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

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Ratings: 419
Reviews: 332
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 11.93%
Wants: 27
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of feloniousmonk


4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

4 months after my first review from an 11.2 oz. bottle, and a couple hours after my review from a keg, let's see what's so different from a 750 ml bottle...

Deep, dark tawny brown color, utterly opaque, lush head, thick and large, creamy tan...

Aroma: ahhh!!! there's that ethereal Belgian yeast/malt smell, just gorgeous! light fruit, blended just-so with this unheard-of yeasty flavor...ah!!!
cookie dough meets cherries and berries...a nutty, bready slice of nirvana...

Taste: Mmmm! Spicy sweet, wityh dark fruits a factor, yeast at play, but kicky spice riding over it all...this is a full force flavor treat!
The flavor lays large on the tastebuds, and resonates richly throughout the senses...

...as this is my third review of this very new beer, I don't really know how much there is left to say, except that the differences between small and large bottles have been exaggerated!
It's an amazing beer, no matter how you sample it.

Someone coyly asked me tonight if this brew, which I serve on draft at my bar, for the time being, was brewed by monks. No, sorry, it's brewed by guys who are free to do with their peters what they may. Let the demystification of Belgian-style beer commence, and let the burning of boundaries begin in earnest...this dark "triple" already gets it going in that direction!

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2005 08:10:09 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of beveragecaptain

New Jersey

4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle. Dark reddish brown with suspended chunks of white and gray. The head is big and creamy looking. Complex aroma of caramel, toffee, figs, and raisins. Starts out very sweet with caramel and dark, rotting fruit. Finished with spices, especially black pepper. Mouthfeel is amazing, so smooth and creamy. Drinkability is also incredible. How could this be 10% abv? There is almost no noticable alcohol at all. I could have gone for another 750 ml bottle. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2005 20:20:23 | More by beveragecaptain
Photo of drpimento


4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my friends John and Paul at Bodega for providing me this sample!

Poured with a nice foamy textured head and some lace. Hazy dark amber color. Heavenly nose of very ripe berries, plums, caramel, malt. Flavor is the same but with some yeastiness. Hardly able to sense the alcohol. Great mouth. Very satisfying sweet finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2007 00:49:37 | More by drpimento
Photo of snilsen13


4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one hell of a fine beer. I do not believe I can shake the memory of drinking it. Instead of the point by point: this is a very heavy and as rich in flavor as beer can get. You must savor it. It's required drinking and unfortunately difficult to track down.

pours near opaque. smells rich with dried fruits. taste sweet as mollasus and fels very sticky on the tonge. has a wonderful aftertaste and it's only flaw culd be that it's too much, but it's not because I believe this is a unique drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2006 21:01:31 | More by snilsen13
Photo of alexgash


4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally get to try this beaut. Murky copper garnet body. Some sediment made its way in. Two fingers of rocky, off-white/cream head. Tangy sweet fruit all over the nose. Ripe apples, pears, plums, cherries in a fruit cocktail sauce, but tempered by a nice tangy/sourness. Light alcohol and yeast. Taste is wow. Big, sweet, pulpy fruit up front. Explosive flavor, but not cloyingly sweet. Cherries and plums mostly, with a little apple. Sugary malt backdrop with peripheral, but increasing (and welcome) bitterness. Bitterness is almost minty, with (I swear) cloves and even vanilla/oak. Phenomenally complex and delicious. Full body with a near-syrupy feel, but with enough carbonation to lift the sweetness. An amazing beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2006 02:18:49 | More by alexgash
Photo of Golden2wenty1


4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at none other than the magnificent Maduro here in downtown Madison for riDICulous $3 a pour during happy hour (M-R, 4-7).

