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

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BA SCORE
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423 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 423
Reviews: 332
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 11.93%
Wants: 29
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 11-14-2004)
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maniac

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +4.5%

Appearance was a hazy dark cherry color with a large frothy off-white head. Aroma of citrus with hints of sourness, a good helping of sweet malts along with some spice. Flavor of fruit with hints of raisins. Lots of spice, and sweet malt. Very gentle for 10%.

06-27-2006 19:45:28 | More by maniac
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expatsteve

Wisconsin

4.93/5  rDev +17.7%

Appearance: Deep brown color with copper tones. No head, but light lacing. Medium viscosity, low clarity, with a medium body.

Aroma: Bread, plums, raisins, apricots. Malty finish, with white wine edge.

Taste: Rich and brilliant, with an immediate complexity that perfectly balances the alcohol in the beer. Dates, apricots and plums, with cider highlights. Bready, sweet-sour finish with deep malts. Brown sugar notes, with subtle cinnamon and cloves. Malts develop in depth and complexity over the course of a glass.

Mouthfeel: Medium body carries the flavor of the beer perfectly, and the smooth, malty finish caps the beer perfectly. Low carbonation adds to the smoothness of the beer in the tongue.

Drinkability: In many ways, I prefer the body of this beer to the Rocs Grand Cru (though the initial maltiness of the Cru still commends it - see my review). The balance between rich fruits, sour malts, and smooth finish balances this beer, making it particularly drinkable and complex without seeming overengineered.

06-23-2006 03:48:39 | More by expatsteve
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bditty187

Nebraska

4.45/5  rDev +6.2%

Coppery-red in hue with brown wholly interwoven; as, it seems, with all Des Rocs beers there are tons of floaties. I know they are harmless and healthy for me but they don’t look all that appealing. Plus they are tarnishing the very beautiful color this beer has. Beige foam, at the apex the head was a lovely three fingers tall. Head retention was respectable, after a few moments the head faded to a half finger cap. A thin cap lasted the entire consumption. The subsequent lacing was spotty and short-lived. Any sort of lacing and the appearance would have been perfect. I’ll take nearly perfect any day.

The nose is simply awesome. Yet again Des Rocs strikes gold with the aroma. A thin caramel malt layer supplies a foundation that allows a spicy-fruity hodgepodge to shine. Specially, I can detect notes of cloves, figs, spicy gum, apples, prunes, grapes, orange rinds, ginger, and even some chocolate. I swear there is a tickle of coriander. This is one yeasty brew. I wish the malt was a tad more robust. Moderate potency, very chatty… I enjoy everything it is saying. Complex and rewarding to smell; inviting, I can’t wait to take a sip.

The palate is very tasty. Sadly, I can’t help but nitpick right off the bat… I wish the malt profile was louder, stronger. As it is, the chocolate, caramel, cracker malt foundation is ample to support the yeasty flavors but I’d be happier if it exceeded them at times. With that complaint out of the way… the palate offers orange peel, coriander, ginger, spiced rum, apples, prunes, a stray melon rind, cloves, banana, and a spicy finish. The finish is home to chocolate, alcohol, and a fruity-spicy vibe; similar aftertaste with a nice lingering effect. This is a damn great beer, simple as that.

Around medium in body, low but natural carbonation, the mouthfeel is kind of slight but it fits this beer well enough. The mouthfeel is a tad ordinary.

It is plenty drinkable. I wish I bought the 750ml bottle and not the much too small 11.2oz bottle. Oh well. There *will* be a next time. This is one of my favorite Belgian brewers and I was not letdown. I purchased my sample in Kansas City, MO. I will get more. Recommended.

06-16-2006 14:42:41 | More by bditty187
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Golden2wenty1

Wisconsin

4.83/5  rDev +15.3%

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.

