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


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RATINGS: 435   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - DEC 1, 2004
Antwerp, Belgium, Dec 2004, Kulminator: 2000 vintage. Pours a darker shade of caramel brown with a thick tan head. Prunes, raisins, figs in the nose. Candi sugar also. Bigger aroma than the Westy Red Cap. Sweet nutty and caramel flavor. Rich. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 21, 2004
Pours a brown color, almost no head. Rich aroma of malt, spices, caramel and yeast. Sweet and spicy flavor of malt, cinnamon and other spices, caramel and yeast, bitter finish. Light to medium body, liquorous texture, soft carbonation. I love Christmas so much I could drink this all night !!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - OCT 20, 2004
Thanks for sending this out JoeMcphee. Great dark brown colour with a ver ythin head in my snifter. Wonderful complexity of flavour: plums, brown sugar and a hint of coacoa. Dry, spicy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 15, 2004
Cyistal clear amber-gold body with a thick fizzy white head with good lacing, typical of the Belgiums. Slightly sweet yet sour, aroma. A slight woody character is noted in the background. Flavour is sweet and smooth with a nice sensation that warms you up. Finish is spicy but nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerGod (5315) - 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 (757) - 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 (8845) - 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 (2049) - 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.

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