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


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RATINGS: 1273   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAR 20, 2003
Great looking rusty brown ale with large, lasting as a film throughout. Nose of banana and caramel. Silky palate. Robust caramel flavor with light fruit at the periphery. Not as quite as complex as their flagship. At times, seems a bit too much of a straight caramel/banana mix, without enough nuance. But I bet I'll buy this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - JUL 17, 2003
huge moon crater head with dark garnet color, the initial part of this is rather metallic with lots of citrus and cherries, the middle tastes like dark chocolate covered cherries, the end is a little bittery with a bit of walnut flavor

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (9505) - Ursel, BELGIUM - OCT 30, 2003
Huge light-brown head, very creamy; muddy light-brown beer with a lot of flunky UFO. Nose of hops, roasted malts and nutmix. Very bitter taste with an outspoken nutty flavour, like nut-butter (hazelnut, pecan, sweet walnut, very oily). Thick mouthfeel, nearly oily. Long roasted aftertaste. Nice, thick, filling, syrupy. But - is it really that exciting and complex? I wonder about some rates equalling this to Westvleteren...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - DEC 15, 2003
Very fruity aroma with apple and orange. Debris floating, orange brown color, beige head, good lace. Fruity, sweet, light spices, medium body. After the great aroma the flavors were a bit disappointing and it was surprisingly thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - JUN 3, 2004
Alcohol is definately present with a multitude of flavors. It is a good Belgian Strong and I respect it but it does not excite me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinKubert (862) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2004
Pale red --> amber. Very nice sourish fruity and malty aroma. Very round mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Sour and fruity.. Somewhat honeylike.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2004
Brown/Red Coloring. Good Head. If There Was Spice in the First Abbaye...it Was Because it Stood Behind The Grand Cru....LOT of Black Pepper Here...Good Bite from the Spice/Herbs and the Alcohol is Certianly Noticable. Wouldn’t Drink This All the Time, but Wonderful to Try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2006
Cloudy brown big fluffy head the whole time. Very sweet, caramel, brown sugar, some fruitiness to it. Don’t really see why it’s so highly rated over others just like it. It’s good but don’t think it’s seperates itself from others in the same style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (5910) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2006
25 oz bottle. After gushing out about 5 or so ounces of beer onto my kitchen table, the beer poured a slightly hazy reddish brown with an extremely tight creamy light brown head. Small amounts of floaties. Lots of active carbonation. Very fruity aroma, and very sweet smelling. Notes of caramel, dark fruits, and yeast. Flavor wise, I have mixed feelings. Fruity, yeasty, complex with alot of sweetness up front that I like, but the finish is dusty and has quite a bit of alcohol flavor. Not hot or even warming with the alcohol, just a potent alcohol flavor on the finish similar to vodka. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a great deal of carbonation. Finish is a little sticky but the high alcohol thins out the finish some. Overall, a decent Belgian Strong in the generic sense, but far from a Top 50 beer or even a top 90% among Belgians I’ve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
diabel (1680) - 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.

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