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


on tap

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RATINGS: 524   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyit (3790) - Vadum, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2007
Brown of color with a orange head. Sweet aroma with orange notes. Sweet flavor with orange, pretty sweet in my orange. Nice finish with dark fruits and spices.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Stefano (2000) - Thisted, DENMARK - FEB 8, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2013 Deep red/brown color with some haze. Head is a light tan and diminishes relatively quickly. Aroma is slightly astringent and spicy. Taste is sweetened malts, with alcohol, rich spiciness, dark fruits, cocoa, and vanilla. Body is velvety smooth with a slight alcohol burn. Finishes spicy with rich sweetness comprised of chocolate, caramel, sweetened malts, and followed up with slight alcohol. Really nice one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kepano (277) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 3, 2007
Another Belgian interpretation of the holiday season, another definition of the Christmas atmosphere. I can’t help but notice as I accumulate this wonderful collection of beers, how varied they are and how accurately their conglomerate portrays my emotions. This Abbaye des Rocs pours with the the usual chunkiness and a ruddy complexion, topped in an attractive, speckled white froth. The aroma is salient, full of sweet spices and rich malts, interwoven with delicate notes of Bourbon and the sourness of Champagne. Nutmeg, black pepper, cloves, anise, allspice and lemon peel are paired with milk chocolate, mild coffee and caramel. Fruity white wine appears as well, highlighting figs, dates and dried pears alongside cashews, raisins and cream. The full spectrum of coffee develops on the tongue, from the astringent bitterness of espresso to the smooth complexity of latte. Sweet chocolate, caramel, bread and a hint of smoke reinforce this malty palate and provide padding for the warming alcohol. Peppermint, anise and Amaretto add the subtle but necessary layer of complexity rounding the mouthfeel. More carbonation than I expected from des Rocs, but the brew makes up for it with a long roasted aftertaste to leave you melting in your armchair.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
SHIG (4952) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - FEB 1, 2007
Bottle: Poured a hazy reddish dark brown with off white bubbly head. The smell is sweet fruit. Sweet metallic spice malt with a candi caramel finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichardGretton (4739) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2007
Bottle. Dullish blackish brown beer with a strong head. The aroma is mulled and spiced and the flavour is bold, roasted, and gently bitter with a touch of fruit peel. Overall an average Belgian beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 14, 2007
Bottle. Peppery aroma with hints of dark fruits and some hard to define, but not unpleasant, sourness - almost like soy-sauce. Flavor is sweet and malty with a good sugary finish and balanced bitterness. Unfortunately the spices overpowers everything and almost ruins an otherwise pleasant beer. That is very sad, as Abbaye des Rocs usually brews excellent beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
detroitsteel (235) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2007
Very carbonated fizz az it pours. Lovely dark thick brown in the glass. Thick off white head that faded leaving clots of foam. Malty nose with citrus fruit. Very rich flavour, sweet malt, bread, citrus fruit, alcohol. Like a boozy malt loaf. No artifical flavours, nothing metallic or chemical. Long aftertaste. For me too malty - started off enjoying it, but I couldn’t finish the glass. It was like an alcholic vitamalt.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (13336) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 31, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2014 Copper colour with a lasting off-white head. Big, complex aroma - raisins, dates, blackcurrant, port. Quite sweet and full bodied.
2014 rerate. This really is good. When de Rocs are good, they are really good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2006
Bottle (from Bitter Virtue)> For once no excessive sediment. Nice spicy flavours and sweetish biscuity malts. Straightforward flavours well executed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 27, 2006
Bottle (75cl) at home - shared with Mette - while eating the christmas dinner. Dark red/brown - offwhite head. Wheat, licorice, red berries, chokolate, hoppy, spicy, alco-burn finish. Very nice. A bit too high carbonated !!

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