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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2003
Damn. No matter what else you might say about me, when I die, my tombstone should say: "He Drank Good Beer." This gem pours the color of a fine cognac. The smallish sparkling head only partially destroys this illusion, as the immense, yeasty aromatics that are first released have an aged, oaky, brandish quality. Upon further inspection, there is a fruity, very malty predominance...yes, this is a beer. Its a sweet nectar, with hints of Vernor's ginger ale (vanilla/ginger), dried fruits, and a twist of pepper. As it warms, I find English strong ale elements, due to the nearly cloying sugar and malt combo. And, there's enough hops in there to cleanse the palate between each sip and add an herbal touch. And all this, if my Michael Jackson is up to date, brewed by a civil servant.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cargo150 (649) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 30, 2014
Belle couleur brune avec des reflets rougeatres et un mince filet beige qui résiste jusqu’a la fin du verre. Un liquide très complexe et frais de caramel,fruits rouges,raisin,chocolat,amande, chaque lampés est une saveurs différentes. Ce déguste très bien. Une des meilleures bières belges c’est assurés.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
leghorn99 (20) - Livorno, ITALY - OCT 24, 2014
Versa un colore ambrato scuro di buona limpidezza; la schiuma è fine, compatta, cremosa e dalla buona persistenza. Al naso ha un ricco e complesso aroma di frutta; ciliegie, uvetta, pesche, e frutta assortita secca, combinati con aromi di miele e caramello. In bocca il sapore è liscio, con ricchi sapori che ricordano ciliegie immerse nel caramello; per finire con note di cioccolato, mandorle tostate, e un pizzico di melassa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stevoj (2262) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 22, 2014
Listed as 9.5% on label, and as Brasserie des Rocs. Normal quad dried fruit aromas and flavors, abrupt finish, cloying sweetness. I had hoped for better based on the overall score.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UXO (280) - CANADA - OCT 21, 2014
Pours muddy particulate-laden brown with one finger of light beige head diminishing gradually to a thin cap, no lacing (3/5). Nose is brown sugar, plums and other dark fruit, spice, alcohol (7/10). Taste is moderate to strong sweet malt, moderate tart (7/10). Medium to heavy body, smooth, soft carbonation, with a gentle alcohol warming (4/5). Bit disappointed by this one. I wasn’t too perturbed by the muddy appearance or the particulate, but I was expecting more sour/tart presence. Instead, I’m getting a lot of malt sweetness, molasses / brown sugar, and raisins, but also an almost medicinal overtone. It’s certainly not working perfectly together for me. (15/20)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eduardovl (891) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
330ml bottle served in Trappist chalice. A: Pours a very dark amber to brown color forming a huge beige color head. In fact, the head pops out when the bottle is opened. Kind of: I’m alive and getting out! Very dirty beer, a lot of chunks can be seen around and small grains on the top of the foam. Retention is great and tons of lacings are left in the glass. S: Absolutely perfect nose: Sweet malts upfront, very fruity, bready and spicy. Notes of dark fruits, vanilla, nuts, black pepper, Belgian yeasts and alcohol in the very end T: Sweet upfront. Sweet malts, dark fruits, oak, wood, caramel, vanilla, black pepper, cloves, brown bread, Belgian yeasts. Complex. Hops bitterness is quite light and smooth M: Heavy body. A bit molasses. Medium carbonation. Caramel and bread aftertaste O: Excellent drinkability. Excellent beer. An authentic Belgian Ale. Masterpiece. Did I forget something? :) [ BA Review @ 11/9/2012 ]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slowrunner77 (5986) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 7, 2014
" had to wait, again, for the volcano to stop errupting before i could enjoy/pour the beer, so it got off on the wrong foot. once poured however, the beer looked inviting. aroma was of alcohol, brown sugar, molasses and plums. there was a raisiny sweetness in the taste, in addition to those present in the aroma. lots of dark fruit, and sweet breadiness, but nothing that blows you away. it took quite a bit of vigorous swirling to get the body smooth instead of overly carbonated. maybe my bottle was tainred, or maybe this beer is just a bit overated. who knows?"

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jayzz (365) - Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2014
Sweet caramel malty aroma and amber color with a fruit blend flavor. I can taste cherry and peach mixed with a rich malt flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wxman (1451) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - SEP 25, 2014
On tap at Global Brew. Pours a cloudy opaque amber/brown with a thin light tan head. Sour dried fruit aroma. Taste is sweet caramel malt, molasses, buttery with dried fruit and a bit of licorice. Very good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
McWorta (611) - LUXEMBOURG - SEP 16, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2014 Dark brown colour with a light foamy light tan head. Noses of dried fruits, caramel, resin and some nuttyness. The texture is only lightly slick and whilst having a full body it is yet rather easy/soft on the palate. Flavours of caramelised dried fruit develop, treacle sweetness, yet a faint fruity acidity develops. The finish is long lasting and harmonic.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
mchaoulideer (9) - - AUG 20, 2014 does not count
On draft at Cask republic in new haven, CT on 8-20-14. Very fresh, sharp grassy first taste. Quickly drops away and lacks any finish beyond a slight lingering bitterness. A mixture of bland and somewhat unpleasant.. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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