Pours a dark, rusty brown..a little hazy with a short-lived skim of khaki bubbles in a pretty St. Bernie's chalice. Nose is maple syrup/toffee/caramel malt, cherry/fig and musty yeast. Taste is remeniscent of those Ocean Spray juice cran/apple/cherry/grape juice blends, predominantly sweet/tart cherry and fig/date with a solid maple sugar/toffee malt backbone and a hint of spicy yeast. Mouthfeel is thin and smooth with microcarbonation. Where is the 10%? This is insanely drinkable for a BSDA which it certainly resembles much more than any tripel I've had. Some may find it a bit sweet but I find it simply yummy.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2006 02:07:17 | More by Golden2wenty1
Photo of twilight


4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Having been blown away by the ADR GC, I was itching to try this one. However, I resisted buying the 750. Until a visit to Half Time put things right. Heeeeyyy... 33cl size. I bought a mixed four pack of the GC and this one. The confusing thing, though, is the designation. Triple? Impériale? But it says Belgian Specialty Dark Ale on the label?

Pours a dark amber color that is quite dark for a beer that you can see through, with a pillowy thick head that even I can sleep on. The aroma is... well, I smell peaches! Also, that fruity scent you get with Belgian Ales...Maybe a hint of orange spice.

Oh dear, I could barely manage to type as I was taking my first sip as I wrote 'spice.' The yeast they use must be something else, because I think I'm going to buy a mixed case of ADR. Even better than St. B. No! That would be blasphemy, but... but... This has this very subtle orange peel flavor that has hints of pit fruit, peaches, some apricot, and a lingering nectarine taste without being medicinal. Well, maybe at the end, but you also get this nice grassy/orange ending that just makes my legs wobbly. YUM YUM YUM!!!

Mouthfeel is funny because the ale is carbonated lightly. The carbonation is almost like that of a cask ale. The thing is that it greatly enhances the flavor profile. Who knew? The lingering taste of sweetness and ever so slight bitterness only adds to it.

Drinkability? It hides the alcohol really well. I had to double check the bottle 10%? No Way. I could spend an entire evening just sipping from a snifter of this. Way to go A/BdR!


Serving type: bottle

06-30-2005 00:29:31 | More by twilight
Photo of david131


4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a dark leathery brown into a tulip glass. A light sandy head forms and maintains itself throughout the drink. Be careful when pouring... there is a massive amount of yeast globlets in this.

S- Dark brown sugar, dark fruit, malted- milk powder like smell in there too. Very very complex.

T- Wow, even though this is from a 750 mL bottle, I do not get bored of this flavor. I cannot think of another beer that I have savored this much. Much like the smell, but more intense. Not a smidge of alcohol to be detected. A perfect amount of sweetness, this is one well balanced beer.

M- Very creamy mouthfeel. A little dry, but the sweetness offsets it quite well. Perfect amount of carbonation. At the end the yeast chunks got to be a little overbearing, but that was my fault in the pour. Again- be aware of the yeast chunks in this!

D- This goes down surprisingly well. I am going to be getting more of this.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2007 02:42:38 | More by david131
Photo of ypsifly


4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 capped and corked. The date on the back label was a bit smudged, but it appears to read best by '07 if not '09. Either way I'm good.

Poured into a chalice. Dark brown with a 2" head of tan that has great retention and lacing effect. Rocky until it drops to a layer of foam that stays till the last swallow.

Has strong, yet pleasant aromas of belgian yeast and some spice and citric notes. Fruity sugars jump into the mix. There's some floral underneath as well. The alcohol is well hidden.

The taste is an incredible mix of dried dark fruits, bread, bananas, toffee and other dark sugary treats. The whole thing works beautifully as this is an exhibition of how balanced a beer can be. As it warms the notes change a little, but only a touch of alcohol comes through.

Nice velvety mouthfeel. Different tactile sensations on the tongue. The back gets a little dry, but in a good way.

A beer that scores high in the first four catagories is one that is very drinkable despite a high abv.

Highly recommended for sure!

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2005 03:35:15 | More by ypsifly
Photo of BeerBuilder


4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reddish-brown in color with a thick, creamy tan head. It leaves a large amount of lacing. A nice looking brew. The aroma is yeasty and malty with cookie dough. It is also full of raisins and dates in the nose, and also a bit of rum cake. The flavor is malty sweet with candi sugar and brown sugar. It is plummy and bready in the flavor as well. It is medium bodied and highly drinkable for its strength. It is very sweet and tasty. A top notch brew that I will definitely seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2005 00:31:21 | More by BeerBuilder
Photo of tavernjef


4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Plummy dark brown with big yeasties dropping to the bottom like fish food. Cap is dense, growing with a firm foamyness colored of yellowed taupe with a dusted cinnamon brown center. Intricate lacing coats in tiny dots and other bigger cobweb webbings.

