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

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BA SCORE
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424 Ratings
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Ratings: 424
Reviews: 332
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 11.93%
Wants: 28
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a. visit their website
Belgium

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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Reviews by mickeymac:
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4.78/5  rDev +14.1%

Fortuitously found on a recent trip to a recently discovered liquor store, it comes in the standard issue 750 ml bottle we know and love. It pours deep reddish brown with a thick tan head. Little bits of yeast can be seen even with a careful pour. The smell is near paradise: loads of dark ripe fruit, some spice, and that wonderful smell of Belgian yeast. The smell is reminscent of a nice port. Unbelievably it tastes even better than it smells. The mouthfeel is a silky and creamy as it gets. Drinkability? It's too easy to forget this stuff is 10% abv. This is another stellar offering from the good people at des Rocs.

mickeymac, Feb 21, 2005
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Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

Pours a medium murky brown with a big fluffy headthat settles quite fast not leaving much lace behind,awesome aromas of almond,cinnamon,and juicy orange really woke up the sences.Alot of dark fruit going on flavor wise some plum and raisin are very prevelant along with some cinnamon and maybe a touch of nutmeg with a nice lingering yeasty finish.Glad to have the opportunity to try this very complex and enjoyable will seek out again for sure.

oberon, Apr 23, 2005
Photo of Marty
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Pours a hazy deep amber brown that appears shadowy beneath a thick, lively tan head. Smells and tastes of fruit (apple?) and malt. The alcohol is pretty well hidden. Complex and very drinkable. A great beer to enjoy with some good food. Highly recommended.

Marty, Dec 16, 2006
Photo of RoyalT
4.65/5  rDev +11%

Appearance – This ale poured an incredibly dark brown in color. There are huge, giant chunks of things floating around in there. The head was huge on an easy pour. It was off-white, just short of tanned, and showed good retention. As I sipped this lovely Belgian the foam left a steady film up and down my glass.

Smell – Oh, is this complex. The dark, rich malts are laden with yeast and give off a great aroma. They are expertly balanced by the plethora of fruits found in this bouquet. I won’t attempt to describe them all, but the highlights include cherries, dates, lots of fig, overripe apricots, light banana, star fruit, and maybe a bit of orange.

There’s a big chocolate scent that is easily recognizable. It is very rich and seems almost married to the yeast. The alcohol is just enough to be noticed. Overall, one of the most mature, complex, and balanced noses that I have ever smelled. Easily a 5.0.

Taste – Lordy, is this good. The chocolate and darkish malts come up huge at the taste, so much so that you feel like running out in the street and screaming it at the top of your lungs. The yeast is just wonderful. The fruits are not as big as they were in the nose but provide a terrific sweet compliment. The ABV is present but not offensive.

Mouthfeel – This brewery has a monopoly on the perfect mouthfeel. The carbonation is generous but oh so soft. It’s so fluffy it feels like air instead of beer. The cheeks and gums fall into a state of nirvana when coming in contact with this ale. It is of course full-bodied.

Drinkability – And to think I was going to have chili dogs for dinner. This really is a meal unto itself. It is so soft and easy that you almost forget how big it is. What a treat.

RoyalT, Dec 17, 2004
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

aszatk01, Mar 22, 2014
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4.68/5  rDev +11.7%

Poured into a tulip from a tap at San Francisco’s wonderful Toronado. Body is muddied crimson with magenta/chestnut hues. Spectacular and unique color. Head is thick, sticky, chunky even. Tapioca in color, it lasts for a decent amount of time and then flattens out into beautiful clingy lace.

Nose is dried cherries and berries, cookie dough ice cream, chestnuts, prunes, and raisons. Very welcoming and tempting.

Taste begins with toffee and opens into a smorgasbord of dark fruits: cherries, plums, prunes, dates, raisons, black grapes... A thick malt base wraps all the fine fruit flavors together into a blanket that warms and pleasures your tongue.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Like hot cocoa after a long day of sledding, it doesn’t get any better than this. Silky and luxurious, light enough to leave you thirsty for more yet completely enthralling. There is no desire for more body for there is no want for satisfaction.

