Abbaye Des Rocs [Brasserie Des Rocs Brune] - Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
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4.18/5 rDev -1.2%
Poured into a tulip glass. Best before end of 2009.
Pours orange/amber with a large, rocky head that descends to a lasting thin head. Too many "floaties" interrupted its clarity, which would have otherwise been very nice.
The smell is of caramel, peppery spice and orange peel. The aroma is reminiscent of spiced fruitcake with a caramel coating.
The taste is spicy and sweet. Caramel and sweet grains are balanced by mix of spices and a touch of pepper. Slightly medicinal in the finish.
The feel is creamy and coating with a bit of a kick. It does thin just a tad, even when suitably warm, but it is almost negligible.
For the abv, this is very drinkable. Goes down smooth with just a bit of the alcohol coming through. It does blend in well, though. Can't say this it's one of my personal favorites from Belgium, but it sure is nice!
01-28-2007 17:56:01 | More by jwc215
4/5 rDev -5.4%
Pours a hazy ruby-amber color, topped by a light brown head, that is raised to a three-finger thickness by a solid carbonation. Interesting, almost wine like aroma, joined by notes of tannin, apricot, sweet herbs, musty cellars, dust, and a spicy peppery note. There is quite a complex nose on this beer. The taste is lightly sweet, fruity, with perhaps a hint of sherry. The fruity notes are reminiscent of sour plum and apricot. Quite a bit of musty cobweb type notes going on here as well. Complex tasting, definitely a bit aged, as this is showing bits of oxidation around the edges, nothing harmful yet, it just adds to the maltiness and complexity of this brew.
05-31-2004 18:45:28 | More by Gueuzedude
United Kingdom (England)
3.5/5 rDev -17.3%
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!
01-06-2012 15:03:00 | More by BlackHaddock
4/5 rDev -5.4%
Cloudy brown in color with a 2" head. Carbonation levels were a bit stronger than expected. Some lacing develops. The aroma is of caramel and yeast. The flavor consist of caramel, yeast, mild bitterness, and prunes. A hint of nuts and milk chocolate was barely there, but noticeable.
The mouthfeel was very crisp at the start and finish, and also finished slightly dry. Nice drinkability, as the caramel lingers softly on the tongue after swallowing. Overall this is a nice brew.
09-09-2005 12:04:24 | More by Gavage
4.55/5 rDev +7.6%
04/24/06- Purchased at a B.C. Provincial Liquor Store in Penticton, British Columbia.
Presentation- 11.2oz bottle. Not sure how old it is, but assuming at least 3 years as the best by date is set at the end of '06. Don't have a des Rocs glass yet, so poured into my Rochefort chalice.
Appearance- Milk chocolate colored brown pour. Murky with tons of yeast sediment on the bottom of the glass. Full inch plus head with a nice quarter inch remaining to the finish. Very nice lacing streak for this style.
Smell- The first scent I got was an overpowering raisin and prune smell. My only mark against the smell is that it died down somewhat as I was consuming the beer. Good amount of dark fruits and caramel malt.
Taste- I was welcomed by a large chunk of yeast on my first sit. Kinda freaky as I have never swallowed a rather hardend chunk of yeast before in a beer. I won't hold it against the beer though. Still getting a solid prune and fig flavor that overwhelms all other tastes. Nice and sweet, very malty with a nice toffee and caramel mixutre. Alcohol is very nicely hidden.
Mouthfeel- Smooth, creamy, with a medium to lower carbonation level. Lips stick to the glass because of the sugary sweetness. Light warming sensation.
Drinkability- Quite the fine example. Still tasting sugary dark fruits in my mouth. Haven't been able to track down the Brune in California, but have several of the Grand Cru to look forward to. Excellent beer and highly recommended.
04-24-2006 18:51:22 | More by GClarkage
4.63/5 rDev +9.5%
Pours a very dark reddish-brown color with a thin, tan foamy head. Nice malty aroma with hints of dark berries. Very smooth drinking beer with a sweetnes that is a nice compliment to the slightly roasted malt flavor. Hints of dark cherries, raisin, prune and fig.
12-02-2008 05:44:43 | More by corby112
4.22/5 rDev -0.2%
Thanks to TomDecapolis for this...
