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

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Ratings: 436
Reviews: 310
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 59
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
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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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-13-2002

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Photo of roblowther
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 33cl bottle, pours a dark reddish brown with a thin, tan head that leaves a bit of lacing around the edge of the glass. My interest is piqued. Did I spell that right? Oh well, I'm a grown-up. No more being graded on spelling. But I digress...The smell is raisins, dates and a hint of allspice. Two words. Rock...on....The taste has the fruit at first but it is quickly overrun by a tart spiciness and a surprisingly dark roast. To be nitpicky, I'd prefer it a touch sweeter. But I'm being nitpicky. Very nice flavor. The mouthfeel is a tad thin for the style, but it does have a silky quality that holds it together well. The drinkability is very good. The alcohol brings only a fleeting warmth to the finish and really doesn't interfere. Dang. I wish I could actually buy this stuff here. Oh well, I guess another trip to Belgium is in order!

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally! I’ve been searching for this brew for three years. A t every liquor store I go to I find Brune Gran Cru staring back at me. I can never find the regular old Brune, but now, on a random stop in at Steve’s Liquor Mineral Point, I find one bottle tucked away in the back cooler. How thrilled I am to try this, especially after enjoying the Tripel Imperial and Gran Cru so much.

After a long a bumpy drive through the country, I could not wait for the yeast to settle so I popped this bottle open and let it pour marvelously into my glass. Appearance is stunning. Body is a light red amber with suspended reddened tan yeast particles throughout. Carbonation is ample and a thick white head lasts for several minutes before dissolving, leaving a rather wine like appearance for this beer.

Aroma is wonderfully verdant. Granny smith apple lunges forth from the glass followed by a menageries of other delightful fruit including musk mellon, unripe grapes, and mangosteen. Grass and hay finish the nose.

The flavor is nearly as bold as the nose. Tropical in the extreme and depthfully complex, I feel as though I’m on the beach in Thailand drinking rum mixed with fruit punch. There are massive fruits here. Not only can one make out the aforementioned four, but also pineapple and ripe naval orange all rounded out by some sweet caramel malt. Fantastically, this beer is kept far from any hint of cloyingness or fruit overkill by a steady supply hay, barnyard character, and sourdough bread fresh from San Francisco.

The body is vinous and full. Sweet and sour play off each other like Russian chess masters. Drinkable? You betcha!

Photo of sinistermadman
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish-amber color while yielding a truly magnificent head that settles to only a slight lacing which stays put throughout the drink. Lots of yeast sediment evident.

Aroma runs the gamut from ripened fruit, spices to buttery notes and beyond. Very nice bouquet.

Taste is wonderfully complex. There are a lot of constituent flavors swirling about. I’m not going to even try to pinpoint every one, but suffice to say that this is a gorgeous brew. This in my mind is a paradigm of the Belgian style.

Drinkability is quite good. Nice smooth, velvety presence on the palate. Residual sweetness abound. Alcohol is cloaked effectively. A terrific brew and a terrific value! Highly recommended. I will definitely check out their other offerings.

Photo of RedHaze
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, with no best by date. This one was a bit of a gusher. Thankfully I opened it near the sink, and only lost a few ounces.

Pours a dark caramel brown with a frothy two finger head, with only an eight ounce pour. The foam takes forever to fall to a thick cap, leaving behind a thick sheeting of lace.

Smell; chalky yeast up front, and then becomes fruity with figs, dates and plums. Brown sugar, caramel and bread dough give this a very nice malty aroma.

Taste; there's lots of dark fruits in here with the figs, dates and plums, but there's something else in there I can't quite place. Some cloves and spices fill out the middle, and then tone of sweet caramel and brown sugar malts come out. The finish is a bit chalky from the yeast, and the alcohol has a definite presence as well.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a nice smooth natural carbonation. The drinkability is really good, and the only real complaint I have is that it is a touch sweeter than I would have liked. Overall this is a reall damn good beer.

Photo of tatterdash
3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lovely dark mahogany with a large foamy off-white head with great retention and lace. Aroma was huge an floral, with lots of spiciness as well. Taste was lots of phelonic cloves and spice, strong raisiny malts, not as balanced as I would like. Mouthfeel was smooth and spicy, again a little unbalanced IMHO. This is a good middle of winter beer, and one is plenty.

Photo of russpowell
4.09/5  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

Photo of techdiver
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A first for me, uncapped bottle foamed over the top. Pours a cloudy deep mahogany yeasty bits floating under a frothy cream head that dissipates to a small cap remaining throughout.

Awesome smell with malt and fruit predominant, with faint alcohol evident in the background.

Great taste, well balanced as well as complex. Sweet malt and fruit with faint hops. Alcohol well hidden in the taste.

Just the right amount of carbonation, fairly full bodied and a bit syrupy.

