Lubiere (13941) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2006
Bottle 750 mL. A good inch of floaties in the bottle. Golden orange ale with a thin white head. Light metallic and acidic aroma, like pickles. In mouth, light candy sugar malt, tingly mouthfeel, surranated hops, and alcohol warmth. I did not mind as much as the others, but this is not to par with other Rocs. Sampled with Mtl crew, April 16 2006. whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2006
Murky deep golden body with chunky flocks of yeast and a modest filmy white head that clings on tenaciously. Herbal aroma with mixed elements of mustard seed, bubble gum, clove and warm honey. House character yeast notes in the flavor, which is medium sweet with fragrant esters and a moderately phenolic-bitter finish. Enjoyable, well-balanced and interesting with no off characters, but not earth shattering by any means. Like a light tripel. JPDIPSO (6236) - Wauwatosa, USA - MAY 18, 2006
Golden to light amber in color. Looks like the stuff is fermenting in the glass. Chunks of yeast bouncing about with bubbles lifting chucks up and then having them drop back out of suspension. Hugh light canvas colored head. light somewhat tart aroma. An interesting feel as the lumps of yeast glide by. Light tart aromas. Lemon grass and weed pollen mix in the nostrils. Pleasant enough, but nothing too strong and complex. Mild vanilla transcends throughout the quaff. Light orange and rosemary, thyme and a host of other light spice come in in the finish. A light alcohol burn, that while interesting a touch out of place. Light caramel and cream linger that is quite enjoyable. A nice picnic brew for a lazy summer afternoon. harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAY 15, 2006
Very, very good, but pales in comparison so its sister beers. Great aroma, lots of zesty spiciness, some soapy hoppiness and a muskly malt bite. Finishes with a dried fruit tanginess. jefcon (1878) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 9, 2006
Bountiful billowing white head on a cloudy orange beer that contains lots of sediment. Aroma of clove, yeast, and sour orange. A bit of a soapy hop bite and tangy yeast on an otherwise malty flavor profile. This blonde is all about the yeast. Not bad, but not my fave of the style.
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - MAY 5, 2006
Pours out a deep yellow color with a nice white head. Flavor is a bit hoppy and yeasty. This finish is a bit citursy. Aroma is is a bit malty with large amounts of yeast. Not bad at all. marcus (10323) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 4, 2006
This blonde ale poured with a thin white head. The initial flavor is hoppy, yet sweet, with a more bitter finish. sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 22, 2006
11.2oz bottle. Hazy with rather substantial active sediment. Large white head. Yeasty wit nose. Banana and cinnamon aromas. Sweet and long and crisp finish. Malty caramel and dry bitter hop finish. Slight cocoa and citrus note. Delicious and light but with a definite malt backbone and a long, tart and floral hop character. MartinT (9932) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 17, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2008 Any first impressions?vyvvy (6515) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 16, 2006
-An immense yeast slurry sits at the bottom of the swampy golden. Definitely problematic.
-Dill pickles and white grapes are all I see from the nose.
-Fruity tartness and a lone haystack battle the pickled nastiness.
-Carbonation and malt are fine, but the floating masses are cancerigenous.
What if you dig deeper?
-The supporting hops attempt salvation.
-Different glasses of this 750ml bottle were quite different, but all breathed some sort of disease.
-Now that I think of it, the huge yeast deposit might have been emboldened by a protein build-up, which is sometimes the culprit of this tart quirkiness.
-Basically, I don’t know what happened in there, but this wasn’t drinkable; shocking from Abbaye des Rocs.
-Another bottle from a different batch proved to be less haunting, but still had that vile dill pickle in the nose, a foreboding sign of things to come. From 1.8 to 2.6...
Bottles; best before 2007 and 2009.
Pours dark hazy gold with nice white head and lots of ’floaties’. Aroma has light roasted malts, light spiciness and bits of earthiness. Taste is medium bodied with frothy carbonation. Tast heas light malts with some sweetness and earthy yeast finish. While this is a pleasant beer and easy drinking, it is not up to the normal performance from the brewery.