A top beer. I feel blessed to have found it on tap. Many thanks to Toronado for tracking this down.

DaPeculierDane, May 16, 2006
Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%

Got this at Broudy's Brasserie des Rocs Triple Imperiale. 10% Alcohol content.

A- Very thick dark brown fluid with sediments noticable and a thick off white head leaving nice off white lacing on glass.

S- Very complex brown sugar, alcohol esters, plums, dried raisins and malts dominate.

T- Complex flavors of raisins and dark malts bite you in the front. Strong yeast and sweet flavors kick you in the end.

M-D- Mouthfeel is fairly dry in the long run and thick on the palate. Drinkablity is minimal due to the alcohol presence.

Note on 10/09/2009: Beer is now over 3 years aged in celler condition and is much more balanced on the alcohol feel level. Malts and toasted barley are more dominate... great aged beer.

wesbrownyeah, Apr 28, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

From notes from a bottle shared with kmpitz2 on 4-30-05. Deep brownish red pour with a big, airy, bubbly three finger head that lasts. Some awesome sticky lacing decorates the side of the glass. Bright red tones emerge when it's held up to the light. First sniff brings an interesting aroma of brown sugar, caramel and a mix of light fruit tones. A background spiciness of clove and a hint of pepper. Earthy, slightly funky yeast....maybe even some leather in there.

First sip brings a big brown sugar / caramel maltiness with a healthy dose of fruit (grape, apple), even a hint of sour fruit. A mellow spiciness is there along with a wonderful Belgian earthy yeast tone. A slight hint of alcohol peeks through on the way down and I get a hint of leather in the flavor as well. Simply an awesome brew..so tasty and complex. Sweet...but not at all overpowering.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a good mellow carbonation. So easy to drink and quite a treat. I will be waiting patiently for the next time I'll be able to sample this brew. Definetly recommended. Go. Buy. Drink.

orbitalr0x, May 19, 2005
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4.22/5  rDev +0.7%

haha...so maybe I poured a little too much from the bottle...this is pretty chunky looking...but its a brownish caramel color with some red highlights. Off white two finger head that reduced down to a quarter inch layer. Very nice head for the ABV level...

Aroma is sweet...smells like orange juice to me and some other citrus fruits. Has some grape notes coming about as well. A bit of alcohol comes through, but its quite smooth smelling.

Taste is hard to place for me...I'm not a huge Belgian person. Again, sweet overall. A good bit of fresh fruit, maybe some apples and a touch of tangerine. Main body has a bit of a biscuit or sweet roll taste to it with a good dose of cloves. A bit of spiciness as it hits the tongue. Finishes a touch sour.

Lots of carbonation. Not overly thick, maybe a touch thin for the style. Drinkability is superb and I rarely give 5s for anything. This beer is crisp and refreshing and finishes very clean. I'm not a huge fan of Belgians, but this one ranks up there because of how easy it is to drink.

blitz134, Jan 10, 2006
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4.43/5  rDev +5.7%

Poured into a trappist glass. I opened the bottle to a gusher. Once I got it into the glass I got a firey brown ale with a creamy beige head that left behind some lace. Cooked brown sugar, cherry, floral notes, toffee, rye bread dough aromas throughout. Light peppery notes with sweet candy. Cherry syrup. Palate is full and round. Very soft. A bit of an alcohol kicker. Superb on every level.

tjthresh, Dec 02, 2006
Photo of merlin48
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

