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

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RATINGS: 639   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.8
TBone (18679) - Pori, FINLAND - FEB 24, 2005
Bottled (BBE 2006)
Hazy orange color, huge brownish head - very Orval-like. Floating yeast particles. Fruity (mango, pine-apple) and hoppy nose mixed with lemon. Peppery, chewy malty, medium to full-bodied. Dry, woody aftertaste - suprisingly lacking potential kick of alcohol, just slightly bitter aftertaste. Very good but less complex than expected.

2.4
FatPhil (17513) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 4, 2007
330ml bottle (Mallaskukko, Turku) Lumpy bits spoil the orange colour. No real aroma. Tastes of muddy puddle. Some indestinguishable oddness. Finish is nicely malty, but not enough to save it.

3.8
yngwie (17368) - 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)

2.6
Benzai (17000) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUN 27, 2011
Cloudy, hazy orange color with crazy amount of yeast in it. Doesn’t look nice at all. Too much carbonation as well. Not really good.

4
Dedollewaitor (16608) - 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

4
bhensonb (16132) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 28, 2008
Bottle at Cambrinus in Brugge. Rich dark aroma that is near vinous. Amber color with a fine beige head. Medium body with smooth, creamy carbonation. Flavor is a cross between ripe peach and raisin. Nice bitterness to balance. Alcohol is wholly hidden. Just excellent.

3.9
MiP (16083) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAY 31, 2005
Bottle. Slight clovy aroma. Dark golden colour, slightly cloudy. Small creamy head. Quite sweet flavour, dried fruit, apricot? Good body.

3.6
Borup (16055) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JUL 12, 2016
Sample from a bottle at DØE 2016. Amber colour with a white head. Aroma and flavour of malt, caramel, spice, hops and yeast.

3.7
gunnfryd (15645) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 11, 2006
Bottle. Dark golden colour with a beige head. Aroma is sugar, yeast. Flavour is sweet, alcohol, yeast, fruit, hop.

3.8
DSG (15519) - 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


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