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


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RATINGS: 1292   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
Previously 9%abv

Abbaye des Rocs Grand Cru has a rich, complex fruit aroma of cherries, golden raisins, peaches, and assorted dried fruit, laced with honey and caramel. Smooth, rich flavors reminiscent of cherries dipped in caramel, finishing with notes of dried chocolate, roasted almonds, and a hint of molasses.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - JAN 14, 2005
Pours a murky brown with a fluffy tannish head. Cloudiness clears after a moment. Plums, raisins, nuts flavors power this beer. Malty fruity aftertaste that lingers until the next sip. A great belgian.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 7, 2005
Thanks Tim! ruddy brown, pinkish head. Nose is fruity - cherries and strawberries, some alcohol. Nice tart flavor, well spiced with lots of fruit.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Darkover (1535) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2004
Opaque red color with a huge beige head. Aroma of spices and fruit. Flavor of dark fruits and spices. Finishes with some smoke and tanginess. Pretty smooth and drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2004
Cloudy orange-brown color, lasting head that was explosive upon pouring. Has a mild spicy undertone with notes of dark dried fruits and some green fruits. Finish is somewhat dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2004
Poured a cloudy opaque caramel color with an orange tint. Thick foamy off-white, tan head. Good lacing. Great apple, apricot, malt aroma. Amazing fruity,smokey, malty flavor. Smooth mouthfeel. Chewy. Very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
waveman352 (178) - Saratoga Springs, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2004
bottle. Poured a large light brown head with an orange caramel color almost like the color of apple cider. Smells of cherries and apples are present. Medium bodied, very smooth and full of malts, caramel and fruit flavors. The aftertaste is what I would describe as woody. Awesome beer. I would like to try other varities to see how they measure up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
IndianaRed (4101) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 21, 2004
Bottle Pours a deep carmel brown with a small light tan head and sparce but silky lacing. Lots of floaters and sinkers. Fruity and spicy notes. Plums, raisons and molassas. flavors are the belgian spice, slight smokey notes and mostly dark pitted fruits. Flavors are quite subdued earthy and blended. Much more so than the other highly rated Belgians I’ve had. Feel is soft and a bit lively and the finish is smooth with a slight woody malty flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2005 Amber-orange color under a huge, frothy light tan persistant head. Lots of floaties for sure. Beautiful aromas of ripe plum, peach and pear. Very fruity to say the least. Spritzy carbonation emphasizes extremely complex flavors of sweet ripe fruit, caramel, honey and malt which nicely tames the 10% alcohol. The finish is the real treat here; quite sweet early, then within a few seconds a dominant bitter herbal/woody/mineral taste and mouthfeel becomes quite obvious. A supremely satisfying, complex Belgian which is worth every penny!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 18, 2004
Poured reddish brown with medium tan head...hello floatie town...smell is definately fruity and fantastic with fruits...peach and cherries for sure...a little fruity at first, giving way to a very bitter herbal taste and finish...don’t get me wrong, it is good, but quite strangely spiced...bizarre finish...overall a little disappointing after the magnificent aroma...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MiP (15394) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2004
Magnum bottle. Spicy aniseed aroma. Dark red/brown colour, OK head. Malty aniseed flavour. Soft and full-flavoured. Pleasant. Tea-like aftertaste.

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