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


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RATINGS: 1563   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 22, 2005
Pours brown with a tan head. Smells of figs, grapes, plums and cherries with hints of bananas. Taste is of figs, raisins, prunes, spices, slightly peppery with a sweet finish. Thick rich mouthfeel and a lasting sweet aftertaste.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hazmatt (363) - Virginia, USA - OCT 17, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2006 Bottle. Impressive head and retention. Dark brown color. Great aroma. Very smooth, tasty, complex brew. Sweet, caramel, toffee notes. Not too sharp. Better than many other Belgians.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2006 Ahh iv been lookin forward to this, (2004,1987). Rating is 1987. Starts with a maltiness goes to molasses with rasins. Taste is similar with nuttiness, sweetness and general fullness kicking about, dry unexpoected finish. Very nice, need to get soem more, ages well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nicholai (100) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 16, 2005
750mL Bottle. Pour reddish-brown actually a bit like amber because of the amount of sediment in suspension. Had a fizzy, big head. The smells of metal, yeast, pineapple, alcohol, oak, honey, earth. All in all, too much to put a finger on all of them. The taste is simultaneously rich and subtle. Very well balanced, sweet bitter, with no evident alcohol notes. Metallic with a sweet finish which goes on and on.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 15, 2005
750mL bottle BB 2007. Poured a deep ruby/orange with lots of yeast floaties and a very nice well-retained tan head. Nice intricate lacing followed it down. Brilliant aroma of rich dark fruity malts (grapes, plums), chewy biscuits, and spices. Sweet vinous character finds the tastebuds first. Flavor also found plums, figs, a little burnt wood, raisins, sweet bread, and a very nice spice bouquet. Creamy on the palate, and this brew tickled all the taste buds! I don’t know how this could’ve felt better. Finish had sweet roasty malt, spices, and some alcohol warmth going down. Flavor and aroma were wonderfully complex. Get some of this if you can!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kevin (2195) - Montana, USA - OCT 6, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2005 let me start by quoting legion’s daughter-"Pica pica pica". some of you already know what this means. for those that don’t recognize the greatness of lili let me tell you it means:this is damn good, better than what you are drinking it is so good words must be made up to describe it, hell yeah.poured a beautiful dark mahogany with a fat lasting eggshell head. wow, this aroma is great. lemon corriander and cinnamon with a popcicle twist. lemony goodness here. sweet bubbliscious nose. mmmmmm, great flavor, mango, malt, candy, grapefruit, cotton candy too. a wonderfully enveloping creamy yeasty taste with a vinous dark red grape taste. a wonderful vanilla finish that goes well with the creamy mouthfeel. so damn rich and good. all i can say is : Pica pica pica

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - OCT 6, 2005
Nose-very big nose with dry spice, molasses, some tropical fruit, citrus. Body-beautiful dark almandine with a huge foamy head that lasts and lasts til it settles down in to a 1/4 innce head. Taste-bread, cinamon, zest, molasses, banana, cherry, some wood. My only complaint is a slight medicinal/lotion taste on the back end, but that is easy to get past.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
schuimkroaat (427) - Leuven, BELGIUM - OCT 5, 2005
33 cl bottle, bbe 2006. Dark red with a mahogany tint, loads of chunky yeast particles and large bubbles, very good beige frothy head. Sticky aroma of malt, hops and anise with a milky touch. Malty taste without being (too) sweet, sharp spiciness comes next, including bitter chocolade. Very long bitter and burnt aftertaste, alcohol is almost perfectly hidden. Full body, a bit ’powdery’ feeling, good carbonation. The sparkle of the spiciness is somewhat attenuated compared to a young beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
UncleDunkel1968 (3) - ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2005 does not count
An Abbey beer that can easily hold its head up amongst the Trappists. A particualr point in its favour is that it is a pure malt brew, whereas many Belgian strong ales are boosted with sugar

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kramer (6612) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2005
11.2 oz bottle. Pours a dark ruby with a thick creamy off white head. Aroma dominated by a candy like sweetness, with some yeast, dark fruits, a touch of alcohol. Heavy sweet malt flavor dominates but is well balanced against the hop bitterness. Flavors of raisin, toffee, honey, and yeast. Mouthfeel is a little sticky but with nice soft carbonation that all adds up to a nice creamy finish. A top notch beer for sure.

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