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

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Abbaye Des Rocs [Brasserie Des Rocs Brune]Abbaye Des Rocs [Brasserie Des Rocs Brune]
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Brewed by:
Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-13-2002

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Reviews: 317 | Ratings: 476
Photo of pio
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

rich, deep amber with bronze highlights and slightly hazy. sturdy tan head that has a foamy consistancy and is about an inch after it settles a bit. the head is constant and it leaves pretty, yet sinking laces with sticky bunting here and there.
the scent filled the room shortly after i pulled the cap off. piquant apricots, melon, kiwi, caramel and nougat. a floral yeasty scent and a tenuous spice scent - tweak ginger and cinnemon. brown sugar and molasses back drop these wonderful up-front scents. no alcohol detected but a thin presance.
this is one big silky body. the flavor is amazingly full bodied with sweet fruit bread, bread crust, dark breads and ginger snaps. a warming alcohol. a bitter finish that could be either or both hops and roasted grains. this lingers with a touch of a sweet note with above mentioned fruit complimented nicely with a strong licorice note. as curious as it is delightful.it has a pretty crisp effervescance on the mouthfeel and a great big silky smooth body, my god. there is just the slightest bite on the center of the tongue whose origin i think is alcohol.
this is one wowzer of a beer and unless someone dosen't like licorice this is sure to be one of the most drinkable beers i've had.

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Photo of kmcnair
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Abbaye des Rocs and it rocks! This is a great beer.

Pours a deep, dark amber color into my goblet and creates a very thick off white head.

The boquet is complex, very malty and earthy. Very inviting, I can already tell its going to be a good one!

Taste is also rich and earthy. It is spicy, estery, very smooth with a hint of nutmeg. This one gets nicer as it warms. A swirl in the mouth wakes up every point of the palate. This is a very complex brew.

Mouthfeel is thick and coating, a bit syrupy. Warms as it goes down, the alcohol is in there but not overbearing.

So sad that I only bought one of these, I could definitely drink a couple more.

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Photo of ChicoraBoy
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet nose. Malty and froth bitter, orange oil, wheat beer esters, some straw. Copper-amber clear with cream colored lasting, lacing, foamy head. Medium watery body and medium carbonation, well-balanced. Mild sweet start. Big malts punctuated by alcohol, a little fig, and a bit of barley or wheat grain. Nice hops flavor toward a medium bitter, dry finish. Light bitter and sweet nutty after. Nice beer for under 2€.

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Photo of euskera
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330cl bottle poured into a Gulden Draak glass. Dark cognac color, nice small but lingering head. Smell is malty and spicy, with just the hint of banana in there. Taste has hints of wine, spice, citrus. There's just a LOT in there as I drink it. A somewhat sour sensation in the finish with an alcohol backbone. Tasty and complex. I'll come back to this one whenever I see it..

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass, with an ample tan head rising up and settling to leave thick blanketing lacing behind. The color was ruby-orange, and with large flakes of precipitate swirling around the cloudy liquid with vigor. The smell was...curious. The earthy spice aroma had components of anise, beef jerky or Slim Jim, and a slew of spices I was not able to decipher. Taste...the beer had a light malt backbone with heaping accents of molasses, cane sugar, nutmeg, rum, and coriander seed, finishing rather dry with a satisfying bitterness...quite delicious. The mouthfeel was right...full, smooth, and a bit fluffy. All in all an innovative and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of merlin48
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

33cl brown bottle. Pours into a Belgian goblet a ruby hued cherry wood colour. Quite impressive. Healthy beige head with patchy sheet lacing. Aroma is interesting. Freshly tanned leather, a new aroma to me, is apparent. Apple molasses, served with cinnamon butter, on banana bread is the taste I'm getting, as well as the aroma. Fascinating! Toffee and caramel also jump into the profile.Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and is appropriately carbonated. Taste has some of the best malt notes I've ever experienced. This one will proudly reside in my top ten. Very similar to a Rochefort 10.

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Photo of Sammy
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of BierReise
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost clear amber witha thick head that settled down quickly. Has huge yeast sediment chunks floating everywhere in the glass. Aroma is a strong fruity one with hints of plums that also is a bit musty smelling. Mouthfeel is full and smooth with a nice crisp effervescent feel. Flavor is much like the aroma. Fruity and malty with a nice yeasty flavor as well. Alcohol is unnoticable in both aroma and flavor. Overall a fine Belgian ale.

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Photo of byrd
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours with a big light brown frothy head and lots of large bubbles around the outside of the glass. Clear reddish brown in color with some bubbles rising to the surface. The head slowly recedes to a thick frothy lace. The nose is quite heavy with all sorts of aromas. Dark fruits, vinous notes, oak, brown sugar, and a hint of cherry are all noticeable. I can keep my nose to the glass for ages. Tons of flavors on the palate. I can’t believe that this one is 9% ABV. The drinkability is outstanding. The start is slightly bread with good malt tons. Fruitiness of plums and raisins along with some cherry hints stand out. Vinous flavors are apparent (port wine?) with oak notes that sneak in toward the end. The finish is slightly warming. Spices are present, but to a much lesser degree then other Belgian Ales. No worries though. This is an absolutely wonderful brew, that probably couldn’t be better if it tried. So many flavors and aromas all melding together perfectly.

