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


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RATINGS: 470   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, - JAN 12, 2006
Bouteille 75 cl, à consommer de préférence avant la fin de 2008, consommé en Janvier 2006. Couleur acajou aux reflets orange-brun. Apparence trouble, semi opaque et envahi de gros dépôts de levure, surmonté d’une bonne quantité de mousse beige pale et perdurant pour l’éternité. Complexes arômes de caramel, de mélasse, de sirop de pêches, de raisins verts, d’écorce d’orange, d’épices et de fruits séchés style prunes, dattes, raisins. Saveurs de caramel, de levure à gâteau, de confiseries à l’orange et d’épices sous une touche de fruits foncés. Finale introduisant un profil grillé de malt et tout en exposant pleinement les délicates épices. L’alcool demeure presque entièrement masqué au fil de chacune des gorgées. Corps d’épaisseur moyenne à pleine abrite une très douce carbonatation aux fines bulles respectueuses. Un chef d’œuvre hivernale ! Bouteille bièropholie, Novembre 2004.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
altonbrownd (4351) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - SEP 24, 2015
2/11/2009 4:25:58 PM Cracked Kettle. Dark red body with rocky brown, lasting head. Sweet nose of dark berries and spices. Malty and roasty taste. Sweet. Notes even of licorice. Quite full-bodied and warming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
murran (420) - - AUG 29, 2015
Pours a dark body with a thick beige head. Very nice aroma with tones of dried fruit. Nice malty taste with a creamy feel. Tones of dried fruit, sugars and a touch of christmas. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niller (1042) - Hammel, DENMARK - AUG 2, 2015
Bottle from Voldby. Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma and taste is sweet malts, toffee, hint of chocolate, sweet dark fruits. Medium body. Soft carbonation. Sweet finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Idiosynkrasie (5171) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JUL 25, 2015
750ml bottle. Per se clear, ruby red glowing, brown colour with lots of floating chunks and small, frothy, half-way lasting, minimally lacing, off-white head. Sweet-ish toffee aroma, a touch of marzipan and raisin. Taste is slightly sweet malty, some toffee, fruity hints of raisin, some spiciness, a cinnamon touch; dry finish. Rather insignificant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thirstyrabbit (1490) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rdb84 (370) - 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.

   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
didierlewallon (231) - 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 navideña muy bien hecha, Buena cerveza invierno.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Centje (33) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maakun (1881) - 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

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