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


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RATINGS: 636   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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Furseth (2159) - 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 (10226) - Mölndal, 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.

gunnfryd (14820) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 11, 2006
Bottle. Dark golden colour with a beige head. Aroma is sugar, yeast. Flavour is sweet, alcohol, yeast, fruit, hop.

BelgiskOlklub (1079) - Viby J, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2007 Heavy yeast sediment, amber colour, rocky head, medium bitterness, medium sweetness, lively. Alcohol in the finish.

Ibrew2or3 (8607) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 2, 2006
Clear copper color with tall pillowy light tan head. Big carbonation. Aroma of grains, hay, spicy hops, citrus hops and Belgium yeast. Great tasting beer. First there is spicy bitter hops then some sweet caramel malts which lead into more grainy pale malts. Next the flavor becomes sweet orange citrus mixed with yeast spiciness and brown sugar. Excellent beer

yngwie (17038) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 2, 2006
Bottled, 0.33cl. It pours unclear, golden-brown, with floaties and a huge, lasting beige head. Quite a lot comes out of the bottle on its own. Complex aroma with tea, sugar, dried fruits, hints of roasted malt and alcohol. The flavor is sweet and maltym with dried fruits, spices and hints of alcohol. Full-bodied, and a finish with alcohol, sweetness and spices. Nice beer, but not a rave. Would like to sample it again though. (061027)

HogTownHarry (6622) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 25, 2006
Bottle (330ml). Via trade with mouton_noire. Hazy amber-gold with a huge lasting fluffy white head, sticky lace. Sweet yeast and spice aroma, candyish malt, dry, sweet fruitiness and a bit peppery - nice. Taste - again, spicy, peppery, yeasty and plenty of sweet malt, it’s somewhat reminiscent of a good gold shred marmalade - enough alcohol and light floral hop bitterness to keep it balanced. Thick syrupy yet oddly somewhat watery body, very lively and alcoholic mouthfeel - quite a pleasing palate sensation. Very nice Belgian strong. Merci, Marie-C!!

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.

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!

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