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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: 1287   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (12479) - Escondido, California, USA - JUN 21, 2006
11.2 oz bottle from tjthresh. Pours amber with a small frothy tan head that mostly dissipates. Aroma is caramel nutty malt, fruit (pear), yeast (dough), cardboard, alcohol. Medium sweetness, mild bitterness and acidity, maple and nutty malt, doughy yeast and fruity. Medium bodied, creamy start, fizzy and foamy palate, ends dry.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ghorsche (48) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 28, 2006
750ml bottle. Poured deep murky tan into a tulip with a very large, lasting, creamy off-white head and lots of small floaters. Bright aromas--white grapes, background tingly alcohol and yeast--with some dark fruits as well. Flavor is sweet and bright but a little musty/acrid. Notes of vanilla/bourbon, molasses, dark fruits. Dryish finish with a bitter grapeskin aftertaste. Palate is lively and creamy with tingly alcohol. Note: tastes much better at cellar temperature than 40-45F!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pinkzambia (1921) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 3, 2006
750 ml bottle: Murky brown color with sticky lacing and a small tan head. It shows aromas of caramel and alcohol. The taste is alcohol, spices, musk, peaches, molasses and ripe pitted fruit. It finishes easily and smooth with higher carbonation than average. I also noticed a lot of yeast chunks that refused to be strained. Not bad, I liked the Brune better. Thanks Secret Santa for the gift!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 13, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2008 750mL bottle. Burnt orange color with a large head. Fair lacing, little head retention and big orange-pulp style floaters. Aroma of Belgian yeast, dark fruit, sweet malt and some spiciness. Complex flavors; raisins, candied oranges, peppery spices. Vinous texture. Medium+ body. Sweet, fruity finish. Excellent.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mkgrenwel (606) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - APR 19, 2007
Thanks to bentley78 for sharing this bottle, even though I spilled the majority of my glass on his rug. Nutty Belgian flavor. Lots of different fruits, including cherry, strawberry, peach and pear. Also a distinct spice with clove and cinnamon leading the way. Great complexity in a nice beer, but didn’t do anything that really caught my attention.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAR 20, 2003
Great looking rusty brown ale with large, lasting as a film throughout. Nose of banana and caramel. Silky palate. Robust caramel flavor with light fruit at the periphery. Not as quite as complex as their flagship. At times, seems a bit too much of a straight caramel/banana mix, without enough nuance. But I bet I'll buy this again.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - JUL 17, 2003
huge moon crater head with dark garnet color, the initial part of this is rather metallic with lots of citrus and cherries, the middle tastes like dark chocolate covered cherries, the end is a little bittery with a bit of walnut flavor

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (9672) - Ursel, BELGIUM - OCT 30, 2003
Huge light-brown head, very creamy; muddy light-brown beer with a lot of flunky UFO. Nose of hops, roasted malts and nutmix. Very bitter taste with an outspoken nutty flavour, like nut-butter (hazelnut, pecan, sweet walnut, very oily). Thick mouthfeel, nearly oily. Long roasted aftertaste. Nice, thick, filling, syrupy. But - is it really that exciting and complex? I wonder about some rates equalling this to Westvleteren...

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - DEC 15, 2003
Very fruity aroma with apple and orange. Debris floating, orange brown color, beige head, good lace. Fruity, sweet, light spices, medium body. After the great aroma the flavors were a bit disappointing and it was surprisingly thin.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - JUN 3, 2004
Alcohol is definately present with a multitude of flavors. It is a good Belgian Strong and I respect it but it does not excite me.


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