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

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Ratings: 437
Reviews: 310
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 59
Gots: 27 | 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 BierReise
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
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 cbl2
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8/29/2005 $6.99 750 mL 9.00% Best before end: 2008 labeled on bottle.


Big bottle is simply capped, not corked. Beer froths over upon opening, then pours a slightly hazy brown with hints of orange. Little to no head, but some lacing from what originates.


Mostly muted, with some hints of sweet malts, and a touch of alcohol, but nothing pops out at you.


Wow! Stunningly smooth, and extremely well balanced. Nice upfront sweet malt characteristic masks the high alcohol content completely. I can't put my finger on why this is great, but it simply is. In the background there are subtle flavor nuances of candied pear/apple. This is an absolute delight.

Photo of aerozeppl
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cellared this for about 8 months.

A: Chunk city. Nice brown color with minimal white head. A good amount of lacing especially considering the style.

S: Some dates and raisins with a subtle funk. Kind of a tight nose but still there.

T: Very nice sweetness. Tons of dark fruit. A nice but weird mix of yeast and malt.

M: Very nice full medium mouthfeel. The chunks are a wonderful detraction. Very dry in the finish.

D: Very nice. Glad I split this. A nice example of the stlyle.

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 santa109
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at L'autre-oeil in Gatineau, QC.

A: Poured a dark brown with very little head despite an aggressive pour into a chalice. The head retention was disappointing as it took about 20 seconds for the head to completely fade away.

S: Caramel, malt and candy sugar are the dominating aromas. Belgian yeast is also present. Hard to really define.

T: Candy sugar and some ripe dark fruitiness. There is also some brown sugar in there.

M: Medium-bodied with low carbonation. Nothing to brag about in this department.

D: This was the best part of this beer. The alcohol made its presence felt but it was really apparent in the taste.

Overall, it was enjoyable despite being hard to define in the smell and taste departments.

Photo of nickd717
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle via trade thanks to Crack1Open.

Pours hazy brown, a little reddish, with a small khaki head.

The aroma is nice, with caramel, toffee, brown sugar, Belgian yeast, and slight dark fruits.

The flavor is sweet but good, with big caramel malts, English toffee, sherry-like oxidation, Belgian yeast, and berries, blueberries even as crazy as that is.

Medium-full body with lower carbonation. Solid stuff, even if it’s possibly a little past prime.

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 letsgopens
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This BSDA pours a woody ruby/amber with some bright ruby highlights. The extremely effervescent fizzy head fades quickly and leaves some thin rings of lace when the glass is tilted.

Earthy sweet and yeasty with plenty of caramel and dark fruit. Raisins, dates, tart cherries, honey, dark toasted bread, molasses. Woody and with a bit of spice. Overall its very sweet and fruity with plenty of bready caramel malt and some solid Belgian character. Wow, very sweet but still maintains a great deal of depth. The yeastiness doesn't dull the fruit either; rather it seems to accentuate it.

Bright, fruit and very sweet initially. Dark and lighter fruit alike: Sweet, raisins, dates, figs, tart/black cherry, apple, and a hint of tangy sweet citrus. The finish is where the bready/yeasty character comes through with molasses, toffee, caramel malt, and buttery dark bread. Just a bit of spice and a sweet dinner roll-character linger throughout the finish and even after swallowing. Predominately very sweet but not one dimensional; initially fruit then cereal-like. Very unique and well crafted.

Buttery and smooth with relatively low carbonation. When it was decanted the foam ran over and the brew seemed highly carbonated but it doesn't translate on to the palate. Velvety mouthfeel and even a bit syrupy with a slick finish. The flavor lingers pretty well with a small amount of warmth. Very nice with a unique sweetness while maintaining its Belgiany....ness, I suppose. I enjoyed it a lot but the sweetness might prevent me from drinking more than one in a single sitting.

Photo of mntlover
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pop the top smells nice get glass to pour oopps foaming over delayed reaction no big deal pour 10 oz or so into my glass and take bottle into living room sit it down and enjoying my beer after a couple of minutes foam again rising out of the bottle? Never had a bottle foam over after pouring a glass full before.

Pours a hazy dark red/amber color with a big creamy light tan head that falls slowly and leaves some lace behind. Whats all this stuff floating in my beer? Looks like egg drop soup floaters. Usually don't mind yeast sediment in my beer but this stuff looks nasty, good it doesn't taste that way.

Aroma is nice sweet molassis dipped fruit grapes, plums sugary caramel loads of fruit esters very nice.

Taste is sweet malty fruit dipped in sugary mollassis/caramel big on flavor nice smoothly carbonated not excess as the bottle promised to be like many Belgian Browns can be. Finish is nice lingering sugary fruit mingled with spice and a lingering light hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good medium full, nice carbonation and luckly you can't feel the egg drop floaters as they go down.

