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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%

Brewed by:
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 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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2007 20:24:11 | More by Wasatch
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 08:20:30 | More by corby112
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2005 23:52:10 | More by ppoitras
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 01:50:16 | More by biegaman
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 johnmichaelsen


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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2007 23:53:04 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2006 04:11:50 | More by Viggo
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2005 04:39:52 | More by Bighuge
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2006 03:40:22 | More by DrJay
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2009 04:20:00 | More by glid02
Photo of Gusler


4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer after its release from the 750ml bottle sets in the chalice a beclouded burgundy color an off white creamy head that towers over the luscious body, as it slowly decomposes; the lace forms a thick blanket upon the glass. Nose is rich with the aroma of black cherries, walnuts, sweet malt, hints of alcohol, and fresh toasted bread, what a treat to just smell this beer. Start is sweet with malt and cherries, touch of spices, and the top medium to full. Finish has a stern acidity, the hops delectable, the cherries and malt last to the dry ending, the alcohol warms the innards, and all I can say is “Woo Hoo”!

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2007 23:06:22 | More by Gusler
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2007 22:42:36 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

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!

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2006 02:53:28 | More by Derek
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South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a murky light brown with tons of sediment with a two finger khaki colored head that subsided to half a finger very slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bread, dark fruit, and raisins. The flavor was of sweet malt, bread, dark fruit, raisins, and cream. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium carbonation which reminded me of a thin milkshake. Overall this was a decent brew. At first this one was a little off-putting due to all of the sediment present in it. Even with all of the sediment present in this glass the flavor and aroma on this one was still quite nice. There was a ton of dark fruit going on here, specifically raisin. This was definitely the factor that made this brew enjoyable. Definitely worth trying with or without the sediment.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2012 11:45:55 | More by thagr81us
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 Bitterbill


4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle a...dang! It started foaming over all over the place. I had to rush it to the kitchen and grab another couple of glasses so I wouldn't lose too much of it.

Well, after it finall settled down, it poured a cloudy rusty brown with, umm, a large head of foam that shrank slowly leaving a solid fine layer with lots of lacing.

The smell hit me before I ever got the cap fully off..it was a huge nose of sweet caramel malty goodness mixed in with good fruity tones like plum and apricot.

The taste is hugely sweet caramel but it's done right; the sweetness is not cloying and in fact, not negative in any way shape or form. My goodness, I'm now dreading the fact that I lost even 1 drop of this amazing brew.

After a few more sips, my palate begins to pick up on the fruity notes that I noted in the smell. Plum, a bit of apricot and some fig. I can't sense *any* bitterness what so ever and that's just fine by me. What a treat! And as far as it's abv by % goes..you've got to be kidding me!! 10%??? No sign of it in the taste at all and just a touch of warming as it goes down. Wow. Yum. This is world class stuff!!!

Bottom line: This is a brew that, if you see it in your neck of the woods, is *not* to be ignored! I recommend it on the highest level!
Just be *careful* when opening it!!!

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2006 17:50:59 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of largadeer


2.42/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Poured from a foiled/capped 750ml bottle. Nice presentation. The beer itself is a slightly cloudy dark amber with a huge layer of foam on top.

Smell: Sickly sweet dried fruit, brown sugar and a touch of alcohol. I found this somewhat gag-inducing in its sweetness.

Taste: The taste is just as sweet as the smell; figs, raisins, dried tropical fruits, prune juice, molasses... Absolutely no balance, it's excessively rich and sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and perhaps a touch overcarbonated.

Drinkability: I can't see myself ever wanting to drink this again, it's entirely too sweet for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2007 23:28:36 | More by largadeer
Photo of RoyalT


4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2004 03:48:47 | More by RoyalT
Photo of scruffwhor


4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great brewery in general. No bad beers to be had from this place.

