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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: 1557   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04/5   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
heman (886) - 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 (79) - 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 (171) - 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 (379) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tide (3640) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 16, 2017
Bottle from Beergium. Copper color, white head. Bitter taste with citrus, malts, toffee, earthy notes, yeast, ripe fruits and a bit of oak. Bitter finish with citrus, malts, yeast, ripe fruits, oak and toffee. Excellent Belgian strong ale.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jyrsa (723) - - FEB 16, 2017
Medium brown with light, isotropic head. Sweet, brown malt, fruit. Lovely balanced flavour of herbs, balanced malt, anise. Medium body, smooth palate long herbal finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
john44 (3000) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2017
Bottle. Dark Reddish Brown. Fruity spicy aroma. Very malty, caramel, candy sugar, chocolate notes. Lots of fruit, dried fruit, raisins, plums, cherries. Spicy. Yeasty; lots of floaties and debris. Some balancing hop bitterness. Nice warming alcohol. Rich. Moderately sweet-bitter. Lovely! (2008)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ardeo (339) - Flémalle, BELGIUM - FEB 11, 2017
Bottle 75. Robe rubis et mousse beige éphémère. Nez : caramel, fruits (prune, pêche, raisin surtout), alcool. Bouche : douce, veloutée, saveurs fruitées comme les arômes détectés et le côté alcoolisé "type porto" ! Rondeur, finesse, céréales et en fin, une discrète amertume. Bonne bière qui réchauffée fait penser à nos meilleures trappistes belges !

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beersiveknown (5205) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JAN 26, 2017
Bottle from my Secret Santa this year, V_Duquerroux, cheers Vincent for this want!
Very much in dubbel territory this one but without the sickly candy sugar i dislike, full bodied, clear, moderate carbonation, quite sweet, fruity, boozy. Moderately bitter. Its okay but would put plenty of others above it on try before you die list!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KoNrRiI (1415) - Århus, DENMARK - JAN 10, 2017

0.33 bottle @ home
A nice thick head of good retention. Aroma of spices, berries, flowers. Taste is quite similar with pleasant flavors already present in the aroma, marzipan is introduced. Nicely creamy, delicately herbal. Good beer, not great.


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