Brasserie Des Rocs Triple Impériale - Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
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2.88/5 rDev -31.3%
A: Pours a murky brown with barely any khaki head that quickly vanishes with no lacing.
S: Belgian spice notes up front followed by a lot of sweet bread aromas. Sweet fruit and caramel notes come through with a slightly boozy finish.
T: Spices here as well before a big kick of caramely, fruity, and bready sweetness. The finish has a decent alcohol presence.
M: Medium-thick body with low carbonation, this beer is definitely underattenuated and could use a lot more carbonation and a lighter body.
O: A pretty unimpressive beer overall. Too sweet and boozy and lacking depth and finesse found in the best examples of the style. Not undrinkable, but nowhere near good.
10-14-2012 20:22:22 | More by n2185
1.95/5 rDev -53.5%
Poured into a La Trappe chalice on 10/8/12
Best before: 05/08/2013
Ok, this ain't right. Early on into the pour, large chunks and clumps of stuff start dumping into the glass. This crud leaves small, large and in-between sized floaties throughout the glass. That, coupled with a murky, muddy brown, makes this look like high liquid content vomit. The head is the most sinister foam I've ever seen. A thin layer is fed by bubbles rising consistently. Lace starts to form at the thicker collar and there is a festering eye in the center of the beer; seriously, the foam is multi-colored in such a way it looks like a gray pupil and a parchment yellow retina. The eye pulses, like it's being eaten by maggots from the inside. Several small brown specks have made their way to the top and are suspended in the foam.
The aroma, on the other hand, is pretty good. Heavy on malts and moderate on fruits. Loads of dark bread, brown sugar, butter toffee, banana, cinnamon, figs, molasses and maybe a faint suggestion of cocoa. Overall, the aromatics can be summed up as largely that of banana nut bread. Notions of caramel squares. Apples, as it warms.
Whatever is left in the bottles smells like burned cinnamon raisin bread.
Ooh, something is amiss indeed. The taste is vapidly dry. Burnt cocoa dust comes to mind. It also has dead fruits; apple, pear and banana are dulled beyond all hope. Paper, cardboard, oxidation. Moving past these unpleasantries are notes of bread and toasted sugars, but hardly enough to salvage this beer.
There's so much shit floating around in the glass that I can't bring myself to take more than a tiny sip at a time; even tiny sips bring forth fizzy, effervescent carbonation.
Whatever bubbled up and caused that eye to form has continued to do. Now that part of the head has peeled back, I can see a steady stream of flakes and such being pushed out from the middle. This is starting to look like fish food in a filthy tank being flushed about by a water pump.
What the hell is going on with this beer? Please, oh please, let this be a bad bottle. The aroma makes me think this beer had promise somewhere along the way. As is, it's down right bad. The appearance alone has me close to squeamish.
10-11-2012 00:13:40 | More by Ryan011235
4.18/5 rDev -0.2%
330ml bottle. Triple Karmeliet tulip glass. Revisited on jul´12. Hazy brown in color. Beige head creates a close, slowly dissipated, crown. Lacing rings on sides. Dark fruit-plums ,raisins & figs-, Belgian yeast, spiced aromas. Malty sweetness at first sip rounded by fruity, yeasty & spiced touches. Medium to full body. Moderate carbonation. Creamy to oily texture & smooth palate where ABV is very well masked. Slightly phenolic in the middle. Sweet ripe fruit finish. Flavorful & delighfull.
08-16-2012 21:29:12 | More by GONZALOYANNA
4.13/5 rDev -1.4%
This is served from a 750ml bottle.
Ap: Dark, purplish-brown color. Toffee tone with a slight black-cherry/purple hue. Moderate head and a little lacing.
Ar: A very distinct wine like vinegar fragrance is of note. Very sweet and a mild toffee smell is present.
Ta: Sweet with an acidic back bone. It resonates a stronger bite than I'm used to. This doesn't mask the alcohol as well as other Belgian ales I've experienced. Not super overwhelming considering it is 10% abv. The taste of plum and a mild apricot flavor exists. It's a subtle sweetness that offsets the alcoholic bite. Very engaging but sip and savor. You'll feel the alcohol very quickly.
Mf: Very mild carbonation and smooth champagne note. It is enjoyable to sip. Almost wine-like.
Ov: I'm up and down on this style. I prefer IPAs but I enjoyed this beer. To get a 750ml for $8 made it even more enjoyable. I prefer Chimay and Gulden Draak for their smoothness but this beer did not disappoint. I will get this ale again. I may need to split the bottle next time. You certainly feel the alcohol with this one. Cheers!
07-22-2012 01:19:47 | More by LiquidSanity
4.5/5 rDev +7.4%
Spectacular treat from my favorite abbaye. In many respects similar to the Grand Cru I fell in love with at La Trappe Cafe.
STYLE: Belgian Strong Dark Ale
LOOK: Melted plums and Belgian yeasty bits. It could, if you are up to it, use a straining that might improve the mouthfeel. Yes, I did just that with some success. The resulting mocha-latte like head is more consistent than the initial pour, a miasma of foam and sediment. A maze of lacing with strong stickiness corroborates the sugary nose.
