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


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RATINGS: 1231   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   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.

hotchick's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hotchick (20) - Delaware, USA - MAY 18, 2004
The appearance is a cloudy, darkish red-brown with floating sediments. Strong aromas of chocolate, caramel, and dried fruits (strong cherry, pineapple, and fig). Very dominant cherry flavor with complimentary tones of caramel and coffee. The palate is well-rounded and complex with a carbonated resonance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marduk (4071) - Reval, ESTONIA - AUG 29, 2015
330ml bottle. Murky dark mahogany color. Medium size, firm tan head, stays. Chocolate, sweet, plums, dried cherries, slightly nutty notes in aroma. Smells very nice. Sweet, cherry, chocolate, grainy, mild dried plums, sourish in taste. Sweet, sour and chocolate in aftertaste. Crisp carbonation. Well balanced. Perhaps tad too sweet. But no- this is brilliant brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
murran (408) - - AUG 2, 2015
Pours a redish brown body with a thick and lasting head. Nice and fruity aroma. Very nice creamy taste with fruit flavours.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
martjoobolut (1706) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 24, 2015
Bottle. Pours dark ruby with beige head. Aroma is sweet, malt, dark fruits. Flavor is sweet, dark fruits, raisins, malt. Alcohol is well covered. Overall: very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
suurjuust (1882) - ESTONIA - JUL 24, 2015
Dark brown beer, tan head. Nose is raisins, prunes, dark fruits, malty sweetness. Flavor is dark fruits, malt, golden raisins, candi sugar. Finishes with malt and golden raisins, chocolate. Lingering candi sugar and fruity chocolate. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
commonshawn (676) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 17, 2015
Big bottle from France 44 in goblet with commonmac. Light plum with thick but smooth off white head, and healthy amount of sediment. Tons of dark fruit yeast in the nose. Malty, then dark fruit sweet and sour, then fruity chocolate at the end. Some cherry and oak type flavors in there. A bit drying, good full body. Solid Grand Cru, professionally done. Didn’t quite get my Rocs off on this one, but nearly so.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
commonmac (698) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 17, 2015
Big bottle purchased at France 44 and shared by commonshawn. Belgian snifter glass. Rich mahogany with nearly tan head. Aroma is heavily influenced by dark fruits and sweetness. Very large bouquet. Taste and mouthfeel are a little thin and that’s where the negativity stops. Wow. This is tasty. Good sweetness and high Belgian sugar quotient mixing with raisin and caramel or toffee. Alcohol extremely well hidden which makes this a particularly dangerous beer. I’m definitely a fan. This rocs the abbaye. (pretty clever...right?)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jelledebont (39) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 28, 2015
Mooi donker bier met kleine gistdeeltjes en een licht fruitige smaak. Net als bij de Abbaye des Rocs Brune vond ik de eerste slok van dit bier geweldig. Daarna proefde ik weinig bijzonders. Nog steeds een erg lekker bier, maar die eerste slok beloofde meer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Muggus69 (1553) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - JUN 7, 2015
330mL bottle from International Beer Collector. BB 10/02/2017 Huge off-white head finally resides, and settles to a dense head, with clumpy lace. Nose is rich, very complex - dried fig, sultana, prune, treacle, toasted walnut, cocoa, Madeira cake, savoury spice & leafiness. Thick, creamy, almost velvety body, long on the palate, very satisfyingly chewy. Tremendously delicious stuff - sweet, savoury, spicy, slightly bitter and somewhat warming. Notes of burnt sugars, dried fig, raisin & cherry, spicy black pepper & clove notes, overly ripe banana & stonefruit. Long finish, oh so satisfying. Such a surprise to see this gem in the "beer of the month" 6 pack. Amazing stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alusmamuts (1074) - LATVIA - MAY 16, 2015
Dark brown with medium bit creamy beige head. Ricjh taste full of fruity, flower and caramel notes incompassing fruity sweet and sournessa nd dry roasted coffee bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
huineman (423) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAY 11, 2015
Brown amber, frothy tan head. Smells of vanilla, banana, caramel, white pepper. Creamy, well-balanced. Quite sweet short ending.

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