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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: 1202   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.


Inveigler's rating

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - DEC 10, 2005
First thing apparent is the huge protein chunks -- looks like a lava lamp. Ruddy complexion on this beaut, nice and warm crimson. The malt and sweets shine through nicely, but there is a tad of burn underneath this blanket. Everything Belgian is here: the complexity, the yeast, the esters, and of course the sweet sweet buzz of drinking these large bottles of hooch. Delicious.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
oliodnb (372) - 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 (1361) - 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 (682) - 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 (24) - 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 (2292) - 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 (346) - 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 (926) - 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 ]

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slowrunner77 (6031) - 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?"

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jayzz (376) - 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.


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