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


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RATINGS: 1430   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (6576) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 6, 2014
"a sweet, woody, slightly spicy ull bodied belgian ale. better flavored and cleaner than either the tripel or grand cru. maybe still a touch overrated, but quite good. fig, malt, dark fruit, spice, candi sugar? lots going on here, quite smooth...still not quite a favorite."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gripweed57 (886) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - OCT 4, 2014
750 ml bottle. Amber red colors big rocky beige head. Sweet caramel malt nose has notes of port and dark dried fruits. First sip yields a soft rich brown sugar maltiness that leans toward plums. Mid taste is sticky and sweet and complex with hints of vanilla and wood. Finishes with a spicy herbal hoppiness. This is a nice rich Belgian brown ale that is full of depth and complex character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
melush (1159) - SPAIN - SEP 27, 2014
Botella de 33 cl, adquirida en Cerveceria Internacional. Color ambar oscuro. Sabor a malta, caramelo, uvas pasas, ligeramente a alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maakun (1173) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 27, 2014
Bottle. Reddish dark brown with medium off white head. Sweet malts and candy sugar, roasted vegetables with syrup, lemon soda and dried red fruits. Hint of cocoa and spices. Sweet, medium to full bodied and very nice carbo. Classic

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marduk (3533) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 27, 2014
330ml bottle. Clear deep brown color. Medium size, creamy beige head, stays. Looks really nice. Prunes, caramel, sweet, bit woody yeasty aroma. Malty, touch of roast, sweet, nutty notes in taste. No signs of alcohol in taste. Sweet nutty body. Soft carbonation. Smooth to drink. Nutty, malty aftertaste. Nice one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Foffern (1383) - Bodø, NORWAY - SEP 17, 2014
Bottle at home. Over 2 years old. Has a very deep reddish brown colour with a frothy, big, beige head. Aroma has lots of dried fruit, leather, oak, meat, heahter and some chocolate and alcohol. The flavour is similar a very rich with some licorice and more roasted malt, oak and chocolate. Has a slick and silky mouth feel, and a light bitterness. A rich, complex and wonderful dark Belgian strong ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (7501) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 16, 2014
Bottle, via trade with dresden (thanks Steve!). Deep golden brown with a lively beige head that retains beautifully. Sweet aroma of burnt sugars, plums, raisins, caramelized banana, vague spices. The palate reflects the nose perfectly, with a rummy quality and silky mouthfeel. Full bodied without being syrupy or cloying. Warming finish. Sublime.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
McWorta (830) - LUXEMBOURG - SEP 16, 2014
Deep red/amber in colour with a fine lightly tan foamy head. On the nose complexity of sweet malt, barnyard, resin and spices develop. The texture is somewhat slick offering a full body. Rather sweet with some snappyness to it. Well balanced with a lingering sweet-spiced finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markoijelena (977) - Belgrade, SERBIA - SEP 15, 2014
Bottle 0.33l from Dranken Geers Ghent Belgium.Pour it dark colour with medium white head.Taste of dried fruits, caramel and very roasted malt.Perfect balanced sour and sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
darrennelson12 (455) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 12, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2014 In bottle (Delerium/Brussels); very nice beer ... poured a nice medium brown. Taste and aroma almost of root beer??? Somewhat sweet and bubbly ... very nice; I will buy again

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