Nounnette [Brasserie Des Rocs Blonde] - Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
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Reviews by deeplennon:
3.38/5 rDev -11.5%
Hmmm, possibly the least impressive of the Abbaye Des Rocs line.
11.2oz bottle poured with medium carbonation, and typical for Abbaye Des Rocs, many yeast solids were suspended in the bottom 1/5th (mostly left out of the glass). Smell was mildly honeyish and sweet. Taste was was nearly there. Balanced in the sense that the 7.5% abv was well hidden, but other than that only some mild hop bitterness stood out with a slight touch of sweet.
06-20-2007 03:16:03 | More by deeplennon
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4.8/5 rDev +25.7%
Appearance This one is hazy and thick orange in color with some big floaties in the glass. The monster head did not show any signs of going down. As I drank the ale it left clumps of foam all over the glass.
Smell The rich, yeasty aroma is kind of Witbierish. The yeasty malts are very aromatic though and the spicing is strong. What I really enjoyed about this nose were the hops. I dont know much about Belgian hops, but this smell was incredible. Overall a very inviting nose that showed tremendous balance.
Taste Oh, the pale flavors here are amazing. The hops are so smooth and so easy in the mouth its unbelievable. The yeasty malt is Even Steven with the hops, and the spices balance things out perfectly. I dont know what a perfect BSPA tastes like in Belgium, but this is as good as Ive had here in the US.
Mouthfeel This medium-bodied ale has a great mouthfeel. It is so light and so fluffy in the cheeks it makes you feel like youre dancing on air. You almost feel like if you spit out the ale it would just come out as a whiff of smoke and float away.
Drinkability I dont know that this was dead-on for the style, but man oh man did I enjoy drinking it.
12-13-2004 16:06:02 | More by RoyalT
4.03/5 rDev +5.5%
11.2 oz brown bottle, with yellow label. No mention of "nounette" to be found, but seems to be the same BSPA previously reviewed. This one pours a cloudy apricot body into a chalice, with a large bone ivory head that retains quite well. Some "floaty" yeast particles are easily observed in suspension. Excellent sheet lacing effect coats the sides of the glass.
Aroma is complex. Citrusy mango, lime, and orangepeel, earthy yeast, and some mild spicing of coriander.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with lovely Belgianesque effervescent carbonation that seems to explode all over the palate.
Taste has a lot of tropical fruitiness, with mango, pineapple, lime, and orangepeel. A hint of banana is noted, as well. A lot of earthy yeastiness is at work here, as well, adding some barnyard texture. Some sharp, citric hop notes throw some grapefruit into the mix. Finish is a bit dry, slightly bitter, with an even aftertaste.
Very interesting, and more complex than I was expecting. Lots of things going on here. Really need a couple more bottles of this one to explore all of the multifacited character. Very nice Belgian ale here. Need more!
02-11-2005 00:57:48 | More by merlin48
4.38/5 rDev +14.7%
Served into a Chimay chalice slightly off white froathy head dissapates on the quick side huge chunks of suspended yeast very cloudy light cidery color.
Fruity tart aromas,pear,nectarines earthy grassy with a touch of gin.
Peach peel tastes with the same feel with dry grassy bitterness clean finish,very well balanced
with dried fruit some pear taste leaves a dry swell in mouth. Very light mouthfeel,enjoyable and easy to drink even in the summertime.
09-05-2008 03:34:35 | More by jcdiflorio
4/5 rDev +4.7%
Bottle purchased from Green's on Buford in Atlanta.
Pours a hazy golden-orange color with a two-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.
Smells of sweet pilsner malts with good amounts of syrup-soaked pears. As it warms very light hints of leafy hop and bread-like aromas waft out.
Tastes similar to how it smells. Crisp pilsner malts with large amounts of light Belgian candi sugar kick things off. Hints of bready flavors work make an appearance shortly thereafter along with very light hints of indistinct spices. Midway through the sip solid amounts of overripe pear flavors work their way into things, carrying through to a crisp ending.
Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.
