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


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RATINGS: 430   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Gerbeer (1775) - Vancouver, British Columbia, - NOV 2, 2012
750 ml bottle. Pours a mahogany brown with medium head. Aromas of raisins, figs, caramel, and roasted malts. Incredibly rich. Flavors of dark fruits, toffee, tobacco, and malts. Excellent. Just like the Grand Cru.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lowenbrau (1935) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - AUG 31, 2014
750ml bottle. @home 31-08-2014.
BBD: 20/11/2011. Vintage one.
In short: a sweet boozy dark ale.
Pours hazy dark copper, lots of sediment, with average tan head. Moderate head retention, poor lacing. Ripe fruit, raisins, chocolate, caramel aromas. Medium body, average carbonation, some crispy texture. Taste follows the nose, some liquor notes, alcohol noticed, ripe fruit, caramel notes, viscous texture. Still enjoyable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
holdan (260) - USA - AUG 13, 2014
Dark cocacolaish. Aroma dark fruits with bubblegum. Taste sweetsour dark fruits, candy malt and some sourness. Full body, text smooth, alcohol hidden, finish sweet-sour.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
adster (315) - HUNGARY - AUG 9, 2014
Teához hasonló színe van, puha habja és erőteljes élesztőtartalma, melynek üledéke láthatóvá is válik a kitöltést követően, s amely alapvetően rányomja a bélyegét mind illatára, mind ízére. Leginkább ez a már-már gombás aromákat idéző, sütőipari, élesztős ízvilág a meghatározó, mely egy ecetesen savanykás, éretlen gyümölcsös keretbe van ágyazva. Kimondottan élénk, egyedi stílusú sör, az ünnepi jelleg ebben az esetben azonban nem feltétlenül lépett előtérbe, bár abban sem vagyok egészen biztos, hogy e típus minden egyes üvegének hasonló jellemvonásokkal kellene bírnia...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
mikske79 (1242) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - JUL 31, 2014
Eén van de minste kerstbieren dat ik ooit geprobeerd hebt, een absolute tegenvaller

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alengrin (1715) - BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2014 Classical Belgian Christmas ale, with mousse- to rocky, off-white head and a dark amber to copper colour, clear but cloudy after adding the ’fond’, as it should be. Rich and appealing aroma of banana, pear, strawberry, passion fruit, dark chocolatey and caramel malts, aniseed, floral hops, brown rhum, cloves, ginger powder, coriander, sometimes regrettably also a hint of red cabbage (DMS). Full and deep maltiness in the mouth, caramel candy and dark fruits, leading to a gingerbread-like effect in combination with the spices, slowly increasing in bitterness towards the finish, mouth-filling toasted malts (coffee touch), gentle floral hops and some warming, vinous but never astringent alcohol. Not overspiced like several other Wallonian Christmas ales, this one manages to find the right balance. Love it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jamestulloch (1376) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 21, 2014
Bottle from Henderson Wines. Murky brown body with a thin beige head that fades. Light lacing. Aroma of raisin, wood, prune and yeast. Flavour of earthy, flowery hops, dried fruits, dark malts and spices. Medium body with a smooth, slightly foamy mouthfeel. Soft fizz. A complex, warming Belgian Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5408) - Ohio, USA - JUN 12, 2014
750 ml bottle sampled at a BA tasting 2007 vintage from backlog notes 07/08. Pours a hazy amber brown color with a large fluffy off white head. The aroma and flavor have sweet caramel malts, yeast, some fruity character, raisins, ample holiday spices, dry yet creamy smooth, some warming alcohol to the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Moravius (470) - Berlin, GERMANY - MAY 20, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2014 Mai ist ja nicht die passende Zeit für ein Weihnachtsbier, aber ich wollte nicht bis Dezember warten ... - Flasche (75 cl; MHD: 5/2014) vom Bierzwerg. - Schönes Rotbraun, klar. - In der Nase Datteln (mit leicht säuerlichem Stich), Pflaumen, dunkles Malz, Bayrisch Blockmalz, Ingwer. - Antrunk überraschend schlank mit deutlichen Gewürznoten, die an Früchtebrot oder an einen Obstgarten erinnern: Vanille, Zimt, Birne, ein Hauch von Minze ... Mild rezent, eher schlank im Mund; ohne schwere malzige Süße. Auch im Abgang überwiegen Gewürznoten, Hopfen ist kaum zu schmecken. Der Nachtrunk fällt denn auch etwas kurz aus, mit schwach holziger Herbe und einer kühlen Note. - Originelles, nicht zu schwer gewürztes, schlankes und etwas untypisches Weihnachtsbier. Hier waren echte Könner am Werk.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
flying_pig (937) - SCOTLAND - MAY 16, 2014
330ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (Ł3.80):
Spicy with a lot of sweetness, mainly from some dark fruits such as prunes, plums & some dates. There is a toasted malt aroma that is complimented by some sugar & a medium strength alcohol smell also comes through alongside oak & faint vanilla.
Medium brown with red tinges & a cloudy body. A bubbly, brownish-white 0.5cm head that fades to a fine lacing quite quickly.
Spicy with lots of sweetness both from the dark fruits mentioned in the smell but also from the sugar. There’s a strong taste of prunes with some vanilla & alcohol.
This one was quite a spicy, sweet and medium bodied beer that had a slightly warming alcohol taste to it. There was a fair amount of carbonation in this one & the beer seems boozy with a sticky finish.

An okay Belgian offering but it never really hit the heights of some of the countries better strong ales, coming across a little strong and without the best of balance between flavours. I doubt I’ll be picking this one up again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Swaroga (1340) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 14, 2014
Butelka 33cl. OCZY : mętny, brązowy kolor o dużej, wytrwalej beżowej pianie. NOS : mocne zapachy słodkich ciemnych owoców, rodzynek, toffi, mleczna czekolada, lód malaga, piernik. Jest również świeży aromat chmielu o nutach cytrusów i herbaty zielonej. USTA : piwo jest średnio gazowane. Mocno nasycone i oleiste. Bardzo słodkie piwo o dominujących nutach przypominających lód malaga, piernika i toffi. Alkohol jest odczuwalny i rozgrzewa po kilku łykach. Piwo delikatnie kwaśnieje przy końcu ale bardziej przypomina kwaśność słodkiego kompotu z wiśni. Przy końcu również wyczuwalne są przyprawy jak goździki czy cynamon. Gorzkość jest delikatna i ma charakter ziół i skórki od cytrusów. ODCZUCIA : smaczne piwo na zimny wieczór. Będzie się super komponowało z mocnymi serami, ciastami i wędzonym mięsem. Pije go podczas gdy słonce świeci i to jest błąd bo to piwo się klei od słodkości i nie jest to przyjemne. OCENA : smak : 8/10 pijalność : 5/10

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