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Abbaye Des Rocs Grand Cru Belgian Special Brown - Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.

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BA SCORE
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676 Ratings
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Ratings: 676
Reviews: 507
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 37
Gots: 31 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: jdhilt on 10-08-2005

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Photo of flagmantho
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich, dark, cloudy brown with a finger of creamy tan head. Quite nice.

Smell: sweetish but subtle; there's a good chocolate aroma right at first, with a very light grainy element and some alcoholic fruitiness. There's a little dusty tobacco thrown in to boot; it's very nice indeed.

Taste: interestingly fruity; in addition to subtler dark fruits of date, fig and that ever-present tobacco, there's something oddly bananalike here too, although not in a hefeweizen kind of way. The sweetness and fruitiness are very good, but there's something here that just a little bit off to me.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a silky smooth feel and a great creaminess. Wonderful.

Overall: I can't put my finger on why this beer is so weird to me. I like it a good deal, but I wouldn't say I love it. It's still a beer absolutely worth trying, however, perhaps especially for its weirdness.

Photo of kwkdmk
3.79/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pjs234
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mmapes
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Allowed bottle to warm out of the fridge for about an hour. Pours cola-brown with a big foamy tan head.

Smells apple-y, grassy, sweet, maybe a little citrus...

First impression: Medium body. Tastes grassy/earthy, woody?, sweet. Dark fruit like figs or prunes. Has a well-worn flavor - earthy/leathery. Reminds me a bit of Westvleteren. Medium acidity leaves a thinner lingering high-note finish.

Photo of chinchill
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Large bottle from the back of my beer fridge served with the New Years' Day bowl games. Bottle is dated stamped Oct. 2014. Initially served at about 48-50F but improved with warming.

Body is a deep reddish-brown, more or less clear excepting a large amount of suspended particles, some of which are rather large. The suspended particles really detract from the appearance, but i have previously encountered excellent Belgian beers with this trait. The particles had no detectable effect on mouthfeel.

Aroma: excellent; rich, fruity and complex. Changed with warming.

Flavor: a harmonious blend of a multitude of flavors, including dates, raisins, dark bread, roast nuts, toffee and dried cherries. Some chocolate and darker malts in the finish. Excellent bitter-sweet balance.

Feel: medium-full body with light carbonation.

Photo of schoolboy
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I thought this wasn't going to be anywhere near this good. What a nice surprise. It's about two years old, a nifty brownish red color and it goes "snap, crackle, pop." Well, it makes sound anyway.

The cool popping foam makes for a great aromatic experience. There is a lot of that foam and it keeps on coming. This was a big, corked bottle. It sounds like some people purchased smaller bottles and they weren't this good. The taste is not too anything (yeasty, sweet, etc., and these aren't hoppy) - just right. The aftertaste similarly won't let you forget what you are drinking yet it won't haunt you like cheap booze.

Overall, this is a great choice for the style, and if I can find them pre-aged like this I will buy more.

Photo of hotsudge
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of target88
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Zekenyce
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of a77cj7
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of cj8311
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Wajohnst
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of cjgiant
3.4/5  rDev -19.2%

Bottle best before January 2016 (old?), listed as 9.5%:
Beer poured a medium brown, and as I was mid pour, I started seeing chunks of sediment (presumably yeast) flying into my glass. The yeast was suspended in the beer, not settled to the bottom (I don't think I shook the bottles any more than usual). Anyhow, this made the beer very cloudy as the yeast remained in suspension. I got a bit of head on the beer with the initial pour before I slowed it with the sediment. The head did not sustain.

The nose is light caramel or toffee, date, maybe hints of cinnamon and raisin. The taste is similar, a bit more sweet, like sugar in the raw, and a bit more like raisin than date. The taste is smooth, but overall the feel is fairly disappointing. The beer feels mostly flat and is a bit watery light, with the flavors coming at the front, and fading fairly quickly.

Disappointing beer overall, and I can only hope this is not a representative bottle. I have a couple more, so I will update my review if the others change my mind.

Follow up beer: had the same ugly presentation:, and the nose was about the same. The feel definitely improved as this bottle had some decent carbonation. Upped review from 3.3 to 3.4, still think I got a less-than ideal 4-pack, though.

Photo of bigtunk
4.8/5  rDev +14%

Photo of swgwilt
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of lmaduells
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of Petegrieco
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Hazy
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of dar482
4.25/5  rDev +1%

The beer comes in a clear light amber color.

The aroma offers fruity esters from the yeast and sugary and caramel sweetness.

The flavor follows with that sweetness in the front. Lots of syrupy and caramel sweetness. Fruity esters come through of ripe banana and apricot.

A clean drinking brew that does not tastes of its ABV. This is an interesting Belgian brew that tastes towards a sweet English barleywine.

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$ 4.29/11.2 oz bottle at Vintage Estates, Boardman, OH
Bottle BB 6/8/13 at 50 degrees into snifter
Aroma very sweet, brown sugar
Head initially very fizzy, light brown, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm layer, much sediment
Lacing poor – rare small island of tiny bubbles
Body dark reddish brown, loaded with small particles
Flavor very sweet, dates and figs; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, syrupy, soft carbonation

Appearance 3, Aroma 4.25, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4, Overall 3.9375

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Abbaye Des Rocs Grand Cru Belgian Special Brown from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
94 out of 100 based on 676 ratings.