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

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Nounnette [Brasserie Des Rocs Blonde]Nounnette [Brasserie Des Rocs Blonde]

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86
very good

86 Ratings
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: stcules on 11-10-2003

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

350ml bottle poured in a chalice.

Delicious Des Rocs specimen. Traditional Belgium Ale with the very characteristic Belgium yeasts smell and taste. Very complex beer. Quite close to a Triple to be considered "simply as a Blond.

A: Hazy orange color. Many particles floating around (as the other Des Rocs that I've had). Huge creamy, bubbled and persistent white head which does not disappear totally leaving some lacings
S: Wonderful. Sweet. Belgium yeasts is a must. Vanilla, cloves and malts
T: Like the nose. Sweet upfront. Caramel malts, vanilla, cloves and hops. Light bitter end
M: Medium and creamy body. High carbonation. Molasses sensation
D: High

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served on tap at 6 & Save in New Kensington, PA.

Poured into a tulip, 3 fingers of meringue head over a hazy apricot body, a few tight & fast bubbles. The head drops & leaves little lace.

Smells of sweet peach, some Belgian yeast, spice.

Taste is there along with the smell: spice, peach, some pepper & bitterness, like unripe fruit, a bitter aftertaste. The flavor is dry, kind of "rocky" (as in yes, it tastes like a rock). The bitterness disappears & leaves sweetness after a while.

The mouthfeel's fuzzy, carbonated. A good feel for a Belgian, that kind of creamy foam that's so common.

The dryness kind of hurts the drinkability, not sure I would dive back in. Not bad overall, but nothing to write home about.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store Pub relatively recently. 1st time I've seen this one on-tap anywhere. Pours a hazy golden with a decent head and some lacing. Smells grainy and fresh- a very notable aroma of clean hay dominates. The taste is similar, very grainy, some light clove notes, and lots more fresh hay on the finish. The mouthfeel is extremely grainy an almost porridge like impression at first followed by a quick lightnning up. Somewhat strange beer, really conveys the sensation of drinking a lightly spicy Belgian pale while riding in a hay wagon.

Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of lpayette
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a cloudy... well, blonde color with a head that is quite sensitive to pour strength. It's got some good staying power too.

Smell- Smells are very yeast driven with notes of barnyardy hay, a bit of wet dog (slight, and not to the extent of being unpleasant), phenols, suggestions of banana, and very very subtle pepper. There's an obvious belgian sugar candy role here too which helps to make this smell pretty sweet overall (literally and figuratively). Might be some corriander and orange peel in here too.

Taste- The belgian candy sugar imparts its typical sweet characteristics to this beer. Quite a bit of banana comes through. Grassy/hay-like characteristic. Slight hop bitterness shows about 3/4 the way through the sip. Moments of green apples and the occassional appearance of faint caramel. Bitter orange peel finish.

Mouthfeel- Creamy with a decent amount of carbonation. Slightly drying if you pour all the yeast in (there's a lot).

Drinkability- Highly complex, highly drinkable, but most importantly, very enjoyable for either sipping slowly or just enjoying without thinking much about it.

Photo of corby112
2.91/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from Eulogy in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a clear golden color with a thin white head and huge chunks of yeast floating around. Very crisp with hints of apple and pear but the chunks of yeast were noticebale in the mouthful. Disappointing offering from a very good brewery.

Photo of Gmann
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of nick76
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aroma has sour dough bread, lots of yeast, malt, oranges, and a touch of basement smell. The appearance is deep gold orange with a foamy head and tons of floating matter. The flavor is only mildly sweet, with most of the elements from the aroma present. It is also slightly bitter with a dry finish. The palate is smooth from the carbonation. I want to give this a higher rating but it's got too many problems to ignore. The large particulates just ruined it for me and the aroma is off.

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of dsa7783
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...
Recommended...

Photo of bort11
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Half inch white head that leaves a thin spotty lace. Color is a hazy peach color with a ton of sediment. Smell is fruity and sweet. Taste is very fruity, with a bit of spice from the yeast. Mouthfeel is crisp with a tight carbonation. Goes down pretty quick but doesn't really make an impression.

Photo of Freshie
3.06/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The appearance is for the most part fine. Cloudy golden color, with whispy white head. It did gush on me during opening, and there was a fruit fly floating around. So gross.

Grainy aroma. Bready. A bit of candy sweetness.

The taste is a bit metallic. Grain is soft, hops are light. Some fruitiness, lends to a gentle crispness as you drink.

Kind of so so.

Photo of HardTarget
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle Inspection: Little bugger gushed on me before I could pour. 11.2 fl. oz. brown bottle, 7.5% abv., best before date is smudged, think I read 6.11 (sampled Oct 2007). Glassware and temperature suggestions (tall pint glass, 42-47 F).

Aroma: Firm Belgian yeast note, fruity esters going toward melon and lemon rind, and a cork woodiness..

Appearance: 24K gold in the glass, but only a scant cover.

Flavor: Belgian yeast is the first and foremost taste, over ripe peach on a pale malt base, and an earthy subtle hop. The balance is toward the sweet, with a certain bready aspect to it. The cork woodiness kicks in as well, odd as this is capped, not corked.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation, lighter body, bone dry finish.

Overall Impression: A classic Belgian ale. It’s a pleasant one to sip on, but I have my socks firmly on. A good example of the style, but I don’t see myself craving another.
Worth a shot.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I poured this from an 11.2oz bottle into a Watou chalice. It had a sticker stating best before the end of 2008. So why does it have so much floating yeastie particles in it, really large mis-shaped globs which look like loogies in my beer. Honestly I hate this appearance, I've seen these large particles in several other beers and it's really hard for me to stomache.

