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

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

419 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 419
Reviews: 332
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 11.93%
Wants: 27
Gots: 14 | 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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sacfly

Maryland

4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2005 21:39:12 | More by sacfly
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Boilermaker88

California

3.98/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2005 22:08:42 | More by Boilermaker88
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clvand0

Kentucky

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2005 23:24:43 | More by clvand0
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maxpower

Missouri

4.97/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2005 19:32:23 | More by maxpower
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connecticutpoet

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2005 02:17:24 | More by connecticutpoet
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egajdzis

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2005 15:40:38 | More by egajdzis
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RidiculedDisplay

California

5/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2005 07:26:08 | More by RidiculedDisplay
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2005 11:23:53 | More by merlin48
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santoslhalper

Pennsylvania

4.95/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2005 21:57:50 | More by santoslhalper
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neonbrown82

Nebraska

3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2005 05:43:43 | More by neonbrown82
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.88/5  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!

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2005 08:10:09 | More by feloniousmonk
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mntlover

Tennessee

4.4/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2005 21:42:40 | More by mntlover
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pentathlete

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark purple beauty...big off-white head...sticky lace. Smell is dark fruits and alcohol as I would expect from the style. The malty Belgian nose is brought to full fruition in the taste. Chewy malts over a Belgian candi base, but it seemed "young"...there is a raw attitude with the alcohol that I haven't tasted in other dark ales. Mouthfeel is medium to full...the chewiness aiding this. Easy to drink and reasonably priced. Certainly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2005 04:44:01 | More by pentathlete
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PorterLambic

Florida

2.63/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a nice ruby red with lots of brown infused throughout. A good tan head with rather large bubbles on it. Not the color of your average triple.
Smell is malt and hops. Expected more but couldn't find it.
Taste is malty, with dark fruit all over and a light hop presence.
Mouthfeel is quite watery, not at all what I expected, but smooth. No indication that this is a 10% ABV brew anywher from smell through the last sip.
Drinkability is just all right. The flavor is good and slightly rich but with little for the nose and the watery feel I don't think that is enough to carry it into the ranks of the good triples.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2005 19:20:08 | More by PorterLambic
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rajendra82

Georgia

4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This Belgian Special Dark Ale was purchased in a 330 ml brown bottle with a best by date of 2007. The beer poured cloudy reddish amber with a three finger tall foamy head that refused to die. The nose was subtly spicy (pepper, saffron), and fruity (apples, pears) with a tinge of earthy yeast, which was hard to keep in the little bottle. The taste was a revelation of lightly sweet and sour fruit flavors with a good deal of spiciness and some woody and herbal bitterness. The body felt oh-so-light and airy, and there was no hint at all of the 10% ABV. In the blink of an eye the glass was empty. Next time I am definitely going to buy the big bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2005 03:40:55 | More by rajendra82
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Gloomy maroon copper, mostly clear, but spotted with a few scattered flakes, and boasting a proud buttery beige head.
Touting a dark fruit punch aroma, spiked, of course. The nose hums with figs and dates and pineapples, and mango, and pears, slathered generously with caramel, pricked with pepper and anise, rum, granite, and farm.
Sweeter than either the "regular" or the Grand Cru, this is a plumy, raisiny, datey, figgy, grapey, jammy, fruit explosion. While dark-leaning upfront, it grows increasingly lighter and tropical as it breathes. Pears, and apples, and plantains, and mangos, and kiwis, all caramelized, seared on the grill with hearty gobs of brown sugar and honey and maple syrup. Yeast contributes dough, orange peel, white pepper, chalk dust and horse hair. The alcohol content, while deftly masked, still wiggles out tenticles of spiced rum heat. The conclusion is a gelatin of lingering fruit sugar, braced with a bittering floral notion of pressed roses and lavender. For all practical purposes, this is a Belgian barleywine.
Yes, this is nearly mouth-bindingly sweet. But the pillowed heft, grace, and levity of the bubbles belies a grabby thick liquid. It is, in essence, a sipper, but it begs, dares, and ultimately forces a person to slobberingly gulp larger amounts.
This should cloy up, but it never does. Kudos on that. Can you hear me clapping? "Sweet" comes up a lot (and not merely because of my sophomoric cries of adoration, though it does there too)...this is a ticket to insulin dependence. But damn worth it.
Better than the Grand Cru, but not quite at the beer apex that is the Regular/Brune....but it takes that at least 3 years for that to reach its summit. Give this that sort of time---if not a twice that, or more---and this may be, should be, will be:
Untouchable.
Consider this younger stuff a mere preview of Elysia.

