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

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312 Reviews
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Reviews: 312
Hads: 454
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 66
Gots: 29 | FT: 1
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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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-13-2002

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Reviews: 312 | Hads: 454
Photo of Conrad
3.61/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My bottle was stored lying donw in the fridge, and I couldn't see the sediment through the dark glass. So when I poured, a lot of chunky sediment came out and stayed floating in the glass throughout the drink. If the bottle had been stored upright, I'm sure the appearance would have been much better.

Short and to the point:
A: Not pretty. Deep copper-ruby colour. Head was not high, but was very dense.
S: Mild malt, a bit of fruity sweetness that faded fast.
T: Big taste with lots of complex sweet-spicy notes.
M: This changed and became a bit too much as time advanced and the beer warmed. The finish was long, dry, and smooth.
An interesting beer experience, but I won't have another.
Pretty lable for the collectors. (732 characters)

Photo of wcudwight
3.62/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Toughest bottle I've opened yet. Massive metal cap that was non-compliant with my bottle opener. And a stubborn cork that wouldn't come out. After tending to my bottle opening injuries, I sat down to enjoy my beer on Christmas eve.
Pours a cloudy golden amber with a lot of yeast floating around. Great head that retains for quite some time. I get caramel, butterscotch, and nuts in the nose. Real bready and grainy tasting. Sweet and just enough of the alcohol. Nice dry aftertaste.
To carbonated and bubbly in the mouth. It's drinkable, but I think it would be hard to finish of the bottle with out a partner. (613 characters)

Photo of jcalabre
3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Originally sampled from bottle 27 June 2002. Abbaye des Rocs greets you with a nice head and beautiful mahogany color. The alcohol is very well hidden, chich I always appreciate. It has a malty, yet slightly sweet taste. This is a very elegant beer to drink. (258 characters)

Photo of Absumaster
3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smell: caramel, dark fruit, dark malts, sweet.
Taste: mild alcohol, candy sugar and caramel, some undertones of malt bitter. Full body.
When the brew warms, more flavor comes out and taste becomes more complex. Very pleasant yeast character, which looks a little like the Westmalle strain.
An excellent tasting beer, very much suited for Christmas. (353 characters)

Photo of joepais
3.66/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks go out to joe1510 for this one
750 ml bottle with a best by date of 2010 poured into a chalice produced a small brown head that turned to a light lace. Wow this is the first bottle I have got from this brewery that wasn't a gusher or had floaties. The body of this brew was clear reddish brown in color.

The initial whiff I got seemed a bit sour. Then malts are huge on this bottle, very much overpowering all the other aromas. The flavor is very sweet lots of candy sugar and caramel. This brew had a medium mouth to it with light carbonation exactly what I would expect from a Belgian brown.

Easy to drink I was kind of confused not seeing any floaties in this bottle I will have to revisit this brew some time, not as good as the grand cru from them (764 characters)

Photo of EStreet20
3.66/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle poured into a DFH Goblet.

A - A beautiful bright red color with a very fizzy, nice sized white head sitting atop. The head seems to stay well fading a little bit but caking up nicely in the middle.

S - Some candy sugar and nice Belgian yeast smell along with some fruits. Banana and a tiny bit of berries in there.

T - A big Belgian yeast dominance on the initial sip here gives way to some nice fruity flavors. However there is a bit too much of a sugary kick for my taste and there is a bit of a metallic taste on the finish.

M - A nice bubbly feel in the mouth.

D - Not bad but nothing great. The sugary taste is a bit much and that metallic aftertaste kills the drinkability a bit here. (719 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
3.67/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by end 2009

A - Pours dark amber with near white fluffy head. Thin bubbled persistent lacing. Lots of floaties - yeast, I gather, that remain suspended throughout the review.

S - Banana and spices. A little crisp apple too, perhaps.

T - Taste follows smell mostly.

M - Ok, the yeast is discernible as it enters the mouth. Not really into chunky beer. The mouthfeel starts large, coating and carbed but gets somewhat lean at the end.

D - I couldn't drink this for long, with the extra goodies that come with the beer. (527 characters)

Photo of tatterdash
3.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lovely dark mahogany with a large foamy off-white head with great retention and lace. Aroma was huge an floral, with lots of spiciness as well. Taste was lots of phelonic cloves and spice, strong raisiny malts, not as balanced as I would like. Mouthfeel was smooth and spicy, again a little unbalanced IMHO. This is a good middle of winter beer, and one is plenty. (372 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.68/5  rDev -13%
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. (765 characters)

Photo of thierrynantes
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

beer bottle 33cl, tasted in 2002.
Appearance : reddish-brown color, troubled by the yeast, well saturated, creamy beige foam.
Smell : Nose powerful, but rather complex sweet, spicy, strong.
Taste and mouthfeel : Flavor sweet and dense, spicy nuances, yeast acridity, balanced bitterness. deep-toned alcohol.
Drinkability : good beer in the style massive ale

