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

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Reviews: 314
Hads: 458
Avg: 4.21
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 69
Gots: 30 | 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 StJamesGate
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Oxblood brown with a fast-fading kola beige head and some serious chunks of sediment and continuous streams of bubbles. Carmelized sugar, oak and figs on the nose.
Dates, port, shortbread, and stewed apple then some earth, kola spice and orange oil hops. Candied black grape end and numbing menthol linger.
Buttery feel; medium, chewy, lively, round.

The dandruff shower of sediment is seriously off-putting. Some brandy-like complexity, and I appreciate this gets all that sweetness in there but is still all malt. But can't live up to my sky-high expectations.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of rvdoorn
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: the beer pours a caramel brown color with a nice head.
Smell: Roasted malts, caramel, toffee, nuts, caramel and spicy hops
Taste: Dark fruits, nuts, yeast, caramel, pepper, and grains. Nice spicy medicinal aftertaste
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation and a bit thin body
Overall: Not bad, not great

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Photo of gdrydenc
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a light caramel color, but when I look through it through a tulip it's nearly opaque. A solid 2 fingers of off-white head that lasts a long time. There's also a lot of sediment in this, a lot more than I was expecting, but it doesn't hurt at all.

S - Dark, sweet fruits at the forefront. There's also a bit of spiciness in the nose. Very solid smelling BSDA. I'm excited to try it!

T - The taste totally lives up to the smell. Slightly sour, but mostly dark sweet fruits, once again. It's a delicious, very complex beer. This one has been sitting for a while, so I think it's been able to mature a while.

M - The mouthfeel is the only slight issue that I see. It's a little bit watery, but it doesn't detract a ton from the beer overall.

Overall, this is a very complex, great beer. I'm glad that this was sold in a 4 pack!

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Photo of Knapp85
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a bottle of this beer from the Bethlehem Speakeasy about a year ago. I had purchased a bottle of Baladin Xfume for about $50 to take home with me. The bartender had then brought out the bottle of Des Rocs for me and started pouring it out. I asked what it was, he said it was a Dark Belgian Strong ale that they had just gotten in. He told me it was on the house for being a such good customer to them all the time. I thanked him and proceeded to enjoy this beer to it's fullest. The beer poured out as a really nice brown color with a tan foamy head. The lacing was pretty good on the glass. The aromas of brown sugar and dark fruits flooded my nose, there was also some yeasty aroma in there and some fresh wood also. The aromas were all very well balanced. The taste of the beer was lightly roasted, the sweetness upfront from the fruits carried over into the caramel wooden aftetaste. The mouthfeel was elegantly smooth and very eacy to drink. Overall I found this beer to be very good on just about every level. I'd love to have it again one day.

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Photo of claspada
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aromas of caramel, toffee, nuttiness, a little oak, and some dark fruits as it warms (mainly raisins).

The tastes begin with nuttiness, milk chocolate, biscuity/sugar cookie. As it warms you get more of the dark fruit and oak you detected from the nose.

The mouthfeel is a tad thin for the style in my opinion, not a deal breaker, I just prefer more; carbonation is fine for the style. Overall this is a good beer, top of the style, no, but still good. Not bad for the price and availability. Recommended but don't break your back to find it.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brassiere des Rocs Brune

Appearance: brown, small head, and some good lacing.

Smell: dark fruits such as raisins and dates and some nice yeast and malts.

Taste: dark fruits, pleasant malts, and a slight yeast.

Mouthfeel: medium.

This has a nice aroma. The taste is also very well balanced and equally as appealing as the aroma.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle from ABS Drinks. From notes.

A - Huge gusher to start. Head fades really fast. Muddy, streaky, dark brown colour. Head leaves a leaves a thin ring.

S - Rum, butter, yeast, breadiness, sugar, and some booze.

T - Rum and butter candy. Sweet with some yeast and dark fruit. Quite complex. Lot's of dark fruit comes out later.