06-16-2006 02:07:17 | More by Golden2wenty1
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carln26

Missouri

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%

This beer pored a dark brown with subtle orange highlights. The head was 3 fingers thick, light tan, and lasted for at least 5 minutes. It has a very complex aroma. I get some spice at first. White pepper, a little coriander/ Then loads of malt come across. Lots of date, fig, maybe a little pomegranate. Throughout there is just a hint of orange citrus. It’s hard to tell if that is added, or if it is from the hops. The flavor has much of the malt character I detected in the nose. The figs, and dates are there, along with toffee. The spice comes midway with a bit more of the pepper, the coriander is a bit subdued. Mild bitterness on the finish accompanied by the orange. The mouth feel is smooth, slightly carbonated with just a slight alcohol warming. Very drinkable beer.

05-28-2006 15:11:10 | More by carln26
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.97/5  rDev +18.6%

This brew pours a murky brown color with enumerable floaties. The head is large and thick. Lacing is thorough, and leaves rings all the way down the glass. The aroma of spices, butter, creamy, caramel, and more spices. Very aromatic, and pleasing. The taste is all the aroma times ten. The aftertaste is full of lingering spices. The mouthfeel is beyond reproach; creamy, smooth, full bodied, lively carbonated. Overall, this is the best Belgian ale I have had to date, and one of the best beers period. The aroma, taste and feel all come together perfectly.

05-25-2006 22:53:08 | More by KarlHungus
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

4.68/5  rDev +11.7%

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

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

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

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

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

05-16-2006 20:29:44 | More by DaPeculierDane
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WesWes

New York

4.47/5  rDev +6.7%

The beer pours a cloudy dark brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has an intense malt scent that boasts of pale, roasted, and crystal malts along with loads of Belgian yeast aroma. It has a warm, roasted character that is fruity, but well balanced with the malts. The taste is awesome. This is one smooth beer, even at 10% alcohol. It's malty to the core with just enough spice and fruitiness the round out the taste. The mouthfeel is excellent. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is one awesome beer. I'm not the biggest Belgian beer fan, but I could drink this all day.

05-09-2006 18:12:03 | More by WesWes
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ommegangpbr

New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

From an 11.2 ounce bottle, pours with a sizeable head with sticky lacing.
Smells a bit like a Hennepin and Ommegang abbey slurry! Plenty of spices floating around with the strong dark and strong pale ale stuff going on. I had some Delirium Noel recently and this is similar. Sweet and spicy with black cherries dominating.
Mouthfeel is soft and smooth like a classy French dessert.
10% alcohol is not detectable in the nose or flavor. Also reminds me of Trois Pistoles and La Terrible from Unibroue.
This is much better when paired with salty food as the sweetness is potent.
Still, pretty delicious.

05-02-2006 09:28:29 | More by ommegangpbr
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dogfooddog

Panama

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

750ML bottle bbe 2006, served into a chalice at 50F. nice 25% head, this bottle came from the dreaded flourescent-light store but if I actually print this review it means no obvious damage. I have had this beer before in 33cl bottles.

Nose is heavy, sweet, sweet/sugared fruits.

Taste is malty and sweet, typical Ab. de Rocs notes, nearly invisible 10%, fruity but not floral. Amazing balance and entirely too drinkable for the ABV of this beer. Dessert-like sweetness is really quite delicious.

Aftertaste is sweet, somewhat malty further in, never turns dry.

This brewery is one of my favorite belgians and consistently produces a great product. Try their beers!

05-01-2006 03:57:38 | More by dogfooddog
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

From a big ole 750 mL corked bottle that required the strength of Hercules to crack open.

Pours as a scary ruddy amber with a ton of scrod chunkers of yeast floaties but to no worries leaving a respectable lattice lace in the glass.

Flavor and nose are encompassed with a vanilla softness and vanilla ice cream overture. This is a wonder in a bottle. Full on yeasty delicate nature with a cream soda flavor.

Feel is cushioned with a soft yet crisp feel. The bottle that I bought is well past date but who the frig cares?

First swigs: Vanilla starts and finishes the flavor. A dry gentle feel. Yeasty ice cream and apricot meets vanilla.

