3fourths (8696) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 14, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL bottle. Dark amber brown body with a peppery, toast colored head. Intensely sweet aroma, full of candi sugar, plums and dates, brown sugar, maple syrup, bready waffles, and a peppery, spicy sweet sugar and yeast scent. A little harsh on the palate, not necessarily alcohol, but a biting yeast and fizzy carbonation, with a semi-thick body. Sweet overall, cloying even, with an emphasis on brown sugar. Not as good as the other Abbaye des Rocs styles, so I’m a little disappointed. Overall it’s too sweet to be great, but also not as complex as the brune. Having an old bottle might also affect my impressions, since I can taste a very subtle oxidized flavor.
JK (5123) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - AUG 12, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2006 Light brown and cloudy with sediment. Aromas of nuts and fruit. The malt flavor is predominant, and it is a little sweet. Full bodied, and a near perfect beer. The muddy appearance and the abundant malt make this much like a dubbel; although a strong one.
Not quite as good from the bottle as from the tap, the flavor of candy flavor is too strong. But still very good.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - AUG 9, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque, light brown with lots of floating chunks and a fat loose orangish head. Rich and yeasty aroma with citrus, plum, pomegranite, marshmallow, toasted malt. Tart and a little oxidized. Earthy sweet flavor with prune and pineapple and some wood shaving notes. A bit chalky in the finish. Nice body. Seems like it should be layed down for a while to mellow.
JCW (1277) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2005 Very good beer, heavy for a triple. Well carbonated. Rich brown color with a tan head that overflowed my RB tulip glass with each pour. Aroma of prunes, molasses, carmel, rye bread and dark sugars. Flavor is mostly sweet. Creamy mouthfeel, with a wet finish.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy dark brown w/ light brown foam. Aroma is malty (caramel, molasses) & fruity (raisin, plum, prune), spicy & lightly yeasty. Creamy, full-bodied feel. Flavour profile is sweet & fruity w/ some light acidic edges. Finish is dry, warm, & moderately bitter.
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 31, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle, 2004 vintage. Richly fruity aroma, malty and sweet with notes of light brown sugar and spices including cinnamon, allspice, clove and coriander along with suggestions of fresh orange, apple and cherry, some must and wood shavings in the background. Dark, opaque red amber color with a fine, thick, lasting head and sheets of lace. Flavor profile is complex and powerful, with aspects of strongly sugary malts, a plentiful array of fruits and spices and finishing with a bittersweet, hoppy, gently tart, citric and peppery alcoholic twinge. A smooth, creamy, expansive palate and nicely full body support the flavors well. Impressive and satisfying.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JUL 30, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
After removing the foil, and the cork, the bomber poured a slightly hazy amber, good red highlights. Aroma is fruity, maybe apple, yeast and dark fruits. Wonderful lacing as the huge head settles. There is a good alcohol warming. The taste is sweet malts, and more fruits. I got cherries, apples, raisins. And yeast. I got citrus in this to. Very smooth, and the more I drank, the more I liked this. Looking forward to aging this. I could like this more than the other abbey rocs.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 29, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
clear deep brown/red, beige head. dark for a tripel. aroma of apple pie, marshamallows, biscuits, sweet caramel and mild spicy yeast. flavour is sweet and nutty with caramel apples, dried cherries, sweet pasty and malt. a dessert beer for sure. nice
jrob21 (2960) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 28, 2005
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is of baked apples, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg and figs. Flavor is med.-heavy sweet, with huge raisin, hazelnut and caramel flavors.
porterdude (170) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUL 20, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Taster @ PIB. Cloudy murky rust colored pour. Smells of raisins, dates, spices, and yeast. Tastes of oak, raisins, and a slightly spicy peppery flavor. Candi sugar flavor is very apparent in the beer. Masks the alcohol pretty well, and is truly a magnificant beer.