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

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Reviews: 312
Hads: 454
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 66
Gots: 29 | FT: 1
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Belgium

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 sponberg
4.57/5  rDev +8%
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. (1,321 characters)

Photo of Px2GrafX
4.57/5  rDev +8%
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. (1,917 characters)

Photo of number1bum
4.57/5  rDev +8%
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. (949 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
4.57/5  rDev +8%
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. (379 characters)

Photo of danielharper
4.57/5  rDev +8%
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. (1,512 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours off brown to amber with light tan head.

Nose has black tea aromas, and holiday spices with fruit (chocolate orange maybe).

Palate is cinnamon spicy, medium bodied, tea flavors again, and mixed fruit (passion fruit) is in the mix.

Finish is somewhat on the sweet side, with the carbonation doing a little tease on the palate. (333 characters)

Photo of hotstuff
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of my very favorite beer styles! It poured a medium sized tan head that contained fine-small sized bubbles that was mostly diminishing. The body was carbonated, there was floating particles observed and the body was hazy with a copper hue. The nose was malty, caramel, sweet, and had various fruit notes to it. The flavor was a bit bitter, acidic, caramel, some alcohol notes, and a bit tart/tangy. The palate was smooth and light-medium bodied. This beer had excellent lacing to it. The appearance would have received a 5 rating if it had not been for the floating particles. (580 characters)

Photo of Darkale
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A fast, khaki-colored head, nice and fizzy, and a deep, ruby-brown color.

Aroma is malty and roasty, Christmas-eve sweet.

Taste is sweet, deep... a doppelbock writ large. Chewy, very chewy. A hint of hops with moderate lacing.

But, not overpowering. Mellow and ponderous. (281 characters)

Photo of atigerlife
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

[labelled as "Belgian Burgundy ale". Bought a year ago and finally had a good reason to celebrate. Poured into a Chimay chalice.

Slight reddish/burgundy color with a large, creamy brown head that lasts quite a while. Very impressive lookinging in the glass.

Aroma of roasted malts, dark ripened fruit and some sweetness.

Taste is robust. Alcohol, plums, caramel sweetness, malty, bready with some Belgian yeast. Finish is slightly clean and dry. Overall, wonderful! Very complex. Lots of depth.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Nice carbonation, medium bodied and very, very smooth. Couldn't ask for anything more.

Overall, great stuff! Very drinkable. Though it is high in alcohol, the alcohol doesn't dominate. It is a very complex and inviting. Great digestive. Glad I have another one. (795 characters)

Photo of Rastacouere
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Copper robe, very big head. off-white, extremely long-lasting. ULTRA-SMOOTH. Candy aroma, super complex, sucre d'orge, honey. Alcohol unnoticeable, liquorice. Too many things to say. Taste: creamy candi sugar. Indescribable. Vanilla, hops evident. Slightly bitter. lots of sediment in the glass (delirium tremens) (313 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a cloudy brown color with amber hues around the edges. The head is billowy, rocky and off white in color. The aroma is massive. Dark fruits, butter, more dark fruits, caramel, and then some spices. The taste is of dark fruits and butter, cut with spices and alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lot of carbonation, perhaps a little too much as it masks the flavor a bit. Overall, this is a might fine brew. Very enjoyable. (448 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

04/24/06- Purchased at a B.C. Provincial Liquor Store in Penticton, British Columbia.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle. Not sure how old it is, but assuming at least 3 years as the best by date is set at the end of '06. Don't have a des Rocs glass yet, so poured into my Rochefort chalice.

Appearance- Milk chocolate colored brown pour. Murky with tons of yeast sediment on the bottom of the glass. Full inch plus head with a nice quarter inch remaining to the finish. Very nice lacing streak for this style.

Smell- The first scent I got was an overpowering raisin and prune smell. My only mark against the smell is that it died down somewhat as I was consuming the beer. Good amount of dark fruits and caramel malt.

Taste- I was welcomed by a large chunk of yeast on my first sit. Kinda freaky as I have never swallowed a rather hardend chunk of yeast before in a beer. I won't hold it against the beer though. Still getting a solid prune and fig flavor that overwhelms all other tastes. Nice and sweet, very malty with a nice toffee and caramel mixutre. Alcohol is very nicely hidden.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, creamy, with a medium to lower carbonation level. Lips stick to the glass because of the sugary sweetness. Light warming sensation.