The color is a muddled mahagoony and red oak color. Hard to see some of that carbonation. The carbonation shows itself with a good two finger starter head that eventually recedes to nothing. The color is a sweet, and holiday spicey aroma. Candy toasted malts with some hints of alcohol. Not detering, but inviting you. The tase is inviting as it is pleasing. The sweet, cabdy like malt is great. Makes your day a little sweeter after getting off work. Hints of sweet toffee, amber mlats, light molasses and brown sugar. Not as much carbonation as I would of liked, but still sweet, malty and spicey overall. And fun to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2007 04:50:21 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of LiquidAmber


4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a hazy, deep red brown amber, massive head and very active carbonation. A number of dark brown, fruit flavored chunks floating at the top. Head is long lasting and leaves massive lacing. Powerful aroma of caramel malt, dark fruits, inviting. Very pleasant dark fruits, very malty, and caramel flavor. Complex and medium to heavy bodied. A very nice ale that I hope to revisit often.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 03:43:09 | More by LiquidAmber
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4.9/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: There it was, on the shelves of Wine Country in Long Beach, screaming to be beer-napped at only $7.99 for a 750ml green glass dimple based wine style bottle. The neck has a thick black foil that is silver on the underside when ripped off. Once the foil had gone, the large black crown cap is revealed, it sports a colorful Abbaye des Rocs Coat of Arms. Once the crown cap is prized off, I finally had chance to use my fancy and rather nifty Rabbit Corkscrew to rip out the embedded cork in no time, these Rabbit Corkscrews are fucking impressive!! The main label has the distinctive AdR generic label, with a dark red background yet in this instance it is listed with its new Moniker of just ‘Brasserie Des Rocs’, the ‘Triple Impériale’ is below in a small white Arial style font. Listed at 10% Alc. /Vol. listed, recommended serving temperature 52-56°F (11.1 - 13.3°C)

Appearance: Simply the Best – Luxurious - Sheer Perfection – the ultimate 5.0! The Beer Angels fill the glass with a gossamer shimmed beauty that could grace the cat-walks of any Hoi-Polloi upper crust fancy-schmancy fashion court any day of the week. This is a stunning, awesome, dark brown skinned sexy beauty that wears a smooth looking see-through silky light tan dress that always follows the contours of the Body. The clinging head dress defines this brew, yet never reveals the naked body at any point, quite simply, one of the best presented beers that I have ever seen.

Nose: Awesome sexy dark fruits drip off the nipples of the chest of this teasing brew. I want to lick them harder. Silky figs, prunes, raisins, skinned plums and thick malts wrap the air around your nose with sheer delight. Impressively stunning nose that entices.

Taste: Soft and silky smooth toffee malts mix with dark complex fruits, raisins, figs and prunes. High profile tastes slide across the tongue like a rocket powered BSDA sled. Gorgeous taste profile, soaked in alcohol and incredibly inviting. Like the nose, just sheer perfection. Oh if only I could nibble on the juicy currant nipples of this awesome brew…..incredibly addictive.

Mouthfeel: When I say that this has an “Abbaye or Brasserie des Rocs” mouthfeel, it is no understatement, all of their darker brews have this marvelous silky, perfect feel that beggars description or belief. The new Triple Impériale has a Brasserie des Rocs ‘signature’ mouthfeel. Why is it that this high quality producer can consistently produce a silky smooth sheer mouthfeel that many a brewer would kill to recreate?? I have no idea how they do it – but it is one of the most outstanding characteristics of any BdR brews that deserves recognition.

Drinkability: What to say?? Get the intravenous drip and pipe me up………

Overall: Whether it is known as Abbaye, or simply Brasserie, Des Rocs, these people know how to brew!!! I have been very fortunate to have been to both the Brewery (Easter 2000) and the local Bar, Taverne Du Château (Easter 2004) set on the upper right corner of the beautiful daffodil encrusted green in Montignies-sur-Rocs. Wherever you decide to drink these brews, one thing is for sure, a 750ml of any Brasserie de Rocs beers, at less than $8 for a 750ml off the shelf in the US, clearly rips the pants off of any West Coast “so-called” Belgium offering which may cost upwards of 25% more a bottle. So save your money and buy the Triple Impériale which kicks all others square in the balls. Quality beer is not always expensive!! Think about that the next time you want to buy a good quality Belgium brew, or one that will actually last in the Cellar!!! I know where I’m investing my money from hereon in and sadly it is not with some locally produced overpriced beer that has failed me in the past. For a whole $2 less a bottle, you can have the REAL thing!!! Bear that in mind.

