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


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RATINGS: 431   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerGod (5254) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 10, 2004
Bottled. Purchased by lachesis from Kulminator. Thanks for the beer Carlo! Reddened brown body. Small brown head. Aroma is rich with spices, ginger, fresh oatmeal cookies, chocolate and sweet malts. Taste is sweetened malts, with alcohol, rich spiciness, dark fruits, cocoa, and vanilla. Body is velvety smooth with a slight alcohol burn. Finishes spicy with rich sweetness comprised of chocolate, caramel, sweetened malts, and followed up with slight alcohol. Great beer! Thanks again lachesis!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Sampled at Stillen Genieter in Mechelen, Belgium. Brown. Unusual aroma. The nose mainly consisted of old hop pellets, seriously it did. Strong spices as well, pumpkin and coriander. Vanilla, chocolate, caramel and molasses were present as well. Small for it’s size. Mainly malt notes (caramel and toffee) with some notes of plum and raisins. Unbalanced. This just didn’t please me. I’d like to try another bottle sometime soon and rereview.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lachesis (756) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - SEP 16, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2005 Great beer with a fluffy creamy froth. It has a nice brown color with a little Crimson-red beam in the reflextion. A beer with a powerfull nose ending with a fruity freshness. Fine aroma’s of dried fruits, Curaçao orange skin, Fine malts, touch of Pims Cakes from the BRAND LU and some caramel. The mouthfeeling is warm and round. In the taste you can find hints of cake with dried fruits in it, touch of Grand Marnier, good malts, brown sugar and some fruity freshness that brings it all in balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - AUG 31, 2004
A very lively beer. Jumped out of the bottle as soon as I cracked it. A deep red/brown color with some haze. Head is a light tan and diminishes relatively quickly. Aroma is slightly astringent and spicy. Flavor is a nice mix of spices, malt and hops ? a well balanced taste with character, but not overdone. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy and lively. Damn good. These Rocs all seem to have a similar sharp aroma, but the taste is world class.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8660) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2004
A strong nutmeg beer, and cinammon and ginger and licorice and orange peel. Some malts and candy sugar to tone down Belgium spice. White foam. Basically syrupy. Some brandy alcohol. Three years of aging would add to the experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 18, 2004
Rating 614. Bottle from Pitfield Beer Shop, London . 330ml. Rich and dark christmas brew similar to the regular Abbaye des rocs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluevegie (3053) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 27, 2004
Large beige head that was mainly lasting on top of a tawny amber body. Roasted aromas along with fruit, vegemite and yeast. Strong sweet flavours of malt and caramel, biltong, butterscotch, a touch salty, medium body, soft carbonation and a long finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 24, 2004
Another Belgian whose head explodes with white foam but then collapses. Ruby colour underneath. Huge sweet and spicy aroma, lots of cinnamon. Flavour is sweet malt with a little alcohol in the end. Great for winter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 14, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2005 Nice deep red-brown colour, with a fair bit of yeast and weird patches of good head retention. Great aroma very similar to regular AdR - heaps of spices - nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, pepper. Yum! Doesn’t taste as good as it smells, like most of this brewery’s products, but is nice nonetheless and improved with a bit of air and warming. Quite light-bodied, and perhaps a bit light on flavour, but spicy like it smelled, with light but nice maltiness, a nice, faint, alcoholic edge and perhaps a touch more bitterness than I would care for. Nice beer, but it didn’t change my life. And frankly I’m not convinced it isn’t the same beer as regular AdR (my bottle said 9%, I think.)
RR: Grabbed this at Purvis on a surprisingly cold early March night when nothing else stood out - great decision!! This beer didn’t grab me much when I first had it but last night it just out muscat/tokay/port-ed the real thing. All the beautiful sultana and brandied apricot flavours with a sublime smooth and intense malty sweetness. Probably closest to a muscat, without the cloying sweetness that really turns me off. Coriander and nutmeg in the aroma. Flat out brilliant, only a slight muddled fruit flavour detracts from it. (Previous rating 9/3/6/3/14=3.5)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6130) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 5, 2004
I got this bottle from frink. Thanks! Almond skin brown pour with a surprisingly fully diminishing light brown head. It looks fairly still with the tons of small floaties not moving at all. Aroma is mostly big malt and spices, very chocolatey straightforward with mint, dark bread, and ripened dark fruits undertones (raisin, dates). Thick body could use a bit more carbonation. Palate is very sweet and not as balanced as others. I like the grassy hops from the grand cru and the regular seems far less candyish and spicy chocolate syrup like. Slightly cloying finish with a long spicy aftertaste (cloves, mint, pepper). I expected more frankly.

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