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

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RATINGS: 1195   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


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4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 22, 2006
After exploding foam, pours a murky copper brown color. Hops come through in the aroma, lots of spice, fruits, vanilla. The balance in this beer is almost unmatched, with a great mix of sweetness, bitterness, spice and malt depth. Finish has lots of apricot, some cinnamon, honey as well. A gorgeous beer.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eduardovl (865) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
330ml bottle served in Trappist chalice. A: Pours a very dark amber to brown color forming a huge beige color head. In fact, the head pops out when the bottle is opened. Kind of: I’m alive and getting out! Very dirty beer, a lot of chunks can be seen around and small grains on the top of the foam. Retention is great and tons of lacings are left in the glass. S: Absolutely perfect nose: Sweet malts upfront, very fruity, bready and spicy. Notes of dark fruits, vanilla, nuts, black pepper, Belgian yeasts and alcohol in the very end T: Sweet upfront. Sweet malts, dark fruits, oak, wood, caramel, vanilla, black pepper, cloves, brown bread, Belgian yeasts. Complex. Hops bitterness is quite light and smooth M: Heavy body. A bit molasses. Medium carbonation. Caramel and bread aftertaste O: Excellent drinkability. Excellent beer. An authentic Belgian Ale. Masterpiece. Did I forget something? :) [ BA Review @ 11/9/2012 ]

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slowrunner77 (5804) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 7, 2014
" had to wait, again, for the volcano to stop errupting before i could enjoy/pour the beer, so it got off on the wrong foot. once poured however, the beer looked inviting. aroma was of alcohol, brown sugar, molasses and plums. there was a raisiny sweetness in the taste, in addition to those present in the aroma. lots of dark fruit, and sweet breadiness, but nothing that blows you away. it took quite a bit of vigorous swirling to get the body smooth instead of overly carbonated. maybe my bottle was tainred, or maybe this beer is just a bit overated. who knows?"

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jayzz (361) - Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2014
Sweet caramel malty aroma and amber color with a fruit blend flavor. I can taste cherry and peach mixed with a rich malt flavor.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wxman (1448) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - SEP 25, 2014
On tap at Global Brew. Pours a cloudy opaque amber/brown with a thin light tan head. Sour dried fruit aroma. Taste is sweet caramel malt, molasses, buttery with dried fruit and a bit of licorice. Very good!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
McWorta (606) - LUXEMBOURG - SEP 16, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2014 Dark brown colour with a light foamy light tan head. Noses of dried fruits, caramel, resin and some nuttyness. The texture is only lightly slick and whilst having a full body it is yet rather easy/soft on the palate. Flavours of caramelised dried fruit develop, treacle sweetness, yet a faint fruity acidity develops. The finish is long lasting and harmonic.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
mchaoulideer (9) - - AUG 20, 2014 does not count
On draft at Cask republic in new haven, CT on 8-20-14. Very fresh, sharp grassy first taste. Quickly drops away and lacks any finish beyond a slight lingering bitterness. A mixture of bland and somewhat unpleasant.. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stoutnick (563) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2014
Azure brown pour. Aroma is apples, toffee, fruit candies, malt syrup, fairy floss, mild vinous tones, apple wine. Taste is tobacco immediately then quickly giving way to sweetness, apple fruitiness which lingers till a dry mild finish. Lingering apple flavour. Overall, one of the best belgians I’ve had. Delicious and not over the top raisiny.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
madchemist83 (53) - USA - AUG 8, 2014
Aromas of citrus, hints of pear, raisins, chocolate, molasses and figs. Pours dark brown. Medium to high carbonation. Very smooth with lingering alcohol warmth. Tartness in the finish.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madvike (2759) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 17, 2014
Bottle - Pours hazy mahogany with a foamy tan head. Nose is plasticy, with dark fruit and breadiness. Sweet, but the plastic is front and center. Taste is honey, medium toasted malt, raisins, and butterscotch. Warm and boozy on the finish, with more honey sweetness. Medium-bodied and smooth carbonation. A little sweet for my tastes.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jdobbs (394) - New Brunswick, CANADA - JUN 10, 2014
Strange aroma is tart, fruity (including apricot) and mildly acerbic. Flavor largely follows and is also mildly tart, but with a balance of bitter and sweet as well. A lot going on but not completely integrated or balanced (under balanced, too smooth). Medium body and carbonation.


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