If this remains at less than $8 for a 750ml, Belgium beer is still king, even in the USA!!! Brasserie des Rocs - Rocks!!

HIGHLY Recommended, sell your Mother to get this.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2005 07:41:42 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from a 11.2 oz bottle into a Gouden chalice.

The beer pours a dark brown with lots of amber highlights. There is a ton of yeast floaties moving about. The head is tan, noting special....The aroma is malty, brown sugar prunes, caramel, a lighter yeastier quad. Not bad... The taste is pruney tea with yeast. Really pretty boring but drinkable.

This is a re-review, really much lower than the original review.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 23:09:53 | More by jrallen34
Photo of cokes


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

Gloomy maroon copper, mostly clear, but spotted with a few scattered flakes, and boasting a proud buttery beige head.
Touting a dark fruit punch aroma, spiked, of course. The nose hums with figs and dates and pineapples, and mango, and pears, slathered generously with caramel, pricked with pepper and anise, rum, granite, and farm.
Sweeter than either the "regular" or the Grand Cru, this is a plumy, raisiny, datey, figgy, grapey, jammy, fruit explosion. While dark-leaning upfront, it grows increasingly lighter and tropical as it breathes. Pears, and apples, and plantains, and mangos, and kiwis, all caramelized, seared on the grill with hearty gobs of brown sugar and honey and maple syrup. Yeast contributes dough, orange peel, white pepper, chalk dust and horse hair. The alcohol content, while deftly masked, still wiggles out tenticles of spiced rum heat. The conclusion is a gelatin of lingering fruit sugar, braced with a bittering floral notion of pressed roses and lavender. For all practical purposes, this is a Belgian barleywine.
Yes, this is nearly mouth-bindingly sweet. But the pillowed heft, grace, and levity of the bubbles belies a grabby thick liquid. It is, in essence, a sipper, but it begs, dares, and ultimately forces a person to slobberingly gulp larger amounts.
This should cloy up, but it never does. Kudos on that. Can you hear me clapping? "Sweet" comes up a lot (and not merely because of my sophomoric cries of adoration, though it does there too)...this is a ticket to insulin dependence. But damn worth it.
Better than the Grand Cru, but not quite at the beer apex that is the Regular/Brune....but it takes that at least 3 years for that to reach its summit. Give this that sort of time---if not a twice that, or more---and this may be, should be, will be:
Consider this younger stuff a mere preview of Elysia.

Edit 6/21/11:
One of my last "best before 2007" bottles. It ages well as expected, though it suffers from the Des Rocs yeast coagulation and requires a careful hand with the pour. Sherry and brown sugar surge upward, and the brighter tropical notes are suppressed. Figs and molasses, with drier walnut nuttiness. This is a malt bath that hasn't radically changed since it was fresh and could easily go another 5-10 yeast. The foil was blown on my bottle, prompting an unfounded fear that the cork had failed.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2005 07:53:32 | More by cokes
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3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy dark brown color. A two finger beige head forms with good retention. Rings of sticky spiderweb looking lace are left behind.
S: Dark fruits of plums and chocolate covered raisins. Dry wood. Sweet malt and yeast. There are lots of layers in the nose.
T: This is earthy, if that makes since? Sweet malt, dark fruits, and chocolate. Lots of dry wood.
M/D: A full body with medium carbonation. Did I say this was dry? The alcohol shows, but it is easy to sip on.

This is a good beer. More flavor comes out as this warms up. The earthy and and dryness are very distinct for this brewery. Something I would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2009 00:23:41 | More by champ103
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4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at La Chatalaine in Dublin Ohio. Dark copper color with a hint of haziness, nice lacing from the light tan head. The aroma is really strong with darkish fruits, I imagined cherries, figs, and raisins. Really nice. The flavor had the fruits, but mixed with a splash of cough syrup (I could do without that) and a mild alcoholic burn on the backside. Still good, as I like the dark fruit flavor in this style of beer. Nice authentic Belgian Dark Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2007 23:47:14 | More by TurdFurgison
Brasserie Des Rocs Triple Impériale from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
93 out of 100 based on 413 ratings.