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


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RATINGS: 635   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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blankboy (7808) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2007
Bottle courtesy of Viper666. Pours a murky dark orange with tons of floaties and chunks and a huge lasting foamy white head. Aroma’s a touch sour with dark fruit, sweet malt, Belgian yeast, faint spices and hops. Flavour of sweet malt along with some alcohol, yeast and spices and a dry/bitter finish. Medium to full bodied. It’s alright but it’s a little dull, a decent Belgian Ale.

DSG (15237) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 23, 2007
UPDATED: APR 26, 2010 Re-rate 4/13/10: Bottle from my cellar at a tasting. Best before 08. Muddy brown with lots of floaties. Aroma of malt, caramel and dark fruits. Sweet malty fruity flavor with a bit of acidity. Medium-full body. 7/3/7/4/15=3.6

(Re-rated on 6/9/07. Numbers are almost the same, just gave one extra point for flavor. Added a bit to the description). Bottle. Color is dark amber. Big long-lasting head. Aroma is malt, some caramel and dark fruits. Flavor is sweet with malt, spices, caramel, some dark fruits and an alcoholic edge. Some nice bitterness in the finish. Medium to full body with a very pleasant mouthfeel. Great complex beer. 8/4/8/4/17=4.1

boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JAN 20, 2007
This beer will always be on my list of "most wonderful aromas". Pours out a cloudy amber with bright orange hues. A firm off white head builds, excellent retention. Aroma is so welcoming it’s not even funny. Chocolate, marzipan, toffee, nuts, big apricot, tropical fruits(kiwi, passionfruit), bold yeast and assorted spices. Aroma is to die for. Flavor is lovely as well, just not quite as amazing as the nose. More of the same with a focus on sweet malts, yeast and spices, nutty too. Palate is excellent, never too sweet or full, really is awfully easy to drink. Finishes with a provocative melange of dry citrus and sweet malt. A very well done beer, bravo.

danmalleck (26) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 14, 2007
Very nice. Good nose, yeasty, a little malty. Lovely ont he tongue, without an indication of how strong it is in alcohol. Big bubbles, so be patient young grasshopper, for it to settle down. It’s worth the wait. One of the better belgian blondes I’ve met...

SSSteve (4006) - - DEC 24, 2006
beautiful cloudy toffee color with large off-white head. aroma of grapes, yeast, toffee, citrus(lemon, orange). flavor of butter, toffee, hops, pepper, coriander, and licorice. creamy velvety mouthfeel. great beer. great brewery. lots of spices.

andywandy (18) - ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2006
Drank from a bottle at home. It was purchased from bruge in Belgium. It has a great taste of spices that fill the mouth and perhaps the brain. Very healthy brown lookign body with no alcohol aroma at all.

thomat (4144) - G�teborg, SWEDEN - DEC 19, 2006
Dark redish brown with a thick off-white head. Malt, yeast and spicy notes. Full bodied with a bittersweet finish.

Furseth (2165) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - DEC 11, 2006
Bottle: Deep hazy red colour, big creamy white head. Aroma of citrus, flowers,lots of malt, Vine, jeast. Flavor was, almost the same as the aroma+ dry hopy mouth feeling, medium to full body, medium finish. Werry Nice!!

after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - NOV 28, 2006
750. Pours a dark cloudy copper with a thick, bubbly white head. The aroma’s strong, but still hard to pin down--sour and peppery, with something of a roast tomato tang to it. Interesting but fairly new and different and attention-grabbing. Interesting that it’s called Montagnarde; it does kind of remind me of the sour fish sauce (nuoc maum) that the montagnards ate (and made popular) in Viet Nam. Sharply fizzy attack, bold flavors, and medium-high body. Odd bitter aftertaste. Roasty, sour, tomato-y, fishy, malt-y, ginger-y mid-palate. Puzzling, in some ways--unexpected flavors and they’re a bit hard to reconcile with finding in a beer. The sour, tart, puckery tang of what’s there may just be striking me oddly tonight, though. Definitely one to recommend, one to buy again. Just hard to explain/describe.

gnoff (10985) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 13, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2012 First rating
Initial Rating Date: 11/13/2006 5:20:04 PM
Fruity banana and apricot, citrus, scent. Some Belgian ale yeast and alcohol, no noticable hops in the aroma. Good head. Clear color, golden to amber. Malty sweet and also alcohol sweet, warming alcohol. Fruity taste with a faint acidic aftertaste. Low hops in the taste and also low bitterness. Big body and high co2 level. Great Belgian that you want more of. Very nice touch with the apricot and banana.

33 cl bottle, BB 08/11/2013, LOT: L113402820, sampled on September 2012
Opened and pured VERY carefully, managed to avoid most of the HUGE disgusting dredge/sludge that dominates the bottle, more than half the bottle looks like big floating mold. Nasty. For the little bit that ended up in my glass though: Hazy copper color, small yellow head (the stuff in the bottle still is VILE looking though!). Sweet, fruity, some fruits scent. Frist of this shipment that doesn’t smell horrible. Sweet, harsh grainy, sugary, alcohol taste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium sort of harsh bitterness. No way am I pouring the rest of the bottle looking like that.

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