Drinkability is also good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.
Overall I thought this was a good beer for the style but nothing stood out as above average. An easy-drinking beer that's worth a shot. I found the bottle version to be sweeter but a bit more complex than the tap version.
08-31-2010 01:45:51 | More by glid02
4.1/5 rDev +7.3%
Presentation: 11.2 oz bottle Best before 2007 pored into Guinness Imperial pint glass.
Appearance: Pours a nice 2 finger white head, cloudy gold color.
Smell: fruity and spicy hints
Taste: not flashy or complicated but good, a touch of spice and citris
Mouthfeel: good, thin, mildly carbonated, clean finish
Drinkability: excellent, I'm glad I have a couple of these.
02-19-2006 07:10:16 | More by kamiller
4.58/5 rDev +19.9%
Opague golden orange stacked with a stark white minaret.
Nosed of wintergreen, dried hay, breadcrust, peach, white peppercorn, lilac, and orange rind.
Begins with a flourish of sourdough breadiness, leading into a white grape tartness indicating Savignon Blanc. Pineapple, peach, and orange rind ensue. Yeast contributes dashes of pepper and a furthering of dough. It concludes with a brassy pang of prairie grass, gardens, and hay, Alcohol is present only in peripheral white rum ligthning.
Medium in body with an uplifting bead.
Another des Rocs ringer here. Thanks, again, to Bighuge.
09-01-2005 05:30:52 | More by cokes
4.1/5 rDev +7.3%
The Barbie Doll of bondes, just perfect and classic. Blonde colour with very good creamy head. Clean aroma yeast. Yeasty, not too yeasty, spice in the background peppery cinammon, great drink with food, easy drinking. Good medium plus mouthfeel.
Bomber thanks to awaisanen.
11-26-2006 06:22:03 | More by Sammy
3.98/5 rDev +4.2%
750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours a golden orange color with some yeasties floating around and a large creamy white head with excellent retention and lacing. The aroma is deliciously fruity (apples and pears) and yeasty as well. There is also a slightly buttery malt presence in the nose as well as must and spicy hops. The taste is slightly tart with must, spices, yeast and a pleasant maltiness that is finished with some spicy hops. Mouthfeel is light with a good amount of carbonation. Overall, this is a delightfully satisfying brew from a simply phenomenal brewery. Recommended.
02-25-2007 05:09:22 | More by cjgator3
4.03/5 rDev +5.5%
Had a small bottle at the Farmhouse in Emmaus, PA. Like all des Rocs beers, this one is full of floaties. Still, there's a wonderfully creamy white head to top this drink off. The aroma is a bit plain, but there are appropriate sweet bready malt with a hint of Belgian spice. The runs deeper with subtle vanilla and sugar cookie notes and herbal orange peel behind behind more ordinary, but no less delicious, pale pastry-like Belgian malt and yeast profile. Very easy to drink and a classic Belgian blonde.
04-02-2009 02:32:27 | More by tempest
4.33/5 rDev +13.4%
I bought a 330ml from a store on commercial ave in portland maine. This beer poured nice dark yellow with a great foamy type head with dense bubbles that have a heft to them as you take you first sip, There is in the smell, some sugar, some aging some hint of the grand cru brandy alcohol flavors, even though its a blond.
The mouthfeel is just enough, there is sweetness, a firm malty middle and a great taste of spice in the middle to finnish; there is alcohol, but it is warming and pleasant. The finish beckons for more. Its bdry, refined, with a spicey "hop type bitter" rounded out with sweetness finish.
01-15-2007 16:25:15 | More by andjusticeforale
3.5/5 rDev -8.4%
Peachy, bright gold in hue; the color is lovely but I dont care for the massive amount of floating protein, it looks like a shaken snow globe. White head, at the apex the foam was one finger tall (which is too short, IMO); surprisingly the head faded to a soapy collar fairly quickly. I was expecting a larger and healthier head, oh well. The subsequent lacing was spotty and disorganized. Overall, the appearance is decent but more flawed then special.
