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

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Ratings: 432
Reviews: 335
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 32
Gots: 20 | 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 silver0rlead
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat murky brownish amber with a thick, lively tan head that retains very well, very nice. Aroma has a lot of sweet candied sugar notes, dark fruit , some toasted bread, some funky yeast character...pretty typical strong dark ale but with a bigger sweetness. The taste is instensely sweet also, with big dark candied sugar and molasses notes, toasted bread, funky yeast, and some mild alcohol notes. A descent beer, i liked it better than their grand cru but overall i havent been impressed with the des Rocs stuff.

Photo of dgallina
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle with 2008 freshness date.

Poured a dark clear ruby with gigantic off-white head and tons of lace. Smells extremely (and somewhat overwhelmingly) sweet; alcohol marinated plums, figs, and cherries. An initial burst of sugary dark fruits leads to a drier spicy middle before finishing somewhat tart. Medium-sticky body with good balance of creaminess and carbonation.

A nice drink on a cold winter night. A bit much like liquid fruitcake for regular consumption.

Photo of numenor1
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy light brown with tremendous floaties all around. Head is prodigious and rocky, reducing to a steady centimeter collar. I just don't find this many floaties attractive. Tremendous yeast on the nose, cherries, raisins, plums and spice--and my nose is stuffed beyond belief. Rich full body complemented with perfect medium carbonation, creamy and palate coating(maybe the floaties are helping out here). Incredible malt depth. There's a continuous interplay of flavors on the tongue in no specific order. It's nutty, spicy, clove, cherry, apple, strong single malt scotch characteristics floating around too. Really quite amazing and while tremendously malty, never cloying or overly sweet at all. Dries in the finish with a spicy hops, almonds, coriander, black pepper and scotch. Simply incredible. There's so much here that i want to chew on it. 10% alcohol drinks like 5. Slight warming in the throat. Perhaps my favorite belgian yet, indeed I think I prefer this to westy 12.

Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a complex beer, though it tasted primarily of rich malt, carmel, brown sugar and molasses, honey and spices(nutmeg,allspice) in the background. Cherry, fig, Full foamy pour, goes down easy and popular, on the high alcohol and very sweet side. A great brewery.

Photo of texashammer
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with ruby tones; fine suspended sediment; rocky resilient tan head. Smell is huge: super fruity, rich, caramel, very sweet like candy with raspberries and sweet potatoes. Mouthfeel is lighter than hoped. Taste was disappointing at first because so much smaller than the nose; but caught up, at warmer temperatures, with some rich, darker flavors like prunes and raisins. You can feel the warmer alcohol as you go on; drinkability is high, but this beer demands to be savored, with the rich flavors and the warming alcohol, so can't drink too quickly.

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

Dark amber pour unleashes a dense, 2 fingers of whipped beige froth in my Gulden Draak tulip. Retention and lacing are impressive and lasting.

Aroma are a malty paradise of caramel, dark candi sugars, brown sugar, figs, dates, raisins, pinapple, and hints of berry. Big and sticky nose that literally wafts up from my chalice.

Flavor is centered around those chewy malts, highlighting scorched caramel, candi sugars, and molasses. There's a good deal of fruit in here too, dried figs, raisins, pinapple, apple, and dark berries. It touches upon sweetness, without actually getting there. Finish is almost dry with a beautiful hop addition that really rounds it out. Alcohol is expertly integrated into this fine brew. Dangerous drinkability!

Body is almost big, creamy, with a soft and velvety smooth mouthfeel. A real pleasure to sip. A 750 to myself is the perfect way to celebrate my 30th birthday.

Photo of Sephiroth
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I bought this to celebrate Monday night( football). Into my tulip it goes, with a creamy inch and a half of foam. It is a beautiful cherrywood amber in color. Clumps of lace cling to my glass.

