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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429 Ratings
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Ratings: 429
Reviews: 307
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 58
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-13-2002)
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Photo of koolk
4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Orange outer with a deep red centre. Thick and creamy head that lasts all the way down.

Aromas aren't over powered, or over dominate in one aspect. Pine, caramel and white fruits are the main aromas with many other aromas ducking in and out (chocolate, oak, nuts)

Sweet front palate with deep flavour gives way to a generously bitter palate with some nice green leafy aftertaste. Carmel flavours and darker fruits (currants, cherries and small red fruits) are evident (palate continues to change as it warms even more - toffee, coffee) Very creamy, very long, wonderfully warming stuff.

Wow, a fantastic beer with an awesome palate.

Photo of egajdzis
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

065/759976... Poured a ruby color with a large off white head and lots of lacing. Yeasties floating around. Musty old dried fruits, caramel, red wine, and just a bit of alcohol in the aroma. Chocolate, caramel, and cherries taste had a soft mouthfeel. This was beautiful and something I could closely compare to Westy 12.

Photo of jlervine
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy ruddy brown with a lovely off-white creamy head. The aroma had hints of rum, lowland scotch, alcohol, and just a touch of fruitiness. The taste is all over the place. Rum soaked fruits, spicy finish, caramel malts in the middle. Alcohol makes it's presence known, but doesn't dominate. Mouthfeel is very light considering the dominating flavors of this beer. Deceptively easy to drink, but I know this beer wouldn't think twice about mugging me in a back alley to take my wallet.

Photo of tavernjef
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Chill hazen rubyish brown, tall, lusciously thick and frothy ivory top adorns the top portion of the glass with a solid girth. Resides softly down to a hefty, always present skim, lacing in delicate whispy sheets.

Aroma is of crispy pine notes, lemon rinds, tropical fruitiness, pale earthy wood and dirt, candyish melons and more fresh fruits. Quite an inticing nose, albiet, its soft, hardly overpowering in any sense, very subtle and pleasantly so.

Taste is a wonderful array of tropical fruits, well rounded, lush, and full of candy-like fruitiness thats quite ripe, not sour, nice juices interminging across the palate. Banana, mango, dark orange, pineapple, grapes, and perhaps more to this fruit salad. It works its fruity magic for a good bit before the finish sneaks up bringing light wood pulp, hoppy herbal spice, and a super fine easy dryness. As well as some residual sugars and fruits lay way in the back late in the finish.

Very fine mouthfeel, full, smooth, well rounded, with a fluffy carbonation thats biting and warm in just the right amount nearer the end, never uneven, and seems to almost thicken up as it goes, like a really nice chocolate.

The drinkability is exceptionally enjoyable. A fruit laden wonderment with a complexing palate to say the least. Delicate yet brazen. Beholdingly gratifying...um...great stuff!

Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of Sixpack595
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Geat looking garnet brew with a long lasting off white head. Aroma is sour and slightly fruity. Flavor is very complex whit dark fruits, bannana, melon and more. The malty, sweet taste gives way to a sour then spicy finish. Mouthfeel is fairly substantial, adding to the long list of this beers good qualities. The downside? It really doesn't taste very good. I rate it above average in taste and drinkability only because it is a very engaging beer. Theres so much going on that its hard to put down even if it does taste a bit funky.

Photo of Crosling
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Light burgundy. Beautiful color. The head is big, thick and creamy.

I have been smelling this for the last 10 minutes without tasting it at all. I am truly in awe. Oranges, caramel, cherries and freshly chopped soaked wood along with some grainy notes and a citrus kick. 15 minutes later, I am ready to move on to the next step.

This is a lovely tasting beer. It's quite odd really. Chocolate, caramel, cherries, plums, oranges, wood and oranges are all present but are dominated by plum pit notes. The bitterness at the end is well taken. The 9% is noticeable but not offensive.

The sweet malt and candy aspects of this beer is amazing considering that no sugars were used at all.