Appears a hazy amber brown with a small white head that slowly fades out.
Smell is of sweet, sugary hard candies, caramel, traces of tropical fruit, and musty yeast.
Taste is of the same aromas but it comes together nicely in the mouth, making for a nice Belgian brew.
Mouthfeel is sugary, musty, and smooth along the tongue.
04-21-2006 16:43:13 | More by weeare138
4.3/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
08-01-2011 07:27:47 | More by lacqueredmouse
United Kingdom (England)
4.43/5 rDev +4.7%
BB 2009, served cool in Hapkin's tulip-shaped bowl sniffer.
A: a dark ruby to russet hue comes with a slowly dissipating beige head, mild carbonation, and an incredibly dirty texture of chunky, soak-bread-like yeast sediments.
S: lusciously yeasty, lightly stale (but only just) and deliciously rich on the fruit esters (black cherries, oxidised apples, perfumy overripe dark plums, huge and fat black prunes and raisins, and a touch of alcoholic orange as well)... The malt components lag behind, but still ejecting hints of crystal malts, chocolates and licorice. Candy sugar is another main element on the nose, remaining rough and uncompromising on the whole, but still well-intertwined with the fruitiness.
T: the semi-thick yet marvellously soft swallow of yeast sediments and fruit-estery flavour - mainly black cherry preserve and smoked black prunes - is followed closely by fulsome, licorice+ginger like mixed-spiced bready and black-sugary malts; the whole palate slowly turns lightly bitter and semi-dry in the aromatic aftertaste, witnessing the good work of yeasts as much as hops used in the brew.
M&D: this ale is simply lovely, with all the floating, dirty, chunky yeast sediments providing a bit more body for the palate, while fruit esters and malts are beautifully intertwined to render a fruit-cake like performance - rightfully/rightly satisfying. From the first second of the tasting up to the last, the texture remains moderate, but quite "a mouthful" still, as it goes neither thin nor cloying. Adding to the high drinkability is the overall mouthfeel that is mellow, smooth, softly carbonated, while never is any trace of alc. shown on the palate. Deceptively enjoyable~~
06-28-2009 13:56:19 | More by wl0307
4.18/5 rDev -1.2%
A: I really wanted to like this beer more than I ended up doing, primarily because of all the floaties in it. It really detracted from the experience. Beyond that, it pours a dark hazy amber with a big but not overwhelming head.
S: Rich and winey with a dark caramel malt and yeasty smell. There are stone fruit smells on the finish as well.
T: Complex. Starts with apricot and yeast flavors with some spice and a long dry finish.
MF: Surprisingly dry. Good carbonation, good body. Once again, the sediment is particularly distracting.
D: would be higher but for the chunks of sediment.
09-08-2006 04:57:42 | More by Georgiabeer
4.72/5 rDev +11.6%
Large bottle, capped and corked. Oh baby, this is my kind of beer, alot going on! Pours dark, murky and very cloudy, with a S*&% load of floating sediment. Nose is of burnt malts, ripe fruit, licorish and funkyness, Head is light tan, with amazing retention, frothyness, density, and creamyness. it was as thick as shaving cream for awhile. Respectable, thick and well developed lacing left sticking to the glass.
Lovely smooth mouthfeel, light and velvety on the tongue, coating the entire mouth and throat.
Tastes of rum, fruits of a thousand nations, vanilla, honey, light maple syrup. Yum Yum The yeast at the botom of the glass, adds a further layer of complexity to the mix. Nutty, smooth, heady stuff!
World class brew, seek out and enjoy!
The term "Nectar of the Gods" comes to mind
(Also a huge bargain- $6.99 @ American bev. in Bklyn NY)
01-29-2005 23:45:05 | More by Billolick
4.22/5 rDev -0.2%
This is a 750 mL bottle of Brune served in a Chimay goblet. The ale is cool to room temperature.
A: The ale is a deep auburn color with big head on pour that does not retain well.
S: Nose is alcohol and fruity, with orange peel standing out. Yeast adds a nice aroma as well.
T: Taste is curacao with hints of cinnamon and thyme. Taste is very intense, on par with the grand cru brown in terms of alefruits and depth.