NOSE: Cinnamon raisin bread, overripe cherries, plums, figs, and dates. Wonderful. A smörgåsbord of dark fruits laced with just a touch of acidity.
MOUTH: Decadent plum cake, currants, the whole dark fruit family. It’s a reunion in my mouth. The well-masked ABV dares you to gulp. Resist the urge, let it warm a few degrees, and sip some more. Maybe, if you are up to it, let it reduce and smother some ice cream. I think I just might do that.
BA Rating: 94
Hayward Abbey Rating: 95
06-26-2012 02:51:32 | More by viverlee
2.78/5 rDev -33.7%
Bottle from Beertopia in Omaha, NE
Best by 2013-05-08
Poured into a New Belgium globe glass
Brasserie Des Rocs Triple Impériale is a Belgian strong dark ale that arrives from a brewery fairly notorious for the large amounts of sediment floating in the beer. I found this beer to be mildly complex in aroma and flavor, but in unpleasant ways. Fruit esters and sweetness were overabundant, and the other flavors did not add much of interest and may have contributed to the unpleasant overall experience. I did not feel that this beer was delicate or particularly nuanced, which may not have been an issue if it were desirably good in flavor and aroma. The abundance of positive reviews suggest that I either obtained an oxidized bottle (or some other flaw), which is of course a possibility, but it remains that I wouldn't seek this out again except if I were, by some lucky chance, visiting the brewery.
Pours a voluminous, >3cm head of large bubbles, fairly dark tan in color. Yeast addition to the beer is unintentional, but impossible not to do (even tried using a strainer, but that failed to keep the yeast back). Head has solid retention, lasting several minutes before reducing to a ring around the glass with a few islands of spotty foam atop the body. Lacing is fairly substantial and includes a good bit of yeast. Body is expectedly cloudy, a brown-amber color, with suspended sediment and carbonation visible.
Aroma is of deep toffee-like malts and yeast, lots of yeast, with noticeable ethanol warmth, a bit of brown sugar, old wine, and dark cherry-like fruit esters. Despite this sounding quite nice, I was not particularly pleased with the aroma; there was something off about the combination and intensities of certain scents within the mix.
Taste is similar to smell, with yeast, dark cherry fruit esters, old wine, sweet toffee-like malts, ethanol, old leather, and a bit of stale cola flavor. Again, flavors are not particularly compelling, desirable, or tasty. Aftertaste is cloyingly sweet, like a bad doppelbock.
Beer is medium-bodied with carbonation that is initially a bit too high, but calms down over time. The result is a fairly smooth beer, perhaps a bit watery around the edges, and with noticeable ethanol warming on the tongue, throat, and in the nostrils.
06-15-2012 04:32:40 | More by falloutsnow
4.08/5 rDev -2.6%
Poured into a goblet. Best before 4/15/2012, looks like I just missed having this "fresh."
3.5 A: Murky dark brown color. Two fingers of frothy/foamy beige head. Retention is a touch below average and very little lacing is left. A good bit of particulates floating around, but it's partially my fault as I let a giant yeast clump fall into the glass, so I'll be fair.
4.0 S: This is a lot less tame than the Bruin I just had, but still smells great. Lots of fruits including apple, vinous red grape and raisin, plum, and currant. A little boozy, but nothing not to be expected. Toasty, grainy malts. Faintly spicy with pepper and some yeastiness.
4.0 T: Again this is vinous and perhaps surprisingly so. Muscat grape, raisin, plum, currant, red apple, and dates. Light booze. Toasty and grainy malts. Light, but sufficient sweetness. Light pepper spiciness. Yeast.
5.0 M: Light body. Very nice spritzy carbonation. Nice and creamy. Super smooth. Great here.
4.0 D: Great beer. This brewery is definitely legit.
06-02-2012 04:27:30 | More by DavoleBomb
4.1/5 rDev -2.1%
11.2oz bottle poured into a goblet
A: Hazy dark brown with a one finger lingering head
S: Tropical fruit and brown sugar
T: Heavy on molasses, and a bit of malt/fruit esters/spice. The alcohol is well hidden.
M: This might be the best mouthfeel I've ever encountered. Silky smooth, medium-bodied, a bit of kick from carbonation- very complex and makes me think about it, which is something I rarely encounter on the mouthfeel.
O: I wish the taste was a bit less one-dimensional with the molasses and this would be even better, though it certainly does not disappoint as is.
05-18-2012 00:31:09 | More by ONUMello
3.5/5 rDev -16.5%
Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a murky light brown with tons of sediment with a two finger khaki colored head that subsided to half a finger very slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bread, dark fruit, and raisins. The flavor was of sweet malt, bread, dark fruit, raisins, and cream. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium carbonation which reminded me of a thin milkshake. Overall this was a decent brew. At first this one was a little off-putting due to all of the sediment present in it. Even with all of the sediment present in this glass the flavor and aroma on this one was still quite nice. There was a ton of dark fruit going on here, specifically raisin. This was definitely the factor that made this brew enjoyable. Definitely worth trying with or without the sediment.
05-15-2012 11:45:55 | More by thagr81us
Brasserie Des Rocs Triple Impériale from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
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