Reviewed 11-14-2007, translated from french 1-6-2008 (411 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.71/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A vibrant glowing ruby brown tone with a tan thicket of frothy foaming head, leaving thickets of scattered bars of lacing just amazng appearance. Aroma: Doughy yeast spreads into a vegetable tone with a warming musky combonation of alcohol and yeast notes simply nothing like it out there in my opinion. A floral pine musty hop with a decadence of following flavor what a complex belgian style ale. Taste: Musty stir fried vegetables especially peas and carrots but somehow it works as a flavor with a woody finish and genuine sweet vegetables, it's a big question mark of what the fuck happened to this beer. Mouthfeel: Fuller bodied orgininal true to a mindblowing experience of flavor brew, very interesting could take some getting used to. Drinkability: Althought musky this beer does every questioning to one's senses I can imagine, wow I guess all I can say is try it and hope I am ready for this caliber of complexity. (937 characters)

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.71/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 3/25/2007 (Bottle @ Delerium cafe, Brussels, Belgium):

Pours a lightish brown-red color, good head, diminishing, good lacing, off-white. Grapejuice aroma, sweet, some hops. Not like a Belgian I had before. Sweet taste, not as floral, a little skunky to start, good moutheel. Interesting, maybe aged? (309 characters)

Photo of shertzogovina
3.72/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 11.2 Oz bottle.
I've seen some DeRocs beers gushing out before, but mine was just fine, poured deep brown with a turbid appearance. Lots of sediment left out in the bottle and only some ended up in my glass.

Aroma is very fruity and pleasant - Honey, dates, prunes and toffee.
No hop aroma.

Taste is very malty with hops spicyness and fruity aftertaste.
Warming alcohol fills the mouth but overall does not play a major role.

Nice mouthfeel - Medium to full body, perfect carbonation (when the glass was full you could see tiny bubbles floating up in rows, and larger bubbles linger in the bottom).

A good dark belgian ale. even better when it gets warmer. (673 characters)

Photo of dgilks
3.72/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big, sweet, malt aroma with notes of clove and orange. Slight anise note. Slightly bready in the way that Munich malt is bready.

Somewhat hazy, deep brown with copper highlights. Small, light tan head with moderate retention.

Again, big, almost sickly malt sweetness. Light spiciness and lots of bread. Little to no bitterness.

Medium-full mouthfeel with moderately-low carbonation. Decent.

Something here doesn't quite click. The sweetness is over the top with no real complexity. Decent but not great. (507 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet. Best before 2010...oops.

2.0 A: Fucker gushed on me big time. Dark brown color. Unthinkable amounts of yeast particulates and floaters throughout. Big frothy tan head. Retention is below average and no lacing is left. I know this would look much better if it didn't gush, but it did, and my score will reflect what I got. An ugly ass brew if I've ever seen one.

4.5 S: The aroma, on the other hand, is quite fine. Perfect balance between sweetness, fruit, earth, and spice. Toasted malts to start this one off with a subtle nuttiness. Raisin and date fruits. Woody earthiness. Pepper spiciness with clove undertones. Sweetness from candi sugar residue. Well balanced with all the flavors in perfect harmony like any of the world class Belgians.

4.0 T: Taste is almost as good, but it seems hollow at times. Toastiness, nutty, earthy, woody, pepper and clove spice, raisin and date fruits. This is much drier than the nose suggests and I think a little more sweetness is just what this brew needs. That extra fermentation is likely the culprit. A little more maltiness would really balance the taste. Still, it's very good.

2.5 M: Light to lighter medium body. Good spritzy carbonation and a pleasant creaminess. This could easily be a 4.5. But, it isn't because all those floaters are really offputting. I can't help but think I'm drinking vomit every time a clump of something passes over and tickles my tongue.

3.5 D: While still very enjoyable, it's clear to me that I need to find this brew fresh. In an unadultered form, I bet this is fantastic. When I do track another bottle down, I'll probably re-review. (1,640 characters)

Photo of Jetulio
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chalice Glass from 330 ml bottle.

App--- dark brown clour with big head ( 2 fingers, beige) long lasting
S--- fruits and sugar. Sweet.
T--- sweet syrup and a bit spicy. It is a classic Belgian strong ale .
M--- long aftertaste. Medium body with medium/high carbonation. A little bit of alcohol in mouth.
O--- all that you expect in a belgian ale. Next time I will drink this one in a big tulip (Judas glass). I rate high this beer even when I like ales with more bitterness (488 characters)

Photo of aracauna
3.76/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking beer. Active head settles into nice foam that never gets small even. Aroma is initial shock of wine followed up by some yeastiness and sweet malt. When warm, the flavor is dominated by a thin bitterness, but chilled a little more, the yeasty flavors come out and a nice spice fruitiness comes more to the fore. (323 characters)

