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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: 1538   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Abbaye des Rocs (9% alcohol vol.) is a pure malt beer, with no added sugar. The entire range of tastes is directly linked to the double fermentation, the precise quantities of malts (7 types) as well as the mixtures of three kinds of hops (Belgian, German and Czech). Its colour is a striking deep and majestic red. Its taste is rich and full of subtlety. It is tasted like a red wine with which it shares the ruby colour without having the tannin. It develops a strong sweet smell. It confirms the initial impression in the first mouthful, with a sharp body that is balanced with a certain fruitiness. It frees itself on the palate and develops an impressive depth of taste. Some traces of burnt wood are detectable, but never scorched even if it contains this kind of malt. The foretaste is very prolonged because of its rich and unctuous development throughout the mouth. The bitter and sugar tendencies (even though there is no sugar in its composition) compete and come back together to the taster's great satisfaction. It is a deep, mystic and extremely mature beer to be classed among the great products of our soil.

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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KoNrRiI (1319) - Århus, DENMARK - JAN 10, 2017

0.33 bottle @ home
A nice thick head of good retention. Aroma of spices, berries, flowers. Taste is quite similar with pleasant flavors already present in the aroma, marzipan is introduced. Nicely creamy, delicately herbal. Good beer, not great.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GeorgePratt (39) - Stockport, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2017
Aroma of burnt hops and treacle. Pours a dark brown with a very small off white head. Taste of treacle with a dark chocolate finish. Exceptional beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mishnok (159) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2017
From 330ml bottle. Pours dark reddish-brown with some carbonation, but head quickly disappears. Malty aroma. Taste is of toffee, malts, dried fruits. Quite a complex palate with changing tastes in the aftertaste. Not particularly bitter, quite smooth. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mariuspoenari (1929) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 29, 2016
33cl bottle, shared at home. Dark murky ruby-brown pour with a thin tan head. Notes of dried fruit, prunes, raisins, red grapes, caramel, sugar, dark cherries, port wine. A very well made Belgian strong ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gegwilson (3514) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2016
Bottle from K&S in Bruges. Pours deep brown with a fawn coloured head. Nice fruity aroma. The taste has stewed fruits, fruit cake, toffee, spices and a slightly herbal finish. Maybe a ouch. Coriander and aniseed in there. Honey too. Full mouthfeel. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentAle (1610) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 7, 2016
Aroma plum, raisins, toffee, wine barrells and candy sugar. Taste is plum, raisins, tart, butterscotch and honey comb. Candy suger sweetness thoughout. Smooth for ita abv. Appearance Is a hazy amber with plendy of small fruit sediment in suspension. Appearance is a thin beige head that retains fairly poorly.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
VueltaBirrista (79) - Murcia, SPAIN - DEC 3, 2016
Es una Strong Ale de color rubí oscuro que muestra en copa una bonita corona color marfil y su correspondiente encaje conforme va cayendo. Doble fermentación, la última de ellas en botella. Aroma dulzón, a pesar de que al contrario que otras del estilo no contiene azúcar añadida. Mucho menos ningún tipo de aditivo químico. Es decir, malta de la mejor calidad (siete tipos diferentes), agua pura de subsuelo rocoso y lúpulo. Aparecen también matices afrutados en su aroma. En boca tiene buen cuerpo, es como esa sensación cuando estás degustando un buen vino. Se perciben notas dulzonas (aunque menos de lo que su aroma presagia), caramelo y frutas maduras, ciruelas pasas. Se aprecia también madera quemada y un poco de café muy a lo lejos . Quizás incluso algo de chocolate puro. Destacar también la gran cantidad de sedimento en la botella, procedente de la levadura. Como siempre os digo: un chute de vitamina B y minerales en toda regla. Una birra madura y profunda. Para beber sin prisas y disfrutarla, porque además de todo lo que os he contado, su contenido alcohólico pasa prácticamente inadvertido.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DandyWolfFloyd (1200) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2016
Aroma - caramelized sugar, raisins, oak, cherry skins, marshmallow, and some vanilla Appearance - the body is seal brown. There is some sediment. The head is 1/3" is beige, and settles into a small film. Taste - has a mix of fig, caramelized sugar, some golden raisins, some oak, some barrel char, touch of marshmallow flavor, cherry skins, and vanilla. Palate - medium body, sticky texture, average carbonation, slight alcohol astringency.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyCraft (6451) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2016
Backlog, Bomber Bottle. Pours a hazy brown with decent head and lacing. Nose is dark fruit, bread, yeast, caramel, candi sugar, fruit, and raisin toast. Flavor is most of same with sweet and dark fruit/malt and classical belgian strong notes. Medium bodied with a somewhat bitter finish for all the sweet fruit in it. Nice

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
karpik (852) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - NOV 11, 2016
Aroma of caramel, prunes, raisins, spices. Pours brown with beige head. Taste is medium sweet with dried fruits, caramel, brown sugar. Low bitter finish. Overall good.


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