Aroma comes across pretty thick with big fruits and light spices. Lush and booming, yet soft and delicate as bread. Spicy dates and figs coated in oily earthy seeds of black licorice, poppy, pepper, ginger, and corriander. Small inticingly little tid bits of orange and raisin oil along with some touches of tobacco bring more complexities as it sits.

Flavors are big too; thick, lush, full body, favorable breadyness about its weight. Dark fruits decorate most of the tastes with rich and oily dates, figs, and raisins. Some dark orange touches the finishing qualities. Nicely handled and mild toned spices decorate the areas where the fruits leave off. So very well placed and a perfect compliment to the fruits. Cracked pepper, black licorice, ginger root, smokey vanilla, and tobacco are all put lightly in there place as not to distract from the fruit cake thickness.

Big full body, lush, rich, tender, fruity and spicy, oily in some respects closer to the leftover finishing characteristics. Very actively full from start to finish. Boisterously so. A truly enjoyable sipper. Take your time with this one, its worth it. Extravagantly fantastic stuff!

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2005 23:59:03 | More by tavernjef
Photo of bnuttz


4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark crimsonish brown color. Really frothy tans head appears as it is poured into my chalice. Smells very yeasty. Yeasty, dark sweet fruit, spices. A wonderful smelling dark belgian ale. Flavors are wonderful. Sweet brown sugarish taste, plums and raisins among other fruits, spices, maybe yeasty or otherwise. Really one of the best tasting belgian brews I have had. Slight alcohol aftertaste, but not in a bad way at all. This is a top notch belgian that I could drink many of. A+ for this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2005 02:04:54 | More by bnuttz
Photo of sinistermadman


4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served from the 11.2 oz bottle.

Deep, dark ruby brown in color. Nice head that soon settles to a thin crown. Wonderful aroma of dark fruit, brown sugar, toffee etc. It's all here. Terrifically complex nose.

Taste is complex ranging from figs, chocolate, tobacco to other toasted malts. Flavors are so soft yet multi-dimensional. All work in perfect harmony. Mouthfeel is luxuriously smooth and soft. Full body, but not overbearing or overly chewy. Finishes slightly dry, but very satisfying. Holy ass this is fantastic! Drinkability is out of this world for a brew with this alcohol content. Simply awesome. Incredible.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2007 01:33:36 | More by sinistermadman
Photo of mzwolinski


4.78/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep garnet in color with a creamy, lovely off-white head.

Heavenly aroma -- fruity (dates/plums), malty, light hop notes with a tinge of tartness.

Creamy, full-bodied mouthfeel.

Toffee malts, alchol not at all overpowering. A bit bready. Some prune flavors mid-palate, blending into a lightly peppery, spicy finish, with a tinge of chocolatey roast.

Just freaking luscious.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2006 16:22:46 | More by mzwolinski
Photo of mickeymac


4.78/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2005 16:51:26 | More by mickeymac
Photo of merlin48


4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2005 11:23:53 | More by merlin48
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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Capped 750ml bottle poured into a chalice. Pours a dark ruby reddish brown color with a light tan head and some yeast particles floating around. The aroma is a bit tart with some fruits and spice. The taste is absolutely heavenly with a lot of malt, dark fruits and spices rolling all over the tongue with a nice yeasty finish. The mouthfeel is silky smooth and fits the brew perfectly. Overall, this is an absolutely phenomenal beer that is extremely complex and simply out of this world. This is certainly one of the finest brews in the world in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2007 03:07:45 | More by cjgator3
Photo of weeare138


