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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

400 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 400
Reviews: 303
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 56
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-13-2002)
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Sixpack595

Michigan

3.58/5  rDev -15.4%

Geat looking garnet brew with a long lasting off white head. Aroma is sour and slightly fruity. Flavor is very complex whit dark fruits, bannana, melon and more. The malty, sweet taste gives way to a sour then spicy finish. Mouthfeel is fairly substantial, adding to the long list of this beers good qualities. The downside? It really doesn't taste very good. I rate it above average in taste and drinkability only because it is a very engaging beer. Theres so much going on that its hard to put down even if it does taste a bit funky.

05-04-2004 09:11:14 | More by Sixpack595
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wcudwight

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -14.2%

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.

12-25-2005 05:38:40 | More by wcudwight
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Absumaster

Netherlands

3.63/5  rDev -14.2%

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.

12-21-2005 07:22:05 | More by Absumaster
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EStreet20

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -14.2%

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.

05-25-2006 01:27:29 | More by EStreet20
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Conrad

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -14.2%

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.

06-20-2006 17:37:11 | More by Conrad
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tatterdash

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -13.7%

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.

04-29-2007 22:13:31 | More by tatterdash
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srandycarter

California

3.68/5  rDev -13%

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.

10-15-2008 04:25:45 | More by srandycarter
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jujubeast6000

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -13%

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?

07-27-2008 17:08:26 | More by jujubeast6000
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.69/5  rDev -12.8%

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.

06-23-2014 23:06:16 | More by VelvetExtract
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.7/5  rDev -12.5%

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.

09-28-2003 17:13:41 | More by WVbeergeek
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jcalabre

California

3.7/5  rDev -12.5%

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.

05-26-2003 13:59:54 | More by jcalabre
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shertzogovina

New York

3.7/5  rDev -12.5%

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.

05-10-2006 20:35:50 | More by shertzogovina
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joepais

Maine

3.7/5  rDev -12.5%

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

01-04-2009 21:29:40 | More by joepais
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dgilks

Australia

3.7/5  rDev -12.5%

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.

06-08-2010 10:26:14 | More by dgilks
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aracauna

Georgia

3.73/5  rDev -11.8%

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.

09-13-2002 21:02:24 | More by aracauna
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thierrynantes

France

3.73/5  rDev -11.8%

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

11-14-2007 22:01:16 | More by thierrynantes
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Jetulio

Spain

3.73/5  rDev -11.8%

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

10-09-2012 18:49:56 | More by Jetulio
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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.

06-02-2012 03:16:12 | More by DavoleBomb
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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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davidwhatshisnam

New York

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

01-14-2013 00:51:15 | More by spycow
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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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dcmchew

Romania

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

09-16-2013 19:30:59 | More by Jeeb
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

11-05-2012 02:31:57 | More by tom10101
Abbaye Des Rocs [Brasserie Des Rocs Brune] from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
94 out of 100 based on 400 ratings.