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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
probstblueribbon (3072) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 27, 2014
330 mL bottle from LCBO served cool in a tulip glass. Cloudy deep amber with a full light tan head. Some bright fruitiness, rich sweet malts, somewhat zingy citrus peel, brown sugar and toffee, a bit of alcohol. Medium body, full, rounded effervescence. Lots of sweet caramel and toffee maltiness, a little alcohol, citrus zest, melanoidin, somewhat fruity and estery, quite estery really, a bit savoury, Belgian amber fits the bill; sweet with minimal bitterness and a long, sweet, pleasantly malty and fruity finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Renobob (888) - Besançon, FRANCE - MAR 26, 2014
Vue en bouteille de 75cl. Arômes d'épices et de caramel. Peu de sucré. Équilibre quasi-parfait. Un bonheur.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Freaky_tiki (644) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 23, 2014
Pours maple syrup brown with a plush white cap. There’s a whole lotta shakin’ going on in this flavour profile: freshly squeezed tangerine, a grassy edge & a sour underbelly. A great sipper after a couple tight-like-that afternoon cocktails as I try to figure out how to make Sunday night pasta without slurring my words.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jksipa (418) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2014
Bottle from the LCBO. Pours a a hazy brownish amber with a two finger tan head that settles quickly. Nose is yeast, sweet roasted malts, some spice and candied fruit. Starts a bit sour with sweet toffee and some citrus in the middle ending up with ginger and pepper creating a dry bitterness. Medium slick body with quite active carbonation. There is a lot going on here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
4theluvofbeer (109) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2014
Aroma and taste are fruity, mild citrus, light caramel malts. Well balanced good carbonation. 9% abv is well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ncube (79) - - MAR 22, 2014
Aroma of toffee, malts and citrus. Taste the same as aroma, but with spices. Rich sweetness upfront but surprisingly balanced and a near dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Metalchopz (2407) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 19, 2014
SAQ special import with a best before date of 22/08/2015. Pours a hazy rich amber colour with a big frothy warm head, good retention and thick creamy lacing. Nutty yeast aromas at first pour, but then, mild sourness with notes of citrus and alcohol. Caramel eventually comes. The taste starts off with a tad sourness but goes into the caramel malt. The sweetness is well-balanced by the yeast. Again, hints of nuts with some grass in the finish. The mouthfeel is smooth with no burning and hardly any warming. I think this is the most caramel I have had in a Belgian ale. Pretty nice overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chris__hartley (276) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2014
It pours copper with rust-coloured highlights; head is off-white and foamy. The aroma has notes of: orange peel, toffee, bread, liquorice, and amber rum. The taste is medium sweet that finishes light bitter; there are notes of: all the aforementioned aroma notes. The palate is medium bodied, slightly sticky; has light carbonation, and a medium finish. Overall, it’s alright as far as ambers go.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thorongil2 (1395) - , Ontario, CANADA - MAR 16, 2014
(bottle) hazy reddish amber colour with a medium tall white head; aromas of stewed fruit, brown sugar; flavour slightly sweet initially with a dry finish; nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Icedwarf (438) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - MAR 15, 2014
Dinker geel tot lichtbruin bier. Smeek is complex met zoet en licht bitter, caramel, geroosterd brood. Weinig koolzuur. Smaak blijft lang hangen.

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