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

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RATINGS: 466   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
claudepaulis (50) - , - JAN 18, 2012
In the winter you can have good surprises... a very good beer looking like the Brune from the same brewery.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thirstyrabbit (1320) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 20, 2015
Bottle, 97/11/2016. So.. November 97th? How can you have Christmas when you can’t let go of November? Murky brown body with floaties. Very firm and steady head. Mildly spicy aroma with more malt and yeast than the Brune. But it’s still very airy and not distracting. Very smooth taste with tingly spiciness and soft dried fruits, very faint rum raisins. Smooth and harmonic finish. This is how you do a Christmas special strong ale - no weird plasticky spice overkill or hard carbonation that could accent the flaws even further. One of the best Christmas beers.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rdb84 (229) - NETHERLANDS - APR 12, 2015
Bottle. Dark dark brown with creamy head. Sweet aroma of slightly burnt caramel, fresh grass notes / bock, wine gum sweets, vanilla cream. Creamy taste, vanilla, mocha, hint of metal, hint of bock. Development towards roasted malts. Mildly bitter aftertaste. Ok.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
chimay84 (1) - - MAR 18, 2015 does not count
Colore ambrato scuro con sfumature rubino schiuma persistente fine color beige nocciola. Importante presenza di depositi che la rendono estremamente torbida. Aroma di malto forte sentore vinoso-etilico caramello frutta secca nocciola. In bocca molto dolce di caramello mediamente carbonata con un forte effetto warming e leggera speziatura e leggero amaro al palato. Luppolo impercettibile. Globalmente un buon esempio di birra di natale

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
didierlewallon (211) - ponferrada, SPAIN - FEB 9, 2015
Cerveza de color marrón con una buena cabeza compacta de color marrón claro. Aroma dulce y especiado por sus notas de caramelo, malta tostada y de cilantro. Sabor muy a malta y muy complejo, se caracteriza por una mezcla de sabor a chocolate y a café con una toque de caramelo quemado. Extremadamente compleja, es una cerveza navideńa muy bien hecha, Buena cerveza invierno.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Centje (32) - Bruges, BELGIUM - FEB 7, 2015
Pours clear brown with a beige header, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is caramel, dates and figs, light alcohol notes. Flavor is rich and sweet malt, dark fruits, spicy and a sweet finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maakun (1191) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 4, 2015
Bottle. Dark brown with fast disappearing light beige head. Brown sugar, lots of spices, banana bread, yeast, dried plums, marmalade, wine gums. Very sweet with light roasted bitter finish and quite some alcohol. Medium to full bodied. I'll never be a fan of Christmas beers but this is not bad. Still not the best Des Rocs. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (10541) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 30, 2015
Bottle from Beer Planet. Pours clear brown with chunky yeast and a medium, tight bubbled beige head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is sweet caramel, bread, and rich malt, dates and figs, light peppery alcohol notes, nutmeg and cardamom. Flavor is rich and sweet malt, dark fruits, spicy and peppery alcohol, nutmeg and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bursprak (1005) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 18, 2015
Bottle @ Studenterhuset. Hazy brownish pour with a generous head. Lots of dark dried fruits, figs, dates, vanilla with some estery notes.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
witthatsbier (362) - glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 14, 2015
Bottle from Cave ,glasgow pours a dark brown with an off white head Aroma is heavy grain with hints of dark chocolate Taste is sweet grain with fruit and a long dry finish with a lot of body nice beer

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mircoas (178) - ITALY - JAN 13, 2015
33cl @ bottle. Birra di natale dell’abbazia de rocs. Inferiore alla bruna ma sempre ottima.


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