ElGaucho (2120) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle. Somebody or some entity did not want me to rate this beer. It has eluded me for years. Twice I have bought the Abbaye des Rocs Grand Cru, mistaking it for the top rated Abbaye des Rocs brew. The last time was last weekend at Bottleworks in Seattle. Luckily, I had a notion I bought the wrong one again and called tennisjoel from the parking lot who set me straight. Luckily the store clerk allowed me to swap it out despite the Grand Cru bottle having spent several minutes in the bright sun, which is sacrilege in the dark store that is Bottleworks. When I finally sat down just now to open the bottle, I had the hardest time opening through the black foil and ended up cutting my finger on the cap. Like I said, somebody or something didn’t want me to get this brew. Of course, there wasn’t much of a carbonation sound when opening the bottle and the head is flat, so I hope I didn’t get an old or flat bottle!!!!! Smells rich, sweet, Belgian and somewhat sour. Lots of complexity in the aroma. Beautiful cloudy darker brownish red. Whispy head gives way to no head. Yup, this is flat. I’m telling you, I’ve had the worst luck with this beer. The label says best before 2010. So, two years before it’s best before date, it’s flat. I’m thinking the cap had somehow been compromised, which may be somewhat tougher to do with the foil "seal". Regardless, very disappointing to have lugged this bottle home from Seattle to Minneapolis only to have it be flat.
I can tell that with carbonation this would be a pretty darn good brew. Plenty of flavor and good balance. A pitty to drain pour Abbaye des Rocs Brune.
jcweaver (748) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours reddish-brown with a medium off-white head. Aroma of nuts and caramel with dried fruits and a hint of chocolate. Nutty caramel flavor with a touch of cherries and chocolate. Dry finish.
Sureshpa (187) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: Almonds, dried red fruits, caramel, peach, hint of roast,chestnut, very nice complex nose Appearance: Brown, red glow, hazy, off white head, medium lace Taste: Caramel, chestnut, dried fruit, little sour, slight hint of coffee
emartell (202) - Zapopan, Jalisco, MEXICO - DEC 5, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aromas excelentes. Ligeramente dulces y abundantemente frutales, destacando la manzana, uva, ciruela, cereza y pasas.
Referente a su apariencia color café obscuro con tonalidades granates a contra luz. Cuerpo medio, espuma media de baja retencion la cual sin embargo se adhiere a las paredes de la copa en firma de encaje de Bruselas.
En boca excelente. Suave, brutalmente frutal y con un excelente equilibriio.
Al paladar genial. En primera instancia suave, posteriormente frutal, en donde se percibwn notas a manzana, ciruela, cereza y uvas. Al final el equilivrio es muy bueno, dejando una ligera sensación entre acida y amarga.
En general una grandiosa cerveza, diferente pero buenisima, en la cual en ningún momento se percibe su potencia alcohólica y en la cual y si su explosión frutal.
skoisirius (1350) - Earth, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Godsdamn I used to drink the shit out of this amazing conception of Brune back in the Bottleworks days. One of the best.
lux_edwards (29) - - NOV 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A 33 cl bottle, pours a dark ruby with a beige head, aroma of chocolate and cherries. Taset is a little sweet and can taste a hint of cherry. Incredibly smooth with a well balanced palate considering the high alcohol content of 9%. Delicious and will be looking for more.
MisoW (536) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - NOV 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown color, light beige head. Aroma of cherries, red wine, chocolate. Taste is sweet, chocolate, cherries, coffee, dark berries, higher carbonation. Sweet finish.
Trappist1 (231) - Diest, BELGIUM - NOV 6, 2013
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
dark brown, light grey head. nose: chocolate, sulpher (?) and cleaning product. Taste: caramel, chocolate but also something off. did not like this one.
JStax (2400) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle Best Before 29/04/2012 poured into a brandy snifter. I wonder how old this beer really is. I can’t seem to find anything using the googles. Oh well. The aroma on this one has walnuts, wet wood, toasted nuts, some sherry notes. Fairly complex aroma. The taste is fairly nutty and woody. Not really bitter in any way, but id is fairly dry, like a walnut hull. Some raisin comes through a little bit and really just tops this beer off. Very well done beer. I wish I knew how their bottle dating worked. I would guess this beer is at least 2.5 to 3 years old, but could easily be even older. I guess that just means I should load up on this beer for the cellar.
Jayseppi (99) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma on this one was pretty faint. What I could detect was pleasing, but it didn’t exactly jump out if the glass. Great dark ruby colour with a beige, soda pop-like wispy head. Great Belgian beer flavour. Earthiness, licorice and some smokiness are present with underlying sweetness and dark fruits. The palate could be better as there is quite a large amount of sediment, despite my pouring efforts, that is detectable while drinking. With a stronger aroma and less sediment in the glass this would be a truly beautiful beer.
budedou (79) - Villemandeur, FRANCE - OCT 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very good strong brown belgian beer!
very tasty and strong as I like :)
Next time with pleasure :)