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

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Ratings: 437
Reviews: 336
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 35
Gots: 21 | FT: 2
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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 alexgash
4.82/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally get to try this beaut. Murky copper garnet body. Some sediment made its way in. Two fingers of rocky, off-white/cream head. Tangy sweet fruit all over the nose. Ripe apples, pears, plums, cherries in a fruit cocktail sauce, but tempered by a nice tangy/sourness. Light alcohol and yeast. Taste is wow. Big, sweet, pulpy fruit up front. Explosive flavor, but not cloyingly sweet. Cherries and plums mostly, with a little apple. Sugary malt backdrop with peripheral, but increasing (and welcome) bitterness. Bitterness is almost minty, with (I swear) cloves and even vanilla/oak. Phenomenally complex and delicious. Full body with a near-syrupy feel, but with enough carbonation to lift the sweetness. An amazing beer.

Photo of HardTarget
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Inspection: 11.2 oz. brown bottle lists 10% abv. and “Belgian Special Dark Ale”. Back indicates it is best by 2007 and recommends a snifter and a serving temp of 52-56 degrees. Great label info! Bottle slow motion gushed on me, but nothing serious.

Aroma: Dark fruit and sugars, bubblegum, light white grapes and a soft powdery yeast note. Very enchanting

Appearance: Hazy light brown with noticeable clumps of protein/yeast at the bottom. Full finger of brownish tightly packed head wait for me patiently.

Flavor: Classic Belgian yeast, a certain Trappist quality about the malt base, well balanced, but unfortunately I may have aged this one a bit long. It sat in my DBF for probably 2-3 years and I’m getting a bit of paper and some metallic notes, almost like licking the cap. Still, a great brew and it’s held up pretty well.

Mouthfeel: Wonderful creaminess. Soft and gentle, silky, moderate carbonation but it feels like hundreds of tiny bubbles.

Overall Impression: I’d like to try another one fresh as I can obviously see the quality of this beer. Classic Belgian notes throughout, it hides its alcohol expertly and lets it slowly creep up and smack you with a frying pan. Recommended.

Thanks to goodbyeohio for the trade, sorry you had to wait so long for the review.

Photo of snilsen13
4.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one hell of a fine beer. I do not believe I can shake the memory of drinking it. Instead of the point by point: this is a very heavy and as rich in flavor as beer can get. You must savor it. It's required drinking and unfortunately difficult to track down.

pours near opaque. smells rich with dried fruits. taste sweet as mollasus and fels very sticky on the tonge. has a wonderful aftertaste and it's only flaw culd be that it's too much, but it's not because I believe this is a unique drink.

Photo of watermelonman
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a deep dark brown and ruby with a medium head that lasted well. It's not leaving much lace.

The smell brings lots of sweet sugars and dark malts to the nose. The taste is dominated by various sugars; fruit and hop flavors are minimal. The mouthfeel is smooth but seems a little thin.

Certainly not bad, this just didn't have a combination of characteristics that I really liked. The drinkability is outstanding, though.

Photo of jdhilt
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of Franchise
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dirty brown with yeast floating around the body that leaves a thin tan head. The aroma is dark ripe fruit (plum, raisin, dates, figs) it has a spicy brown sugar sweetness....great nose! This brew starts tart, dark pale wheat malt with a creamy texture. A slight presence of alcohal but at 10% not very visable. This brew also has a funky, musty, smell as well. This brew is very enjoyable one that is an all night sipper.

Photo of cbl2
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

6/16/2005 $7.75 750 mL 10.00% Best before end: 2007.


Pours a murky brown with quite a bit of carbonation that leads to roughly an inch of creamy tan foam that has excellent retention.


Wow! The sugars emanating from this one are incredible! Promises to be a malt lovers dream come true, with aromas of caramel, grapes, granulated sugar, and fresh baked bread.


Yum, this is some good stuff, with a nice thick viscous mouthfeel accompanied by a caramel/dark fruit sweetness that envelops the tongue, attempting to mask the 10% alcohol. The alcohol creeps in by midsip, but the malts win the day in the end. An excellent beer, at an excellent price. A little out of balance with the high alcohol content, but worth seeking out to get your hands on a bottle (or case), to enjoy.

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

I don't usually find too many beers from this brewery very often so when I saw this at Bauer today I had to pick it up. Plus, it's Belgian, how bad could it be?? I'd assume pretty good, but I'm going to drink it just to be sure.
Appears darker than your average Belgian triple, but I guess this one is "imperiale" in style, or more of a strong ale. Nice and carbonated, big fluffy head with out being fizzy. A dark rubyish hue to this one, like a nicely polished antique cabinet in one of those rooms in someone's house that you can go into but can't touch anything. You know what I mean...
This one has a musty smell to it as well. Light spicy hops, but more of a fruity, raisin and plum, cake-like, bready base for this one. Oooh it's good. Creamy, and carmelly sweet. Boozy eggnog. It's blazing hot right now and I'm enjoying this beer but this would be the perfect winter time Thanksgiving/Xmas/Kwanza/Festivus vibe to it. It's got "celebration" written all over it. Also a subtle, dingy funk to this one. Rad.
I can't make a decision about the texture of this beer. Feels light and airy, yet there's a slick, almost syrupy quality. Probably due to the carmel sweetness of this beer. Either way, this beer is all about the flavor that takes the main stage here.
Some nice subtleties to this one, some funk thrown in, but it really just comes across overall as a really tasty, straight up Belgian ale, which is what it is. Definitely a fun beer.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer poured a bright pale amber with some subtle plumb highlights. The thin head left no lace at all.

