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


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RATINGS: 1193   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2003 First rate pour of light brownish leather settling as a dark caramel brown with a slender reddish tone, dusky thick and opaque with tons of yeasties suspended within the murk. Head grows tall and fast of tannish fluff to a fine velvety smoothness becoming rocky and crusty as it begins to melt down which takes a good amount of time before finally a full haze on top and thickly fluffed collar sticks around the edge. Lacing is in sparitic globbuels. Aroma is appetizing and soft with spices; delicate and easeful with a sufficient showing of lemon tea cookies and lemon and orange zest with small notes of giniger and cinnamon. Has some notions of dark caramel surfacing from underneath on big wiffs plus some yeast, phenolic, and warm alcoholic notes. More of the yeast and phenols come through as it warms, big time. Taste is very complex and incerdibly inticing. Whew, what a mouthfull of things going on here. Simply amazing and fine with nothing to overpowering really other then the alcohol hitting fast as it goes down very nicely with a smooth zesty fullness that begins to make your head swoon just after half a glass and there's yet a whole nother serving in that 750ml bottle yet to come, oh boy...a long night ahead. Flavors are quick to enter with sharpening tones of citrus zest from lemon and orange with some light pineapple, white grapes, dulled grapefruit, and sweet mango inscribed within the mix along with small added notes of yeasty spicyness with kinda of a peppery, clove, nutmeg, citrus peel zest thing. Lots of zest! Lots of softened spicyness. And what makes it even more remarkable is there seems to be a very nice dark malty sweetness of toffee/caramel that kinda keeps those spices from getting out of control and too strong. Beautiful medley of flavors that intermingle and dance with each other in perfect harmony. Full bodied feel with a bit of sharpness and yeastyness that takes away just a nudge for me, but not by much. So goes the feel so goes the drinkability, in most cases anyways, and it does with me with this, by just another nudge mainly due to the untraceable alcoholic effect this has and smallish sharp tone of zest and yeast. But damn this is some very good stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
guzzler67 (1507) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 25, 2003
Cloudy reddish brown appearance with a large tan head. Fruity aroma dominated by plums and raisins. Sweet malt and caramel taste. Medium-bodied with a very smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol content well hidden. Candyish finish was complimented with a bit of spicyness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frank (2889) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2003
Very dark, cloudy orange. Almost no head. Apples and bananas in the aroma. Syrupy and thick with slightly biting carbonation. Heavy and strong.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - DEC 15, 2003
Very fruity aroma with apple and orange. Debris floating, orange brown color, beige head, good lace. Fruity, sweet, light spices, medium body. After the great aroma the flavors were a bit disappointing and it was surprisingly thin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierkoning (10265) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - DEC 15, 2003
Great beer, but not worth the top 50 position IMO. Dutch Ratebeer meeting, 1 1/2 litre bottle. Chunks of yeast floating. Orange liquor aroma. Malty, alcoholic flavor . Orange, peppery and a hint of chocolate. A bit too much of everything to earn a top rating. In der Beschränkung zeigt sich der Meister (in the limitation the real master comes up).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - DEC 15, 2003
Dark blond - amber coloured beer with a medium disappearing head. Fruity, spicy aroma. Sweet caramelly, spicy taste. Neutral to light bitter finish. An excellent Christmas beer. It has it all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
caesar (5185) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2003
Dutch ratebeer meeting. Large head, clear orange-brown coloured. Very spicy aroma, fruity, butter, orange. Spicy and malty taste, bit chocolat maybe. Sharp alcohol burn in taste and palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jerohen (1997) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2003
Dutch ratebeer meeting. Large head, clear orange-brown coloured. Soft malty, fruity aroma and flavour, some butter. A bit Rochefort aroma indeed (i'm with you skortila ;-) ). Cool 1.5 liter bottle, but the beer itself is not nearly as good as it's cracked up to be.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
skortila (4537) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2003
(dutch ratebeer meeting) Bit disappointing. Quite well overrated. Still decent but no overall top50. Smells like the Rochefort and the 'Rooie Tiep Top' we had early this evening. Cloudy, red/brown coloured with a lasting head. Taste is fruity, not really balanced; It's too full. Creamy palate.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2003
One of the best smelling corks ever. Pours cloudy copper. Light tan big head. Big wonderful fruity aroma. So many fruits. I tasted everything from raisins, to vanilla, and a whole bunch of stuff in between. It seems to have only a bit of sharpness that would save it from a perfect rating, and no noticeable alcohol whatsoever. It is a good beer to lay down for a year or two.There is also a hop presence throughout, providing a bitterness, and maybe even some flavor and aroma.

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