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

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Ratings: 650
Reviews: 500
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 34
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: jdhilt on 10-08-2005)
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Photo of drjay44
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

25.4 bottle. Served at the correct temperature, but unfortunately, exploded out of the bottle, and some of the precious liquids were lost. Thin creamy light head, with minimal duration, no lacing, over a cloudy, yeast chunked body (it reminded me of some of the stages one sees in waste water treatment plants- when floculation occurs)....nose is very complex, malty, yeasty, phenolic, licorice, cherry and other fruits...tastes are spicy, malty and fruit with cherry dominating the latter, a sweet malt finish. Mouthfeel quite good. This reminded me of Ommegang's "Three Philosophers" with added refinement.

drjay44, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of aforbes10
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

review from notes about a month ago....red and cloudy with floaty sediment. nice white head. great fruity clove odor. oh man, oh man...mmmm....smooth with delicious cloves and red fruits (plums?). soft malt and slightly sweet. alcohol not hiding very well. a good one.

aforbes10, Oct 24, 2006
Photo of truthbrew
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on-tap at the Blue Nile (3/30/04).

Muddy brown color with fluffy, thick tan head. The keg at the Blue Nile was just transported and the beer was quite cloudy. Aroma was minimal but good, malty sweetness was evident. Excellent carbonation level, felt like millions of very small bubbles, not sharp at all. Reminded me of cask conditioned carbonation, though more of it. For a 10%ABV, a very easy to drink and well balanced beer.

Very cool having this beer on-tap, thanks to FeloniousMonk for getting a keg of this for the Nile.

truthbrew, Apr 05, 2004
Photo of HogHill
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 purchased at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo NY. Best by date is 2007. Drank on a dreary, rainy night in June.

This one poured into my St. Bernardus chalice a reddish brown with a two finger tan colored head. Small bits of yeast slowly settle to the bottom of the glass.

Smell: dark malt along with some medicinal aromas and toffee.

Taste: Major malt backbone here provides sweet flavors of toffee and a little bit of caramel. Dark fruits like figs and prunes supplement that the taste along with some belgian dark candy sugar. Some black pepper on the finish, very rich and complex!

Mouthfeel: is medium bodied,with a awesome creamy feel despite modest carbonation.

Drinkability: well at 10% ABV (though the alcohol is more subtle) and being packaged in a 750, you've got your work cut out for you, much more enjoyable with dinner. That, or get a buddy and split this monster masterpiece.

Overall: I really enjoyed this Grand Cru it's a top notch dark strong ale for sure. I look forward trying more from the brewery, the Imperial Triple is next.

HogHill, Jun 17, 2005
Photo of Billolick
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle, with cap and cork, no freshness dating. Pours dark garnet,brown. Poured with a gassy release, lifted a large and rocky tan head, which slowly morphed to a blotchy film. Leaves some thick, stringy lacing. Yeasty chunks abound. Nose is rum raisins, murky funk and sweat malts. multilayered, complex flavors and sensations on the tongue. Obvious and unrelenting waves of interest and intrigue. World class sipper. Dangerously drinkable. Seek out this nectar and enjoy.

Billolick, Nov 19, 2004
Photo of weeare138
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Ortino's Northside...
Appears a a caramel toned dark amber with a small, off white head that quickly fizzles out into a thin collar. Only tiny spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is heavenly of brown sugar, ripened dark fruit, melted caramel, raisins, doughy yeast, vanilla, and perhaps a touch of coriander.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a gentle amount of roasted grain complimenting the sugary flavors with a light citrus hop flowing along.
Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, sugary, fruity, and semi-dry in the finish. Carbonation is well done and gentle enough to let all the flavors and textures flow evenly.

weeare138, Nov 25, 2006
Photo of Doppel07
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ruby-brown body with substantial carbonation and a soft spumous buffy head. Sweet aroma of vanilla, rum, bubble gum, cherries, caramel malt, yeast, candy sugar, maple, flowers, and wet grass. Wow. Basically I can smell most things that I can think of here. Big malty flavor but less sweet than expected. Has some leathery bitterness and a turpentine quality that reminds me of Orval. Freaking delicious. Nice long finish. Smooth, round body. I'm a sucker for a great Belgian Strong Ale.

Doppel07, Sep 09, 2004
Photo of jdhilt
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a five-fingered cream frothy head that fades slowly and leaves a little lace. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Cloudy brown color with a lot of chunky bits settling to bottom of glass. Nose is a sweet malt. Starts malty and smooth; finishes on the sweet side with a hint of alcohol. 750ml bottle from Vintage Cellar Blackburg, Va.
This is a Belgian Brown but that choice is not listed in styles.

jdhilt, Oct 09, 2005
Photo of SheepNutz
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep ruby red color with four fingers of off-white foam. There is lots and lots of lacing, which is something you don't see out of too many high alcohol brews. The smell has lots of sweet plum, cherry, and red grape mixed with a subtle but solid alcohol aroma. The taste has lots of malt and sweetness, more of those fruit flavors coming through. The different tastes are very layered, and come together very nice in the finish with just a splash of ethanol. The mouthfeel is thick and strong, yet smooth as silk. The drinkability lacks some due to the 10% coming through, but who cares? This is a brew I could sip on for hours!

