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

Abbaye Des Rocs [Brasserie Des Rocs Brune]Abbaye Des Rocs [Brasserie Des Rocs Brune]

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BA SCORE
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388 Ratings
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Ratings: 388
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.91%


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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ChuckD

New York

4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler from Shoreline poured into a chalice. A gigantic, tawny lacing - bubbling all around on top of a shiny burgundy/copper body. The pour is outstanding and needs to be observed.

To the nose, very complex and intriguing. I notice fresh fruits in the front - that quickly give way to mountains of sweet malts. The esters are there - but not overpowering. Take big whiffs.

In the mouth, all of the smells are verified - and then some. Layers and layers of fruits and spices surrounding a malt mainline that is rarely exhibited in any beer. The malt character of this beer is unbelievable - so full and sweet, but integrated into the whole so there are no breaks anywhere.

The feel is nearly perfect for the style. On tap - this was probably a little lighter than bottle, but the body was still full and chewy. The carbonation is ideal - allowing the underlying sweetness to meld with all of the other flavor layers. Alcohol is present - but not unpleasant and gently disappears into nothingness. The finish is dry - but still full and turning organic and woodsy in the back.

Musings: This is perhaps as close to perfection as you can get. The tastes will blow you away. On tap, I think it is a little lighter than bottle, but either way, you can't go wrong. There's a weirdness to the drinkability of this stuff. So strong - yet so delicious and approachable. Amazing brew.

Serving type: growler

02-22-2006 14:45:09 | More by ChuckD
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brewskifan55

Mississippi

4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 17:46:48 | More by brewskifan55
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 03:56:12 | More by Dope
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 00:41:50 | More by OtherShoe2
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cvm4

Mississippi

4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 15:34:02 | More by cvm4
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IchLiebeBier

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 01:07:46 | More by IchLiebeBier
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BGDrock

Ontario (Canada)

4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 22:54:16 | More by BGDrock
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chinchill

South Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 23:49:46 | More by chinchill
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superspak

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 03:51:53 | More by superspak
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 21:26:54 | More by dbrauneis
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 02:09:29 | More by andrenaline
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eric5bellies

Australia

4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 12:49:07 | More by eric5bellies
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 05:02:30 | More by TheManiacalOne
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CloudStrife

New York

4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 23:47:13 | More by CloudStrife
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axeman9182

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 04:08:42 | More by axeman9182
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Jetulio

Spain

3.73/5  rDev -12%
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

Serving type: bottle

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

Virginia

4.38/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 02:39:35 | More by JayQue
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rarbring

Sweden

3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 19:17:06 | More by rarbring
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 00:08:26 | More by ONUMello
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 20:50:03 | More by jrenihan
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tut2528

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 03:09:55 | More by tut2528
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Sunnanek

Sweden

4/5  rDev -5.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 17:41:59 | More by Sunnanek
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GoNowhere

Arkansas

4.33/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 19:04:52 | More by GoNowhere
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Brabander

Netherlands

4/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 21:38:52 | More by Brabander
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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 388 ratings.