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

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Ratings: 424
Reviews: 332
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 11.93%
Wants: 28
Gots: 16 | 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 Halcyondays
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

25.4 oz. bottle,

A: Dark brown with ruby highlights, a thick white, almost tan head, with excellent retention.

S: Dark fruits, malt, and molasses.

T: Very tasty, with dark fruits - raisins and plums, with molasses and rum, and very fragrant and tasty Belgian yeast esters, very complex, I think this is one of the best Belgian Darks that I've ever had.

M: Big and chewy, quite dry, however, smooth and robust in the end.

D: One of the most drinkable big beers that I have ever had, the 10% is completely hidden, an excellent beer, would recommend it to anyone. I'm glad I reviewed it for #100.

Halcyondays, Jul 30, 2007
Photo of GClarkage
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

06/22/05- Purchased at Plumpjack Wines in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- Undated 750ml bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Dark, maybe dark amber mohaganey pour with a fat creamy head and nice sticky lacing on the sides.

Smell- Fat amounts of dark ripe fruits. Plums, dates, figs, prunes, raisins, you name it.

Taste- More figs than anything. Maybe some fermented prunes and dates. Smooth and leaves a big time raisin aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Medium to light carbonation. Super smooth and creamy. Just floats down your throat.

Drinkability- I think I will need to re-try St. Bernadrus tripel. This one may take the cake. I haven't had Westy 8 yet, but I have a feeling that it may resemble or possibly be better than this. Although, this was pretty damn incredible. Will be one of my "12" beers I take on my honeymoon in September.

GClarkage, Jun 23, 2005
Photo of Gavage
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brownish burgandy in color with a nice 2 finger head. The head fell quickly but left a surface covering for a good part of the rest of the session. Some spotty lacing developed. The aroma was of bread, yeast, and sweet candy. The flavor was a complex combination of sweet caramels, yeast, alcohol, ripe plums, raisins, and bread. Extremely pleasant for the tastebuds. Flavors become more pronounced as this warmed.

Mouthfeel was basically smooth with a light crispness at the start. The finish provided a slight tingle on the tongue. Superbly drinkable even though this slightly higher in alcohol. Worth seeking out.

Gavage, Sep 09, 2005
Photo of corby112
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy very dark ruby/amber color with a thick frothy 1.5 finger head and chunks of yeast floating about. This is odd considering I left a good portion of the bottom of the bottle. Decent retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring, leaving sporadic spots of lacing.

Spicy estery aroma with hints of apple and pear. Also a bit of dark malt, subtle hops, alcohol and a weird chemical soapiness.

Peppery spice up front with some dark malt, light and dark fruit notes, candy sugar and slight alcohol warmth. Pretty smooth with the high ABV well masked. Complex and well balanced Belgian Strong Ale.

corby112, Oct 14, 2009
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).

weeare138, Oct 27, 2006
Photo of tempest
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up a bottle for the holidays. At first sip it's reminiscent of Carlous Grand Cru of the Emporer [sp]. This beer is a hazy brown with a subtle but enticing with dark candied fruit. Taste expands on the fruit without goign overboard like I sometimes feel Trois Pistoles does. Typical belgian dark fruit flavors with figs, raisins, grapes, and a bit of apple. The taste isn't outstanding in the field of strong dark belgians, but it's still great. This beer does however have great balance and drinkability. It's not too sweet like some belgians and there's little hint that it's 10% abv.

tempest, Dec 26, 2006
Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark ruby orange with an offwhite head that settles quickly to thin covering. Smells of rich dark malt and very winey. Rich fruit on the nose as well with notes of mascerated cherries, raisins, and apples. The taste is very nice indeed with lots of complex flavors. Starts very creamy with notes of dark fruit, sweet malt, apple, apricot, and continues into a creamy, nutty finish. Very little notice of the high abv- it is very well integrated into the overall taste. Surprisingly light in body for the alcohol and flavor profile. Perilously drinkable!

Georgiabeer, Jan 27, 2007
Photo of akorsak
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a 750 mL bottle of Triple Imperial served in a Chimay goblet. The ale is cool.

A: The ale is a tawny port color with a thick (and explosive) head.

S: The nose is spicy with some curacao aromas.

T: Taste is fruity with an odd edge. I find the following flavors in a sip: smokiness, lemony tartness and chocolate.

