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


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RATINGS: 1247   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 20, 2005
Aroma is dominated by yeast esters -- I mainly picked up clove and dried fruits. Heavy brown pour with plenty of particulates. Head doesn’t last, but it’s off-white while it’s there. Flavor is very sweet malt, with immense fruitiness behind it. There’s quite a bit of complexity to it, but I made the mistake of starting a cigar part way through my snifter, so I didn’t get as much out of it as I would have liked to. Smooth texture and exceptionally well hidden alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nerdboy19 (129) - Seoul, SOUTH KOREA - JAN 30, 2016
Appear : Hazy dark red. Aroma : Cherry, plum, raisin, dark fruits, spicy, sugar. Mouthfeel : High carbonated, medium-light bodied. Palate : Alcohol, sweet, spicy, dry finish. Meh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kauge (1037) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 21, 2016
Bottle, BB 31.03.2017. 9.5%. Seems like this one is meant for the US market, it’s got a white and purplish blue label. Pours just like the Montagnarde I had yesterday - featuring tons of unattractive floaties that refuse to drown. The beer itself is darkish coppery brown with a rather fast receding light beige head. The aroma’s sweet, but fruity rather than sugary, although there’s a lot of caramel, and dark fruits... dates rather than prunes. Somewhat chocolaty even. Tastes along the same lines, sweet upfront, but not sugary, with a bitterish continuation. Chocolate notes and almonds. Somewhat sticky in the mouth, although the finish is a bit dry and perhaps even slightly metallic. The alcohol only comes through as a restrained warmth - otherwise it’s well covered. Overall a very nice wintery warmer. Would love some juicy roast beef to go with it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocJitsu (1484) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2016
Pours a murky amber with chunks and bits floating around with a giant light caramel colored head. Red fruit, caramel, and cola on the nose. Full, tingly mouthfeel. Caramel apple, a little brown sugar, and faint cream flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
agent_persik (616) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 10, 2016
Dark brown colour, medium beige head. Aroma of caramel, dried fruits, chocolate, spices. Dry sweet taste with mild bitterness in finish. Medium body and good carbonation. Very nice dark Belgian ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
fkoolen (746) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JAN 2, 2016
75cl bottle at home, THT 10/03/2017. Slightly hazy, brown colour, nicely lacing beige head. Nose and taste rich in smooth malty tones like molasses, caramel, milky chocolate; dried fruits, ginger, slightly sour, some alcoholic warmth in the finish. Balance is great. Lively carbonation, good body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chromeotaphor (128) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 30, 2015
Gedroogd fruit aroma dat ietwat verborgen is met hinten van honing en caramel. Forse schuimkraag die bubbelachtig aan doet en door de flinke carbonatie lang blijft hangen, een donker rode troebele kleur. Flinke knapperende schuimkraag die echt heel lang blijft hangen. De troebele stukken gedragen zich woest door de flinke carbonatie, prachtig om te zien. Droog van smaak komt vrij rijk over doet denken aan chocolade en gedroogd fruit. Niet mijn ding. Maar kan de uitbundigheid enorm waarderen.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Erzengel (6723) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - DEC 25, 2015
*Old rating. Best before 16/10/2012. 9.5%. Smooth and intense rich beer. Round and fresh, plums, spices, cinnamon, chocolate, roast, malt. Fascinating thick and deep.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RRistow12 (530) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2015
Tasted from bottle. Pours a dark brown with beige head. Tons of sediment visible in my bottle. Excellent aroma of cherries, caramel, toffee, dark fruits. Taste is moderately sweet with a very mild sour hint. Flavors of chocolate, caramel, toffee, cherries, raisins, maple syrup, cinnamon. Quite tasty. Very well done. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Torrefacto (1173) - Madrid, SPAIN - NOV 28, 2015
Caoba turbio y espuma beis. Aromas de frutos rojos, mermelada, caramelo, canela y frutos secos. Cuerpo denso, sabor dulce, afrutado ,caramelo, melaza y final ligeramente seco y tostado.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Stultus (11) - ESTONIA - OCT 28, 2015
Color: dark brown. Thin brownish head, light lacing. Smells of cherry, caramel, reisins. Strong roasty caramel and cherry taste - just a little bit tart with a bitter finish. All in all a good beer, but not my preferred style. Personally I wouldn’t come back to this one.

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