Edit 6/21/11:
One of my last "best before 2007" bottles. It ages well as expected, though it suffers from the Des Rocs yeast coagulation and requires a careful hand with the pour. Sherry and brown sugar surge upward, and the brighter tropical notes are suppressed. Figs and molasses, with drier walnut nuttiness. This is a malt bath that hasn't radically changed since it was fresh and could easily go another 5-10 yeast. The foil was blown on my bottle, prompting an unfounded fear that the cork had failed.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2005 07:53:32 | More by cokes
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

4.97/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My third of these great green bottles, capped and corked (they are a little tougher to get into, but well worth it). Dark maroon body, with a light haziness, head is huge and foamy. Toffee, fig, raisin, light alcohol, dark fruits, belgian yeast, and even more toffee are present in the nose. Taste is sweet and smooth, complex with many flavors that cross over from the smell. Alcohol is extremely well hidden under a pile of shifting flavors, gives this a wine/rum flavor that is very enjoyable. A smooth drinker , for sure. These beer is fantastic. I can only find a flaw in the barely noticable suspended particles in the beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2005 01:01:09 | More by TastyTaste
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beveragecaptain

New Jersey

4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle. Dark reddish brown with suspended chunks of white and gray. The head is big and creamy looking. Complex aroma of caramel, toffee, figs, and raisins. Starts out very sweet with caramel and dark, rotting fruit. Finished with spices, especially black pepper. Mouthfeel is amazing, so smooth and creamy. Drinkability is also incredible. How could this be 10% abv? There is almost no noticable alcohol at all. I could have gone for another 750 ml bottle. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2005 20:20:23 | More by beveragecaptain
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I sampled a 11.2 chilled bottle in a tulip/snifter glass. Felonious and BIF 20 sent this to me.
THe beer pours a hazy chestnut color with some ruby highlights. There is considerable white chunky sediment towards the end of the pour, which I cut off once I see the chunks.
A large fluffy beige head foams up 3 cm easily.
Aroma is toffee and dark fruit with red grapes biscuity yeast some musty scents and cloves and a general sweetness.
First sip reveals a silky smooth texture and average body with fine fizzy carbonation.
Flavor is lite and sweet with fruity notes of raisin and red grape mixing with caramel. ENds with a dry vinous finish that is also a little musty.
A nice beer that hides the 10% abv very well. A tasty brew that I enjoy and drink rather quickly. Worth buying
I have heard tale that the 750s are much better, will have to try one of those for the comparison

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2005 03:12:21 | More by sulldaddy
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Skidz

Wisconsin

4.97/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml, capped and corked.

Pours out deep burnt amber and sits chocolate amber in the glass, murky, with a massive light tan head. Fades to a solid layer of skim, throwing lacings all around the glass.

Aromas of apricots, figs, rasins and plums ooze into the nose. Pistachios and applesauce push in from the sides. Hints of oak lie alongside pears and peaches with just the lightest hint of flowery hops in the back of the nose to compliment the rich fruity aromas that stand up from every corner.

If the nose was not enough, the flavors that come out are equally impressive. Golden rasins and prunes come out and are followed by a smooth flavor of steaming oak. Deep, browning apples press down with dousings of caramel and rich, dark brown sugar. Finishes incredibly clean with only the slightest hint of alcohol, glowing from the back of the throat with minor notes of black pepper and a light, grassy bitterness.

Incredibly smooth and creamy with soft and giving carbonation rolling around the mouth. Medium-full in body and a dream to hold around.

