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

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315 Reviews
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Reviews: 315
Hads: 464
Avg: 4.21
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 69
Gots: 28 | 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 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 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 tavernjef
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
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!

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Photo of Doppel07
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber body and fading beige head. Fantastic, indulgent smell of dark fruits, cherries, and spice. Flavor includes hints of raisins, leather, and burnt caramel. This is an ultra-smooth and heavenly concoction. My alltime favorite beer at this point.

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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 GCBrewingCo
4.66/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured chunky and disgusting medium to deep amber with an off-white to almost tan head that was persistent and stayed around to lace the glass.

The aroma was deeply complex with dark fruits and caramel. The fruits were raisins and plums/prunes. Also present is a muted spiciness in the background of Belgian yeast. Some esters from higher alcohols were present.

The flavor was crisp and malty with dark caramel and dark fruits. The alcohol contributed to the mystique of the beer and adds complexity rather than being harsh. The bittering was enough in conjunction with the carbonation to lead to a drying of the flavor. Belgian yeast spiciness was subdued and contributed excellent complexity of flavor.

The finish was dry with a spicy yet fruity flavor that lasted pleasantly long into the aftertaste. The body was medium full but seems less due to carbonation and creaminess on the palate.

750 ml capped and corked bottle. A great beer, if it poured into the glass without looking horrendous it would rate even higher.

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Photo of NJbeerman
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first time in maybe 5 years grabbing this one - I will be back for more.

Appearance - fantastic. I am serving it in a snifter. It is a nice deep amber brown color with a beautiful creamy head. The head disappated pretty quick but I am serving it very cold - did not feel like waiting.

Smell - a surprisingly yeasty yet carmelized malt smell - very nice. I am expecting a nice subtle sweetness.

Taste - DAMN - this is a good beer. The Carmel stays in the flavor and there is a little bit of sweetness but it pairs very well with the alcohol warming effect. There is a slight bite but I expect that is mostly the alcohol - not a bad thing at all in fact it pairs very well for a great taste and feel.

Mouthfeel - a little bit sharper then I would like but as I said before it pairs well. I think giving this another year or two and it would be perfect.

Drinkability - not a problem - this one goes down a bit too smooth for such a high octane beer.

A very nice beer for just a drink or two but also a great food beer - I will be pairing it with a sausage meat sauce and pasta.


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Photo of DrJay
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky toffee with reddish highlights. Tan head composed of very fine bubbles that produced thick lace and stuck around til the end. Plum aroma with an incredibly balanced combination of toasty malts, dark grain and a hint of alcohol. Plum/raisin flavour with a light sourness and citric character. Smooth, mild finish with some additional sweetness and a bit of spice. Fine carbonation, mild texture with just a hint of slickness. Dry finish. A superb beer, I'll definitely be having this one again.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a nice rubyed brown color wit ha 4 finger head that retains at about 2 fingers. The nose is raisins soaked in cherry juice with a dose of pepper and spice for good measure. What a nice flavor. Sweet cherry and raisin move to peppery spice, finishing almost at a coffee, but not quite. Very nice. The feel is good smooth moderately thick, with some texture in there from the floaties that abound. Drinkability is as good as can be for a beer of this size. The flavor and fee just add to the experience. Top notch. Thanks to clvand0 for sharing this with me.

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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 Vancer
4.64/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

So this is a freakin Belgium <Brown> ale, eh?? Whoo, what a hammer-jack of a fine frosty. Glad I had 750ml for me and the wifey.

Nice cola brown pour, semi – hazy and lots of yeasties, more as you swirled along the way. Frothy-ass ivory head with nice head lace.

Just get a whiff of all that spice and coriander, move well into the taste. WHICH, has that and a smorgasbord of Belgium yeast sugar cane, tons of dark fruit, heavy on the cherry. And here comes the molasses for a ending touch. Finishes on the sweet, no problem.

NO hint of 9%l this is an exceptional drinker, slowly chief, then move to a lower alcohol brew for a evening session.

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Photo of waughbrew
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Auburn with a light creme head with great R&L. Aroma is distinct - apple spiced with cinnamon and coriander. raisins, pepper. sparkly metallic hops like a firework. Tastes and looks like Autumn - a bit sweet, but spice and slight darkness balances it well. The apple character continues, and as I drink the 750, the cideriness comes out a bit more than I would like. Soft on the tongue, not too fluffy, yet high carbonation. Little trace of the 9% is there, so it will sneak up on you.

Great brew. I think this would be perfect for the Fall. Subtle flavors and perfect feel. I would love to have this any time.

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Photo of rye726
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Haze a glowing brown color with a creamy tan head.

Ripe dark fruits, bready malts, spicey yeasts, red grapes and tart citrus.

