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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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (11810) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 19, 2008
Amber brown with small white head. Aroma of malt, licorice and caramel. Bitter chocolate and caramel flavor, dry bitter finish. Nice one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
argo0 (11530) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 1, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2006 (2/14/06, 750ml bottle) Big beige head atop a hazy deep brown body with some yeasties. Aroma is medium sweet, raisin, caramel, some spicy yeast, pear, light cherry. Taste is moderately sweet, raisin/cherry, caramel, some milk chocolate, spice, pear. Low carbonation, medium-full body, alcohol well contained. Surprisingly drinkable. (8/4/8/4/16)

(12/1/02) Brown red body with medium tan head. Aroma of raisin/plum, with hints of chocolate. Sweet chocolate is the immediate taste, but there’s also raisin, pear and a noticeable Belgian yeastiness. Very rich body that carries the alcohol well. Tiny alcohol burn at the end. An excellent beer! (8/4/9/5/18)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rasmus40 (11199) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 23, 2012
Clear brown with a beige head and loads of big floaties. Aroma is sweet, mlaty, caramel, dried fruit, yeasty and dark sugar. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet finish. Soft and very smooth. 230412

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thewolf (11183) - Kolding, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2007
Bottle, 2004 Vintage, at Kulminator, Antwerp. Pours a deep muddy brown with lots of small particulates. A big creamy yellowish head rises and leaves good lacework on the glass. Aroma has dried fruits, plums, raisins and caramel in a stunningly complex mixture. Extremely creamy mouthfeel. Quite sweet flavour based on caramel, but with plenty of fruityness to back it up. Lightly spicy with some tones of cookies, honey and a light sourness to the finish. Excellent stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chrisv10 (11121) - DENMARK - FEB 16, 2011
Bottle. Hazy dark brown/orange with medium tan head. Flavour is malt, caramel, yeast, dark fruit, toffee and a little ash.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christian (11115) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 2, 2009
Dark red brown with lots of floaties. Lasting off-white head. Really great, complex aroma with citrus and other tropical fruits, dried fruits, licorice, chocolate, cranberries. The silly marketing blabber is actually somewhat right: Flavour of caramel and cherries, chocolate and almonds. Rather sweet, very spicy, tasty and complex. I’m not a fan of the brewery in general, but they have done amazingly here. Still ugly with all those floaties though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11083) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 8, 2007
750ml bottle-pours a light tan head and dark amber/mahogany color with lots of small to large floaties, used a paper towel to strain them out after our first small glass. Aroma is dark/medium malt-brown sugar/caramel, vinegar, some spice. Taste is dark/medium malt-sweet brown sugar/caramel, vinegar, some spice. Mild carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (11047) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 14, 2006
Aroma of cherries and plums. Mahogany amber color with a vigorous tan head. Starts a bit thin, but the dark fruit is there, with a definite cherry hint, then chocolate hits the tops of the tongue and mouth, then a decent amount of bitterness - balances the slight sweetness I didn’t mention. However, the chocolate hangs on as well. The overall complexity diminishes the 9.5% alcohol so it does not interfere with the enjoyment. Extremely wonderful.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009
Name: Grand Cru (Noel)
Date: August 03, 2002
Mode: Bottle
Source: Bacchus, Chattanooga
Appearance: Burnt orange, fine tan head
Aroma: slightly sweet spicy fruity aroma
Flavor: rich malty flavor, lots of fruity character that intensifies as it warms into a rich mixture of figs and dates with a touch of plums, no hint of alcohol, simply amazing

Name: Grand Cru (Noel)
Date: July 09, 2005
Mode: draft
Source: brick store
Appearance: brown with a big frothy tan head
Aroma: fruity aroma with a touch of sweet orange and a hint of spices
Flavor: rich dark malt flavor with a nice fruity aspect that ripens as it warms, the fruit dries out a bit much upon warming and never reaches the depth seen in the bottle

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 3.8/5.0
Score: ***4

The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pinball (10794) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2011
hazy brown, smooth light brown head. caramelly malty spicy aroma. sweet very complex flavor, dark fruits, licorice, honey, caramel, sweet malts, nuts. alc tasteable but works as a spice.

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