jbrus (4991) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - SEP 23, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Citrus hops aroma. Clear, deep golden, nice firm white head, good lace. Very light sweet, medium bitter, strong distinctive hops, malty but not maltsweet, warming, dry, bit salty on the lips. Very well balanced beer but a bit too bitter for me.
jonsiii (165) - Fredericia, DENMARK - SEP 23, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2005 #4@basen. Hazy orange color with lots of yeast. Big foamy head. Acidy tripel. Good foodcompanion.
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 21, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bright yellow with a huge white head and some floaties. Tropical fruit aroma with some peppery spices. Wonderfully sweet and fruity. Bananas run rampant through this one.
sethdude (704) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 20, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled as "Brasserie Des Rocs Belgian Blonde Ale". This is a Tripel??? Almost seems like a wit or maybe a Dunkleweissen. Aroma is sweet, grainy (wheat, corn, malts), bananas, and spices. Flavor is sharp, very full and interesting. Begins very full and salty, malts dominate, though hops quickly counter the sweetness, accompanied by orange zest, bananas, lemon, and the grassiest finish ever. It’s seriously like having a mouth full of fresh grass. A very unusual tripel, but still a good beer.
ClarkVV (3969) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 19, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.12oz bottle consumed on 9/17/2005. Smells like a thick Belgian-yeasted pils at first. Bit of corn/vanilla and maybe a touch of bubblegum. Moderately sweet pils malt in the nose as well. Very hazy, ripened peach/apricot body with a huge, dense, off-white head. Very well-retained and lots of lacing. Light citrus (tangerines, light oranges) and peaches. Very yeasty with some white pepper and spicy fresh hops. Abb. des Rocs must have the best smelling beers in the world! Flavor begins with fruity, yeasty complexity, quite heavy on the yeast at first. Very soft, supple palate. Oranges, light caramel, peaches and just slightly bitter hops that linger on the finish. Yeasty, hoppy and malty all in good balance. Malt could stand to be a little bit more expressive to give a slight edge on the strong yeastiness; but it’s delicious none the less. Smooth and drinkable, very low carbonation. I’m surprised how hoppy it is, especially on the finish. More flavors on the palate include a bit of cake icing, touch of vanilla, pale grains and light yeast on the end. This brewery never ceases to amaze!
21iceman40 (1732) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 8, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ah, thanks for the yellow label tip, i was gettin a bit confused. Color is orange, thick orange with a small white head. Bananas, lemons and berry flavored toothpaste in the aroma., I get lots of bananas and peppercorn in the body.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 3, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy yellow-orange-peach hue; medium frothy, white head. Clove, corriander, anise, lemon peel, banana, pear aromas. Somewhat punget aroma. Lemony acidity and banana nut bread up front. Creamy smoothness in the finish. Medium-full body, watery/creamy texture, lively carbonation.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - AUG 31, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Vry cloudy brass-orange with much sediment and some gray hues. Head is billowy, white and fully over an inch thick. Smell is german hops, wheat, flour...very agricultural, with mild acidity. Big tangy and bright flavor, IPA like, with pinecones and pineapple, and concord grapes, as my great friend, the venerable jgb9348 pointed out.Aftertaste is balanced sweet and drying with some cloves. Remarkably interesting flavor with earthy dirt and flora, nice effect. Lacing is outstanding.
TBone (13446) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 28, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled (BBE 2007)
Hazy orange color, lots of big floating yeast particles, big foamy head. Lemony aroma, a bit of honey and hops too. Too tripel-stylish lemon acidy, spicey flavor, long bitter aftertaste. Good, balanced, acidy tripel.
rajendra82 (971) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - AUG 6, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is the third Abbaye des Rocs beer, I have tries, and as far as I can remember, each one was a gusher after opening. This time, however, I was prepared, and a not a drop of the 330 ml bottle was wasted.
After transferring the contents (quickly) into the goblet, I observed a cloudy pale body topped with a very big creamy head crowning above the rim. Lots of suspended solid yeast made this look almost like a Hefeweizen.
Smell was like a witbier, spicy, phenolic, yeasty, and fruity, but with some added alcohol fumes. Banana, clove, coriander, orange peel, and rose water were all present in the smell. Taste was no surprise, as it was pretty much in line with the smell. A little lemon twist like zing was also detectable in the taste, but the overall experience was quite sweet, and pleasantly so.
Light and refreshing, without getting the feeling of being watered down, the alcohol showed up in the aftertaste as a mild burn. Not quite as airy and deceptive as a Duvel, but sneaky strong nonetheless.