M - Mild carbonation and a medium body. Sweet, dry finish. Seems like more body is in order.

O/D - Nice beer. Could use a bit more body and dark fruit character but the complexity is there for sure. A tasty and interesting beer.

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Photo of Starless
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Maudite glass. Not sure quite how old it is, but it says best before 2011, and I know it had been in the store for a while. Been refrigerated though, so despite the green bottle hopefully it's aged gracefully. Picked it up on sale for $4 as they stocked more then they could sell, hard to beat that deal.

It pours a very dark, reddish brown, almost an exceptionally deep garnet. Clear, but with oodles of little globules of yeast floating around. A rich off white head immediately billows up, and then just as immediately vanishes completely. Odd. Just a trace of lacing around the edges, though with a constant spring of bubbles in the center. Almost like champagne.

The smell is deep and rich, and very sweet. Brown sugar and maple malts left me a little worried that it might end up tasting just like a big glass of maple syrup. A bit of cherry lingering in the aroma as well. A bit of overripe dark fruit, and just a faint hint of sourness, almost a wild ale sort of sourness.

The taste, though, blows the smell away, especially as the beer warms to proper drinking temperature. The cherry scent hinted at in the scent explodes in the taste.

Cherry, cherry, cherry. Definitely the first and foremost flavor. It's very sweet, but the slight sourness in the aroma translates to a faint tartness in the taste that balances out the sweetness exceptionally.

Early tastes were rich with that slightly tart cherry, as well as a little green apple. A few more tastes, and I'm getting a lot of brown sugar, and some yeasty spiciness.

As the beer continued to warm the cherry flavor intensifies but also opens up, and changes a little. Almost a bourbon soaked sort of cherry, with a hint of oakiness. Eventually becoming almost a chocolate or dark chocolate covered cherry as the predominant flavor.

Very tasty!

As for the mouthfeel, it was a little surprising at first. The carbonation was very bubbly, almost effervescent. Much like the little ring of bubbles in the center reminded me of champagne, so too did the mouthfeel early on. Very bubbly, and very dry.

As the beer warmed, the mouthfeel grew a bit more full, and creamy.

Overall an excellent beer, one of my favorite Brown Ales, I think.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a cervoise glass. Best before 6 May 2013.

A: A massive head crowns the beer and fades tantalisingly slowly. Medium-dark chestnut brown with microscopic bubbles filtering up in droves through light sediment. Opaque, but light. Sticky lace.

S: Abundant fruit, candy sugars, very strong and sweet. Some spiciness, but I can detect but little yeast about which other reviewers commented.

T: Yum, lots of light fruit. Grape, apple, berry, maybe even some citrusesque satsuma. A mild carbonation complements a pleasantly light body. Loads of malts provide a sweet foundation. The finish is sweetish as well, but with throwbacks to the initial fruitiness. Aftertaste is lamentably brief.

M: Truly grand. Everything you'd want to feel in a beer.

D: A wonderful beer; recommended. Still, I somehow feel it lacks that je ne sais quoi, that ineffable quality that thrills your core and instils a sense of joy. Good, but not transcendently so -- something is amiss somewhere, but I'll be damned if I can find any specific to complain about. You try.

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Photo of maleman
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thick, opaque brown with a khaki colored two-finger head that receded into a one-finger head with visible sediment. Thick lacing.

S - Very malty. Could detect a good bit of alcohol in the smell.

T - Very tasty! The smell of alcohol belied the taste as it is almost non-existent. I sensed a good bit of caramel.

M - medium-bodied, smooth with very little aftertaste.

D - although I'm not in an area where this beer is readily available I will be keeping an eye out for it. Where I see it...I'll certainly buy it!