The aroma of this beer is incredibly rich. It is of cinnamon, figs, brown sugar, and rum cake. The taste is no letdown. Raisins and figs combine with ripe cherries upfront. Nutmeg and cinnamon, and banana bread with nuts in it round out the flavors. Soak all of this in dark rum, and you start to get an idea as to what this tastes like. The alcohol is slightly noticeable.

The mouthfeel is very thick and bubbly. The drinkability is off the heazy. Get some.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by 2008, Sampled September 2005
This beer is incredibly well carbonated, which produces a pale tan colored head that is two fingers thick and a layered lacing as I drink from my glass. The beer is a hazy amber color that shows ruby highlights when held up to the light. The aroma is rich and malty, and I mean rich and malty. Notes of concentrated caramel, rich toffee, a backdrop of fruits like cherry and fig. What an olfactory experience, definitely take a minute to enjoy the aromatic notes coming off this beer.

The beer is quite dry up front, almost surprisingly so, but it quickly moves to a full sweet flavor that dominates the beer through to the finish. There is a nutty, almond note here, think of Amaretto, that really comes out with the sweetness. I also get hints of cherry, vanilla, toffee, caramel, clove. The finish has a light astringency to it that is quickly followed by a light bitterness that makes a faint attempt at balancing the sweetness. This beer is definitely quite rich, and actually has quite a similar flavor profile to the other beers I have had from this brewery. It is perhaps a bit too sweet though, which seems to drown out what might otherwise be a pretty complex beer. Though it is certainly is drinkable, almost as an after dinner desert.

Photo of ppoitras
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.28/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is gonna go down as one of my bigger disappointment beers ever. Poured a garnet brown in color with hardly any head. Light could penetrate when held up to a light source, but it would have difficulty piercing through. Nose was sickly sweet malty with some rpunes and figs. Flavor was not nearly as yeasty as I was expecting. It was kind of flat and dull. The malts came across as a bit too sweet and the fruit I picked up in the aroma came through as overripe. Picked up some cherries too which kind of saved this beer for me. Alcohol was also very nicely hidden. Mouthfeel was surprisingly lighter than I thought. However, my taste buds were kind of soured on this beer and I did not feel like order another.

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

Well, the cork is gone under the cap in the large bottles...very dark clove brown color, shows big chunks typical of the brewery's beers lately (I have no problem with suspended yeast, the globs of protein and yeast seem excessive here and in others). Fat upcharging head of well over an inch, rocky and leaving plenty of attractive laces on the glass. Strong aroma, light alcohol, rummy molasses, and cling peaches. Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation follows suit, fairly smooth and somewhat creamy. Very fruit initially, lots of candied fruit in syrup, fortified wine, yeast. An accompanying dessert quality of baked rum and banana bread, cinnamon, mace, and decided ginger. There is some alcohol heat and the beer flattens to an apricot syrup as it hit the throat in the back. Yep, pretty impressive beer here, more drinkable than many somewhat dryer lighter-bodied examples.

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

11.2 oz. best before 2007
Pours dark red-brown with an inpressive large persistant head the occupies the top half of the 0.4 L rastal sniffer and coats is walls with solid lace. Cap never leaves.
Aroma of yeast, ginger, and flavors pour from an uneding cornucopia of dark, citrus and soft fruits that blend and reblend in a calideoscope of ways. Alcohol well hidden. Very complex with nothing out of place.
An amazing flavor of fruit and spice, with a full mouthfeel.
Best "triple" - Belgium Special Dark Ale I have found.
Very pleasurable experience as I watch the sun set and sip away the remains of the day.

Photo of Gavage
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brownish burgandy in color with a nice 2 finger head. The head fell quickly but left a surface covering for a good part of the rest of the session. Some spotty lacing developed. The aroma was of bread, yeast, and sweet candy. The flavor was a complex combination of sweet caramels, yeast, alcohol, ripe plums, raisins, and bread. Extremely pleasant for the tastebuds. Flavors become more pronounced as this warmed.

Mouthfeel was basically smooth with a light crispness at the start. The finish provided a slight tingle on the tongue. Superbly drinkable even though this slightly higher in alcohol. Worth seeking out.

