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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: 1382   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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3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AskForJenny (1020) - Ontario, New York, USA - APR 16, 2007
750ml - Light, light brown head of substantial size, toffee colored liquid, very small and fine bubbles. Candy sweet astringency fading to a woody finish. I liked it more as time passed. OK.


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
cmc619 (428) - California, USA - NOV 11, 2014
RateBeer Top 50 Belgium challenge. Nice dark brown with medium tan head. A bit of dark sediment in the last few drops. Rich, hot, dark fruit at the end. Overall very nice but this leans towards too hot/viscous for me.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steasy66 (961) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 7, 2014
Deep brown, small tan head. Aromas of yeast, red fruit, and considerable malt. Flavor is quite malt forward, very smooth, low carbonation almost like a nitro beer. Plenty of fruity esters. A bit overly sweet for me.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Unde (405) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 6, 2014
Mahogany brown colour with delicate head on top. Aroma has red berries, syrup and yeast. Taste starts with berries, tannin, slight syrup. Then there comes vanilla and cream. Pretty soft flavours. Medium body with medium carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kenter (2) - Den Burg, NETHERLANDS - OCT 28, 2014 does not count
cloudy, light sweetness, a very light taste of apple and malt, very nice beer

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
canary dog (665) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - OCT 24, 2014
Wonderfully dark and full. Roasted and nutty and warm, although the alcohol is well managed. A great, unadulterated malty brown ale brewed to its highest peak.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hanoi (440) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2014
Nose is caramel, bread tanin, sugars, spice, raisin, plum. Taste is brown sugar, nut, wood, spice, lifted by fruit notes, plum but also a touch of apple and pear, slight cola leading to a soft sweet nutty finish. Mouthfeel is good. A delicious brune.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (9635) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2014
Bottle at Rose Red Cafe, Brugge, 17/10/14. Hazed chestnut brown with a decent off white covering. Nose is caramel, spice, dark malt base, toffee, earthy notes. Taste comprises some bitter roasted notes, spice, toffee, dark fruit rinds, dates, prunes. Medium + bodied, fine carbonation, lightly warming alcohol in the close. Solid Belgian strong, good balance, but not quite seeing where the 4+ average score comes from!

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
opetomaxico (2) - - OCT 20, 2014 does not count
Riquísima tostada. Fuerte que entra como si fuese agua. Ideal para beber sin enterarte. (7/10). (Malte - A Coruña).

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Calisky (1017) - ALSACE, FRANCE - OCT 15, 2014
Couleur brune trouble, légère mousse beige, beaucoup de dépôts. Nez malté , candy, alcool, note fruits noirs. Gout malté caramel, fruits noirs,raisin, figue, épices, poivre, notes réglisse et zeste orange. Fin avec petite amertume

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (827) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - OCT 14, 2014
Cloudy tea-brown with lots of big flakes of sediment floating around. Half inch of consistent, fine tan head that fades moderate-to-slowly and leaves a film on the surface and substantial attractive ring around the outside. Aroma is white raisin, apple, figs, cherry, bit of grape, light bread and crust. Body is medium-light, on the watery side, very smooth moderate carbonation, fine creamy texture on the palate, no burn. Flavor is bread crust, hint of cinnamon stick and nutmeg, dried cherry, light brown sugar, moderate dates. Just enough heat on the exhale to keep things interesting. Fruitiness is understated in the flavor, in a good way. Hops are minimal (maybe hay or dried grass) and the very little bitterness is infused in the bread-crust flavor. I had pretty high expectations, but they’ve been surpassed. Great beer! Reminds me of Rochefort 8.


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