750 ml bottle, capped not corked, purchased at the Kroger's Grocery in Blacksburg, Va., for $6.99. Served slightly chilled into a St Bernardus goblet.
Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany body that is mostly clear. Dense, tan head rises to one inch and stays there. Delicate sheets of lace drape the goblet in waves.
Aroma: Complex and inviting. Vinous fresh Concord grapes, raisins, and spices are immediately prominent. Figs, and other dark fruits are everywhere. Spicy pepper, anise, and coriander are assertive, as well. Overripe bananas, apricots, melon, and pineapple add a pleasant tropical note. Hints of malty cocoa and caramel lurk beneath.
Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth, with a medium to full body. Carbonation is moderate, but effervesces perfectly.
Taste: Spicy coriander, clove, pepper, and anise open the door to an extreme fruit profile. There is an assertive Concord grape note that lasts all the way through, but this Belgian is awash in a myriad of tropical and dark dried fruits. Very complex! Yeast presence is restrained and polite. Smooth and creamy, with a wave of the fresh Concord grapes peeking through every layer of flavors. Malty cocoa and caramel provide a pleasant backbone, and some bitter grassy hops appear from time to time. The 10% abv is masked very well, but is apparent at room temperature. The grape essence persists into the finish and leaves a fresh fruity aftertaste. Very well constructed and delicately balanced.
Drinkability: Wow! At $6.99 for a 1 pint 9.4 oz bottle, this one is a steal. One of the better Belgian tripels or strong dark ales that I can get my hands on. I liked this one much better than the brewery's Grand Cru. The Triple is creamy and smooth, and lacks the harsh notes that were sometimes apparent in the Grand Cru. An exceptional sipping experience!

merlin48, Aug 02, 2005
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4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

11.2 ounce bottle , best before dating provided,lightly chilled and poured into a Belgian style chalice, first thing noted is a decent amount of floating sediment...pours dark honey amber, with a long lasting medium tan head, leaving respectable but not truly inspiring lacing. nose is of smokey melon and other ripe fruits. This is a complex and tasty elixir, notes of more melon, honey, yeast, bready malts soft and subtly in the background. I dont know how they hide this ones 10%, but I can pick up no alcohol notes. Pepper, smoke, more melon, vanilla, honey all picked on the final few sips. Mouthfeel is velvety and smoothly coating. Fine, fine brew, I'll need to pick up a large bottle of this tasty stuff next time, seek out and enjoy!

Billolick, Feb 26, 2006
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4.43/5  rDev +5.7%

Well, the cork is gone under the cap in the large bottles...very dark clove brown color, shows big chunks typical of the brewery's beers lately (I have no problem with suspended yeast, the globs of protein and yeast seem excessive here and in others). Fat upcharging head of well over an inch, rocky and leaving plenty of attractive laces on the glass. Strong aroma, light alcohol, rummy molasses, and cling peaches. Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation follows suit, fairly smooth and somewhat creamy. Very fruit initially, lots of candied fruit in syrup, fortified wine, yeast. An accompanying dessert quality of baked rum and banana bread, cinnamon, mace, and decided ginger. There is some alcohol heat and the beer flattens to an apricot syrup as it hit the throat in the back. Yep, pretty impressive beer here, more drinkable than many somewhat dryer lighter-bodied examples.

ADR, Sep 22, 2005
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4.31/5  rDev +2.9%

750ml bottle served in a St. Bernardus snifter. About 1 year past the indicated best before date of 06/04/2012, but stored carefully.

A: Pours a dark reddish amber with a finger of off-white head. The head quickly recedes to a lasting partial coat and ring. Even the first pour provided a load of suspended sediment, some of which rose and fell in swirls due to the carbonation. Very peculiar looking and not so appealing. The sediment was not detectable by feel.

S: Very complex aroma; one of those rare beers where it seems a bit different every time a take a sniff/sip. Hints of dates, honey, apple cider and a host of fruits. The high ABV is most apparent here, being quite well hidden in tasting and in the gently warming feel.

T: Mildly spicy and sweet, with hints of dark honey, nutmeg, cinnamon, dark bread, figs, and roast nuts. Very nice balance between dark fruitiness, mild sweetness and spices.

M: Full body; creamy smooth; medium and very soft carbonation.

