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


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RATINGS: 1268   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 (9386) - 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
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 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.

   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.

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