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


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RATINGS: 628   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 23, 2006
Pours with a golden orange body topped by a thick head with lots of lacing. It’s sweet and floral with a touch of fruit and yeast. Medium bodied and smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Otje (678) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 20, 2006
A lovely fruity, spicy and malty beer. Great fruit and honeysuckle aromas. Flavours are very fruity(oranges, peaches), peppery, caramel-malts and a nice soft bitterness towards the end. Very tripel-like beer with lots of depth and an excellent balance. Alcohol is well hidden too. Very nice!

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
BeerBiker (1414) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 13, 2006
[70 cl bottle from Rob in Hesselager]. This, normally great bottle, I have to rerate one day: It was total undrinkable filled with yeast bowls allover in the glass. I hope Rob will spend it one day I pass him.

   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 (2433) - 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 (15816) - 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 (3323) - 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 (7126) - 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.

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