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Nounnette [Brasserie Des Rocs Blonde] - Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.

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84 Ratings
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a. visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: stcules on 11-10-2003)
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Photo of jdhilt
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger white head that fades to a ring leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color with a ton of chunky bits. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Slight hoppy nose. Starts malty and smooth, hops become noticeable but are balanced with the malts, sharper than some Belgian blondes but still good. $3.90 for a 330ml bottle from Liquid Solutions Tigard, Or. Label has: best before end of 2007.

jdhilt, Nov 15, 2006
Photo of msubulldog25
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a 33cl bottle at Beaumont Market. On clearance; dated "best before end of 2007". Poured to a 'La Rulles' mini-goblet.

A: Fuzzy golden blond. Whoa, I thought I poured carefully - however, there are massive amounts of suspended yeast globs. Lots of yeast coating the bottom of the bottle, too. Some vigorous carbonation streams wiggle through all that murkiness. Frothy 1 finger+ white head with good retention.

S: Wheat, with an herbal effervescent tingle. Spiced aromas of coriander, clove & some dry pepper.

T: Sweet but with a dry finish. Lots of yeast and spices, resembles a tripel in flavor. Flavors are generally likable, except for a funny tasting pepto-bismol/medicinal chalkiness in the finish. Has a raw, natural/rustic quality and good strength.

M: It's an odd sensation sipping a beer and having discernable clumps of yeast in your mouth...it's only happened to me one other time (Millevertus' Blanchette). A bit prickly and crisp mouthfeel with a slightly sticky dry finish.

D: A good Blonde - nicely spiced. Despite the funky appearance, I'd probably get this again. Strength is sneaky at 7.5% abv...one of these would be enough. Give it a try...

msubulldog25, Nov 14, 2006
Photo of Absumaster
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Absumaster, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of spiveym
2.78/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

11.2 fl oz. bottle, "Best before end 2008" on back.

Upon first pouring this, I thought the seal had been broken and mold gotten into the beer. The sheer volume of floaters was scary. I enjoy unfiltered beer, but this was ridiculous. Consequently the mouth feel was like drinking orange juice with 'lots of pulp.' So much stuff floating around, it reminded me of Flying Dog's Horn Dog barley wine. The taste was good, but nothing outstanding. Honestly, drinking 'beer with pulp' really killed the experience for me.

spiveym, Aug 18, 2006
Photo of sabrills70
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottlecapped green bottle with best before end of 2008 on the back. Pours a hazy sediment filled orange amber with a nice cramy head and pretty good lace. Some skunkiness noted during the pour but once in the glass a nice malt presence is detected along with honey, slight brown sugar and a bit of citrus. Big Belgian malt flavors followed but nice hop flavors and biterness. Somewhat citrusy and a bit earthy. Fruity. Warming, surprisingly so for a 7.5abv. A decent brew. The only down side was the skunkiness.

sabrills70, May 30, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

More orange than amber, with a huge amount of large, proteinaceous floaters that I tried, unsuccessfully, to keep out of the glass. With a 'best by' date of end 2007 I wouldn't have expected the beer to look this scary. The head is great, however. Rich, creamy, rocky and sticky, it resembles very lightly toasted marshmallow and leaves fantastic looking lace. Minus the junk, the appearance score would be a 4.5 easily.

The aroma is enjoyable. I'd rather continue to sniff than drink that wispy crap that's floating through the glass. The beer smells like an especially fruity, yeasty tripel. Buttered, spiced apples, peaches and pears greet my nose with each sniff. Very Belgian and very nice.

Blonde is good beer despite its chunky nature. Actually, I'm not even able to appreciate the proteins, so all is well. It sure isn't subtle, that's for damn sure. It tastes young, thanks to the somewhat harsh, still bombastic alcohol. If I'd waited any longer, though, it might have been a solid mass of protein and would have been unpourable. The 'best by' date makes me think that it's at least several years old.

There's no doubt about it, I would have guessed Belgian tripel in a blind taste test. Each sip results in a burst of unripe pears macerated in young, still raw, pear brandy. The clove and white pepper spiciness is pretty hot as well, but that might be due to the alcohol more than anything else. Hard to believe 7.5%. It drinks at least two percentage points higher.