SheepNutz, Jul 29, 2004
Photo of Overlord
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Are we sure this beer has been retired? I just found a few out and about.

In any event, pours a hazy dark orange. Crazy amount of sediment, I mean there are gobs of stuff in here. No real head, just a thin white crust.

Smell is solid and appealing, with hints of fruit and a deep bread-y aroma. Taste is sublime. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, this is lavished with apricots, apple ... citrus of too many types to name (with a lemon zest), and some sort of malty tropical backbone that's reminiscent of guavas and mangoes.

Overlord, Nov 30, 2007
Photo of mwa423
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep brown color with two fingers of head and tons of floating yeast, as in, giant floaties.

S - Very complex aroma, lots of dried fruit, some belgian yeast, brown sugar, and I feel like there is more and my palate can't find them now.

T - Very complex (and excellent) flavor. Strong nutty flavor with some sweet malt flavors, followed by Belgian yeast and so many other flavors I can't quite detect.

M/D - Mouthfeel is a bit rough, only because the large clumps of yeast. This is reasonably drinkable, the complex flavor makes this a sipper and not a fast drinker.

mwa423, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of dave750
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a wide mouth goblet from a 750ml. bottle. A dark red brown color topped by a tall thick head that takes it's time dissipating. A very sharp citrusy hop and sweet malt aroma is immediatly apparent.
A bold roasted, caramel malt initial taste is replaced by a toffee flavor at midtaste and remains to the end. Grain and menthol influences blend in and out throughout the taste. A nice alcohol warmth emerges as the flavor fades. A complex flavor overall, is enhanced by exceptional carbonation. A very drinkable brew.

dave750, Jul 19, 2004
Photo of Dogbrick
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at From The Vine beer tasting Jan 14th, 2005: Hazy amber with a thick and foamy beige head. Decent lacing. The aroma is sweet with malt, yeast and melon. Full-bodied, creamy and satisfying with a complex array of flavors from ginger, caramel and malt to fruit and even chocolate. I was blown away by how flavorful even a small glass of this was. The finish is sweet and lingering with roasted malt and spices (cinnamon, figs). Outstanding Belgian!

Dogbrick, Jan 17, 2005
Photo of mynie
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tight head, redbrown copper brown. An old penny, before it turns green. Head dies away but lacing remains.

Strong alcohol in the nose. Very strong and warm with lines floating on top of it, it's so potent. Melts glass like candy, brown sugar, white pepper, green banana.

Wonderfully smooth flavor is mix of sweet fruit and sugar, sour alcohol, and warm spices. Distinct stages of flavor flowing seamlessly like a jazz band or high-end vinyl siding.

Nearly perfect synergy makes it exceptionally drinkable and smooth in spite of its high alcohol content. Great beer.

mynie, Nov 30, 2005
Photo of ssmack
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle in large wine.

Dark, dark brown with amber highlights. Poured half inch head that quickly dropped to a slick. Long streams of bubbles and floating yeast debris.

A very fruity aroma. Prunes and ripe peaches. Some yeasty, bready aromas too.

The same fruits in the taste along with cherry. Background taste of pound cake. There is bit of grassy bitterness in the back of the mouth.

A rich, chewy feel with a slight nip.

A great example of a Belgium dark ale with all the characteristics. A real treat!

ssmack, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of beerhunter13
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

beerhunter13, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of DanInTheCan
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

DanInTheCan, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of bonbini26
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

bonbini26, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of gtermi
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

gtermi, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of maybrick
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color, Balance, Nose, and taste. this has it all. I was reminded of eating cotton candy. You know how you get the big sugar taste all to have it disappear? This is what this beer reminded me of.

Definetly big alcohol content. As it warms, the nose and and the taste intensify. The brew is very bright yet has a lot of yeast in the bottom of the bottle. One of the most remarkable Grand Cru's I've ever had.

Cheers! - Maybrick

maybrick, Nov 17, 2003
Photo of paleoplant
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

paleoplant, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of liamt07
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

liamt07, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of JamieDuncan
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

JamieDuncan, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of bgibbard
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

bgibbard, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of moulefrite
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brownish ruby in color with a nose that screams: "I'm the finest chocolate covered cherry you'll ever come across." Not alot of head or lace retention though, but the taste is knock out! Again, chocolate covered cherries. Gobs of kirsch liquor, bitter chocolate-the good stuff, and throw in a freshly laundered horse blanket to keep this one honest! A rather fruit driven offering with delicious malt flavors and a very fine velvety texture. This sucker goes down easy and gets tastier as it goes down. As the beer finishes it displays a hot buttered rhum like profile. Good heat, slick texture and a hint of spice. If this don't warm ya up, I don't know what will.

moulefrite, Nov 09, 2003
Abbaye Des Rocs Grand Cru Belgian Special Brown from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
94 out of 100 based on 650 ratings.