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


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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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
steview (1012) - 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BBB63 (5741) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aracauna (2994) - Georgia, USA - OCT 12, 2003
Great cherry and cotton candy aroma on the nose. The beer has a nice head on it. The cherry was a little less apparent in the flavor but the candy sugar flavor ther, almost a brown sugar flavor. It was a little too sweet almost.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jazz88 (2526) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 12, 2003
Bottle. Reddish color with a tan head. Strong dark fruits, noticeable alcohol, wine, oak, and caramel blend well with the cherries. Sweet, long fruity finish that warms from the inside.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - OCT 12, 2003
Dark, murky orange-amber, large puffy off-white head. Nose sugary and fruity, cherries, raisins, and apricots. Flavor very malty, brandied cherries, some toffee undertones. Has a nice, long molasses-like finish, dark fruits hang around in the mouth. Bit of chocolate and spiked coffee in the burn, but pretty well masked for 10%. Rich, vinous, and somewhat viscous, not much carbonation but the thickness serves the flavor well. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
redlem (1296) - Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2003
Dark amber with a medium off-white head. Aroma of alcohol, fruit cake cherries, caramel and slight chocolate. Taste is alcohol, oak, caramel, and chocolate. Slightly syrupy and not much carbonation. A little too sticky for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 30, 2003
round pruney aroma, reddish brown with crack rock sized sediment, sticky and loaded with sweet ripe fruits and powerful alcohol, some plum flavors and a slight hint of clove spiciness

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 8, 2003
Tasted on tap at Hop Leaf in Chicago, 9/7/03. Powerfully malty, cereal aroma wafting off this dark, cloudy ruby number. Flavor is quite sweet, with toffee and caramel notes. A very nice fruitiness as well--raisins, prunes. Some spicy, black pepper hints and a fairly strong bitterness balance things out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - SEP 8, 2003
reddish brown with a nice tan head. aroma of caramel, dark fruits and a touch of alcohol. Amazing flavor of caramel, toffee, plums, raisins,cherries and chocolate melded together beautifully. mouthfeel is full and delightful. Grand, indeed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 21, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2003 Dark and slightly syrupy in the pour. A very floral and fruity aroma, that I am expecting to be much much more once it becomes the proper temperature. Somewhat of an oak aged taste that is woody and nutty with hints of fruits like raisins and dates predominantly. As it begins to warm, black and bing cherries start to surface, along with carmelized brown sugar followed by an almost coffee cake like essence. A creamy ring of froth and lacing around the edge like a cup of Jamaican Blue Mountain. An alchohol feel, not in the taste but definitely in the body, when you stand up too quickly after drinking this 10% offering. Very strong and very tasty with fragrant floral fruit aromas throughout. The finish is sweet like warm maple syrup.

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