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

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Brasserie Des Rocs Triple ImpérialeBrasserie Des Rocs Triple Impériale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by TheLongBeachBum on 11-14-2004

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Photo of Neorebel
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into my Chimay glass and observed the color to be a deep chestnut, with plenty of sediment/re-fermented yeast present. A frothy, off-white head appears but dissipates quickly, leaving only a thin covering. The aroma is extraordinary - with spices and many fruity elements, such as green apple, pear, and plum. Flavor - has some tart cherry that I did not detect in the aroma as well as the apple spice. Begins very sweet and has a touch of bitterness in the finish. I am noticing a woody earthiness, that comes off a little chalky to me. I'm taking some points off for this. The beer coats the palate nicely and the alcohol heat only reveals itself once it's down. Overall I'm a little disappointed but I'd like to try it again for a follow-up review.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.46/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Yeah, that's right, this is the Emperor's tripel, boy! Anyway, this stuff pours a mostly clear sunset bronze-amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. Some floaties show up, but nothing much to speak of. The nose comprises plenty of dark fruits (primarily figs, though some dates shine through as well), Belgian yeast, clove, light cinnamon, candied orange peel, and good amount of sweet biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, leading with the spices, then into a sweeter version of the fruits, then a strong wave of caramel, biscuit, and booze. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a nice tripel, but the booze is a touch off-putting, and it comes across more like a spicy BSDA than a tripel, but it still ain't bad.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of Philousa
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chestnut with two finger head that settles to thinly cover the glass. Light carbonation hits the nose first. Dark fruit, plum, raisin, rich caramel, nuts. Full body is evident. Some smoke comes as it warms. Raisin, plum, and red grapes hit the tongue first. The full body lingers with a tinge of bitterness. Rich caramel stays with you as well. Silky chocolate comes as it warms, with multiple sips. Spices also come out well, cinnamon and allspice mostly. Medium to thick mouthfeel. Drinkable, but you know a lot went into this beer. The alcohol is hidden very well, never would have guessed this at 10%.

I warmed up to this beer as it warmed to ambient temperature. The label of a dark Tripel really threw me off. This is a Belgian Strong Dark in my opinion, and it should flaunt this fact, as it is a great showcase for the style. All the good qualities are there: high ABV that's well hidden, stone fruit prominent in the nose and flavor, great body, and rich flavors that are offset by the barely there hops, used only for bittering purposes. The only complaint or word of wisdom would be to watch out for the temperature for this beer, because I let it sit out too much and it started tasting like grape juice a little too much. Grape juice with spices and bitterness, that is.

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Photo of mynie
4.67/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a candyish red, like one of them tropical Starbursts. Not what you'd expect from a tripel, but still very pretty.

Smells very sweet and lightly tart. Nodes of plums and apples are present, along with grapes and caramel, and just a wee lil' wisp of yeasty alcohol. Nice and complex, but I'm a bit worried that this'll be tart. N-nothing against tart beers, but I was kinda in the mood for a malty Beligian...

And, well, I guess I shouldn't have trusted my nose. The big fruit nodes are still present in the flavor. Up front, at the very short beginning of the sip, they hit you almost as strong as a Flanders red. But they subside quickly, replaced by a middle that's as smooth and dully sweet as a tootsie roll, finishing off in a gloriously savory ending that's like a combination of alcohol, tobacco, and firearms.

Taken separate, the very beginning or end could be considered cloying. But that long, drawn out middle connects them wonderfully, and the result is an amazingly well-balanced beer that still manages to be adventurous and extreme. It's fabulous.

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Photo of mikedotnet
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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)!

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Photo of jrenihan
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks to be bottled 2008.

Beer is dark brown, moderately-sized beige head. Retention is limited. Some lacing.

Smell is great. Dark candied fruit, particularly plum, fig, grape and cherry. A bit of spice. Reminiscent of port. A bit malty. Very strong scent.

Taste is thinner than expected, but good. Same fruit flavours as in the nose are present. A very slight tartness. Fairly sweet but not overly so. Pepper and a bit of other spice.

Fairly syrupy feel, lighter than expected body (though certainly not light). Pretty high carbonation. Sweetness dries out the mouth a bit. Pretty good.

A really nice beer!

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Photo of thadbme
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark carmelized brown with a foam head that went away less than a minute after pouring into a maudite glass. Appears to be slightly carbonated from the bubbling.

S: Even mix of caramel and malt. Doesn't smell to be overly strong alcohol content.

