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


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RATINGS: 1269   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Abbaye des Rocs Grand Cru has a rich, complex fruit aroma of cherries, golden raisins, peaches, and assorted dried fruit, laced with honey and caramel. Smooth, rich flavors reminiscent of cherries dipped in caramel, finishing with notes of dried chocolate, roasted almonds, and a hint of molasses.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2004
Bottled - Bedford Beer Festival. 75cl bottled shared between the gathering. A wonderful moussey aroma with tons of spicy fruits, berries and currants. A mid brown colour. The taste is typically AdR with tons of alcohol but some challenging ’meat and veg’ type flavours. Very complex and obviously well brewed but there is something that I just cannot grasp about it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2004 Bottle conditioned at Bedford Beer Festival 2004, Wednesday Beautiful elixir, so sweet and spicy, dried fruit also. So rich and and complex in flavour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
UPDATED: APR 2, 2005 Pours a hazy deep mahogany with a dense off white head. The head didn’t explode out of the glass like I expected. A fast pour is required. Nice head retention and a thick beautiful lace clings for its life on the glass. Sticky and marvelous! Incredible aroma! Upon opening the scents fill up the air around you and surround you in a bubble of brilliance. Orange peels throughout the nose with sweet candy, lemon, sour plums, pineapples with alcohol woven in slightly. Now the long anticipated first taste....Here goes.!.!.!.! Nice soft and sensual flavor. Caramel malt with peppers and spices woven into the first sip. Dark and Tropical fruits in the mid-palate with sour cherries, lemons and raisins. Peppers come back on the finish with some tartness but not sourness, yeast and alcohol. Rerate: April 1, 2005. Not nearly as good as it used to be, or as good as I thought it used to be.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Metalhead (643) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Deep amber with a nominal head. Aroma of sweet candied fruit,honey,frut cake. Flavor had so many things going on it made this one hard to pick apart. Candied fruit,mild malt,mild caramel,possibly over ripe peaches,autumn spices. Just so much going on with a nice alcohol warmth. The first couple sips had a somewhat unpleasant finish of cigar wrappings(don’t know where the hell that came from) but it was gone in a couple minutes of being able to breathe. Not that impressive looking but kudos for the complexity.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - SEP 27, 2004
Unclear amber/orange beer with a tall and foamy long lasting lightly tanned head! Aroma is nice and sweet, heavy fruity and light spicy with caramel tones. Also chocolate, raisins, prunes, oranges and apricot in there! Flavor is delicious to the bone! Malty, nutty with sweet toffee notes. Lots of fruit also and some sourness towards the finish. Soft, smooth and very complex and highly tasty!! Hides the 10% well! More please......

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 22, 2004
UPDATED: APR 12, 2005 rerate #3--Pours a slear amber brown hue with a halo of a tan head. Romas of flral and spice , honey. Flavors are on the sweet side with caramel and roasted malts at the forefront. Fairly dry finishr erate----Pours an amber hue with a frothy off-white head. Aromas of apples yeast and pennies. Flavors of honey, slight yeast with a slight bitterness. -----Pours a deep brown with a reddish tint with a frothy/creamy head that seems like it will never die. LAcing is just as marvelous. Aromas of caramel, grains, with a slight roastiness. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with flavors of alcohol and spices....mmmm..... Tastes a little flat....like a bad seal on the cork.... I will rate as is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2004
Brown/Red Coloring. Good Head. If There Was Spice in the First Abbaye...it Was Because it Stood Behind The Grand Cru....LOT of Black Pepper Here...Good Bite from the Spice/Herbs and the Alcohol is Certianly Noticable. Wouldn’t Drink This All the Time, but Wonderful to Try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badgerben (4864) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2008 <i>September 20, 2004:</i> Pours a dark brown with a little bit of red mixed in and a meidum sized head on top. Kind of a spicy nose... Woah! Spicy taste! Black pepper and other kicks to the palate. A wee bit on the harsh side. Tasty, but a little gangbusters for me. 7/3/7/3/15 <i>Re-rating September 18, 2008; Belgian Beer Fest at the Muddy Pig.</i> Dark brown color with a medium head. Strong aroma of malt, yeast and spices. Definitely more of the same in the taste. Flavors of toasted caramel, sweet malt, thick and chewy bread, yeast. Really thick and heavy. Love it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madsberg (11369) - Søborg, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2004
Bottled: Clear amber coloured. Dark beige huge dense head. Berries, fruit, malt and light alcahol in the nose. Flavour is fruity, has caramel notes, is sweet and vineous. Berries and plums notes. Sweet and fruity with a light alcahol burnt in the end. Generally the alcahol is very well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fly (1461) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2004
Ain’t it a pleasure to finally get around to a highly rated beer and actually think it’s worth it? Grocery list of fruits and spices, but conveyed subtly and deftly as only true craft can oblige. Thank goodness I’ve got another hiding in my closet "cellar".

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