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Abbaye Des Rocs [Brasserie Des Rocs Brune] - Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.

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397 Ratings
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Ratings: 397
Reviews: 302
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 55
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-13-2002)
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4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25.4 oz. bottle. Not available here in Wichita. Picked this one up at Royal Liquor in KC,MO.

Appearance: Ah, the o'l sneak attack. I popped the top on this beer and momentarily turned my back on it to put the bottle opener down on the counter behind me. When I turned back around, the foam had already started to spread out on the counter. After being moved to the sink, the bottle continued to spew forth the goods. I could see a tremendous amount of bubbles rising from the bottom. I got tired of waiting and went ahead and poured myself a glass. The beer was a deep amber-brown color with a beige head. It was very hazy and had tons of yeast chunks floating around in it. They never settled due to the amount of bubbles that were present. The head diminished slowly into a thin cap that remained for the entire glass. Oddly enough, there was hardly any lacing.

Smell: Malty sweet with lots of raisins and dates, though it didn't come across as too sweet. Some sour fruits, yeast, and light oak saw to that. The yeast was definitely present, but it wasn't overpowering and complimented the other aromas very well. There was also sourdough, crackers, light toffee, and apples thrown in. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, smooth, and soft.

Taste: Sweet malt, raisins, and candied fruits were present upfront. Then in the middle, the fruit took on a tart characteristic. The yeast came across as both sour and musty in the middle. The finish was woody and lightly bitter, with some sweet hints of caramel and toffee rising up to counter. The alcohol was hidden completely, except for a few dull hints late in the aftertaste. All around classic Belgian flavor.

This was a delicious beer with all the yeast mixed in, but I would have loved to have tried a "clean" glass first for comparison. Alas, the eruption didn't allow that. I will be purchasing this one again. Too bad that involves a trip to KC.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2005 22:45:09 | More by Quaffer
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

07-13-2014 15:35:33 | More by adam5454
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3.69/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a dark brown with some crimson notes when held closer to the light. A bit of detritus floats about. Well-sized, off-white head with random lace.

S-Dark fruits, spices, alcohol, brown sugar and a hint of tartness. Belgian yeast. Smells very sweet.

T-Sweet brown sugar and caramel. Dark fruits sprinkled with spices. Noticeable alcohol heat. An earthy, tobacco flavor. Finishes with mildly tart fruits.

M-A sipper of sorts. Even though the booze was noticeable, I was impressed by the beer's ability to mask much of the booze. A bit sticky.

O-A decent dark Belgian Ale. I rarely find myself enjoying the style so I I don't really know how high this beer's ceiling truly is. I like the mild tartness in the flavor. Was a sample. I wouldn't buy a whole one.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2014 23:06:16 | More by VelvetExtract
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

06-19-2014 01:31:32 | More by davidwhatshisnam
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3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

this is the beer i think of when i think of belgian browns, its just awesome, so big yet elegant, and really unique. the pour is a little off putting, i can see that, so much yeast floating around in here, chunky and never really settling out beneath the thick off white head. the beer itself, aside from the yeast pieces, as actually rather clear, caramel colored, and full bodied. a nose of melting sugar, belgian strong ale yeast, and just layers of sweet grain, with more caramel and toffee character than toast, and an invisible alcohol content. extremely appetizing. the taste is similar, with the sweetness lasting all the way though, but never being too much. they yeast is dialed in too, not in your face or real estery, just mature and distinctly belgian. a great burnt sugar finish with the yeast develops, and the beer is long on the tongue after the swallow. a little lighter than most browns, more in that copper range, but certainly not left wanting for more grain complexion on this beer. easier drinking too for what it is, on coarseness from the alcohol at all. the only critique for me is all this yeast, and i know the beer has a little age and its common for the style, but even the mouthfeel is a little granular, chunky, textured. its too much, i dont want to chew yeast bits in my beer, but its necessary, especially as the bottle pours down. not enough to turn me off though, this is great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2014 20:08:32 | More by StonedTrippin
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4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour: 53-57F in snifter glass. Start with tilted and finish pouring high to get a decent head about 1 inch. The head becomes a thin film. No yeast left in the bottle.

Color: Dark brown with tiny floating specs of spices?

Aroma: Wheat bread, raisins, nuts, wood, some chocolate, nutmeg, a hint of alcohol, brown sugar.

Taste: It tastes very similar to the Fat Squirrel from New Glarus, Wisconsin, US. It tastes like a nut brown ale. Medium carbonation. Medium body, not too watery or heavy. A lot of chocolate in the middle, nuts. The first taste is similar to a Guinness. As it warms it gets nutty, less chocolate. The finish is spicy. The alcohol kicks in and stays there. Good aperitif.

It has a lot of flavors that shadows the 9%. Well balanced carbonation with alcohol. The brewery says it is made with six malts, three hops and a lot of spices. It tastes like it was made with love.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2014 02:32:31 | More by tomordonez
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

06-06-2014 01:46:53 | More by wspscott
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Hong Kong

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

05-01-2014 13:04:31 | More by boqonx
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4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: dark brown, with dense, medium, white head, which lasts for not so long, low lacing;

S: complex malty sweetness, low caramel and bready moderately low dark fruit esters - plums, raisins, really interesting spiciness with some pepper and mint aromas, which makes it quite refreshing, very low hop aroma, moderate intense perfumy and spicy alcohol notes;

T: moderatly rich maltiness, sweet, low caramel and bread falvors, low dark fruit esters, again very interesting spiciness - peppermint, low bitterness, alcohol balance rich and malty character, it's more like vinous-alcohol, semi-sweet finish

M: thin, medium bodied, moderate carbonation, moderate alcohol warmth.

O: rich, complex and strong beer with powerfull maltiness, balanced with alcohol and spiceness.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2014 22:05:22 | More by BlazerT
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3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4


A: Murky brown body with a very thick and fluffy eggshell white head. Spotted lacing. Insane carbonation.

S: Caramel and a bit waxy smelling. Kind-of like crayons. A bit of butterscotch but only immediately when smelling.

T: Rich caramel and definite butterscotch flavor. A hint of herbal flavor like mint and something earthy like a bay leaf. It's very drinkable. I don't pick up any obvious alcohol flavor. I can search it out but it's not really noticeable if just drinking. Light bitterness in the aftertaste but it barely lingers.

M: As mentioned previously it is very drinkable. Nice and smooth, medium bodied, no residue on the palate. Very nice.

O: I like this beer. It's not as complex as some strong darks but it is definately more drinkable than many of them. I would gladly buy another bottle of this.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2014 20:40:58 | More by teromous
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-16-2014 11:40:14 | More by Maillard
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

12-22-2013 21:50:28 | More by jkermitj
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

12-09-2013 01:35:31 | More by md215
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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Abbaye Des Rocs [Brasserie Des Rocs Brune] from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
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