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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: 1399   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.


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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackl (5057) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Bottle @ home. Delayed gusher (my least favorite kind!). The pour’s deep brown with a medium off-white head that slowly settles. The nose is big orange liqueur, chocolate sauce, plenty of fruity esters, spice cabinet, plenty of belgian yeast funkiness. Bruised red fruits. The taste is spiced christmas cake, more orange peel and red berry. Some roasted nut, rich caramel, plenty of chocolate malt. Long, slightly hot finish. The body’s smooth and rich. The ABV’s hidden very well. Overall, a pretty excellent Belgian Strong Ale. Worth checking out.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
leghorn99 (50) - Livorno, ITALY - JAN 25, 2015
Dal bel colore marrone con riflessi ramati e dalla schiuma fine, cremosa e abbondante, che si stabilizza poi in una lamina sottile. L’aroma è pungente e piccante: si sente il malto tostato, un pizzico di polvere di caffè, ma soprattutto un lievito pepato e un luppolo secco e deciso. Ottimo, davvero. Il corpo è quasi tagliente, si fa subito riconoscere, dando un taglio netto e deciso a tutte le possibili interpretazioni. 9° e non sentirli, quasi, tanto è pronunciato e corretto l’equilibrio generale: un inizio frizzante e luppolato (i lati della lingua ne vengono subito pizzicati), con un progressivo allargarsi del malto tostato, della liquirizia (tenue) e del caramello, con un ritorno finale delle sensazioni amarognole del luppolo. Finale nel contempo morbido e amaricante, con il palato suggestionato dal malto e i lati della lingua dal luppolo.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bosbouw (1435) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - JAN 24, 2015
Mooie donker rode kleur met een volle kraag. Ruikt zoetig, honing, herfstfruit. Smaakt zoetig, caramel, suiker.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fombe89 (138) - Asturias, SPAIN - JAN 19, 2015
Botella .de @Señor Lúpulo. Despacho de cervezas ...................... Casa 18/01/2014

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thirstyrabbit (1190) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 19, 2015
Bottle. Hazy light brown/orange body, medium head. Sweet and delicately fruity (or some kind of perfumey) aroma without the excessive yeast/caramel combo that comes first in many other dark Belgians. I even get some fresh green apple peel. Sweet malty taste with more delicate fruitiness. High carbonation, but somehow the yeastiness is still floral and pleasant. Excellent beer, reminds me of Rochefort 8, only it’s even more smoother. This is an essential classic beer for sure.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sissio (748) - Orsenigo, ITALY - JAN 15, 2015
Clear ruby copper, cappuccino head. Clean aroma with yellow mature fruits, dessert wine (passito), spices, caramel toffee and butterscotch. Smooth and full taste, which explodes in your mouth. Perfectly balanced.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rok1024 (1181) - Maribor, SLOVENIA - JAN 11, 2015
Dark brown appearance, medium head. Aroma of dried fruits, caramel, roasted barley, coffee and chocolate. Some tannin, low bitterness, rich palate, sweet and balanced. Excellent Bruine style beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kauge (410) - 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!

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beardbeerman (138) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Moravius (641) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gerardgathier (458) - - 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.


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