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%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kauge (699) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 3, 2015
Bottle from Wine of Galilee in Tallinn. Deep dark brown colour with a hue of chestnut or mahogany. Head is massive initially but drops fast to leave a good layer and some thick lacing. Nose leads to believe that this is going to be quite sweet - it’s got a lot of caramel and toffee, but also a deep woody spiciness (kind of like caraway / cummin seeds and cinnamon), also a red berry tartness. Can’t believe there’s no added sugar here... A bit of an alcoholic note as it’s warmer. Taste is very sweet malts - again, so hard to believe it’s actually sugar-free! - that are somewhat taken over by moderate bitterness and fruity and bread crust sourness, then they mix to create a very nice chocolaty, cinnamony and bready finish with a tingle of warming alcohol. Body medium, carbonation thin but active, palate very soft and creamy, while the finish is somewhat malty dry. A fine, complex beer!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beardbeerman (256) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 28, 2014
This strong ale showed a dense pour of a cloudy and intense reddish body letting loose tons of very fine bubbles with a vivid and thick hazel head sitting on top of it all. It showed a fair amount of retention and lacing but I would have expected more to be honest. The nose is very nice offering complex notes of floral hops, soapy yeasts, butterscotch, maple syrup and even some grainy malts. Not bad for a brew with no added sugar to develop such a sweet aroma. The taste gives away roasted and sweet malts almost imitating moka. There is a good balance between sweet and bitter that lets you enjoy even the taste. The warmth of the alcohol is perceptible and closely followed by a hoppy finale that wraps it all up in a very distinctive tasting experience adding a appreciable aftertaste. The mouthfeel is dense, oily but also sharp and vapory proving once again the complexity of the product. Overall this is a very well crafted beer that I strongly recommend not only for its quality but also for its complexity that will charm the connoisseur as well as the rookie since its very delicate and accessible.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Moravius (839) - Berlin, GERMANY - DEC 27, 2014
Flasche (75 cl, MHD: 08/2015) von Belgiuminabox.com, ein Jahr im Keller gelagert. - Tiefes Kupferrot, viele unappetitliche Schwebteilchen; reichlich kurzlebiger Schaum. - In der Nase obergärig-fruchtige Süße, überreife Banane, ein Hauch von Fenchel oder Anis und viel Alkohol. - Antrunk breit dunkelmalzig mit zuckriger Karamelsüße, Noten von Süßwein und schweren reifen Früchten (Pflaumen, Feigen, Rosinen). Gut rezent, schaumig. Im Abgang nur schwache Hopfenbittere aber reichlich wärmend-weiniger Alkohol. Schwacher Nachtrunk. - Abgesehen von der unappetlichen Erscheinung (man sollte das Glas besser nicht gegen das Licht halten) überzeugt mich dieses Brune auch geschmacklich keineswegs. Zu süß, zu wenig komplex, zu schnapsig, ohne ausreichende Hopfengrundierung.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gerardgathier (512) - - DEC 27, 2014
Currently I am updating my ratebeer with al the beers I drank but was too lazy to rate at the time. I give the scores I gave back than. If I drink the beers again I might re-rate them.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
strap (577) - Seoul, SOUTH KOREA - DEC 27, 2014
Dark with a fruit and roasted malt aroma. Brown sugar, cherries and a hint of chocolate. Very good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
k0mpsa (1752) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - DEC 22, 2014
Bottle from saveur bier. Hazy muddy brown color, tanned head. Aroma is balanced, plums, raisins. Balanced taste, raisins, sweet notes, malts. Nice but basic belgian.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
adamnowek (678) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 20, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2014 Nice and deep brown colour. Has an aroma of dried fruits. Amazingly smooth texture.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Iznogud (1549) - CROATIA - NOV 25, 2014
Bottle, 330 ml at Gollem Bier- en Eetcafé, Antwerp. Pours dark amber to brown with large beige head. Sweet, malty caramel, yeast, dark fruit. Bit spicy. Complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jc1762 (230) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 24, 2014
Thanks to tderoeck for the bottle! Pours with a big thick head. Lovey brown/caramel color - semi-translucent but basically opaque. A lot of sweet malts, caramel, and sweetness on the nose. The palate is very light bodied with a soft sweetness. Finish is long and sweet. I would recommend water biscuits in between if you’d like to keep your palate fresh for this one. I recommend drinking it at the temperature on the bottle (12-14 C). I kept it in the fridge overnight and was greeted with a much more alcoholic profile showcasing its 9% ABV.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hackobock (2181) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 24, 2014
October 20, 2014. Bottle at home, best before february 2016. Pours dark brown with a dense quickly dissipating tan head. Aroma is sweet prunes, raisins, caramel, light spices. Taste is medium sweet with dried fruits, brown sugar, dark fruits, very light bitterness. Finish is light roasted bitterness and medium sweet toffee and plum. Medium bodied, quite fizzy carbonation.

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