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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: 1296   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2003
Damn. No matter what else you might say about me, when I die, my tombstone should say: "He Drank Good Beer." This gem pours the color of a fine cognac. The smallish sparkling head only partially destroys this illusion, as the immense, yeasty aromatics that are first released have an aged, oaky, brandish quality. Upon further inspection, there is a fruity, very malty predominance...yes, this is a beer. Its a sweet nectar, with hints of Vernor's ginger ale (vanilla/ginger), dried fruits, and a twist of pepper. As it warms, I find English strong ale elements, due to the nearly cloying sugar and malt combo. And, there's enough hops in there to cleanse the palate between each sip and add an herbal touch. And all this, if my Michael Jackson is up to date, brewed by a civil servant.


4
davedrinkinbeer (16) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUN 10, 2017
Very good beer. I bought a sample bottle, and when I got it good and cold, I saw what appeared to be a crust at the top of the inside of the bottle. It appears to be either brown sugar, or chocolate-- but either way, it did not get in the way of taste.

3.8
DraftDodger (1515) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2017
Copenhagen 20/5 2017. 75 cl bottle from "Den Gamle Købmand". They call it a "Belgian Special Brown ale" on the label. Pours hazy red tinged brown with off white head. Disappears fairly fast leaving thin rim of foam along the side of the glass. No lacing. Aroma is intense and rich. Sweet dark fermented fruit meets hard edged alcohol. Sweet honey, black berry alcohol and sugary notes. Medium carbonation and medium thick palate. Flavor is heavy sweet followed by spicy and burnt bitterness. Aftertaste is sweet and alcoholic. A heavy hard hitting Dark Belgian orgy of fruit and alcohol. Almost a Barley Wine.

3.6
AleRider78 (1114) - Winchester, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2017
Pours a huge brownish fizzy head that stays for a while and dissipates slowly. Has a dark brown appearance. Weak lacing. Aromas of yeast, raisins, roasted malts and a bit of wheats. Flavours of Belgian yeast, nuts, a bit of dark chocolate. Hints of caramel, raisins and sweets. Slightly watery in the finish. Quite bitter. Warming sensation and prickly mouthfeel. Full bodied. Not bad but can definitely feel presence of alcohol in taste and scent, not well hidden. Aside from that, still very good and drinkable.

4
BeerRenter76 (1014) - Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2017
Originally rated on 12/31/08. Aromas of sweet figs, cherries, dates, apple, and spices. Flavor is the same with all of those fruits showing, with the spices more pronounced, also caramel, nuts and an earthy taste showing as it warmed. Overall i prefer there brune but this is a pretty good beer thats worth a try.

4.3
Spence75 (51) - - MAY 5, 2017
Reddish brown coloured. Nice fruity and spicy aroma. Full bodied. Very pleasant flavour of fruits, spices and malts.

4.1
Myonlyvice (302) - DENMARK - MAR 26, 2017
Sample, but i bought some bottles. Will re-rate once tasted again. Dark brown brown with a big off white head. Medium carbonation. Caramel, dark fruit, yeast aroma. Taste is sweet with a bit of alcohol to cut through.

3.8
Jashiu (1315) - Gdañsk, POLAND - MAR 25, 2017
Very nicely malty and smooth. You can smell the bread, raisins and caramel. Nice vanilla on the finish. Taste is rather sweet. Strong

3.8
Korcz (3390) - Warsaw, POLAND - FEB 24, 2017
Mega fajne piwo. Ładnie ułożone, gładkie. Karmel, cukier trzcinowy, ciemne i suszone owoce.

3.5
rumore (523) - Rimini, ITALY - FEB 12, 2017
From 33cl bottle, from Grand Cru, Santarcangelo, Italy. Drunk in plastic cup in the street. Pours dark intense brown with limited whitish foam. Aroma is malty, honey, dried fruits. Body is medium-dense. Taste starts rather sweet, although some pleasant spiciness comes up over time. Finish is long.

4
AgentAle (1743) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 31, 2017
A beer hailing from La Brasserie Des Rocs which is a microbrewery in Montignies-sur-Roc, Belgium. This double fermented brown ale pours revealing that classic belgian aroma. Raisins, plum, candy sugar, caramel and buttermilk. The body is a hazy brown with very fine fruity particles in suspension. Moderate earl head with light lacing and fair retention. Taste is medium roasted malts, caramel, honey, candy sugar, pears, golden delicious apples and slight citrus and clove to close. Very fresh and tasty for an ale tipiping in at 9 5℅


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