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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: 1566   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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4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Allseeingeye (223) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2002
Not quite as good as the gran cru, but the flavors keep coming as the beer nears room tempurature. I LOVE the belgians. Re-rate. Ruby brown color. Gurgling foamy head. Strong aroma of tangerines and tart green apples sifting through the olfactory senses. Smell of orange blossums pouring out of the glass like a mad scientist’s concoction. Delicate sweet malt and wild flower honey conjoined with citric hop flavors embrace the tongue. Lace slowly drools down the side of the glass rejoining the compact screen of bubbles floating on top of this malt elixer. Smell of Bayer’s children’s aspirin peering in. Wafts of raisins, plumbs, dates, and kiwi complement a subtle peppery mango flavor. Candy sweet taste left on the lips. Banana and nectarines in the nose and on the tongue as this nears room temp. Buttery walnut finish casually evolves into a citric sensation devoid of bitterness, leaving a soft warming alcohol sensation. WAY under-rated.


3.7
jsnicholas (615) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - JUN 22, 2017
Bottle (750ml) Dark reddish brown with thin tan head. Medium plus carbonation Dark fruit, very malty, maybe some chocholate. A Little wine.

3.9
PowY (714) - AUSTRIA - JUN 8, 2017
330 ml bottle. Pours a dark copper with a yellowish beige, quickly disappearing head. The aroma is very lightly yeasty (dough), bready, beeswax,, some faint herbal hop notes and also settled notes of fermented pears. Full body with a low carbonation, a medium sweetness and a light bitterness. The alcohol is very well integrated. The taste is very malty, caramel, honey, brown sugar, meaty, hints of overripe fruits, but the sweetness is perfectly balanced by a nice hop presence (again with a somewhat generic herbal hop bitterness, bitters). Finishes with a light pleasant alcoholic warming. Overall complex and very smooth to drink - a really good beer.

4
Leini (2037) - SWEDEN - MAY 27, 2017
Dark copper-ish body with a low head. Caramel, figs, yeast, spices. Well made.

4.4
ALIBALI (2002) - Kiel, GERMANY - MAY 24, 2017
Fassiger Brauner mit üppiger Cremekratzigkeit. . Hefig, alkohart & GAUL☺ 0,33l Sharing with Maui. Thanxxx!!!!

3.4
Jultsu (946) - TAMPERE, FINLAND - MAY 12, 2017
BBE 03/06/2018. Tuuhean ruskea väri, semiok viipyvä vaahto. Tuoksu täyteläisen huumaava, makea, suloinen... Suutuntuma alkoholisen lämmittävä, maukas, mieto, ruskea, hivenen raa’an tuntuinen mutta silti pärisee kyllä.

4.1
BeerRenter76 (1007) - Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2017
Originally rated on 12/24/08. Aromas of dark fruit such as cherries, plum, fig, also yeast, caramel, and hints of bread. Appearance was a deep rootbeer brown body with loads of huge yeast flakes. The head started out large and slowly went down leaving decent lace behind. Flavors were similar to the aromas with the fruits and sweet yeasty breadiness all intermingling. Alcohol was well hidden for 9%. Overall a pretty good beer thats worth a try.

3
sdmmb (1826) - BELGIUM - MAY 4, 2017
Drunk from 33cl bottle from the beer discovery project. Enjoyable dark ale.

4.2
SylvainCFC (235) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAY 1, 2017
Robe ambrée rousse claire, mousse blanc cassé bien calibrée, aérée et moyennement persistante. Bullage moyen. Nez très doux, sucré, presque pâtissier (frangipane) et vanillé, très gourmand. Bouche parfaitement équilibrée : gourmande et douce, mais en aucun cas excessive. Sucré tempéré, enrobé par des notes herbeuses et grillées. Subtile amertume qui ponctue la gorgée et nettoie le palais. Corps moyen à fort, ample, texture moyennement épaisse, mais aucune lourdeur. 9° bien masqué, très buvable. Carbonatation assez vive. Brune gourmande et complexe, mais terriblement buvable. Rondeur exceptionnelle.

3.9
Lowenbrau (4150) - Asturias, SPAIN - MAY 1, 2017
Bottled @many places, somewhere in time from the early belgian years.
In short: robust belgian ale.
Pours hazy dark amber-copper with frothy light tan head. Long head retention, some lacing. Roasty, caramel, bready, dried fruits, raisins, yeasty nose. Medium body, average carbonation, some crispy texture. Taste is boozy, sweet, roasty, spicy, Remember it as a good one.

3.9
rferrey (127) - Huelva, SPAIN - APR 24, 2017
Aroma maltoso. Amaderada, licorica, cuerpo pronuciado, carbonatacion alta . Trago corto. Una buena triple brune belga, aunque durilla de beber


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