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


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RATINGS: 621   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (1431) - BELGIUM - JUN 23, 2012
La Montagnarde. Un très grand programme. Pas seulement pour le nom, mais surtout pour le contenu. La microbrasserie de l’Abbaye des Rocs a ici visé très haut et a réussi son coup... au sommet de la montagne !! Nous avons d’abord un taux d’alcool à 9% abv qui laisse présager d’un grand cru, si l’on réussit bien sûr le brassage... Alors on peut discuter sur la couleur. On aime l’ambré ou on n’aime pas. C’est un peu comme le vin rosé.... Une couleur entre deux. OK. Pour le reste, les bulles sont d’un vivant extraordinaire, par grandes vagues très fines, un peu comme ces bancs de poisson qui nagent par milliers et qui changent d’orientation en une fraction de secondes. Très très joli... La mousse est d’une très belle tenue, blanc cassé à gros flocons. Les arômes ont une très belle nuance de prune fraîche, avec un peu de piments et d’épices. La texture de la première gorgée est soyeuse à souhait et va le rester tout au long de la dégustation. Le 1er goût es une nuance superbe entre fruits et bois, avec des fruits secs et une pointe de gingembre. Le 2ème goût présente une petite pointe de porto tawny avec des céréales mûres et du malt. Le 3ème goût est d’une grande prise de bouche sur du bois blanc de chêne, avec une légère pointe de tourbe, et en arrière un grand équilibre malt/levure. La longueur est un mélange alterné d’impressions très positives avec un grand équilibre. La levure est fine et dosée pour le soyeux. L’alcool est très bien dosé et progressif, avec une grande efficacité sur le goût. La finale vous emporte vers l’allégresse... Une bière donc de très grande allure, qui présente à la fois une grande variété de saveurs et un équilibre de très haut niveau avec un soyeux constant. Merci à la montagne et aux rocs de l’abbaye...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2002
UPDATED: APR 7, 2004 Careful pouring or you'll have a glass of foam (thick, small bubbleed and white) Beautiful orange color and hop-spiced aroma. Lots of cotton-candy throughout the middle (they must use a lot of beet sugar) Alcohol is high, but I think well hidden by the other flavors of lighter malts and premium hops.

   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Thumbman (2) - - MAR 16, 2013 does not count
Ik ben in orde en veiligheid van de week erna in een andere manier van communiceren. H

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
navydoc8 (1) - - JUN 6, 2015 does not count
Drinking this beer for the first time. A total surprise. I live right now in Germany and have had a lot of German and Belgian beers. This was a total surprise. I would enjoy drinking this beer on a warm night like tonight. caramel, citrus, earthy,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
joet (2547) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - SEP 4, 2001
Ok, this is not a hammering brew in the slightest but I absolutely love it. Is my age showing? A well-displayed, polite, complex and mature brew. Yes, I got the immediate brett fix but the aroma is more complex with high grassy notes and sweet malty hues. These are subdued by a small bursting start of light caramel malt and citrus that slowly descends into a courteous soft sour finish. A huge hit.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rickgordon (3853) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 7, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2005 Rerate! Hazy orange colour. Sweet malt nose, apricot, choriander and a little alcohol. Flavour is fruity(apricot) and has a nice malt sweetness. A hoppy bitterness is also there. A wonderful beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sayravai (4707) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 28, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2006 (Bottled, 0.75l) Very hazy reddish orange color with a very large, foamy, lasting and lacy head. Very yeasty (De dolle/Fantome-like), slightly tart, grainy-malty, perfumy-lemony-hoppy aroma. Grainy-malty, smoothly bitter, perfumy-lemony flavor with an acidic finish. Hides the ABV excellently. Medium to full-bodied, refreshing (but warming at the same time), sticky-slicky and slightly foamy-carbonated palate. Like a blend of Orval hoppiness, De Dolle yeastiness, and a hint of refreshing, triple-like, malty sweetness. A very enjoyable, balanced, refreshing and characterful brew - a true work of art, and a Belgian Strong Ale at its finest! (Rated 11/28/2003, was 6-3-7-4-14=3.4) Fresh, fruity, citric aroma. Light, sweet, refreshing taste with some hops. Quite blonde-like beer. Not bad.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kepano (261) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 20, 2006
The bottle was marked for drinking before then end of 2006 and seemed the oldest of my Abbaye des Rocs lineup, so I decided to give it a try. Even with cautious use of my bottle opener, an eruption of foam bubbled out the semi-open seal. As I poured into my Trappist glass, a voluptuous cappuccino head fluffed up from the deep sanguine body. Suddenly, the volcanic container began to ineluctably vomit a legion of large chunks. From experience, attempting to decant the liquid is absolutely futile, and I would instead suggest capitulating to the valuable nuggets by gently stirring the bottle halfway through to homogenize the mixture. What resulted from this nearly disastrous pour, was actually more than potable.

The nose is powerful and striking in richness and complexity. Initially pineapple and chocolate dominate in a surprisingly agreeable blend and with minimal effort one can dissect the three chocolates in the aroma. Dark, milk and white are equally present and create a smooth creamy yet slightly bitter character. With a second sniff, café au lait appears in conjunction with a thick bready odor that provides a dusty and slightly musty aspect continually accumulating in complexity. The dynamism of Montagnarde’s nose makes it difficult to untangle as each inhalation reveals new scents. The general aroma feels earthy and smooth, malty and yeasty but also fruity and spicy. Green vegetables such as artichoke and string beans are present and reflect the slightly caramelized, brown sugar sweetness that one might find blended in nouvelle cuisine. Figs, plums, banana, apple and vanilla appear as soon as you think of fruit. Irish cream emanates from the background leaving a buttery yet slightly sweet alcoholic tinge in the nose. A woody and gradually spicier fragrance becomes noticeable as the liquid warms.

Finally, I take a sip. Beautiful lacing covers the glass and slides down phlegmaticly as it leaves a speckled painting reminiscent of Jackson Pollock’s work. Coffee and vegetables appear first: carrots, green beans, brussel sprouts, flavors skip from one to the next as the liquid wraps smoothly around the tongue. Goat cheese, meat, steak sauce, bread, a veritable dinner in a bottle! L’Abbaye des Rocs’ Montagnarde is what Willy Wonka’s gum must be like. A substantial brew that displays incredible complexity, an instant favorite. The creaminess of sweetened fromage blanc emerges in conjunction with caramel, butter and a slight burnt character. Spices mark the final touch as the velvety liquid ends in a bloom of milky flavors and the gentle trace of alcohol. The description is spot on with gingerbread in that finishing gust of spices which also includes black pepper, cinnamon, anis, cardamom and nutmeg. A brilliant concoction that has left me tremendously impressed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DeputyAndy (636) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2009
Shared with Pwn3d. Ridiculous pour. Insane amount of sediment. Dark honey colour with a frothy, substantial head. Very nice caramel nose with some sweet tints. Very sweet taste with light malts and just a touch of sourness. Great mouthfeel. A superb beer.

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