Last swigs: No wonder that this is so revereved. Gentle flavors comingle to an impressive dessert.

Beer is good. Happy Belgie beering.

04-23-2006 11:50:22 | More by blitheringidiot
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kbnooshay

New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

a- I picked up this 25.6 oz. bottle at Beers Of The World for a post job interview celebration. A celebration beer this certainly is. Really cool bottle and label that was foiled and corked. This poured a stunning burdgunian brown with lots of sheet like carboation. The head was gorgous; super frothy and tan with really tiny bubles that retain shape smoothly when you play with it.

The only weird thing was the huge ass white waxy chunks of ass floating around in the glass. They are suspended and will not sink no matter how you pour it. I normally drink yeast and all sorts of floaters but this stuff was HUGE and called for a coffee filter.

s- mmm. Up front we have this awesome apple/pear fruit flavor. The aroma is very sweet and there is no alcohol detected whatsoever. Nice malt sweetness.

t- This is insanely sweet and malty with awesome notes of apple and cherries.
Such a rich drinking experience.

mf: incredibly creamy and smooth! The carbonation causes some tounge tingling but nothing that detracts from the awesomeness of the feel.

d: 10% alcohol? Wtf? Are you shitting me? Where is it? This is SO drinkable and flavorful I love it. One of my favorite belgians to date. Definately my favorite style now.

04-23-2006 04:16:19 | More by kbnooshay
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bort11

Missouri

4.7/5  rDev +12.2%

11.2 oz bottle I got at Bubbles Wine and Spirits up North in KC. I love that place. I'll have to do a review.

A- I had let it sit out for about an hour to let it settle from the trip home. Even still it started to foam up as soon as the cap was cracked. Beautiful creamy off white head. It was a bit of a hard pour so it ended about 3 fingers high and took almost 10 minutes for it to settle down to a 1/4 inch sticky lace. The head was chunky but smooth like whip cream. The beer is a dirty milk chocolate brown with lots of sedement.

S- Oh man, that's good. It's sweet. Molasses, figs, and other dried fruit. For a 10% I'm not smelling the alcohol.

T- This is fun! There is some spiciness in the taste that wasn't there in the smell. Still very sweet, but not overwhelming. More dried fruits and molasses flavor. Some hint of malt.

M- Wow, it's like a beer milkshake. Very thick and creamy. I'm surprised I don't feel more carbonation on my tongue, especially after staring down that head. I'm only feeling a little bit of that 10%. It ends very dry only leaving some warmth as an aftertaste.

This is one of the best beers I've had in a while, and I want to go get more. I think the 11.2 oz bottle is the perfect serving. I've seen some reviews for a bomber, but that would be way too much. I am one happy beer drinker

04-14-2006 02:10:14 | More by bort11
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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

A - pours a dark walnut brown, with reuby red sparkles in the light, WOW, tons, and i mean tons, of sediment, with some moderate carbonation, it wells up a 1 1/4 finger thick tan head that lasts for some time

S - like a typical dark belgian, it smelled of dark fruits, like raisins or dates, with a tempting hint of molasses

T - the taste very much mirrors the aroma, darker fuits with a stronger molasses finish

M - heavy and smooth, very slippery down the pipe

D - well balanced, sweet and bitter a great brew, easily downed for its ABV

04-13-2006 01:33:33 | More by sinstaineddemon
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GeoffRizzo

Texas

4.7/5  rDev +12.2%

A tea like appearance, with a mighty thick tan head. Plums and day old bananas, with hints of alcohol and caramel on the nose. Silky smooth and at the same time chewy, with a complex body. Alcohol soaked raisins, dark tingly fruits, figs and some tender smoky malts. As this beauty warms, vanilla and dark roasted coffee beans come to the forefront; a near spicy and juicy body. A somewhat pasty and milkshake like finish, yet this is a dandy offering. Incredible stuff.