T: Tastes a bit more malty than carmamel for my tastes. It is a bit complex, in that i'm having to take several sips to try to read into what some of the other folks have posted. After a bit I did pick up on the fruit. Nice and drinkable.

M: A bit more carbonation than I like. It may improve with sitting a little bit. Medium body.

O: Seems to be a very drinkable beer, and I will have no problem taking down this 750 by myself. It has a touch too much carbonation than I prefer. This one doesn't seem to set itself out from the pack from me, but its worth a try. *EDIT* I let this sit for a few minutes and after the carbonation wore down I like it a lot more.

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Photo of ckollias
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 11.2oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Hazy dark auburn brew with a thick, frothy, white, two-finger head that quickly dissipates. Leaves an incomplete ring down the side of the glass and ends in a wispy lace.

S: Strong malty and caramel scent. The alcohol and yeast give off a well-balanced aroma. It has a spicy fruity finish

T: Complex beer with lots of flavors. The brew tastes very sweet with heavy caramel flavor and hints of dark fruits. Very smooth and easy to drink. The alcohol is nicely masked by the sweetness.

M: Heavy body and medium carbonation

O: This is my second time tasting this beer and it had not disappointed either time. It well balanced, easily drinkable, and had a wonderful complex flavor.

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. $8.99 from Beer Run. Best before 18/12/2011, so it must be a few years old.

Appearance: There is some crud around the inside of the bottle, right above the fluid line and some of that ends up in the glass. The beer pours a orangey-brown with some haze. I expect it will clear on warming. The head is surprisingly small and there's little lacing.

Smell: Rich, sweet candied dates and raisins. Malty and not hot boozy smelling, but a bit like a port.

Taste: Very tasty, but maybe a bit simplistic. Not very complex. If you like sweet, malty beer with lots of raisin/date notes this is for you. Just a little spice, and nearly undetectable alcohol, except for a slight bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel: Soft and slick, with just the right amount of carbonation to make it slightly foamy in the mouth. Very well done.

Overall: Well, the numbers don't add up, but I really like this one quite a bit. Better than the Grand Cru.

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Photo of Kendo
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best-by date on the bottle is 11/20/12; consumed on July 16, 2011.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. First comment on appearance was "Interesting." It pours brown out of the bottle, but then looks black in the glass. However, when backlit it becomes mahogany. A small khaki head settles on top, leaves a little bit of lace.

S: Nice Belgian-type smells: big-time dark and dried fruits - think raisins & prunes - and a bit of earthiness. Also some plums and grapes in the nose.

T: Candied sugar and darker fruits - plums and raisins. Yeasty earthiness noted. Also a touch of alcohol heat going down, but no real booze noted in the flavor. Finishes clean but with a faint lingering sweetness.

M: Call it medium in heft. Good airy fizziness makes it seem lighter.

O: Very good - a nice beer that was full-flavored yet fairly easy to drink.

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark cherry red w/ a brown two finger head. Nice carbonation and good lacing. Very dense, and can't really see more than light streaks through it. Nice looking beer.

S- Cherry, rum, figs, malt, sugar sweetness, maybe some whiskey in there? Nice smelling, and the cherry is the predominant smell. Everything is pretty balanced as well, although the mildness of the nose keeps the score from being higher.

T- In addition to the nose, there's a woody-ness to the taste as well. Almost like it was aged in oak barrels, or something to that effect. Nice, but not world class in my humble opinion- it's too one dimensional for that.

M- Very chewy, bready w/ a substantial, but not heavy feel to the beer. Nice.

O- Nice beer, but definitely not best in style for me. Still, it's worth drinking if you haven't tried it before. I enjoyed this one, and glad it wasn't skunked (from the green glass).

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Photo of Reaper16
2.96/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours lighter than expected: a caramel & breadcrust shade of brown. It looks like a brown ale in many respects. A lovely butterscotch head of 1.25 fingers forms, leaving walls of lacing around the entirety of the glass. It's too bad that this beer has, as BA member FernMaster once wrote about another Brasserie des Rocs beer, more floating particles than the first level of Vectorman. Nasty protein clumps fill the glass from the first second of the pour. They make a pretty beer ugly, like Ron Paul tshirts do to girls. It's gross.

Thankfully, this beer has a pretty solid aroma. Candied apples, fruitcake, butterscotch, distant rum, cherry-vanilla, a distant herbal component. No surprises, but everything works well together.