Drinkability is good nice wonderful flavor only don't look at your beer and all will be fine.

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

750ml bottle with a best by date of 2008. Appears a dark amber brown with a huge light tan head that drops and leaves clinging rings of lace. Sweet fruits with some candy sugars come on strong o min the aroma. Some light yeast and spice notes come out as well as it warmed. Taste starts with sweet caramel , some dark ripe fruits and more of the sugary sweetness. Nice bit of spice cuts through the sweetness towards the middle. Finishes up with more sweetness and some yeasty notes. Really thick and creamy body. Pretty easy drinking stuff but it got a bit to overly sweet for me towards the end.

Photo of brystmar
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brownish and caramel-y with a hint of orange. Cloudy. Lots of head when poured, but it settled quickly.

S: Tons of yeast with an equal amount of oak. Very sharp.

T: This is where the beer truly shines. It's got everything I want in a brown ale: dark, oaky flavor; hints of fruit with a little sweetness in the middle; and a pleasantly smooth, dry finish. Not overly alcoholic, despite its ABV. Very smooth and beautifully complex in oh so many ways.

M: Quite pleasant and, again, not overly sharp from its alcohol content. Lightly carbonated; anything moreso would take away from your enjoyment of the beer's delicious flavors. The word that keeps coming to mind is smooth.

D: High ABV, so be careful, but it's quite drinkable. Goes down exceptionally easily, which is quite misleading for a 9% beer.

One of my favorites for sure. Highly recommended!

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 cswhitehorse
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Brasserie Des Rocs Brune poured a hazy floaty brown with a finger head and some continent lacing. It had a drink by date which should score some points in my book.

The aroma was strongly of sugar, brown style and caramel and figs.

The taste was sweet malty, yeasty with a slight hopness on the back end. The finish was definitely solid malt base. I found it to be a very enjoyable beer I would buy again once I have made the rounds.

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

A: pours yellow gold, settles to reddish yellow/gold brown, one inch tan head that tapers to a fine layer
S: yeast, sour strawberry mixed with caramel, faint hops in the back, slight alcohol
T: caramel and strawberry again, yeast in the middle
M: smooth, little carbonation, creamy
D: unexpectedly fruity, very good, not too strong, pretty unique in my opinion

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a beautiful deep burgundy with a reddish/brownish/whitish head that fades rather quickly.

S: Smell in funky and intense, with molassas, black grapes, roses and pepper.

T: All the aromas come through in the taste, but there is a pretty strong booze element that I didn't expect. It finishes slightly dry and rough with a hint of charcoal.

D: Like I said, a tad boozier than most BSDA. It is, however, very complex and intense and makes for a slow, but tasty sipper.

Overall: I would definitely pick this one up again. It is original, even within its style and I would love to take another crack at it and see what other flavours and aromas it has to offer.

Photo of StJamesGate
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of instrumentality
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I received a shipment from Belgium today, including four of these bad boys. This is my first sampling from the package.

As soon as I cracked open the cap, this beer wanted OUT! I had to get the cap off quickly and pour it before all the foam ran down the side of the bottle. It left a hearty, heavily carbonated tan head that settled down to about a finger. Beneath this was an opaque, cloudy copper.

The smell was out of this world. I remember the Grand Cru (the brown, not the one everyone loves) smelling interesting, but this one took the cake. It smelled like a mix of brown sugar, cherries, a bit of citrus, caramel, and malt. I felt like I was about to have not a beer, but dessert.

I took a sip. I remembered the Grand Cru brown tasting kind of watered down. This one was anything but. The first thing I tasted was alcohol. Ooh...it burns. Mouthfeel not so good. Lots of alcohol, lots of carbonation, this thing is throwing a party in my mouth.

Aside from the alcohol, the taste was very balanced. All of the odors I sensed came through on my palate with the possible exception of the citrus. Then it chilled out and left a cooling aftertaste, primarily of cherries, brown sugar, and malt.

From the smell, I can tell this beer has a lot of potential, but right now the alcohol overpowers everything else. I'm glad I bought three more of these (although I'll probably stumble upon them at a local liquor store and kick myself as I'm already doing with the St. Bernardus), as I plan on stowing at least a couple of them away for awhile. I'm not that experienced with aging beer, but as I understand it, over time, a potent beer like this will mellow out a bit and allow its intricacies to come to the surface. Let's hope so.

Photo of TheBurgundian
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer had a big reputation behind it, and I started my "Americans in Lille, France" beer tasting by 'Roc'ing it. This beer came in the 75cl bottle.

A: Great head, almost too much after popping the cork. Body a little light compared to other styles, like coffee that was brewed with too much water. Yeast collection point continues to develop at the bottom.

