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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

405 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 405
Reviews: 303
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 56
Gots: 16 | 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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Photo of Sammy
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A wine-like finishing beer. Excellent. One mate wanted more aftertaste. Orange brown. Complementing mix of Hops and malts and spicy cinammon works and worth paying for. Buy the right glass for this classic. Orange and candy sweetness. Alcohol basically hidden.

Sammy, Jan 13, 2004
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -5.4%

djrn2, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to ygtbsm94 for sharing a bottle of the 2006 vintage of this. Also had a separate bottle more recently, at which time I took better notes. Review from those.

Served in a wine glass. Gushed quite a bit, overflowing after I opened it. It was probably a bit too warm. Loads of floaties, though this is quite explainable given the gushing. Pours brown-garnet with a moderate head that quickly falls into a collar with a speckled cap. The nose is strong, earthy red grapes with some caramel and plum in the background. there are also some other dark fruits and a good measure of sweetness as well.

The taste is not quite as complex but there are strong grapes and a bit of cherries. This is quite sweet but never cloying. There is a bit of darker malt in the background; no roast. The feel is medium and cream. Light--though very fitting--level of carbonation. Incredibly drinkable. Likely my new go to Belgian beer.

Thorpe429, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of metter98
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer poured cloudy dark brown in color with a thin off white head that quickly faded into lacy patterns of bubbles covering the surface. A light to medium amount of carbonation is visible.
S: The nose is very malty and sweet with notes of caramel and hints of dark fruits and spices. The aromas become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Like the smell, the taste is also rather sweet and has flavors of caramel malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a light amount of carbonation.
D: The alcohol is completely hidden from both the smell and taste, which makes this beer very easy to drink.

metter98, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of brentk56
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a murky garnet brown body with all kinds of suspended yeasties floating around (I had to run it through a sieve to break them up); the head is strong (and the bottle was a foamer) but doesn't last long; plenty of splashy lacing, however

Smell: Caramel, toffee, hazlenuts, balsa wood, raisins but not the bounteous aroma that others have noted

Taste: Nice and balanced, starts with a hazelnutty, cookie dough flavor that builds into a dark fruit melange with a woodie finish

Mouthfeel: A touch thin for the style, but well carbonated

Drinkability: Either I had a mishandled bottle or this one is going downhill since earlier reviewers hailed it with all kind of superlatives; a nice beer but not top notch

brentk56, Feb 22, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a dark brown beer with a huge foamy head with good retention. Incredible amount of yeast is contained at the bottom of the glasses and I decided to pour those in my glass. Aroma of roastiness mix with some nice fresh sweet fruit (Apricot/peach) creates quite an incredible combination. Taste is quite complex as it start with some sweet flavour and then roastiness come aboard and ends with a subtle bitterness coming straight from the hops. Wow! Almost up there with the Rochefort/Westy 8.

Phyl21ca, Jul 12, 2004
Photo of BEERchitect
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can't help but to love this beer. Certainly the best of the Brassarie des Rocs offerings. Very mature and bold in all it's flavors, while retaining a perfect balance. The bottle really pissed me off. Upon poping the top, it's gushing made a mess of the counter top. I managed to pour a goblet and sat down to drink. Upon returning, the half-full bottle continued to cascade over the top and created, yet another mess. After that, good beer! Malty, prune-sy, raisons, woodsy, vineous, tart, spicy, and lightly barnyard-ey and leathery. Moderately full and rich with a less-thn-thick feel. Carbonation gives way to a smooth, tart finish. This one is deservingly of BA top 100 status.

BEERchitect, Feb 16, 2006
Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So, I am finally able to ge ahold of one one these bottles and give it a try. I have heard alot of fan fare regarding this one so I was definitly intrested in getting my hands on one. It was a very nice capped 750ml. Really some great artwork on it. It just looked big, and kinda bold and religous. Almost a bit intimidating to be honest.. But we had to celebrate so I popped the cap and poured out in three tulips for myself and a couple guests..

A - Poured a nice rusty brown with a huge tannish head. Great retention left it hanging around forever. Great sideglass lace and a really nice amount of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

S - Very spicey. First thing I picked up was like some paprika or nutmeg, corriander maybe but definite spice. A touch of alcohol could also be picked up on the nose. Big smell though, lots of yeast everywhere. There was no mistaking this one was going to be one to be reckoned with.

T - Wow, what a mouthfull of flavor. So much to try and decipher with this one it was hard to tell where to really star. Huge sour fruit like taste was the first thing I noticed. This was very robust and followed up almost immediatly by a surge of spiceness. Lots of different characters here. Almost too many to actual name. But some flavors of peach and apple, with a touch of grape were evident. A decent amount of alcohol was evident in the profile, nothing overwhelming but definatly enought to take a notice of. Overall though the flavor was really good and quite unique. Even took in a sense of a dry hop like finish. It is really hard to describe, but this one was really really differen.

M - Very full and creamy would be the best way to describe it. The frothy like carbonation really gave it that creamy light feel. Was not overally thick or syrup like, Really had a good light but yet full profile. Quite nice.