03-17-2006 02:59:11 | More by GeoffRizzo
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tonytuffnuts

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +5.7%

When first served, the off-white head stood almost 1/4 inch, eventually fizzing down to an enduring 1/8 inch on top of a dark amber body. Like unbleached wool, some thin beige strands remained from the original pour, lacing the glass with an unattractive residue. What remained leaned more toward a frothy/foamy head than a moist/bubbly one.

Smell was pretty intriguing: fruity notes of plum or fig, I noticed even a hint of banana lingering after I inhaled; honey and subtle brown sugar stood at the forefront.

My tastebuds were overpowered by the aromas. But, I noted weak traces of the aforementioned fruits on my tongue, in addition to red grapes. If anything, the honey masked an otherwise noticable taste of alcohol.

One of the smoothest drinking beers I've ever had. The bubbles are very unintrusive and unnoticable. Very sweet... in fact, I worry that a different batch could be too sweet. The sugars remained in my mouth long after the last sip. I'm looking forward to enjoying this a few times over the spring.

03-17-2006 01:09:22 | More by tonytuffnuts
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Erdinger2003

Iowa

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%

Pours out a little head that falls into a very thin head that's almost gone. Very weak lacing that's barely noticeable. Smell is very sugary, like caramel. Kinda nice. The taste is very sweet, with dark fruit undertones. Mouthfeel is just fine, pretty good. I would drink this again, but it seems like I would like a newer beer and it would be even better.

03-14-2006 13:06:33 | More by Erdinger2003
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Crosling

Colorado

4.28/5  rDev +2.1%

Dark brown color, with the perfect, loafy and creamy "Belgian" head. Rich and complex aroma, much more vibrant than previous bottles of the Grand Cru and Brune. Lightly peppery, spicy and herbaceous aromas (old hop pellets), which I attribute to hops, but I could be wrong. Scents of the attributes of Belgian yeast and dark malt are present as well, with hints of chocolate, plums, dark grapes, toffee and maple. The front palate begins with hints of burnt black currants, anise and a touch of cocoa beneath, which leads into the mid-palate, which is full of juicy bright red and dark fruits and light toffee. The finish is long and lingering, full of caramel flavors, while the alcohol makes its presence known throughout the flavor profile, but in a very subtle and elegant way. I like this beer, a lot. These Belgian beers just do it for me. I can’t help it.

03-13-2006 23:22:43 | More by Crosling
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Best before 2007 date

Pours light amber with ruby tinting, clear.
Massive beige, rocky head surges upward, finally settling to a 1/8" roof of froth, leaving ring-patterned lacework.
Aromatics filled with candied apples, red grapes, and fresh, bready, malt.
The nose continues with shades of cotton candy, vanilla, and raisins.
Medium body, a bit chewy and gummy.
Pallet starts off with syrup coated plums, green apple pulp, and grape gumdrops.
The mild warmth steps forward and mingles with fresh gum juice and triple sec.
Finishes somewhat slow, warming and mildly sweet.
Extremely drinkable for such a big beer, and already dried out quite a bit in one year.
I can see "stellar" in 3-5 years.
Big thanks to HopasaurusRex for picking these up for me.

03-13-2006 23:10:39 | More by brewandbbq
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Billolick

New York

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

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

02-26-2006 23:55:59 | More by Billolick
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francisweizen

Alaska

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

This one is a classic. I've had it on several occasions, but these notes are for the tap version which I sampled a few times some months ago at the Steelgaarden below the brew works in Bethlehem. This one is a cracked out triple sorta thing for sure. Dark rasiny/plum brune with a nice off-white head of foam that is big, bubbly, and lasting. Aromas are all brown sugar, a bit of maple, and tripley spices, as well as a nice clean maltiness and a light hoppiness to bring it all together. The taste is spicy and strong with the burnt brown/maple sugar flavors abounding on the buds. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to thick, and drinkability is very nice.

