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


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RATINGS: 433   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pugno (55) - Konstanz, Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - DEC 7, 2013
Color beetween caramel and an homemade white wine: light brown, little cloudy and with floating in it. Poor white head. It has a nice carbonation to the nose, sweet smell, caramel and prunes. Watery body, sweet balanced taste. No bitterness. Little hint of yeast in the second half of the bottle, but it doesn’t turn doesn’t turn down the pleasure. The palate is smooth. For sure a good drinking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
neur0 (909) - GERMANY - DEC 7, 2013
(Flasche) Es hat eine hellbraune Farbe mit einem bernsteinernen Einstich, ist trüb mit Floaties und einer hellbraunen Schaumkrone. Das Aroma hat was von Sekt, mit einer winzigen Röstnote, Getreide und leichte Zwetschge. Der Geschmack ist light bodied, samtig, etwas rindig, mit einer mittelstarken etwas breiteren Bittere. Im Abgang kommt die Sektnote wieder durch und im Nachgeschmack bleibt die Bittere mit einer leichten samtigen Zwetschgennote.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gandalf39 (48) - - DEC 7, 2013
C’est pas mal...Un peu lourdaux, pas très raffiné et au final peu d’intêret.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TET (1691) - FINLAND - NOV 30, 2013
A very dark brown beer with an almost big and blond head. The nose of dark fruits, prune, some spices, hint of earthy sourness and anise. Taste is smooth, dark fruits, prune, anise, some spices that are more dominating in the end. Almost full bodied, smooth carbonation, pleasant to drink. Nöel is high-quality Abbaye des Rocs beer, dark fruits in the smooth package.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (3658) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 29, 2013
330ml bottle from Appellation Wines, Dalry. Pours clear dark brown with a small white head. Aromas of prune and booze at first, moving on to more complex spice aromas, and more dark stone fruit, hints of bubblegum. Sweet taste, but a clean finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Metalchopz (2318) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2013
SAQ private import with a best before date 19/10/2014. Pours an amber colour with loads of floaties all around. The head is beige, creamy, long lasting and gives out patchy, thick lacing. At first, aromas of mild dark fruits, but with time, the Belgian Ale yeast comes out blending with the roasted malts with hints of chocolate and vanilla. The taste shows the roasted malt very lightly. Started sweet at first with some fruity malts. A darker Belgian ale that is far from the North American Christmas beer, with cinnamon and other spices. Decent brew, but not my thing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Grzesiek79 (3261) - Radom, POLAND - NOV 20, 2013
Swirtne piwo, wspaniale wyglada jest ciemne i prawie nieprzezroczyste. To jeden z moich ulubionych browarow. Piana ladna moze nie za wielka ale trzyma sie do konca. Jakby grand cru. Bo wyrob przedni, wytrawnosc winna jest spora lekka kwasowosc i octowosc, na samym poczatku nieco slodyczy ale potem tego w smaku nie ma. Przyprawowe, gozdziki, cynamon lub tego typu rzeczy. Bardzo polecam nie tylko na swieta.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarcoDL (2280) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 3, 2013
Christmas beer and therefore rather sweet. Yet, the brewers added lots of spices and fruits to make this beer something special.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
77ships (4135) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 1, 2013
33 cl. bottle sampled @ Kulminator. Very dark brown, almost blackish, slight ruby hue, creamy & very solid slightly tanned head. Getting some slight, nice oxidation in the nose, strong spices, sweet liquorish, slightly earthy, very thick juicy prunes, caramel, sticky malts,… Taste is candy, sticky malts, liquorish, thick spices, prune jam, raisins, caramel, slightly vinous earthly, caramel, slight bitter herbs in the back, candy sugar, touch bread, warming,… Slightly sticky full body. Very enjoyable, distinct enough, nice brew, it does seem whilst admirable no Abbaye des Rocs beer seems to rise quite to the impressive heights of their Brune.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
rood (32) - Borgerhout, BELGIUM - AUG 27, 2013
If you want to smell & taste liquorice, caramel, cardemom, this is your beer. Annoying mouthfeel, agressive bubbles at the front, sour effect (infection?) in the back. Gusher & stays gushing. Large chunks of yeast. Alcohol warmth. Price/quality ratio: below par. BBD: 27/10/2013

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