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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: 1342   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05   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.


2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Anatole (90) - BELGIUM - FEB 4, 2014
Une brune typique belge, épicée, caramel, café. Je n’y ai pas trouvé de complexité. Déception.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
goozen (2880) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JAN 31, 2014
Bottle 0,33ltr: Hazy dark brown coloured brew with nicely bitter taste. Hints of caramel, spices, vanilla and some slightly sourness. This beer is very above expectations, thought first another Abbey Dubbel but i was wrong.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JaKeAFC (492) - ITALY - JAN 29, 2014
33 cl bottle, 9%, best before 20.2.2014, into a wide tulip. Appearance: Red color, clear with a lot of rocky sediment, nice smooth creamy beige head. Strong malty spicy nose. Aroma is syrupy, lots of malts, dark bread, wood, earthy yeast. Dark grapes, red apple peel, a whole of raisins, nuts, caramel, plum, an hint of licorice, cinnamon, spices. Winous indeed, very rich. Taste has a wonderful harmony within malts sweetness and hops bitterness, a bit salty, umami, tasty, tasty and damn tasty, can’t stop sipping. Finish is sweetish, but somewhat short with hoppy overtones. Medium to full bodied, a bit tart. Palate:, alc 9% but the alcohol is subtle and very pleasing, liquor like, comes out after a while. Incredibly smooth mouthfeel, soft carbonation, creamy. Overall: this is a wonderful, classy, ultra smooth. But personaly i’d like a bit more prominent hops profile, anyway for winter this is a winner.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fkoolen (230) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JAN 25, 2014
Dark brown colour, slim creamy head. Nose and taste get a delicate mix of flavours from the special mix of hops and yeasts: spices (pepper, nutmeg), dried and sweet fruits like plume and figs, liquorice and even some woody smokyness. Very balanced between sour, bitter and spicy with a touch of sweetness rounding it off. No big alcohol punch despite the 9°. Medium bodied, low-medium carbonation. Favourite brown ale out there.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ABT_S54 (124) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2014 33cl bottle in a Trappist glass. Pours a wonderful dark brown colour with a moderate beige head. Truly amazing beverage. Rich cakelike taste with prunes, figs and lots of malt tastes dominate. One of the better (if not the best) Belgian brown ale I have tasted. Well worth the hype.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stecken (174) - SWEDEN - JAN 22, 2014
Bottle. Brown with a beige head. Aroma and taste is dried fruit, caramel, yeast, plums. Medium body, sweet warming finish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
alethol (102) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 20, 2014
Pours a murky red brown. Delicious aromas of malt and sweetess. Very soft, medium body with little carbo. Tastes of malts, maple syrup, red fruit. Complex, but very well balanced. Suberb beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WheatKing (1276) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 19, 2014
Small bottle. Pours brown, beige head. Nose is toffee/molasses, alcohol, prune. Flavour is same with some leather. I liked this one but it was a little on the sweet caramel side to become a "classic" Belgian for me, sad to see I’m missing out.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Biganon (4) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 8, 2014 does not count
Medium chocolate-brown, pretty cloudy, with average-sized beige head. Nice smell of old chocolate and grapes, powerful taste, both roasted and yeasty. Behind that is a sweet, round note.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (4440) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2014
750 ml bottle. Poured a dark brown color. Aroma is spice, some boozy caramel notes, malts. Flavor is some dark dried fruits, touch of chocolate. Bitter, sweet malts. Alcohol is certainly noticeable. Pretty good on a cold winter night.


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