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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.


Oakes' rating

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Oakes (13539) - Vancouver, British Columbia, - JUN 23, 2000
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2003 Light brown, with a rich head. One of the best aromas in beer - plum, fruity hops, alcohol, mandarin orange, light cocoa. Alcohol, sweet palt malts, orange, mango, pear, peach - sweet, fruity, long flavours.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hikeg (46) - - JUL 31, 2015
Pours brown with large light brown frothy head. Aroma is malty, sugar, raisin, date, toffee, cinnamon, milk chocolate and rasberry. Flavour is sweet, port-like - bitter, hint of smoke in the finish. Body is medium to full, palate is oily, carbonation is lively.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mmahut (1488) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JUL 26, 2015
Bottle. Pours in hazy dark body with medium tan head. Aroma is nutty, milk caramel, light dark candi sugar. Taste has mediu nutty sweetness, evident alcohol. Low earthy bitterness. Body is full, high carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
King_Alex_II (643) - SWITZERLAND - JUL 23, 2015
Muddy brown color with a little foam. Brownish licorice smell. Decent carbonation with a smooth sweet licorice note. Malty sweet aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
IngetSlick (66) - - JUL 18, 2015
Bottle from Saveur Bière. Small frothy, white head. Brown, hazy body. Smells of plum, apricot, yeast, barley. Rich taste of wheat, caramel, almond, plum, very sweet and bitter. Soft aftertaste that dissipates quickly.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jelledebont (39) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 25, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2015 Donkerbruin bier met een schuimkraag die na vijf seconden compleet is verdwenen. En met die schuimkraag lijkt ook de smaak wat af te nemen. De eerst slok is heel erg lekker, daarna helaas wat eentonig.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
martin00sr (1590) - Haderslev, DENMARK - JUN 24, 2015
Hazy, dark red brown with thick light beige head. Aroma has spicy yeast, fruit, caramel, perhaps some chocolate and light alcohol whiffs. Quite complex. Flavour has sweet caramel and dried fruit, prunes and figs. Warming alcohol and nice bittersweet finish. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Good. Really good...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beermaris (156) - LATVIA - JUN 23, 2015
0.75 l bottle. Dark, cloudy appearance. Bitter sweet taste. Rather sweet aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rubin77 (140) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUN 21, 2015
F: very thin quickly gone to nothing. C: dark hazy opaque brown. A: very nice sweet rich malt and fruity. T: caramel malt, banana, bready, cherry, plums, raisins, a hint of coffee and chocolate, anise like, brown sugar together with some bitterness, very nice and impress Belgian strong ale, from Carrefour express in Brussels, try it!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Batavi (150) - Waalwijk, NETHERLANDS - JUN 21, 2015
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2015 fles gekocht via firmabier.nl, uitgeschonken in Gouden Carolus bokaal. Troebel mysterieus, roodbruin mahonie kleurig bier, met bruisende beige schuimkraag, die snel vertrokken is, een dunne schuimlaag blijft tot de laatste slok in het glas aanwezig. Volle zoete aroma's van gedroogd fruit, rozijnen, vijgen, dadels, toffee, karamel, Belgische gist, en subtiele tonen van rode wijn. Het smaakpallet is fraai complex en gebalanceerd tussen, zoet, kruidig en zacht bitter. Met tonen van boterachtige toffee, karamel, gedroogd fruit, met name rozijnen, en dadels, chocolade, rode wijn en bruine kandijsuiker, met als afsluiting een gebrande, houtachtige zurige toets. Deze Abbaye des Rocs Brune, heeft weer die specifieke Belgische smaak, die je ook vind in bieren van Westvleteren, Rochefort, St. Bernardus en Achelse kluis. Staat op RB in de categorie vermeld als Belgian Strong Ale, maar heeft veel kenmerken van een abt. quadrupel. Het mondgevoel is zoet met een lichte carbonatie en een afdronk van een subtiele en verfijnde hoptoets, de alcohol van 9% is goed verborgen. Een prachtig gebrouwen bier, kan zich met gemak meten met de beste Belgische bieren in deze stijl.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beeebon (308) - Cornwall, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2015
Pours a rich ruby brown colour, heavy sediment (as in chunks of yeast being poured however this is most likely due to my poor pouring technique!) and small tan head. Aroma is figs and dried fruits, slight spice, sweet malt, and doughy yeast. Taste is malty sweet and nicely balanced bitter, complex and enjoyable. Smooth feeling in the mouth and the alcohol is well masked. Very good indeed!


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