Very drinkable despite the ABV. A most enjoyable brew and my first from Abbaye Des Rocs.

Photo of paleoplant
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

serving type: Bottle with cap no cork

appearance: beautiful golden, amber color

smell: wonderful smell; malty with hints of fruit. I can't differentiate but those drinking with me claim hints of banana.

taste: very good taste, but could be stronger maybe more bitter. It has a wonderful flavor but just needs a little more punch.

mouthfeel: feels wonderful in the mouth; just the right carbonation.

drinkability: good

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of abru17
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer was wonderful. I found to very drinkable. I picked up on some tartness that was very nice. There were some flavors of dried fruits and molasses. The beer poured a nice dark brown. The aroma was yeasty and fruity. The beer finished very smooth and I will def buy more

Photo of BretSikkink
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful brown into des Rocs chalice, pretty effervescent head. Whole lot of yeasty aroma - fruity, estery - and bready malt, leaning toward the dark side. The taste is incredibly smooth, I find it tart at first but a little sweet toward the end of the mouthful. Possibly the hops or maybe some spicing I find a little off, taste-wise. I agree that it is extremely drinkable, masks 9% with ease, and is a great example of Belgian strong darks, although perhaps not as dark as some. However, I would be wary to recommend to a non-geek. It's a beautiful beer for those who like that sort of thing.

Photo of guitarmage
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy maple, the foamy head formed easily but dissipated quickly. Ring around the glass, a few bubbles linger.

Smell: Sweet brown sugar malt melds with a nice spiciness, peppery, caramel, alcohol, coriander.

Taste: Sweet malt makes a short appearance, and then a spiciness comes in, coriander, anise, warming alcohol, peppery hops linger but aren't prominent.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth with pricklely tight carbonation, smooth and tasty.

Drinkability: A lot light in overall flavor, savory compared to other Belgian Strong Dark Ales, which are sweeter, this is peppery and light, tasty and easy to drink.

Photo of BillyB
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark brown with a rocky two fingered tannish-brown head.
Noticed some yeast sediment floating around in bottle and glass.

Aromas of dark fruits, plums, raisins, prunes, candy sugars, even some over-ripe pear.

Tastes fantastic! Very fruity(dark) and sweet from candy sugar. Alcohol is not noticeable at all. Earthy, woody, dates, figs. Mollasses and vanilla. Very complex. Slightly yeasty taste as well.

Full bodied and slightly syrupy. Nice head retention and leaves some nice belgian lace on the glass.

Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Oxymoron

750ml Bottle/Foiled

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.

Photo of zeff80
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of brdc
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an impressive brew!
A beautiful hazy, reddish brown beer with huge chunks of what I presume are yeast sediments, heavily carbonated that starts to leave the bottle upon opening.
A great tart smell, with accompanying bread, bananas, powerful malts, alcohol and perhaps hops - something bitter in there.
The taste is also remarkable, and this full-bodied beauty begins with something tart and acidic, followed by sweet malts, warming alcohol and something dry and tart again at the end, cleaning up the sugars.
Deliciously easy for something so powerful, indeed a remarkable brew, to be had multiple times in the future.

Photo of sacfly
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL, best before 2008 and something I can’t read
Pours a chunky reddish brown. Large particles of yeast dance in the plentiful carbonation. Thick head of tight tan bubbles. Aroma reminds me of tart fruits. Fermenting apples and plums. Hint of lemon. Taste is not as tart as expected from the aroma. Still there initially, but quickly overwhelmed by the sweet malt and fruit flavors. First thing that comes to mind is apricot, but “darker” if that makes any sense… Maybe “heavy” is a better word? Aftertaste at first seems syrupy, but then dries out. Yeast apparent way in the aftertaste. Nice, complex brew.

Photo of peabody
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bubbles ran out of the bottle when I opened up this sucker. Didn't stop coming out till I poured some into this tulip glass. Lots of suds and carbonation are in this murky light amber concoction.
Smell is clove and cinammon and sour apple. Carmely malt in the back there too.
Taste is sour at first then sweet. Like a lemon peel mixed with sugar then the hop shows up and the sweet bitterness I taste must be alcohol. Kiind of a mix between a Petrus Oak and the Grand Cru.
Mouthfeel is very bubbly like champaigne(sp) and the alcohol sweetness stays on the palate for quite a while.
I could drink lots of this #1 if I could find it around here and #2 it wasn't a 9%er.

Photo of jwc215
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of MuddyFeet
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thank you dhchatfield for this bottle and SS'07. Poured nicely into my St. Bernadus glass.

Rich molasses in color. Slightly hazy with some crazy miniscule bubbles of carbonation rising to a thin vener of white hed. I am actually waching bubbles pop on the surface--rather neat. Nose is sweet and dried fruit. Rises slowly up the nasal passages rather than hitting all at once.

