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


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RATINGS: 781   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2005
Dark Red Coloring (Brilliantly So Under Light) Sandy Skin. Barley, Grape Aroma. Grapey Notes..Light Bread Dough, Spices, Warming...Sharp and Crisp. Thick Mouthfeel. Dry and Sweet Aftertaste. Very Nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2005
Clear black/burgundy with a huge off-white head. Slightly sour nose with malt, salt, pipe tobacco, and a hint of plasticky phenols. Flavor is quite sweet, rich, slightly chocolatey, with plums, grapes, and a slight bitterness to harmonize with the sweetness. Awesome.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - APR 9, 2005
had a free sample of this at the beer store and i had to buy some.beautiful dark chestnut. thick fluffy tan head slowly diminishes and leaves nice sticky lacing in the glass. smell is sweet, fruity and malty. taste is malty. fruity and i’m getting a little spice mixed in as well. truly an awsome belgian.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - APR 8, 2005
Beautiful, dense foam goodness. Gorgeous ruby fudge color. Currants, raisins, a bit of yeast and pecan aroma. Full oak fullness with the essence of aged Galliano and ripe cherries covered with a light dusting of cocoa. Bitter fig and raspberry finish. More musty than Abbaye des Rocs. Fairly tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 8, 2005
Dark amber color and a deep tan head that dissipates to a film layer with plenty of lacing. Aroma is quite fruity with strong elements of pear and sweet apple, but these elements do not subdue the malt itself as with some Belgians. Flavor is very hearty, with a meaty element present in the strong maltiness. There also seem to be more hops present than in the typical tripel. Besides the basic fruity esters naturally present and a strong element of caramel, I have trouble detecting complex nuances in the flavor of this beer -- it’s still great though. Alcohol is extremely well hidden and hits in the back of the throat where it should. Found a slight disappointment with the mouthfeel of this beer in that it seems runny and with not quite enough carbonation for a Belgian (not to say that there aren’t plenty of bubbles), also a slightly syrupy finish, but I only will deduct 1 point instead of 2 because these problems seem to be largely "a price to pay" for the alcohol % of a tripel in general. All in all, this is a highly recommended Trappist beer. And remember, if someone finishes the big bottle and wants to rate some more beers tonight, you’ve just drunk almost the equivalent of a bottle of wine so you might in all fairness want to hold off on the next ratings until tomorrow! I plan to do that ... just have one more to do ... !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (5960) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 8, 2005
750ml bottle: Dark ruby tinted browm with an initial large frothy tan head which fades only a bit, very good lace. The aroma has notes of orange zest, caramel candy apple, cardamom, ginger, wild flower, oriental pipe tobacco and earthy esters. The taste starts quite malty and sweet. Undertones of sublime spice and light fruit veins throughout the tasting. Get a hint of brine and peat moss on the finish. The feel is sticky, smooth, and lush. The alcohol is there but most kept in the background. An Imperial Dubbel more than a Tripel, but I like it either way. Yummy and quite recommended!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (4386) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 7, 2005
Dark and murky red color with a large tan head. With a name like Triple, I was expecting a gold color! Malt and raw barley aroma. More of the same in the taste with some bread on top of it. Very well balanced with hops and in general. Alcohol is hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
YogiBeera (2444) - New Jersey, USA - APR 2, 2005
Nice ruby color, medium frothy, off white head. Fizzy carbonation. Yeast and dough accomplished by a nice cloves and honey nose. Koriander, cookie dough, vanilla - yeast taste with a nice peppery finish. I quite liked it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivo (2544) - 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.

   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.

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