, spices, little roast, coffee. Lovely dubbel.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AshtonMcCobb (3393) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 8, 2015
Bottle from Appellation Wines. Appearance - dark brown to black with a reddish tinge. Nice head. Nose - stewed apples into prunes with backdrop of toffee and candy sugar. Taste - stewed prunes with a slight boozy backbone. Finishing with drying toffee. Palate - medium to full bodied with a creamy yet tangy texture and a finish that is somehow sweet and sour at the same time. Overall - very indulgent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alengrin (2813) - BELGIUM - FEB 7, 2015
Classic ’massieve ale’, tasted young but also at 20 years of age - which is possible in this case, since it has been in existence since at least 1984. Deep, cloudy bronze beer under a tight, yellowish white head. Very malty and spicy, deliciously so, with aniseed, coriander and cloves adorning the basic but complex, caramelly and nutty maltiness; very well-balanced with herbal hops and warming, liqueurish alcohol in the finish. I have loved this ale ever since I first encountered it, I guess I’ll have to buy a new bottle for a re-rating; the 20-year old sample at the Kulminator proved that this is a firm and stable beer managing to bridge many years of ageing. Justly a classic, in every sense of the word.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
allmyvinyl (5157) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 7, 2015
330ml bottle from Appellation Wines. Pours clear brown, thick beige head. Aromas of plums, almonds, raisins, prunes. Taste is more dark stone fruit, light almond booziness. Rich texture, long sweet, spicy finish. Lovely.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pedrens (102) - SPAIN - FEB 5, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2015 Botella 33 cl. color marron rojizo muy oscuro espuma beige claro de buena formacion. Olores q recuerdan a vino tinto, a frutas rojas, a malta tostada a levadura, algo de azucar moreno, muy complejo. En Boca el sabor es menos potente q el aroma, pero muy redondo. El dulce es medio/ alto el amargor tirando a bajo, aunque se aprecian bien los lupulos, los sabores muy similare a los del aroma con final a barrica y tirando a seco y mas amargo. La carbonaticon es media la textura media. Un birrote! Y a un precio insuperable!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
barbillon (54) - Pesaro, ITALY - FEB 1, 2015
birra bruin, di color ambrato scuro, al naso salgono sentori di prugne. Al palato gran carico di luppolo e caramello con un finale di cioccolato. Birra molto equilibrata tra dolce e amaro che la rende morbida. Spettacolo.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hohops (433) - Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2015
Appearance is mahogany brown, a small fizzy beige head which doesn’t last long. Lumps of sediment come out with the pour. Aroma- caramel, yeast, banana, dried plums, brown sugar, stewed apple, bread, malts, toffee. Taste- lovely. Fluffy mouthfeel, but some carbonation to see things along. Dark fruits dominate- raisin, plum, prune, hint of cherry, banana bread, toffee sweetness, thick and sweet finish. Excellent.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
leghorn99 (62) - Livorno, ITALY - JAN 25, 2015
Dal bel colore marrone con riflessi ramati e dalla schiuma fine, cremosa e abbondante, che si stabilizza poi in una lamina sottile. L’aroma è pungente e piccante: si sente il malto tostato, un pizzico di polvere di caffè, ma soprattutto un lievito pepato e un luppolo secco e deciso. Ottimo, davvero. Il corpo è quasi tagliente, si fa subito riconoscere, dando un taglio netto e deciso a tutte le possibili interpretazioni. 9° e non sentirli, quasi, tanto è pronunciato e corretto l’equilibrio generale: un inizio frizzante e luppolato (i lati della lingua ne vengono subito pizzicati), con un progressivo allargarsi del malto tostato, della liquirizia (tenue) e del caramello, con un ritorno finale delle sensazioni amarognole del luppolo. Finale nel contempo morbido e amaricante, con il palato suggestionato dal malto e i lati della lingua dal luppolo.


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