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

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Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a. visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of 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
Photo of tut2528


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
Photo of Sunnanek


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
Photo of GoNowhere


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
Photo of Brabander


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
Photo of Mar02x


3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 10:59:24 | More by Mar02x
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 15:03:00 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of kemoarps


2.78/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 22:33:40 | More by kemoarps
Photo of ConchobarNessa

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 23:28:24 | More by ConchobarNessa
Photo of Intrinsic


4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 00:44:13 | More by Intrinsic
Photo of flipper2gv

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 17:28:05 | More by flipper2gv
Photo of JohnnyChicago


4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a beautiful deep burgundy with a reddish/brownish/whitish head that fades rather quickly.

S: Smell in funky and intense, with molassas, black grapes, roses and pepper.

T: All the aromas come through in the taste, but there is a pretty strong booze element that I didn't expect. It finishes slightly dry and rough with a hint of charcoal.

D: Like I said, a tad boozier than most BSDA. It is, however, very complex and intense and makes for a slow, but tasty sipper.

Overall: I would definitely pick this one up again. It is original, even within its style and I would love to take another crack at it and see what other flavours and aromas it has to offer.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 14:38:13 | More by JohnnyChicago
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle

Appearance – Hazy brown colour with a massive size fizzy beige/light brown coloured head. It's too hazy/dark to see the carbonation level and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 6 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, molasses, dark fruits, smoke, chocolate, wood

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a high amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, molasses, dark fruits and what I thought to be soya sauce.. I couldn't quite put my finger on what the taste was. Anyways, there was also some smoke and a woody flavour and towards the end I could also taste chocolate. The beer finishes with a smokey and malty sweet aftertaste.

Overall – A complex beer that has a whole bunch of flavours going on. It's not something I'd want to drink every day, but I'm going to keep a few on hand for sure. The alcohol was really well hidden and it's a must try beer in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 18:04:39 | More by spinrsx
Photo of nickd717


4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle via trade thanks to Crack1Open.

Pours hazy brown, a little reddish, with a small khaki head.

The aroma is nice, with caramel, toffee, brown sugar, Belgian yeast, and slight dark fruits.

The flavor is sweet but good, with big caramel malts, English toffee, sherry-like oxidation, Belgian yeast, and berries, blueberries even as crazy as that is.

Medium-full body with lower carbonation. Solid stuff, even if it’s possibly a little past prime.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 22:04:16 | More by nickd717
Photo of StJamesGate

New York

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Oxblood brown with a fast-fading kola beige head and some serious chunks of sediment and continuous streams of bubbles. Carmelized sugar, oak and figs on the nose.
Dates, port, shortbread, and stewed apple then some earth, kola spice and orange oil hops. Candied black grape end and numbing menthol linger.
Buttery feel; medium, chewy, lively, round.

The dandruff shower of sediment is seriously off-putting. Some brandy-like complexity, and I appreciate this gets all that sweetness in there but is still all malt. But can't live up to my sky-high expectations.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 20:00:00 | More by StJamesGate
Photo of lacqueredmouse


4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep red, poured into a wide-mouthed branded goblet at 't Brugs Beertje. Body is clear and fine, quite slight bodied, but the head is full and attractive. Some sticky lacing looks more like a continuation of a subsided head. Colour is awesome, overall, it looks very pleasant indeed.

Nose is quite astringent and strong with booze and a savoury sweet character, a little like ketchup. Sweet tomato, slight spice and savoury moreishness. Full and quite lovely; before it gets too intense, there's a touch of lemon freshness to cut through. Very special and a little unique.

Taste is soft and flavoursome, with more of that savoury character and a lingering vegetative sweetness. All of this is softened with caramel, port, cream and herbal tones. Vanilla sweetness comes though, with even a hint of cherry or kirsch. Very filling, and rather finely and strongly carbonated however.

Smooth and strong, and quite full on, but nonetheless dry and respectable. Harder to drink than some; the carbonation is very high. But it's an impressive beer, no doubt.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 07:27:47 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of rvdoorn


3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: the beer pours a caramel brown color with a nice head.
Smell: Roasted malts, caramel, toffee, nuts, caramel and spicy hops
Taste: Dark fruits, nuts, yeast, caramel, pepper, and grains. Nice spicy medicinal aftertaste
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation and a bit thin body
Overall: Not bad, not great

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 20:08:53 | More by rvdoorn
Photo of gdrydenc


4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a light caramel color, but when I look through it through a tulip it's nearly opaque. A solid 2 fingers of off-white head that lasts a long time. There's also a lot of sediment in this, a lot more than I was expecting, but it doesn't hurt at all.

S - Dark, sweet fruits at the forefront. There's also a bit of spiciness in the nose. Very solid smelling BSDA. I'm excited to try it!

T - The taste totally lives up to the smell. Slightly sour, but mostly dark sweet fruits, once again. It's a delicious, very complex beer. This one has been sitting for a while, so I think it's been able to mature a while.

M - The mouthfeel is the only slight issue that I see. It's a little bit watery, but it doesn't detract a ton from the beer overall.

Overall, this is a very complex, great beer. I'm glad that this was sold in a 4 pack!

