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

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452 Ratings
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Ratings: 452
Reviews: 313
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 62
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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Photo of woosterbill
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

33cl bottle, best by January 16, 2017.

A: Dark, hazy chestnut body under two inches of fine, persistent tan foam. The lacing is a bit on the light side, but otherwise it's very attractive.

S: Sweet and fruity, with huge raisin, plum, cherry, and prune. Some caramel and faint anise as well. Very complex and intriguing.

T: Toffee, bread, dark fruit, and chocolate. Lots of raisin, some butterscotch, and faint herbal piquancy (more anise than hops) on the long, bittersweet finish. Intense flavor, but remarkably clean and balanced. Excellent, although not quite as multi-layered as the aroma.

M: Soft, effervescent, medium-bodied. Perhaps a bit thin relative to the style and ABV, but still quite pleasant.

O: Excellent beer, particularly for 1.30 euro at the train station. Definitely up there with all the best BSDAs.

Cheers!

Photo of cyrushomi
3.45/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed but found it a little light bodied compared to similar beers in this style.

Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

There's this brief moment of tartness in the front end that is soon, and entirely, overtaken by sweetness. A joy to drink.

Photo of mconner666
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle, bottled on 1-27-14, poured into a Chimay Trappist glass.

A finger or two worth of foam came straight up through the top of the bottle. It poured a dark brown, with a nice head, and I could see a lot of dregs as I poured. The nose came off very banana with a hint of cloves, which turned more bread like within a couple of minutes.

The flavor was similar to the nose, kind of a banana nut bread, that was sweet with some raisin notes also. This was definitely what beer was meant to be many years ago, bread in a bottle. At 9.0%, you would not know it, there was little to no alcohol taste or burn.

Overall a very good representation of the style. I will definitely by again, when I can.

Photo of JaimeLondon
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great belgian brune beer of a nut-brown color, somewhat turbid and with a nice cream foam.
That's clearly a belgian beer by its aroma, you can feel a bit of the yeast as well as the great chocolate tones, some bread with grains too.
Taste is somewhat alcoholic and more malty.
Body is great and carbonation perfect, there's a great balance here!
Yeah, great beer!

Photo of smakawhat
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 11.2 fl oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Minor gush off the open, and the yeast cake is huge and disturbed. Nice tan coffee cocoa colored creamy head, hangs on to a finger. Deep chestnut red, almost ruby in color, and of course lots of floaties.

Mild aroma of raisin, and small notes of caramel and candi sugar. Some very good spice notes of clove and cinnamon off this though, with a clean and warm almost smokey sensation.

Creamy palate with good notes of fruit grape and mild raisin sweetness. Light creamy texture, nearly milky, which real seems to bring out more of the dark malt toffee and caramel flavors even more. Slightly airy and waffery finish on the aftertaste, with a faint crispness and cotton candy flavor. Not much heat either and very well hidden.

Overall a straightforward Belgian strong dark ale.

Photo of aleigator
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Decent beige head, brown, black color.

Light on aromas, bready malts and hints of toffee, wood.

Warm, toasted malts at the beginning, which turn more present and sweeter at the same time. Carbonation is lively, vanishes soon, due to the intense malts. Interesting development on the palate, as the beer starts earthy, bready with hints of wood and rather dry, the malt needs a second to turn sweet and warming, with hints of fruit and also spices. Almost too sweet aftertaste, sticky. Refreshing at first, loosing its carbonation to the sweetness. Complex beer with a decent body, defined by malts, with an unusual high carbonation.

Photo of JTuomi
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33 cl bottle (bb 20/02/2016) into a goblet. Ruby brown body, bubbly, medium head, good lacing, leaves a thin foam veil. Smell - toasted malt, dark fruit, brown sugar, yeast. Taste - begins yeasty sweet, followed by dark fruit, raisins, plums, figs, after that an intensifying toastiness. Ending dry with a slight hop bitterness. The aftertaste comes up after a while with roasty coffee and chocolate, lasting for a long time. Medium full body, medium-high soft carbonation, ample creamy mouthfeel. Overall a fine sipping beer; a soft, flavorful and complex taste. I easily spent an hour with this one, an instant favourite!

Photo of FLima
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown color with one finger head with short retention and several floating particles. Not it’s forte.
Malty aroma with notes of prunes, molasses, nutmeg, pine wood, some tangerines and grapes.
Bold flavor with notes of prunes, cloves, molasses, mint, herbal and earthy hops, apple puree, whole fig, raisins, ginger and candied oranges. A hint of Port Wine and finishing with a bit of chocolate after your mouth dries for a while.
Medium body with good carbonation. Alcohol of 9% abv is in harmony with the overall beer.
Good Belgian Dark Strong Ale with good malt balanced complexity. Interesting they have done this without adding sugar. You do feel it sweet, but it is not cloying given its choice of hops, dryness and refreshing spices. This is the type of beer that you start with slight above average score and then once it starts to warm up you have to keep raising it once its complexity blossoms.

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a fluffy off white head and a dark brown body with some orange highlights. Head settles down to a little covering.

The aroma is sweet and fruity.

Dark fruit malts and turns even darker with a slightly roasted quality. A little sweet.

Drinks smooth with a medium body and the carbonation is balanced well with the beer.

Really nicely done beer.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of tomordonez
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of BlazerT
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of teromous
3.86/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Photo of stevoj
4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Excellent Belgian strong ale! Dark, opaque brown, with thin beige oil slick head. Aroma is cola, wood, nuts, chocolate and prunes. Taste is dark chocolate , raisins, roast grain and oak barrel. Bitter aftertaste clings to the palate, mouthfeel is perfect for the style, very slick. A masterpiece.