M: The mixture of flavors is somewhat uninspiring, not my favorite from Brasserie des Rocs.

D: I'll stick with the Brune, as this one wants to do too much but doesn't quite make it there.

akorsak, Sep 09, 2006
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(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 30, 2006
Photo of Zorro
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled through BA johnnnniee and BEERFEST THE MOVIE BIF!! (Yeah you spell it that way.)

A bit of brown foam came out of the bottle immediately after the bottle was opened so you know it will be a strong head former. Medium reddish brown colored ale with a very tall and strong light brown colored head.

The smell is sweet and very fruity to the nose. Lots of brown sugar, fig and raisin scent. Bit of grape and apple scent and a larger raspberry scent. Faint chocolate aroma.

The taste starts out sweet and a little spicy with lots of brown sugar in the mouth. Flavors of apple and grape and Christmas cookie spice. Fairly sweet even for this beer type. Cinnamon and a bit of anise and a little cork flavor. The alcohol level is completely hidden.

The mouthfeel is good.

Pretty good and one of the best beers of this type. A little sweet and tasty but the lack of clarity does cost it a few points. Scent could be a little more complex. A good beer.

Zorro, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of jdhilt
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a three finger light brown head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Caramel nose. Starts sweet with a molasses/caramel flavor, the high ABV is almost completely hidden, smooth finish. Nice triple. $4.20 for a 11.2oz bottle Liquids Solutions Tigard, Or.

jdhilt, Aug 09, 2006
Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Oxymoron

750ml Foiled/Corked Best by 2007

Pours a nice clear ruby red color, nice carbonation, nice two finger head which lasts a long long time, some nice islands and sticky lacing throughout the drink. The nose is of sweet malts, yeast, grapes, figs, prunes, and some caramel. The taste is very nice, mostly malts, yeast, grapes, and figs. Medium body. Very drinkable, another awesome brew from the brewery, highly recommended.

Wasatch, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of ppoitras
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 2008.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 2" tan head above the garnet brew. Head lasts incredibly well, and when it does start to recede, leaves heavy sparkling lace coating the sides. Aroma is tart dark fruits, with an unlying malt sweetness and some spiciness. Taste is not quite as pleasing as the nose to me, with the dark fruits almost seeming overripe, and the alcohol more pronounced, rather than lining up nicely with all the other flavors. Mouthfeel and drinkability are limited a bit by the flavors noted above, although for the style not totally out of line. Had high expectations, and was disappointed a bit here. Still worth your time though, for sure.

ppoitras, Sep 27, 2005
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

found this for $7.99/bomber at Littles in Denver.
Pours a cloudy copper/brown with very rich and towering head. White head forms chunks and clings to the sides really well.
Smell is rich in yeast and biscuit, some raisin and light fruits (pear, persimmon).
Taste is great. It is very complex and rich, yet not overbearing. I cannot quite pick out the flavors. Light caramel, dates, various yeast, and nice semi-dryness to it.
Feels a bit thin, but perhaps its just smooth as I drank this one easily.
Very very nice

Mebuzzard, Feb 22, 2007
Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

brandoman63, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of John_M
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Max's tonight. What an impressive beer.

This beer pours a dark brown amber coler, with impressive head/foam retention and lacing. On the nose one gets some sweetness and Belgium spices, only a prelude to the beer itself. On the palate this has an incredible flavor profile of milk chocolate, dark chocolate, cherries, vanilla and plum. This beer is very, very rich and sweet, with an outstanding (though not heavy) mouthfeel. The beer is very full bodied on the palate, though not with the explosive mouthfilling presensce of some Belgiums. In any event, this is a very good beer, with a nice hoppy presence that keeps it from becoming dull or tiring to drink. Considering the abv., this beer is amazingly drinkable, dangerously so. I drank the first one in about 15 minutes and was all set to order another.

An absolute winner and highly recommended.

John_M, May 07, 2007
Photo of biegaman
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Of the numerous times I've enjoyed this beer (and the same is true of other Abbaye De Rocs beers as well) I've experienced one of two irritating phenomena. The first is over-carbonation, or as it's colloquially known as, "gushing". Drinker beware, that cap you're about to pry off is quite likely to trigger a shooting fountain of foam. Be near a sink or have a towel ready just in case...