O: An exceptional beer that, given the sediment, is best enjoyed in a darker environment.

chinchill, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of OStrungT
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%

This beer pours a slightly cloudy redish brown color with a massive light tan head. The head fades so slowly that I am begining to wonder if it will ever be gone. It leaves an impressive lacing.

This beer has a strong earthy yeast aroma. It also smells of alcohol. It has a pleasent spicy aroma also. Some citrus hop aroma is also present. Also, some dark fruit aroma is noticable.

This beer has a slightly grainy flavor. It tastes spicy. The alcohol in well hidden in the flavor. Some fruity notes are present. It also has a strong earthy yeast flavor.

This beer goes down surprisingly smooth, leaving a spicy aftertaste. This beer is well carbonated, good for the style.

I doubt this beer would make the best session beer. It tastes good, but it is high in alcohol.

Overall: This beer is decent. It is not the best, but far from the worst. What more can I say?

OStrungT, Oct 26, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

stereosforgeeks, Dec 17, 2012
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4.18/5  rDev -0.2%

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a slightly hazy brown color with dark purple highlights and a 1.5-finger light tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of a combination of dark and light fruits - pears, figs, and plums - with hints of brown sugar.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet malt flavors up front are soon overtaken by large amounts of sugarcoated pears, raisins, and figs. Near the end of the sip the fruit flavors fade just a bit to allow for a crisp ending that leaves a hint of sugar lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another with absolutely no problem.

Overall I was a bit perplexed when the "triple" I ordered came out looking like this but I was soon assuaged by a smooth beverage. This beer does all the little things right and is well worth a shot.

glid02, Nov 19, 2009
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4.18/5  rDev -0.2%

A - Light brown, nearly opaque body; small fluffy brown head that quickly dissipates. A significant amount of yeast floating around (I poured the first glass from a 750 mL bottle a bit too aggressively, I believe).

S - Extremely sweet aroma; extremely heavy on the dark Belgian candies. There is a hint of plum, but it is heavily dominated by the sugary smell.

T - Wow! I was worried that this was going to be an overly-sweet beer based on the aroma alone, but that is definitely not the case. Yes, it's sweet, but it's quite modest. The fruitiness actually seems to dominate. There is a very faint hint of bitterness in the finish (which works very well).

M - Wonderfully smooth and almost creamy (yet very well carbonated).

O - I was a bit worried about this because of the overly-sweet aroma, but this ended up being quite fantastic. I would most definitely buy this again (even an entire case)!

mikedotnet, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

(Served in an oversized wine goblet)

A- This beer has a dark brown hazy body with a thin wisp of head floating on top.

S- The smell of perfumed brown sugar has a faint apricot note to it that is just a touch sweet. There is a slight note of lightly toasted malt that has an edge of sweetness and a light candy hint.

T- This beer has a dark sweet malt flavor with a faint wet wood note and a light caramel note. There is a hint of sweet bourbon in the background. As it warmed there was a hint of red Lifesavers in the finish. The overall taste was not overly sweet but very dark fruity flavors.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a faint fizz in the finish.

D- This beer is dark and sweet with lots of nice complex flavors and really taste like a special occasion beer.

rhoadsrage, Jun 29, 2006
Photo of pwoods
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

On tap at the comet. 12oz. Snifter.

A: deep brown woody color. Short head but some lacing.

S: Deep malts and candi sugar sweetness. Some crushed peanuts? A bit of light black liquorice.

T/M: Good depth of sweetness with the candi, caramel, and black licquorice. Some deeper fruits from the yeast and light hoppiness. Body is medium with good carbo.

D: ABV is very well hidden and drinks easy.

pwoods, Jun 21, 2009
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3.83/5  rDev -8.6%

This poured to a deep dark brown and ruby with a medium head that lasted well. It's not leaving much lace.

The smell brings lots of sweet sugars and dark malts to the nose. The taste is dominated by various sugars; fruit and hop flavors are minimal. The mouthfeel is smooth but seems a little thin.

