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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: 1504   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


gbzia's rating

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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JFF (93) - - APR 30, 2016
Arômes de bourbon, vanille. Robe marron/rubis. Bonne mousse blanche. En bouche, un peu sucré, pas amère du tout, bien rond, vanille.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mesjasz (708) - Lodz, POLAND - APR 29, 2016
Bardzo miły słodki aromat, głównie rodzynki, karmel, kandydowane owoce, słodkie winogrona. Smak słodki, ale nie zamulajacy, mocno karmelowo rodzynkowy, suszona śliwka, wiśnia. Alkohol prawie nie wyczuwalny. Posmak słodki, ale z lekką goryczką, karmelowy. Ciało pełne, tekstura gładka, niskie wysycenie. Bardzo smaczne.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Saeglopur (1577) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - APR 23, 2016
330 ml bottle, vintage 2013, bb 11/10/2015.
Dark copper-brown body, with a lot of floating yeast and a small, creamy, beige head.
Aroma of caramel, dried fruits, berries, cocoa, milk chocolate, some pices.
Tastes of dried fruits, cocoa, caramel, cinnamon, some toast, some wood, subtle alcohol.
Medium, creamy mouthfeel, with an average carbonation.
Finishes smooth, medium sweet, a bit dry, slightly roasty, with cocoa, wood, spices, fruits, some alcohol warmth.

Really tasty. Very smooth and perfectly balanced, complex, but also feels simple at the same time. Quite sweet, but not too much, with enough smooth, dry, slightly roasty notes. Alcohol is greatly hidden, just providing some warmth. Among my favourite Belgian dark strong ales I’ve had so far.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tognetta (624) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - APR 13, 2016
Marrom escura, de pouca turbidez, espuma de baixa formação e pouca persistência. Aroma maltado, achocolatado, açúcar caramelizado. Paladar de dulçor intenso, pouco amargor da torrefação. Corpo licoroso e baixa carbonatação. Final de longa duração trás um pouco de tabaco, achocolatado, maltes torrados, álcool menor do que o esperado pela % o que é um bom sinal.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
UjoKlobasa (362) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 13, 2016
Bottle. Dark amber color, cloudy liquid with a lot of sedimentation (never seen so much in a beer before), yellowish head. Alcohol smell. Aroma of liquor, bananas, cinnamon, exotic spices. Heavy malty sweet, light sour. Warm alcoholic finish. I really enjoy this one a lot.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anstei (888) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - APR 12, 2016
Bottle from Hops & Malt. Quite typical, yet not an extreme Belgian strong. Some candy, some booze, some fruits and resin. Full in taste and warming on the palate. Good balance, but rather low carbonation. A little more of that wouldn’t have hurt. Still a very decent brew.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rami_pl (1370) - Warszawa, POLAND - APR 12, 2016
butelka, warka do 29/05/2017. lekki gushing, wysoka ladna piana, metnawe, bursztynowo brazowe piwo. aromaty intensywne, karmelowe, toffi, suszone ciemne owoce (rodzynki, figi, sliwki, wisnie), troche swiezyc owocow (wisnie?), troche przypraw (cynamon?), ciut alko. w ustach nieco syropowe, mimo ze dosc wysoko wysycone, ewidentnie slodkie, powtorka z aromatow, ciut kwaskowate, goryczka odnotowywalna, przyprawowa alkohol dobrze ukryty, grzeje w gardlo. w posmakach pojawia sie melasa. calosciowo: klasa. bardzo ladnie zrownowazone. ale... chyba spodziewalem sie jeszcze ciut wiecej.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PapaCanard (34) - SWITZERLAND - APR 10, 2016
A peine versée que la levure se met à danser dans le verre. Un régal pour les papilles autant que pour les yeux! Goût splendide dû à une torréfaction poussée qui développe un caractère puissant.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mgajdaczewa (1418) - Katowice, POLAND - APR 5, 2016
W aromacie belgijskie suszone owoce i przyprawy, karmel, biszkopt, intensywnie, acz nie do końca przekonująco. W smaku półpełne, suszone owoce, biszkopt i karmel, goryczki brak, stosunkowo gładkie, pijalne. Wszystko na swoim miejscu, ale zachwyty nieuzasadnione.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chudwick (2683) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - APR 4, 2016
33cl bottle - none is basement aromas, dark fruit and candi sugars. Flat. Best by march 2017. Grassy hop flavor. Quite sweet. Good but doesn’t really stand out for the style. ABV is well hidden. Gets breadier if not roastier with every sip.


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