The taste score is a moving target, but I'll settle on 'good'. Be aware, though, that this is a boldly flavored, unsubtle, ripsnorter of a BSPA that lacks the refinement of the world's best versions. In fact, it would probably be great when paired with all sorts of food. It wouldn't back down from even the spiciest BBQ or the most pungent curry.

The body/mouthfeel is firmer than it is full or creamy and is exactly what this beer needs. It holds its structure through the long finish and is even a bit slick on the back end. As well, it's no more carbonated than most Belgian beer. That is, it's lively without being manic.

I know that the clumps of proteinaceous crap are only cosmetic, but visuals matter. Even though I can't detect them while drinking, I'm still put off by the thought of ingesting them each time I tip up the glass. Brasserie Des Rocs Blonde is a good version of the BSPA style, but is far from a great one. Drinking it is turning out to be a wild ride that I won't be all that sorry to see come to an end.

BuckeyeNation, May 16, 2006
Photo of Gavage
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear yellowisg orange color with some yeast sediment floating, even though it was carefully poured. 1/2" head and plenty of carbonation bubbles are seen rising quickly. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: lemon citrus, grass, and yeast.

Taste: biscuit, lemon zest, oranges, hints of coriander, and a mild bitterness. The malt levels are mellower than expected.

Mouthfeel: light-medium in body. Crisp throughout. Aftertaste is short with the lemon and yeast tones, and is a bit refreshing.

Drinkability: nicely drinkable, and the alcohol is not noticeable. Worth a try.

Gavage, Apr 23, 2006
Photo of Crosling
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Chunky proteins suspended among glimmers of orange and peach coloring. Full, creamy Belgian foam that lasts. Those Belgians sure know their head retention. Fairly expressive nose, which hints of lemon and lime, as well as hints of orange, tangerine and a spicy, peppery hoppiness. Flavor is fairly sweet, hoppy, with some honey covered fruit notes, citrus and vanilla. Nice balance.

For the record: my low appearence scores reflect the gross and nasty chunks that are often present in their beers.

Crosling, Mar 24, 2006
Photo of bditty187
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Peachy, bright gold in hue; the color is lovely but I don’t 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 don’t want/like to classify Belgian beers but what is this? A Sour Wit/Pale Ale? I’m 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, I’ll call it inviting.

Well… it doesn’t 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 don’t 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 isn’t a very good Pale Ale but is it really a Pale Ale? I don’t think so. It is a fairly tasty beer with oddities. I wonder if I have an off bottle as I can’t 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 it’s 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.

bditty187, Feb 25, 2006
Photo of dgallina
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

dgallina, Feb 23, 2006
Photo of virtualshock
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Muddy golden brown, lots of yeasty globs floating around, nice white head, a little carbonation

S - Not much there. It is a fresh yeasty clean smell.

T - Slight sweetness hits then the alcohol shows up. Earthy flavor with hints of citrus but not sour. Slight bitterness hits last.

M - Very smooth, does not taste chunky like its appearance.

D - Very enjoyable, smooth, alcohol presence is fooling.

Looking forward to tasting this beer again.

virtualshock, Feb 22, 2006
Photo of kamiller
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

kamiller, Feb 19, 2006
Photo of GClarkage
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/01/05- Purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with a date stamp on the label. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Lighter orange colored cloudy pour. Off white large head with average lace.

Smell- Typical wit style characteristics. Corriander, peppery spices and citrus fruits.

Taste- Not as flavorful as was hoping, but still keeps you interested. Lemon and orange peel hit you first followed by a bit of corriander. Not a whole bunch of spices as I noted in the nose.

Mouthfeel- Tart and sweet at the same time with a larger carbonation level.

Drinkability- Perfectly fine brew. Not tops for my style, but a pretty nice one.

GClarkage, Dec 02, 2005
Photo of tavernjef
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murky gold with a blizzard of yeasty chunks suspended inside. No head really made a presense after a vigorous pour into a goblet. Just some off-white bubbles closing in on making a froth but dwindles quickly only to gain a bit of stick around the collar. Not much lace either.