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Photo of nomad
3.31/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Deep dark ruby color, this beer had a tremendous amount of carbonation supporting a tough foam head with a perfect flat top and creamy sheen. Thick lace all over.

Ester scents, as well as sweet malt and som serious dough yeast scent. Had a soft roastiness that was barely sweet and some soft spices. Tasted of a smooth Grand Cru malt, rosy, firm, and full. I thought there was soft roastiness with a barky heft, but then again some cherries. Finished with plenty of alcohol and an astringent bitterness calming down to floral hop flavors.

Smooth and easy mouthfeel is very nice. But seriously, this is not one I’d necessarily go back to. Had the exact same experience with their Grand Cru. This never tastes that good, ever, no matter how many times I've tried their beers. The hops are nasty and overtake your mouth in the finish and the malt has little character. Maybe their results are inconsistent like Dogfish Head, because none of the charming scents and flavors are found in their beers when I drink them. Flat malt, doughy yeast, and distasteful hops. I love a delicate and subtle beer, but I'm catching none of what everyone else is heralding, only lackluster versions of what they're describing (i.e. spices, fruits, wine, etc.)

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Copper robe, very big head. off-white, extremely long-lasting. ULTRA-SMOOTH. Candy aroma, super complex, sucre d'orge, honey. Alcohol unnoticeable, liquorice. Too many things to say. Taste: creamy candi sugar. Indescribable. Vanilla, hops evident. Slightly bitter. lots of sediment in the glass (delirium tremens)

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Photo of ChrisBowers
4.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

You know that Sam Adams Light commercial where the guy takes a sip and goes nuts, screaming and yelling? Thats basically what I did when I had this beer. Poured out of a 33cl bottle with a nice head and deep brownish-red color, the smell was incredible. Chocolaty and malty with a spicy tinge to it. The first sip was incredible. Unbelievably balanced for a beer with such a high ABV. It was like having all the best characteristics of every belgian beer you've had rolled into one: Chocolate, Coffee, Fruit, Wine... All in perfect balance. A very warming beer, Do yourself a favor and go get some of this today.

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Photo of SetarconeX
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Well now, this is an interesting little find. Belgians aren't usually the direction my tastes go towards, but this one is unexpectedly good. Appearence is a strange sort of light red carmel, not quite like anything I've ever seen before. Highly carbonated, so watch out when you uncork this one.

The smell isn't half bad either. Not as strong as it could be, but it does have a nice light maltiness, with a hint of citrus. The citrus comes out fairly strongly in the taste itself, without being too overwhelming. At heart, it's really not anything unusual, but is more a straight, few frills, Belgian Ale done to near absolute perfection.

Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, considering the ABV on the brew. This is perhaps the most drinkable 10% ABV I've encountered in recent memory.

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Photo of Winter
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml green bottle that's capped and corked. Pours a clear copper with an unsustainable light tan head. Aroma consists of apples, candied raisins, malt, some spiciness and alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and smooth with an effervescent crispness around the edges. Very nice. Initial taste reminds me of brandy. Caramel and candied sugar flavors populate the front. Ale glides over the tongue and some alcohol is noticed in the middle, though not in a bad way. The 9% abv is handled very well. Some spiciness and malt, right before the green apple finish. Warming sensation from the alcohol permeates the chest. I'm glad I was able to find it around here. Definitely worth it.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.9/5  rDev +16.4%
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!

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Photo of ManekiNeko
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33 cL bottle served chilled in a Trois Pistoles goblet and allowed to warm up as the beer was savored.

Appearance: Murky reddish brown topped by a large and substantially thick beige head. Things settle down in good order, but there's a thin layer of bubbles left to produce some small amounts of lace. I was expecting more, having had some impressive lacing from other beers this brewery makes.

Smell: Very malty and complex nose. Ginger, malty sugars, cherries, whiffs of bergamot, and raisins. Wowing, but not as leave-you-incredulous as their Grand Cru.

Taste: Sweet, but not cloying, overall. Ginger, pepper, and cinnamon notes. Caramel malt and candi sugar flavors. A slightly jarring herby aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Lusciously smooth and medium bodied. This is 9% ABV?!

Drinkability: This is a really great beer and quite the bargain, but I must say I prefer the AdR Grand Cru to this. I'd never turn one of these down, though... Ever.

Other: Make sure you drink most of this at cellar temperature. The flavors blend together so much better.

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Photo of inebrius
4.94/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I feel like Violet Beauregarde chewing on the "dinner in a gum" at the chocolate factory.

Swampy amber teeming with schools of yeast chunks under an elephantine egg cream bonnet. The aromas! Caramel coated fruit, honeysuckle, ripe cantaloupe and August wet pavement, history and future and life seething. Sweet on the attack turns beech and maple old growth forest and the leaves and brown ferns and fungi filling the air with scents of existense and then a little sour finish and a need for more. Meaty this beer, yet light and fanciful. It's all in there and I haven't turned into a blueberry yet.