Quite delicious mixture of sweet yet sour fruits, subtle candy, rich malts and peppery yeats.

Full, silky body is perfectly carbonated.

Good cross between a strong ale and a flanders brown ale. Very nice, I like.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally! I’ve been searching for this brew for three years. A t every liquor store I go to I find Brune Gran Cru staring back at me. I can never find the regular old Brune, but now, on a random stop in at Steve’s Liquor Mineral Point, I find one bottle tucked away in the back cooler. How thrilled I am to try this, especially after enjoying the Tripel Imperial and Gran Cru so much.

After a long a bumpy drive through the country, I could not wait for the yeast to settle so I popped this bottle open and let it pour marvelously into my glass. Appearance is stunning. Body is a light red amber with suspended reddened tan yeast particles throughout. Carbonation is ample and a thick white head lasts for several minutes before dissolving, leaving a rather wine like appearance for this beer.

Aroma is wonderfully verdant. Granny smith apple lunges forth from the glass followed by a menageries of other delightful fruit including musk mellon, unripe grapes, and mangosteen. Grass and hay finish the nose.

The flavor is nearly as bold as the nose. Tropical in the extreme and depthfully complex, I feel as though I’m on the beach in Thailand drinking rum mixed with fruit punch. There are massive fruits here. Not only can one make out the aforementioned four, but also pineapple and ripe naval orange all rounded out by some sweet caramel malt. Fantastically, this beer is kept far from any hint of cloyingness or fruit overkill by a steady supply hay, barnyard character, and sourdough bread fresh from San Francisco.

The body is vinous and full. Sweet and sour play off each other like Russian chess masters. Drinkable? You betcha!

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Photo of corby112
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark reddish-brown color with a thin, tan foamy head. Nice malty aroma with hints of dark berries. Very smooth drinking beer with a sweetnes that is a nice compliment to the slightly roasted malt flavor. Hints of dark cherries, raisin, prune and fig.

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

Appearance is medium brownish with some hint of red and almost opaque due to it's being a bit cloudy. Head is very full and a slow pour is essential to keep it from over flowing. It is right on target for a Belgian Red.

It has a real fresh aroma that is quite fruity and the nose stayed to the bottle of the glass and is good enough to be enjoyed on its own.

Taste somewhat winey but with the fruity aroma combines with the taste to give it wonderful character. The mouth is fairly high viscosity but with most of the carbonation stayng in the head it lightens up as the head stay to the bottom.

This brew and this style really pont out the need to have the correct glass to enjoy. A large mouth goblet or large snifter make this a great afterdinner brew.

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Photo of BeerAngel
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber brown with a nice light tan head that sticks around. The smell of light spices and fruit along with faint alcohol and yeast are blended very nicely. It has a nice spiced fruit with a strong carb bite and tapers into a mouth-watering light sweetness with a warming alcohol and light yeasty finish. It is a medium bodied brew and drinks down fairly easy for the ABV. Overall,...Superb! Thanks to BelgianBum for the opportunity to experience this awesome brew! Op uw gezonheid!

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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 guitarmage
4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy maple, the foamy head formed easily but dissipated quickly. Ring around the glass, a few bubbles linger.

Smell: Sweet brown sugar malt melds with a nice spiciness, peppery, caramel, alcohol, coriander.

Taste: Sweet malt makes a short appearance, and then a spiciness comes in, coriander, anise, warming alcohol, peppery hops linger but aren't prominent.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth with pricklely tight carbonation, smooth and tasty.

Drinkability: A lot light in overall flavor, savory compared to other Belgian Strong Dark Ales, which are sweeter, this is peppery and light, tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of lpayette
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has been aging for a while, not sure exactly how long. bottle says LOT 2009.

Pours a nice brownish ruby color with an excellent and active head even on a slow pour. The carbonation was enough to unsettle a lot of the yeast. A lot of staying power in this head.

The smell is fruity and just a touch sour. Just a bit of barnyardyness.

The taste is just endlessly complex and enjoyable. subtle notes of sour cherries and other dark and ripe fruits come to mind. A small hint of chocolate overlays. Everything is done so subtle as far as flavor yet when combined it produces a big cohesive flavor that works extremely well.

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Photo of sponberg
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm glad I'm not the only BA who had a bird trying to get the cork out. It took two corkscrews and a cork pull, but that sonofagun finally popped. No wonder. If I were in constant contact with this brew, I wouldn't give it up without a helluva fight either.

Medium-dark amber/copper, with a really neat, really big two-stage head if you pour it right - coarse bubbles near the beer, and a creamy, fluffy off white head atop it. Simply an incredible aroma - fruit, yeast, Belgian esteriness, hints of spice - perfect.

