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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: 1225   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.


3.9
   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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - MAR 16, 2004
Lots of floaties in there, but this was an awesome beer. Big port wine flavor, lots of different fruit like grapes, raisins, some cloves and spice. Slight alcohol burn. Really good.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
haddon90 (1561) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - MAR 11, 2004
Bought at Whole Foods in Vienna, VA. Ruby/Mahagony color with a nice frothy off-white head. Some vanilla, caramel, malt, and a hint of cherries in the aroma. Very pleasing. Great taste!! Malty flavor, smooth, cherries and some other fruits. Alcohol is hidden well. Definitely a great Belgian Ale!!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2004
UPDATED: APR 6, 2007 Thanks to The_Beer_God for this one. Ruby-brown body with substantial carbonation and a soft spumous buffy head. Sweet aroma of vanilla, rum, bubble gum, cherries, caramel malt, yeast, candy sugar, maple, flowers, and wet grass. Wow. Basically I can smell most things that I can think of here. Big malty flavor but less sweet than expected. Has some leathery bitterness and a turpentine fusel alcohol quality that reminds me of Orval. Freaking delicious though. Nice long finish. Smooth, round body. I’m a sucker for a great Belgian Strong Ale.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 7, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2010 Cheers to you Matta for this succulent appetizer!
Appearance is a murky brown, even more so when pouring the immense amount of yeast into the chalice (which helped a lot to release the subtleties of the awesome aroma). It seems paler than the regular abbaye des rocs. Relatively high apparent carbonation level, huge head with irregular bubbles, but quite spectacular. It slowly fades away, but still sticks to the glass. Aroma is very complex if not too intense. This is ultimate belgian goodness and balance between brown sugar malt sweetness and yeast funkiness. Ultra-complex fruity profile (berries, cherries, plums, pears, apples), very spicy also (sage, parsley, cinnamon cake). That’s all great by itself, but what makes the aroma truly unique is how it combines the above flavours with the belgian farmhouse character from the yeast which lends it a unique hay-ish and floral side that I love, almost a Fantome. The taste also contains this good dose of funk and spicy unexplainable weirdness, wet fieldish hay drying under the sun, pepper grains, basil, thyme? full of subtleties and perhaps the apotheosis of a spiced belgian strong dark ales with masterfully hidden alcohol, very sweet, bready and yeasty with a creamy, silky crème caramel medium-full body. Plain delicious and worthy of world-class status.

Lowering from 4.6 to 4.2. One of my favourite brown strong Belgian ales, but this is a style I enjoy far less than I used to.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zach8270 (3834) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAR 6, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2008 [bottle] Pours a cloudy and hazy deep red/orange with a thick and lasting off-white head. The description is right. The aroma is definitely complex and I can most definitely detect the cherries and raisins, and I think I caught a slight hint of cranberry as well. Taste begins with a shocking of the tongue with flavor. Definitely can taste the caramelly raisins. Nice smooth mouthfeel with a warm and roasty finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 28, 2004
Light copper in color,yeast in suspension thought the glass with tight bubbles in a small white head. Aroma is huge,aromatic malt,most likely Dark Munich/Belgian Aromatic, accompanied by bread & biscuits and dark fruit like rasins and plums. It starts with a sweet malt mouthfeel and tangy malt character, that quickly finishes with a spicey bite near the end that lingers and is a bit prickly on the tongue.Well balanced beer despite it's almost coying sweetness, but it's decpetion of it's alcohol content is absolutely amazing, I would have guess 7-8% ABV,not 10.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ericnixon (741) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 27, 2004
Simply stated...a beautiful beer. Giganticly complex assortment or aromas ("cherryraisin" comes to mind first and foremost) eminating from a beautiful deep amber color (with lots of floaties). The commercial description does a much better job of describing the beer than i could right now. I'm just happy to bask in the wonderment of this beer.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 27, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2007 A super chunky red brown color with a thin tan head. Rich bready aroma with light fruits and ginger, full bodied with a bit fizziness. Taste is out of this world. Spicy nuts, dark fruits (cherries and dates, if you must know) and licorice taste. Ends sweet with a long aftertaste that is filled with subtle spices. Best beer that I’ve had this year. Wow.

4.2
   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.


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