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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: 1378   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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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2002
Re-rate: Had a year old one last night; still great and very malty. Had with Italian food and it worked well. A really nice strong ale. Not overpowering or strong alcohol presence. Malty and rich in flavor.


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 (422) - 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 (9149) - 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 (875) - 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 (818) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eduardovl (871) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
330ml bottle served in a Chimay chalice. A: Pours a nice dark amber to brown color. Quite dirty with chunks and yeasts floating around. That’s most probably the dirtiest beer I’ve ever had! Forms a medium head when poured. Good retention and many lacings formed and left S: Brown bread and Belgium yeasts. Toffee and caramel. Fruity and spicy too. Notes of black pepper and vanilla T: Complex. Balanced sweet-bitterness. Mix of Belgium yeasts, roasted malts, brown bread, dark fuits, brown sugar. An authentic Belgian Ale M: Quite smooth. Unbelievable that this is a 9% ABV. Medium-high carbonation. Very bready aftertaste O: Very drinkable. Very easidrinking despite of the high ABV. Absolutely great beer. No mistake here [ BA Review @ 1/28/2010 ]

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zakoon (62) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 12, 2014
Bottle @ home. Pours red/brown with a thin brown head. Aroma is caramel malt, toffee, raisins and dark fruits. Flavour is sweet and yeasty. Full body, creamy texture, soft carbonation, Finish is sweet and caramel.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (5983) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 6, 2014
"a sweet, woody, slightly spicy ull bodied belgian ale. better flavored and cleaner than either the tripel or grand cru. maybe still a touch overrated, but quite good. fig, malt, dark fruit, spice, candi sugar? lots going on here, quite smooth...still not quite a favorite."

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gripweed57 (732) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - OCT 4, 2014
750 ml bottle. Amber red colors big rocky beige head. Sweet caramel malt nose has notes of port and dark dried fruits. First sip yields a soft rich brown sugar maltiness that leans toward plums. Mid taste is sticky and sweet and complex with hints of vanilla and wood. Finishes with a spicy herbal hoppiness. This is a nice rich Belgian brown ale that is full of depth and complex character.


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