Possibly the most complex brew I've ever tasted. Starts with a very round, fruity (pear, apple, melon, tropical...), and very earthy maltiness, then things get really fun. Cherrylike flavors kick in, along with a healthy yeastiness which brings along even more earthy, estery flavors. The hops kick in towards the end, giving it a solid underlying bitterness, along with more apple and some chocolatey notes. The alcohol makes itself known more as it goes down. The aftertaste is best described as "more, please." I'm glad this is in a 750. I'm sad it's not in a 1.5 liter. Can't wait to try the Grand Cru.

I did notice a slight tongue-numbing sensation after a while, which may be due more to an overindulgence of salt and vinegar chips eight hours ago than anything brought along by this brew.

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Photo of Px2GrafX
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

presentation: 33cl bottle with a full color label. there is a gold triptych shape that frames a stone walled and columned hallway. "abbaye des rocs" is printed diagonally across the shape. there is a shield top middle of the triptych and also on the neck label. there is some belgian text. 9% abv displayed. "best before end 2006". there are lot numbers across the right side of the label, but no numbers are notched. "natural beer with yeast and without additives-pure malt and hop-naturally contains yeast particles".

appearance: extremely carbonated as pouring gently provides almost a 3 inch head in a tulip glass. nice dark brown color with iced tea-like highlights. head is huge with an off-white color and very much like meraingue. excellent retention and lacing.

smell: smells like sweet caramelized sugar. lightly spicy ginger and something else that is close to corriander, but not. there is some fruit maybe cherries or cranberries and definitely some apricots and raisins.

taste: huge malt character with a touch of alcohol. raisins, apricots and brown sugar. there is an orange flavor that i couldn't detect until i read it in another review. very nice. much like the flavors of a momosa with the alcohol blended in. rich bready yeasty flavors in the finish.

mouthfeel: nice lightly resiny, but smooth medium body. carbonation appeared to be heavily released during the pour because i was expecting more of a champagne-like feel. not quite, but good carbonation anyways. swallows quite smoothly.

drinkability: this is one tasty brew where the 9% is hidden quite well. you can taste the alcohol, but it doesn't hinder at all. this makes for a nice sipper, but goes down easily.

overall: this is just excellent. tons of flavor and the aromas are amazing. i have more in the closet for later, but i honestly don't see how this is gonna get much better. we will see. two emphatic thumbs.

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Photo of number1bum
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of NEPA BC split #5.

Poured from a 750ml capped bottle into a tulip glass. Nice reddish brown, light to medium in terms of darkness, with good clarity and a pillowy tan head. Retains a thin film but not a whole lot of lacing. There is some suspended yeast floating around, as well.

Smell is malty, yeasty and fruity. Malts are sweet like molasses, and the fruitiness is of black cherry and raisins. There is also a bready, yeasty aroma. Truly a smell to behold and savor.

Taste is also fantastic but not quite as wonderful as the smell. Again a nice sweetness with lots of fruit. Not quite as sweet as I expected from the nose, but there is a caramel and molasses sweetness nonetheless. Dark fruits again, predominantly cherry, with a little bit of spiciniess and yeast. Very smooth and nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, although a softer carbonation would really enhance it. This is a great beer, highly recommended.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This bottle was in the cellar for a year and a half and the age was quite pronounced in this beer. The colour was dark brown with red notes. The smell was old fruit and leather. This is a great sipping beer as it opened up with each mouthfull. The smoothness imparted was age induced as some of the hops had dropped off. Great with big cheeses and chocolate this is Belgian gold.

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Photo of danielharper
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Strong Brothers Liquor, Fayetteville, TN.

(Consumed and notes taken on 11/24/05. Verbatim notes below.)

"Brown color, a full luxurious head. Yeasties all through glass. Aroma of yeast, sweet fruit, some tart-like green apples, no hops. No alcohol present in nose. Taste of fruit, strong Belgian funky flavor, slight nutty aftertaste. Dry astringent flavor. Mouthfeel thick and luxurious, really well-coating the palate and leaving nice flavor in the back of throat. Very drinkable, but this is a "sipper", not a "gulper"."

This was my Thanksgiving beer, and despite the effort that the fiancee and I took to make a wonderful meal on that day, this brew was the highlight of the evening for me. A Belgian beer to live for, I intended to drink only about half of this with dinner, saving the rest for the next day, but ended up consuming the whole bottle.

The only caveat I had about this beer was the extreme amounts of yeast left in the bottle -- entire chunks of the material were floating around in my glass, especially towards the bottom of the bottle. I drank it and enjoyed it, despite a psychosomatic response that made me not want to swallow the solid portions of the beer, but more finnicky drinkers might find the level of sediment involved beyond their palate's enjoyment level.

I'll probably review this beer again (I've got another bottle in my closet) and I'll do a more detailed review at that point. But this is a truly amazing beer, one that I enjoyed an awful lot.

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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 315 ratings.