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Photo of Robertgc
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

appearance. Kinda like a brown snow globe. Lots of yeasty goodness floating around in there. My bottle said best before 2009. I will challenge that! Smell is very nice. "Oak" comes to mind, then after a taste, a sweetness and a full bouquet of spices. Malty and sweet first, then a slight alcohol warmth. My tastes fall more towards the sweet, so this beer definately works for me. Very highly recommended.

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

A - Amber/Red. Fine and very persistente beige foam.

S - Cherry over all!! Then hot spicies (paprika and cinnamon). Dried fruit (figs). After a few minutes became evident the aroma of roasted coffee and the ethylic. In the final also chocolate from malting.

T - Cherry and spicies went out also in the flavour in a triumph of sweetness!!

M - A very good and smooth body!! The fine hopping balances sweetness and alcohol.

D - This beer it's very drinkable. It's impossible to ask not another again!!

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.69/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to ygtbsm94 for sharing a bottle of the 2006 vintage of this. Also had a separate bottle more recently, at which time I took better notes. Review from those.

Served in a wine glass. Gushed quite a bit, overflowing after I opened it. It was probably a bit too warm. Loads of floaties, though this is quite explainable given the gushing. Pours brown-garnet with a moderate head that quickly falls into a collar with a speckled cap. The nose is strong, earthy red grapes with some caramel and plum in the background. there are also some other dark fruits and a good measure of sweetness as well.

The taste is not quite as complex but there are strong grapes and a bit of cherries. This is quite sweet but never cloying. There is a bit of darker malt in the background; no roast. The feel is medium and cream. Light--though very fitting--level of carbonation. Incredibly drinkable. Likely my new go to Belgian beer.

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

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad!

2006 Vintage

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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 12/12/10 notes. Had at a local tasting thanks to ygtbsm94; thanks Brad.

a - Pours an amber color with two fingers of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Some sediment floating in the beer.

s - Smells of molasses, dark fruits, caramel malts, and a little bit of spice.

t - Tastes of dark fruit, caramel malts, spices, sugar. Definitely some sour fruit in the taste as well.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - Overall I thought this was a pretty good Belgian dark ale. I really like the sour fruit taste and the mouthfeel. Would like to try again.

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

Poured from a bottle into a Bruery tulip. Lots of sediment in this one. Luckily I have a strong constitution.

Beer is brown, dark, and really hazy with chunks floating in it. Brown thin dusty head, medium bubbles, nice lacing, strong forward carbonation.

Aroma sweet and bready. Mild, good though.

Beer is pretty sweet. Lots of carbonation on the palate, some caramel flavors, breadiness and esters on the midpalate, finish is a little dry, not too much though. Overall a nice beer.

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Photo of winegourmet76
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had to try this as I have never seen so many dead yeast cells in a single bottle-it was pretty nasty looking to be honest.

Appearance-caramel colored snow globe but great lacing. Not sure how old it is but carbonation is still very good. Bottle had a best before date of 10-12

On the nose, just a trace of the great malt and candi sugar. I could tell it was going to be good.

Taste- great caramel malt flavors, maybe a touch of toffee. Great depth and balance. A great example of a BSD. One of the best Belgian I have had lately. Very balanced maltiness.

Drinkability-this is an outstanding brew with complexity, the perfect amount of sweetness and yet not over the top. Coming from someone with a highly trained wine palate, I can tell you that this is one of those great Belgian brews that will win over those people that say they like wine but don't care for beer. I highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of crnipeter
4.69/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330 ml wit BBE date 1. December 2012, into Chimay chalice. Pours effervescent, nonuniform body of hazed amber with snowstorm of yeasty particles, topped by off white head that fades to a patch of lace encircled by peripheral ring. So obviously unprocessed beer, almost rude in appearance which is not necessarily a negative feature. In contrary to the look, the aromas and flavors are extremely sophisticated and although no sugars have been added to this one it's generally on the sweet side. The nose is rich malty sweetness, plums, figs and raisins, fine cognac like alcohol, ginger spiciness while the taste is orchard of plums, figs and raisins rolled in rich malt with bready qualities , fruit sugar, hint of peppery spiciness and touch of alcohol to counterbalance the malt. A mellow, medium bodied beer with moderately high carbonation, medium-dry finish and pleasant alcohol warmth. Albeit labeled as "Abbaye" this is not an abbey beer and it's hard to believe it has no trappist ancestry.