M: The mouthfeel is a cornucopia of flavors, quite nice.
D: Very dinkable, although the 9% abv is a little high.
09-08-2006 12:50:10 | More by akorsak
4.13/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
04-20-2013 21:26:54 | More by dbrauneis
4.2/5 rDev -0.7%
(Served in a chalice)
Best before 2008
A- This beer has a thick creamy light tan head on top a slightly dense warm reddish-brown body that has big lumps of jetsam slowly gliding around the body unaffected by the strong carbonation of tiny bubbles. No matter how gentle or slow the pour large lumps continued to flow with each glass.
S- The smell of light brown sugar and champagne notes has a light perfume honey note. The finish has a nice light spice note with some faint toffee hints.
T- This beer has a light caramel malt sweet flavor with some light cider and sweet champagne notes. There is a light sweetened condensed milk note in the finish with a nice alcohol note. The finish has a very light bitter hint that goes well with the alcohol.
M- This beer has a light airy mouthfeel with a light zing at the finish that is not really alcohol or tartness. There is also a soft alcohol heat after that which is nice at cleaning up the beer.
D- This is the lumpiest beer I have ever drunk. I didn’t taste the lumps or even feel them in my mouth, I only saw them during the pour and in the body. The beer was so tasty that I didn’t mind the lumps. This beer had a soft flavor but there were lots of layers and some nice complexity. The sweetness was also soft but balanced with the alcohol heat. Very nice and goes down very smooth.
09-03-2007 03:39:51 | More by rhoadsrage
4.5/5 rDev +6.4%
Pours a clean/clear amber color, nice carbonation, very nice two finger creamy tan head, very nice islands and sticky lacing throughtout the drink. The nose is very nice of malts, grapes, figs, prunes, yeast and caramel. The taste is also delicious of sweet malts, grapes, figs, prunes, with a nice caramel undertone, the ABV is hidden very well. Medium body, a well rounded/complex brew. Very drinkable, an absolutely delicious brew, highly rocommended.
02-25-2007 03:19:47 | More by Wasatch
4.18/5 rDev -1.2%
750ml bottle purchased as a single somewhere in NoVA, either WF/Vienna, WF/Annadale, Norm's, or Rick's. Black foil, and huge amount of floaties settled near the bottom, about an inch's worth. Best before end of 2007.
Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1 1/2" tan head above the brown brew, which is filled with large floaties, even after a careful pour. Head snow-cones above the edges of the glass, due to vigorous and seemingly unending carbonation eminating from the bottom of the glass. Once the head finally begins to recede, lacing consists of heavy foam completely coating the sides. Aroma is sweet malts, coupled with some fruitiness. Taste follows along the same lines. Mouthfeel is extra creamy, but I just don't liek the feel of those big floaties scraping across my lips. Drinkability is nice as well, except for the heavy sediment. Guess it's just something I either need to get over from Brasserie des Rocs, or drink something else.
11-01-2005 02:04:06 | More by ppoitras
4.33/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
04-25-2013 03:51:53 | More by superspak
District of Columbia
4.47/5 rDev +5.7%
Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad!
A: Light brown to dark orange in color, with a half inch of white, fluffy head that leaves a healthy amount of lacing. Some sediment can be seen floating in the beer.
S: Distinctly Belgian aroma, with scents of Belgian yeast, malt, fruits.
T: I was shocked by this beer. It was delicious. I will definitely be hooking myself up with some of this. A tantalizing Belgian yeast flavor in tandem with subtle fruits and a wonderful malt profile make this beer utterly delectable.
M: Smooth, creamy, and slightly sweet. Silky smooth on the palate. Age must have come into play, as this beer is just effortless to drink.
D: Slightly sweet, but I could definitely enjoy a full goblet of this.
12-20-2010 04:37:07 | More by Huhzubendah
4.25/5 rDev +0.5%
Pours a cloudy copper/brown with very rich and towering head. Rocky white head forms and clings to the sides really well.
Smell is rich in yeast and toasted biscuit, some raisin, black fruit, and light fruits (pear, persimmon).
Taste is great. It is very complex and rich, flavors mix well with the yeast. Light caramel, dates, various yeast, and nice semi-dryness to it. Bomber is a big beer to down, but very drinkable.
