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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
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405 Ratings
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Ratings: 405
Reviews: 303
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 56
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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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 Billolick
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle, capped and corked. Oh baby, this is my kind of beer, alot going on! Pours dark, murky and very cloudy, with a S*&% load of floating sediment. Nose is of burnt malts, ripe fruit, licorish and funkyness, Head is light tan, with amazing retention, frothyness, density, and creamyness. it was as thick as shaving cream for awhile. Respectable, thick and well developed lacing left sticking to the glass.
Lovely smooth mouthfeel, light and velvety on the tongue, coating the entire mouth and throat.
Tastes of rum, fruits of a thousand nations, vanilla, honey, light maple syrup. Yum Yum The yeast at the botom of the glass, adds a further layer of complexity to the mix. Nutty, smooth, heady stuff!

World class brew, seek out and enjoy!

The term "Nectar of the Gods" comes to mind

(Also a huge bargain- $6.99 @ American bev. in Bklyn NY)

Billolick, Jan 29, 2005
Photo of TastyTaste
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice big head tan head (about 1/2" with excellent retention). Body is a deep maroon color, clear in body, yet very dark, with some visible carbonation. Great lacing. Dark fruit in the nose, strong belgian yeast and alcohol, more dark fruitiness, and spices (nutmeg, cinnamon). Taste is big and funky, alcohol presence is there, but not a distracion from the complex flavors. Brown sugar, dark fruit, big hops, that funky banana belgian yeast. Moderate carbonation, which is just alright. Excellent, another outstanding beer from Abbaye des Rocs.

TastyTaste, Jul 15, 2005
Photo of brdc
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an impressive brew!
A beautiful hazy, reddish brown beer with huge chunks of what I presume are yeast sediments, heavily carbonated that starts to leave the bottle upon opening.
A great tart smell, with accompanying bread, bananas, powerful malts, alcohol and perhaps hops - something bitter in there.
The taste is also remarkable, and this full-bodied beauty begins with something tart and acidic, followed by sweet malts, warming alcohol and something dry and tart again at the end, cleaning up the sugars.
Deliciously easy for something so powerful, indeed a remarkable brew, to be had multiple times in the future.

brdc, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of byrd
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

byrd, Dec 12, 2003
Photo of marc77
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Garnet hue, w/ a light haze. Animated threads of bubbles support the dense, stiff, thick, but manageable vanilla white head. Waft of sweet, ripe grape and lychee like fruitiness upfront in aroma, followed by mellow must and notes of green apple. Tart hints of acidic lime like citrus along with dark caramel round the aroma out. A pleasure to inhale. Tinge of perfume laced bittersweetness is perceived initially, then is ceded by a dark, Boston brown bread like molasses and whole wheat bread combination. Grape and golden raisin like fruitiness run parallel with a floral, rose like impression. Late surge of dark caramel. Hint of peppery alcohol and trace clove adds a pleasantly spicy and herbal undertone. Moderate in body, with a lightly dextrinous and agreeably slick mouthfeel. Hop bitterness is noticed indirectly by its superb offsetting of residual malt sweetness. Long finish of honey drizzled rustic bread, preceded by a snap of yeast must. Luxurious. Uniquely clean and light on fermentation byproducts, yet tremendously deep in flavor profile. Supremely drinkable and thus beautifully dangerous. One of the most delicious Dark Strongs, and only a small notch below their Grand Cru.

marc77, Jan 01, 2003
Photo of pio
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

pio, Mar 09, 2004
Photo of ADR
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

ADR, Apr 04, 2004
Photo of NJbeerman
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Enjoy.

NJbeerman, Aug 19, 2005
Photo of Thorpe429
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Thorpe429, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of crnipeter
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

crnipeter, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of waughbrew
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

waughbrew, Mar 19, 2006
Photo of marburg
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally, I got to see what all the hype was about. The color is burgandy-minus -- that is, a few shades lighter, yeilding a muddled brown-red color. In the second glass, huge chunks of yeast float freely and bob around in the brew. The head starts large and puffy and retreats to a thin film atop the beer. However, the lacing is always coating the sides of the glass with every sip. A really sharp looking beer for sure. Plum skin, alcohol, sugar, banana bread, and fruit grace this beer's tremendously potent nose. I can't even begin to describe such sweet redolence -- a bouquet of purely epic proportions. The Star Wars of the beer aroma world. And it follows through. Melon, fruit, and strong sugary sweets make up a flavor profile that finishes with a slight alcohol bitterness that becomes more and more noticeable as the beer warms beyond ideal consumption temperatures. Upon first sips, however, you could never predict a 9%abv if you were unfamilar with Belgian beers. Truly a well-blended balance of unique flavors. And supremely drinkable for such a strong, flavorful brew. World-class all the way.

marburg, Oct 01, 2003
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

GCBrewingCo, Oct 25, 2004
Photo of tavernjef
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
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!

tavernjef, Jun 06, 2004
Photo of Doppel07
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Doppel07, Sep 09, 2004
Photo of kmpitz2
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

kmpitz2, Dec 21, 2004
Photo of francisweizen
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
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!

francisweizen, Nov 05, 2003
Photo of lpayette
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

lpayette, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of DrJay
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

DrJay, Nov 03, 2005
Photo of Vancer
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Vancer, Jul 01, 2007
Photo of corby112
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

corby112, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of rye726
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

rye726, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of BeerAngel
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
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!

BeerAngel, May 20, 2003
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
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!

DaPeculierDane, May 21, 2007
Photo of DarrellK
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

DarrellK, Sep 17, 2003
Abbaye Des Rocs [Brasserie Des Rocs Brune] from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
94 out of 100 based on 405 ratings.