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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: 1269   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 29, 2004
Pours a murky reddish brown with a thick biege head. Sweet and spicey aroma, with notes of earth and wood. Full and slick mouthfeel. Caramel, dark fruits, brown sugar, wood, and brandy on the tongue. Nice lingering aftertase. A great Belgian ale.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 25, 2004
07.25.04 750ml bottle, no apparent date but cork # 065/750076(huh?). Anyway. Dark cherrywood brown; outrageous, creamy tan head. Aromas of apricots and pears soaked in brandy; caramelized brown sugar. Truly, one of the most amazing aromas I’ve found in any beer. The flavor seems to struggle to keep up with the great smells. Malty front, some pepper and big alcohol immediately. Sort of shocking spiciness for this style of beer. Sharp bitterness comes in the middle. Cobwebby, dry, musty, and yet still quite rich. Floral flavor carries the big alcohol across the palate. Some licorice. Throughout the bottle I got a slight tinny flavor and aftertaste. Somewhat of a letdown, but still a decent beer based on aroma alone.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - JUL 25, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2008 Fantastic aBelgian Strong. Spicy sweet aroma. A little less sweet in flavor than Chimay blue. One of my favorite all-time ales.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2004
Older white label, unknown vintage. Murky brownish color with nice head. The wet cork had me a bit nervous but this held up nicely. Mostly malty aroma with bits of dried fruits. Taste was lightly vineous, caramel, spicy, chocolate and brown sugar. A real treat.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DYCSoccer17 (3629) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 19, 2004
#500. Raisins, caramel, brown sugar, with hints of honey in the nose. Nice. Beautiful nearly opaque and cloudy mahogany coloft with a nice long-lasting light tan head. Lots of yeast floaties. Start has hints of brown sugar and berries. Slight bitterness in the start as well. Vinous, boozy burn late to middle. Very toasty and smokey in the finish. Too dry for me, but still quality.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - JUL 19, 2004
Thank you so much to my bro DYCSoccer17 for hooking me up with this brew. Deep mahogany color with a very generous off white head. Considerable amount of sediment floating aroound in this cat. Malty, doughy yeastly aroma. Smells like sweet bread. Yummy. Oh my, this is good. Taste of macerated fruit, although the alcohol is nicely hidden. Sweet yet slightly bitter to finish. This is plain awesome.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 18, 2004
Strong malt aroma that caries over into the taste. Perfect richness and flavor of a Grand Cru. A big, highly enjoyable beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 17, 2004
Deep, nearly clear red body topped by a medium cream/tan head. Very nice aroma of grapes (red and white), raisin, apple peel, candi sugar, spice (including a hint of cinnamon), sweet bread and lots of caramel. Smooth, complex flavor profile that begins very bready/yeasty with dry chocolate highlights, leading to layers of caramel, fruit (cherry, raisin), and candi sugar, finishing with perfect carbonation that enhances the bitter finishing touches and ethanol notes. Alcohol is superbly hidden for 10% ABV. This beer is chewy, bready, sweet, dense, and incredibly rich. Blows the regular Abbaye des Rocs out of the water- perhaps that sample was past its prime. Reminiscent of Gouden Carolus Grand Cru.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - JUL 4, 2004
Pours a dark orange/brown with a thick tan head. Big malty aroma. Candi sugar and some molasses. Taste is mostly sweet malt and candi sugar. Some dried fruits. Raisins, figs, dates. A big beer. An excellent drink. Mega props to Matta.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2004
Bottle into a wide-mouthed Trappist glass, Hop Leaf (Chicago) 7/2/04. Definitely the best beer of the night. Smelled strongly of port, but not too sweet. Dark in the glass, creamy head that mostly dissipated. Kind of fruity (dates, black cherries), very malty, smooth and thick but not syrupy in the mouth. Finish was nice and smooth as well.


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