The second - and the two aren't always mutually exclusive - is coagulated protein. No, those chunky floaters aren't harmful but they're most unsightly and they've victimized this sample! Contrary to the super responsive carbonation of the previous bottle, one that tattooed a creamy vortex pattern of the @ symbol, this is topped with scarcely more than an outline. Its sparkling ruby tone would truly be dazzling if not for all the clumps.

The aroma is peculiar and frankly, somewhat marveling. It hints at exotic spices although no such things are used. It likens the beer to a variety of other drinks, including vintage red-wine or fortified wines such as port. There is a presence of caramel, ginger bread, and most noted of all, ripened fruit. Together, it resembles the traditional plum pudding which includes figs, raisins, brandy, sugar, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg.

Those same elements are vividly tasted as well. More so the spicy ones - cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg - stand out on the tongue and indeed more so with some warming. The texture becomes increasingly sugary and the taste, as result, increasingly sweet. The beer can also be lightly tart at times. The interaction between caramelized malts and spicy yeast never grows tiresome, much less cloying.

Those notes of candied fruit, cherry especially, can become almost medicinal at times. The mouthfeel is nothing but spicy and sweet. Although pleasant in the short run, I'd be weary of finishing an entire 750ml bottle to myself. Then again, I've had occasions where I felt this beer was nearly perfect. I was content to sit, stare and sniff all day, trying to discover what made the beer so astounding...

Unfortunately, that hasn't been the experience every time. Abbaye De Rocs are clearly good brewers but more obvious is their one flaw: quality control. About 6 years ago I had my first ADR experience and vividly remember two things: really liking the beer; and the server explaining to me not to worry, those chunks in my glass were natural. If they ever find a way to get it right consistently, ADR is more than welcome to stock up my cellar.

biegaman, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of Latarnik
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Latarnik, May 26, 2014
Photo of chinchill
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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 29, 2013
Photo of Viggo
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo.

Pours a hazed red/brown, bit of a gusher, huge off white head forms, settles down to a thick layer, nice lacing and great retention. Smell is sweet, tons of toffee and yeast, very caramelized, citrus, some bread, almost barleywine in character. Taste is sweet and caramelized again, rich chocolate and toffee, some yeast, little citrus, super malty, dates, slightly oxidized but fantastic flavour. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, excellent sipper.

Viggo, Dec 18, 2006
Photo of Bighuge
4.93/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Dark clear burgandy. A big ol fucking crop of light beige head sits on top and has the staying power of Peter North. Streams of CO2 surface rapidly. Lace is bountiful.

Aroma: One of the easiest 5's I've ever given. Simply amazing. A perfect blend of sweet and spice. Sweet orange. Ginger. Yeasty doughiness. Fruit sugars. Caramel. Raisin. And on...

Taste: While a 5 is not QUITE as easy to give away in this category, it is deserved here as well. Very flavorful. Full of fruit nuances like grape skin, pear, apple and plum. Raisin comes into play as well. Sourdough yeastiness. Bread pudding. Cracked pepper, corriander and mint leaves. This is a dandy.

Mouthfeel: Dissolves without effort in the mouth. Body is light-medium. Very appropriate and easy to drink.

Drinkability: 10%? You gotta be kidding. No signs whatsoever of EtOH. Not only does this beer pack a punch, but it's undetectable and very flavorful as well. A dangerous combo. This one is a marvel.

Bighuge, Apr 07, 2005
Photo of DrJay
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy toffee colour with a giant, dense, caramel head. There was plenty of big, clumpy lace throughout. Dark, dried fruits and yeast dominate the aroma, along with a bit of toffee. Caramel malt in the flavour, nice balance with some bready yeast. Chewy, fruity character here as well, along with mild spice in the finish. Smooth, rich texture. Another great beer from a superb brewery.

DrJay, Jan 28, 2006
Photo of glid02
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of Derek
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love this brewery!

A: Copper-brown, off-white head, nice retention and lace.

S: Dark fruit.

T: Dark fruit (prune & raisin), very Belgian. A spicy sweetness, like treacle or jaggery sugar. Very nice.

M: Moderate to full body, moderate carbonation.

D: Quite good.

Thanks DrJay!

Derek, Jan 24, 2006
Brasserie Des Rocs Triple Impériale from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
93 out of 100 based on 424 ratings.