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


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RATINGS: 1527   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04/5   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 17, 2001
This is one of the very few beers that I give a perfect score. It seems like no one else knows about this beer, but let me tell you, its a beauty. Burgundy color, ripe fruit aroma, amazing sweet-sour contrasting taste. As good as it gets.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 27, 2002
WOW!, If there is a better sniffing beer than this, please let me know. Pours a deep cloudy brown, large frothy beige head and sheets of lace. Nose is a ripe banana, sweet cherries, with a touch of grainy malt. Start is sweet, middle thin, the finish is acidic, moderate carbonation and a touch of dryness, and a pleasent hop and alcohol bitterness to top off this most ’MAGNIFICENT BEER’

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
muzzlehatch (4840) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 1, 2002
Bottled, 2001 bottling? Gorgeous dark-amber/orange color with a huge head; wonderful nose (I can’t add much to what others have said; loads going on, with a huge malt/yeast texture). Gusler’s description overall is probably about the best; very sweet, with dominant caramel, apples and pears, and perhaps a hint of brandy. Wonderful body, great finish. Even though I had a weak cork and some of it ended up in the brew, this is one of the five best beers I’ve ever had and my clear new favorite among the Belgians. Like Trap, I got it for 4.99; unbelievable!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
pivo (2667) - GERMANY - JAN 2, 2003
What can I say -this is a perfect beer! Very strong juice-like nose. Hints of apricots in the nose and taste. Also orange flavors accented by spices in the middle (coriander). Slight hop bitterness at the end. Full body and a superb balanace. Incredible!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Betty (236) - Walgett, NSW, AUSTRALIA - JUN 2, 2004
Amazing beer. Can’t fault it. Thanks to Motelpogo for the oppurtunity! We’re using recultured yeast from it right now for a stout homebrew and it’s working really well. The beer is way malty and classy caramel for real and belgian chocolate all over the place. One of the best I’ve had.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 9, 2004
My first sampling of this brew in several years and I’m all atwitter! Cap and cork are removed and the prey is sighted, the creamy nodule of foam that peeks from the neck, waiting to escape from the green bottle and into a worthy glass, eager for my consumption. Cast in a gorgeous garnet color, cherry red, a sumptuous sight, the foam a lovely thing, all lace, all bubbly. Nose is velvety soft, angelic, sexy. This aroma is a herald to beer nirvana, beautifully yeasty, happily hoppy. I reel in orgiastic delight, sent from the ecstacy of it all. We sip, and the tastebuds are enticed, excited, set aflame, aglow, tossed back, and laid low...a graniloquent effect, indeed. Magnificent maltiness! Abundant fruitiness! A symphony of rich, rounded flavors rings loudly through all corners and corridors of mind, body, and soul. Sip after sip, a massive power sweeps over, wave after wave...magniloquent, effervescicant, scintillastic, etherealistic...I’m left inventing new words to truly transcibe such transcendence. Like soaking in happiness, trading in your every cell for burgundy bubbles and floating into unearthly ecstacy. The very thing to judge others of this style by, Does it flood the mouth with flavor? Does it devastate the senses? Damn, but this sure does!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Stevehill (1) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2006 does not count
Wonderful stuff. Served at about 50ª, the aroma and flavor are out of this world.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BeerFanDan17 (1086) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - MAR 2, 2007
I still think this is THE BEST BEER I HAVE EVER TASTED. The color is fantastic--what a true beer should look like. My buddy and I bought a few bottles of this at a local import beer store, brought them home, and served them up in large goblets. The beer not only pours perfect, but the look and texture and bits of yeast make for a great look. The taste is creamy, strong, and flavorful perfection. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
cyrenaica (1126) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2007
I tried this beer on July 16, 2007 at "Smokeless Joe’s" In Toronto. I loved the label.........I’m not a religious person, but the label was beautiful. Anyway, the beer poured a dark brown into the glass with a half inch head that lasted throughout the experience. The aroma was very yeasty with some hints of pears. It was silky smoth and full-bodied on the tongue with hints of carbonation. The flavour was outstanding...malty, yeasty, with a tinge of sweetness. Just a smidgen below the St. Bernardus Abt 12.........but not much.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
cluny6 (115) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUL 17, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2009 My favorite beer in the world! Pours a nice cloudy, full of sediment brownish amber. Good head that lingers. Sweet, dark fruit, candied orange smell. Slightly carbonated feel, with notes of candied berries. Very sweet. Very complex in the flavor, it overwhelms your senses with pleasure. Might be a bit too sweet for some. I give it an A+

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