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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: 1568   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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4.3
larsga (7656) - 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.)

4.2
biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 16, 2005
Thanks to Aracauna for this one. Pours chunky, murky dull red. Very distinct aroma. Sharp tart fruity candy with citrus, yeast and alcohol. Some musty cat pee also. Unknown flavors to me. Over ripe pomegranite? Star fruit? Interesting interplay of foreign fruit flavors like I’ve never had. Earthy, tart and mouth watering. Finishes a little dirty on the tongue. I’d like to know more about the making of this one. Extra points for uniqueness.

4.1
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 9, 2005
Caramel Smell. Medium head dissipates slowly. Similiar in color to Rochefort 10. An opaque caramel color. Strong Malty caramel taste with unique bitterness very similiar to Rochefort 10 but different strain. This is the bitterness I refer to as cheesy acid bitterness. Like a nice swiss cheese. It could easily be it’s brother. From the Belgian Shop in Brussels.

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jrob21 (3802) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 8, 2005
pours a reddish brown color with tan head. unexpected bitterness in this beer adds to the complexity. gooey goodness.

4.3
GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - SEP 2, 2005
[bottle from beers of europe] pours a deep red with a dense maintaining head. The aroma is complex and fruity, plums, raisins, apple, a little orange peel, and some yeast. thick body with a touch of sweetness and a little bitterness in the long finish.

4.5
highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - AUG 29, 2005
It took three attempts to get hold of this but by God it was worth the effort. They can bury my worthless carcass now and I would die a happy man. This is nectar. As always with this brewer, it looks superb: a teak colour with amber highlights, a thick suspension of proteins and a lasting 2cm head. The aroma is thick and vinous, with a distinct gingery character. It has some of the Christmas cake characteristics of the Speciale Noel, plus burnt sugar, peppery young shiraz and a hint of oak. Like all the best strong Belgians, it has an aroma that you can lose yourself in for an age before you take that first sip. The mouthfeel is faultless - full and creamy. The initial flavour impression is of raisins and toffee, sweet but not overpowering, before that magnificent late surge of warming alcohol. It has a spicy bitterness in the finish that is never overpowering. Sadly, the ’local’ supplier had just two bottles left and I promised the other to a fellow RateBeerian. What was I thinking? Fool! Enjoy it Aarleks! (33cl bottle, IBS, Perth)

4.1
HazelRah (276) - Summerland, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 26, 2005
Reddish-brown with off white head; winelike. Lots of yeast. Creamy mouthfeel leaves a little warmth and a hint of bitterness. In two words: sweet, smooth.

4.1
Brad (363) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - AUG 22, 2005
Bomber: Pours orange/amber with large sustaing rocky head. Lots of sediment in this one boys and girls. Aromas are all sorts of Belgian, lots of raisens and bananas, smooth yeast and malts. Flavor is sweet and powerful, burnt caramel and toffee, sugars, warming alcohol.

4.2
DYCSoccer17 (3708) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 21, 2005
Bottle thanks to Rudolf. Very apparent aroma of raisins, toffee, bananas, and sweet candy sugars. Mildly peppery aroma as well. Moderately to mostly hazy orange/dark copper color with a khaki colored head. Start is quite sweet and sugary, turning roasty and toffee-like un the middle. Smoke is also present in the middle with more sweetness to finish. Very nice, aggressive, and very drinkable.

4.3
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - AUG 19, 2005
bottle shared with my brother, DYCSoccer17. Murky brown pour with a tan film of a head. Raisin, alcohol, plum are all abundant in the aroma. Nicely smooth, incredibly smooth. Dark fruitiness, yeast presence, silky, sweet. This is probably as close to perfect mouthfeel as there can be. Alcohol is undetectable, even though I detect it in the aroma. Damn great beer.


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