Brewed by Brasserie de l’Abbaye des Rocs
Style: Abbey Tripel
Montignies-sur-Roc, Belgium


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RATINGS: 398   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Has a yellow label and is called Brasserie des Rocs (Blond) in the U.S.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 28, 2005
Beautiful golden hue, thick white film. Huge estery yeast, there’s no mistake as to which brewer we’re dealing with. Band-aids phenols fight off the banana yeastiness. Orangey and spicy nuances come out in a candy way. Cakey, nutmegy, obviously coriandered,possibly gingery with that rooty edge. Mostly complex palate, cookieish and very sweet, reminiscent of lemon candies. Big carbonation level, medium to thick palate, typical and fitting Des Rocs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7416) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2005
Beer #15 at Croydon Draught Belgian Beer Festival. Murky orange colour - looked like orange juice. Citric and quite tart. Some spicy notes. Not too sweet. Fresh and clean. Not the most assertive tripel but decent enough. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 12, 2005
Poured into a St. Bernardus goblet ( every fine ale deserves a fine chalice! ), this blonde is a thick, hazy orange, with gigantic head on her, puffy, off-white, leaving copious lace behind. Beautiful. Aroma is uplifting yeast, spice, and lemon zest...a bit tart and sharp, but a so thrilling, nonetheless, as it truly stands out. Enters the palate meekly, but well-armed. It’s a soft and lovely thing, with a transcendent character that can’t easily be pegged. It’s just a little beyond what you’d expect. Mild, maybe, but packed with spice and citrus fruit, it’s a flavorful treat. Forward mouthfeel, benifitted from the lush carbonation, this delightful blonde is anything but light, and swims merrily in the mouth, yeast contributing largely to the powerful presence on the palate. I mean, it’s just yummy, that’s what I’m trying to say! Truly, I don’t think these guys can make anything ordinary. This would be a nice dessert beer, a nightcap if you’re not into a big bruiser like a barleywine or imperial stout. Or, it could be a dinner choice, but only if you have time to relect with every taste, to fall back in your chair and revel at the very wow of it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2005
Draught@The belgian Draught Beer Festival, Croydon, london. Cloudy/murky amber/orange appearance. Malty, wheaty, soft smooth, with some light citrus and banana, some soft swpicyness in the finish, well balanced, i liked it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - JUL 8, 2005
Cloudy light amber with a small white head. Fruity aroma, with some citric and sugar notes. Fruity start, with some citric almost sour notes in the finish. Light spices too. Very smooth feel. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 26, 2005
Foggy dark yellow with a big lively white foam. sweet yeasty aroma of nectarines, candisugar with dry orangey undertone. Very yeasty flavour of white bread, oranges and manbo. Dense mouthfeel. Finishes rather dry of yeast and hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hawkshadow (107) - Rural Retreat, Virginia, USA - JUN 24, 2005
pours hazy yellow with lots of large particles. Mostly diminishing white head, some lacing. Aroma is weak, mainly of yeast (musty). Initial taste has strong carbonation, yeast again is a little overpowering, with some hop bitterness. Aftertaste is a little sweet with a nice bitterness lasting. Not very inspiring, but good. My least favorite Rocs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dorqui (2110) - Brescia, ITALY - JUN 16, 2005
Compact and clinging head, fairly good persistence. Yellow fraught color, cloudy e dense. Decided and alcoholic scent. Malt and cellar notes. Chilly and gentle flavour, much strong in the end. Moderate bitter with a fairly good alcoholic vein.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAY 30, 2005
From the bottle this pours a cloudy orange with a tall strong white head. Lots of spice and yeast in the nose. Starts with a nice quick sweetness, finishing with a citrus clove note. The very fizzy carbonation brings out the spices well and a little bit of yeast lingers in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2005
a sim rate: The smell is soapy and overly alcoholic. There’s also definitely clove and orange in the aroma. It’s extremely cloudy...almost like a wheat beer. It tastes similar to a wheat beer too, only stronger-tasting. The taste is also slighty soapy. Alcohol hits you in the finish. Quite thick and almost syrupy palate. Overall, nice beer to sink, and a nice strong blonde as an alternative to its weaker blonde colleagues.

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