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


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RATINGS: 625   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
This beer, robust in taste and strength (9%) is the tops for flavour. It has a fruity and spicy bouquet, it has a stark taste, between a sharp bitterness and a caramelised flavour. It has no sugar, and this pure malt beer oscillates between various tendencies which all round off the bitterness. It has a peppery taste at the back of the mouth and a sharpness on the tongue. It is active in the mouth and lets each flavour express itself individually. It is very active in the glass which gives it a full, lasting, head. It has a long conclusion and puts emphasis on an ever present bitterness but less supported by the caramel. The final impression is one of gingerbread without sugar.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
toccata (70) - grembergen, BELGIUM - OCT 8, 2006
Foggy amber beer with a white foam. Nose is spicey and has hints of oranges and bread. The taste is powerfull and a bit alcoholic. the spices are like nutmeg and wood. Finish is soft medicinal bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldMrCrow (2417) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 3, 2006
750 ml bottle. Pours a warm orange with a beautiful off-white fluffy head and lovely bubbles forming at the surface. There is a fair bit of gelatinous matter floating about. The aroma is all about marmalade. It’s fruitty citrus and some honey and a bit of peach; there’s a milder spicy yeast aroma running throuh as well, light sour notes; throgh the middle and into the early finish I get a crisp bitterness as well, though not as strong as some of more hopped-up Belgian offerings. The moutfeel is pleasant but not particularly full given the 9% (I would have put this one at more like 7.5); in some ways the same could be said of the flavor. It’s certainly a very nice beer and one that I’d be eager to try on tap -- but I don’t think this competes with the best of the des Rocs line.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dedollewaitor (15684) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 23, 2006
Hazy amber (golden orange) with a fine white head. Aroma and taste of yeast (malts) spice and fruits (citrus/oranges). Little sweetness. Smooth & filling texture. Medium live carbonation. Great lasting and pleasant finish. Abbaye de rocs is truly amazing. Great

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rederic (3270) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2006
Hazy amber-orangeish hue, with an off-white head, at the opening of the bottle, the yeast effervescence came out of the bottle. Yeasty fruity nose, of candied apricots and oranges, with a sweet caramelized malt, hint of coriander spiciness in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a yeasty fruity character of candied apricots, candied orange peels, mingling with a sweet caramelized malt accent, with a peachy, orangeish flowery hops note, and spicy coriander, leading towards a smooth sweet fruity alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lgklotet (432) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 12, 2006
Bottle (750 ml). Good looks. Hazy amber with a great head. Huge aroma, I could smell this for days. Taste is complex, fruity and palate is sweet and fiery. This is great stuff... Abbaye des Rocs impresses again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sigmund (6894) - Tau, NORWAY - AUG 29, 2006
RBESG, bottle. Hazy amber colour. Lovely vinous aroma with notes of barnyard. Funky and moderately oaky flavour. A very good beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2006
The aroma was honey with flourals and alround outstandingness. Taste is a bit unbalanced and carbonation could have been less.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Miksu (5046) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - AUG 5, 2006
Bottled. Orange-amber color. Large floating yeast flocks in the bottle. Sweet and fruity aroma with peppery spiciness, berries, honey and perhaps acetone. Sweet, toffeish flavor with raisins, pepper, ginger and some warming alcohol. Toffee and ginger in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2006
Bottle from Bruxelles. Big aroma of candied apples, fruit fields, baked coriander, sourdough, and caramel. Absolutely delicious beer, and amazing that its made without sugar, as its quite sweet. It’s full of all the flavor its pleasant aroma promises, with a reserved, noble malt to boot, and a nice, full complex palate and lasting finish. It looks splendid as a hazy glowing amber with a moderst tight beige head. This is a top shelf beer and I can’t help feeling it deserves a higher rating. Its palate is tangy, like an orange rind. An awakening to the senses, the sort of stuff that renews my faith in "Belgian ale" when the field is so crowded and standards have dipped so low elsewhere.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUL 30, 2006
Amber/copper/orange. Gas gusher. Poured with a modest, spongey, tan head after the eruption. Fully chunkified. Citrus, wheat, yeast, caramel, light fruits, bread, light herbal spiciness. Complex. Somewhat indescribable, will rerate. Doubt the scores will change much, though. Medium/full body, smooth. Excellent brew.

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