laiti (5954) - Helsinki, - MAR 24, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33 cl bottle @ home, BBE 28.08.2012
Bottle starts to foam after opening and mixes up all the yeast – a very typical opening ceremony for this brewery.
Aroma has ripe fruits and toffee typical to an aged belgian ale. Flavour has ripe, dark fruits, apricot, licorice, some anise and spice. Nice and rich.
AdiBeer (1494) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: intense caramel, Christmas spices, cloves. Appearance: slightly hazy, dark brown, medium, creamy, beige head. Taste: medium sweet. Palate: heavy carbonation, sweets continue, spices, malty, caramel sweets. Overall: very nice Belgian Strong Ale, too carbonated, but otherwise quite nice. Bottle from Beers of Europe, Kings Lynn.
Hanoi (455) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Nose is yeast, cloves, brown sugar, a little not , cinnamon and spice; perfect for the style.
Taste is brown sugar, belgian yeast, brown bread, rich plums, leading to light cloves and cinnamon and spice. It’s quite dubbel like and very sippable, but it lacks in the finish a bit.
Moutfeel is sticky.
A very nice festive beer which is quite dubbel like in nature.
Bierridder_S (57) - BELGIUM - DEC 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
29/11/2014 @WBF, 33cl bottle
Hazy brown with creamy head. Aroma is malty, dark fruits, caramel. Taste is plum, caramel, malt, cake all moderate and ballanced. Very nice but somehow I expected even more or maybe I am getting spoiled
Japalo (1257) - DENMARK - DEC 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @home. Small head. Brown haze with yearst lumps. Dark fruity notes. Prune. Raisin. Phenols. Dry sweet heavy mouthfeel. The alcohol hidden. Great x-mas brew.
flemmingwillum (1033) - Nysted, DENMARK - NOV 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rating #1024, gulbrun, grumset. Duft af modellervoks, blommer. Smag blommer, pære, æble, gær, let besk og bitter eftersmag. Medium tyk. OK.
-- rated with beerbasher/winphone
Meilby (8121) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 7, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 750ml @ home
Pours hazy deep amber with floaties and a off-white head. Aroma has notes malt, caramel, dried fruits, yeast, alcohol and a hint of chocolate. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with a long warm, dried fruity and caramel finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
eduardovl (938) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle poured in a chalice.
A: An alive beer! As you open it, it wants to jump out the bottle :). Pours a dark amber to brown color. Very dirty, traditional des Rocs style with many chunks floating around. A huge beige head is formed when its poured, however, the retention is medium. It dissipates leaving a thin tan layer on top. Very few lacings left. Beautiful Belgian Strong Dark Ale
S: Sweet on the nose. Brown bread and Belgian yeasts are a must. Reminds the Brune version. Dark fruits, mainly raisins, caramel, malts, wood and alcohol. Very reach on smell
T: Sweet caramel malts, Belgian yeasts, brown bread, dark fruits (raisins), spices. Molasses and syrupy. Mild bitter end. Complex on taste. Delicious
M: Full body, creamy and molasses. Reasonable carbonation. Great sweet-bitterness balance. Warming with a bit alcoholic end
O: Abbaye Des Rocs = Quality Belgian trademark beer
[ BA Review @ 12/17/2011 ]
cyrenaica (1062) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 28, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bar Hop (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
February 8, 2013
The beer poured a dark murky reddish-brown with a half inch tan head that lasted throughout. The aroma was plums, yeast, bread, and sugar. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour was sweet malt, molasses, dark fruit, sugar, and yeast.
darrennelson12 (429) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
In bottle (Brussels); very nice Noel beer .. quite light body, but very easy drinking compared to other Belgium Xmas beers .. Some cocoa, and caramel ... I wish I could buy this at home ... I would buy again for sure
Lowenbrau (2139) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - AUG 31, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. @home 31-08-2014.
BBD: 20/11/2011. Vintage one.
In short: a sweet boozy dark ale.
Pours hazy dark copper, lots of sediment, with average tan head. Moderate head retention, poor lacing. Ripe fruit, raisins, chocolate, caramel aromas. Medium body, average carbonation, some crispy texture. Taste follows the nose, some liquor notes, alcohol noticed, ripe fruit, caramel notes, viscous texture. Still enjoyable.