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


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RATINGS: 1269   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rotorhead87 (119) - Temple, Texas, USA - SEP 15, 2007
Pours a murky brown with lots of sediment and a large off-white head. The aroma is simply wonderful, light caramel with some yeasty elements. The flavor is just amazing, though. I can’t do it justice, so I’m not even going to try explaining it, it must be tried to be believed. The palate is perfect, not to oily that it sticks to your mouth like cough syrup, but it lingers in the background for a long time, letting you savor it for that much longer. Not quite the absolute tour de force of Rochefort, but damn close.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Perm (151) - Tryon, North Carolina, USA - APR 28, 2008
750 mL bottle. I’m getting conflicting information on the retired status of this brew; I truly hope it is NOT retired -- it’s too good to see it disappear! One of the most well-crafted, well-rounded Belgian Strong Ales I’ve ever had. Full of complex fruit and honey notes, but enough balance to not be too sweet. Heavenly.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ThomasWilder (17) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 27, 2009
One of the best beers I have had in a long time. Unfortunately I must have shaken the bottle a bit because it foamed for about a minute before I could pour it into my freezer mug. I was shocked at the amount of sediment floating in this beer creating a hazy appearance that left me skeptical for a moment. If you are reading this to make a decision on whether or not to try it, TRY IT! It has a sweet taste that lingers long after the glass is empty. It has a tiny taste of syrup or molasses at the end with a fruity-caramel taste at the beginning. GREAT BEER!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
KornDogg (570) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2009
Bottle. Capital Ale House in Richmond VA, great grand cru.. very fruity and complex... i can taste many dried fruits and hits of chocolate and or molasses

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2009
Bottle. Pours light, murky brown with a tan, pungent head. Aroma of fruit, malts, and spice. Full, dense body with a heavy finish, Overall, the best Belgian strong I have ever tasted. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Gary (1871) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 8, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2014 750mlIve had this from 750ml and 330ml bottles & the differing bottle sizes do not hinder this being a world class drink. This reminds me why I like Belgian beer, why I’m an alcoholic at the weekend & that complexity and swill-ability is my thing’...Ok shit the nose on this is sureal in its accents of spice, booze and rich maltiness stuff that intertwines amazingly ..very floral too . <b !! giving dividends to your brain .. ...cherry covered chocolate caramel ...and all spice complexity
As you sip on this you should be happy ,or i reckon u dont like belgian ale . stunning mesh of rich malts , boozy finesse and floral spice ...dancing around on the palate with the enthusiasm of an ’Earth Wind and FIre ’ music video. A pretty fucken classy and sophisticated beer - infact a masterpiece .

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bmausteller (1) - Pace, Alabama, USA - DEC 11, 2011 does not count
I am new to this style of beers. So I do not have a lot to judge it by; however, this was a completely wonderful beer and I will definitely be buying some more. Hopefully when I learn more about how to accurately judge beers I will be able to come back here and give a more educated review of this beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - MAR 21, 2012
Delicious Belgium beer. Very sweet. Dark fruit, raisins, spices, honey. Earthiness. I would love to blend this with a sour beer. Smooth and soft. Cinnamon, clove and nutty. Classy beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ronaldtheriot (1783) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - JUL 26, 2013
Brasserie Des Rocs Grand Cru has a thin, fizzy, root beer-like, beige head, a reddish-brown, appearance, with lots of big, solid, gray-brown chunks suspended throughout, and no lacing. Some of the smaller chunks are left behind, clinging to the sides of the glass. The aroma is of rich, sweet fruit (figs, dates, fruit cake), candy sugar, chocolate powder, cellar mold, bread crust, and moss. Taste is of sweet, rich fruit, lighter chocolate, bread, cotton candy, fruit cake, grape skin, brandy wine, nougat, nuts, slightly piney hop bitterness, and there is an underlying alcohol flavor. Mouthfeel is medium, and one can feel the big solid particles entering the mouth. There is a lot of carbonation prickle, and one will develop a heavy burp. Brasserie De Rocs Grand Cru finishes dry, ultra sweet, and bready. Overall, this is an epic beer. A must try! RJT

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gilvanblight (821) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 16, 2013
Brasserie Des Rocs - Grand Cru Belgian Special Brown Ale Really dig the bottle if nothing else. From the Amazing Clubs beer of the Month club. Very dark brown clear pour with a white head, that while not thick is really lasing. Flowers spice and malt in the nose. Wow that is really really good. Lots and lots of berry notes. Some flowery tartness and a very sweet finish. The sweet finish is quickly quashed with a slightly malty caramely aftertaste. Just a touch of spice that lingers. There’s a ton of stuff going on here but unlike other beers I had tonight it’s not all right in your face. It’s a taste journey and a very pleasant one. Fantastic beer.

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