Photo of sabrills70
3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle capped green bottle. Best before end of 2008 date stamped on back of bottle. Pours medium dark amber with a huge head, OK longevity and good lace. Upon opening the bottle foam came out the top (no, I did not shake or otherwise disturb the bottle except for careful opening procedures) Lots of sediment in the glass - even after careful pour. Lots of prune and raisin smells. Some roastyness and chocolate. Some vanilla. A bit sherry like. Again good prune and raisin flavors. Brown sugar and dark candy flavors. Slightly alcoholic but still well hidden for 9%. I have to score low on the mouthfeel due to the sediment. You can feel the solid "chunks" in your mouth and that is just a turn off to me. (Again I did not disturb or otherwise do anything crazy to the bottle upon opening. It had been in my fridge for 3 weeks). Easy drinking even for its its decent complexity. A good beer, except for the chunks. (921 characters)

Photo of bobsy
3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bottle drank at the Only Cafe in Toronto. Best before date of 2012.

Even with a careful pour the carbonation produces a massive off-white head and requires me to place the bottle down and let it settle before finishing off. Bizarrely, the head fizzles to a thin cap for the duration of the drink, leaving a few fingers of sticky lace on the way down. The aroma is classic Belgian Dark Strong, but played with a lighter hand. Raisins are the most prominent feature, backed up with huge sweet, bready malts, spicy yeast and brown sugar. While the flavour is nicely done, it feels like its lacking a the complexity of the top tier brews. Sweet malts from start to finish, interspersed with raisins, chocolate, and a good dose of spicy yeast, which provides a good breadiness to proceedings. Perhaps my slight disappointment is caused by the body, which seems lacklustre in comparison to its compatriots, and its lightness seems to weaken the intensity of the flavour profile. Reading through the reviews, there seems to be a lot of variation on this one, which could be caused by batch differences or the effects of ageing. Certainly, the body on this particular beer is not the thicker one mentioned by others, and it needs to be amped up.

The Belgian Beer Guide isn't as glowing about Abbaye des Rocs Brune as sites like Beer Advocate, and on the basis of this experience I think I agree with it. (1,397 characters)

Photo of teromous
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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13/04/2014

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. (840 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle from ABS Drinks. From notes.

A - Huge gusher to start. Head fades really fast. Muddy, streaky, dark brown colour. Head leaves a leaves a thin ring.

S - Rum, butter, yeast, breadiness, sugar, and some booze.

T - Rum and butter candy. Sweet with some yeast and dark fruit. Quite complex. Lot's of dark fruit comes out later.

M - Mild carbonation and a medium body. Sweet, dry finish. Seems like more body is in order.

O/D - Nice beer. Could use a bit more body and dark fruit character but the complexity is there for sure. A tasty and interesting beer. (563 characters)

Photo of Jredner
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is kind of sweet cake toasty with mild spices. Light, cloudy brown in color with a huge fluffy tan head. Taste some black licorice, strongly, in the fore. Also get some darker fruits and brown sugar and some camalized sugar flavors. Has a toasty quality to it I hadn’t expected. That strong and lingering licorice flavor was also unanticipated. There is a slightly spicy/hot alcohol note int he finish that reminds you this isn’t just some crazy licorice tasty cake in liquid form, but a high abv beer. (510 characters)

Photo of HiroProtagonist
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass, with an ample tan head rising up and settling to leave thick blanketing lacing behind. The color was ruby-orange, and with large flakes of precipitate swirling around the cloudy liquid with vigor. The smell was...curious. The earthy spice aroma had components of anise, beef jerky or Slim Jim, and a slew of spices I was not able to decipher. Taste...the beer had a light malt backbone with heaping accents of molasses, cane sugar, nutmeg, rum, and coriander seed, finishing rather dry with a satisfying bitterness...quite delicious. The mouthfeel was right...full, smooth, and a bit fluffy. All in all an innovative and enjoyable beer. (694 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle, $3.99 at Whole Foods in Columbus. The beer is murky reddish brown, no floaters but still a little hazy with a thin wisp of a head. The smell is easy to peg as a product of this brewery, with the classic mix of sweet maltiness, yeasty esters, and a little bit of cough syrup. Actually I don't really appreciate the cough syrup, but it's there in the Abbaye des Rocs beers I've tried, and several other breweries too (Gouden Carolus, even very aged St Sixtus ABT 12). The taste is as good or a little better than the aroma, less cough syrup and more dark fruity esters. Very nice aftertaste that lingers. Solidly above average, more than worth a try. (678 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 5/16/08. Bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with a small white head (surprisingly without the floaties present in Grand Cru). Aroma of light fruits. Flavor of spices, Belgian yeast, anise star, and molasses. Sweet with a slightly heavy mouthfeel. An enjoyable Belgian strong ale.
7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5) (304 characters)

Abbaye Des Rocs [Brasserie Des Rocs Brune] from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
94 out of 100 based on 312 ratings.