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

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

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-13-2002

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Reviews: 317 | Ratings: 476
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

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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.

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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.

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

A pleasant surprise to find at te LCBO's in Northern Ontario.

A - Pours a rich ruby red, black in the middle and ruby on the edges, solid thumb of head with decent retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Rich caramel and burnt sugar, bready malts and a candied caramel apple finish.

T - Much like the nose the burnt sugar and caramel flavours dominate the palette alongside hints of dark fruit, musty caramel and a bready finish.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and surprisingly wet.

O - A tasty brew loaded with flavour and well worth seeking out. Glad I had a chance to try it and will grab an extra bottle or two before they disappear.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been looking forward to this one for some time.

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours a nice dark Mhogany cloudy colour with an off white foamy head that retains very well.

S - Plenty of figs, burnt sugars, bread, yeast, caramel and toffee.

T - Up front some nice malty notes followed by some spicey sugars with toffee and fig. The finish is a little warm with a nice bitterness. The balance of flavours is of a very high standard.

M - Medium body with medium to full carbonation.

O - This is a big dark Belgian not for the feint hearted. A must try. The balance in this beer is truely impressive.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a goblet glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains brown sugar, caramelized malts, Belgian yeast some spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with strong flavors of brown sugar and caramel. Then some Belgian yeast and hearty malt character breadiness comes in. The hops presence is very mild but complementary and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid Belgian brown ale but there are better options in the style.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Best before 02/12/2013.

A: Pours a cloudy ruby with lots of chunks and a 1 finger dense white head. Leaves a real nice head, doesn't dissipate past 1/8" throughout the glass. No real lacing.

S: First there is a woody lemon and yeast. Orange and raisin, maybe some fig. A hint of booze but really not much. A breadiness to it.

T: A cereal malt taste with dark fruits and a hint of hop. Almost a maple syrup taste to it. Very well balanced. A nice malt/fuirty belgian beer.

M: Fairly light yet a dense feel in the mouth. Crisp and easy drinking. Could use some more carbonation. Booze is well hidden.

Overall a well balanced and drinkable dark ale. The aroma is very tasty and lends to a drinkable brew.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, part of Amanti Vino's Beer of the Month program. It was allowed to warm a bit before being poured into my Firestone Walker tulip.

Abbaye des Rocs Brune pours a deep ruby red, lightening a bit around the edges. Three fingers or so of khaki colored foam come together to cap the beer. Head retention is just alright, and lacing is minimal. The nose is very nice, redolent of candied dark fruits with just a little bit of a gentle alcohol aroma present as well. The flavor leads off with the same fruity presence from the nose. It's not all plum, as there's plenty of raisin and other dark fruits, and there's an undercurrent of sweetness running through them all. The warming booziness that comes in mid palate transitions beautifully into a lightly intense clove finish. The body is well dried out, this beer would serve as an excellent example to show someone that final gravity does not necessarily correlate with sweetness in a beer. There's a little bit of a spark to the carbonation, but for my taste it could stand to have even a little more kick. A beer like Abbaye des Rocs Brune is why I like being in a BotM program. I might never have picked up a bottle of this on my own, but it's a pretty great Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

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Photo of Jetulio
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
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

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Photo of JayQue
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good easy drinking slow sipper. Pours into my Chimay goblet, a murky brown color with plenty of dark sediment in the bottom of the glass. Head is pretty big for a Belgian. Good size delicately bubbling off white head with good retention and some scattered film and lacing down the glass.

Smell is dark fruit, raisins and plums, bready malt, some black pepper and after the beer is fully warmed up, some Belgian yeast.

Taste is more of the same, very nicely done. There is a hint of warming alcohol that goes just right with this expertly blended mix of flavors.

Mouthfeel is rich, the alcohol level is just right. So is the spiciness. Just right on the tongue.

This is a very enjoyable strong ale.

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Photo of rarbring
3.51/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is clouded light brown, a warm off-white extremely large head that leaves good lacing but rather small curtains.

Sweet dried fruits, some spices and yeast.

Sweet bread, raisins, dates, syrup, orange and plum marmalade, some bitter orange peel.

High carbonation, small intense bubbles, sticky with a good body, a short dry finish.

Sweet, potent and powerful.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a goblet
A: Muddy dark brown with a gorgeous 2+ finger head that lingers on and on
S: Smooth, sweet fruit esters and roasted grain
T: Figs, molasses and spice. Quite sweet. A hint of heat comes through.
M: Medium-bodied, smooth, a hint of carbonation and alcohol.
O: This is good but a bit too sweet for my palate.

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

BB 02/03/2014

Beer is dark brown with an epic off-white head. Huge and lasts a long time.

Smell consists of Belgian yeast and dark fruit (prune and raisin).

Taste is the same as the smell but smoother. Yeast, bready malt, dark fruit. All works very well together, very integrated. Dry. Very nice.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation, very smooth.

Overall, excellent. Better than the Grand Cru and Triple Imperial, in my view.

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Photo of tut2528
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip. about 1 fingers worth of head formation that dies down rather quickly with minimal lacing. carbonation is very high. syrup-like in color.

S: pretty complex and very sweet aromas. i get a nice mixture of dark fruits predominately raisins and some figs. typical Belgian yeast also makes itself present and the alcohol is completely absent.

T: this is a delicious sweet brew IMO. it is loaded with sweet molasses, brown sugar, bready yeasts and has a buttery aspect to it. I find that balance quite nice and the flavors complement one another. medium bodied.

overall, i found this beer highly drinkable and would definitely return to this one

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

A: Pour is murky brown with a large tan compact head that sets into decent lacings.

