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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MotherBrother (683) - Aalborg, - DEC 21, 2012
Pour dark brown, with a huge white head. Aroma of plums, dates, caramel, slight bready stuff as well. The taste is rather sweet upfront, with some balancing bitterness to it. Medium bodied, with a nice mellow and smooth carbonation. A very nice "christmas" beer indeed. 3

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jamestulloch (1228) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 21, 2014
Bottle from Henderson Wines. Murky brown body with a thin beige head that fades. Light lacing. Aroma of raisin, wood, prune and yeast. Flavour of earthy, flowery hops, dried fruits, dark malts and spices. Medium body with a smooth, slightly foamy mouthfeel. Soft fizz. A complex, warming Belgian Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5250) - Ohio, USA - JUN 12, 2014
750 ml bottle sampled at a BA tasting 2007 vintage from backlog notes 07/08. Pours a hazy amber brown color with a large fluffy off white head. The aroma and flavor have sweet caramel malts, yeast, some fruity character, raisins, ample holiday spices, dry yet creamy smooth, some warming alcohol to the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Moravius (381) - Berlin, GERMANY - MAY 20, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2014 Mai ist ja nicht die passende Zeit für ein Weihnachtsbier, aber ich wollte nicht bis Dezember warten ... - Flasche (75 cl; MHD: 5/2014) vom Bierzwerg. - Schönes Rotbraun, klar. - In der Nase Datteln (mit leicht säuerlichem Stich), Pflaumen, dunkles Malz, Bayrisch Blockmalz, Ingwer. - Antrunk überraschend schlank mit deutlichen Gewürznoten, die an Früchtebrot oder an einen Obstgarten erinnern: Vanille, Zimt, Birne, ein Hauch von Minze ... Mild rezent, eher schlank im Mund; ohne schwere malzige Süße. Auch im Abgang überwiegen Gewürznoten, Hopfen ist kaum zu schmecken. Der Nachtrunk fällt denn auch etwas kurz aus, mit schwach holziger Herbe und einer kühlen Note. - Originelles, nicht zu schwer gewürztes, schlankes und etwas untypisches Weihnachtsbier. Hier waren echte Könner am Werk.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
flying_pig (898) - SCOTLAND - MAY 16, 2014
330ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£3.80):
Spicy with a lot of sweetness, mainly from some dark fruits such as prunes, plums & some dates. There is a toasted malt aroma that is complimented by some sugar & a medium strength alcohol smell also comes through alongside oak & faint vanilla.
Medium brown with red tinges & a cloudy body. A bubbly, brownish-white 0.5cm head that fades to a fine lacing quite quickly.
Spicy with lots of sweetness both from the dark fruits mentioned in the smell but also from the sugar. There’s a strong taste of prunes with some vanilla & alcohol.
This one was quite a spicy, sweet and medium bodied beer that had a slightly warming alcohol taste to it. There was a fair amount of carbonation in this one & the beer seems boozy with a sticky finish.

An okay Belgian offering but it never really hit the heights of some of the countries better strong ales, coming across a little strong and without the best of balance between flavours. I doubt I’ll be picking this one up again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Swaroga (1247) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 14, 2014
Butelka 33cl. OCZY : mętny, brązowy kolor o dużej, wytrwalej beżowej pianie. NOS : mocne zapachy słodkich ciemnych owoców, rodzynek, toffi, mleczna czekolada, lód malaga, piernik. Jest również świeży aromat chmielu o nutach cytrusów i herbaty zielonej. USTA : piwo jest średnio gazowane. Mocno nasycone i oleiste. Bardzo słodkie piwo o dominujących nutach przypominających lód malaga, piernika i toffi. Alkohol jest odczuwalny i rozgrzewa po kilku łykach. Piwo delikatnie kwaśnieje przy końcu ale bardziej przypomina kwaśność słodkiego kompotu z wiśni. Przy końcu również wyczuwalne są przyprawy jak goździki czy cynamon. Gorzkość jest delikatna i ma charakter ziół i skórki od cytrusów. ODCZUCIA : smaczne piwo na zimny wieczór. Będzie się super komponowało z mocnymi serami, ciastami i wędzonym mięsem. Pije go podczas gdy słonce świeci i to jest błąd bo to piwo się klei od słodkości i nie jest to przyjemne. OCENA : smak : 8/10 pijalność : 5/10

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PriorL (1569) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 27, 2014
33cl bottle. APPEARANCE: dark brown beer, small stable beige head. NOSE: malts, caramel, gingerbread, dried fruits, raisins, burned malts for that matter. TASTE: sweet, burned malts, fruity, again same dried fruits, taste is recognizable with the ’Brune’, same herbs sort of mix present. Pleasant and good beer, but the ’Brune’ was better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ragnampiza (333) - Rome / Lecce, ITALY - FEB 23, 2014
750 ml bottle from beer-shop.it served in a Teku glass. Deep dark copper/almost brown, quite hazy, with an average light beige head. Long lasting and good lacing. Powerful aroma, dominated at first by light booze notes, than a fantastic bouqet of different dark fruits, winter spices, some roasted/meaty presence, burnt caramel and medicinal herbs. The alchool completely disappear in the mouth, leaving just a pleasent warming sensation down the throat. Perfectly balanced and elegant, sharing some dubbel qualities, but more dry and less sweet. Long and spicy afertaste. Average to lively carbonation, on the higher side of medium body, and oily texture. Should be trated as a sipper, being so complex and changing a bit every 5 minutes! I’d love to try a 5+ year old bottle one day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
cthomas2390 (211) - Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Pours amber with a good head but a fair amount of sediment (vigorous pour, but still). Apple and toffee on the nose with some sweet Christmas spice. Sweet malty caramel flavours with alcohol sweetness and heat coming through towards the end. Residual Christmas cake notes on the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Icedwarf (253) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - FEB 1, 2014
Donker bier wat niet lang blijft hangen. Smaak doet denken aan aardbei en kersen. Fruit overheerst. Daarnaast ietwat rooksmaak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ruigo (1005) - PORTUGAL - JAN 16, 2014
Shared a 33cl bottle from Cora (Luxembourg). Pours a brown colour with a thin tan head/lacing. Aroma is malt, caramel and light yeast. Average to low carbonation and medium body. Taste is light bitter and light sweet, well balanced. Overall, a tasteful beer with a bit alcohol.

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