In short: Fruity, sweet, skillfully made strong dark ale on pair with the best of trappists.

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Photo of metter98
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer poured cloudy dark brown in color with a thin off white head that quickly faded into lacy patterns of bubbles covering the surface. A light to medium amount of carbonation is visible.
S: The nose is very malty and sweet with notes of caramel and hints of dark fruits and spices. The aromas become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Like the smell, the taste is also rather sweet and has flavors of caramel malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a light amount of carbonation.
D: The alcohol is completely hidden from both the smell and taste, which makes this beer very easy to drink.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aged one year.
Pours copper/ruby, lots of floating yeast, small off-white head.
Nose is very sweet, loads of golden syrup, brown sugar, toffee, bread and candi sugar. Some soft phenols provide further complexity.
Flavours are very similar, more bready notes though. Still intensely sweet, but hardly any noticeable alcohol, just a little bite on the finish to counter the sweetness.
Moderate carbonation but very fine and smooth; fits the beer well.

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Photo of BobZ
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml 25.4 Oz. bottle. Split with a buddy.

Appearance: Nice dark brown but again the snow-globe of floaties that this brewery is known for. Not much of a head and minimal lacing.

Smell: Sweet and interesting, some malt and some spice.

Taste: Very good, with a nutty sweetness, unique, some malt, very crisp beer. Not very deep or complex but still flavorful. A very unique profile for this breweries yeast strain, both unique and very good.

Mouth feel: Well carbonated, the sediment definitely can pile up near the end.

Drinkability: Great, flavorful beer. Could easily down a few.

Ok, same old story, yet another very good beer from Abbaye des Rocs
you just need to get past the floaties (as usual).

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

Served into a Unibroue tulip

A: Red brownish almost like tea, beige foam that stays for a while leaving a pearly lace. some visible carbonation.

S: Sweet, dark malts, floral, alcohol, hops, brown sugar.

T: Sweet and floral, little bit bitter, warming but not overwhelming, brown sugar, carbonation feel.

Overall an excellent beer (that it's going to be in rotation for a while in my house), it has a lot of layers, I had in two different occasions after I made my first review and the flavors developed a bit.

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Photo of beeragent
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from a bottle.

A - Pours a medium brown, forming a 1 inch cloudy white head that fades quickly. Very light lacing on the glass.

S - Light bready malty aroma mixed with dark fruits dominate the nose with just a hint of alcohol.

T - Light malty body, mostly bready, with a good amount of dark fruit flavor. Spices swirl throughout the taste. The alcohol is well hidden, only presenting itself for a second in the finish. Very complex and smooth flavor.

M - Medium bodied with an average amout of carbonation. Very smooth and clean.

D - Great flavor and body without being too heavy. The alcohol content is well hidden, allowing the other characteristics to come forth. Nice and complex. An easy drinker.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep mahogany with dark cherry red hues coming through when held up to light. A thin light brown head settles on top and slowly fades into a thin foam ring. Limited lacing left behind.

S - Dark fruits and Belgian yeast at first sniff. Figs and alcohol soaked cherries. Earthy spiciness becomes more and more noticeable as the beer warms.

T - Sweet dark fruits initially. Similar to the nose with figs, cherries and a touch of raisin. Light spiciness carries throughout. SWweetness becomes stronger as the beer warms. Hints of caramel that has been lightly flamed.

M/D - Medium bodied with a very assertive tannic like bite on the tongue.

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Abbaye Des Rocs [Brasserie Des Rocs Brune] from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
93 out of 100 based on 314 ratings.