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


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RATINGS: 1457   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04   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.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Allseeingeye (223) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2002
Not quite as good as the gran cru, but the flavors keep coming as the beer nears room tempurature. I LOVE the belgians. Re-rate. Ruby brown color. Gurgling foamy head. Strong aroma of tangerines and tart green apples sifting through the olfactory senses. Smell of orange blossums pouring out of the glass like a mad scientist’s concoction. Delicate sweet malt and wild flower honey conjoined with citric hop flavors embrace the tongue. Lace slowly drools down the side of the glass rejoining the compact screen of bubbles floating on top of this malt elixer. Smell of Bayer’s children’s aspirin peering in. Wafts of raisins, plumbs, dates, and kiwi complement a subtle peppery mango flavor. Candy sweet taste left on the lips. Banana and nectarines in the nose and on the tongue as this nears room temp. Buttery walnut finish casually evolves into a citric sensation devoid of bitterness, leaving a soft warming alcohol sensation. WAY under-rated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
altonbrownd (3933) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - AUG 18, 2015
7/28/2007 4:10:54 PM Bottle at home. And what a bottle - lot 2009. Have been looking forward to this one. Smells quite skunky, rich, sugary. Very large foamy head. Quite strong flavour. Malty, textured. Lots of tastes into the finish. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bdunhill (254) - Brussels, BELGIUM - AUG 18, 2015
With quite a nutty aroma, this beer pours perfectly with a big frofy head and a dark brown complexion. This brown beer has a complex flavour that lingers and keeps you coming back for more.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
colui72 (324) - HONG KONG - AUG 13, 2015
Pours dark brown with creamy white head. Aroma of malts and cherries. Taste is sweet, malts, caramel, dark fruits, molasses, spices. Creamy, smooth... masterpiece!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BobyFischer (165) - FRANCE - AUG 11, 2015
Robe de grosse belge, noire reflets rouges et mousse blanc cassé. Nez d’épices, cannelle, vanille. En bouche, très fruité, acidulé, fruits rouges, liqueur, cerises (et fraises). Les neufs degrés sont discrets. Bon !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hikeg (64) - - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mmahut (1521) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
King_Alex_II (671) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
IngetSlick (73) - - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
martin00sr (1620) - 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...

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