Aroma is as murky as the color. Musty basement, pale, dull pear, yellow raisin, and apple. Light, soft white cheese notes some areas.

Taste is nearly the same with a musty, dulled fruity thing taking the front and middle with over ripe pear and apricot. Some overwatery orange juice sits in there too. Lightly sugary, mainly mild and very dull across the flavor palate. Finishes with a slight grassy bite and some mixing white pepper, white cheese dryness, yeasty earthy must, and a nip of metalic tinge.

Feel is steady, softly smooth, clean, carbonated with a weakening medium body that has some thinning aspects to it.

Its not what I thought it would be knowing what des Rocs is capable of. I guess not every beer can be exceptionally good. This fell short unfortunately.

tavernjef, Nov 01, 2005
Photo of ppoitras
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle purchased as a single somewhere in NoVA, either WF/Vienna, WF/Annadale, Norm's, or Rick's. Black foil, and huge amount of floaties settled near the bottom. Best before end of 2007.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 2" off-white head above the brass-hued brew. Some of the gelatinous bits made it into the glass, but what can you do? Head continues to grow, snowconing a bit, with reasonable lacing, foamy bits here and there. Aroma is effervescent, with some light spicing over the pale malt sweetness. Taste is similar to the nose, with the spicing melding well with the rest of the brew, not overstated at all. Mouthfeel is bubbly over the tongue, just the right amount, and drinkability is excellent. A 7.5%abv thirst quencher of sorts.

ppoitras, Sep 26, 2005
Photo of gmcfarre
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from John's Grocery in Iowa City. Poured into a Chimay Chalice.

A - Cloudy orange with frothy, dense head. Leaves lace way up the glass. Head lasts and lasts and lasts. Lots of yeasty bits floating around.

S - Orange, coriander, typical blonde stuff, although do I smell grapefruit? Hoppy and refreshing.

T - No surprises here, tastes much like it smells. Taste is a little hidden at first, then hits you after a second. Fruit comes first, then spices and alcohol.

M - Smooth at first, then flavor and carbonation hit back of tongue. Not too heavily carbonated. Leaves behind spices and alcohol. Quite nice.

D - Really nice. Definitely one to savor every sip.

Overall, not as complex as a Duvel (or as I had imagined), but a damn fine brew nonetheless.

gmcfarre, Sep 23, 2005
Photo of cokes
4.58/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

cokes, Sep 01, 2005
Photo of TastyTaste
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Myr first Abbaye des Rocs from a 12 oz. bottle, this is a little different. Pours a hazy gold golor with some visible floaties in the beer, but has a very impressive looking head that is about 1 solid inch on top of the beer. Smell is belgian yeast funk and citrus, some other woody and soapy smells going on as well. Taste is good, lots of grapefruit and funk present, some tangerine, but all in all very tart. Good hops are also detectable. Mouthfeel is also good, those suspenders didn't show up in the mouthfeel whatsoever. Not one of des Rocs best beers, but still very good.

TastyTaste, Aug 31, 2005
Photo of maxpower
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle pours a cloudy, glowing dark yellow-orange with a nice creamy off white head that lasts and leaves good lacing in my glass. Yeasty and fruity melon aromas. Honeydew melon, pear, butterscotch and honey flavors. Medium bodied with a crisp and light mouthfeel, finishes on the dry side, this is awesome and I wish I had a bigger bottle.

maxpower, Aug 13, 2005
Photo of rajendra82
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the third Abbaye des Rocs beer, I have tries, and as far as I can remember, each one was a gusher after opening. This time, however, I was prepared, and a not a drop of the 330 ml bottle was wasted.

After transferring the contents (quickly) into the goblet, I observed a cloudy pale body topped with a very big creamy head crowning above the rim. Lots of suspended solid yeast made this look almost like a Hefeweizen.

Smell was like a witbier, spicy, phenolic, yeasty, and fruity, but with some added alcohol fumes. Banana, clove, coriander, orange peel, and rose water were all present in the smell. Taste was no surprise, as it was pretty much in line with the smell. A little lemon twist like zing was also detectable in the taste, but the overall experience was quite sweet, and pleasantly so.

