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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: 1187   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   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.


4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 27, 2003
Pours with a thick tannish head. A beautiful deep garnet color with a slight chill haze to it. This beer smells fruity (apricot being the most predominant aroma, followed by orange). There is a certain candy sweet aroma as well, maybe a hint of butterscotch. This beer has an outstanding aroma and I could just sniff it for ages. As I sniff it the head has barely lost its 2 inch thickness, it is well carbonated. There is a bit of maltiness in the aroma as well. It is definitely well carbonated tasting as well. It is lightly sweet, with a fruitiness that was promised in the nose. There is both a candied apricot and orange flavor here. There is also a slight sense of the alcohol in this one. The taste doesn't quite live up to the aroma but this beer still need to warm up a bit. I detect a hint of astringency in the finish, there seems to be some nice Belgian yeast fermentation byproducts here as well. The beer has some slight Belgian lacing in evidence as I slowly work my way to the bottom of the glass. As it warms up the beer becomes softer, though the alcohol is still evident. Becomes sweeter and maltier. the beer color clears up a bit as it warms too, it displays some nice orange hues as it is held up to the light.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
igneous1 (1492) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - OCT 24, 2003
orange brown color, thick beige head, no real lacing..some floaties. caramel, fruit and a touch of chocolate in the aroma. bit of hops in the flavor along with some chocolate. slightly astringent. medium body. alcohol is amazingly completely hidden. the Grand cru isnt as good as the Abbaye des Rocs, but it's still damn tasty...hmm..i think i taste some peach in the finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - OCT 23, 2003
750ml corked bottle. Deep amber with a reddish hue and tan head. Superb aroma of fruit and malty caramel. Dried figs,cherries and something nutty. Lively carbonated mouthfeel and a full body. Has a nice warming sensation. This is a high quality Belgian. Nice.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5275) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2003
UPDATED: APR 28, 2004 Poured a reddish amber color with a small white head that did not leave any lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, also including apples as well as some alcohol. The taste was very vinous, but also including tastes of apples, plums, grapes, slight chocolate and some alcohol was welcomed as the beer warmed alittle (way to cold when initially served). Also present as it warmed were some spices and some candy sugar. Nice finish at the Drafting Room tonight!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2003
Slightly cloudy dark copper appearance. Aroma is apples(odd), yeasty, sweet fruits. Flavor is fruity, carmelish, sweet, and also apples. Very smooth and easy to drink with alcohol well hidden. Tastier as it warmed up.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
hotstuff (4058) - Indiana, USA - OCT 21, 2003
One of my very favorite beer styles, another top 50 beer to add to my credentials, but most importantly I joined thedm in this beer as he rated his 700th beer and he did it on his birthday! It poured a medium sized tan head that contained fine-small sized bubbles that was mostly diminishing. The body was carbonated, there was floating particles observed and the body was hazy with a copper hue. The nose was malty, caramel, sweet, and had various fruit notes to it. The flavor was a bit bitter, acidic, caramel, some alcohol notes, and a bit tart/tangy. The palate was smooth and light-medium bodied. This beer had excellent lacing to it. The appearance would have received a 5 rating if it had not been for the floating particles. All-in-all a good beer to help thedm celebrate tonight.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
thedm (4927) - Fort Wayne, USA - OCT 21, 2003
#700. Awesome brew for this evening, my birthday. This brew poured a large head of foamy light brown colored finely sized mostly lasting bubbles that left behind an excellent lace and a slightly hazy transparent brown colored body with one of our two mugs having a lot of floating particles and the other one not. Weird. It had a mild caramel malt aroma and a bubbly smooth mouthfeel and a nice caramel toffee finish. There was a slightly noticeable alcohol content that was very well hidden. This is a most excellent brew all-around and well deserving of its top 50 position!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 21, 2003
Currant color. Instantly warming in the mouth and throat. Nutty, charcoal, fruitcake, sherry aroma. Subtle flavors of rhubarb, cherry, brown sugar. Full-bodied. An amazing, unique ale.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
steview (1019) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 13, 2003
just a beautiful beer. has an army of tight bubbles. great head. tastes of fruits and nuts, sweet and sour, hints of buttery chocolates, exotic slightly-nutty peppery spice. tight. that's only in the beginning though. in the end (near the end of the bottle, there were thick brown chunkies at the bottom) it seemed to be overwhelmed with this sweet caramel & nut cherry. high alcohol, didn't notice. with a great beer like this, it can be a very dangerous thing. i'm sold. thanks BierBauch!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BBB63 (5964) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 13, 2003
#700! Beautiful deep ruby/brown hue with long lasting off-white head and very good lace. The aroma hints of spiced fruit cake; raisin, cherry, and citrus. Dark and sweet malts, wood, honey and belgain yeast also wake up the senses. Wonderful balance on the palate, lush fruity and malty sweetness combined with a acadic tartness and woody/nutty dryness. The alcohol is completely masked, outstanding! Smooth yet complex, just the way I like it. This lovely brew is worthy of world-class status and a place among to top 50 list.


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