The arome is nice and Belgian-y, with hints of bread and esters which remind me of St. Bernardus Tripel. The taste is hard to rate, with the gelatinous crud floating around making me feel apprehensive with each sip. I guess it was OK flavor, but my cringing made it seem less tasty. Was this bottle subjected to improper treatment? I cannot try it again, I won't.

Photo of MiguelMandingo
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is fairly new to the Austin, TX area. This is my second time trying a brew from Abbaye des Rocs, the first being the Triple Imperiale. The TI was pretty good, so I have some high expectations for this beer.

Poured an 11.2oz bottle into a snifter.

Appearance - After popping the cap, the brew produced head that slowly grew over the top of the bottle. After pouring it into the snifter, it produced a 2 finger white head that quickly dissipated into a halo around the edges of the glass. The head has a seafoam-like texture. It has a hazy translucent honey gold color. It became more transparent the more the beer warmed.

Smell - I can smell yeast primarily, along with green apples and just a touch of bready malt. I can also smell quite a bit of alcohol, which is funny considering it is only 7.5% ABV. Most Belgians I have imbibed do an excellent job hiding the alcohol content in their scent, it is like this one didn't even try.

Taste - The malty sweetness is pretty subdued, with just a hint of caramel. Very bready and yeasty. The main fruit flavor I get from this is green apples. There is just a hint of lemon zest in the backend of the drink. There is a slight tartness that leads into a dry, spicy finish. Refreshing.

Mouthfeel - Light/medium bodied. The carbonation level is near perfect for a beer like this. It coats the mouth in a way that wasn't expected for a beer of this style - in a good way.

Drinkability - Really good. It is a very easy drinking beer. I could see myself easily drinking several in one sitting.

This is a good beer, and I am glad it is available in the Austin, TX area. I would definitely buy this beer again.

Photo of BeerZack
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle

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.

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from a 750 mL bottle with a semi-cloudy copper golden straw hue topped with a densley packed attractive thick beige cap, leaving some drippy lace in the glass.

Light herbal nose with some hints of juniper and a farmhouse musty warmth.

First swigs: Herbal floral Belian with a chewy moist bread dough aspect. Earthy middle with a hint of phenolic flavors. Flour and dough leads up to a dry chalky finish.

Last swigs: Probably could use a touch more depth, but the straight forwardness contributes to a drinkable Belgian.

Photo of mdagnew
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from Belgianshop.com

Poured a murky rusty orange colour with an incredible amount of yeasty chunks floating around. Light creamy head poured big, thick and meringue like then faded very slowly to good thick layer... lots of good sticky lacing...

Aroma - Loads of spicy Belgian yeastiness, rich creamy and spicy fruits (oranges, apricots, overripe bananas, pears), some medicinal notes, quite strong aniseed notes, honey / candy sugar sweetness, candied peel, some grassiness, floral notes, butterscotch traces, very light malts, some sulphur traces...

Taste – Not quite up to the standard of the aromas.... spicy fruits (bitter oranges, apples, pears), light biscuity malts, nice peppery hop bitterness, light candy sugar / honey sweetness, faint anise notes, some saltiness, quite floral and perfumed...

Feel - Pretty smooth and creamy with a little bite... medium bodied... very drinkable although at 7.5% it might catch up with you pretty quickly..

Overall - An excellent Belgian pale ale although the huge chunks of yeast might be a bit off putting.... recommended...

Photo of deeplennon
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of cjgator3
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearnace: Pours a cloudy deep yellow body with a dense, off-white head. Even with a careful pour, I still got a whole horde of yeasty chunks in my glass. I suppose that's what I get for buying such a tiny bottle.

Smell: A flower-filled, bready nose full of secondary fruity notes, mainly pears, white grapes, and lemon peel. Maybe some notes of soft, creamy cheese as well. Soft caramel notes appear after the beer has had a chance to warm up.

Taste: Light sugary sweetness mingled with soft wheat, over-rippened pears, herbaceous hops, and some mild flavors of clove and white pepper. Hints of caramel comes and goes. A touch of alcohol curaçao and a pinch of sea salt are thrown across the floral, mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Well carbonated. Powdery texture.

Drinkability: One of the more enjoyable tripels I've had to date!

Photo of andjusticeforale
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of acrawf6
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle says best before 2008 (cant read anything else).

Pours out a dark hazy orange copper; haze is from tons of floaties. Nice thick white head rises and is retained for a while.

Smell. Lots of spices, cinnoman, some clove, and pepper. Fruit aromas are red apples and apricots, the apricot aspect gives it a creaminess. Big inhales i get a lot of sweetness, almost of cotton candy.

Taste. Quite mild flavor - seems very smoothe and mellow. Lots of nice fruity flavors, red apples with skins, dried apricots, and even some cherry. Spices i got in the aroma do not really show here, just the essence of them. Flavor is certainly on the sweet side. Finishes initially sweet, but then i get a tiny sourness like it was candy.

Mouthfeel. Body is medium, carbonation seems average to low, but goes well with the beer. The lower carbonation also gives this beer a nice creaminess that coats my mouth nicely.

Overall a great beer... these beers from this brewery are starting to become my go-to beers when i want a nice belgian.

Photo of k75
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

recommended


k75

Nounnette [Brasserie Des Rocs Blonde] from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
86 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.