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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: 1204   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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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JAN 6, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2007 bottled. Sweet belgian w/ a nice kick. This is The Balance here,; w/ the the sugar and alcohol in almost pure harmony... Maybe... I’d LOVE to taste an aged one. But this one rings in as a nice dark Belgian with the hops, malts, and residual sugar in an seemingly easy balance. A nice belgian ale. I SWEAR to rate again........ I bought this in COLUMBIA, SC !!! OUR TIME HAS COME!


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Trappist1 (558) - Diest, BELGIUM - DEC 17, 2014
Old bottle 750ml.aug/2012.Dark amber brown with beige head. Malts, sugar, fruity, citrus, alcohol. A lot of alcohol. Very smooth, "sucré", warming... Great beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alengrin (2429) - BELGIUM - DEC 2, 2014
One of the classic Rocs beers, deep dark brown with light beige head and very rich bouquet of caramel, chocolate, raisins, walnuts, dried orange peel, spices and so much more. Balanced, full and complex taste, a bit oily mouthfeel, dried fruits, esters, spices, deep maltiness and warming, creamy finish with sourish hint. Tasted from a 1,5 litre bottle. I have a suspicion this was originally nothing more than Abbaye des Rocs Spéciale Noël in large bottles, but it is probably a different beer nowadays? Anyway: it’s been eleven years since I had this, so I must get a new bottle urgently...

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
oliodnb (384) - ITALY - NOV 16, 2014
33cl bottle. Pours dark reddish brown with a low beige head that quickly disappears leading no traces or lacing. Aroma is buttery sweet with caramel, butterscotch, plums, raisins, dates. Taste is similar sweet with dark fruits flavors. Light roasted and chocolate notes in the finish, almost no bitterness, light alcohol. Excellent.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaBeer1972 (1368) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 12, 2014
Bottle from Manchester. Label is totally different. Poured into a snifter. Rated from the second glass. A deep opaque purplish brown with a frothy light tan head. Some floating yeast chunks in the bottom. Flavor is deep and earthy with well balanced sweetness and bitterness. Very smooth. Hard to tell it’s 9% plus. Could use a bit of something to spice it up a bit more though.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alethol (106) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 1, 2014
Pours murky red brown. Aromas of brown sugar, fruit, bread and yeast. Same taste with vanilla and slightl sourness. Full body. Very good, but among the greatest.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cargo150 (773) - 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.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
leghorn99 (33) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stevoj (2321) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UXO (406) - 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)

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eduardovl (942) - 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 ]


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