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


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RATINGS: 553   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darn_it (18) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 15, 2014
UPDATED: APR 11, 2014 A wonderful sour funk, ginger and apricot on the nose. This brews main character leans into dark fruit and molassis and some candied suger is even present but is well balanced with a wonderful fresh ginger and a lovely but subtle sour that finishes dry and bitter and moves into spicey notes. Not as sweet as some other Belgian strong ales. Adding the yeast really mellows out the ginger and the sour notes and brings the spices forward. Perhaps this is also a result of the beer warming as well but these changes really seemed to come about when I added the yeast to the glass. I like Belgain strongs because the variety is through the roof and they keep me guessing. It is my opinion they very much need subcategories for the style. Wonderful lacing, beautiful foggy dark golden brown.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
morri (202) - NORWAY - MAR 14, 2014
330ml bottle from Vinmonopolet. Medium off-white head which fades quickly. Hazy orange/light amber body. Sharp on the nose. Aroma of caramel malt, soy sauce and bread. Sweet tongue, really pleasing. The sense of alcohol is present, but not overwhelming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lennoxyz (4) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2014 does not count
Awful branding, but a damn tasty, aromatic beer. Would highly recommend on a Friday afternoon such as this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheJester (1883) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 11, 2014
330 mL bottle. (Says 7.5%.) Unappealing hazy brown. Medium beige head. Nice lacing. Mild spicy, yeasty, earthy aroma. Maybe a bit of dried fruit as well. Burnt brown sugar sweetness in the flavour, joined by candy, dates, yeast, and spice. A little sweet, but not unappealing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
erickok (3548) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - MAR 11, 2014
Copper amber body and small creamy head. Malty backbone, Vienna malt like, biscuity, developed yeast, caramel backup yet never too sweet to my pleasant surprise. Slightly high in alcohol, but it makes up in the body. Nice brew. Good Belgian, even when you’re not particularly into those beers any more. (75cl bottle shared with Darren on brew day, from Cave Gambrinus)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
PriorL (1779) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 10, 2014
33cl bottle. APPEARANCE: clear amber beer, small unstable off white head. BUT UFO’S in the beer! NOSE: malts, caramel. TASTE: malts, sweet, not good, syrupy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eduardeller (35) - - FEB 23, 2014
Botella de 33cl. ...sabor dulce y persistente. ...exceso de carbonatacion.....pero excelente cerveza! !!!!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GoufCustom (824) - HONG KONG - FEB 22, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2014

330ml bottle as “Montagnarde Ambree” bought at Belgian Beer International in Tsuen Wan.

Preparation: rested from the fridge for 10 minutes, then popped at around 12°C onto the Chimay chalice.

Looks: Cloudy hazy honey amber colour with traces of scrappy yeast sediments; One finger head with light beige foam which lasted for 3 minutes; Very good sticky lacing with very small and bubbly carbonation.

Aroma: fragrant honey, banana, vanilla, strong caramel, light pineapple, raisins, assorted light dark fruits, malt, fairly light alcohol and Bel yeast.

Taste: nice sweet malt, with gingerbread, cookies, spices, light rum raisins, sweet caramel, very light alcohol, light Bel yheast, plus shades of lemon and grassy hops.

Body: Mid to light body, thin but slick palate.

Mouth Feel: body is somewhat thinner than most BSAs. Decent maltyness. The low sweetness is not sugary and paired nicely with caramel and light rum raisins. Spicy gingerbread and cookies took the main stage, very notable. The 9% booze is perhaps the most well hidden among BSAs. Nice!

Hoppiness: None in arona, slight lemon and faint grassy taste. Notes of bitterness. Nice and low sweet-bitter finish.

After taste: Quite dry, very easy and neat to mouth.

Comments: Whereas Abbaye des Rocs Brune is rich and expressive, this one is rather thin, low key and reserved: moderate head, bare minimum sweetness, light and caramel aroma, gingerbread and spicy taste with well-managed booze. Recommanded for light-hearted enjoyment at any time of day, but this ain’t no top dog like the Brune.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
txitxi40230 (79) - - FEB 21, 2014
Belle couleur dorée , mousse moyenne, en goût,, caramel et miel très prononce et super agréable , c ma came de bière.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fkoolen (288) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - FEB 10, 2014
Orange-amber colour, hazy, head doesn?t last. Indeed, nose and taste get caramel, ginger(bread) and pepper but I also taste some sweet fruits, honey, clove, wood, even a little smoke and a nicely sour bitterness. Very well balanced, as expected from this brewer. Typical spiciness. Lively mouthfeel coming from the big carbonation, medium-thick body. I prefer the Brune but this is good...

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