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


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RATINGS: 1234   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAY 2, 2004
Well-rounded brew showing typical Belgian malt blending expertise. Pours a good, clean head and shows the natural rust color of the malts. Nice lacing and well-carbonated. Pleasant, soft aroma. Fruity, applespice sweetness dominates the flavor (as with any brew at 10% alcohol) but definitely not "sugary". Perhaps could use just a little more hops added to round it off. Still highly recommended and a good deal at under $8 for a 750 ml bottle. Goes good with a meal; beer like this can be saved for at least a couple of sittings -- no need to finish it all at once.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - APR 27, 2004
Big thanks to jcalabre for this very special brew. Displays beautiful color in the glass, yeasty sweet fruity spicy signature aroma drifts out to entice. As noted by most, this is a complex flavor array, best enjoyed by slowly savoring in the proper glassware. After a bit of tang, the flavors settle into a full but smooth texture and satisfying finish. With all that is going on, cherries & honey & caramel & yeast & nuts & on & on, it is balanced to perfection and hardly shows it's 10%. World class, find some and enjoy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 26, 2004
This brew was absolutly delicous. It was the best of a night with many good beers. Came in a huge 750ml bottle that was capped and corked. At 10 percent, this bottle will kick up your buzz real nice. Creamy, rich smoothness with a delightful hoppy beer taste. The high alochol is hidden perfectly. Buy this stuff if you can, you won't regret it!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - APR 24, 2004
This beer poured a very dark brown amber color and formed a huge bubbly off white head that left laticed lace as it subsided. A large amount of carbonation and some sediment is present. It has a wonderful aroma of malt, caramel, raisins and other fruit with a touch of pepper. A heavy flavor of malt, caramel, raisins and a warming touch of the alcohol. The finish is of a medium body and slightly sweet and creamy with a warm aspect of the alcohol present. Another one I wish we could see in Ohio with our new laws

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - APR 17, 2004
UPDATED: APR 19, 2004 Pour is a cherry amber color with a huge frothy light brown head. Nose is fruity, peppery malt. Flavor: Tangy start with notes of cherry, plum, a touch of honey finishing with a lingering sweet aftertaste and a hint of yeast and spice. Smooth on the palate with just a light alcohol burn in the throat.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2004
POP! The cork is off, there's no turning back, in we go...A lovely, hazy tumult of deep auburn colored brew pours into my glass, joined by a Brobdignagian layer of fizzy, creamy, off-orange foam. Looks good so far, I'm tingling so far. Aroma: lemon...biscuits...orange...must...sour...but sweet...cinnamon...a spiced lemon cookie, to wrap it succinctly. Nice. Lively, luscious, in an utterly other realm than any other beer I've ever sniffed. Taste...Good Idea, let's! Oh, it's happening again! A shockwave of pleasure engulfs and enwraps my body and all the senses. Certainly very winey in flavor, but uniquely beery, too! Softly peppery, deep in dark fruit (besides grape, we wander among fields of cherries, berries, melons), it's a grand melange, a masterful marriage of flavors. There's something uplifting here, something that sets my soul free, something that happens in few brews, and you know it when you feel it, and it's happening now! Something ancient exists in this, a collection of metaphysical passages through the centuries. It feels light at times, deep at others, citric for a stage, then a touch woody, even oaky, showing some malt, as if peeking through peepholes in a glimpse through time itself. If my remarks seem grandiose, forgive this foolish ale imbiber, for there's simply no better way to transmit the feelings this glorious brew delivers than to let imagination soar, and transplant the sensations into corresponding comments that may seem at times beyond the ordinary. So be it, for this beer is...I'm still drinking, it's still changing, tasting sweeter now, with a sharp candyish feel, still an underlying layer of tart. The tongue dances and darts, utterly delighted by the play it encounters from this frisky brew. Sweet, deep, dark, toffee-ish, completely original, a meal in a bottle, a dream trapped under a cork, ... Oh, so very, very, very wonderful! I wish it would never end.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
radiomgb (2544) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - APR 11, 2004
Reddish brown in colour, large rocky head. Aroma was of yeast, malt, lots of fruit(pear, lemon, orange), spicy with some pepper. Flavour of malt(cookie, yeast), fruity(apples and oranges), pepper. Very smooth body with hardly any alcohol coming through. Finishes with a slightly sweet, creamy bitterness. Very nice. Thanks for sending this my way jeffc666.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 11, 2004
Bottle pours a crystal clear ruby red with a monster fine head and Belgian lace. The aroma is very fruity, almost wine like, somewhat yeasty, and a touch of spice. The flavor is a very well rounded and smooth mélange of dried fruit, sherry, caramel, and some hop oils. I say rounded in the sense that there is nothing cutting that grabs you and makes you take note. The thing I really notice about this one is just how smooth and coordinated it tastes. The palate is also smooth, rounded, and coating, but not sticky. Overall, this is a very well designed brew. Thanks to Slikwily for this!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - MAR 31, 2004
Farily clear,oarnge/brown. Thin,but lasting,creamy,head. Excellent aroma. Lots of spicy,fruit and light nuts and caramel. Quite thick,but might be the smoothes beer I've ever had. Starts sweet and yeasty. Lots of fruit,and nuts follow. Finish is smooth,lightly sweet and spicy. The most,unique beer I've had in some time. Lots of flavors in there,some I can't explain. I'm guessing by the size of some of the floaties this bottle is at least,2yrs old. I couldn't imagine this being any better. Great,complex,beer. Thanks Bierbauch!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - MAR 30, 2004
Thick and complex, toffee and caramel with a nutty taste. Weird neat floaters in the beer.

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