maeib (8286) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 19, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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...
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - MAY 31, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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!
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
presario (4522) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 17, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
TipsyMcStager (1127) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 17, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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?
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 16, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Was foaming out of the bottle after I opened it, easily pours a large brown head. Huge amazing spicy orange peel aroma. Tons of flavour, body is complex and malty, on the sweet side with different spices standing out. Finish is a little too sweet.
jutuahol (189) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - APR 6, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep dark-red, murky, huge head that last. Sweet, a bit fruity and spicy nose. Full bodied. Sweet, fruity, spicy and earthy flavor with notes of alcohol. Nice ale but not as good as normal des Rocs.
TBone (11735) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 4, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled (Helsinki Beer Festival 2004)
Dark hazy red color. Huge brown foamy steady head. Aroma is quite close to "standard" Abbaye des Rocs: sweet, alcoholic, prunes, yeast. Taste is earthy, woody, dry and sweet. Very close to normal Abbaye des Rocs totally.
sayravai (4667) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 3, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2006 (Bottled) Muddy dark brown color with a smallish, but creamy and lasting, lacy head. A nicely christmasy, sweet aroma of plums, loads of rye-pudding, rhum and raisins, spices, bitter orange, orange peel, and somewhat De Dolle -like yeast. Rye-puddingy-malty, sweetish flavor with some ashy roastiness, licorice and quite bitter hops in the roasty finish. Full-bodied, somewhat sticky-syrupy, very smooth-carbonated palate. A deliciously thick Xmas treat for rye-pudding lovers!
(Bottled, at the Helsinki Beer Festival 2004, was 7-4-8-4-15=3.8) Dark brown color, medium head. Slightly sour, earthy, orange-peel, anise and slightly spicy aroma. Oily, slicky, sweetish, full-bodied palate. Very nice and warming christmas beer.