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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

405 Ratings
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Ratings: 405
Reviews: 303
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 56
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-13-2002)
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Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

JohnnyChicago, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of mcallister
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
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!!

mcallister, Nov 23, 2007
Photo of letsgopens
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

letsgopens, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of TheBurgundian
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
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)

TheBurgundian, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of spinrsx
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

spinrsx, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of DaveFL1976
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this brew at Cafe de Wildeman in Amsterdam. It was served at room temperature and poured into a Belgium chalise. A nice looking beer. Mahogany/cherry brown with a flamy tan head that settled down in fairly short order. The smell? Nice. Caramel, sweet, dark fruit, maybe a little spicy (but that could have been the alcohol). Alcohol was evident in the taste as well. Sweet up front with lots of complex sugars teasing your taste buds. But then the alcohol warms you on the swallow. A nice beer. Medium mouthfeel with pretty darn good drinkability.

DaveFL1976, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of euskera
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
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..

euskera, Jan 31, 2004
Photo of ONUMello
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a goblet
A: Muddy dark brown with a gorgeous 2+ finger head that lingers on and on
S: Smooth, sweet fruit esters and roasted grain
T: Figs, molasses and spice. Quite sweet. A hint of heat comes through.
M: Medium-bodied, smooth, a hint of carbonation and alcohol.
O: This is good but a bit too sweet for my palate.

ONUMello, May 18, 2012
Photo of BeerBuilder
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a reddish-brown color with a thick, creamy tan head. The aroma is yeasty with a bready maltiness. It has a slight brown sugar spiciness and a bit of dark fruits.

The flavor is yeasty and spicy, with a semi-sweet maltiness throughout. It is medium in body with a drying finish. A very nice beer.

BeerBuilder, Mar 16, 2006
Photo of mdfb79
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

mdfb79, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

drabmuh, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of instrumentality
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

instrumentality, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of MSchae1017
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one into a Chimay goblet from the 750mL body. The beer pours a translucent amber brown with an off white frothy head similar to a lattle. The head holds nicely and leaves some lace down the side of the glass from the heavy film over the top of the beer. The smell full of caramel sweetness and fruity esters from the yeast. Sipping the beer displays prune and raisin flavors up front with some caramel sweetness. After a while this sweetness gives way to a slight bitterness that tastes like burnt sugars. Mixed in with this is a slight chocolate taste as well as. The body is medium-full with effervescent carbonation. A nice complex BSDA.

MSchae1017, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev -5.4%

warnerry, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of JamLand
4/5  rDev -5.4%

JamLand, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -5.4%

jaydoc, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of unibroue4ever
4/5  rDev -5.4%

unibroue4ever, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of Bierguy5
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml, 9% ABV. Orange/red/copper color. White foamy head holds together well. Lots of sediment floating about.

Sour berries, and earthy aromas. Not a whole lot else in the nose, but it is nice.

Earthy and tart flavors, some berries, fig, and just a bit of funk. Not much bitterness, but not much is really needed. Nice amont of subtly tartness.

Medium body, good amount of carbonation. This one is pretty nice.

Bierguy5, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and capped mag. Not sure the date of bottling, but signifcant brown sedimentation that decanted at the end, despite best efforts at a careful pour. Not as "burgundian" as some in the style (notably Ommegang's), but that is not a bad thing - rather than tasting like a malty red wine, this was much more sophisitcated and well mannered - like beer that had been fermented in a red wine cask. Quite mellow for the style, with the abv hiding below the surface. A bit woody, with an interesting vinegar whiff in the aroma that was not unpleasant, and did not show up in the flavor.

Brent, Nov 13, 2004
Photo of deac83
4/5  rDev -5.4%

deac83, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -5.4%

ygtbsm94, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy brown in color with a 2" head. Carbonation levels were a bit stronger than expected. Some lacing develops. The aroma is of caramel and yeast. The flavor consist of caramel, yeast, mild bitterness, and prunes. A hint of nuts and milk chocolate was barely there, but noticeable.

The mouthfeel was very crisp at the start and finish, and also finished slightly dry. Nice drinkability, as the caramel lingers softly on the tongue after swallowing. Overall this is a nice brew.

Gavage, Sep 09, 2005
Photo of InturnlDemize
4/5  rDev -5.4%

InturnlDemize, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of PF15
4/5  rDev -5.4%

PF15, Jul 16, 2013
Abbaye Des Rocs [Brasserie Des Rocs Brune] from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
94 out of 100 based on 405 ratings.