Smells of slight smooth oranges, a thin brown sugar and an odd woody mushroom. These smells are really blended together well. There’s also a slight white flour and spicy dry yeast. Unique for sure!

Tastes of a light molasses and brown sugar and a tangy cherry with a light woody birch bark. There are also some prunes and burnt raisin and a pasty yeast. Again, this is blended just fantastically.

The mouth fell is light, delicate and clean with a light carbonation. Wow!

This one’s awesome. It’s original, delicious and phenomenally easy to drink.

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

750ml capped bottle. Foams upon opening.

Pours a rich opaque golden brown with a thin, yet consistent khaki and creamy head. Smells very fruity, sweet fruit. Spicy. Caramel and toffee.

Alcohol very present in the body but not too hot, just warming. Fruity and rich. Toffee and vanilla. Mouth is rather dry in the finish. Very full mouth. Nice caramel and toffee. The richest triple I've ever had.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured from 11.2 oz bottle to a snifter:

First of all, like the post 2 behind mine (Brian700), the head erupted from the bottle as soon as I uncapped this one. Lost maybe two or three ounces worth because of this. The only thing I can think is that the beer became unstable when scanned at the grocery where I purchased - 30 minutes before being opened. ???

A: Despite the foaming over, beer is still nice looking. A cloudy deep auburn with some sediment. Initially a gigantic frothy white head, calming to a moderate lace.

S: Incredible fruit + hint of sourness + sugary sweet malt. A noticeable alcohol smell that reminds me of the sweetness of rum. Spiciness like ginger & clove. Smell is so enticing on this beer.

T: There is a real sweet/tart dichotomy going on with these flavors. Citrus (oranges) meld with candy (bubble gum). The rummy smell comes through in the flavors, as does the gingery spiciness. The taste is predominantly sugary malt coupled with spicy yeast. Very, very good

M: Lots of tiny carbonation, surprisingly light mouthfeel with a champagne-like tingle.

D: A terrific beer - warm & rich, tons of character, interesting til the last drop. Not perfect, but pretty darn close. Highly recommended.

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

(Served in an oversized wine goblet)

A- This beer has a dark brown hazy body with a thin wisp of head floating on top.

S- The smell of perfumed brown sugar has a faint apricot note to it that is just a touch sweet. There is a slight note of lightly toasted malt that has an edge of sweetness and a light candy hint.

T- This beer has a dark sweet malt flavor with a faint wet wood note and a light caramel note. There is a hint of sweet bourbon in the background. As it warmed there was a hint of red Lifesavers in the finish. The overall taste was not overly sweet but very dark fruity flavors.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a faint fizz in the finish.

D- This beer is dark and sweet with lots of nice complex flavors and really taste like a special occasion beer.

Photo of Brian700
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a great beer. It pours a dark amber color with a nice off-white head (I think). I was drinking this beer outside late at night in the dark. There was a lot of sediment floating around, probable because it foamed over when we opened it. I don't recall it being shaken or anything. There was some nice lacing going on here.

The aroma was of very sweet malt, alcohol, and a mild spiciness that me and my friend couldn't really put our fingers on. I thought I might have picked up on a very mild licorice flavor and aroma.

The flavor was of tasty sweet malt. Caramel and that unidentifiable spice. (seeds of paradise possibly) there is an awesome warming from the alcohol the intensifies the flavors in your mouth. This is one of the best beers I have tried.

The mouthfeel is full bodied with moderate carbonation.

This is a very drinkable brew and is one that must be tried by all.

Photo of sabrills70
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle capped bottle with best before end of 2008 on the back. Upon opening, foam spewed from the top, and it was undisturbed in my fridge for about 3 months. Pours a slightly hazy chestnut brown with a good frothy head, OK longevity and OK lace. Dried dark fruit aromas mixed with a bit of sherry and brown sugar. Smells a bit alcoholic. Again dried dark fruits, brown sugar, vanilla and alcoho;. Not a ton of hop flavor but it is detected in the aftertaste. Thick, sticky and syrupy. This is a great mid winters beer, unfortunatly it is almost July and muggy as hell. I think I will pick up another and stash it away. A fine beer.

Photo of maniac
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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%.

Photo of expatsteve
4.92/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of bditty187
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of carln26
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.97/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of ommegangpbr
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of dogfooddog
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Brasserie Des Rocs Triple Impériale from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
93 out of 100 based on 437 ratings.