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


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RATINGS: 425   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluevegie (3049) - 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 (6119) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8574) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2004
Bottled. A predominantly fruity and spicy aroma, but there is again that meaty smell present in the regular AdR. The appearance is dark brown with plenty of floaties. A nice spicy, sweet clean Belgian taste - more agreeable than the regular IMO. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 19, 2004
UPDATED: APR 22, 2009 A majestic fruit bouquet of orange peels, mint, blueberries, raspberries and sweet cherries adorns a quite dry candy tree...Chewy dates, figs and dark chocolate grow within the intrinsic Abbaye des Rocs warm touch of cough drop/candy sweetness...Fragile yeast astringency travels on the big bubbles...Imho, it only lacks some sweet malt heaviness to become a world-beating product, but once again, another great dark Belgian Strong with that extra-flair and genius that Natalie Éloir is endowed with...A vibrant festivity full of rejoicing, human warmth, merriment and bits of unbridled celebration...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - MAY 31, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2004 5/28/04. Poured out of 750 mL bottle, shared with hopsrus on RateBeer 5/28/04. Pours a mostly clear golden brown with fluffy white head. Yeast and esters in the aroma. Looks, smells, and even tastes a bit like a wheat beer. Hints of orange peel, lightly peppery from yeast. Not as easy to drink as I’d have liked-- a bit too much carbonation volatility and pepper-- but this is still quite a nice, interesting Christmas beer. Another feather in the cap for the guys at Abbaye des Rocs. Need to try it again. Next time when it’s actually cold outside. Thanks John!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2004
Moderately brown color, poured with a frothy white head. Somewhat reminsenced of a weiss bier. Light, yeasty, with a banana aroma. Slightly sweet taste. Bubbly mouthfeel. Slighty dry finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
presario (4580) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 17, 2004
HUGE fizzy lasting head on a clear brown body. Warm aroma with a vinnegar tinge. Came across as a nice Belgian with a lite sour edge and alcohol finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 17, 2004
Half of it foamed all over the counter when I opened it. Aroma of vinegar, light malts, some hops. Pours a murky brown, frothy tan head. Body is medium, flavour alternates between vingear sourness and hop bitterness. Why the high ratings?

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