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Photo of moulefrite
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome deep amber in color, head starts fairly ambitious then fades after a minute or two. Firm and generous lace with good stick throughout. My only complaint is that this thing looks like a back woods pond in terms of floaters. I'm talkin mega chunks here-big ones that go plop when they enter the glass. Aromas are similar to the grand cru, with first impressions again of very fine dark choclate, then a fruitiness redolent of kirsch, and the inside of a really good chocolate covered cherry. Candy sugar and soft malt also comes through. The mouthfeel is rather buttery and warming-the alcohol is very nicely hidden. Rather wine like and very easy to drink. In fact, I'm heading into the bedroom with a second glass to see how it pairs with my newest read. Buy it if you find it! You might want to strain this sucker through a coffee filter if any guests are the faint of heart type.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the Kulminator in Antwerp, BE. This was a 1999 (?) vintage. The aromas are that of spices, alcohol, red wine (port?), yeast, candy sugar, and more. The taste is very boozy, malty, sweet, spicy, and wine-like in nature. The mouthfeel is thick and great. The drinkability is excellent and intriguingly good!

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Photo of hotstuff
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of my very favorite beer styles! It poured a medium sized tan head that contained fine-small sized bubbles that was mostly diminishing. The body was carbonated, there was floating particles observed and the body was hazy with a copper hue. The nose was malty, caramel, sweet, and had various fruit notes to it. The flavor was a bit bitter, acidic, caramel, some alcohol notes, and a bit tart/tangy. The palate was smooth and light-medium bodied. This beer had excellent lacing to it. The appearance would have received a 5 rating if it had not been for the floating particles.

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Photo of saltydog
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1987 vintage bottle, at the Kulminator, in very good condition. Appearence: Slightly cloudy. Orange color. Big head, but fades rapidly. Aroma: Spicy hops and malt. Some sherry notes. Flavor: Crisp, spicy. Probably,antioxident character in spices leaves beer very lively. Finish: Crisp, rich spicy finish. Very good shape.

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Photo of GreenCard
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled a 750ml bottle with a BBD of 8/2006...

Appearance: dark copperish brown, good clarity, a thick tannish layer of foam develops on a proper pour, head slowly condenses as the bubbles combine, reduces to a thin creamy layer, some lace

Aroma: richly sweet, caramelly and malty, slightly clovey, a bit of figgy fruitiness, alcohol, a touch of woody hops, slightly vegetal

Flavor: huge malt backbone (and musculature!) in the vein of an English barleywine, nicely balanced with an earthy hop flavor and bitterness striking in unison, a bit yeast/meaty, finishes sweet with a long malty aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, terse carbonation, mellow alcohol warmth, a bit slick on the tongue

Overall Impression: Having been "talked-up" by many people, the reputation of this beer was built up quite a bit, so I was setting myself up for potential disappointment. However, as you can see, that wasn't the case. There is as much delicacy in this beer as there is brute force. Plays out like a barleywine, done Belgian-style. I can see why it's a big hit with malt-fiends and strong ale fans. This 750 ml bottle is a bit much to take on alone... I'm going to have to sequester myself!

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Photo of beerguy101
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Medium brown color, cloudy with lots if suspended yeasties. Medium beige foamy head. Aroma is fruity (bananas, cherries and plums), malty (bready and grainy) with all the typical Belgian sweetness, spiciness and complexity that you would expect. A full bodied Belgian Ale. Malts are bready, fruity and sweet. Touch of spiciness. WOW There is a lot of competing flavors going on in this beer. Its mostly sweet malts, but there are hints and flavors of raisins, apricots, oranges, chocolate and toffee. Very smooth and mellow tasting. Excellent beer. It hides the 9% alcohol very well. Finish is incredibly smooth. Note the bottle I tasted had lots of “stuff” floating around in it, but it did not detract from the taste at all. Mouthfeel is very full and round. Finish is smooth and a touch dry. Aftertaste is sweet. with hints of chocolate.

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Photo of marburg
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally, I got to see what all the hype was about. The color is burgandy-minus -- that is, a few shades lighter, yeilding a muddled brown-red color. In the second glass, huge chunks of yeast float freely and bob around in the brew. The head starts large and puffy and retreats to a thin film atop the beer. However, the lacing is always coating the sides of the glass with every sip. A really sharp looking beer for sure. Plum skin, alcohol, sugar, banana bread, and fruit grace this beer's tremendously potent nose. I can't even begin to describe such sweet redolence -- a bouquet of purely epic proportions. The Star Wars of the beer aroma world. And it follows through. Melon, fruit, and strong sugary sweets make up a flavor profile that finishes with a slight alcohol bitterness that becomes more and more noticeable as the beer warms beyond ideal consumption temperatures. Upon first sips, however, you could never predict a 9%abv if you were unfamilar with Belgian beers. Truly a well-blended balance of unique flavors. And supremely drinkable for such a strong, flavorful brew. World-class all the way.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.71/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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