Photo of brewskifan55
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass. Bottled dated 6/2012. Let's see if aging improves.

A: Tawny brown with a tan one-finger head that dissipates to frothy bubbles.

S: Belgian yeast doninates, followed by caramel, chocolate, dark fruits and bourbon

T: Damn! Drinks like a quad. Follows nose with a grand entrance. Dates, raisins, figs with Belgian yeast, caramel and malts. A smooth bourbon burn.

M: Thick, heavy, chewy. Very carbonated. Sexy and decadent.

O: I love this one. The aging really did a number. Would buy again. Recommended.

Photo of Dope
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 17/12/2011, almost 2 years old.

A: Very dark reddish-brown pour. Almost opaque. Big fizzy tan head. Head sputters out somewhat quickly like a fuzzy soda. Minimal lacing but good retention. LOTS of floaties, almost to the point of ridiculousness.

S: Lots of sweet brown sugar in this one. Dark fruits, fig and raisin and maybe even some prunes? Decent belgian yeast with some cloves adding some spiciness.

T: Again with the sweet brown sugar and lots of dark fruits. Very similar to the aroma. Heavy on the belgian yeast, cloves and earthy spices everywhere. Tastes a lot like a dubbel, just a bigger, sweeter one. Malt is sweet and bready, kinda reminds me of fruitcake if I'm honest. Mild toasted malt floating around and lingering between sips.

M: Nice medium bodied and very smooth.

O: Nice sweet and fruity dubbel-esque BSDA. Great complexity, great smoothness of body and flavors. Huge chunks of sediment everywhere was a bit disconcerting but it is what it is. Overall definitely in the upper echelon of BSDAs.

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with a big fluffy head that does not last. Yeasty floaties spin in the beer from the carbonation.

Dark malt, brown sugar, dark over-ripe fruit and molasses in the nose.

Brown sugared malt with some dates and dark dried fig notes. Dries out a bit to some cane sugar and brown bread. Mild bitterness in the finish. 9%? Could have fooled me. Alcohol does not show up at all.

Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation zip.

Heavier and sugary, and still easy drinking. This is worth a try.

Photo of cvm4
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a cloudy mahogany with a fizzy light tan head that sticks around for a while.

S - Caramel sweetness hits you first and then it dives into a fruity twang. The fruit is a mix between citrus and dark fruits. Really interesting.

T - The taste follows the nose. Sweet caramely malts, belgian yeast and then dark fruits afterwards.

M - Medium bodied and high carbonation. Crisp beer here.

O - The ABV is well hidden and the beer is an easy drinker. Interesting beer that somehow pulls all the flavors together wonderfully.

Photo of IchLiebeBier
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Chestnut; cloudy; small head

Aroma: Vinous fruit; spicy; malty

Taste: Fruit; coriander; very complex and well-balanced; outstanding beer

Remarks: This is one of the best ones I've had so far; bought in Le Village de Biere beer shop in Strasbourg, France

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Photo of BGDrock
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown with hint of mahogany, sandy head s fine but doesn't stick around; specks of yeast are visible. Mash-up of prunes, dates, root beer, dark cherry, and lightly burnt caramel in the aroma. Buttery texture. Getting cherry, earthy root, lightly bitter dark chocolate, rich caramel - basically everything in the scent and more. Spices like pepper and nutmeg.
Exactly what you'd expect from a proper Belgian brune, warm, complex, full flavour with a soft, smooth mouthfeel - everything done right

Photo of chinchill
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle served in a St. Bernardus snifter.

A: Poured with a thick creamy light tan head on top of a reddish-brown body that has lumps of dark soft solids floating about. Not appealing, but the solids have no nasty effects on feel or flavor, and settle to the bottom anyway so that they could be avoided ... that is, if the beer wasn't so darn good you'll want every drop. Still, a downgrade on looks; it remains high due to the stellar head and lacing.

S: Smell is bready-fruity-floral, with hints of cumin, orange juice, and champagne. Some additional, more earthy and less attractive alcohol esters.

Taste: rich, even given the aroma, and mainly fruity and spicy, although the flavor is subtle and complex. Making appearances are raisins and dates, dark bread, coriander, cumin, ginger and oranges. There's a faint hint of smoke in the aftertaste. This beer is rather sweet but the bitter/sweet blend seems on the spot.

M: Body seems medium-full and, at the same time, light and airy. Very very soft. Only a soft alcohol heat despite 9% ABV.

O: superb; a real treat.

Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into chalice, best before 2/12/2013. Pours moderately cloudy reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big raisin, prune, fig, apple, caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, brown bread, pepper, light clove, and earthy yeast spiciness. Incredible aromas with big complexity and great balance of dark malt and fruity/spicy yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of raisin, fig, prune, apple, caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, pepper, light clove, brown bread, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light and dark fruits, caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, brown bread, pepper, light clove, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity of malt and spicy/fruity yeast esters; with a great balance of malt/spiciness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and moderately prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Belgian strong dark ale! Great complexity and balance of malt and fruity/spicy yeast esters; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy to murky dark brown in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some ruby red highlights along with significant amounts of yeast sediment in suspension near the bottom of the glass (dark yeast sediment). The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy dark beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Overall the aroma for this beer is sweet with notes of caramel and toffee malts and some dark fruits + spices.

T: Similar to the smell, upfront this beer has moderate to strong flavors of sweet malts with notes of caramel and toffee. There are moderate flavors of dark fruit and just a hint of spices. Light amounts of bitterness which fades quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively smooth.

O: Overall the alcohol in this beer is extremely well hidden and this is a very enjoyable beer. Easy to drink and definitely one I would get again. The flavors and aromas intensify as the beer warms.

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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 452 ratings.