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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: 1556   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   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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3.8
Bart (2937) - Brussels, BELGIUM - NOV 15, 2005
Small lasting head, dark brown colour. heavy toasted, burnt aroma. Full body, creamy and thick. fizzy carbonation, some bitter in the finish, a very good beer.

4.1
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2005
Pours a very hazy deep amber/light brown with a nice fluffy beige head. Aroma is thick with lots of caramel malts, special B, hints of raisin, nuts, belgian yeast and a little spice. Flavor is moslty dark crystal and caramel malts, special B, some chocolate and roasted malts. Moderately sweet overall with hints of fruit, nuts, and spice. Very smooth mouthfeel overall.

4.2
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - NOV 7, 2005
A cloudy ruby brown in color with a huge amount of sediment and a half-inch thick beige head. Aroma is very pleasant, a bit of vinous fruit, and a touch of alcohol. The sediment threw me off and I expected some unpleasantness, but other than some random chunks skewing the mouthfeel a bit, it was a fantastic beer.

4.1
altkencru (143) - USA - NOV 2, 2005
Never heard of this until I saw a bottle in a deli. I bought and was pleasantly surprised. Excellent.

3.9
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - NOV 1, 2005
Pours a rusty red with a very large beige head. Very active with lots of sediment. Head settles quickly but leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is sharp and spicey. Earthy malts and a bit of a sweetness. An alcohol aroma is faintly apparent. The first character presant is a sharp and tangy kick. Earth toned malts with a wineish fruityness. Nice bitterness sits on the tongue and an alcohol presence can be distinguished. Sweet malt is also there really letting you know how complex and nice this beer is.

3.5
grat (432) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 1, 2005
I was sorely dissapointed in this one. Beautiful murky ale. Thin head. Nose was very off. It did not have either the sweetness or the subtlety I was hoping it would. Flat chemicals and a little bit of raisin. Just not all that impressive. Not infected or anything just not all that great. Flavors were much better and as it had time to breathe it excelled but...raisins prunes, cumin and a little bit of some toastiness. All in all...ehhh...

3.7
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2005
Bottle. I think I like the more esteemed sibling a bit better, but its a tough call. Notes of banana, Belgian funk (sour/sweet), caramel and hazelnut. Some dried fruit such as currant and raisan. Tasty, one of the better Belgians, but not my favorite style.

4.2
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 27, 2005
Bottle: Very cloudy walnut with a solid and lasting beige head. Smokey, sticky toffee aromas abound with some funky tangy/sour notes, and earthy nutiness. Very smooth, complex flavours that remind me of spicy dried fruits, rich toffees and caramels, and some healing medicinal herbs all with extraordinary length. Beautiful!
It is when I drink beers like this that I am reminded of the timeless and rich appeal to the soul that well crafted beers can have. Simply fabulous.

4.3
yngwie (17109) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 24, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2011 Bottled at Delirium, Gothenburg. Light copper and off-white in colour. Fruity, grapefruit, caramel aroma. A round, complex taste of sweet caramel and fruits, with hints of yeast as well. Lots of candi-sugar taste, even though there is none in the beer. Well hidden alcohol. Slightly bitter at the end. A classic beer. Thx to rickgordon. Rating: 8-4-9-5-18-4.4. 051008

Bottle, 33cl. It pours a slightly unclear, brown body with the usual Abbaye des Rocs floaties and a small, off-white head. It has a lovely, fruity aroma with a good dash of sugar and prunes. Some Earl Grey tea blends in as well. A hint of alcohol can be detected, and there’s also some citrus released. Sweet, fruity and a little bit alcoholic and hop bitter on the palate. Full-bodied and nicely carbonated, smooth and rounded. The flavor has prunes, tea, sugar, a generic fruityness, bitterness, citrus hints and then even more sugar. All in a very nice and well integrated way. Lasting bitterness and sweetness in the end. Except for a very low head and all the chunks, this is a beer living very close to perfection. 110716

4.6
shanereid (75) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - OCT 24, 2005
The BSA from the Gods. If I can find this beer again, I will drink it. It is rich and absolutely full of pleasuresome taste. It is a medium to slightly dark brown with a very creamy head. Very thick around the glass and notceable. Incredibly complex and delightful.


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