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


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RATINGS: 620   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 16/20
Sigmund (6719) - Tau, NORWAY - AUG 29, 2006
RBESG, bottle. Hazy amber colour. Lovely vinous aroma with notes of barnyard. Funky and moderately oaky flavour. A very good beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2006
The aroma was honey with flourals and alround outstandingness. Taste is a bit unbalanced and carbonation could have been less.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Miksu (5047) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - AUG 5, 2006
Bottled. Orange-amber color. Large floating yeast flocks in the bottle. Sweet and fruity aroma with peppery spiciness, berries, honey and perhaps acetone. Sweet, toffeish flavor with raisins, pepper, ginger and some warming alcohol. Toffee and ginger in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2006
Bottle from Bruxelles. Big aroma of candied apples, fruit fields, baked coriander, sourdough, and caramel. Absolutely delicious beer, and amazing that its made without sugar, as its quite sweet. It’s full of all the flavor its pleasant aroma promises, with a reserved, noble malt to boot, and a nice, full complex palate and lasting finish. It looks splendid as a hazy glowing amber with a moderst tight beige head. This is a top shelf beer and I can’t help feeling it deserves a higher rating. Its palate is tangy, like an orange rind. An awakening to the senses, the sort of stuff that renews my faith in "Belgian ale" when the field is so crowded and standards have dipped so low elsewhere.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUL 30, 2006
Amber/copper/orange. Gas gusher. Poured with a modest, spongey, tan head after the eruption. Fully chunkified. Citrus, wheat, yeast, caramel, light fruits, bread, light herbal spiciness. Complex. Somewhat indescribable, will rerate. Doubt the scores will change much, though. Medium/full body, smooth. Excellent brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2006
750ml. bottle. Hazy orange color with a large white head. Nice fruity aroma of apricots and oranges with some black pepper. Sweet malty flavor with just a tad of the fruitiness that the aroma had. Black pepper, yeast and alcohol round out the perceived flavors. Highly carbonated, but still had a creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorwart (2535) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 15, 2006
Very large head. Reduces quickly but has amazing carbonation to keep and nice thin sheen of foam on the surface of the brew. Fruity and spicy. A little peppermint, pepper, apricots and yeast. Color is a cloudy dark brownish orange. Fizzy in the mouth with a load of spices. The spices dominate this brew. Ginger and white pepper along with a stong alcohol presence and some sweet malts. Little bitterness. Finish is creamy yet a little dry and sharp. A good belgian but a very spicy one. Some of their other brews are better than this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUN 28, 2006
Poured a murky orange amber with a smallish tan head. Some good lace left behind on the edged of my Orval glass. The aroma is fruity, doughy, candy sweet, ginger, and alcohol. The drink starts off fairly sweet and slowly dries after you swallow. Tangy, peppery finish. Well rounded bitterness. Not nearly as good as the other des Rocs beers, but I wouldn’t stop anybody from buying it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUN 25, 2006
Poured a clear amber color with many chunks and a small beige head. Aroma of aged caramel malt, fruity esters and light alcohol. Sweet malty flavor with a light fruitiness. Mildly sweet finish. Nice warming sensation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (23012) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 23, 2006
Bottle. Pours a hazy amber colour with a big white head. Spicy fruity aroma with some hints of yeast. Sweet malty flavor with some fruity and spicy hints. Sweet malty spicy aftertaste.

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