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


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RATINGS: 1527   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PapaCanard (83) - SWITZERLAND - APR 10, 2016
A peine versée que la levure se met à danser dans le verre. Un régal pour les papilles autant que pour les yeux! Goût splendide dû à une torréfaction poussée qui développe un caractère puissant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mgajdaczewa (1710) - Katowice, POLAND - APR 5, 2016
W aromacie belgijskie suszone owoce i przyprawy, karmel, biszkopt, intensywnie, acz nie do końca przekonująco. W smaku półpełne, suszone owoce, biszkopt i karmel, goryczki brak, stosunkowo gładkie, pijalne. Wszystko na swoim miejscu, ale zachwyty nieuzasadnione.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chudwick (2842) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - APR 4, 2016
33cl bottle - none is basement aromas, dark fruit and candi sugars. Flat. Best by march 2017. Grassy hop flavor. Quite sweet. Good but doesn’t really stand out for the style. ABV is well hidden. Gets breadier if not roastier with every sip.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ndburns (175) - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2016
330ml bottle from Beers of Europe. Pours a medium misty brown with a quickly dissipating off white head. Malty aroma, with hints of fruit and wine. Complex taste of rich malts, some nicely balanced sweetness and bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lbianchi66 (325) - FRANCE - MAR 20, 2016
Robe brune et trouble. Pas de mousse. Quelques particules en suspension. Arômes biscuit, épices, levure, banane, vanille. Goût caramel et fruits confits qui restent longtemps en bouche. Légère aigreur sur la fin. Texture sirupeuse et carbonatation très fine. Une bonne bière.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nische (1912) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 18, 2016
Bottle from Saveur. Pours dark, hazy brown with off white head. Aroma of figs, caramel. dark fruits and malt. Sweetish taste of figs, dates, caramel and brown sugar. Sweetish finish. Nicely balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fantti (942) - FINLAND - MAR 13, 2016
Pullo @ Saveur-Biere. Kaatuu tulpaaniin tumman punaruskeana ja kirkkaana, noin sormen paksuisella vaahdolla. Tuoksussa on vahvana luumua, marjaisuutta, tummaa hedelmäisyyttä, kellarimaisuutta ja makeutta sokerimaisessa muodossa. Maussa makea marjaisuus ja luumuisuus on vahvaa, sokeria ja puumaisuuttakin löytyy. Suutuntuma on täyteläinen, makea ja todella runsas. Makean marjainen ja monipuolinen vahva belgi, runsas ja täyteläinen tapaus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcflylanister (62) - madrid, SPAIN - MAR 10, 2016
Botella. Presencia marron oscura con corona beige persistente con carbonatacion media. Aromas a cerreal pan y levadura, sabor a pan con notas ligeras de cafa y mucho caramelo final dulce algo seco y ligeramente alcoholico, buena cerveza.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Antonio369 (171) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 9, 2016
33cl bottle, served in tulip glass. Poured a dark amber brown with a one finger slight tan head that disappeared quickly. Wonderful aromas of wine, caramel, dark fruits, raisins, plums. Taste: Just amazing what is going on in my mouth right now. Raisins, vinous tannine, vanilla, whole wheat bread, plums, caramelised creme brulee, roasted malts, some sourness in the back, dates, tart, chocolate, hazelnuts, espresso, oak wood. This is unbelievably complex! A full body with a slightly tart and dry tannin finish. The 7 types of malts are clearly present. What an amazing brew this is...

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
KykoPatykar (21) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 2, 2016
Aroma: Dark fruits, malts, belgian yeasts. Appearance: Deep red to brown, tan 2-finger head. Taste: Medium sweet, light bitter, very complex, very well balanced. Palate: Full body, medium carbonation, long bittersweet finish. Overall: Perfectly balanced, delicious, one of my favourite belgian strong dark ales.

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