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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: 1453   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rdb84 (325) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 30, 2015
Bottle. Darkest red, cola pour. Modest but lasting head with little lacing. Sweetness in the aroma is noticeable from across the table. It is lovely blend, robust, characteristic. Yet, it is difficult to pinpoint the fragrances. Dark chocolate, prune, light hairspray booziness, rye, faint hint of ripened soft cheese, hint of chickpeas, fresh grass notes. Near perfect amalgam. Taste starts sweet and salty, mostly salmiakki. First sip really hits the palate hard. Saltiness abates quickly, and in subsequent tastes the sweetness comes through: chocolate, bubblegum, faint hint of red wine, hint of coffee/espresso. Again: near perfect mix, very nicely balanced, robust. Aftertaste is slightly sticky, dry. Very nice.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nogva (55) - NORWAY - MAR 20, 2015
Pours a warm ruby with a beautiful creamy light tan head with great retention. Rich aroma of yeast, raisins, caramel and a hint of cherries. Full body, creamy feel, average carbonation. Taste is also sweet and malty with dark fruits, licorice and spices. Long lasting and warming finish. Excellent!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NallePalle (286) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAR 30, 2015
Bottle, 33 cl, Belgobaren, Stockholm. Overall exciting aroma and taste, interesting.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerheart65 (1116) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 14, 2015
Hazy ruby/mahogany, thin creamy offwhite head. Sweet and malty, red berries, vinous notes. Medium body, soft and round, soft carbonation, medium sweet, medium long finish. This is a lively one, raisins and dark fruits come as this gets warmer and gets more air. Quite delicate flavors and nuances, sophisticeted feel, good balance, easy to drink.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
paolo71 (112) - Alviano, ITALY - MAR 7, 2015
Light brown frothy head. Fairly persistent. Copper, red shadows, cloudy. Intense and fairly persistent at nose. Dark honey, chocolate, coffe, caramel, a hint of alcool, raisin. Thick body, average carbonation.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ysok02 (375) - MOns, BELGIUM - MAR 2, 2015
Superbe robe brune. Nez puissant sur le malt, légère note torréfiée, épices, banane, fruits mûrs, levure. Bouche à l’attaque ample, une superbe rondeur, une rétro épicée et caramelisée, longue finale riche et équilibrée. Une très grand brune, pas loin de la Rochefort...

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bonkiedeaap (428) - Leerdam, NETHERLANDS - APR 6, 2015
Bottle from Dranken Verheyen in Poppel. The beer is dark ruby red colored and pours a large cream colored head, with average carbonation. The aroma is rich palate of sweet and bitter tones, like raisins, caramel and dark fruits but also hops and spices. The taste is smooth and full and is medium sweet and fruity, which ends in a well balanced bitterness with some spices and the 3 hops are just a little noticable. The finish is long, complex and is pleasantly bitter.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sinte (404) - Udine, ITALY - MAR 31, 2015
Bottle 0.75L. Hazy dark copper body with large, frothy, tan head, mostly lasting with some nice lacing. Moderate-to-heavy malty (caramel) and light hoppy (citrus, flowers) aroma with notes of red fruits, spices, alcohol; very light feeling of medicine. Moderate sweet flavour with light acidic note. Medium body with watery-to-oily texture; soft carbonation; light alcoholic warming in the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
klm1 (474) - - APR 7, 2015
Very dark brown colour with big reddish head. Aroma of dark chocolate malts, caramel, raisins, dark fruits, hops. The same is the taste. Overall good, complex beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FunkyF (402) - Örebro, SWEDEN - FEB 20, 2015
Flaska från Saveur-biere. Mörkt brunröd med mycket beige skum. Doft av karamell, choklad , jäst och lite körsbär. Söt med lite syrlig eftersmak, inslag av karamell och choklad.


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