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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

399 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 399
Reviews: 303
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 55
Gots: 12 | 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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KJ2013

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

10-04-2013 01:45:56 | More by KJ2013
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Anatole

Belgium

3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

09-25-2013 06:50:37 | More by Anatole
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brewskifan55

Mississippi

4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
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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DoubleSimcoe

New York

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

09-21-2013 14:16:06 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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Jeeb

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

09-16-2013 19:30:59 | More by Jeeb
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
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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desint

Belgium

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

09-13-2013 22:02:36 | More by desint
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

09-07-2013 06:52:41 | More by schopenhauerale
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csfcmitchell

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

08-23-2013 03:15:49 | More by csfcmitchell
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Kopfschuss

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

08-19-2013 01:31:23 | More by Kopfschuss
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
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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capnamerica

Arkansas

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

08-05-2013 20:12:45 | More by capnamerica
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cvm4

Mississippi

4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
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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PF15

Ohio

4/5  rDev -5.4%

07-16-2013 12:37:59 | More by PF15
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DenverHopHead

Colorado

4/5  rDev -5.4%

07-06-2013 22:39:05 | More by DenverHopHead
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

07-04-2013 23:38:28 | More by WOLFGANG
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drummermattie02

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

07-03-2013 16:04:40 | More by drummermattie02
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JamLand

Texas

4/5  rDev -5.4%

07-01-2013 23:32:58 | More by JamLand
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -5.4%

07-01-2013 23:30:34 | More by mrfrancis
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IchLiebeBier

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
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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2bet

Norway

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

06-09-2013 18:17:47 | More by 2bet
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Twal

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

06-09-2013 03:12:53 | More by Twal
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BGDrock

Ontario (Canada)

4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
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 +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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
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
Abbaye Des Rocs [Brasserie Des Rocs Brune] from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
94 out of 100 based on 399 ratings.