S: Rich dark dried fruits gives it a very sweet smell. Kind of sherry-like. Syrupy. Yeasty, and some spices.

T: Tart, syrupy sweet. Lots of dark dried fruits. Spices and yeast. Very Belgian, and very nice.

M: Long sweet aftertaste. Body is syrupy full, almost like molasses. Carbonation is well hidden. A bit alcoholic, but not very obvious.

O: Sweet in more than one sence. Nice!

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Photo of GoNowhere
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Dark brown with lots of stuff floating around in it. Decent head.

Smell- Brown sugar. Sweet. Mellow. It makes me calm.

Taste- All sweet malts. Dark fruits. Easy to crush.

Mouthfeel- Surprisingly light but well rounded. Too easy to kill.

One of my favorite night caps but all too easy to get totally destroyed with.

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

This is a better than average brown ale! I bought this bottle a month ago in Belgium and tonight is my dark ale night.

Poured in my Struise glass the beer starts quit nice. Watch out because the beer is pretty lively! Darkbrown like tea with a huhge head which fades away quit fast.

Light sourness fights with some sweetness when you smell the beer. Good and pleasant taste make this beer very drinkable.

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Photo of Mar02x
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a chance to try this beer at a tasting organized by my uncle Peter. Thanks man for the opportunity.

A - Appearance like an brown ale should a bit hazy and brown, except the head, there isn't any, just a very thin ring of foam.

S - Sweet malt syrup with yeast added.

T - A sweet matliness mixed with spices.

M - Medium to high carbonation with a slight bitter aftertaste.

O - Nothing wrong here, pretty nice. I would buy it if I saw it.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I wanted (yet) another St Bernadus Christmas on tap, but the strength was just too high so I settled for a bottle of this on that fateful afternoon I first visited The Red Rose in Brugge.

The 9% ABV being a whole 1% less than the St Bernadus I felt very righteous and the wife didn’t notice the alcohol content (double bonus).

Nine tenths of the beer was poured for me into the glass, the remaining sediment infested tenth I swallowed at the end. The beer was a deep, deep brown, red, purple colour, mostly red I suppose: on top an off-white head that fades fair too swiftly.

The smells are mostly sweet: molasses and sugar on toast, there is also a yeasty, dirty aroma hidden away that comes out when the beer begins to warm in the glass.

This isn’t a gulper; you’ve got to sip it: the flavours are complex and confusing. Sweet up front with a malt flavour, leaning towards burnt candy floss and treacle tarts as you get into it.

Rich, but not as thick as you might imagine, certainly different to what I expected.

Strange brew, would have preferred another St Bernadus to be honest!

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Photo of kemoarps
2.76/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I have to say I was extremely disappointed with this beer. After reading so many positive reviews, I guess I had high hopes, but it reminded me more of a homebrew gone wrong than a world class belgian brown.

It poured a russet amber, clear but with a lot of sediment. I assume the sediment is intentional, so it doesn't really bother me. The foamy creamy coloured head lasts, but leaves no lacing as I drink.

The nose smells off. It's way sweet and flowery. There's almost a gummi-bear undertone to it. You can smell some molasses/brown sugar underneath as well.

The taste is sweet. Brown sugar and molasses. As previously mentioned, it reminds me of a homebrew I had that hadn't fermented properly and had too much molasses/brown sugar added to it. It almost tastes like gingerbread cookies in beer form, but not as glorious as that could sound. There's some bready malt in there as well, and a bitterness to the finish, that could be balancing, but just seems... thrown in.

It's a weird one to drink. Not undrinkable (I'll finish this pint), but not one that I would seek out. You won't find me buying this one again. Maybe there's something off about this bottle specifically, but this doesn't taste like a beer that went bad, just a poorly constructed brew. I wouldn't purchase it again, but if someone else had one I'd taste it off the strength of the other reviews. Proceed with caution.

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Photo of ConchobarNessa
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Classic belgian bruin. Dark clear-brown, you can see through it but you can see this is going to be heavy. Tony off-white bubbles with a generous head that slinks away pretty fast.

Smell- Lots happening here, spicy, sweet, burnt sugar and dates.

Taste- Awesome taste, the malt is dominating this beer. A little alcohol burn, just the perfect amount to tell you you're alive.

Mouthfeel- Very liquid that is lifted up by the carbonation. Not quite as heavy as some I've had.

Overall- Sweet beer, try it, its an awesome belgian bruin.

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Photo of Intrinsic
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is quite an amazing beer. The head grows on it just like an Orval would and has a light brown colour. The beer itself is an almost opaque medium brown.

Its brimming with all sorts of good smells like Belgian yeast, loads of toasty malts, and other spices. Very nice.

The taste is quite good, mostly dominated by malts. Good mouthfeel, medium bodied. Overall, its worth trying at least once and if you're lucky enough to have access to it, then why not a couple more times as well!

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Photo of flipper2gv
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Like most Belgian Dark Ales, this one is unfiltered so it has this murky brown color with the light beige head. Retention is sub par compared to other beers in this category. Lacing is ok but also sub par.

S: The first thing that I notice is how sweet this beer seems to be. Strong toffee, caramel, brown sugar and dried dark fruits seems to be the dominant sweet flavors in this, with a slight maple syrup tone.

T: Again, VERY sweet, a bit too much too. Strong toffee, brown sugar, dark dried fruits, molasses with definitive maple syrup like flavors. Typical Belgian Dark but with more sweets than usual.

M: Strange mix of typical Belgian like light feel but with some stickiness to it too.

O: Pretty good, but like I said, a bit too sweet. Still, the flavors are nice and I think I would get it again.

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