Vintage 1987: Kulminator - Antwerpen
Aroma: 4.5
Appearence: 4.5
Taste: 5.0
Drinkability: 5.0
Mouthfeel: 5.0

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

For my 500th review, I'll take Abbaye de Rocs, please Alex. Found this gem in a dumpy bar next to a Moscow metro station - diamond in the rough, the waitstaff and bartender don't know what they've got. Brown 33cl bottle with tapered neck. Best before end 2006, I had it on 4/8/04.

Poured a nice cloudy dark cola-like amber hue under a light tan two finger head that settled quickly but couldn't muster much contour or lace. Large chunks of sediment poured into the glass. The nose is very strong of fruits and malt. The mouth is highly carbonated and quite heavy. The taste is sweet - honey, plums, cherries and a bit of spice. There is also a substantial malt backbone, and plenty of doughy yeastiness. Served to cold, the flavors got better as it warmed, bringing out the hops and the malt to balance the sweetness. Drinking this lovely beer in that miserable dive was a surreal experience. Not my favorite beer, but I wouldn't turn down a second one.

Photo of ADR
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy brown appearance, big creamy head, almost orange tinged. Laces and laces and laces -- thick styrofoam sheets. Fanatastic aroma, perhaps the best smelling beer I've yet to witness, winey with plum and masterful yeast notes. Great mouthfeel as well, prickly carbonation but laying on the tongue with gravity so that the flavors just pop up in their order. Tastes of prune, peach, red wine, hay that's been bailed for two months, anise. Could be just a shade brighter but very good. Dries to a bready and lightly bitter finish (some expresso) and the alcohol warming is just about right. High, high marks in practically all categories, great to see it in Minnesota again. Geez, even the cork under the cap was of the highest quality!

Later Note: A lot of suspended and gloppy protein flakes, far beyond a spray of yeast seems to be dogging recent bottles of this beer.

Photo of tjd25
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An intense dark copper color. This beer has to be good. Maybe a smell of some caramel, but I’m not sure about that. The taste is strong, sweet, very complex. A very enjoyable mix of fruits and spices. Some thickness, but it doesn’t take the beer’s drinkability away. The alcohol is wonderfully hidden by the subtle diversity of flavors. A really nice beer. I wishe I were able to find better words to describe it…

Photo of krberg
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thick cream-colored head. Deep brownish-orange. Lots of CO2 streaming upwards.

Smells like chocolate and berries. Potent, amazing. Lots of alcohol in the nose as well.

Smooth and rich. Very simple and wonderful. Mildly sweet. A cocoa powder like chocolate flavor with raisins. Reminds me of a well made cake. Alcohol warmth leaves my nose and the aftertaste is a light sweetness. I can find no hops.

Perfect mouthfeel for this particular beer.

This beer disappears from my glass almost as fast as I can pour it. Its lack of typical Belgian spicyness keeps this beer easy drinking. I really think I could drink it all evening long. It never feels too filling and, in fact, I'm already thinking about having another beer.

Great great great! A worldclass beer for sure. It has been a long time since I have had an import that has made me so happy. This might be a good beer for those that don't like or aren't familiar with belgians. Would go great with roasted red meats (prime rib), amazingly with duck, almost any cheese, and nuts. By all means grab yourself a Abbaye des Rocs.

Photo of ZAP
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper with a nice fizzy off-white head....nose is musty...enticingly yeasty too....full bodied...charged up...very sweet flavor....with some nice spicy sub-notes...also some musty notes....this is a great sipping beer....I love the sweet maltness and the way the spicy notes compliment it...

A top notch Belgian...thanks to Big Huge Person for sharing this...

Photo of pio
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of kmcnair
4.6/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of ChicoraBoy
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
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€.

Photo of euskera
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
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..

Photo of HiroProtagonist
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of merlin48
4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Photo of Sammy
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of BierReise
4.13/5  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.

Photo of byrd
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of nomad
3.28/5  rDev -22.3%
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.)

Photo of Rastacouere
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
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)

Photo of ChrisBowers
4.95/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Photo of SetarconeX
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Abbaye Des Rocs [Brasserie Des Rocs Brune] from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
94 out of 100 based on 429 ratings.