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


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RATINGS: 611   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (21888) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonas (6517) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JUN 16, 2006
Big bottle. Hazy amber, off-white creamy head. Fruity peach and oranges, caramel. Minerally yeast, a bit belgian funk. Sweet yet refreshing and not cloying - fruity finish. Medium bodied, lightfooted, sparkly mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pintocb (649) - Darsville, Georgia, USA - JUN 15, 2006
Lots of effervesence. It was spewing out of the bottle seconds after I began removing the top. The aroma of citrus and fresh baked bread. First sip was creamy and tasted of grapefruit with some sweet overtones. I may be crazy but I always think of candied circus peanuts when I taste belgian beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
YK23 (465) - Haifa, ISRAEL - JUN 9, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2007 Not as good as the brune and blonde. really musty, pretty weird, winey, some caramel and honey, spicy, sweet, yeasty, an ok beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Skinnyviking (8550) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 5, 2006
Bottle. White lasting head. Careful when you pour it. Unclear orange body. Fruity hospital like aroma. Sweet fruity malt flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 1, 2006
Cloudy amber body. Yeasty sweet caramel aroma with spicy green hops at the end. Spicy orange and caramelly yeast flavor finishes with smokey malt and spicy hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2006
BCA (BBE 2006, from Bitter Virtue). I dont normally mind floaters too much but this beer went too far - large globular almost jelly like chunks throughout. Pale malts flavours with a hint of caramel, biscuits. There is also supporting spiciness (pepper and coriander) and sultanas. A little sweetness and alcohol - not too much - but the body ends up being a bit easy going. The mouthfeel is again spoiled by the floaters which were quite noticeable and had an unpleasant softly squidgy texture. Could have been better without the primordial ooze but not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerdedone (3162) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2006
UPDATED: APR 26, 2006 pours hazy orange-gold color with an off white head. Aroma is sweet,citrusy, spices, and yeast. The flavor is, sweet, spices, citrus, and fruit. Too much setiment although probably affect my rating.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - APR 23, 2006
Thanks to MIBRomeo for sharing this one. Pours a chunky hazy orange. Aroma is spices, banana. Flavor is like a belgian Hefe. Tasty. Easily drinkable, best ADR I’ve had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 23, 2006
Pours to a hazy amber body with very nice creamy milken white head. The aroma is minerally, sweet and fruity, spicy, light black pepper. The flavor is much like the aroma. The mineral qualities come to the foreground. A light banana quality is present. Some subtle gingerbread. I like all the beers from Abbaye des Rocs. Oh so good. The palate is minerally, lightly dry, refreshing, medium bodied.

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