Flavor is simply complicated. The first flavor I get is lots of sweet Belgian sugars. So sweet it kind of puckers up the tongue. Then quickly followed by a more subdued fruit sweetness that balances the extreme sweet sugars. Picking out dried apricots, prunes and raisins. Very vinuous in flavor and texture. Yeast gives the beer a nice chewy bread backbone that keeps all the sweetness in check. The alcohol, whole just ever-so-slightly noticeable, provides further balance. Nice full maouthfeel that just allows this beer to slide past the palate into the throat. THen it wafts up to the back of the nose to some fruity esthers. Would be a great dinner beer. Man, I wished I had saved this bottle for later tonight and the Moroccan apricot chicken I got in the clow cooker.

Photo of mjc410
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 75 cL bottle, which, after cracking, proceeded to immediately pump out at least eight ounces of beer, causing an incredible mess.

Poured into a Trois Pistoles glass, raises a slight glass ring, which is a very light tan. There's also a bit of significant surface lacing. Glass lacing is sticky, but thin. The beer's body has a murky dark brown core, with an amber top and very slight ruby highlights. The nose is vinous, with a lot of dark fruitiness, sour cherries, caramel, and molasses. Lovely. The taste is initially sweet, but quickly shifts to a lingering, dry bitterness. I find it hard to describe the middle, but it seems to have a dark breadiness, or perhaps sourdough hiding in there. There seems to be some complexity that I can't describe. My distinguished associate, Br. Forner, describes the taste as "church wine." The mouth is definitely on the high side, but very smooth, with almost non-existent carbonation (could be from the beer eruption). An excellent beer, to be sure.

Photo of tjthresh
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This thing has a bit of stank on it. Some woodyness. Low level fruitiness. Poured an deep auburn color with an impressive head. This thing is all about subtelty. Nothing really stands out. There is a definate woody character. Very fully yet silky body. I wonder what this beer tastes like a bit fresher.

Photo of phisig137
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cellared one year. Pours a light brown color, with a lot of red showing through. Creamy, thick two finger head has great retention, and slowly falls with delicate lace left behind.

Aroma is incredible. Complex sugars, including malts, brown sugars, candi sugar, and caramel; are all backed by huge dark fruit yeast esters, and a touch of alcohol. Slightly biscuity as well. Very full nose, with complex aromas. I would wear this as cologne if it were socially acceptable.

Flavor is much the same as the nose. Incredible sugar complexity and flavor, but oddly it is not overly sweet. The finish is dry, and leaves with a burst of the yeast esters. Fresh baked bread plays a prominent role in the middle. Slight alcohol warming. Mouthfeel is creamy and heavy. Drinkability is pretty good.

I'm usually mixed about beers from Brasserie Des Rocs, mostly because some bottles sit around here for a while and don't sell, then once a year a distributor will get in a huge shipment. I must have picked up this bottle at the right time last year. Absolutely fantastic after one year in the cellar... but I wish I had waited a few more years on it. I'm just blown away by the complexity of it. Plus, for only $5.99 for a 750mL (did my store screw up?) it is a fantastic value for a belgian beer.

Photo of atigerlife
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

[labelled as "Belgian Burgundy ale". Bought a year ago and finally had a good reason to celebrate. Poured into a Chimay chalice.

Slight reddish/burgundy color with a large, creamy brown head that lasts quite a while. Very impressive lookinging in the glass.

Aroma of roasted malts, dark ripened fruit and some sweetness.

Taste is robust. Alcohol, plums, caramel sweetness, malty, bready with some Belgian yeast. Finish is slightly clean and dry. Overall, wonderful! Very complex. Lots of depth.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Nice carbonation, medium bodied and very, very smooth. Couldn't ask for anything more.

Overall, great stuff! Very drinkable. Though it is high in alcohol, the alcohol doesn't dominate. It is a very complex and inviting. Great digestive. Glad I have another one.

Photo of allengarvin
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this 2 years ago on a trip. First time to have it. Popped the cap. The cork was moist despite having been stored upright. Poured into a St Bernardus wide-mouthed chalice.

Comes out an absolutely lovely ruby-brown with a thick off-white head and more swirling yeast chunks than I've *ever* seen before, despite a gentle pour. Sweet candied fruit aroma, cherry and ripe sweet apple. Intense malt flavors (rich toffee, licorice, rather nutty and quite sweet), together with some of the most prominant fruity esters I've ever tasted in a beer (think ripe cherries, caramalized slowly in a pan). The tartness in the finish balances the sweetness and accentuates the fruitiness. Just wonderful.

Very impressive. I'd love to get a case of this, but unfortunately it's not sold in my state.

Abbaye Des Rocs [Brasserie Des Rocs Brune] from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
94 out of 100 based on 436 ratings.