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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

406 Ratings
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Ratings: 406
Reviews: 303
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 57
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-13-2002)
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Photo of Px2GrafX
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Px2GrafX, Oct 15, 2005
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.

atigerlife, Nov 09, 2006
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.

GClarkage, Apr 24, 2006
Photo of number1bum
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

number1bum, Jun 18, 2007
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.

rkhaze, Jul 04, 2004
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.

SheepNutz, Jul 20, 2004
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

abru17, Apr 04, 2007
Photo of danielharper
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.

danielharper, Jan 08, 2006
Photo of Rastacouere
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)

Rastacouere, Dec 07, 2003
Photo of KarlHungus
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.

KarlHungus, Jan 08, 2006
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

eduardolinhalis, Jan 28, 2010
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.

alexgash, Oct 31, 2004
Photo of bulletrain76
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... :(

bulletrain76, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of jisak74
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

jisak74, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of chickenm
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

chickenm, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of MrVonzipper
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

MrVonzipper, Feb 16, 2012
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.

swamiswamu, Feb 12, 2005
Photo of maleman
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!

maleman, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of theminutemen
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

theminutemen, May 20, 2012
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.

Phyl21ca, Jul 12, 2004
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.

importguy, May 05, 2003
Photo of paleoplant
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

paleoplant, Apr 10, 2007
Photo of mfgreene
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

mfgreene, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of ManekiNeko
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.

ManekiNeko, Nov 18, 2003
Photo of OriolesFan1008
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

OriolesFan1008, Aug 11, 2012
Abbaye Des Rocs [Brasserie Des Rocs Brune] from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
94 out of 100 based on 406 ratings.