toccata (70) - grembergen, BELGIUM - OCT 8, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
OldMrCrow (2417) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 3, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Dedollewaitor (15684) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 23, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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
rederic (3270) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
lgklotet (432) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 12, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Sigmund (6894) - Tau, NORWAY - AUG 29, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
RBESG, bottle. Hazy amber colour. Lovely vinous aroma with notes of barnyard. Funky and moderately oaky flavour. A very good beer.
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2006
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma was honey with flourals and alround outstandingness. Taste is a bit unbalanced and carbonation could have been less.
Miksu (5046) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - AUG 5, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUL 30, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.