02-23-2006 23:28:58 | More by francisweizen
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kkipple

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -3.8%

Brasserie Des Rocs Triple Imperiale... how can you not dig a name like that? I have to admit this is a new style for me; it's the first true Belgian Strong I've had. Let's see how it does...

It fills my glass with a beautiful, huge, foamy head. Color is a heavy, thick brown, nearly opaque. Looks awfully promising.

Smell is outstanding. Brown sugar, prunes, and al-co-hol. Wow, is the booze evident. Drinker beware!

Taste is as advertised. Heavy alcohol, plums, caramelized sugar and malts. Wow, this is sweet. A lot like a dessert beer... smooth and heavy. This may be the sweetest beer I've ever had. I'm really liking this... of course, the 10% could be helping here too...

Mouthfeel is: syrupy, strong, and sweet. Goodness, this is sweet. Brown sugar all the way. Mmmm...

The sweetness does cut both ways; I wouldn't have more than 10 - 12 ounces of this, it's just TOO sweet. Very very tasty, but the sugar gets to one after a while. Split the big bottle with a well-liked friend.

This is a fantastic, extremely sweet beer. Alcohol is amazingly apparent and will do a number on you if you don't watch out. I highly recommend splitting this 750ml bottle with a friend. Did I mention it's sweet? Huh, so I did... Dam 10%... That said, try this if you get a chance. I know I'll be buying it again for shure.

Props to Faustgeist for sharing his!

02-21-2006 03:45:15 | More by kkipple
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Prufrock

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -9.8%

25.6 oz. bottle poured into a goblet.

hazy medium brown with an inch of off-white head that leaves strings of lace.

malty, fruity sweetness in the nose. honey, raisins, cherries, prunes and a hint of alcohol.

thickly but not cloyingly sweet. smooth and slick with a nice balancing carbonation. malty and rich, sugary and sweet like canned fruits. drinkability hurt by the 10% and the sweetness, which wears out its welcome about halfway through the 750mL.

02-20-2006 19:03:25 | More by Prufrock
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geexploitation

Indiana

4.4/5  rDev +5%

I'm amazed I was only recently introduced to this beer. I'm happy that I finally made the acquaintance. Pours with a huge tannish head and deep ruby brown body. Too dark to see through. Huge beet sugar nose, with some underlying raisin, but the overall impression the nose leaves is that this is gonna be one sweet beer. The taste is quite sweet, almost medicinally so. Lots of beet sugar up front, followed by dates and a hint of chocolate along with some bright fruit (pear, perhaps?). Very thick, sugary mouthfeel with pinpoint carbonation at the tip of the tongue. This is a sippin' beer all the way. It evolves over an evening, and each sip brings the desire to have another.

Overall, a wonderful beer. Highly recommended. I can't wait to try more from this brewery.

02-18-2006 04:39:05 | More by geexploitation
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%

A fantastic beer that falls somewhere between Kasteel Bruin in sweetness and Chimay Blue in fruity esters.

The beer errupts from the bottle, robbing me from a good portion of the 11.2 oz. bottle. But after the beer settles down a bit, the bronze colored, hazy, well-retained beer distictly screams Belgian. With great rocky head formation and lacing, this is a good looking beer.

The aromas are ideally malty / candy sweet, dried stone fruits, melded spiciness, and powerful alcohols. All come together very well and create an alluring aroma.

Tastes are similar with highlights on figs and dates, nuts, berries, confectionate sugar, belgian tartness, light spiciness, and strong alcohols.

Very full and rich to the mouth. Almost thick up front but finishing with a sweet dryness.

The beer does pose a mild vinous character and with cough syrup-like hotness, and a hint of a grape soda flavor just before the finish. Dangerously close to perfection but there are the slight inconsistencies that keep it from the Rochefort 10's out there. Hats off to Brassarie Des Rocs for a most pleasurable beer.

Thanks Cheezdawg! (04/18/10)

02-11-2006 18:49:25 | More by BEERchitect
Brasserie Des Rocs Triple Impériale from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
93 out of 100 based on 423 ratings.