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


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RATINGS: 1550   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Betty (236) - Walgett, NSW, AUSTRALIA - JUN 2, 2004
Amazing beer. Can’t fault it. Thanks to Motelpogo for the oppurtunity! We’re using recultured yeast from it right now for a stout homebrew and it’s working really well. The beer is way malty and classy caramel for real and belgian chocolate all over the place. One of the best I’ve had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 31, 2004
Pours a hazy ruby-amber color, topped by a light brown head, that is raised to a three-finger thickness by a solid carbonation. Interesting, almost wine like aroma, joined by notes of tannin, apricot, sweet herbs, musty cellars, dust, and a spicy peppery note. There is quite a complex nose on this beer. The taste is lightly sweet, fruity, with perhaps a hint of sherry. The fruity notes are reminiscent of sour plum and apricot. Quite a bit of musty cobweb type notes going on here as well. Complex tasting, definitely a bit aged, as this is showing bits of oxidation around the edges, nothing harmful yet, it just adds to the maltiness and complexity of this brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - MAY 30, 2004
Cloudy brownish red color, firm tan head. Wonderful aroma, plum, orange, cocoa, yeast, caramel, and light alcohol. Comlex flavors, fruits, caramel, chocolate, malt and some yeast. Incredibly soft mouthfeel, no alcohol detected. An amazing beer. Thanks for the gift Kimchee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 27, 2004
Pours a dark brown with red around the edges and huge rocky biege head. Dark fruit on the nose. Full and thick mouthfeel. Plums, yeast, cherry, and raisins on the tongue. Dry finish. Nice long and lingering aftertaste. Great job of covering up the alcohol. Yummy!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 19, 2004
Pours an almost clear amber with a thick head that settled down quickly. Has huge yeast sediment chunks floating everywhere in the glass. Aroma is a strong fruity one with hints of plums. Mouthfeel is full and smooth with a nice crisp effervescent feel. Flavour is much like the aroma. Fruity and malty with a nice yeasty flavor as well. Alcohol is slightly noticable in both aroma and flavor. Overall a fine Belgian ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19, 2004
Rust coloured with huge beige head and large circulating yeast particles. Very yeasty aroma. Flavour begins sweet and fruity, then turns yeasty. Another interesting bottle conditioned Belgian but like a lot of others I’ve had. Sorry, I just didn’t think it was exceptional.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hotchick (20) - Delaware, USA - MAY 18, 2004
The appearance is a brownish brick red with floating yeasty sediments. The aroma is rich of caramel and cherry with hints of pear and dough. The flavor is very bold with cherry, citrus, and dark chocolate tones with a subtle coffee finish. It has a full mouth feel with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 16, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2005 Chocolate, raisins, dates, sweet malt, sour cherries, yeast, bread in the aroma. Clear amber brown with plenty of carbonation and pillowy off-white head that lasts. Toffee, dark fruits (raisin, plum, fig, date), molasses flavours. Lightly musty and yeasty. Some alcohol warming. Flavours marry well and each sip reveals new delights. Medium body, lively carbonation and crisp mouthfeel. Bottle. Later rerate was 9-4-9-4-18=4.4 with largely similar comments.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAY 14, 2004
Deep red brown colour with a diminishing frothy and rocky tan coloured head. Gingerbread, molasses, toffee, raisin, plum, yeast, and vinous aroma. Toffee, raisin, plum, vinous, and gingerbread flavours with a slight background acidity then finishing with a nutty, rummy, and alcohol bitterness. Full bodied, warming, rich, creamy, and smooth mouthfeel. Excellent at first sip at just absolutely fantastic by the last. Thanks Josh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 12, 2004
Aroma of spices, alcohol, fruit, gingerbread. Quite spicy. Apricots also seem to come out as it warms. Pours a cloudy orange-brown, thin head, large yeast floaties. Sweetness in the flavour, muted chocolate. Mustiness in the finish. The strength is in the smoothness. Well balanced, lively mouthfeel. Above average, but overrated at the 100th percentile.

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