4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle w/ Best By 2006 stamped on label...
Appears a murky, dark chestnut toned brown with a huge, pillowy, light tan head that slowly fades out and leaves lots of lacing around the glass. The only down side to the appearance of this brew is the over abundance of the yeast & protein floaties that are moving up and down in the glass and sticking along the sides and the pillowy, rocky cap. Unsightly stuff to look at IMO and I've seen some nasty stuff during my time homebrewing.
Smell is outstanding. Plenty of rich, nutty, cocoa, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, light cinnamon, vanilla, ripe plums, figs, and raisins. Jeez...I could smell this stuff all night.
Taste is just as addictive as the aromas. An array of caramelized, sweet flavors explode along the palate, yet the light, citrusy hop profile buried in the background prevents it from coming close to cloying. There is a little spice evident in the flavor as well. It's like a cinnamon, clove, and coriander mix.
Mouthfeel is sweet, borderline syrupy richness, medium bodied, smooth, boozy, slick, and semi-dry. Again, those darn proteins and yeasty floaties are ruining the brew for me. I actually took it and ran it through a tea strainer and it was much better minus the head.
Overall, this one holds it's own against any of the big boys from Belgium(minus the abundance of floaties).

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2006 15:19:51 | More by weeare138
Photo of guitarmage


4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The murkiest of browns with yellow hues, creamy tan lacing. It looks like something I'd like to pour on ice cream.

Smell: Rum alcohol, brown sugar and molasses, lots of maltiness but actually mellowed out by some herbal or grassiness.

Taste: Dark chocolate, brown sugar syrup, lots of sweetness, but it's smooth and mellow, alcohol is miminal, finishes a little citrusy, doesn't leave anything on the palette.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and cool and lightly carbonated, has a way of making itself disappear into my belly, the easiest of mouthfeels to consume.

Drinkability: I want more of this one, it's one of the best. It seems especially drinkable for the style, I kept sipping at it, wanting to taste it again and again. Thumbs up.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2007 08:08:00 | More by guitarmage
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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle, best before 2007 (?)

Pours out a rich dark earthy brown with a frothy tan head that rests for the whole beer. Unfortunately there are a few floaties.

Smell. An immediate fruity sweetness accompanied by lots of peppery spiciness. Fruits are prunes and currents- heavy fruits. Under that is a touch of earthy aromas, and deeper whiffs i get a strong scent of sweet caramel. Very nice.

Taste. A great combination of flavors here. At first i get a good amount of dry fruits, mostly prunes. Then there is an immediate yeast flavor and tart flavors. After a few seconds on my tongue, i get nice sweet flavors of caramel, then roasted malts really come out and gives a nice creaminess. Aftertaste is warming, little bit of peaches. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel. Surprisingly light, but creamy. Carbonation is at a perfect level for this particular beer - just enough to give it a kick to your tongue, but doesnt overflow the mouth. Normally i like lots of carbonation for this style, but it compliments the flavor peftectly.

Overall, one of the best beers i've had the pleasure of enjoying. It hides the 10% very nicely. Flavor is complex as any other. Just a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2006 00:40:36 | More by acrawf6
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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

03-03-2013 22:14:45 | More by Proteios7
Photo of msubulldog25


4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured from 11.2 oz bottle to a snifter:

First of all, like the post 2 behind mine (Brian700), the head erupted from the bottle as soon as I uncapped this one. Lost maybe two or three ounces worth because of this. The only thing I can think is that the beer became unstable when scanned at the grocery where I purchased - 30 minutes before being opened. ???

A: Despite the foaming over, beer is still nice looking. A cloudy deep auburn with some sediment. Initially a gigantic frothy white head, calming to a moderate lace.

S: Incredible fruit + hint of sourness + sugary sweet malt. A noticeable alcohol smell that reminds me of the sweetness of rum. Spiciness like ginger & clove. Smell is so enticing on this beer.

T: There is a real sweet/tart dichotomy going on with these flavors. Citrus (oranges) meld with candy (bubble gum). The rummy smell comes through in the flavors, as does the gingery spiciness. The taste is predominantly sugary malt coupled with spicy yeast. Very, very good

M: Lots of tiny carbonation, surprisingly light mouthfeel with a champagne-like tingle.

D: A terrific beer - warm & rich, tons of character, interesting til the last drop. Not perfect, but pretty darn close. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2006 00:31:14 | More by msubulldog25
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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

07-13-2014 15:35:24 | More by adam5454

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

07-04-2013 23:39:05 | More by WOLFGANG
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South Dakota

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

10-02-2013 22:10:37 | More by mrjbrown27
Brasserie Des Rocs Triple Impériale from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
93 out of 100 based on 419 ratings.