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


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RATINGS: 1191   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jsquire (3468) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TChrome (1418) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 10, 2003
Strangly enough - this is exactly what I think of when I dream about a Chimay from the early 90s. Great plum flavor with tons of malt, sweet with a long smooth finish. Just awesome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 7, 2003
Very nice clear ruby color with a big, three finger rocky off-white head. Lacing is out of control! Aroma is cherries and caramel. Definitely sweet smelling. Flavor is quite complex, cherry, caramel. Aftertaste is more caramel and cocoa. Body is medium and the alcohol is noticeable. Pretty nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 3, 2003
Good ruby hue, nice layer of head, decent lacing, and a bit of carbonation. Lots of fruit and some hops in the nose, a slight doughy aroma accompanies all of this. Complex flavors of fruit, malt and some yeast finishing up with a bigger bite of alcohol than the regular. Very nice BSA.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 3, 2003
Dark ruby brown color with lots of tan head and excellent lacing. Aroma is full of fruity flavors, pear, apple, peach, raisin, plum and hops. Sweet caramel malt pulls in the back of the nose. Flavor has lots more alcohol than the regular version with a tart, almost salty finish. Very carbonated moutfeel. This beer is very different from the regular in some ways but the same in many more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sloth (2489) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - NOV 2, 2003
Medium size, large bubbled, light brown head thtas short lived. Hazy brown, cola color.Light/medium body.Fruity nose plums, raisins, yeast and malt. Nice fruity, malty flavors, slight mustiness and light spiceyness. Unfortunately somewhat thin for a 10%er, seemed flat.

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