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


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RATINGS: 1557   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04/5   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - AUG 19, 2005
Pours brown with a huge tan head and a lot of chunks. Excellent lacing. Very fruity and spicy aroma--plums, nutmeg, some vinous notes. Flavor is sweet and earthy, with fig and a nice hot alcohol finish that, in my opinion, adds to the brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tobias (208) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2005
best best 2006 33cl bottle: i have had this beer in the cellar for about 2 years. pours a deeep amber/mahogany color with little head and a ton of yeast chunks. the aroma is very sweet and fruity. hints of caramel a chocolate. the flavor is strongly of malt/carmael with lots of fruity esters. wine like. tart citrusy fruits. spicey. very smooth creamy mouth feel. very balanced. i wish i could remember what is tasted like before cellaring.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crit (3944) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 14, 2005
Opaque brown with chunks. Lasting large tan head. Great complex nose of plums raisins, brown sugar. Taste has same ingredients,faintly cinnamon, light bitterness, with a medium alcohol heat

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
xenthem0nk (101) - Oregon, USA - AUG 14, 2005
Poured dark auburn with a 2 inch head and lots of swirling yeast and sediment, similar to their Grand Cru. Nose was very sweet, tart fruits, caramel, and lots of malt. The Taste was less sweet then I expected but very complex, lots of malts, nutmeg, coriander, charred wood. Loving it. Mouthfeel was not as full as I hoped, but it wasn’t of an issue to make this brew any less then exquisite.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 13, 2005
Bomber from Brad. Pours a strange orange color with a big white head. A dark cloud floats just below the head and above the body. Massive chunks of yeast, protein and other sediment swirl around visciously. The nose is light alcohol, some cranberries, raspberries, caramel, and overall very full with random scents and hues. The taste is not quite as high quality as the nose. There is a bit of alcohol up front and a warming in the throat. Some malt and caramel are present, but the alcohol taste, somewhat of a gin or vodka, is the main flavor absorbed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TorbenH (1062) - Frederikshavn, DENMARK - AUG 12, 2005

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2005
Bottle. Muddy orange brown colour with lots of floaties and a medium baige head. Sweet dried fruits, spicy, yeasty aroma and a sweet spicy fruity light alcoholic taste. Medium to full body and a sweet finish. Great!!!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 3, 2005
Brown with tons of sediment a decent white frothy head and a fair amout of lace. Strong aroma of dough and yeast with tones of spicy corriander and plenty of sweet/chocolaty malt. Flavor is yeasty with nice semi-sweet malts, lots of cherry and fig, tones of malty chocolate light spicieness and lightly bitter. Finishes somewhat sweet, lightly dry, slightly bitter and with a moderate character of warming alcohol. Im holding out giving a 5 untill I have tried a few more beers, but this may be the one. Incredibly complex and perfectly balanced, Im strongly considering changing my travel plans through Europe so I can bring some of this home.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
joergen (27375) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2005
Bottled. Hazy orange brown coloured with floaties and a solid off white head. Aroma of spices and dried fruits with light acidc notes. Sweet flavour wth lots of dried fruits and notes of fruits, spices and yeast. Hoppy finish. Nice and very balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alobar (3708) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2005
Creamy head that sticks to the rim of the glass. Aroma of bread and yeast. Tastes of bread and caramel malts. High carbonation-fizzed upon opening. Ful-bodied beer with great finish and lingering taste.

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