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


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RATINGS: 1263   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.

DavefromChicago's rating

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bbbeer (702) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 15, 2016
A bottle that has been lying around for several years. It says "Brasserie des Rocs." I remember being unimpressed with this originally and put aside a couple bottles for a few years. A cloudy brown with small beige head, a ton of large particulate matter. Aroma sugary malt, caramel, chocolate, subtle toasted nuts. Medium body, lightly carbonated, a touch of alcohol. Flavor is moderately sweet but finishes dryer. Caramel, dark fruits, maybe a little dry hops, figs. Not sure if the original bottle I had wasn’t good or if it’s improved with age but this is quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
martin00sr (2453) - Haderslev, DENMARK - JUN 14, 2016
Hazy amber. Rocky, airy offwhite head. Aroma has caramel and dried fruit. Flavour is malty with sweet fruit, light spice, fruit, brown sugar and warming alcohol. Light notes of anise. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
msbernac (1739) - Krakow, POLAND - MAY 29, 2016
Bottle Aroma-caramel, prunes, raisins Appearance-brown, cloudy, tan foam, Taste-medium bitterness, medium sweetness, lightly sour, Palate-full body, oily feel, lively, long finish, Overall-perfect

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Guruhso (361) - Grindsted, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2016
Bottle. Aroma of dried fruits, raisins, prunes, caramel, brown sugar, nuts, species. Light alcoholic. The flavours starts sweet but finish light bitter. The body is medium and the texture is juicy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlazerT (444) - POLAND - MAY 6, 2016
Bottle. Trappist glass. Brownish with light borwn, semi-densed head, poor head retention and lacing. Nice and deep dried, black fruits aroma - mainly plums and raisins, which are dominant. You can also find here some brown sugar and spices (cloves, lightly cinnamon). Taste lightly sweet, it’s more like the quadrupel, but not so malty. Medium body, lively carbonation, creamy texture, finish is semi-dry, spicey and lightly bitter. In overall this beer is clean in it’s style with predominant malty and spicey character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brnandersen (3182) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 29, 2016
33 cl bottle poured in to a Trappist glass. Dark, amber colour with a slight golden hue. Thick, lightly tanned cap on top, that fades to a thin layer. Good looking. Sweet aroma with rich caramel malts, liquorice, yeasts that comes as peaches and other sweet fruits. Subtle alcohol with a touch of oranges - almost like Cointreau. Taste is sweet. Full body with a creamy texture and a lively carbonation that fades fast. Finishes slightly dry with rich malts, yeasts and spicy hints. Sweet fruits and orange liqour. Excellent and rich Belgian.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
langeveld12 (418) - NETHERLANDS - APR 15, 2016
Brown body with frothy head. Mostly sweet taste with raisin, dried and sweet fruits, caramel, honey and brown sugar. Not too sweet, though. Accompanied by a mild bitterness. Not too complex but quite subtle and very enjoyable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
CountDrugula (35) - - APR 15, 2016
Marrón oscuro translúcido y no muy homogéneo. Espuma densa poco abundante. Aroma de espectacular complejidad: pasas, albaricoque, madera, cerezas, frambuesas, frutos secos, alcohol, azúcar moreno, ligero toque chocolateado y miel salvaje. En boca ganan terreno el chocolate y la base de malta cubriendo de dulce y una acidez ligera todo el festín de aromas, para terminar con leve sequedad y un regusto prolongado donde las notas se reordenan y amortiguan. Extraordinaria es decir poco.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5682) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 2, 2016
750ml. A few months past expiration, didn’t notice until after I bought the bottle. Unfiltered brown body, weird chunky floaties at random places in the glass. Not much of a head, but steady enough beige residue that laces the glass. I did like the old labels better, but maybe these help keep the price down. Deep fruity touches, not far removed from a Quad. I seem to remember bottles from a decade or more ago having more effervescence, maybe the age has hurt this one. Sweet, heavy, but nice brown chocolate caramel malt depth. Good, will have to revisit a fresher bottle.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
blackisle (1846) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - MAR 27, 2016
Bottle 33cl. Poured into a trappist glass. Clear deep amber brown, small frothy beige head, mostly diminishing, good lacing; aroma roasted malts, dark fruits, raisins, caramel, spices (cloves, cinnamon, bay leaf), brown sugar, light chocolate, alcohol; taste light heavy sweet and light to medium bitter, malty, toffee, fudge, spices, fortified wine, some alcohol, with long duration leading to a sweetbitter finish with spicy and nutty notes, warming alcohol; full-bodied, creamy texture, soft carbonation; very complex, smooth and balanced strong ale, a sheer delight.

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