Attempting to drink this beer around the island-sized clumps of protein is difficult. Seriously, I think that Oceanic flight 815 crashed over one of these things. I eventually spooned out the giant ones. The beer itself, well, it's alright. Some warming alcohol notes, lots of fruitcake flavors. A bit of a cola taste on the midpalate, before fading to a pretty meh, sickly-sweet malt finish. This is average stuff. I'd be having a better time drinking it though if I could take normal human sized sips.

The mouthfeel is hard to gauge. I mean, let enough liquid into your mouth and the beer feels like you're drinking cottage cheese. That's not good. If you can somehow strain the beer, then it's ultimately sort of watery for the style. It lacks the proper attenuation that I expect from a BSDA that is on the lighter side of the style.

Overall, I'm going to say that this is an average beer for the style. Because, if you mostly ignore the yeast islands, it is. If you heavily consider the yeast islands though, ugh.

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Photo of nickhiller
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: amber-brown, flat, no head.

S: sugary malt, bread and biscuit

T: tastes like an alcohol-free malt drink, no even the faintest suggestion of hops, Belgian candy and brown sugar, biscuit, rubber, topped off by a nice smoky charcoal/cigar finish

M: pleasantly smooth, just enough carbonation to tickle the tongue

O: delicious, I was skeptical going into this--I'm not a huge fan of big malty beers--but this one really surprised.

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Photo of afinepilsner
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2oz brown bottle
10% abv

Brasserie des Rocs Triple Imperiale was dark brown in color (red with some sediment floating about when held to a light). It had a large off-white head with very good retention and left a little lacing. The smell was dark fruit, dark malt, and spicy yeast. The taste was malt, dark fruit, and yeast flavors and spices. The finish was long, fruity, and semi-dry. The mouthfeel was very good with a full body and creamy carbonation. The drinkability was excellent. This is a very good Belgian Ale and well worth trying out.

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Photo of metter98
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very hazy brown in color and poured with a finger high beige head that slowly died down and left a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and wispy patterns of bubbles in the center. There are lots of chunky yeast particles visible floating in suspension.
S: There are strong aromas of dark fruits in the nose--plums and raisins stand out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the taste is rather fruity and has flavors of dark fruits and yeast. There are notes of malty sweetness and some hints of spices.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and smooth on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer goes down very smoothly and the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

Note: Expiration date on bottle indicates best before end of 2009, so this beer must be aged.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml. capped bottle into a large wine glass. The Triple Impériale has been resting in my cellar for some time, Alas, a bit of age seems in order for this non-tripel Triple, it being a BSDA in disguise.

Pours a medium brown with some ruby highlights and offers half an inch of off white cap. A bit of yeast chunk floats around even after some sensitive handling and storage. Best before June 2012 fyi. Holds a thin surface film throughout.

Pleasant nose of Belgian yeast notes muddled with brown sugar. Not a whole lot of variety here and with some alcohol esters playing a notable role. Bit of muddled fig as well. Seems a bit stale however, though Belgian notes reveal themselves more with exposure.

Taste follows with sweet and fruity notes. Chewy yet without being sweet per se. Finishes with some brown sugar barleywine notes and a return of dried fig and prune. Smooth and pleasant yet the brown sugar is a bit too dominant here as well.

Quite enjoyable and with a great level of carbonation. Nose improves through the bottle. A fresher bottle would likely be more enjoyable as well as for the flavor. A bit too oriented towards a brown sugar flavor. A fresher brew may or may not offer such character. In the mean time filter this one for the yeast/protein chunk is out of control in the end.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served in my Captain Lawrence tulip at 53 degrees. Best before end 2009 indicated on the back label. Bottle opens with a slight gush. Pours a murky mahogany with a dense and frothy two inch, cream-colored head that eventually settles into a solid quarter inch cap. Lots of floaties present in solution and also dispersed across the surface of the head. I'm really digging the nose on this - candied dark fruit (figs and prunes) at first, but there's also an earthy woodiness present in the mix, as well as a trace of spice. Taste follows nose - not as sweet or cloying as suggested by the nose. A bit of caramel or toffee follows that candied fruit before revealing some cherry tartnesss towards the finish. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a pleasant, even carbonation and a light bit of astringency towards the end. A truly top notch example of the style. Easy drinking and complex without being overly sweet. Alcohol is extremely well-hidden as well at 10%. I'll have to pick-up a newer vintage to see how it compares.

