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


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RATINGS: 798   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 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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2141) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - MAR 20, 2005
From a 75 cl bottle. Nice brown color with reddish glow in it. Fruity nose with hints of fruit candy’s, caramel, grenadinne, malts, flowers and Swiss herb candy’s. alcohol noticable in the nose. Taste is rich and has touches of malts, caramel, Port-Wine, fruit-candy’s, dried fruits, and again hints of Ricola Swiss herb Bonbons. Afthertaste is very soft and smooth it leaves an impression of fruit sirup, brown sugar, caramel malts and pectoral sirup.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (6700) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 19, 2005
This dark brown ale pours with a short tan head that dissipates rather quickly. There is a plethora of floating particles that are clearly visible when pouring. The aroma is strong vanilla and the mouth feel is slightly carbonated. The intense flavor is accented by malt and caramel. This is a very nice brew, perhaps the best from Abbaye de Rocs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAR 19, 2005
sampled at the pizza port belgian fest 2005. This is a very nicely done beer. Dark brown color with a wide variety of flavors, this is a ’must try’

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 10, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2005 Whatever vintage the shipment that just hit the U.S. Bottle 3/6/05. Nothing like a brasserie des Rocs beer to break up a mid tasting slump. Pours a dark brown, deep magenta tinted body with lots of light tan head that is initially quite mountainous, but quickly recedes to just a slight covering. Aroma of strong yeast, dark fruits, dark candi sugar and rum-soaked raisins. Flavor begins with a fruity sweetness, with more residual candi-like sugar on the way. The texture is lightly fizzy at first, but giving it time to breath, as one should, it turns in to a much stronger body, with only soft carbonation. Light cloves, caramel, yeast and a bit of bitterness on the finish. While I can’t say I love this beer, taking it all in, it still comes off as a well-made brew. May be a bit young yet, time will tell. My first Imperial Trippel (kidding).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 10, 2005
750 ml bottle gratefully shared with MartinT, tiggmtl, ClarkVV and Rastacouere. Big caramel-mahogany body with a vast profusion of foam that lasts...malty-pungent dark-fruited nose...solid, heavily malty thick body, some toasty breadiness amidst heavy sweetness which is going to be cloying for some but worked for me. Another top-notch effort from one of the world’s greatest breweries.

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