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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: 1512   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04/5   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.


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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - OCT 22, 2005
750ml bottle. Fizzes like crazy as you take the cap off (no cork), but thankfully it’s not a gusher, just in a hurry to get in the duvel tulip. Pours chocolate brown with a ton of coarse ground pepper sized floaties and a two fingered oatmeal colored head that dies away slowly. The aroma is dark, ripe fruits, raisins, prunes, plums and some spicy, yeasty aromas. Maybe some Burgandy. The mouthfeel is large. The taste is sweet at first with dark, ripe fruits followed by some light alcohol notes, some light bitternes, and an almost creamy mouthfeel that finishes with a lot of taste and a nice, mild alcohol burn. Pretty tasty.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopverdju (469) - BELGIUM - JUN 22, 2016
Karmijnrood bier met licht beige schuimkraag. Geur: fruitig, banaan, peer, wat alcoholisch. Smaak: zoetig, rozijn, wat banaan, basterdsuiker. Redelijk volmondig. Matige koolzuurprikkel. Afdronk: zoetig - bitterig, rozijn.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mecafilo (189) - Perugia, ITALY - JUN 16, 2016
Bottle @ home. Pours with a dark brown reddish colour, big rocky tan head. Aroma is very Belgian: typical yeasty notes (basement aromas), and spices; some hops too. Taste is medium sweet, medium bitter, slightly sour, slightly salty. Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation. A good, well-done triple.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
alteregoo (747) - POLAND - MAY 31, 2016
Piana bardzo obfita i sycząca, szybko opada do chmurki, gushing przy otwieraniu. Barwa czerwono brązowa, brzydko zmętniona - sporo dużych "farfocli" wewnątrz trunku. W aromacie głównie suszone i kandyzowane owoce, jasne winogrono, porto, karmel i stary chmiel. Smak dość słodki, winogronowy (co ważne, nie dodawano tu cukru), ogólnie powtórka z aromatu, przy czym jest wyraźna rodzynka i suszona gruszka macerowane w brandy czy mocnym słodkim winie - fantastyczna sprawa. Goryczka niska, ziołowa. Wysycenie średnie, pełne, wyklejające w odczuciu, może nie gęste, ale treściwe. Alkohol? - bliższy 5% niż 9 :)
Gdyby nie ten stęchły chmiel w zapachu i gushing piwo byłoby genialne, a tak jest po prostu bardzo dobre. Podejrzewam, że inna butelka - lepiej przechowywana lub świeższa (moja ma datę do 10/02/2017) mogłaby zahaczać o ideał BDSA.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
pitch992 (100) - SLOVENIA - MAY 30, 2016
Aroma: raisins, plums, banana, alcohol, dark caramel, strawberry (pretty sure that’s aromatic malt), doughy, some biscuit, molasses?. Appearance: dark red, very cloudy, off white head with good retention. Quite the gusher though, impossible to pour nicely in the beginning- all of the yeast got resuspended and is in little flakes inside the glass. I don’t know what to say as this was really unexpected. Taste: same notes as in aroma but with more prominent alcohol warming, quite sweet, some more dark caramel, gentle roast, nonexistent bitterness, honey-strawberry taste that I adore from the aromatic malt. The rest is the same and quite interesting, complex. medium body, creamy, slick feel, lively, long sweet finish with some lingering aromatic malt, dark fruits leftovers. Equisite. Overall: A sipper with amazing complexity, I can see coming back to this beer for more, despite its significant alcohol warming and sweetness which are not really faults but move away from the typical belgian "drinkability and slight dryness" of dubbels/brunes. Apart from that the presentation is its only fault due to the significant gushing and resuspending of the yeast.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beggard (60) - - MAY 18, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2016 Känguruh pub Vienna, 0,33l bottle. Slightly alcoholic, sweet, caramel aroma. Brown color with a creamy head. Cake, chocolate, sweet taste, very complex one. Leaving bourbon, sweet, rich aftertaste. Lovely beer

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5675) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 14, 2016
750ml bottle. Floaties galore inside an unfiltered cherry brown body. Beige/off white head. Deep malt tones, a hint oxidized certainly. Fruity yeast notes, lots of red fruit. Very classical, rustic Belgian Brown. Good, but not as good as I remembered it from years past.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
koleminer20 (2113) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2016
750 mL bottle shared by ebone1988. Vintage 2013. The pour is a ruby or copper with an absolute ton of light brown chunklets floating about. There is a nice thick ring of light khaki head and a little bit of bubbly lace as it falls down. The aroma it is a little tart. There is a nice maltiness to it. There is a good bit of brown sugar and a little spiciness that really comes through on the back end. It’s nicely balanced, with a hint of tartness that I can’t really place. The flavor is very bi-directional. It’s sweet and carries a light dark fruit up front and it morphs through to a ton of breadiness. It finishes like a Belgian strong should, but there is just bready malts. I was hoping for a little more complexity in this one. The mouth feel is pretty decent. There is a nice thick creaminess to it, but it is a little over carbed. The aftertaste is bready and carries a little malty spice to it. This one could be great, but the chunklets just take too much away.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ebone1988 (1182) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2016 Bottle shared with koleminer20. 2013 vintage. Aroma is dark fruit, raisins, slight tartness, apples, spices, really nice. Appearance is red brown, light tan head, TONS of sediment in an otherwise clear beverage. Taste is bready, sweet malt, dark fruit, raisins, overwhelmed by the breadiness. Mouthfeel is medium body, light carbonation, lots of sediment and the standard bitter Belgian Strong aftertaste. Overall, I bet this beer would?ve been something fresher. Still, fine for the style.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JFF (106) - - APR 30, 2016
Arômes de bourbon, vanille. Robe marron/rubis. Bonne mousse blanche. En bouche, un peu sucré, pas amère du tout, bien rond, vanille.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mesjasz (847) - Lodz, POLAND - APR 29, 2016
Bardzo miły słodki aromat, głównie rodzynki, karmel, kandydowane owoce, słodkie winogrona. Smak słodki, ale nie zamulajacy, mocno karmelowo rodzynkowy, suszona śliwka, wiśnia. Alkohol prawie nie wyczuwalny. Posmak słodki, ale z lekką goryczką, karmelowy. Ciało pełne, tekstura gładka, niskie wysycenie. Bardzo smaczne.


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