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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 435   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fonefan (35735) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2006
Bottle. Brown color with huge creamy light brown head. Caramel, malt, cane sugar, spice and orange. Flavor of rich dark fruit, roastiness, maple, and light spices. Nice carbonation and perfekt balance.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
yespr (31628) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 5, 2006
33 cL bottle. Pours with light brown and shotlasting head but creamy head. Strong smeel of a specific hop (dunno which - but I like this one) Smell and taste of hop, caramel, malt and spice. Chocolate, dark yet sweet after taste. All sorts of different aftertastes come up with every zip. This is a real belgian Christmas ale as one would expect it to be - very good work!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (29665) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2003
A cloudy amber beer with a fantastic light brown head. The aroma is sweet malty with notes of caramel, yeast and cloves. The flavor is great; sweet malty with notes of cloves. If I should come up with one negative point, it would be, that the beer is a little too sweet.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25083) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 15, 2005
(Bottle 75 cl) Deep reddish brown with a fine, beige head and some lacework. Dry, roasted nose with some spiciness. Lovely full-bodied and malty beer with an incredibly complex palate that brings notes of port wine to memory. Believed to be the standard Abbaye des Rocs with a higher proportion of dark 6 chocolate malts. 310599

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (21291) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2005
Draught at DBF 2005. Brown coloured with a small off white head. Sweet spicy and herby aroma with notes of dried fruits. Sweet flavour with lots of fruits and spices - especially ginger.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (20827) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 8, 2006
Bottled. Reddish amber colour, small beige head. Aroma is just lovely, richly fruity and pleasant hopping and yeasting. Flavour is sweet toffeeish with some bitterish flowery hops and spices. Pleasant aftertaste of plum, spices and flowery stuff. Extremely complex, and yes, it’s a christmassy beer indeed!!

3.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (19803) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 23, 2002
Re-rate draught at Akkurat, Stockholm, Sweden.
Deep ruby and cloudy with creamy head. Banana aroma. Sweet and soldly malty. Estery with flowery hoppiness. Syrupy finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (17215) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 9, 2008
Bottle from 2003. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Malty dark fruit aroma with hints of caramel and spices. Warming dark fruit flavor with caramel and chocolate hints. Sweet malty and warming dark fruit finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
madmitch76 (15840) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2009
17th July 2008. Brown beer. Rich sweet creamy malt with a strong marmite tone. Dry finish with a little coca cola. Very drinkable.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (15060) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 12, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2012
2012-08-30, bottle, 8-4-8-4-16=40
L102114982 bb 2013-09-16, possibly 2 years old

The bottle is slowly gushing; the color is dark brown, with large head, more frothy than usual, and too many pieces of sediment in the glass. Mellow and complex aroma of malt and caramel, with delicate esters and alcohol. Good body strength, although the extra fermentation in the bottle may have eaten some sugar; good malt and caramel flavor, with a chocolate hint; moderate residual sweetness; the bitterness is quite low, but enough for this beer; mild alcohol perception in the end, and possibly a trace of oxidization.
Perfectly mature, very good.

2003-10-26, bottle, 10-5-9-4-17=45
Beautiful amber color; generous rocky head. Wonderful aroma, deep, of malt, wood, cellar, spices… vinous. Good body structure, malty, balanced by a pleasant sour note, and a late light sweetness. Very good final as well, balanced.

2003-01-12, draught, 8-5-8-4-16=41
Red-amber color. Walnut, malt and caramel nose; slightly spicy. Balanced, powerful, well malty, a lot of caramel. Missing some originality, just an interesting light fruitiness.


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