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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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4.2
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.

4.5
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

4.1
kramer (6682) - 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.

4.1
hellomynameis (877) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - SEP 23, 2005
I’m not sure why it took me so long to sample this beer. I’m not sure I would call it utterly fantastic, but it was a great brew true to the style - or at least how I’ve come to know Belgian Strong Ale’s. A familiar coppery colour that reminds me of hay that was dyed red with a pleasent foamy darker cooured head presented itself. Dried fruits and yeast greeted my nose. Rich caramel malts with some bitter fruit notes imbibed my tounge. Like a siad, a very nice belgian strong ale I will be sure to sample again.

3.9
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2005
Bottled. Pours a Dark amber/brown, with a big beige head. Aroma is sweet, fruity, some rasins. Taste is sweet, fruity. Medium bittersweet aftertaste, with some alcohol burning.

4.3
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - SEP 20, 2005
I’ve bypassed this beer for far too long, it was time for the tasting. This beer pours a reddish copper color with a thick viscous tanned head which absolutely exploded out of the bottle and awesome layered levels of lacing. The aroma was very typical of an exceptional strong ale with raisins, vanilla, malts, brown sugar and marshmellows extremely apparent. Another in a series of beers that tastes just like a smore. Raisiny and marshmellowy sweetness. Very long-lasting and developing palate and finish. Full bodied and tickling carbonation levels. A somewhat dry caramel induced finish, but very deep sweet silky mouthfeel. Makes the tongue pucker for more.

4
1FastSTi (3361) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2005
Pours to a huge off white rocky head atop a murky brown body with tiny white particulate. The flavor reminds me of Mike and Ike candy. Sugar, flavorings, sweet caramel, oak-like, fruity, mineral water. The aroma has sweet candi sugar, yeast, oak, unknown style of hops. 9% is covered up very well. Nice rich, full palate.

4.7
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2005
Dark orange marmalade colour with full, lasting beige head. Fruit and yeast in the aroma. The taste is awesome: sweet caramel malt and bitter orange fruit predominate, but there’s lots more going on here. You could spend hours picking out subtleties and nuances, so I decided the best policy was just to drink it and enjoy its magic.

4.6
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - SEP 18, 2005
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Gushed out of bottle, but no evidence of infection. Served at room temperature in an attempt to avout the gloopy protein thing - this seemed to work. Dark reddish brown with persistant rocky beige head. Aroma is perfection, with red fruits, chocolate, raisin, little bit of smoke, wood, brandy. Creamy mouthfeel, appropriate sweetness, soft finish. Blows Chimay Red out of the water and is on a par with Rochefort and Westvleteren. Great, great stuff.

4.3
larsga (7602) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 17, 2005
Medium creamy tan head over dark red-brown opaque body, with what appears to be yeast sediment at the bottom. Powerful aroma of sweet cinnamon and cloves with some fruitiness and sharpness. Lovely! Taste is powerful and quite sharp, consisting mostly of malts and the aroma, which grows more pronounced in the aftertaste. Excellent! A great brune! (0.33l bottle in Orval glass.)


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