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


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RATINGS: 498   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (1431) - BELGIUM - JUN 10, 2013
Bière du plus haut niveau... Une merveille de plus dans l’effectif des bières de Noël... On touche ici au niveau des plus grands crus du Médoc... Donc recueillement et respect !! Bouteille de 75 cl, affichant 9 % abv. Couleur brun café soutenu superbe. Clarté opaque à très opaque, malgré ce reflet un peu châtaigne/marron. Bulles indéterminées (pour cause), mais bière très vivante au débouchage. Mousse couleur beige moyen, bien crémeuse. Arômes de prunes mûres, prunes à l’alcool, raisins secs, amandes, pruneau, poire cuite. 1ère bouche à la texture soyeuse, crémeuse, sur des fruits mûrs, cassonade, pain complet. Arrière-bouche de malt, fruits confits, avec une pointe de réglisse. 2ème bouche de pommes cuites, figues, malt à whisky, poire confite. 3ème bouche avec des élans absolument divins sur le candi, des fruits à l’alcool, du bois de fût, du moût de grand vin du Médoc, du sirop d’érable, du café moka doux. Longueur merveilleuse, un feu d’artifice constant avec de l’ampleur et de la classe. Levure soyeuse et douce, très belle veine. Alcool fort, et tout à fait adéquat à ce genre de bière. Finale que l’on savoure au sens propre du terme. Un très grand cru, du style des grands Médoc sans le moindre doute. (Le seul élément un peu curieux de cette bière, et le seul petit reproche que l’on pourrait lui faire, est qu’elle est seulement capsulée et pas bouchonnée de liège.... Mais c’est bien faible face à tout le reste!!!)

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BlackEyePA (573) - USA - JAN 25, 2012
Amazing. Doesnt matter what time of year. Just amazing. Up there with the best. You need to try it. Strong, delicious, well blended and perfectly balanced. Awesome

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cluny6 (115) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2007
Pours a gorgeous dark honey color. Cloudy with lots of yeast present. Good cappuccino like tan head that persists. Sweet, yeasty smell, reminiscent of prunes, dark fruits. Fizzy in the mouth. Flavor is sweet but not too much. Lots of dried dark fruits/molasses. Little bitterness present. Incredibly delicious ale. One of the best Belgian I have tried. A+

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
noelM (167) - Málaga, Andalusia, SPAIN - JUN 20, 2012
Esta cerveza de navidad está buenísima. Altamente recomendable, sobre todo en el formato de 75 cl para compartir!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - FEB 26, 2003
Fruity and heavy at the same time. Extremely well tasting and well balanced. Quite yeasty, but not too much. Very drinkable in spite of the 9 abv. Nice big head and heavy sediment. A relly mice Belgian Strong ale. Extremly nice fruity aroma. Very complex.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jonas (6863) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - DEC 2, 2003
0.75 l bottle, one year old bottle - best before 2004, 9% ABV. Aroma of Raisins in rum, caramel, yeasty wood, port, a bit lemon. Dark chestnut brown coloring, impressive creamy tan head. Flawors are dark and wooden: A bit brown sugar, christmas spices, a bit citrus, cedar notes. The spicy aftertaste peters off nicely, but a little bit too quick. Body could be a little bit more powerfull. Very nice - this is really what a christmas beer should be like. Reading the other reviews it seems like lagering this beer for a year does it a lot of good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SilkTork (5567) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2004
Bottle Conditioned. BBE 2007. Same strength as the ordinary Abbaye des Rocs - 9%. This is a wonderful beer. Soft, delicious and full of flavours. The flavours are very very similar to the standard Abbaye - though the alcohol doesn't make itself felt, the head is much bigger, and there are lumps of yeast in my glass. Very special. I would grade this as high as the standard, except I feel I may have perhaps given the standard a mark too high. I've adjusted the standard down to match this.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Gerbeer (3158) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 2, 2012
750 ml bottle. Pours a mahogany brown with medium head. Aromas of raisins, figs, caramel, and roasted malts. Incredibly rich. Flavors of dark fruits, toffee, tobacco, and malts. Excellent. Just like the Grand Cru.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (19385) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - MAR 21, 2004
Wow, I have never seen so much yeast in a commercial beer before (I assure you some of my homebrews had more!!). The beer is almost lumby from all the yeast! Body is hazy amber orange and has a nice light brown head. Aroma is sweet toffee, caramel, chocolate, raisins and fruit. Very sweet and delicious! Flavor is full with penetrating notes of roasted malt, hops, lots of fruit and christmas spices! A very flavorfull and complex beer that deserves a higher average rating!! Outstanding!!

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