1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Abbaye Des Rocs [Brasserie Des Rocs Brune]Abbaye Des Rocs [Brasserie Des Rocs Brune]

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

396 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 396
Reviews: 302
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 55
Gots: 12 | 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)
View: Beers (8) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 396 | Reviews: 302 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of SheepNutz
SheepNutz

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2004 01:49:21 | More by SheepNutz
Photo of abru17
abru17

Pennsylvania

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

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2007 21:21:15 | More by abru17
Photo of danielharper
danielharper

Michigan

4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2006 21:07:10 | More by danielharper
Photo of Rastacouere
Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
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)

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2003 17:16:06 | More by Rastacouere
Photo of KarlHungus
KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2006 22:36:14 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of eduardolinhalis
eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

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

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2010 20:31:11 | More by eduardolinhalis
Photo of alexgash
alexgash

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2004 22:18:07 | More by alexgash
Photo of bulletrain76
bulletrain76

California

4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
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... :(

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 23:48:39 | More by bulletrain76
Photo of jisak74
jisak74


4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-21-2012 10:44:12 | More by jisak74
Photo of chickenm
chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

06-18-2012 01:26:47 | More by chickenm
Photo of MrVonzipper
MrVonzipper

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-16-2012 17:36:21 | More by MrVonzipper
Photo of swamiswamu
swamiswamu

Indiana

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2005 02:14:00 | More by swamiswamu
Photo of maleman
maleman

Mississippi

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thick, opaque brown with a khaki colored two-finger head that receded into a one-finger head with visible sediment. Thick lacing.

S - Very malty. Could detect a good bit of alcohol in the smell.

T - Very tasty! The smell of alcohol belied the taste as it is almost non-existent. I sensed a good bit of caramel.

M - medium-bodied, smooth with very little aftertaste.

D - although I'm not in an area where this beer is readily available I will be keeping an eye out for it. Where I see it...I'll certainly buy it!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 23:54:25 | More by maleman
Photo of theminutemen
theminutemen

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

05-20-2012 02:54:23 | More by theminutemen
Photo of Phyl21ca
Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2004 15:04:14 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of importguy
importguy

British Columbia (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2003 09:50:31 | More by importguy
Photo of paleoplant
paleoplant

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2007 00:39:04 | More by paleoplant
Photo of mfgreene
mfgreene

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-22-2013 00:53:12 | More by mfgreene
Photo of ManekiNeko
ManekiNeko

Virginia

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

33 cL bottle served chilled in a Trois Pistoles goblet and allowed to warm up as the beer was savored.

Appearance: Murky reddish brown topped by a large and substantially thick beige head. Things settle down in good order, but there's a thin layer of bubbles left to produce some small amounts of lace. I was expecting more, having had some impressive lacing from other beers this brewery makes.

Smell: Very malty and complex nose. Ginger, malty sugars, cherries, whiffs of bergamot, and raisins. Wowing, but not as leave-you-incredulous as their Grand Cru.

Taste: Sweet, but not cloying, overall. Ginger, pepper, and cinnamon notes. Caramel malt and candi sugar flavors. A slightly jarring herby aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Lusciously smooth and medium bodied. This is 9% ABV?!

Drinkability: This is a really great beer and quite the bargain, but I must say I prefer the AdR Grand Cru to this. I'd never turn one of these down, though... Ever.

Other: Make sure you drink most of this at cellar temperature. The flavors blend together so much better.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2003 01:45:43 | More by ManekiNeko
Photo of OriolesFan1008
OriolesFan1008

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

08-11-2012 16:12:07 | More by OriolesFan1008
Photo of IchLiebeBier
IchLiebeBier

Virginia

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

Appearance: Chestnut; cloudy; small head

Aroma: Vinous fruit; spicy; malty

Taste: Fruit; coriander; very complex and well-balanced; outstanding beer

Remarks: This is one of the best ones I've had so far; bought in Le Village de Biere beer shop in Strasbourg, France

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 01:07:46 | More by IchLiebeBier
Photo of beveragecaptain
beveragecaptain

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml capped bottle. This beer pours out a dark brown color with a huge amount of suspended white chunks. The beer is topped with a gigantic head. Delicious smelling aroma of caramel, licorice, dark fruit, and ginger. The flavor is equally enticing - malty, sweet, and spicy. The malt gives this beer a tasty caramel flavor. Yeast provides, I assume, the fruit and spiciness. There is no noticable hop flavor. The mouthfeel is thick, as most of the beers from this brewery are. The flavor is never cloying. I purchased this beer at Discount Liquor in Milwaukee for $5.99. It's a great deal.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2006 03:39:34 | More by beveragecaptain
Photo of kjkinsey
kjkinsey

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

12-06-2011 18:03:22 | More by kjkinsey
Photo of beerpadawan
beerpadawan

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

08-27-2012 18:35:00 | More by beerpadawan
Photo of Wasatch
Wasatch

Utah

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

Thanks Oxymoron

750ml Bottle/Foiled

Pours a clean/clear amber color, nice carbonation, very nice two finger creamy tan head, very nice islands and sticky lacing throughtout the drink. The nose is very nice of malts, grapes, figs, prunes, yeast and caramel. The taste is also delicious of sweet malts, grapes, figs, prunes, with a nice caramel undertone, the ABV is hidden very well. Medium body, a well rounded/complex brew. Very drinkable, an absolutely delicious brew, highly rocommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2007 03:19:47 | More by Wasatch
Abbaye Des Rocs [Brasserie Des Rocs Brune] from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
94 out of 100 based on 396 ratings.