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


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RATINGS: 1279   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2004
I don’t know if I got an old bottle but it was not all that sweet. It was a pleasent strong ale but nothing outstandikng. It was heavy in the alcoholdepo and I could taste it. Definitly a decent beer but nothing to make me really notice it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Sammy (11387) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 4, 2004
Coriander and other spices’ bite and great great malt. A good drink, easier than a saison. Traditional, 750 silly ml later, the alcohol pounces on you. Well accompanies food. Sassy and bit of cream aftertaste on palate. Chestnut colour and not terribly complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2004
This is an impressive beer. Immensely drinkable and enjoyable. Pours a reddish copper with a foamy beige head. Nice visual. The aroma is of fruit: raisins, plums, some apricot or pear. Touches of spice but very subtle. Notes of chocolate. Medium body, gentle but lively carbonation, smooth, velvety mouth. The taste is subtle sweetness and fruitness. Very refreshing and appealing. Excellent drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - AUG 26, 2004
thick beige head, fruity taste and smell, slides off the tongue leaving a pleasant aftertaste, although i can taste and smell the alcohol

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - AUG 26, 2004
Bottle. Poured a big, fat, off-white head. Deep red/brown. Some floaties. Aroma is raisin, some honey. Taste is full of flavors. Rich malt. Fruits.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 26, 2004
thanks to mwsf for cracking this beauty open. i don´t think i´ve ever had a beer that reminded me more of whipped cream, even the palate. tiramisu aroma, very luscious and warming without any nasty alcohol flavours. not over-the-top sweet, that´s quite a yeast they use

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
obisbeer (568) - Barcelona, SPAIN - AUG 17, 2004
Cloudy amber/ ruby with thick fine head. Malty, banana, citrus, and sweet aromas pour from the glass. Sweet malt with some chocolate, fine bubbles adn sour cherry. A creamy mouthfeel makes it a pleasure to drink!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2004
75cL bottle. This beer had a coriander and citrus aroma along with significant maltiness. The flavors were well-balanced for such a complex beer. The fruit and nut flavors were really nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 3, 2004
Great bread and bandy like nose with a hint of cherry. Great head and lacing. There is a lot going on here in the taste: Bread/dough, orange, cherry coriander. Creamy texture and a yeasty finish. Fine beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 31, 2004
I was pretty excited to try this one for my 200th beer (okay, 202 if I could only remember the names of those other 2 beers). It’s tough to beat the appearance of a good Belgian ale, and that’s no exception here. Poured a ruby/amber/brown color, lots of medium sized yeast particles floating towards the bottom of the glass, with a large frothy mocha/tan colored head. The head eventually shrank to about 1/8" creamy layer covering the beer. Towards the end of the glass the head thinned, but was still there. Aroma: This beer has one of the best aromas of anything I’ve sampled to date. It’s big and not holding back with notes of yeast, sweet malts, honey, carrot, pepper, anise, pears, apples, plums, raisins, and even a little bit of caramel and chocolate. This is worth buying just for the nose. Flavor: The taste is big and hearty with hints of pear, plum, raisin, carrot, pepper. There’s plenty of malt backing to this beer which adds sweetness and somewhat of a syrupy feel to this beer. This malt is equally balanced by a moderate well-rounded hop bitterness that manages not to drown out any of the other flavors. But it doesn’t stop there. You can also treat your taste buds to sweet chocolate, yeast, coriander, orange, and toffee. Finishes slightly sweet, mildly acidic, and moderately bitter. Also noteworthy is how well this beer hides the 10% alcohol. I could tell that the content was up there, but I didn’t get overwhelmed with an alcohol taste at any point while drinking this beer. You need to try this beer if you haven’t already because it truly is great.

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