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

Abbaye Des Rocs Grand Cru Belgian Special BrownAbbaye Des Rocs Grand Cru Belgian Special Brown

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626 Ratings
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Ratings: 626
Reviews: 496
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%


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: jdhilt on 10-08-2005)
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Neorebel

New Jersey

4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice chestnut color as it pours into my goblet - much like the Abbaye Des Rocs Tripel. This beer too has a lot of sediment, chunks even. Little to no head. I'm going to be a bit more harsh this time - taking a few points off for those last two. Aroma is sweet and tart. The sour apple, pear, plum, brown sugar, chocolate malt, and fig flavors are very pleasant. Flavor - Very interesting and not quite what I expected - I am getting much more of a baker's chocolate and malt character coming forward rather than the fruity phenols that dominated the aroma. Still, the enhance the flavor and make it subtly more complex. After letting the cold temperature come down a little, I can pick up a more distinct raisin as the beer touches my palate, dark chocolate, and the pear/sour apple fruit flavors are soft and in the finish, along with a little spice. Medium bodied - not too chewy or watery - just right. There is no warning in the flavor regarding the alcohol strength. This beer is an absolute joy to imbibe. A+

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 01:58:46 | More by Neorebel
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

04-13-2014 20:46:57 | More by djrn2
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patre_tim

China

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark brown with an amber tinge, tons of beige floaties on the bottom of the glass, a finger of creamy cappuccino beige head, lots of fine bubbles.

S: Brown sugar, molasses, coffee, whipped cream, dates and figs, vanilla, smells like dessert!

T: Brown sugar, bourbon barrel oak qualities though I don’t know if this one has been in barrels, dark raw brown sugar, still moderately sweet, dates, figs. Really hides the alcohol!

M: Medium syrupy body, medium low foamy carbonation.

O: Bought this in Canada a year ago, been cellaring in China. Heard it was sweet, so wanted to let it mature a little.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 14:05:06 | More by patre_tim
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JulioH

Florida

4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great foamy ale. Serving developed a large head, and it remained there for some time.
Scent was very sweet, with dried fruits, and molasses. Tasting revealed a very, very sweet beer. Mouth feel was a bit thin, I expected this beer to be syrupy since the nose was so sweet, but on the contrary it was well balanced. Could drink more than one pour.
When opening, this beer gushed out a bit. My hand was very sticky. Also, this beer had some sediment that looked like cinnamon or nutmeg.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 22:36:49 | More by JulioH
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CrusherMKT

Spain

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

02-25-2014 20:13:15 | More by CrusherMKT
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Marius

Romania

4/5  rDev -5.2%

02-18-2014 20:38:39 | More by Marius
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Pegasus

Texas

3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy deep mahogany brown, with a small tan head, which quickly fades away. Thin fine-beaded lacing coats the glass walls.

Aroma: Sweet vinous alcohol and dark fruit dominate the aroma. The aroma is profound and almost brandy-like.

Taste: Opens with toasted grains hebal hops, and moderate sweet alcohol. As the taste progresses, moderate herbal hops asset themselves. Later in the taste, dark fruits appear, in particular, figs. Late in the taste, there is also a faint wave of vanilla and wood. Finishes with a long, lingering, but mild hop presence, and sweet alcohol.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, full, and very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Very nice, a worthy effort.

Presentation: Packaged in an eleven point two ounce Euro-style brown glass long-neck bottle, served in a New Belgium chalice.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 16:45:43 | More by Pegasus
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ChuckS

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

12-14-2013 13:26:08 | More by ChuckS
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humulusphile

California

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

12-11-2013 09:42:11 | More by humulusphile
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JamieDuncan

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

12-10-2013 06:45:54 | More by JamieDuncan
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5.2%

12-08-2013 08:46:40 | More by schopenhauerale
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desint

Belgium

4/5  rDev -5.2%

12-07-2013 22:33:43 | More by desint
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Corey17

New York

4/5  rDev -5.2%

12-07-2013 00:26:18 | More by Corey17
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PalatePilot

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

12-02-2013 21:48:42 | More by PalatePilot
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tommy5

Michigan

4/5  rDev -5.2%

11-29-2013 00:40:36 | More by tommy5
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LCBOdave

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

11-25-2013 02:33:54 | More by LCBOdave
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dbaker61

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

11-23-2013 14:32:25 | More by dbaker61
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pipinmalikonj

Croatia (Hrvatska)

5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-20-2013 21:41:56 | More by pipinmalikonj
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Hypersomnia

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

11-14-2013 23:01:31 | More by Hypersomnia
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brandonld23

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.2%

11-01-2013 00:53:24 | More by brandonld23
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dcmchew

Romania

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

10-24-2013 17:17:37 | More by dcmchew
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jpro

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle from JI Pig (50% off sale)...

A: Pours a light, tawny copper; a bit cloudy.

S: Light sweetness and bready.

T: Again, bready; a cornucopia of Belgian spice / yeast aromas accompany.

M: A little thinner than expected.

O: Not bad; quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 04:42:05 | More by jpro
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AnitaBrewski

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +18.5%

10-14-2013 01:56:03 | More by AnitaBrewski
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.2%

10-06-2013 14:26:44 | More by ummswimmin
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ChipMurray

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

10-06-2013 01:49:50 | More by ChipMurray
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Abbaye Des Rocs Grand Cru Belgian Special Brown from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
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