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


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RATINGS: 564   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shag (2638) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - AUG 1, 2005
Another impressive beer from Abbaye Des Rocs. It poured an amber color. The aroma is strong citrus, peaches, and vanilla. The flavor is rater spicy with smoth apricots, peaches, and orange. Its very smooth and hides the alcohol extremely well. Good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JUL 30, 2005
Bottle from Pailhead. Pours a solid amber colore. Eruptive white head that fades. Good lacing. Aroma is slightly skunky with chemical and fusel alcohol aromas all over. Light bodied. Flavors run harsh and chemical. Hopefully a bad bottle as this was disappointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
21iceman40 (1732) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 30, 2005
this is a very very thick deep red sunset beer. the aroma of this beer is some nice peaches sliced up and cooked up in some brown sugar. watery with lots of dark fruits up front, i get a weird bitter version of sweet and sour chicken with it also, quite odd as i fuckin hate asian food. This is pretty damn good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUL 21, 2005
Courtesy of Pailhead. Pours amber/dark golden with nice white head and lots of sediment. aroma and flavor are very metallic and oxidized. Some skunky cleaner character to it. Don’t know if was actually infected though. First bad beer from this brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 12, 2005
Thoroughly hazed and cloudy amber colored liquid pours from bottle to glass, giving a thick, long-lasting head of off-white foam, leaving lace. Very nice. Aroma is yeast and citrus fruit, lightly spiced. A little sour, a little sweet, fruity all the way, zesty, and lively. Taste: yum. It’s got what you want. This is the Belgian pale ale, down to the bone. Mellow, mild, but unrepentant in it’s incessant delivery of flavor. A Belgian "amber ale" is a curious notion, not a category seen before, so far as I know. Right now, I love it. Ultra refreshment. This can be tossed back with ruthless aplomb, and little hurt is felt. An easy drinker, to be sure. Once again, I can imagine no fault in this brewery. Everything they do is amazing in one shape or the next. Every hat I own falls out in their honor. A nice introductory Belgian pale ale, a good one to wean your novice pals on!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Belgo (154) - Køge, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2005
Bottle. Dark golden with a fine head. Aromas of dried fruits, caramel and alcohol. On the palate the beer is heavy, sweet and actually a bit cloying after the first two mouthfulls. As a big fan of l’Abbaye des Rocs I am a bit disappointed by this one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Pailhead (5097) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUN 29, 2005
Bottle: Aroma of fruit, caramel, yeast, alcohol, and cleaner aroma. Pours a hazy amber with some sediment. Big soapy white head with excellent retention. Lightly sour up front. Finish is really off. Chemically, cardboard, and alcohol. Something is off with this beer. Very disappointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MiP (13799) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAY 31, 2005
Bottle. Slight clovy aroma. Dark golden colour, slightly cloudy. Small creamy head. Quite sweet flavour, dried fruit, apricot? Good body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25083) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 27, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2005 (Bottle 75 cl) Orange golden, hazy ale with a thick creamy head. Incredible fruity aroma. Very, very aromatic but at the same time almost suffocatingly sweet. A beer that should definitely be enjoyed in small quantities. 140604 and 061297

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinnaj15 (275) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2005
Amber with small golden head. Lots of sediment. The aroma has a lot of yeast and a hint of alcohol. Sweet spicy taste with a lot of yeast. Dry aftertaste with a small hint of a acicid flavor.

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