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


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RATINGS: 442   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2005
No#53. We seemed to go through quite a bit of abbaye des rocs stuff while we were there. The aroma is fruity with quite a bit of spice in there, some woody notes too. The taste is very similar with an alround good sweeness which makes for an excellently balanced beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
veronika (410) - SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2005
Red/brown with a lot of yeast. Nice creamy head. Nutty toffee aroma with figs and some banana. Flavor is nutty, with sweet fruits, some toffee. Creamy finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rlgk (11442) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 30, 2005
(Bottle at Delirium Cafe, Brussels)Amber with lots of yeast in it. Lasting offwhite head. Aroma is malty with vanilla and toffee notes. ALso fruity with grapes, apples, peach and pear. Very good malty flavor with fruits, vanilla, toffee and nuts. Great palate, strong but without too much alcohol coming through.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25083) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 15, 2005
(Bottle 75 cl) Deep reddish brown with a fine, beige head and some lacework. Dry, roasted nose with some spiciness. Lovely full-bodied and malty beer with an incredibly complex palate that brings notes of port wine to memory. Believed to be the standard Abbaye des Rocs with a higher proportion of dark 6 chocolate malts. 310599

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vanvenlo (1305) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUL 5, 2005
21 Dec 2004 - Lovely hugely sweet earthy aroma. Darkish cloudy brown colour with a lasting brown head ans sudsy lacing. Huge hop malt and prune fruit flavour. Nice malt aftertaste and good bitter balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 1, 2005
750 ml bottle opened at the very end of the Ratebeer Mondial gathering, so I got a nice big sample, ha ha! Lasting big white frothy head atop a dusky brownish yeasty body...thick bready, farmy, caramel-infused nose with hints of tobacco...in the body, black tea seems to appear in a dream dominated by cigar ash, wine-filled caramels, and prunes...toasty, smoky finish...a bit of a disappointment from this fine brewer, too harsh and ashy, but interesting and worthy of a second try under less palate-destroyed conditions.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MiP (13788) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2005
Draught. Malty, spicy aroma. Sweet flavour, hint of orange. Creamy mouthfeel, slightly syrupy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 31, 2005
Hazy copper colour with a tan head. Mostly malty aroma with a fruity sweetness. Caramel sweet flavor with a light hoppyness and a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - MAY 23, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2005 Aah, a nice big bottle all to myself. This looks very good in the glass, a deep plummy colour with a creamy, satiny yet firm head. This is the roc that is not in a hard place. There is a very typical BSA fruitiness and mustiness in this beer and a lot of plum pudding ingredients come to the fore. In the mouth the ABV is quite obvious as is the intensity of flavours that make this an all things good beer. I must try to get another bottle for the winter months

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (21497) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2005
Draught at DBF 2005. Brown coloured with a small off white head. Sweet spicy and herby aroma with notes of dried fruits. Sweet flavour with lots of fruits and spices - especially ginger.

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