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


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RATINGS: 587   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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2006
pours hazy orange-gold color with a large fluffly off white head that just rises to the top of your glass(careful it may go over) aroma is sweet,citrusy, spicey, and yeasty. The flavor is, sweet, belgian style spices are present, citrusy fruit. Typical Abbaye des Rocs good till the last drop, good body and mouth feel, great brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ALLOVATE (2592) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 8, 2006
Second of a bad batch to arrive in my cellar. Feel a little guilty in rating it as it wasn’t infected to the point of aroma and taste, it just seemed to lack what a live bottle would have offered. It seems the batch I purchased this from suffered a trip from Belgium to Oz without the air-con on! The yeast has become dormant during the trip to grow into a slurry of slimy fungus that took up a third of the bottle. As I poured, it charged forth, broke up and plopped into the chalice like a clear soup during the addition of lentils and bread cubes. Really quite off-putting; you could say this was what they mean by liquid bread as it had the look of soaked ’wholemeal’ and vomit, that I’d say any monk in their right mind would pass on this one during lent. Aroma was clean and free of nasties with fruit and walnut loaf; quite generous and spicy like it was soaked in sherry. First sip had a gag reflex in accompaniment, so I sieved it through a sparge net. Now devoid of carbonation, and looking like a huge glass of whisky with a little froth, I took my second sip. Sweet in the mouth, dominated by flavours of burnt sugars, toffee and caramel. Lightly yeasty and doughy with a good whack of the ginger mentioned in the product description yet more like an extract used in the production of Ginger beer. The sweetness becomes cloying in the back with figs and prunes delivering the last blow for this heavily unbalanced strong ale. Holds it’s alcohol well for all I could tell as it sat on the tongue with the feel of skim milk and finished off long, malty and rather dry. Another Abbaye des Rocs for the re-rate bin!!! (33cL, BBE 2006)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 5, 2006
Sharing Ern’s bottle so that he’ll quite jumping around raving about the aroma and let me be. :) Poured a murky, medium-orange color. And, despite the volcano impression the bottle is doing in the sink, the head is just average-sized, frothy, off-white, mostly and quickly diminishing head. The aroma is sweet and moderately malty with notes of caramel and toasted grain; Lightly hoppy with notes of dried apricot and grass; Heavily yeasty with pungent notes of cellar; and busting with heavy, fruity and spicy miscellaneous notes that include: orange rind, pumpkin, white pepper, honey, ginger and plenty of spicy, warm alcohol. Sexy, indeed. The flavor is heavily sweet, lighlty acidic and lightly bitter with a long, clean, warm, moderately bitter finish. The body is medium-to-full, the texture is creamy and the carbonation is average-to-soft. The alcoholic feeling in the finish is cozy and warming rather than harsh. Wow! Okay, this is something to rave about!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (23359) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2006
Bottle. Hazy orange coloured with floatiea and a huge off white head. Sweet aroma dominated by fruits and spices. Sweet flavour of fruits and spices with notes of dried fruits, yeast and hops.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GarethYoung (1110) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 10, 2006
[1987 bottle from Kulminator] clouded orange/brown colour with a good head for its age. aged sherry/madiera aroma, estery, fruity, apples, strawberry, also plums, raisin. great body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 2, 2006
Heavy teakwood orangey brown with a ton of sediment suspended within. A tall thick cloak of dark ivory foam sits atop like a fresh coating of wet snow. Slims ever so slowly down to a thin skim and broad fluffy collar. Lacing slowly drips back in while leaving long leggy strings. Aroma is dry and yeasty with a light woody eathyness. Partial alcoholic soaked apricots and peaches add a bit to the underside as does a light peppery spice. Taste is lengthy and well balanced with a big fruity front thats a bit mushy-like in maltyness and candy sweetness bringing some apricot jam, apple jelly, and a touch of pear and pineapple. Candyish, doughy, tender, and richly set with a bit of darkness to its overall tropical tone. Finish is easy and light with a set back spice and alcoholic warmth. A nice taster that lasts and lasts. Feel is quite full and smooth, lively in its own thickly set way. Creamy and rich, lavishly tropical in its setting and mood. A real gem of a beer. The 9% is hardly evident but just noticeable enough within the warm bath of tropical candy fruityness that it gives you just enough notice to get out of the tub before you completely wrinkle into a little hairless human. Drinkability is high yet risky with its ABV. But worth every sip...oh so good and gone in no time. Another fine Belgian treat from Abbaye des Rocs!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 30, 2005
Large pillowy foam with honey coloring. Pungent yeasty bready nose. Flavor is sharp with malty notes. I got this at Knightly Spirits in Orlando, FL.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 16, 2005
750 ml bottle, from Bello Vino in Ann Arbor MI (Aug 2005), BBD 2007. The head is immense and fluffy, lasting and creating thick sheets of lace, as I would expect, and the body a lightly hazy luminous gold-amber....the aroma escapes in huge wafts immediately on opening, an expansive mixture of sourdough, caramel, honey, brandy and subtle floral qualities.... in the body, lots of sweetness and warming alcohol, somewhat liqueur-like and vaguely reminiscent of a barley wine, less yeastiness than usual, with bitter orange hints floating through the alcohol towards the finish...fairly low carbonation, lightly syrupy-sticky mouthfeel...not on a par with the Brune or Grand Cru, but quite interesting and much better than the Blonde...drinkability (or lack thereof) is the major problem, but I think if you’ll give this proper time to mull over it will reward.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (22398) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 5, 2005
Bottled. Copper coloured, foamy beige huge head. Fruity aroma with hints of hops. Flavour is sweet alcohol, plum and spices. Finish is spicy and alcoholic. Extremely sweet beer. Aftertaste is hayish hoppy and at the same time it contains caramellish sweetness.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nicholai (100) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 19, 2005
Bottle @ Delirium Cafe. Cloudy orange brown appearance. Medium head. The smell is amazing. Molasses, grain mill like richness and organic references. Just overwhelming. The taste is also excellent, but not quite as good as the nose belies. No alcohol found whatsoever, more bitter than sweet, quaffable, but not quite a bush 7.

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