Drinkability- Quite the fine example. Still tasting sugary dark fruits in my mouth. Haven't been able to track down the Brune in California, but have several of the Grand Cru to look forward to. Excellent beer and highly recommended. (1,485 characters)

Photo of rkhaze
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky reddish copper color. Big active spongy tan head. Lots of floating yeast particles.
Aromas of bready malt, brandy, brown sugar, ripe fruits and spices.
There was a mild alcohol note and some yeast.
Taste is like a brandy soaked, dark fruitcake. Toasty malt, raisins, plums, mild tropical fruits and brown sugar. Finished subtly bitter with a light tart yeast flavor, some spice and a bit of wood. The alcohol was well hidden.
Medium bodied with a rich, full and creamy smooth mouthfeel that was lightened nicely by the great carbonation.
Great drinkability for such a rich, high alcohol beer.
Didn't seem as rich or complex as the Grand Cru, but an excellent beer nonetheless. (696 characters)

Photo of SheepNutz
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ahh, my 300th review.

750mL bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep ruby red color with three fingers of head. There are lots of yeast chunks floating around, even on a slow pour into the first glassful. Not much lacing on the glass. The smell is of over-ripe cherries, grapes, and a hint of dates. Sweet and malty, with a touch of alcohol on the end of the nose. The taste has a sweet, slighty tart character, some fruitiness and even a hint of cocoa maybe. No hops to be found, but none needed. The mouthfeel is thick and full, yet light and effervescent at the same time. The drinkability fairs very well for a 9% brew. A unique beer that is a pleasure to drink. (685 characters)

Photo of abru17
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer was wonderful. I found to very drinkable. I picked up on some tartness that was very nice. There were some flavors of dried fruits and molasses. The beer poured a nice dark brown. The aroma was yeasty and fruity. The beer finished very smooth and I will def buy more (275 characters)

Photo of stevoj
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Excellent Belgian strong ale! Dark, opaque brown, with thin beige oil slick head. Aroma is cola, wood, nuts, chocolate and prunes. Taste is dark chocolate , raisins, roast grain and oak barrel. Bitter aftertaste clings to the palate, mouthfeel is perfect for the style, very slick. A masterpiece. (296 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amaretto and orange blossom - this is hardly brown for a beer labeled "brune". Its head is comprised just mostly of an accentuating contour. In typical Abbaye Des Rocs fashion the beer is entirely polluted with coagulated proteins. It is terribly unsightly and even with a careful pouring technique, seemingly unavoidable. Every ABR beer I've had in the last four years has been the exact same story...

I knew it would take a wonderful bouquet to calm me down and disregard the dreadful appearance; fortunately, this does posses such a thing. Citric and dried fruits are wrapped in fresh cut sugar cane and then baked into some sort of caramel centered confection. This has almost every delicious element one could ask for: citrus, spice, toasty malts, nuts, fruit, and enticing sweetness. I don't care what this looks like anymore...

And the taste is further reason not to. Those same characters that greeted me so kindly in the aroma are quick to pounce on the palate, too. It's an unlikely cast of oranges, mandarins as well as nectarines and peach. It's light colour seems to correspond to a cast of mostly light coloured fruits. The taste of honeyed oats, almond brittle and a delicious caramel coffee cake also pamper the taste buds. I wish I could tell you where all this flavour was coming from.

The beer is fairly sweet and also surprisingly citric. It is not overly rich despite a tremendous flavour profile. Neither bitterness nor alcohol ever factor in. This particular sample (already beyond the posted 'best before' date) attests to not only the beer's aging potential but also the silliness of having to post such a thing as legal requirement. I like to know when a beer is made but may I suggest instead a "best after" date?

This is amazing beer, it just isn't amazing looking. Its flavour is so distinctive that it makes the high price tag and off-putting appearance more than worthwhile. It reminds me exactly of a Grand Marnier creme brulee I once had. I can't say enough that this is delicious beer. If Abbaye Des Rocs could get this coagulated protein issue under control then I wouldn't hesitate to call them one of Belgium's best exports. (2,166 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle served in a Chimay chalice.