Light and refreshing, without getting the feeling of being watered down, the alcohol showed up in the aftertaste as a mild burn. Not quite as airy and deceptive as a Duvel, but sneaky strong nonetheless.

rajendra82, Aug 06, 2005
Photo of Bighuge
4.8/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark golden beer with shades of orange. Thick white crop of snow white head. Retention is way cool dude. Real earthy aroma. Herbal and musty. Yeasty. Nice hearty aroma. Great flavor. Solid base of pilsner/belgian based malts. Peppery hop accents (saaz??). Maybe lemon pepper. Nice fruit/melon tones. Dry finish. Alcohol is ghostly. The structure of this beer reminds me of a well put together saison. It's very refreshing and tasty. Slight spritz of carbonation on the tongue. Almost medium bodied. Very, very good.

Bighuge, Jul 12, 2005
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a St. Bernardus goblet ( every fine ale deserves a fine chalice! ), this blonde is a thick, hazy orange, with gigantic head on her, puffy, off-white, leaving copious lace behind. Beautiful.

Aroma is uplifting yeast, spice, and lemon zest...a bit tart and sharp, but a so thrilling, nonetheless, as it truly stands out.

Enters the palate meekly, but well-armed. It's a soft and lovely thing, with a transcendent character that can't easily be pegged. It's just a little beyond what you'd expect. Mild, maybe, but packed with spice and citrus fruit, it's a flavorful treat.
Forward mouthfeel, benifitted from the lush carbonation, this delightful blonde is anything but light, and swims merrily in the mouth, yeast contributing largely to the powerful presence on the palate.
I mean, it's just yummy, that's what I'm trying to say!

Truly, I don't think these guys can make anything ordinary.

This would be a nice dessert beer, a nightcap if you're not into a big bruiser like a barleywine or imperial stout. Or, it could be a dinner choice, but only if you have time to relect with every taste, to fall back in your chair and revel at the very wow of it.

feloniousmonk, Jul 05, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy golden color. Very nice color. a 3 finger head sits atop the liquid. As it falls, it leaves a ton of stickey lace. The nose is nice. I get citrusy lemon and orange with nice coriander spiceyness. I dig it. The flavor is a little more grainey and definately more hoppy than the nose. I like it. The hop comes through on the finish as a nice spiceyness and slight bitter on the tongue. There is a slight orangey malt, but its not too strong. The feel is a very light moderate with an active carbonation. Overall, this is an enjoyable brew. Crisp and refreshing. I enjoy it.

kmpitz2, Jun 20, 2005
Photo of clvand0
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kmpitz2 for this one. Pours a cloudy orange/amber color with a tall head that has great retention and leaves lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma is a little funky and sweet. Not too much going on here, maybe a little spice. The flavor doesn't have a lot going on either. Has a very slight sour thing going on. Some sweetness. A little caramel. Not at all drying on the finish. Has a lot of European hop flavor. Not a bad beer, but I was looking for something a little different. Drinkability is ok. Body is moderate.

clvand0, Jun 20, 2005
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the chalice a clear medium golden with a slightly off-white and frothy head which lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was strong Saaz hop when first opened. The Saaz aroma lessened as the head fell and the beer warmed but there existed a light fruitiness and a Belgian spice. Also present was an earthy hop presence.

The flavor was light with a subtle sweet impression as the beer first contacts the palate that changes with the light earthy hop bittering component quickly setting the sweetness aside. The flavor contained a smidge of Belgian yeast spice, but only a small amount. The flavor contained some citrusy fruity flavors that were muted.

The finish was dry with lasting subtle spice and citrus and an earthy component. The body was medium and well done. The alcohol was present only slightly in the flavor, but higher in the aftertaste and left a warming impression after consumption to let you know that it is not a low ABV beer. A nice beer, but nothing overly complex. As this one warmed it became more and more drinkable, but it did not improve any in aroma.

750 ml green bottle. Best before end 2007. What is really funny is the back label says 11.2 fl oz.

GCBrewingCo, Mar 31, 2005
Nounnette [Brasserie Des Rocs Blonde] from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
86 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.