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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: 1549   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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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
laiti (8231) - Helsinki, - OCT 6, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2012 33 cl bottle @ home, BBE 20.02.2012
Aroma has lots of ripe fruits and some sweet toffee typical to aged belgian ales. Also some hints of candi and brown sugar. Flavour is slightly sourish with ripe fruits, some toffee, raisins and spices. Becomes syrupy after some sips. Warming alcohol feeling at the end. Brilliant belgian ale!

Gets rather strong on toffee and orange when aging (BBE 2010 on 2012). I like this one best just before the BBE date.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Echon (477) - 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 (330) - 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 (866) - 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 (63) - 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 (156) - 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 (373) - 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 (3433) - 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 (698) - - 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 (2910) - 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 (310) - 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 !


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