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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: 1191   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jayb0 (1029) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - NOV 1, 2003
Deep orange, foamy, lingering head. cherry notes, desserty with vanilla, prunes, candy sugar/cotton candy. Very delicious

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2003
Deep amber body w/a wispy off white/light beige head. Fantastically fruity floral w/ plum and bready malt undertones to the aroma. Very well balanced with a slightly acidic dry finish . There is a slightly musty hop that adds to the malty fruity flavor. Lighter medium body with higer level of carbonation and a dry mouthfeel adds to the enjoyment; alcohol is dangerously well hidden. Very well made and nice complexities; something I could drink a lot of.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (7908) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 30, 2003
Huge light-brown head, very creamy; muddy light-brown beer with a lot of flunky UFO. Nose of hops, roasted malts and nutmix. Very bitter taste with an outspoken nutty flavour, like nut-butter (hazelnut, pecan, sweet walnut, very oily). Thick mouthfeel, nearly oily. Long roasted aftertaste. Nice, thick, filling, syrupy. But - is it really that exciting and complex? I wonder about some rates equalling this to Westvleteren...

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5249) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 30, 2003
Nice deep copper body with a strong fluffy tan head. Aroma is laden with candy sugar, fruit, malt, and cardboard. There is a certain spice abound in the nose as well but I cannot seem to make it out. The taste is more fruit and sugar but with mild spice, and some alcohol notes. There is a lingering dryness after the finish and a light bitter hint. Some mild spice and alcoholic leftovers during the finish as well. Great stuff!

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FlacoAlto (3800) - 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 (1496) - 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 (5335) - 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 (4092) - 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.


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