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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: 1563   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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
k92488 (468) - KVERNALAND, NORWAY - APR 14, 2017
DWF mørk brun offwhite skum. Aroma gjær frukt. Smak søt frukt rosiner malt karamell

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tricksta_p (4315) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - APR 5, 2017
Bottle from Beergium. Aroma is dark malt, caramel, toffee, raisins, spices, yeast, sweet dried dark fruits, touch of nuts. Flavour is sweet and lightly bitter. Body is above medium. Quite good, very smooth and balanced, complex aroma. Lots of caramel toffee, yeast, dark fruits. Surprisingly good, almost gives Abt 12 a run for its money, I dare say it’s more easily drinkable.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Luneylane (149) - Taipei City, TAIWAN - MAR 29, 2017
A bottle from l’Apero, drunk at home. Aroma: vegetables, but sweet, not unpleasant. Appearance: hazy, brown minimal lacing. Palate: full-bodied, creamy texture, soft carbonation. Long, well-balanced finish. Taste: sweet and malty, well-balanced, good beer.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Myonlyvice (279) - DENMARK - MAR 26, 2017
Sample, but i bought some bottles. Will re-rate once tasted again. Redish brown with a big off white head. lively carbonation. Caramel, dark fruit, nuts?, yeast and a hint of roastyness in the aroma. Taste is mostly sweet but somehow not too sweet. Alcohol is well hidden. Very complex

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Echon (515) - Århus, DENMARK - MAR 18, 2017
Dark red. Spicy, fruity, and phenolic, with a strong yeasty character. Full, sweetish taste that finishes dry, lightly bitter and warm. Medium body, and prickly carbonation. Overall, a very good belgian strong ale. Strong, complex and very yeasty, but somehow not that harmonious. Something is a little off.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nathanvc (391) - Brugge, BELGIUM - MAR 15, 2017
Pours hazy deep amber with a foamy off-white head. The aroma contains malt, hops, caramel, wood, wine and herbs. It tastes light sweet, light sour, medium bitter, with a dry, fruity, citrusy finish. Very well balanced. Full body and soft carbonation. Excelling in its style.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heman (926) - Tychy, POLAND - MAR 12, 2017
Barwa brunatna, piwo klarowne, piana średnio-intensywna, kremowa i długo utrzymująca się. Aromat słodki, mieszanka suszonych owoców (daktyle, figi, rodzynki) i nut melasy, karmelu. W tle nuty pieprzowe i alkohol. W smaku wyraźnie owocowe - suszone owoce, banany, nuty cytrusowe. Cukier kandyzowany, karmel i nuty przyprawowe. Finisz wytrawny, alkoholowy, rozgrzewający.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davidf93 (92) - Stellenbosch, SOUTH AFRICA - FEB 24, 2017
Raisin and toffee and some earthy notes. Carbonation quite high, whiskey like colour and great head retention. This is a smooth beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
19Oracolo78 (179) - ITALY - FEB 20, 2017
Presa in bottiglia. All’olfatto si presenta piacevolmente invasiva, malto tostato, caffè e liquirizia. Schiuma fine ma non molto persistente. Al palato oltre al tostato si sente molto il caramello. Una birra non proprio beverina, soprattutto per il corpo e per la gradazione alcolica che in realtà è ben camuffato. In ogni caso una grande birra.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cattaneopapa (385) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 18, 2017
330ml bottle purchased online. 9% alc./vol. Pours an opaque brown colour with one finger of head that reduces to a 1/4" ring. Yeasty aroma with notes of toffee and chocolate. Taste matches the aroma with a malty backbone, raisins, prunes, and a bit of caramel that leads to a well balanced finish. I also detected some subtle spicy notes toward the end. Full bodied with moderate carbonation. It’s comparable to Rochefort 8 but a touch sweeter. Excellent Belgian Strong Ale.


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