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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: 1186   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   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.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jerohen (1975) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
skortila (4424) - 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.

4.7
   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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - DEC 5, 2003
Great fruity aroma - peaches, plum, red grapes, with nice spiciness. Red-brown color, long-lasting beige head. Flavor is malty, kind of nutty, fruity and spicy. Its hard to pick out individual flavors. Has that fluffy mouthfeel - full-bodied with high carbonation. Great complex Begian strong ale.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2003
One of the best smelling corks ever. Pours cloudy copper with a light tan big head (and lasting). Big wonderful wild fruity aroma. So many fruits, I can't place them all. I taste everything from dates and raisins, to vanilla, and a whole bunch of stuff in between. The amazing thing, is it seems to have only a bit of sharpness that would save it from a perfect rating, and no noticeable alcohol whatsoever. I bet this would be awesome in a year and two. There is also a hop presence throughout, providing a bitterness, and maybe even some flavor and aroma.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jsquire (3387) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2003
Deep garnet red with a huge beige head and a delightful nose of berries, musty earth and spice. Very lively carbonation on the tongue. Flavors of berry, plum, warm candy sugar, dark bread and soft spices of corriander and cinnimon and . For the ABV, the alcohol is well hidden. An excellent sipping beer for the end of the Thanksgiving weekend.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TChrome (1409) - Bedford, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2003
Rating #300. Gorgeous aromas of dried fruits, raisins, plumd, dates, etc. Also a bit of allspice and alcohol. Beer pours very attractive reddish brown with an off white head that is retained. Flavor is full and complex. Many layers of flavor including raisins and a very nice yeast strain that is rather subdued for a Belgian ale. The finish last almost forever. Beer is very chewy in the palate. Very little to give away the 10% ABV. This is truly great beer worthy of its lofty rank on the site.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 23, 2003
A burnt sunset colour that gradually turns hazy, red and very dark. . . The tightly bubbled foam is persistent and creamy. Sweet candish aroma with alcohol and caramel-dipped granny smith apples, as well as deep malty characteristics: toffee, nuts and some whiskey wort. Tight tingling carbonation and velvety mouthfeel. . .complex and deep flavours: initially some sourish fruits - pears, red/purple grapes, cherries and more apples. . . only a touch of alcohol is present between the sweet fruit flavours and the dry bitter finish. As it warms the flavours expand into spicy hazelnuts, bitter honey suckle, cheery oak, and tart black raspberries. Beautiful.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - NOV 22, 2003
Dark brown color, copious head that lasts a surprising amount of time. Nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is slightly sweet and malty, with some plums and cherry notes in the nose. Flavors are what I expected from the nose, the alcohol is supremely well hidden in there.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2003
Very nice dark red/brown color,Large head that lasted forever.The aroma was better then i was expecting Nicely malty but very fruity raisin and plums come to mind,with a nice amount of hops makeing a showing.The taste was quite good,malty and sort of sweet at first but i also got a little sourish side to it,fruit comes through very well with a nice hop presence as well.Just to many things to put into words,and the alcohol is nicely done but not to harsh,it fits perfectly.The after taste was fruity mild alcohol and mild spice with a semi thick syrupy feel.Very well done brew IMo and an even better trade.Thanks to Britt for this one.


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