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


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RATINGS: 1260   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
diabel (1677) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - JUL 2, 2007
Bottle at Beer Brothers’ Festival 2007, Mechelen, Belgium
Hazy amber-brown-reddish body with a creamy off-white head. Quite sweet, malty (caramel) aroma with a hint of hops. Well balanced flavour which is moderately bitter, lightly sweet. A lot of caramel in the flavour which even becomes quite sticky. Nice complexity for this very nice triple beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2007
A Mes rate: 75cl bottle at Kerstfest, Essen.
Murky, dark caramel brown, the head vanished almost completely in about 20 seconds. Sweet malty aroma with brown sugar and caramel. More of the same in the flavour and just much too sweet for me. I’ve never gone mad for A.D.R. and I still can’t.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Davinci (295) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2008
Noteds from last year. 11.2oz bottle. Rich caramel brown color with aparent yeast sediment. Aromas of sweet dried fruits and chocolate, some burnt toast as well. A very chocolatey sweet flavor with notes of burnt toast, crushed pepper, and spice. Initially I found this beer too sweet but as it warmed and opened up a bit I really started to enjoy it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
restless7 (104) - Lenexa, Kansas, USA - FEB 17, 2008
BOTTLE: 11.2o. Hazy light brown with obvious sediment and beige head. Aroma is sweet and lemony with complex flavors not determined yet. Flavor is lemony with many hints of, well heck I can’t figure it out but it’s sweet, full body with long smooth finish. Kind of grew on me after the first few sips.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - FEB 25, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2008 33cl bottle. Number one rating on my 21st birthday, and I absolutely loved the Brune by abbaye des rocs, so this was the call; from KNB in IV... Hazy brown with a beige head that laces; some sediment. Big sweet caramel and tart berry aroma. the flavor is intensely sweet with a citric tartness. Lots of caramel, berries, and some alcohol. Finishes bitter, and slightly reminiscent of sour patch kids. Full mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Leaned a little too much on the candy sweetness and tartness for me, and just lacked the superb balance that Iove about the brune.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (20238) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 8, 2008
Bottle at the Kulminator ... Deep dark brown ... lots of belgian yeasts ... with some sweet fruit malts ... mid level spicyness ...some pear and breadyness in linger...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rayOfBeer (674) - El Cerrito, California, USA - APR 24, 2008
Poured from 33cl bottle a muddled reddish brown with medium sized off-white head with flakes of green/brown floating everywhere. Aroma was a musty earth almost dusty with some candy sweetness and a touch of a fruity sourness. The flavor is a big rush of sweet raisin, prune, pear and bubble gum with a dollup of sour cherry. There are also some dusty wood notes and maybe coconut. The palate is rather strange with the floaties bouncing through and low carbonation makes this beer seem sweeter. Tad too sweet for me, but some great flavors here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2008
Darker plum color with lots of yeasties floating around and a rather large beige head. Aroma is vinous, bready, and sweet with an abundance of fruit. Flavor is pretty good with some nice raisin/plum/vine mashed up with some sugar - then theres the excess yeast. I didn’t mind it in the Brune, but these got annoying and started to ruin the experience and even the taste a bit. Not bad, just strain this bitch!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (12779) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 22, 2009
330ml bottle (One Pint, Helsinki, Belgian Weeks 2009) - shared with mjs et al. - thanks!
Clear brown - amazingly no floaties - tiny head. Flowery, fruity, and slightly perfumy aroma. Clove, aniseed bitterness, deep and very spicy. A touch sweet, a touch young perhaps. Sweetness complemented by spices very well. Finish is beautifully hoppy. Covers 9.5% very well. Yeast from the bottom of the bottle didn’t change things much at all. Will probably be fantastic after maturing a little.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
jumpjet2k (314) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 23, 2009
11.2oz. TONS of floaties. I’ve never seen a beer this filled with sediment. The aroma has lots of sour cherry and apple, banana, candy sugar, whatever other kind of fruit you want. Pretty sweet and malty and extremely complex, with fruits from apple to fig to banana to grape to citrus, along with rye bread, clove, and cherry Jolly Ranchers. Very tasty and complex, but the ridiculous amount of yeast is just rather offputting, which really hurts both the appearance and palate ratings - you’ll definitely feel them go down.

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