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


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RATINGS: 1216   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 23, 2004
UPDATED: APR 13, 2004 3 oz. sample at Southeastern gatherning. Nice deep red color. Flavor is all up-front with dominance of some of the lighter fruit and honey. There was also a hint of woodiness. The alcohol comes thru in the aroma and throughout. Not as unique as expected, but every bit as good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2004
Poured rich and dark with a nice frothy head.Heaviness of fuits, malts and caramel.Alcohol was definately present.The finish on it was clean but did keep my belly warm.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - FEB 16, 2004
Red, earthy color and a nice sturdy head. The aroma is plums and cherries with some malt and yeast notes. Nice, well-rounded flavor and very drinkable for the alcohol level. Complex and a nice mouthfeel. Dry and quenching at the same time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Suttree (5339) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 1, 2004
Colaish brown, big thick tan head. Pears and cherries on the aroma, and a thick yet winey mouthfeel. Fruit flavors up front - pears, apples, cherries, plus some honey. This gives way to earthy, musty finish, althou some fruit flavor persist throu the finish. Very Impressive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 29, 2004
Complex, fruity brew with hints of prunes and dates; a winey, alcoholic flavor, rich and rather malty, fairly tangy with a brief, lingering tartness. A bit too alcoholic tasting, though very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GermanBrews76 (679) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2004
super chunky copper red body. HUGE chunks. spicy, fruity, leather and alcohol. Phenols are prevalent. smooth and full, alcohol certainly noticeable. surprisingly sweet, ripe fruity finish. well balanced and feels great

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Wheatsheaf (104) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2004
750mL bottle. Pours mahogany with a large, lasting, fluffy head. Enticing aroma of plums and dried fruit, with spicy and yeasty notes. Medium to full body yields a complex array of flavors. Sweet and fruity, wonderfully balanced by spices and hops. A deceptively drinkable, velvety, and flavorful beer. Lovely and delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cashazza (217) - Morganville, Maryland, USA - JAN 27, 2004
Reddish brown...excellent head and lacing. Flavor of dried fruit, nuts, caramel, and alcohol. Very well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 23, 2004
Nice beer. Cloudy reddish brown appearance with a nice large tanny head. Fruit aroma dominated by plums and raisins. Sweet malt and caramel taste. Medium-bodied with a very smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol was slightly noticeable. Sweet finish with a bit of spicyness to end it off.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2004
Cork Reads: 065/759976 ** I don’t know what the hell that means, batch #?
Exceptionally effervescent! Pours a large rocky camel colored head that sits atop a beautiful fizzy mahogany body, extreme sheets of lacing cover the sides of the glass. The nose is pungent with apples, plums, caramel, toffee, peach plum apricot, it’s ridiculous all the fruit I find in this brew!
The flavor has a slightly tart yeasty, balsamic vinegar quality, although it is overall sweet. Notes of molasses, dates, apple and apricot continue to stand out, although I also hit on some woodsy oak and cedar notes. Mentions of cigar; a Claro or Colorado Claro wrap are present. Very complex and fruity, a different yeasty quality than I am accustom to.
The palate is quite sticky, not thin at all. The finish is certainly warming but pleasant as the sweetness shows, yet the 10% abv is well rounded.
I should mention that I had this particular bottle aging for about 6 months and previous to that it was found dusty in a dark corner at a store. I would suspect that this beer has been bottled for a couple years now. But it was far superior to the Abbay des Rocs Amber Ale!

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