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Photo of impending
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Trappist. Pours a pleasant clear copper cola, served with minimal head, little lacing.

First rate in complexity of aroma. The number of descriptors to define this aroma are vast. Very nice.

WoW - where to begin with the taste, again tremendous complexity. This is a meld of a tripel / dark ale / oud bruin and a hint of saison. Mouthfeel is thin and creamy smooth.

The bottle version sometimes delivers floaties the size of Rhode Island, the kind you catch on your tongue and an image of a bug crosses your mind.

It's dark in the backyard, mid summer cicadas are roaring in the background, it's a great night, great to be alive, yet the floaties would freak you out making it . . . undrinkable!

Complex by every measure.
cheers
jd

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Photo of nezelrac
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this on tap at my local

A - hazy pale brown with light tan head little retention or lacing; looks almost chunky with yeast

S - yeasty, malty, rising bread dough, baked banana, hints of dried sour cherry

T - big malty profile for a triple, plenty of yeast-driven flavors, decent length with a spicy/estery finish

M - creamy, moderate CO2, maltiness takes the edge off the typical tartness

D - well made and very enjoyable, malt makes it slow going

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Photo of AlexF
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml, bought in Philly during a trip.
Poured in a chalice.

Deep brown caramel colour, with a no-so-foamy head that vanished quickly. However, a nice but thin layer of fine bubbles remained for several minutes, if not the entire sipping session (and sipping 750 ml is long!). LOTS of yeasts in suspension, which reduces the attractiveness of the brew.

I expected something fruity, but notes of grass and earth were very vibrant. Dark chocolate. Peanut butter (?!).

This tastes good!! Very complex beer, with a strong hoppy and malty start, and a caramely-alcoholy finish. Alcohol content not quite well hidden, but not in a bad way.

I recommend this brew!

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Photo of crnipeter
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

300 ml bottle, BB date reads 20. December 2012, into baby Chimay (180 ml) chalice. Pours sparkling beige head that slowly recedes (later pours exhibit less head retention) to a firm cloth atop of hazy, deep coppery-brown body with loads of tiny yeast particles. The floaties are not loathsome by any means and only enhance the natural aspects of the beer. Aroma is rich malty sweetness with honeyish notes, fruity esters of plum, raisin and dried cherries, nutmeg-like spiciness, faint peppery phenolics and nearly imperceptible alcohol. Flavor is rich, almost Mucih-type like malty sweetness with bready overtones, dried dark fruits, nutmeg and subtle bitterness, however, the balance is entirely towards the malt. Finishes sweet. Medium to full bodied, viscous and creamy with soft carbonation, tends to coat the lips with gooish sweet film.

In short: a rich malty, fruity brew with nutmeg-like spiciness and sticky texture.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at State Line. Served in a wine glass.

Pours dark brown with a slight head that falls to a thin collar and a galaxy cap. Spins out to a thin collar throughout. The nose is not clearly as sweet as the Brune. There is a stronger plum/prune character with some very slight spice. There is some grape in the nose. The taste is dry without too much sweetness. A bit of mild earthy character; maybe some slight hints of tobacco. There are plum and dark fruits as well. Mild date character. The finish is a bit too dry and mildly astringent. Strange, somewhat-sharp dryness there. No booze at all, which is quite impressive. Drinkable but nowhere near the level of the Brune.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured into a Russian river tulip. Beer is brien and hazy with a halo head of off white bubbles. Some lacing and low carbonation.

Aroma is bready and sweet with lots of esters.

Beer is thin and sweet up front and mildly dry. The finish has a mild roast and a mild bitterness. Lots of yeast character on the early to midpalate. Decent mouthfeel and a nice finish.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a auburn-brown body with a frothy, cloying head that died slow and left a lace ring down the glass. A great aroma of orange/yeast that I always find in Belgians and then a large, sweet (caramel) malt smell with some breadiness and a minor touch of hops and fruit. A real smooth, medium body that borders on creaminess. Has a strong, sweet taste of caramel, chocolate and some sugary/sticky like maple or...a touch of breadiness gives the malts balance and a bit of its dry edge. There are also some citrc hops and something akin to tropical fruits in the backend, giving a slightly fruity taste as it finishes which works well w/ the malts. A easy and wonderful to enjoy sipper that has a touch of complexity and I still can't believe the ABV hits 10%; they did a grat job having ABV complement beer but not overpower it.

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Brasserie Des Rocs Triple Impériale from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
93 out of 100 based on 341 ratings.