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Brasserie Des Rocs Triple Impériale - Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.

Brasserie Des Rocs Triple ImpérialeBrasserie Des Rocs Triple Impériale

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Ratings: 413
Reviews: 332
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 12.17%

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Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a. visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 11-14-2004)
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2.78/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Beertopia in Omaha, NE
Best by 2013-05-08
Poured into a New Belgium globe glass

Brasserie Des Rocs Triple Impériale is a Belgian strong dark ale that arrives from a brewery fairly notorious for the large amounts of sediment floating in the beer. I found this beer to be mildly complex in aroma and flavor, but in unpleasant ways. Fruit esters and sweetness were overabundant, and the other flavors did not add much of interest and may have contributed to the unpleasant overall experience. I did not feel that this beer was delicate or particularly nuanced, which may not have been an issue if it were desirably good in flavor and aroma. The abundance of positive reviews suggest that I either obtained an oxidized bottle (or some other flaw), which is of course a possibility, but it remains that I wouldn't seek this out again except if I were, by some lucky chance, visiting the brewery.

Pours a voluminous, >3cm head of large bubbles, fairly dark tan in color. Yeast addition to the beer is unintentional, but impossible not to do (even tried using a strainer, but that failed to keep the yeast back). Head has solid retention, lasting several minutes before reducing to a ring around the glass with a few islands of spotty foam atop the body. Lacing is fairly substantial and includes a good bit of yeast. Body is expectedly cloudy, a brown-amber color, with suspended sediment and carbonation visible.

Aroma is of deep toffee-like malts and yeast, lots of yeast, with noticeable ethanol warmth, a bit of brown sugar, old wine, and dark cherry-like fruit esters. Despite this sounding quite nice, I was not particularly pleased with the aroma; there was something off about the combination and intensities of certain scents within the mix.

Taste is similar to smell, with yeast, dark cherry fruit esters, old wine, sweet toffee-like malts, ethanol, old leather, and a bit of stale cola flavor. Again, flavors are not particularly compelling, desirable, or tasty. Aftertaste is cloyingly sweet, like a bad doppelbock.

Beer is medium-bodied with carbonation that is initially a bit too high, but calms down over time. The result is a fairly smooth beer, perhaps a bit watery around the edges, and with noticeable ethanol warming on the tongue, throat, and in the nostrils.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 04:32:40 | More by falloutsnow
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Brasserie Des Rocs Triple Impériale from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
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