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


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This beer, robust in taste and strength (9%) is the tops for flavour. It has a fruity and spicy bouquet, it has a stark taste, between a sharp bitterness and a caramelised flavour. It has no sugar, and this pure malt beer oscillates between various tendencies which all round off the bitterness. It has a peppery taste at the back of the mouth and a sharpness on the tongue. It is active in the mouth and lets each flavour express itself individually. It is very active in the glass which gives it a full, lasting, head. It has a long conclusion and puts emphasis on an ever present bitterness but less supported by the caramel. The final impression is one of gingerbread without sugar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chris__hartley (274) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2014
It pours copper with rust-coloured highlights; head is off-white and foamy. The aroma has notes of: orange peel, toffee, bread, liquorice, and amber rum. The taste is medium sweet that finishes light bitter; there are notes of: all the aforementioned aroma notes. The palate is medium bodied, slightly sticky; has light carbonation, and a medium finish. Overall, it’s alright as far as ambers go.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thorongil2 (1078) - , Ontario, CANADA - MAR 16, 2014
(bottle) hazy reddish amber colour with a medium tall white head; aromas of stewed fruit, brown sugar; flavour slightly sweet initially with a dry finish; nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Icedwarf (99) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 15, 2014
Dinker geel tot lichtbruin bier. Smeek is complex met zoet en licht bitter, caramel, geroosterd brood. Weinig koolzuur. Smaak blijft lang hangen.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
YzaaL (7) - - MAR 15, 2014 does not count
Robe qui ne rappelle pas spécialement celle d’une bière ambrée, forte en gout, qui n’accroche pas trop au palais. Cette bière est une très bonne bière qui mérite d’être bue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darn_it (15) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 15, 2014
UPDATED: APR 11, 2014 A wonderful sour funk, ginger and apricot on the nose. This brews main character leans into dark fruit and molassis and some candied suger is even present but is well balanced with a wonderful fresh ginger and a lovely but subtle sour that finishes dry and bitter and moves into spicey notes. Not as sweet as some other Belgian strong ales. Adding the yeast really mellows out the ginger and the sour notes and brings the spices forward. Perhaps this is also a result of the beer warming as well but these changes really seemed to come about when I added the yeast to the glass. I like Belgain strongs because the variety is through the roof and they keep me guessing. It is my opinion they very much need subcategories for the style. Wonderful lacing, beautiful foggy dark golden brown.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
morri (164) - NORWAY - MAR 14, 2014
330ml bottle from Vinmonopolet. Medium off-white head which fades quickly. Hazy orange/light amber body. Sharp on the nose. Aroma of caramel malt, soy sauce and bread. Sweet tongue, really pleasing. The sense of alcohol is present, but not overwhelming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lennoxyz (4) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2014 does not count
Awful branding, but a damn tasty, aromatic beer. Would highly recommend on a Friday afternoon such as this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheJester (1726) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 11, 2014
330 mL bottle. (Says 7.5%.) Unappealing hazy brown. Medium beige head. Nice lacing. Mild spicy, yeasty, earthy aroma. Maybe a bit of dried fruit as well. Burnt brown sugar sweetness in the flavour, joined by candy, dates, yeast, and spice. A little sweet, but not unappealing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
erickok (3161) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - MAR 11, 2014
Copper amber body and small creamy head. Malty backbone, Vienna malt like, biscuity, developed yeast, caramel backup yet never too sweet to my pleasant surprise. Slightly high in alcohol, but it makes up in the body. Nice brew. Good Belgian, even when you’re not particularly into those beers any more. (75cl bottle shared with Darren on brew day, from Cave Gambrinus)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
PriorL (1263) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 10, 2014
33cl bottle. APPEARANCE: clear amber beer, small unstable off white head. BUT UFO’S in the beer! NOSE: malts, caramel. TASTE: malts, sweet, not good, syrupy.

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