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

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RATINGS: 1217   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.


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4
   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.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gaultier (695) - SWEDEN - MAR 30, 2015
Sample @ Malmö Öl & Whisky Festival 14/3-15. Malty with some caramel and fruitiness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mike_77 (3604) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - MAR 27, 2015
Dark brown with thin, lacy head. Sweet and floral aroma with plenty of fruitiness. A very deep and complex flavour. Mostly sweet, dried red fruits but also some bitter cocoa.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CObiased (86) - - MAR 24, 2015
11.2 oz bottle. Poured into a tulip....very dark reddish brown and starts with a fluffy off-white head that dissipates into a light lacing head. What a great flavorful and smooth strong ale. Rich ripe fruit, complex malts and a hint of chocolate converge for this Belgian delight. Bottle does read "best before 2-12-2013" - drank on 3-24-2014

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
charlotte (4474) - rødovre, DENMARK - MAR 18, 2015
Bottle.At Malmø beerfestival.Brown colour with medium head.Aroma is sweet fruity of dried berries and fruits,nice lively mouth feels and good full body note of plums and almonds nice and sweet finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jorn69 (1416) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - MAR 16, 2015
Sample @ Malmö Öl & Whisky Festival 150314. Malty and caramely with spicy and fruity notes, sweet, malty and sweet finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
umich03jm (2405) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - FEB 25, 2015
Tap at Ashley’s. Muddy brown pour with a 1 finger foamy head that fades to a thick ring and a light film. Aroma is a powerful mix of dark fruit. Plums, Cherries, raisins, banana, figs, light chocolate, and light caramel. Tastes like expected. Dried cherries, plums, figs and chocolate mostly. Finish brings in some banana. Full body. Somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Very good Belgian Strong but not up there with my favs.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DJoer (895) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 27, 2015
Medium mokka like head, pitch black coloured body, sweet caramel candy fresh fruity smell, medium to high carbonation caramel fresh medium carbonation fruity yeast some malts

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Florya (586) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 17, 2015
How: Bottle Appearance: Dark brown, no head. Aroma: Plums, raisin, cherries, caramel. Palate: medium body, average carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hkrivera (153) - Guaynabo, PUERTO RICO - JAN 9, 2015
Excellent smooth flavor with imperceptible high ABV. Worthy of the title Grand Cru! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chinchill (2560) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 1, 2015
Large bottle from the back of my beer fridge served with the New Years’ Day bowl games. Bottle is dated stamped Oct. 2014. Initially served at about 48-50F but improved with warming. Body is a deep reddish-brown, more or less clear excepting a large amount of suspended particles, some of which are rather large. The suspended particles really detract from the appearance, but i have previously encountered excellent Belgian beers with this trait. The particles had no detectable effect on mouthfeel. Aroma: excellent; rich, fruity and complex. Changed with warming. Flavor: a harmonious blend of a multitude of flavors, including dates, raisins, dark bread, roast nuts, toffee and dried cherries. Feel: medium-full body with light carbonation.


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