S: molasses, oak, hints of some gingersnap cookies sprinkled throughout (think cinnamon and spice)

T: This beer is a gingersnap cookie baked with oak chips, sprinkled with christmas spices. The problem I find with this beer is almost a watered-down quality. Great flavor diluted with a little too much water. The yeast is great though!

M: see 'taste'

D: the 9% shows throughout, and this beer needs to be drunk slowly with some good friends and great food (my next one will be with some cheesecake)

Photo of papat444
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to franksnbeans for this one!

Poured from a 750ml. bottle

Paired with country-style beef platter.

Appearance: Very thick, insistent head (nearly 3/4 of the glass). As it gently recedes, flakes of yeast swim in the dark, copper body. Reminds me of a tiny snowstorm in my glass.

Smell: Nice sweet smell (caramel?)

Taste: Sweet tasting, almost nutty & caramel-like with a chewy type aspect.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, malty feeling in the palate.

Drinkability: The taste belies the alcohol content as it was easily drinkable. Shared the bottle with my wife and could have easily had the bottle to myself.

Overall: Love it. I was a bit hesitant at so much yeast, but i was told it's a good sign of a belgian beer's freshness & didn't interfere really with the taste. Drank on a cold, winter night, something about the sweet & maltiness seemed comforting. Definitely a winner!

Photo of paytoplay
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance was a bit odd, brown and orange. Didn't matter as this is a solid brew. Somewhat sweet but not persistant as the complexity takes over. Distinct with clove, spice, brown sugar, slight malt and mixed dark fruits. Nicely balanced with some acidity and some interesting funk. I liked the finish. Was out of a 12oz or maybe 33cl bottle. Will be interesting to try later on out of 750ml I have coming. This beer could be aged for several years.

Photo of jjayjaye
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark red hued amber color. There is an unsettling amount of suspended flakes of sediment throughout...i mean we'ere talking tons people! Now I'm seriously hoping that is "acceptable". The smell is quite nice. A perfume-like sweet peach licorice aroma which is both unique and consuming. Adequately carbonated, there is an immediate tingle of hops and alcohol. A little unsettling, the suspended particles actually have a pulp-like presence in the mouth (not expected or desired...a tad scary). Full flavored, the taste is i sweet figgy dark fruit and molasses, but its on the light side as opposed to being thick feeling. The 9% ABV is blended well. The drinkability suffers due to the irregular texture from the sediment. The rest is hype...something can be said for Quality Control and consistency.

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.05/5  rDev -4%
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.

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

Chunks of bubbles float wonderously abound in this burgundy colored elixir. A thick frothy off white head hangs around and becomes friends with the miniscule creatures finding their homes.

Digging this nose. Sour earthy blueberry. Belgian spicy and yeasty with a slight fresh smyrna fig. Candy sugar with a sweet malty aspect and a floral finish.

Very chunky in the mouth. Stored on it's side, suppose it should have been upright for a day or two or decanted before drinking. A tart almost sour beginning. Full of berries that lead into a fresh fig middle that finishes with a date madiera ending. Alcohol is shown somewhat in the finish. Very well balanced thick and juicy with good RS. Spicey, yeasty, earthy with a bit of barnyard qualities. Delicious!!

Photo of FLima
4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown color with one finger head with short retention and several floating particles. Not it’s forte.
Malty aroma with notes of prunes, molasses, nutmeg, pine wood, some tangerines and grapes.
Bold flavor with notes of prunes, cloves, molasses, mint, herbal and earthy hops, apple puree, whole fig, raisins, ginger and candied oranges. A hint of Port Wine and finishing with a bit of chocolate after your mouth dries for a while.
Medium body with good carbonation. Alcohol of 9% abv is in harmony with the overall beer.
Good Belgian Dark Strong Ale with good malt balanced complexity. Interesting they have done this without adding sugar. You do feel it sweet, but it is not cloying given its choice of hops, dryness and refreshing spices. This is the type of beer that you start with slight above average score and then once it starts to warm up you have to keep raising it once its complexity blossoms.

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

330ml Bottle

Appearance – Hazy brown colour with a massive size fizzy beige/light brown coloured head. It's too hazy/dark to see the carbonation level and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 6 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, molasses, dark fruits, smoke, chocolate, wood

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a high amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, molasses, dark fruits and what I thought to be soya sauce.. I couldn't quite put my finger on what the taste was. Anyways, there was also some smoke and a woody flavour and towards the end I could also taste chocolate. The beer finishes with a smokey and malty sweet aftertaste.

Overall – A complex beer that has a whole bunch of flavours going on. It's not something I'd want to drink every day, but I'm going to keep a few on hand for sure. The alcohol was really well hidden and it's a must try beer in my opinion.

Abbaye Des Rocs [Brasserie Des Rocs Brune] from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
94 out of 100 based on 437 ratings.