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
Hateball16 (105) - - APR 26, 2013
Gorgeous looking beer, very dark mahogany in colour, opaque with a thick creamy light tan head which lasts well. Aromas of port, cherries, toffee, toasted pumpernickel and some booziness. Opens up sweet with caramel flavours followed quickly by lovely dark fruit notes, medium to full body and nicely balanced, long warming and port-like finish. Breathtaking!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TylerJonScott (69) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
Pours a hazy dark brown with an off white head. aromas of prune, dried fruit, caramel and malt. Sweet and prune at first followed by earthy malts and caramel with a bite of alcohol at the end to balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BreWedge (294) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 19, 2013
330 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a hazy brown/amber with a large off-white head. Aromas are fruit (prune), some spice, and alcohol. Taste has some earthy tang, over-ripe dark fruit (raisin, prune, dark cherry), and a touch of alcohol. Full body, moderate carbonation, medium fruity finish. Very reminiscent of Westvleteren XII, but better. ---Rated via Beer Buddy

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bunget (498) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 14, 2013
330ml bottle. Muddy brown body with a big mocha head, excellent retention. Aroma of yeast, dough, coriander, peppercorn, dried herbs, old wine and oak barrel. Taste of the first wave: yeast and herbal hops, second wave: caramel and spices, raisins, plums, molasses, a little bit of woodiness. Sticky and delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dasdan (234) - BELGIUM - APR 14, 2013
33 cl bottle from de hopduvel in Ghent. Brown/dark red body. Nice fruity and spicy aroma. Taste is sweet caramel and fruity. Medium strong carbonation. ****

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beergeek23322 (2127) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - APR 13, 2013
July 2010. 750 ml. bottle. Poured dark brown with an offwhite head. Lots of dark fruit aromas combined with sugary notes. Very balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaartenRF10 (1539) - Wageningen, NETHERLANDS - APR 10, 2013
Bottle at home
Unclear dark brown, small beige head. Aroma of dark fruit, dried fruit, licorice, caramel malts. Taste is rich, with fruity notes of raisins, grapes, dried figs, some caramel malt, licorice. Medium to full body, medium carbonation. Little warming alcohol at the end. Nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
pootzboy (1577) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - APR 9, 2013
330ml bottle: decants a cloudy dark brown ale with a 2 finger cap that reduces to a surface lace. Aroma is rounded. Pungent and yet delicate – chocolate, figs, prunes, some hay and roasiness over the funky Belgian yeast tones. Medium body, moderate bottle-conditioned effervescence, cocoa-fruity character. Flavour has a wave of tastes hitting you immediately – roasty cocoa, dried dark fruit, herbs, spices, cherry skins, some sweet and sour notes – a mellow complexity, then a long roasty finish with a warming effect. One of the better brown abbey ales I have tasted

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
neongolden (354) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 8, 2013
(330mL bottle from LCBO) Pours a very dark, slightly cloudy brown with slight reddish highlights and a small whitish head of fine bubbles, little bit of lace. Aroma surprisingly roast-forward with lots of dried fruit (apricots, raisins), light caramel, faint chocolate and a certain dusty, earthy yeast quality. Flavour begins with caramel and roast, cherry in the middle, woody and slightly wine-ish, drying towards the finish with some spice and alcohol and a little earth. Mouthfeel is oily and medium-full but carb is very strong and effervescent, found it killed the flavour so swirled a lot out. Was expecting less roast from the style, it’s complex and rather good but just doesn’t quite come together for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
banbeernot (39) - Washington DC, USA - APR 2, 2013
Very smooth on the palate. Great malty nose and mouth feeling. Nutty and good weight on the palate.

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