A: Pours a nice dark amber to brown color. Quite dirty with chunks and yeasts floating around. That's most probably the dirtiest beer I've ever had! Forms a medium head when poured. Good retention and many lacings formed and left

S: Brown bread and Belgium yeasts. Toffee and caramel. Fruity and spicy too. Notes of black pepper and vanilla

T: Complex. Balanced sweet-bitterness. Mix of Belgium yeasts, roasted malts, brown bread, dark fuits, brown sugar. An authentic Belgian Ale

M: Quite smooth. Unbelievable that this is a 9% ABV. Medium-high carbonation. Very bready aftertaste

O: Very drinkable. Very easidrinking despite of the high ABV. Absolutely great beer. No mistake here (728 characters)

Photo of alexgash
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich, rusty…well, burgundy colored, lightly cloudy body. Puffy, thick, light brown head. Some sediment. Good lacing.
Smells of tangy, yet medicinal fruit. Vinous. Yeasty. Faint sugar sweetness too.
Rich, wheaty malt flavors start off, with building sugary sweetness. Notes of ripened fruit (plums, pears), and spice. Sweetness is tempered by a muted roasty bitterness. Finish is bittersweet, with lasting sweetish fruit tones. Big, thick, velvety mouthfeel. (460 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Mountainous, four finger, light brown head that settles slowly and leaves lots of lace behind. Nice, amber colored body with good clarity but lots of chunks floating in it.

S - Aromas of raisins, plums and dark chocolate. Some fruity esters and a bit of alcohol with cinnamon and yeast spice.

T - Big caramel flavors up front along with some fruitiness from the yeast. Dark grain character comes in next with notes of chocolate, plums, and some surprising, perfumey jasmine flavors. Some spicy hop flavors arise next with a reasonable shot of hop bitterness that slowly transitions into dark malt flavors that ride out the finish with fruit backed notes of chocolate and tobacco.

M - Medium body with moderately high carbonation and a dry finish.

D - Very complex and drinkable. Compares favorably to Rochefort 10. The dark flavors are deep and interesting with some surprisingly bright fruit characteristics. My only complaint is the very large amount of suspended solids in the beer. I was afraid at first that I had gotten a bad bottle, but it is well within date and the excellent flavor and aroma would seem to indicate that it has not been mistreated. (1,165 characters)

Photo of paleoplant
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

serving type: Bottle with cap no cork

appearance: beautiful golden, amber color

smell: wonderful smell; malty with hints of fruit. I can't differentiate but those drinking with me claim hints of banana.

taste: very good taste, but could be stronger maybe more bitter. It has a wonderful flavor but just needs a little more punch.

mouthfeel: feels wonderful in the mouth; just the right carbonation.

drinkability: good (432 characters)

Photo of bulletrain76
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

33cl bottle at de wildeman, Amsterdam, 11-30-07. Dark brown with a big off-white head. Very refreshing aroma with some tart green apples, citrus, chocolate, and lots of spicy and doughy yeast. The flavor is perfectly middle of the road sweet for a belgian ale, some banana, very yeasty and spicy. Finishes with a lot of hops for the style, and they perfectly balance it out. Palate is very silky, without being to thick and sticky. Bomb. I love it. Probably should have bought a bottle to take home... :( (504 characters)

Photo of swamiswamu
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty tasty. I think this is a great beer to introduce to wine drinkers. The bottle says burgundy ale and they mean it. The aroma is strong in malt, esters and especially fruity. The flavor comes on like a great bordeaux. It is just huge and fruity. There are hints of grapes, apricot, apple and some pepper. The 750 is pretty easy to polish off. Cheers. (355 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a dark brown beer with a huge foamy head with good retention. Incredible amount of yeast is contained at the bottom of the glasses and I decided to pour those in my glass. Aroma of roastiness mix with some nice fresh sweet fruit (Apricot/peach) creates quite an incredible combination. Taste is quite complex as it start with some sweet flavour and then roastiness come aboard and ends with a subtle bitterness coming straight from the hops. Wow! Almost up there with the Rochefort/Westy 8. (505 characters)

Photo of importguy
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber colour that pours with a small head and a little lace. Smells sweet with almost a honey feel.

First drink I was instantly hit with the spicey flavour with a touch of sweatness. My first thoughts are cinamon and then caramel. Leaves with a nice smooth finish creamy malty flavour. In my limited beer experience this is the best beer I have tasted. All the flavour complimented and enhanced this beer to be a most enjoayble drinking experience. (456 characters)

Abbaye Des Rocs [Brasserie Des Rocs Brune] from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
94 out of 100 based on 312 ratings.