Even though I purchased a capped bottle I smell cork. How odd. Other notes included spiced apples, orange peel, herbs, and coriander. At the back is some sourness. How odd. Low potency; not too chatty really and I am confused with what it is saying. I dont want/like to classify Belgian beers but what is this? A Sour Wit/Pale Ale? Im not getting much depth; some of the aromas are agreeable but others scare me. I hope the palate tastes better then this smells. In the end, Ill call it inviting.
Well it doesnt taste much better then it smells. On the palate I get about everything on the nose indicated. I like honest beer. I taste woody notes, spice, coriander, fruity jam, orange peel, a sprig of herbs, and some wheat. It is taking me a bit but I am starting to like this beer. For 7.5% abv the alcohol is a little too vocal. I dont really understand the woody finish. The more I drink the more flavors emerge, like pepper and a very distant kiss of bubblegum. What I am supposed to do with this beer? It really isnt a very good Pale Ale but is it really a Pale Ale? I dont think so. It is a fairly tasty beer with oddities. I wonder if I have an off bottle as I cant imagine this woodiness is wanted. Maybe it is. The only thing holding back the palate is the lack of complexity; I have little more then a pleasant tasting but straightforward beer. Good but forgettable.
Medium in body, I can feel the yeast clumps on my tongue when I swallow. Low carbonation, the mouthfeel is adequate but its nothing special.
I had very high expectations. I love Abbaye des Rocs but this offering failed to impress me. Still, this is a solid beer but others like it are better. Yes, this beer is drinkable but I am no real hurry to rush out and get more. I do think this beer would kick ass with a fruit salad. I purchased my bottle in Kansas City, MO. Worth a try.
02-25-2006 15:47:59 | More by bditty187
4.05/5 rDev +6%
Golden-orange honey color with a fluffy white head that stick around till your done.
Smells sweet and yeasty mostly. Some fruity esters and slight alcohol as well.
Lots of hints at bread dough. Light yet sweet maltiness, slightest hint of caramel that is balanced well by a decent dryness on the finish.
Great soft mouthfeel that is quite substantial for how light the beer actually tastes. Reminds me of a drier Leffe blonde, much more thirst-quenching to me. Nice.
09-22-2007 03:49:31 | More by BeerZack
3.55/5 rDev -7.1%
12oz bottle dated best-before May 2008.
Poured cloudy yellow-peach with out-of-control off-white meringue-like head. Lots of yeasty-looking floaters even though the bottle was allowed to rest and was poured carefully. Sweet alcohol citrus fruit and and hops in the nose. Slightly toasty grains and carmel on the tongue, with medium-sweet finish and gently prickly hops. Flavor is pleasing but uncomplicated; earlier fruits are almost absent from the taste. Well-carbonated and somewhat creamy in the mouth, but the texture is ruined by the floating yeast. Pretty drinkable, but mouth-feel and somewhat disappointing flavor ultimately bring the beer down.
02-23-2006 01:47:51 | More by dgallina
4/5 rDev +4.7%
Pours a pale orange color with a big foamy white head that settled into a puffy cap. The aroma is tart, with apple skin and lemon; some sweet candi sugar picked up as well. The taste is of a floral honey, some light banana, lemon/green apple tartness, and a little bit of a winey booze flavor. The brew has a moderate feel with semi soft carbonation, finishes slightly dry. A typical BSPA, nice flavors but nothing outstanding. Perhaps a bit too much winey/booze flavor/aroma
11-16-2008 01:48:36 | More by Gmann
3.95/5 rDev +3.4%
Bottle: Poured a hazy blonde color ale with a huge head with great retention. Aroma is a mix of wheat with some sweetness also quite apparent. Taste is very sweet at first and wheat can also be noticed afterward. There seems to be some spices even though the label mentioned that no spices were used during brewing, Not the best tripel I had the chance of drinking but still a pretty good example of the style.
