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

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RATINGS: 773   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


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - APR 2, 2005
Big corriander nose with some yeast, hazy deep amber color, spongy head. Creamy orange and apricot malt body, a little toffee. Spicy end, again with corriander. Unfiltered body really brings out an earthy character to this brew. Not like a triple - guess that’s what the "Imperiale" signifies. Really enjoyed this beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - MAR 29, 2005
3/7/05. Poured out of 750 mL bottle, bought at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA 3/2/05. Deep brown-red with orange shading. Dense, fluffy head. Great, slow and sticky lacing on a medium-tan head. Aroma has fruits galore and spices all over with that beautiful house yeast. Reminds me greatly of the other des Rocs beers (with I love), but also has a strange vegetal scent, somewhat like Traquair Jacobite. Taste is slowly blossoming; oily texture with teasing sweeetness and fluffy carbonation, a shade of alcohol burn in the back. Finishes with a soft plant-like sweetness, a medley of fruits, and a dark, fluffy residue, somewhat drying. Great balance between sweet and dry. Very fruity and dry finish. Really well made, but some of the flavors (promised exactly in the nose) don’t quite agree with me. Finish is long and delicate-- almost no alcohol presence-- but again does not quite go where I want it to. No terribly surprising deviations from the rest of the beer. Very tidy and good, and I can’t even seem to find much aesthetic fault-- the only "problem" is that it doesn’t surprise or excite me in any great way. Very, very good beer. Probably the best ho-hum beer I’ve ever had, or my least favorite perfect beer-- whichever way you want to put it.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 28, 2005
With caramel and flowers, and dark fermented fruit w/ a slight cherry sweetness on the nose.. and the same on the mouth, this beer poured a cloudy yellow/brown color w/ thin head and lacing. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and creamy.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrockLanders (770) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 27, 2005
750 ml bottle from World of Beer. Pours a cloudy dark orange ale with a lot of yeast flying around in the midst of it all, along with a large, creamy off white head that hangs around for a while. The aroma is very malty with tons of carame notesl and dark fruit. The flavor is sweet and caramelly with raisins, prunes, toffee, and molasses. Very full-bodied and creamy with medium-carbonation. The finish is long and has some caramel sweetness to it. I liked this better than the Grand Cru. Hard to find where the alcohol is hidden....nice touch.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hawkshadow (107) - Rural Retreat, Virginia, USA - MAR 26, 2005
750ml bottle. Wonderful pour. Cherry wood color with strong tan head. Head is lasting with strong lacing. Particulate content is thick and floating. Aroma is pleasant with barley, grainy smell. Palate is nice and thick with some sizzly carbonation. Taste and aftertaste are both similar. Nice caramelly and toasty flavor. Very smooth.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 25, 2005
11.2 oz. bottle, appearance: an opaque, dark crimson color, but more of a red-brown, earthy, with a beautiful, creamy-toned, long-lasting head. Aroma: ahhh, angelic! yeast, ginger, soft fruits, uplifting and otherworldly...gorgeous, really. Plummy, but sweet ...a rich, tasty ginger cookie, melted down and mixed with deliciousness. Drink, already! Taste: ZAM! BAM! Whoa!...hits you on first sip, then on the second you have to bask in it...those sensations felt in the nose, return here on the palate. The fruit, the spice, the amazing flavor, very full in the mouth, every taste is a tingle, every sip sends you back for more. This is no tripel, or maybe it was once, and they jacked it up beyond recognizability..."Belgian Special Dark Ale", it says on the label, and Special it is...absolutely gorgeous. Uncap this and prepare for instant nirvana.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jonwell (104) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - MAR 21, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2006 What an amazing beer. Pours dark with a billowy, long lasting head. Aroma is chocolate, dark cherries, a touch of alcohol as it warms up. The flavor is quite sweet with a touch of chocolate at first, then you can really taste the spices as it moves down your tongue. Finishes tart and dry. Mouthfeel is luxurious. Masterpiece.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2138) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2005
750 ml bottle. Deep red and clear in color with a nice tan head. Fig, prune like aroma. Sweet palate. Very sweet palate. Alcohol is well hidden. Nice beer. Enjoyable.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 20, 2005
This brew pours with a deep amber brown body topped by a medium thick head with some lacing and lots of floaters. The aroma is sweet and malty with great notes of caramel and spice, as well as, some dark fruit notes. The flavor is very similar with a touch of banana. Full bodied, slightly dry and warming.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2005
750 ml. Brick red, almost wine colored, and clear. Massive tan head. Aroma of figs and lots of other fruits. Grassy? Very sweet palate, almost a bit much. Syrupy, alcohol very well hidden. This could develop some interesting flavors with some good aging.


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