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


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RATINGS: 554   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cvillebeer (134) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 23, 2005
A slightly murky dark reddish amber with a vigorous head that subsides into a thin coating and fine lacing. The aroma is tart, fruity and subtly hoppy. The flavor is similar, with caramel, hops and surprisingly for a 9% beer is pleasingly dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - MAY 22, 2005
750ml. Phenominal brew! Golden ambre color and surprisingly clear with large yeast floaties. Super thick rocky head that lasts forever. Big floral spicy Belgian aromas and a bit grassy. Medium bodied, soft carbonation. Great Belgian flavors, yeast, hops, malt, peppery. Overall a world class brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 19, 2005
Bottle: Dull golden, hazy, copious carbonation, rocky white head, sticky lacing.   Spicy nose, yeasty, slightly earthy/musty with a hint of plastic intertube.   Soft peppery flavor, bready, but also a medicinal plastic sorta twang.   Great body, full, with a fairly thick mouthfeel.   Slightly spritzy on the finish, lingering breadiness, but it doesn’t shake that odd smell/taste.   Actually, it comes across as stale intertube air!   Good thing it isn’t much stronger or else this brew would be ruined.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FrkAabenhuus (147) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2005
Pours hazy orange, with a great white head. Very yeasty nose with notes of fruit and coriander. A flavor of caramel, roasted malt, fruit, yeast and spices. Some sourness in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 27, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2005 Orangé vers le caramel en couleur, vêtu d’une belle mousse beige pâle, très crémeuse et pleinement persistante. Pendant que je la contemple, une armée de sédiments en profite pour s’agiter vigoureusement dans tout mon verre. L’acidité est la première composante qui attire l’attention au nez mais elle abrite une bonne dose de caramel brûlé ainsi qu’une multitudes d’esters très fruité variant de la fraise à l’abricot. Une franche aigreur en bouche laisse ensuite place à des flaveurs d’une gamme varié, épices, graines de moutarde, meringue, citrons, pain brun. Quelques gorgés et degrés plus tard, la levure devient plutôt omniprésente et apporte une touche de vernis plutôt envahissante. Quand même remarquable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GonZoBeeR (2926) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - APR 22, 2005
Aroma:spicy and rub alcohol... Appearance:Hazy amber,good head... Flavor:Rub alcohol,spicy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bark (255) - Linköping, SWEDEN - APR 9, 2005
Bottle. The liquid is somewhat cloudy, the colour is amber and the white foam forms large compact foam.

The smell is balanced and very “Belgian” with sour notes of wheat, bitter spices and yeast.

The carbonation is surprisingly weak, but it is quite refreshing anyhow.

The taste is very sweet with a bitter-sour chemical flavour of ammonia (!), some alcohol, and herbs. The aftertaste is clean and dry with spicy notes of Italian herbs.

A nice Belgian ale…

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sammy (8678) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 6, 2005
transition from the Leffe, as I used it for. Initially creamy and malty with good yeast, with a lot of ornage and corriander and yeast sediment. Was better at room temperature then it was initailly from the fridge. Lace and cloudy orange.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2005
Pours hazy orange with a thick white rounded rocky head. Sweet, fruity nose. Sweet, fresh, acidic peach flavour. Extremely rounded with hints of yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8726) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2005
Bottled. As mentioned in my forum thread, this beer was full of floaties (protein - thanks Ernest) which would definitely put off the uninitiated. It is a very hazy ginger colour and has a huge long lasting white head. The aroma is spicy (maybe a little ginger) and has that strawberry fruitines I find in a lot of Belgian Strongs. The taste is more of the same - typical Abbaye des Rocs - and, it must be admitted tainted by those proteins which sliver down your throat like the skin on coffee. It’s nicely drinkable but I would really prefer (much) less floaties and a thicker body.

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