02-21-2005 19:26:42 | More by Phyl21ca
4.4/5 rDev +15.2%
another fine beer from Abbaye Des Rocs
pours just a bit hazy golden
smells just a touch of phenols and spicy esters
blondes don't usually excite me ( except my wife ) but this one comes across as a soft, mild tripel
all the drinkability of a basic blonde with a bit of spicy finish
01-07-2007 04:51:31 | More by k75
3.95/5 rDev +3.4%
A: The beer is very hazy dark golden yellow in color and has a light amount of carbonation with lots of large yeast particles floating in suspension. It poured with a finger high bright white head that quickly faded away but mostly left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of apples and yeast in the nose along with notes of bready malts.
T: Like the smell, the taste is a bit fruity with flavors of apples yet the yeast really stands out and contributes a mild amount of spiciness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and a bit prickly on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is easy to drink and the alcohol is well hidden from the taste. If you don't like yeast, don't pour out the entire bottle into your glass!
02-25-2011 23:13:59 | More by metter98
3.63/5 rDev -5%
Drank from my Ciney sniffer
A - Pours a cloudy murky honeycomb colour with a white head that retains.
S - Not massive aromas, but yeast and citrus are present.
T - Slightly spicy with yeast and citrus.
M - Light to Medium body and low to medium carbonation.
O - Very solid Blonde beer
12-28-2013 09:26:15 | More by eric5bellies
4.23/5 rDev +10.7%
330ml bottle. Tulip glass. Enjoyed on sep´11. Golden amber, orange to the light. Foggy. Off-white, small bubbled, froth. Fairly good retention & some spots on sides. Yeast, fresh grass, orange zest, mildy malty aromas, sugars & spices too. Flavor profile shows orange juice & sweet bitterness. Hints of lemon & grapefruit. Rough viscosity in the middle lingers into the finish. ABV is not annoying .Easy drinkability & refreshing sensation.
06-12-2012 05:27:56 | More by GONZALOYANNA
3.73/5 rDev -2.4%
Appearance: Cloudy light-golden amber, with a modest off-white head, thick glass-coating lace, and slight carbonation.
Aroma: Fresh baked bread slathered with butter complimented by notes o apples, spices, and green pears.
Taste: Opens with bread notes, mild honey, pears, and apples. A mild caramel flavor is also present throughout. Alcohol notes are present, but a bit restrained and are only slightly warming.
Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and pleasant.
Drinkability/notes: Very pleasant and drinkable. Well suited to quiet contemplation on a cool, dark autumn day.
Presentation: Packaged in a 335 ml (11.2 ounce) Euro-style brown glass long-neck bottle, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.
12-09-2012 16:53:16 | More by Pegasus
3.75/5 rDev -1.8%
This beer pours a orange color with lots of carbonation and a big head.
Smell of honey and light caramalt, good malt smell and some alcoholic whiffs. Bitterness comes through.
Taste is honey and spicy with a good bitterness. Carbonation is sizzling on the tongue. Body is somewhat sticky and aftertaste is dry. The typical yeast profile of Abbaye des Rocs is evident and leaves a sort of Trappist kind of taste with some solvent-like notes.
The alcohol becomes prominent after swallowing.
Not the best beer from Abbaye des Rocs, but certainly an above average tripel.
10-08-2006 15:19:14 | More by Absumaster
4.2/5 rDev +9.9%
750 ML bottle purchased for $7.99 from State Line Liquors in Maryland with a yellow logo sticker and elegant black foil around the neck...
Pours a medium-orange hue with plenty of sediment on the bottom of the glass with no carbonation and a decent-sized foamy and frothy head that lingered on for a bit before slowly receding...
Golden, honey-laden aroma replete with candied sugars, vanilla, and a small hint of alcohol...
Taste strongly resemebled the smell, with less alcohol detected on the tongue... very rich and creamy flavor with obvious nuances of honey, esters, sugars and vanila...
Creamy, rich mouthfeel along with a good level of drinkablity for a strong beer...
06-21-2008 16:42:24 | More by dsa7783
Nounnette [Brasserie Des Rocs Blonde] from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
86 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.