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


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RATINGS: 538   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5096) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 23, 2005
A light cloudy amber color with lots of bubbles. A huge slightly off white head. The aroma is sharply sweet and spicy. Peaches, apples and nutmeg dominate. fascinating tangy aroma. The taste is ginger and apples. A nice bready backbone with some vanilla and caramel. A weak vinous hint. While this has these almost candy notes, it is only a little sweet. Similar to a golden delicious apple. ADR continues to impress me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2005
Murky amber colour with small off-white head. Aroma is malty with dark fruits. Flavor is sweet and malty with faint hints of butter and chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 14, 2005
amber and cloudy. thick foamy head and sheet lacing. Odd aroma. Reminds me of vodka. Some citrus, cloves and yeast as well. The flavor is very similar with lots of alcohol sourness.Tart and tangy palate with a fruity finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimhilt (2388) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 12, 2005
Pours a two-finger pillowy cream head leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is sweet raisins. Starts and finishes sweet very smooth. Malts and hops are very well balanced. The high ABV is not noticeable. $2.95 for a 330ml bottle from Vintage Cellar Blacksburg, VA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 10, 2005
Alcohol, burnt wood, maple mixed fruits and sugar in the aroma. Hazy copper coloured body with small-bubbled white head that recedes to cover with minor lacing. Burnt wood fruit and sugar are also the dominant flavours with a strong fruitiness and only the barest hint of alcohol. Medium-full body is somewhat sticky but still quite enjoyable. Bottle enjoyed with MartinT and Rastacouere. Thanks, JoeMcPhee!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6119) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 9, 2005
Dark orange pour displays a monstruous amont of sediments while forming a decent off-white head. Well put fruit overtones (orange, mango) melt with the alcohol to form a pleasant fruit salad that is balanced by grassy counterparts from dry hops. Lighter than expected on the tongue, but definitely bears the quality mark through those slicing maple notes and dry fruit salad evolving flavors. Light tartness ensures irreproachable drinkability for 9%, almost treacherous. Medium carbonation makes way for a pleasant if unexciting powdery texture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LittleChicken (6) - ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2005 does not count
Poured with a thick creamy head, and looks to be a browny amber colour in the glass (or maybe that’s my rose tinted glasses kicking in???). Definite yeasty-marmitey-caramely (but not that nasty burned stuff)-licorice scents on the nose, with a bit of brown sugar and christmas cake spice thrown in for good measure. The caramel theme continues when tasted, but I think the nose promised more than the body delivered. That’s not to say it’s not a good beer, but I expected a little more. Bitter chocolate and a little bit of vanilla try to have their voices heard, but it’s the marmitey flavours that prevail. You can taste the alcohol on the way down by that mildly searing (but thankfully warming ’cause it’s cold in England tonight) feeling at the back of the throat. No gingerbread though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5253) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2005
Best Before End 2007... Poured a hazy reddish gold color with a medium sized, off white, rocky head that left nice lacing on the glass. Warming aroma of cinnamon, citrus, melon, peach, yeast, and light sweet malts. Piquant taste of apples, lemon, orange peel, vanilla, yeast, caramel, peach, and finishes with a little bit of alcohol. Very tripelish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JAN 3, 2005
Hazy amber syrup color, nice head & lacing, very sticky & retentive. Nose is strong of malts & alcohol. Very rich & tasty. Sweet & yeast with smooth balance. Good subtle complexity & a sweet tangy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
veronika (410) - SWEDEN - JAN 1, 2005
Hazy golden, ok head. Aroma from vanilla, citrus, spices and fruity tea (!), Some yeast and wheat. Flavor brings wheat, grass, floral notes, and has a peppery finish. Quite carbonated.

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