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


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RATINGS: 459   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FrkAabenhuus (147) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2005
Bottled. Red-brown coloured with a small beige head. The aroma contains notes of yeast, fruit, slightly roasted malt, and caramel. And so is the flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ALLOVATE (2487) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 23, 2005
I happened upon this at an out of the way Drive thru Liquor store, and bought it, not knowing quite how it had been treated in it’s two years of sitting there. Poured it into a short tulip glass, a lovely two layered beige head formed and laced wickedly down the sides. The body was a murky auburn copper, with heavy yeast clumps swirling about. Generous nose, with toasted bread and lightly roasted coffee dominant. Hints of raisins, nuts and spices, and an underlying waft of Demerara sugar. Mild medicinal, ethanol and warming mouth feel initially, balanced out after that, with a candi sugar front, unusual roasted grains, quite generous, peaty malt, yeast and toasted bread. Finishes with a long, warming and malty sweet, ’fruitcake’ swallow. Lightly spicy, and medium in body, with well ’lagered’ carbonation made for an overwhelmingly sweet, but enjoyable Ale, of good complexity. Quite smooth and well balanced. Lovely!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
highlandlad (1424) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - APR 6, 2005
Well-balanced Christmas ale that carries its alcohol effortlessly. Poured a muddy brown colour with a monstrous pillowy tan head and plenty of lees. Head took forever to settle but barely laced. Not a hint of carbonation below the plimsole line. Aroma has the wonderfully rich Christmas cake characteristics you might expect: figs, raisins, treacle, candied peel, mixed spice - all soaked in port. Heavily alcoholic. Creamy mouthfeel. Very rich and flavoursome. Sweet and very well balanced for its 9% abv. Flavour profile is dominated by sweet malt and dried fruit, but with spicy notes and a smooth warming finish. Got better and better as the glass emptied. One of the best strong ales I’ve sampled. (Bottle, best before end 2007)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2005
hazy brown, big ffuffy off white head. boozy brown sugar, tart berries, vanilla and dark malt aroma. flavour is well balanced between boozy and sweet, tart and yeasty and spicy. very ricj sweetness with dried berries and rich chocolate in the finish. thanks josh

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GonZoBeeR (2959) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 13, 2005
Aroma:Sugar,raisin and strawbery... Appearance:Hazy red amber,good head,chunk of yeast... Flavor:Sugar and strawbery...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 5, 2005
very sweet candied body somewhat oily and winelike notes. a touch of hop spice and praline with a slighty oaky and herbal balance. fennel seeds and jasmine flower.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yousee (48) - BELGIUM - FEB 20, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2007 Beer with a huge uncontroled head. Beer is clear and reddish brown but had an enormous amount of undissolved yeast floating around my glass. The aroma is initially very mild and sweet, has vinous notes with toffee and oak appearences. Flavour is oaky and spicy, with a well balanced alcoholic warmth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stew41 (1771) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - FEB 20, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2007 Pours a massive, fizzy head with good retention. Big powerful bouquet charged with ripe, porty notes, a touch of scotch, shows good complexity. Replays faithfully in the mouth. Dark malty notes and some alcohol heat drive the palate. More scotch notes add to the interest levels. Actually shows some surprising restraint on the finish, and never gets cloys or gets overwhelmed with the alcohol. (3.8pts) 2000 Bottling (e3.0 @ Kulminator) - Chocolate brown in colour with a thin creamy head. Sweet malts and chocolate on the nose; shows good intensity. Roast and more chocolate to taste. A reasonably high level of fizz but the chocolate and malt flavours stay in tact. Very vibrant for a 6yr old and must have at least 5 years ahead of it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 15, 2005
Dark coppery color, big yellow head. Spicy, sweet, licorice and yeasty, rich aroma. Medium to full bodied. Flavor is rich too: starts with fruity tones, ends with spicy and slightly licorice notes, spices and citrus last in aftertaste. Mild alcohol comes up in the end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 1/20
Lunkie (1484) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - FEB 13, 2005
Malty spiritus aroma. Dark brown colour with excellent head. Spiritus malt flavour. Smooth palate.

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