Certainly not bad, this just didn't have a combination of characteristics that I really liked. The drinkability is outstanding, though.

watermelonman, Aug 23, 2006
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4.58/5  rDev +9.3%

Color is a nice auburn garnet color. A ruby red glow comes through when held directly to the light. Head isn't extravagant but decent. Lacing in my glass is sparse and retention is just a fluffy but quiet ring. Smell is very full with light and fluffy clarity, but not extra complex initially. It comes through as a very nice mix of sweet full malt and soft yummy spice. As it warms it becomes increasingly complex in its range and is genuine in every other way. The fruitiness is reminiscent of aged plums; perfectly sweet, juicy and softly alchoholic. There is also a solid malt base to this, with chocolate oranges, nuts, caramel, ginger, molasses, maple, and as it warms the list goes on. Very delightful. Taste is equally complex and equally delicate. All the intricacies come through full force when it does warm a little. Awesome. Mouthfeel is soft and buttery in its meltiness, smooth and fluid, Body is medium full and coats the mouth nicely. Drinkability is great for 10%. Alcohol is present but it fits in with the flavors great.

Definitely worth getting. It could potentially kick your ass if you've had a few other strong beers, but its well worth it. I need to age one of these.

tastybeer, Oct 07, 2006
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4.05/5  rDev -3.3%

Thnaks to bgramer for this bottle!!

11.2 oz. > Chimay goblet

The color is very vibrant with a hazy amber, big carboantion that creates and supports a 2" deep crown, the brown-tinted crown looks lively and dissipates pretty fast but remains lively throughout.

This is a very interesting scent, sweet and sour fruiy yeast, tangy, tart and wild yeast whiff's. Fermented grapes, rootbeer, sweet red berries later on.

The flavor is much more sweet overall, it's down-right syruppy sweet malt and packed full of big, juicy fruits like, black berries, strawberries and slightly sour red grapes. The malt complexity is massive with obvious crystalized candy adjuncts to thicken and sweeten the malt. The heat is a bit hot and out of balance with a slight medicinal edge. The hop balance is nice and spicey, popping out right at the end. This one is unique and bold but lacks the amazing balance of some other examples of it's style.

The feel is great, crisp and smooth...i call it luxurious because that's what I've come to expect from a really good Belgian ale.

do yourself a favor and put this one in the cellar.

GratefulBeerGuy, Jul 09, 2008
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3/5  rDev -28.4%

Best before end: 2010.

Pours from a 330ml brown bottle into a globe.

It has a murky redish brown color and I have to stop mid pour to avoid the massive chucks floating in the bottle. I expect some of these sediments in a bottle conditioned beer but there is way too much of it here. The head it has at first dwindles to nothing in a flash. There is barely even a ring of white around the edge and no lacing.

Aroma is sweet and reeks of sour cherries, brown bread, and rotten apples. Not off to a good start...

Flavor is sweet and sour with more of those cherries and apples from the aroma. Add to that some banana and strawberry and you have one funky fruity beer. Far too sweet and not enough depth or complexity for a Belgian strong dark ale.

Mouthfeel is fine for the style with full body and strong carbonation. Drinkability is unsurprisingly poor given that it's so sweet and so strong.

One little bottle is more than enough.

GilGarp, Mar 03, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Pours a very nice looking deep ruby amber color. Pretty cloudy (could be from the 8 lbs of yeast/protein coagchunks commonly found in BdesR brews) nice white head that fades to a skim of foam pretty quick. Nose is laoded with dark fruit. Taste follows with candied plum, raisin, some fig, dark sugar, some slight spice. Super rich taste. Mouthfeel is nice and viscous, but slightly overcarbonated which I kind of like. Drinkability is nice, but slightly rough. Overall a fine example of the style, a very rich and hearty brew that should be shared with friends on a cold night. Very nice color. I like this one from BdR. A good beer.

AKBelgianBeast, Sep 15, 2008
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Brasserie Des Rocs Triple Impériale from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
93 out of 100 based on 424 ratings.