D - Well to be honest this was a damn big beer and very difficult to drink much of so its hard to really give it a huge mark here, howver it was definatly a good late night sipper and I would really enjoy a tulip of this at night when it is cold. Could really warm you up from the inside if you know what I mean,

Overall I was quite impressed with this one. It did not really fit into the mold of anything I had had before. It was definatly something I would wanna try again as it was very differnt and full of flavor. Definatly would recommend this one.

mikesgroove, Sep 04, 2007
Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

kjkinsey, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -5.4%

ygtbsm94, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

spycow, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -5.4%

jaydoc, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Knapp85, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of largadeer
2.68/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dark mucky brown in appearance with a ton of suspended sediment, as seems to be the norm for this brewery. The nose and taste are both equally cloying, bringing to mind overripe figs, candied fruit, raisins, toffee and rum. Mouthfeel is syrupy despite the ample carbonation. Too sweet and candy-like, with no bitterness to be found anywhere. I guess this brewery is simply not my bag, as I've disliked everything I've tried by them.

largadeer, Mar 11, 2008
Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark, brown color, almost black. It had a tan, foamy two-finger head that left nice lace.

S - It smelled nutty and malty. It had a sweet and alcohol aroma, too.

T - It tasted malty and hoppy. It had a grassy bitterness, too.

M - It ws crisp and heavy-bodied.

D - This is a good beer. Interestingly it smelled better than it tasted.

zeff80, Feb 14, 2007
Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

JAHMUR, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

WVbeergeek, Sep 28, 2003
Photo of nickfl
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Mountainous, four finger, light brown head that settles slowly and leaves lots of lace behind. Nice, amber colored body with good clarity but lots of chunks floating in it.

S - Aromas of raisins, plums and dark chocolate. Some fruity esters and a bit of alcohol with cinnamon and yeast spice.

T - Big caramel flavors up front along with some fruitiness from the yeast. Dark grain character comes in next with notes of chocolate, plums, and some surprising, perfumey jasmine flavors. Some spicy hop flavors arise next with a reasonable shot of hop bitterness that slowly transitions into dark malt flavors that ride out the finish with fruit backed notes of chocolate and tobacco.

M - Medium body with moderately high carbonation and a dry finish.

D - Very complex and drinkable. Compares favorably to Rochefort 10. The dark flavors are deep and interesting with some surprisingly bright fruit characteristics. My only complaint is the very large amount of suspended solids in the beer. I was afraid at first that I had gotten a bad bottle, but it is well within date and the excellent flavor and aroma would seem to indicate that it has not been mistreated.

nickfl, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of russpowell
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BBD of Dec 31 2008. Pours a slightly hazed caramel/ruddy red with 1 finger of tan colored head. Suspended yeast is also noticable, bummer, but clears over time. Average lacing in dropplet form on the side of the goblet & a good film more so than actual head retention

S: Caramel & toffee with a slight smokeyness. A little bit of yeasty, phenolic notes sneak as this is warmed up to room temp

T: Belgian candy, caramel & breadyness up front. A little warming booze follows along with pecan notes. Oaky dryness & a little bit of grainyness is there as well. Finishes with warming booze, sticky candy & honey

MF: Medium bodied, sticky & low levels of carbonation

Drinks very easy for the heft, a really nice brune, starts to get a bit hot as this warms all the way up

russpowell, Apr 18, 2007
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.9/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My first sampling of this brew in several years and I'm all atwitter!
Cap and cork are removed and the prey is sighted, the creamy nodule of foam that peeks from the neck, waiting to escape from the green bottle and into a worthy glass, eager for my consumption.
Cast in a gorgeous garnet color, cherry red, a sumptuous sight, the foam a lovely thing, all lace, all bubbly.
Nose is velvety soft, angelic, sexy. This aroma is a herald to beer nirvana, beautifully yeasty, happily hoppy. I reel in orgiastic delight, sent from the ecstacy of it all.
We sip, and the tastebuds are enticed, excited, set aflame, aglow, tossed back, and laid low...a graniloquent effect, indeed.
Magnificent maltiness! Abundant fruitiness! A symphony of rich, rounded flavors rings loudly through all corners and corridors of mind, body, and soul.
Sip after sip, a massive power sweeps over, wave after wave...magniloquent, effervescicant, scintillastic, etherealistic...I'm left inventing new words to truly transcibe such transcendence.
Like soaking in happiness, trading in your every cell for burgundy bubbles and floating into unearthly ecstacy. The very thing to judge others of this style by, Does it flood the mouth with flavor?
Does it devastate the senses?
Damn, but this sure does!

Thanks to MenekiNeko for reacquainting we two!

feloniousmonk, Nov 20, 2003
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

StonedTrippin, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of drabmuh
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Bruery tulip. Lots of sediment in this one. Luckily I have a strong constitution.

Beer is brown, dark, and really hazy with chunks floating in it. Brown thin dusty head, medium bubbles, nice lacing, strong forward carbonation.

Aroma sweet and bready. Mild, good though.

Beer is pretty sweet. Lots of carbonation on the palate, some caramel flavors, breadiness and esters on the midpalate, finish is a little dry, not too much though. Overall a nice beer.

drabmuh, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a medium brown color with a cream-colored head. There are huge chunks of yeast that come out of the bottle. (I also got this is then Grand Cru from this brewery.) Not very appetizing. The aroma is brown sugar and dark fruit. The flavor is dark fruit, alcohol, brown sugar, yeast and some darker malts. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, May 29, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 12/12/10 notes. Had at a local tasting thanks to ygtbsm94; thanks Brad.

a - Pours an amber color with two fingers of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Some sediment floating in the beer.

s - Smells of molasses, dark fruits, caramel malts, and a little bit of spice.

t - Tastes of dark fruit, caramel malts, spices, sugar. Definitely some sour fruit in the taste as well.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - Overall I thought this was a pretty good Belgian dark ale. I really like the sour fruit taste and the mouthfeel. Would like to try again.

mdfb79, Dec 16, 2010
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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 405 ratings.