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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: 1247   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinKubert (862) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2004
Pale red --> amber. Very nice sourish fruity and malty aroma. Very round mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Sour and fruity.. Somewhat honeylike.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
temporrari (395) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 22, 2004
Pours deep amber with a large and lasting head. Aroma is fruity, spiced, not bad. Flavor is a bit less than I expected, but still quite good. However, it's not as complex or rich as other Belgian brews. Palate is very smooth, I couldn't taste any alcohol at all. I did enjoy this, but I don’t think I’d seek it out again, there are better Belgians. A nice beer, but not quite a Top 50 in my book.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 16, 2004
Nice thick head. Brown color with a nice quantity of sediment in it. Nice aroma of spices, sugar and alcohol. Amazing flavors of spices, alcohol, hops and sugar. Great stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 12, 2004
Bottle pours reddish amber, large frothy off-white head, lots of sediment floating about, spotty lacing, with little carbonation.   Aroma is of raisins, plums, and caramel.   WOW, the flavor on this one is yummy.   Raisins, dates, plums, dark cherries, caramel, vanilla, nuts... it just goes on and on.   Picking up some of the aformentioned honey and molasses too.   The 10% ABV isn’t noticable at all, well, flavor wise.   Smooth palate, full bodied, this one finishes spicy.   Note to self, pick up more...


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 11, 2004
Woah mamma. This was just phan-phrickin-tastick. Another belgian that I really liked. And in fact, I believe is better than the non-grand cru. This is more frutiy and malty. More warm and more honney.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hildigöltur (5105) - Křbenhavn, DENMARK - JUN 10, 2004
Reddish brown coloured. Nice fruity and spicy aroma. Full bodied. Very pleasant flavour of fruits, spices and malts. A classic.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
osmg95 (44) - Ohio, USA - JUN 9, 2004
Good looking murky brown beer with fizzy carbination. Fluffy/frothy light brown head with descent lacing. Carmel aroma is most prodominent. Strong honey flavor with a modest bitter finish. Smooth and light on the palate...noticable alcohol.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Aubrey (3508) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 8, 2004
UPDATED: APR 9, 2006 Lofty, off-white head above a deep amber-red. Great-smelling nose. Light, fluffy and soft texture with a creamy carbonation. Some floaties; looked like fish food. Really tasty malt flavors. Notes of roasted toffee, caramel, chocolate cake, and toasted almonds. Mild bitterness is balancing. Somewhat dryish finish, though sticky at times, too. A little cozy warming in the throat, but alcohol was hidden incredibly well. Absolutely stellar beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nuffield (3940) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 8, 2004
Happy Birthday to me (a special bottle to celebrate my 33rd birthday). It poured lovely--deep lovely brown/amber/caramel/wood color with a wonderful, dense, off-white lacing that lasted a long time. Only a particularly large number of yeast chunks was a bit off-putting. The aroma is complex and intriguing--raisin, ginger ale, cream soda, citrus (orange), clove, ginger, nutmeg, bubblegum, and more. There isn’t that much alcohol to be detected in the aroma and flavor, according to my tastebuds, except a slight effervescence into the nose. The flavor goes well with a chocolate brownie, or so my wife reported to me from the glass-full I shared with her (it’s a big bottle afterall and I was in a sharing mood after she made a nice birthday dinner of sausages with onion gravy made of Fullers London Porter instead of red wine). The flavor is slightly more subtle, not as big, with my most noteworthy impression being how the beer faded from flavors into effects, with a bit of a bitter astringence in the mid-palate in a nice way. I do see the fig and cherry flavors in particular, which others have noted. The palate is lovely--a well-supported mass of malts with a lilting and frothing carbonation that keeps going and going. Overall very satisfying and a very easy drinking Belgian. Having had a lot of American beers (IPAs, APAs, etc.) lately, it was really noteworthy to me how different these styles are--the complexity being so impressive here.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - JUN 3, 2004
Alcohol is definately present with a multitude of flavors. It is a good Belgian Strong and I respect it but it does not excite me.


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