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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

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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Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a. visit their website
Belgium

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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Reviews by RoyalT:
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance – Deep, orangish-brown body with a few shades of red. There’s lots of carbonation going on in there along with monster sediment. I controlled the tight, foamy head at the pour, keeping it at about an inch or two, but it took quite some time to dissipate.

Smell – I could review the aroma from across the room (although I’m not). Alcoholic fruit leapt from the glass. I can pick up some orange and banana along with cherry/cranberry juice. There’s a little bit of spiciness as well. The base of the nose comes after, a complex mix of malts and some light yeast.

Taste – The malt flavors come out a little bit more on the tongue, but at first it’s the fruits that run away with the show. The sediment and orange, along with the alcohol notes, give the feeling of drinking a high class screwdriver (pulp orange juice, dry champagne, and a shot of Grand Mariner). Add to that some smooth banana liquor, sweetened cranberry juice, and a cherry garnish. Plop a dribble of the juice from the cherry jar and there you have it.

Then comes the malt. Nice, ever-so-lightly toasted, sweetened with loads of caramel then balanced with a drop or two of anise. Overall, a very complex mix of flavors working exceptionally well together.

As this warms, the sugars come out in force. Rich, dark drippings of melted toffee, brown and powdered sugar, and overly ripe pears and apricots. It finishes with a strong punch of freshly pressed cinnimmon-laced apple cider.

Mouthfeel – Healthy carbonation and a full body keeps the drinking moving at the right pace with this 9.0 ABV juggernaut. This is chewy and sugaring and sticks in between your teeth. Your dentist will hate it.

Drinkability – Nothing says, “special occasion,” like an Abbay des Rocs bottle. This was a real treat.

Comments – This was a very sweet BSDA, sweeter than most of the other ones that I have tried. This was really in the same ballpark as their Grand Cru. I thought it could have used a little more malt backbone, but the beauty of beer tasting is in recognizing the habits and characteristics of individual brewers. This is an absolute classic.

Update – The 2004 vintage has a few bad bottles going around. I actually think that it’s an off batch. The ale wasn’t flat like it hadn’t been bottled properly; it just had an off flavor that I thought made it an overall sub-4.0 offering.

I got a hold of a good ’04 bottle and included it as part of a tasting. It really is head and shoulders above all other Belgians that I’ve had. This one wasn’t quite as heavy on the sweets like the ’03 that I reviewed and it was more heavily carbonated, which led me to believe it may have been a bit fresher. Either way you cut it, this is a tremendous brewery and the Brune is one of their better offerings.

Update – I popped a vintage ’02 for the same taste test that we did the ’04. The two years really blended the flavors together more and gave it a huge sweetness that was incredibly smooth. The Grand Cru was in the test also and it was difficult to tell the difference between the ’02 Brune and the ’04 Grand Cru.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2003 01:02:19 | More by RoyalT
More User Reviews:
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adam5454

Alabama

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

07-13-2014 15:35:33 | More by adam5454
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

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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davidwhatshisnam

New York

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

06-19-2014 01:31:32 | More by davidwhatshisnam
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

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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tomordonez

Florida

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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wspscott

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

06-06-2014 01:46:53 | More by wspscott
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boqonx

Hong Kong

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

05-01-2014 13:04:31 | More by boqonx
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BlazerT

Poland

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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teromous

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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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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Bandi

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.4%

03-22-2014 13:20:20 | More by Bandi
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Brasso

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

03-02-2014 22:52:03 | More by Brasso
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stevoj

Germany

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-01-2014 04:21:39 | More by stevoj
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Maillard

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-16-2014 11:40:14 | More by Maillard
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Schmoog

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

01-29-2014 19:16:03 | More by Schmoog
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warnerry

Michigan

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-28-2014 03:16:54 | More by warnerry
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samEBC

Belgium

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-06-2014 21:06:53 | More by samEBC
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jucifer1818

Florida

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-02-2014 19:16:43 | More by jucifer1818
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jkermitj

Mississippi

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

12-22-2013 21:50:28 | More by jkermitj
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md215

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

12-09-2013 01:35:31 | More by md215
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tmzl

Slovenia

4/5  rDev -5.4%

12-04-2013 22:37:52 | More by tmzl
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dcmchew

Romania

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

10-25-2013 13:08:42 | More by dcmchew
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jmtpi

France

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

10-18-2013 17:58:54 | More by jmtpi
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev -5.4%

10-12-2013 16:56:24 | More by jaydoc
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KJ2013

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

10-04-2013 01:45:56 | More by KJ2013
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Abbaye Des Rocs [Brasserie Des Rocs Brune] from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
94 out of 100 based on 397 ratings.