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

11.2 oz bottle reads best before 2007, 4/26 for what it’s worth…
A gentle pour yielded a huge head of thick, dark(ish) tan, medium sized bubbles. Color is a unique reddish orange with a small amount of particles in suspension (not too distracting). Almost looks like cranberry juice, with some tan in the smaller portions of the glass. Not a lot of aroma coming through the head, but what does come is very sweet… fresh raspberry? Raisins? Pleasantly unexpected. Aroma expectedly builds as the head subsides.

Rich, creamy mouth feel. Very nice… not like drinking syrup. Sweet, caramel and sugar comes at me first. It then moves into fruit. In contrast to the fresh fruit aroma, the fruitiness in the flavor is a more expected (but light) over ripe plum. Spice comes out in the finish and lingers in the aftertaste. After allowing the drink to warm a bit, I poured the rest (about two ounces) into the glass. The color turns a hazy brown with the added yeast. The spiciness in all aspects is enhanced. Mouth feel is now almost milkshake thick. You will hardly notice the high alcohol level until the end. Well hidden.

Very interesting from the first pour to the last sip. I enjoyed each aspect as it changed. Stop and linger with this one. The proper glass wear is listed on the back label, but try it colder than recommended and let it gradually warm and savor the changes it goes through.

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this 750ml bottle at Galco's in Highland Park. A bit steep at $14.95 a bottle but I figured I should try it at least once. I ended up splitting it with my wife.
Appearance: eventually a clear brown color; the vast mass of miniscule bubbles obscured the true coloring and gave it a murky look for a few minutes. A large frothy off-white head sprung up and slowly ebbed down to a thin layer that left nice sheet lace.
Smell: nutty, fruity and earthy. Lots of candy sugar sweetness and berry fruits. Earthy malts and soft alcohol vapors.
Taste: big-time candy sugar sweetness. Got a good dose of caramel and hints of cherries and raisins. Increasingly strong alcohol flavor a it warms. Rather heady. Nutty flavors of hazelnut and cashew provide an added level of complexity.
Feel: full, lush, velvety.
Drinkability: decent, but the alcohol kind made me not as keen for it as others of the style. Still, AdR's Triple Impériale is a good example of the style.

Photo of clvand0
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium to dark brown with a very tall head that has great retention and leaves tons of lacing on the glass. The head just won't fall. The aroma is all about the raisins. There's quite a bit of residual sweetness in the aroma as well. The flavor is quite sweet with tons of dark fruit flavors. Very interesting. Not as spicy as expected. Actually, the spicing is barely there. Quite tasty though. The body is thick and the drinkability is very good for the alcohol - the alcohol is barely detectable.

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

11.2 oz bottle pours a cloudy dark reddish-brown with a lot of floating yeast particles that has a nice creamy light brown head that lasts and leaves sheets of lace in my glass. Spicy ginger bread, and dark fruit aromas, ginger bread, dark plums and spicy flavors, full bodied with a soft and creamy mouthfeel, finishes on the dry side. Wow this one is unbelievable, I will be buying more of this.

Photo of connecticutpoet
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a hazy amber brew that poured with a five finger head... in fact, the bottle overflowed when I opened it, I lost almost half an ounce before I could get the glass under it. Fortunately, nothing spilled on my keyboard.

Aroma was of cloves, sweet malt, and figs, and it was a little yeasty. Not bad... although I dislike clove aromas, I cannot fault it in this beer because it was well balanced and not out of character.

Taste was initially both sweet and bitter. This was followed by dark fruits, and a rich, slightly musty malt flavor. Finish was all malt.

Mouthfeel was quite good... lots of body. Drinkability was good... I would drink it again, although I wouldn't be able to have more than one bottle.

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

Poured a hazy brown color with a small, off white head, that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of malt, tart cherry and citrus, some orange peel, and light yeast. Taste was caramel, some butterscotch, citrus, yeast, and a good kick of alcohol. A very different tripel.