Gee wilikers Batman! This must be on of the best values out there. For $8 a bottle, this is a steal. Complexities are found deep within, giving an endless array of flavors for you mind to contemplate. Sip, enjoy, go comatose, wake up, and repeat...always repeat.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2005 02:08:04 | More by Skidz
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phishgator

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A rich desesrt with enough body to fill you up like a full dinner course. The color is this unfiltered golden, copper-brown mixture that has to be seen. The head is nice and consist with a big Belgian ale. The taste is a sweet fruity concoction with a hint of carmel sugar and milk choclate. The notice of hops is faint in the back of the mouth. The aroma is candy sweet; much like a french choclate dessert. The alcohol is hidden away so far that it never dawns on you how strong the brew is until its gone and your smiling. I suggest to anyone to buy a 4-pack and enjoy separately.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2005 23:53:46 | More by phishgator
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twilight

Germany

4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Having been blown away by the ADR GC, I was itching to try this one. However, I resisted buying the 750. Until a visit to Half Time put things right. Heeeeyyy... 33cl size. I bought a mixed four pack of the GC and this one. The confusing thing, though, is the designation. Triple? Impériale? But it says Belgian Specialty Dark Ale on the label?

Pours a dark amber color that is quite dark for a beer that you can see through, with a pillowy thick head that even I can sleep on. The aroma is... well, I smell peaches! Also, that fruity scent you get with Belgian Ales...Maybe a hint of orange spice.

Oh dear, I could barely manage to type as I was taking my first sip as I wrote 'spice.' The yeast they use must be something else, because I think I'm going to buy a mixed case of ADR. Even better than St. B. No! That would be blasphemy, but... but... This has this very subtle orange peel flavor that has hints of pit fruit, peaches, some apricot, and a lingering nectarine taste without being medicinal. Well, maybe at the end, but you also get this nice grassy/orange ending that just makes my legs wobbly. YUM YUM YUM!!!

Mouthfeel is funny because the ale is carbonated lightly. The carbonation is almost like that of a cask ale. The thing is that it greatly enhances the flavor profile. Who knew? The lingering taste of sweetness and ever so slight bitterness only adds to it.

Drinkability? It hides the alcohol really well. I had to double check the bottle 10%? No Way. I could spend an entire evening just sipping from a snifter of this. Way to go A/BdR!

*daniel

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2005 00:29:31 | More by twilight
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GClarkage

California

4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

06/22/05- Purchased at Plumpjack Wines in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- Undated 750ml bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Dark, maybe dark amber mohaganey pour with a fat creamy head and nice sticky lacing on the sides.

Smell- Fat amounts of dark ripe fruits. Plums, dates, figs, prunes, raisins, you name it.

Taste- More figs than anything. Maybe some fermented prunes and dates. Smooth and leaves a big time raisin aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Medium to light carbonation. Super smooth and creamy. Just floats down your throat.

Drinkability- I think I will need to re-try St. Bernadrus tripel. This one may take the cake. I haven't had Westy 8 yet, but I have a feeling that it may resemble or possibly be better than this. Although, this was pretty damn incredible. Will be one of my "12" beers I take on my honeymoon in September.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2005 03:31:52 | More by GClarkage
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bnuttz

Wisconsin

4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark crimsonish brown color. Really frothy tans head appears as it is poured into my chalice. Smells very yeasty. Yeasty, dark sweet fruit, spices. A wonderful smelling dark belgian ale. Flavors are wonderful. Sweet brown sugarish taste, plums and raisins among other fruits, spices, maybe yeasty or otherwise. Really one of the best tasting belgian brews I have had. Slight alcohol aftertaste, but not in a bad way at all. This is a top notch belgian that I could drink many of. A+ for this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2005 02:04:54 | More by bnuttz
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Tennessee

4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From notes. The beer poured a dark rubied brown color with a 3 finger head that fell slowly and stuck around well. The nose was very extreme and intense. I got notes of vinous grapes, brown sugar, apple rinds, spiceyness and puffs of alcohol. The flavor was brown sugar coated raisins, but not overly sweet...just enough. This fades to a slightly rapey fruityness with a very nice spiceyness. The feel was thick with a moderate carbonation and slightly coating in my mouth. Overall, I found this brew to be divine. The great flavors melded well together, the feel was great, and just all out dangerous at 10%. I will be gettng another bottle of this.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2005 02:16:20 | More by kmpitz2
Brasserie Des Rocs Triple Impériale from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
93 out of 100 based on 419 ratings.