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 01:54:06 | More by gdrydenc
Photo of Knapp85


4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a bottle of this beer from the Bethlehem Speakeasy about a year ago. I had purchased a bottle of Baladin Xfume for about $50 to take home with me. The bartender had then brought out the bottle of Des Rocs for me and started pouring it out. I asked what it was, he said it was a Dark Belgian Strong ale that they had just gotten in. He told me it was on the house for being a such good customer to them all the time. I thanked him and proceeded to enjoy this beer to it's fullest. The beer poured out as a really nice brown color with a tan foamy head. The lacing was pretty good on the glass. The aromas of brown sugar and dark fruits flooded my nose, there was also some yeasty aroma in there and some fresh wood also. The aromas were all very well balanced. The taste of the beer was lightly roasted, the sweetness upfront from the fruits carried over into the caramel wooden aftetaste. The mouthfeel was elegantly smooth and very eacy to drink. Overall I found this beer to be very good on just about every level. I'd love to have it again one day.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 16:30:10 | More by Knapp85
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aromas of caramel, toffee, nuttiness, a little oak, and some dark fruits as it warms (mainly raisins).

The tastes begin with nuttiness, milk chocolate, biscuity/sugar cookie. As it warms you get more of the dark fruit and oak you detected from the nose.

The mouthfeel is a tad thin for the style in my opinion, not a deal breaker, I just prefer more; carbonation is fine for the style. Overall this is a good beer, top of the style, no, but still good. Not bad for the price and availability. Recommended but don't break your back to find it.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 18:56:02 | More by claspada
Photo of megahurts4


4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brassiere des Rocs Brune

Appearance: brown, small head, and some good lacing.

Smell: dark fruits such as raisins and dates and some nice yeast and malts.

Taste: dark fruits, pleasant malts, and a slight yeast.

Mouthfeel: medium.

This has a nice aroma. The taste is also very well balanced and equally as appealing as the aroma.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 05:13:28 | More by megahurts4
Photo of tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 12:16:26 | More by tbeckett
Photo of Starless


4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Maudite glass. Not sure quite how old it is, but it says best before 2011, and I know it had been in the store for a while. Been refrigerated though, so despite the green bottle hopefully it's aged gracefully. Picked it up on sale for $4 as they stocked more then they could sell, hard to beat that deal.

It pours a very dark, reddish brown, almost an exceptionally deep garnet. Clear, but with oodles of little globules of yeast floating around. A rich off white head immediately billows up, and then just as immediately vanishes completely. Odd. Just a trace of lacing around the edges, though with a constant spring of bubbles in the center. Almost like champagne.

The smell is deep and rich, and very sweet. Brown sugar and maple malts left me a little worried that it might end up tasting just like a big glass of maple syrup. A bit of cherry lingering in the aroma as well. A bit of overripe dark fruit, and just a faint hint of sourness, almost a wild ale sort of sourness.

The taste, though, blows the smell away, especially as the beer warms to proper drinking temperature. The cherry scent hinted at in the scent explodes in the taste.

Cherry, cherry, cherry. Definitely the first and foremost flavor. It's very sweet, but the slight sourness in the aroma translates to a faint tartness in the taste that balances out the sweetness exceptionally.

Early tastes were rich with that slightly tart cherry, as well as a little green apple. A few more tastes, and I'm getting a lot of brown sugar, and some yeasty spiciness.

As the beer continued to warm the cherry flavor intensifies but also opens up, and changes a little. Almost a bourbon soaked sort of cherry, with a hint of oakiness. Eventually becoming almost a chocolate or dark chocolate covered cherry as the predominant flavor.

Very tasty!

As for the mouthfeel, it was a little surprising at first. The carbonation was very bubbly, almost effervescent. Much like the little ring of bubbles in the center reminded me of champagne, so too did the mouthfeel early on. Very bubbly, and very dry.

As the beer warmed, the mouthfeel grew a bit more full, and creamy.

Overall an excellent beer, one of my favorite Brown Ales, I think.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 03:13:26 | More by Starless
Photo of AgentMunky


4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a cervoise glass. Best before 6 May 2013.

A: A massive head crowns the beer and fades tantalisingly slowly. Medium-dark chestnut brown with microscopic bubbles filtering up in droves through light sediment. Opaque, but light. Sticky lace.

S: Abundant fruit, candy sugars, very strong and sweet. Some spiciness, but I can detect but little yeast about which other reviewers commented.

T: Yum, lots of light fruit. Grape, apple, berry, maybe even some citrusesque satsuma. A mild carbonation complements a pleasantly light body. Loads of malts provide a sweet foundation. The finish is sweetish as well, but with throwbacks to the initial fruitiness. Aftertaste is lamentably brief.

M: Truly grand. Everything you'd want to feel in a beer.

D: A wonderful beer; recommended. Still, I somehow feel it lacks that je ne sais quoi, that ineffable quality that thrills your core and instils a sense of joy. Good, but not transcendently so -- something is amiss somewhere, but I'll be damned if I can find any specific to complain about. You try.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 21:15:20 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of maleman


4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thick, opaque brown with a khaki colored two-finger head that receded into a one-finger head with visible sediment. Thick lacing.

S - Very malty. Could detect a good bit of alcohol in the smell.

T - Very tasty! The smell of alcohol belied the taste as it is almost non-existent. I sensed a good bit of caramel.

M - medium-bodied, smooth with very little aftertaste.

D - although I'm not in an area where this beer is readily available I will be keeping an eye out for it. Where I see it...I'll certainly buy it!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 23:54:25 | More by maleman
Abbaye Des Rocs [Brasserie Des Rocs Brune] from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
94 out of 100 based on 388 ratings.