Feels a bit thin, but perhaps its just smooth as I drank this one easily.
04-09-2007 22:54:22 | More by Mebuzzard
4.58/5 rDev +8.3%
Amaretto and orange blossom - this is hardly brown for a beer labeled "brune". Its head is comprised just mostly of an accentuating contour. In typical Abbaye Des Rocs fashion the beer is entirely polluted with coagulated proteins. It is terribly unsightly and even with a careful pouring technique, seemingly unavoidable. Every ABR beer I've had in the last four years has been the exact same story...
I knew it would take a wonderful bouquet to calm me down and disregard the dreadful appearance; fortunately, this does posses such a thing. Citric and dried fruits are wrapped in fresh cut sugar cane and then baked into some sort of caramel centered confection. This has almost every delicious element one could ask for: citrus, spice, toasty malts, nuts, fruit, and enticing sweetness. I don't care what this looks like anymore...
And the taste is further reason not to. Those same characters that greeted me so kindly in the aroma are quick to pounce on the palate, too. It's an unlikely cast of oranges, mandarins as well as nectarines and peach. It's light colour seems to correspond to a cast of mostly light coloured fruits. The taste of honeyed oats, almond brittle and a delicious caramel coffee cake also pamper the taste buds. I wish I could tell you where all this flavour was coming from.
The beer is fairly sweet and also surprisingly citric. It is not overly rich despite a tremendous flavour profile. Neither bitterness nor alcohol ever factor in. This particular sample (already beyond the posted 'best before' date) attests to not only the beer's aging potential but also the silliness of having to post such a thing as legal requirement. I like to know when a beer is made but may I suggest instead a "best after" date?
This is amazing beer, it just isn't amazing looking. Its flavour is so distinctive that it makes the high price tag and off-putting appearance more than worthwhile. It reminds me exactly of a Grand Marnier creme brulee I once had. I can't say enough that this is delicious beer. If Abbaye Des Rocs could get this coagulated protein issue under control then I wouldn't hesitate to call them one of Belgium's best exports.
03-19-2009 20:04:22 | More by biegaman
4.18/5 rDev -1.2%
Pours a very cloudy dark brown with nice orange highlights. Chock full of chunks, nice off white head forms, settles down then stays the whole glass, nice lacing.Smell is very perfumy and hoppy, jasmine and sweet fruit, some alcohol as it warms. Taste is very fruity, strawberries and raspberries, hoppy spicy middle, some alcohol at the end and a dry bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium, very dry, smooth and medium carbonation, slight burn near the end, very warming.
08-15-2005 01:11:33 | More by Viggo
4.35/5 rDev +2.8%
I'm wondering if the shelf life of this beer was pretty long. I think it's pretty good, but not out of this world as the other reviewers believe it to be.
Very murky looking beer. Deep amber colored. Like a light shade of scarlet red. Pours like champagne with a big fizzy head that has good retention. Some faint banana esters on the nose. A little bit of yeastiness. And some sweet candy crusted maltiness. Pretty light in body. Glides over the tongue fairly effortlessly. There is a sweet and sour battle going on in the mouth. Tartness hits the tongue at first, sour cherry, vinegar. Then I pick up some sweet tones as well: some fruity esters, bubblegum esters to a lesser degree and maltiness. Overall, the interplay on the palate is pretty nice. Alcohol is present to a small degree. This is pretty drinkable for 9 % a/v.
10-31-2002 19:51:49 | More by Bighuge
4.63/5 rDev +9.5%
Murky toffee with reddish highlights. Tan head composed of very fine bubbles that produced thick lace and stuck around til the end. Plum aroma with an incredibly balanced combination of toasty malts, dark grain and a hint of alcohol. Plum/raisin flavour with a light sourness and citric character. Smooth, mild finish with some additional sweetness and a bit of spice. Fine carbonation, mild texture with just a hint of slickness. Dry finish. A superb beer, I'll definitely be having this one again.
11-03-2005 03:22:26 | More by DrJay
4.4/5 rDev +4%
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.
05-06-2013 23:49:46 | More by chinchill
Abbaye Des Rocs [Brasserie Des Rocs Brune] from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
94 out of 100 based on 401 ratings.