Brasserie Des Rocs Triple Impériale - Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
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4.83/5 rDev +15.3%
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!
06-30-2005 00:29:31 | More by twilight
4.68/5 rDev +11.7%
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.
06-23-2005 03:31:52 | More by GClarkage
4.8/5 rDev +14.6%
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.
06-20-2005 02:04:54 | More by bnuttz
4.6/5 rDev +9.8%
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.
05-25-2005 02:16:20 | More by kmpitz2
4.5/5 rDev +7.4%
From notes from a bottle shared with kmpitz2 on 4-30-05. Deep brownish red pour with a big, airy, bubbly three finger head that lasts. Some awesome sticky lacing decorates the side of the glass. Bright red tones emerge when it's held up to the light. First sniff brings an interesting aroma of brown sugar, caramel and a mix of light fruit tones. A background spiciness of clove and a hint of pepper. Earthy, slightly funky yeast....maybe even some leather in there.
First sip brings a big brown sugar / caramel maltiness with a healthy dose of fruit (grape, apple), even a hint of sour fruit. A mellow spiciness is there along with a wonderful Belgian earthy yeast tone. A slight hint of alcohol peeks through on the way down and I get a hint of leather in the flavor as well. Simply an awesome brew..so tasty and complex. Sweet...but not at all overpowering.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a good mellow carbonation. So easy to drink and quite a treat. I will be waiting patiently for the next time I'll be able to sample this brew. Definetly recommended. Go. Buy. Drink.
05-19-2005 02:55:47 | More by orbitalr0x
4.22/5 rDev +0.7%
$8.49 for a capped and corked 750ml bottle.
Pours out to a very sediment rich dark brown, forming a creamy light tan head. The sediment looks like fish food flakes, similar to the other Abbaye des Rocs I've had recently. Retention is awesome, and lacing is very nice. Carbonation is brisk, forming spiral streamers. The aroma is wonderful...dank basement, horse stables, dirty sneakers, red apples, pineapple, strawberry, a touch of acetic acid...very nice. The taste begins with dark fruits, full of figs, dates, raisins, and prunes. Phenols are there but tamed down. The sweet middle is permeated by tobacco and leather and rotting cherries. The finish is filled with pipe tobacco, creating a sensation in my mouth akin to having just taken a puff on a cigar. Bitterness is mild and herbaceous. The mouthfeel is smooth in the finish and leaves a nice coating in the mouth. Medium bodied but deceptive. Alcohol is completely imperceptable at 10% ABV.
This is a real treat. Due to it's sweetness, it's an excellent dessert beer, but one bottle is probably enough. I'm not to hip on the things floating around in it, so just close your eyes. There is a pervasive saccharin sweetness that is a bit off-putting and challenges me to finish the bottle, but otherwise, it's a damn fine brew. Recommended.
05-18-2005 00:03:20 | More by Mitchster
4.47/5 rDev +6.7%
Pours a deep brown/maroon with faint golden tinge. Soft fluffy, pillow of light ecru head. Lots of sticky, spotty lace on the glass.
Aroma of caramel, plums, cherries, dates and others. Some chocolate appears as beer warms in the glass.
Flavor of caramel, chocolate, grains, dark citrus and a spicy, powerful yeast bomb. Some phenol alcohol on the backside.
Mouthfeel is full and palate coating. Lush and spicy, sweet and dry. Highly complex that really grows as you finish the glass. Softly carbonated to really accentuate the flavors that emerge.
Drinkability is very high. Real Belgian treat. This brewery continues to amaze. Seek this out and try. Let it warm a bit, no nearly as good when at all cold.
04-29-2005 03:20:29 | More by CRJMellor
4.33/5 rDev +3.3%
Pours a medium murky brown with a big fluffy headthat settles quite fast not leaving much lace behind,awesome aromas of almond,cinnamon,and juicy orange really woke up the sences.Alot of dark fruit going on flavor wise some plum and raisin are very prevelant along with some cinnamon and maybe a touch of nutmeg with a nice lingering yeasty finish.Glad to have the opportunity to try this very complex and enjoyable will seek out again for sure.
04-23-2005 18:52:46 | More by oberon
4.63/5 rDev +10.5%
Pours a medium dark brown with a gorgeous head. Beautiful.