Photo of RidiculedDisplay
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, what an utterly amazing drinking experience. Had a bottle mailed to me via liquidsolutions.com, brew date was listed as early 2004. Poured a blondish, reddish amber with a very nice head which had amazing retention. Also produced some of the best and most consistent lacing I've ever seen, certainly the best I've seen from a Belgian ale. Smell was of dark cherries, grapes, currants, a deep molasses, apples, fig, apricot, cinammon, a variety of spices I couldn't quite put my finger on more due to my lack of spice knowledge than anything, caramel, all completely distinguishable and yet not at all overpowering. Definitely one of the highlights of this brew was its virtually one-of-a-kind ability to maintain complexity AND mellowness, nothing at all was overpowering about this ale and yet it was likewise in no way underwhelming. This carried over from the aroma to the taste; slight grain, but mostly a wonderful cherry, molasses, apple spicy quality. Some hints of cocoa in there as well. Hoppy bitterness and some alcoholic quality showed through upon swallowing, again somehow completely balancing with all the other flavors for an incredible smoothness. Mouthfeel was a wonderful fizz due to the incredible bubble retention throughout the experience. A surpirsingly drinkable brew as well. Wow, just amazing.

Photo of merlin48
4.77/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle, capped not corked, purchased at the Kroger's Grocery in Blacksburg, Va., for $6.99. Served slightly chilled into a St Bernardus goblet.
Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany body that is mostly clear. Dense, tan head rises to one inch and stays there. Delicate sheets of lace drape the goblet in waves.
Aroma: Complex and inviting. Vinous fresh Concord grapes, raisins, and spices are immediately prominent. Figs, and other dark fruits are everywhere. Spicy pepper, anise, and coriander are assertive, as well. Overripe bananas, apricots, melon, and pineapple add a pleasant tropical note. Hints of malty cocoa and caramel lurk beneath.
Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth, with a medium to full body. Carbonation is moderate, but effervesces perfectly.
Taste: Spicy coriander, clove, pepper, and anise open the door to an extreme fruit profile. There is an assertive Concord grape note that lasts all the way through, but this Belgian is awash in a myriad of tropical and dark dried fruits. Very complex! Yeast presence is restrained and polite. Smooth and creamy, with a wave of the fresh Concord grapes peeking through every layer of flavors. Malty cocoa and caramel provide a pleasant backbone, and some bitter grassy hops appear from time to time. The 10% abv is masked very well, but is apparent at room temperature. The grape essence persists into the finish and leaves a fresh fruity aftertaste. Very well constructed and delicately balanced.
Drinkability: Wow! At $6.99 for a 1 pint 9.4 oz bottle, this one is a steal. One of the better Belgian tripels or strong dark ales that I can get my hands on. I liked this one much better than the brewery's Grand Cru. The Triple is creamy and smooth, and lacks the harsh notes that were sometimes apparent in the Grand Cru. An exceptional sipping experience!

Photo of santoslhalper
4.94/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearence: Pours an absolutely stunning ruby red with tons of suspended floaties. Strange because it's been sitting upright, nd perfectly stll, for almost a month now. Oh well, still looks attractive as hell, with a huge, bubby beige head.

Smell: Apricots. Peaches. Sugar. Alcohol. Coriander. Oranges. Apples. Yeast. Oak. You get the point, phenomenally complex and lucious smelling. Every sip opens up more nuances. Easily one of the better smelling Belgian Darks I've ever had.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Unbelievale. An assload of flavorsexplode in your mouth (fruitiness, oak, coriander, orange peel, sweet sticky malts, just to name a few), and are in absolutely perfect, harmonious balance with each other. The flavors dance and play across your taste buds, as the beer flows down your throat. The flavors stay forever after you swlow, and the aftertaste is dam near a good as the beer itself. Complex as all hell. The mouthfeel is smooth, rich, creamy, and thick.

