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Abbaye des Rocs Triple Impériale

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


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RATINGS: 790   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Dark Triple with enormous scale of flavors. This excellent and very elegant appetizer feels like it is made exclusively for kings and emperors

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
paul_the_frog (35) - FRANCE - OCT 11, 2014
dark belgian beer with too much caramel. thought I was drinking Coke. Not bad but won’t buy again

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
EddyBeer1 (902) - Brussels, BELGIUM - SEP 19, 2014
Brun acajou, effervescence moyenne et soyeuse, col beige fin. Après une entrée toute en malts, c’est la fête au palais: fruits noirs assez présents, un peu de réglisse, un peu de moka, un peu de miel, un rien d’épices, une bonne petite amertume, un peu de chaleur d’alcool. Que du plaisir!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eduardovl (865) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
330ml bottle poured in a chalice. A: Aggressive carbonation when opened. The foam practically jumped off the bottle... However, after pouring it, the beige head was medium with small retention and no lacings are left. As a traditional Des Rocs, the body is dense and dirty full of yeasts floating around S: Traditional Belgian dark ale. Very fruity and yeasty. Notes of plums. Bready too. Shake it a bit and the perfume jumps out to the nose. Caramel malts and some hops. Bit liquorous. Pure pleasure T: Taste follows the nose. Quite fruity. Plums and raisins are there. Complex and spicy. Sweet upfront. Light bitter end. Strong taste of Belgian yeasts and a peculiar ash aftertaste M: Expectable creamy body. Medium to low carbonation. A bit molasses D: High. Lovely Beer [ BA Review @ 11/13/2010 ]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benzai (8545) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - OCT 4, 2014
Bottle @ home. Clear dark orange to reddish color, medium sized quickly diminishing beige head. Aroma is malts, overripe fruits, a bit sweet. Taste malts, sweetish, overripe fruits, molasses, slightly herbs or spices and perhaps a touch of yeast. Quite nicely balanced actually. Medium body and carbonation. Quite nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
erickok (3700) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - OCT 18, 2014
Brown body and beige head. Sweet malts, cake, sticky figs, some weak coffee. Taste isn’t as concentrated, probably quite some sugar used here because the alcohol is there without much body. Bit too Prickly carbonation, even within the style. It’s a tat bit disappointing. (33cl bottle from Saveur Bière)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JDBaker11058 (1316) - Maryland, USA - JUL 24, 2014
Appearance: bottle frothed out when opened; the pour was muddy brown, clouded with vast colonies of chunky floaties; head was creamy light tan, slightly rocky and studded with dark brown spots--in short, it looked a mess. Aroma: strong nose of raisin, clove, cinnamon, sticky toffee, caramel, figs, dark fruits, candi sugar, cinnamon. Taste: very sweet, with caramel, toffee, crème brulee, cherries in heavy syrup, candi sugar, raisins, prunes, fig, light bourbon, clove, and cinnamon spice. Finish: lingering sweet flavors like an oatmeal raisin cookie, with yeasty notes growing more prominent. Notes: Bottle was best before 2-22-2014, so about 7 months past. Possibly explains the gusher and appearance, although at 10% you’d think it would keep a little better. In spite of the frankly gross appearance, this had a great aroma and wonderful, deep flavors. Alcohol was remarkably well-hidden. Just awfully hard to get past the dying pond-like appearance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
c0fein (220) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 10, 2014
330ml bottle from Saveur Biere. BBE 20/03/2016.

Brown nectar with a creamy head. Sweet aroma and taste, spices. Feels mellow. Nice mouth-feel and ABV is hidden. Pleasant.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (2087) - BELGIUM - AUG 6, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2014 The label says ’Brasserie des Rocs Triple Impériale’, apparently made for export to North America. Creamy, light beige, dense head, very dark mahogany colour with ruby hue and tiny yeast particles floating everywhere. Rich, sweet ’Belgian chocolate’ aroma of dates, chocolate liqueur, port wine, brown sugar, cloves, gingerbread, liquorice, cranberries, candied cherries, honey and pine needles. Soft and rich, mellow taste of dark candied fruits, port-like, with a mineral-like carbonation, full and nutty malt base, oily and thick, creamy mouthfeel, ending in a flowery hoppy finish with warming alcohol. Now this is the kind of rich, opulent, profound beers that stand equivalent to our famous chocolates. I love this - though I still have something against the use of ’dark’ and ’triple’ in combination with each other, let’s just agree that these so-called ’dark triples’ should always be classified as quadrupels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ben4321 (4026) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 15, 2014
Location: Draft at Morrison’s, 10/15/14, Palindromic Rating #4004!

Aroma: This ale has a very sweet aroma, there is heavy toffee, with some caramel, and dark fruit
Appearance: It pours a reddish brown color with a tan head and some drippy, coating lace
Flavor: Tastes heavy sweet, similar to the nose component-wise, with no bitterness to speak of
Palate: This is a rather full bodied offering, it feels fairly sticky, and finishes with some mild heat
Overall Impression: I love me some palindromic rating numbers! Anyway, this is a solid, strong, sweet brew. The alcohol hides well under the heavy sweetness, which is impressive at 10-12% (was listed at 12% on the chalk board at the bar, and is listed as 10% on here). Big, stick, and sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
slowrunner77 (5977) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 6, 2014
"i don’t really get the fuss. i was excited to find 3 top hundred beers i’ve yet to try, but i hope the other two are better. maybe this was better at the source - but i doubt most of the beerpals had one that hadn’t been disturbed in transit. best before 2011, erupted yet again on the pour, plenty of floaties. mish-mash aroma and flavor of the usual suspects...dark fruit like plum fig and prune, but with a slightly unpleasant note. mouthfeel nice with some warming alcohol. taste is ok, but nothing to suggest a 99th% beer. i’ve had belgians i’ve liked plenty, but i guess i think there are too many at the top, and unless i got a bad one, this is one of em."

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