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

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Reviews: 337
Hads: 451
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 36
Gots: 28 | FT: 2
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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

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Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 11-14-2004

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Photo of lou91
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It has been a while since I’ve had a wine cork and this one let out a nice pop. Dark and luscious, this beer looked and smelled great. It tasted just like it smelled and looked – rich, thick sweet and boozy. Rich honey wine maltiness with hints of coriander and orange peel. The taste just lingers on your tongue and palate as the alcohol warms your chest. The sweetness is bordering on being too much but the high gravity and silkiness make it ok. This may need some aging or some food to balance the sweetness. God bless the Belgians.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.82/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

Highly recommended for sure!

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Photo of Truh
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Discovered I was a hemophiliac with this one on 3/26/2005. 1 pt. 9.4 fl. oz. corked, capped and foiled bottle poured twice in an Allagash snifter.

Sticking and jostling full-bodied pillow plume of light mocha carbonation that settles to about ¼-inch for the whole pour. Deep ruby to lightly brown hue with generous floaters and a good amount of action. Very vinous on the nose, somewhat vinegary, along with some sweet chocolate and roasted touches. On the mouth some toffee and caramel notes jump through, but they seem to be overwhelmed by some sweet and sour alcohol notes that are, in a way, disconcerting. With the floaters, despite a careful pour, I would not get another, unless perhaps from the source.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the chalice chunky dark brown with a tall impressive off-white/tan head which rose tall and fell slowly to coat the glass.

The aroma was awesome. There, I said it, awesome. Dark carmel, dark raisins, prunes and plums all danced and played in the frothy goodness of the head till it fell. The aroma contained a noticeable spiciness and slight chocolate with a slight hint of roastiness.

The flavor was less spectacular that the aroma, but no slouch. The flavor contained a dark malty backbone with dark carmel and dark fruits, namely raisins and prunes. The flavors were subdued with slight Belgian spice present.

The finish was just dry with lasting dark carmel, dark fruits and a slight phenolic alcohol spice into the aftertaste. The body was medium full and appropriate for the style. The drinkability was good with some evidence of the alcohol content in the warming that came after consumption.

750 ml green bottle capped and corked. Best before 2006 on back label. The aroma on this beer was phenomenal, but a 5 is as high as we can rate it. If the taste had followed suit this could have been the highest beer I ever rated, but it just couldn't stand up to the pressure.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
4.82/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very foamy thick fully laced rocky and frothy goodness tops the muddy brown body among which abounds yeast chunks. Typical Abbaye des Rocs nose, explosive malts and yeast, plenty of jammy fruit esters and spicy hints (thyme, herbs). Appealing pecan pie, caramel and grapey complexity of the regular Des Rocs with a hefty dose of strawberries. Spicy and very sweet flavor profile, fruit pie, strong cloves. Has a definite christmas feel to it. I’d perhaps prefer a bit more hops to clean the sweetness a bit, but this is very good, if a bit cloying. Very smooth and comfortable medium body, maybe a bit thinner than the original. Okay, I don’t get the purpose of this beer that has characteristics from both the grand cru and regular, but loving the other 2, I can only enjoy this one.

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

Fortuitously found on a recent trip to a recently discovered liquor store, it comes in the standard issue 750 ml bottle we know and love. It pours deep reddish brown with a thick tan head. Little bits of yeast can be seen even with a careful pour. The smell is near paradise: loads of dark ripe fruit, some spice, and that wonderful smell of Belgian yeast. The smell is reminscent of a nice port. Unbelievably it tastes even better than it smells. The mouthfeel is a silky and creamy as it gets. Drinkability? It's too easy to forget this stuff is 10% abv. This is another stellar offering from the good people at des Rocs.

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Photo of BrewMaster
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Served in a tulip style glass at Lucky Baldwin's Belgian Beer Fest. Beautiful dark brown color with a thin light tan head.

Smell: Fruity, very fruity, but in a good way. Citrusy (orange?) with a good malty nose as well.

Taste: This is what we've all come to see. Very complex and interesting flavor in this beer. There is a good bit of smoky taste to this beer with a some sandy notes. Really, the beer is rich with fatty, bacon slathered malts. There's something silly going on in this beer. It's a good but nearly indescribable smokiness that is reminsicent of my breakfast this morning. It certianly doesn't taste like a Schlenkerla or anything, but it makes me think that this beer has lusted after the Schlenkerla on many a late night. There are other flavors though, despite what my review may lead you to think. The citrus flavors continue to the end along with a unique fruitines that I shall call pomegranate for lack of a better descriptor.

Mouthfeel: It dances in my mouth with smoothness not known to many beers. No funky aftertaste, just a clean, palate molesting goodness.

Drinkability: Sure, I'll have a another. I don't mind if I do. Chop chop love, get me another!

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served from a 750 ml corked and topped bottle with slight oxidation in the cork area

aroma: very sweet and malty as a triple should be without some of the awkward sourness in some like weyerbacher's merry monks.

taste: thick and creamy, hiding the 10% very well. dark flavors like coffee, chocolate, and wood perfectly accompany the dark brown body and foamy head

mouthfeel: heavy, but drinkable. lots of sediment, but it didn't bother me too much as i sipped and gave it some time to settle.

this is one of those that i tried simply because the label said 'triple', and turned out to be amazing. the bottle presentation is substandard and those willing to experiment will be very happy with this deluxe, indulgent triple. i will definitely have this again, and will look forward to trying another of their beers.

EDIT: not nearly as good in the 12oz. bottles, but still excellent. i'd give it a straight 4.0 in the small size.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of Wildman
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer appears to be a fairly new offering from them. It poured a cloudy dark red amber color with quite a bit of sediment present. It formed a bubbly off white head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. Some carbonation is present, peeking through the sediment. An aroma of malt, banana, caramel and candy with some spices. The flavor was malt, caramel and spices. The finish was creamy and a touch sweet. A nice new addition to their beers.

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Brasserie Des Rocs Triple Impériale from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
93 out of 100 based on 337 ratings.