Drinkality ad Overall: Ok smack me in the face and call me your bitch. This is the shit I've been looking for. I recieved this during BIF17 from a very generous BA in Florida. Whatan absolutely breath taking beer. One of the better beers that has ever come across my lips. Bings back memories of Westy 12 and Rochefort 10, and is damn near as good. This beer proves the word trappist doesn't mean shit. This is real beer.

Photo of neonbrown82
3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a tripel? Well I'll be damned... doesn't seem to have any defining characteristics of a tripel.

The appearance is a dark nutty brown color that shines ruby to the light, accompanied by a thick and fine bubbled off-white head. No noticable carbonation, though I suspect the cork may not have had an adequate seal as there was a drop of liquid under the cap and foil (this beer has a cap with an underlying cork under it).

The smell is good, though it was not at all what I'd hoped to find in a tripel, as many of my friends recently decided they liked the style and I'm trying to find some shining examples. Has a bit of an english barleywine/old ale aroma to it. Has a big whiff of candi sugar as well as raisins, figs, etc.

The taste is good, reflecting quite faithfully the elements of the nose I already described. Has a thin malty backbone accompanied by some candi sugar and figs. The finish has the slightest bit of roastiness to it, as well as some huge yeasty esters. It tastes more like a red wine than a beer... I'm not a wine lover at all, but I can at least go so far as to say that the aroma and taste are "good" even though I don't personally like them.

The mouthfeel is unexpectedly light and watery, but smooth as velvet. Has a sharp metallic taste to the foam. Overall I found this to be very unimpressive for a tripel, regardless of what my number rating comes out to be. I'll have to try a smaller (non-corked) bottle to see if maybe the seal on my cork was not airtight, affecting my decision. Either way, I was expecting much more from this beer, as I loved the Grand Cru, and this is very highly rated on BA. I might even go so far as to recommend staying away from this one if you're looking for a good tripel.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.87/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

4 months after my first review from an 11.2 oz. bottle, and a couple hours after my review from a keg, let's see what's so different from a 750 ml bottle...

Deep, dark tawny brown color, utterly opaque, lush head, thick and large, creamy tan...

Aroma: ahhh!!! there's that ethereal Belgian yeast/malt smell, just gorgeous! light fruit, blended just-so with this unheard-of yeasty flavor...ah!!!
cookie dough meets cherries and berries...a nutty, bready slice of nirvana...

Taste: Mmmm! Spicy sweet, wityh dark fruits a factor, yeast at play, but kicky spice riding over it all...this is a full force flavor treat!
The flavor lays large on the tastebuds, and resonates richly throughout the senses...

...as this is my third review of this very new beer, I don't really know how much there is left to say, except that the differences between small and large bottles have been exaggerated!
It's an amazing beer, no matter how you sample it.

Someone coyly asked me tonight if this brew, which I serve on draft at my bar, for the time being, was brewed by monks. No, sorry, it's brewed by guys who are free to do with their peters what they may. Let the demystification of Belgian-style beer commence, and let the burning of boundaries begin in earnest...this dark "triple" already gets it going in that direction!

Photo of mntlover
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich mahogany color with a big fluffy tan head that falls slowly. A good supply of rising bubbles feeding the head that enetually falls to ringed foam scum.

Aroma is rich malt fruity, brown sugar coated figs almost fig newton like smell dominates. Aroma is good but taste much more complex and good.

Taste is sweet rich and malty lots fruity notes molasses soaked figs, plums and raisins. Some light alcohol notes rise with the fruity ester and blend into a linger light hops finish. Sweet molasses/brown suger is felt and lingers thru out the whole experience but it is not overly sweet at any point. One fine Belgian Strong Dark Ale, can see what the fuss was with Des Rocs now, this is much better then the Grande Cru in my book.

Mouthfeel is good lots of malt aided by creamy carbonation very nice feel to it.

Drinkability is good a triple I can enjoy not light and fruity but a dark Belgian ah life is good . For $7.00 a 750ml hard to beat this one a steal that eveyone needs to hunt down.

Brasserie Des Rocs Triple Impériale from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
93 out of 100 based on 432 ratings.