Aroma- just one thing- Oh, my god. This is incredible. Slight sweetness, malt pleasantness, and a gentle spiciness that offsets it all so gorgeous. Dates. Date bread. Oh, it's good.
Flavor is really something too. It's more complex than the flavor, much heavier, and a lot tougher to characterize. Good. Bready. Heavy, Quadrupel like in its complexity. Bready and lots of full rich alcohol-laden fruits. Watch out, because this is a scary wonder.
Mouthfeel is rich and full- an end of night enjoyment. I was really sad when the glass was empty.
04-21-2005 04:03:21 | More by Dukeofearl
4.8/5 rDev +14.6%
Plummy dark brown with big yeasties dropping to the bottom like fish food. Cap is dense, growing with a firm foamyness colored of yellowed taupe with a dusted cinnamon brown center. Intricate lacing coats in tiny dots and other bigger cobweb webbings.
Aroma comes across pretty thick with big fruits and light spices. Lush and booming, yet soft and delicate as bread. Spicy dates and figs coated in oily earthy seeds of black licorice, poppy, pepper, ginger, and corriander. Small inticingly little tid bits of orange and raisin oil along with some touches of tobacco bring more complexities as it sits.
Flavors are big too; thick, lush, full body, favorable breadyness about its weight. Dark fruits decorate most of the tastes with rich and oily dates, figs, and raisins. Some dark orange touches the finishing qualities. Nicely handled and mild toned spices decorate the areas where the fruits leave off. So very well placed and a perfect compliment to the fruits. Cracked pepper, black licorice, ginger root, smokey vanilla, and tobacco are all put lightly in there place as not to distract from the fruit cake thickness.
Big full body, lush, rich, tender, fruity and spicy, oily in some respects closer to the leftover finishing characteristics. Very actively full from start to finish. Boisterously so. A truly enjoyable sipper. Take your time with this one, its worth it. Extravagantly fantastic stuff!
04-17-2005 23:59:03 | More by tavernjef
4.93/5 rDev +17.7%
Appearance: Dark clear burgandy. A big ol fucking crop of light beige head sits on top and has the staying power of Peter North. Streams of CO2 surface rapidly. Lace is bountiful.
Aroma: One of the easiest 5's I've ever given. Simply amazing. A perfect blend of sweet and spice. Sweet orange. Ginger. Yeasty doughiness. Fruit sugars. Caramel. Raisin. And on...
Taste: While a 5 is not QUITE as easy to give away in this category, it is deserved here as well. Very flavorful. Full of fruit nuances like grape skin, pear, apple and plum. Raisin comes into play as well. Sourdough yeastiness. Bread pudding. Cracked pepper, corriander and mint leaves. This is a dandy.
Mouthfeel: Dissolves without effort in the mouth. Body is light-medium. Very appropriate and easy to drink.
Drinkability: 10%? You gotta be kidding. No signs whatsoever of EtOH. Not only does this beer pack a punch, but it's undetectable and very flavorful as well. A dangerous combo. This one is a marvel.
04-07-2005 04:39:52 | More by Bighuge
4.4/5 rDev +5%
It has been a while since Ive 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.
04-07-2005 04:24:24 | More by lou91
4.83/5 rDev +15.3%
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!
04-04-2005 03:35:15 | More by ypsifly
3.95/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
04-02-2005 12:48:52 | More by Truh
4.53/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
03-31-2005 00:15:43 | More by GCBrewingCo
4.83/5 rDev +15.3%
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.
03-27-2005 00:31:21 | More by BeerBuilder
4.03/5 rDev -3.8%
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. Id 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 dont 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.
03-08-2005 00:33:21 | More by Rastacouere
4.78/5 rDev +14.1%
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.
02-21-2005 16:51:26 | More by mickeymac
4.7/5 rDev +12.2%
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!
02-13-2005 05:29:08 | More by BrewMaster
4.9/5 rDev +16.9%
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 Im 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.
01-09-2005 07:41:42 | More by TheLongBeachBum
4.53/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
12-21-2004 02:07:14 | More by goodbyeohio
4.65/5 rDev +11%
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 wont 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.
Theres 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. Its 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.
12-17-2004 03:48:47 | More by RoyalT
4.1/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
11-14-2004 03:01:42 | More by Wildman
Brasserie Des Rocs Triple Impériale from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
93 out of 100 based on 423 ratings.