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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: 562   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Calisky (1119) - ALSACE, FRANCE - MAY 17, 2014
Couleur ambree trouble, petite mousse. Nez leger de caramel et alcool, note de levure. Gout doux avec amertume de caramel leger, fruits et levure. Fin douce sucree

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VDuquerroux (389) - Airvault, FRANCE - MAY 8, 2014
Bottle, 75cL. Home. A sparkling copper-colored with many yeast sediments (ugly!). Creamy off-white head. Good persistence. Caramel smoky aroma with prune, spices and gingerbread. Heavy sugar sweet, medium bitter. Full body, oily texture, average carbonation, long bittersweet finish with a light warming note. Overall, a bit too sweet for me. The first two sips were terrible, after I felt more bitterness, but still... I will have to drink that one again !

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
neuromatt (1169) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 9, 2014
330 mL bottle from the LCBO, served in a stem glass. Pours hazy amber with a moderate beige head that fades to a thin remnant and leaves a trace of fine lace. The nose has notes of caramel, raisins and dates, along with a slight spiciness. The flavour is quite sweet throughout with malty notes of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, raisins and perhaps caramelized banana. Belgian yeast comes through as well. The finish is long and malty with just a hint of spice. On the palate it is medium-full in body with a creamy texture and soft carbonation. Overall, not the most complex, but a nice malty strong ale with elegant caramelized notes and Belgian yeast. 2014-05-09

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
robinvboyer (3259) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 2, 2014
Hazy medium brown, small beige head. Very sweet, bready malt aroma with lots of stone fruit. very active carb, medium mouth feel. The finish is sweet, with some grass, more stone fruits, peaches, plums, ever some light apple. Bitterness is low, the end is a little earthy.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sinte (362) - Udine, ITALY - JUN 2, 2014
Bottle 0.33L. Hazy amber body with huge, creamy, off-white head, mostly lasting with some good lacing. Light-to-moderate malty (caramel) and light hoppy (orange) aroma, with notes of sugar and alcohol. Moderate sweet and light bitter flavour. Medium body with oily texture; soft carbonation; light metallic feeling in the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
matt7215 (2226) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 12, 2014
330ml lcbo bottle. A good but not great strong Belgian ale. Not cloyingly sweet which is a plus but not a lot of fruity esters and next to no hops. Decent but not my fav.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CRock (69) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2014
Pours amber in colour, although a little cloudy. Head leaves a nice rim around the glass and has a sweet after taste.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hangunder (271) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 16, 2014
Raisin, dark fruit, candi sugar aromas. Hazy, effervescent copper with a long lasting brownish head and some floaties moving around. Very sweet, almost cloyingly so. Tastes like brown sugar, with some dark fruit. Short and hot finish, some dark fruit lingers. Light/medium bodied, highly carbonated. Not really what i’m looking for in a belgian strong, but decent.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mircoas (124) - ITALY - JUN 8, 2014
Buona birra un po’ come tutta l’abbazia de rocs ci ha abituato. Non speciale come la "brune" ma di qualità anche questa.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bunget (572) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 27, 2014
330ml bottle. Clear copper body, big fluffy and creamy beige head, floating sediments, excellent retention. Aroma of raisins, yeast, caramel, spices, slightly alcoholic. Taste with plenty of caramel malt sweetness, brown sugar, raisins and yeast, dates. Enjoyable.


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