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


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RATINGS: 1225   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UXO (775) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaBeer1972 (1432) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gerardgathier (511) - - DEC 27, 2014
Currently I am updating my ratebeer with al the beers I drank but was too lazy to rate at the time. I give the scores I gave back than. If I drink the beers again I might re-rate them.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
huineman (400) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAY 11, 2015
Brown amber, frothy tan head. Smells of vanilla, banana, caramel, white pepper. Creamy, well-balanced. Quite sweet short ending.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NJBeerman013 (1052) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - APR 26, 2002
I fail to see the 4.02 overall rating. Yes, flavor was fruity and fairly dry, but the aftertaste was strange to say the least. It is on the bitter side, hard to describe. I have had better belgian ales. Disparaging, to say the least. Re-rate: Maybe I had a bad bottle the first time around, I brought myself to try it again. Still not as good as I was expecting, but I bumped up the scores a bit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sloth (2626) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - NOV 2, 2003
Medium size, large bubbled, light brown head thtas short lived. Hazy brown, cola color.Light/medium body.Fruity nose plums, raisins, yeast and malt. Nice fruity, malty flavors, slight mustiness and light spiceyness. Unfortunately somewhat thin for a 10%er, seemed flat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jerohen (2062) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2003
Dutch ratebeer meeting. Large head, clear orange-brown coloured. Soft malty, fruity aroma and flavour, some butter. A bit Rochefort aroma indeed (i'm with you skortila ;-) ). Cool 1.5 liter bottle, but the beer itself is not nearly as good as it's cracked up to be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
caesar (5771) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2003
Dutch ratebeer meeting. Large head, clear orange-brown coloured. Very spicy aroma, fruity, butter, orange. Spicy and malty taste, bit chocolat maybe. Sharp alcohol burn in taste and palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2004
75cL bottle. This beer had a coriander and citrus aroma along with significant maltiness. The flavors were well-balanced for such a complex beer. The fruit and nut flavors were really nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - MAR 28, 2005
Light hazy warm brown color with a nice light beige head. Nice maltyness in the nose with hints of roasted nuts, bread crust, barck of a tree, autumn-leafs and fine hoppy accents. This beer has a dens mouthfeel without beeing sweet. The taste is malty and has hints of fresh toasted bread with fresh butter on it, touches of nuts, a foait dry fruitness and a burned bitter finish.

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