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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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BA SCORE
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626 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Mahaffey's the other night.

This beer pours a very lovely light orange brown color, with decent head and lacing. On the nose I got very little, just a trace of Belgium spice. On the palate this beer was just delicious. The beer was not heavy at all, and quite reminded me of a beer version of sweet milk chocolate, interlaced with Belgium funkiness and spice. Aboslutely delicious. Considering the abv., this beer is remarkably light and drinkable, probably dangerously so. I never would have guessed this was a 10% abv., at least until I walked out of Mahaffey's. (then I certainly noticed it). The beer finishes with a very good sweet finish.

Granted, this beer is a bit simple and a bit more complexity would be nice, but for all that it was a very nice beer to sip on.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2007 13:15:34 | More by johnmichaelsen
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a chunky ruby red/brown, medium off white head, lots of sticky lace. Smell is sweet, molasses/caramel, orange, spice, alcohol, chocolate/coffee, yeast, and cherries. Taste is molasses/brown sugar, apple/pear, cherry, yeast, chocolate, caramel and orange. Mouthfeel is smooth, medium to high bodied, medium carbonation, lives up to reputation. Thanks DrJay!

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2005 21:39:35 | More by Viggo
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Perfectly clear scarlet red hue. Nice sized dollop of beige foam on top. Retention is excellent as is the lacing.

Aroma: Mildly doughy, slightly pepper, estery from the yeast tones, sweet and candy-like, and a little musty.

Taste: Flavors speak of subtlety in a big way. Light doughy and bready malts. Sprinkles of brown sugar. Raisin and plums come to mind. Slight pepper. And a little EtOH.

Mouthfeel: Quite spritzy and carbonated. Not gassy though. Body is about light-medium.

Drinkability: For a beer this size, there's not much hint of alcohol. But the flavor doesn't just blow me away. It's solid, but nothing spectacular. Which means that this is a beer I'd return to, but not in a much anticipated, overly enthusiastic way.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2004 03:59:24 | More by Bighuge
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a light cranberry red with a soft pillowy light beige head that was fully lasting. There were some large chunks of yeast floaties suspended in the body.

S: fruity, dried cherries with a soft roasted malting.

T: The initial flavor was malty with a very soft roasted chocolate notes along with a big fruitiness (fresh cherries, cranberries). The was a touch of sour maltiness in the finish, with the body being a little lighter then expected. The alcohol is extremely well hidden for its 9.5% abv and drinks like a dream.

M: light with some tart berries and maly lacing on the tongue.

D: Overall a soft roasted malt palate and fruitiness from the yeast makes for a standout beer by style.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2008 13:39:17 | More by beerthulhu
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep ruby/brown, fairly clear from the initial pour, but with lots of tiny, suspended yeast particles. Fine, light tan head with decent lacing and good retention. Mild aroma with some bread, apple, and chocolate. Malty, but subdued. Moderate malt character with chocolate and orange, and slight raisin. There's a nice breadiness and apple flavour that runs throughout, and it finishes with lingering fruit and mild chocolate. Fine carbonation and a silky texture. An excellent beer, complex without being overpowering, and the alcohol is completely hidden.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2005 02:50:47 | More by DrJay
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Gusler

Arizona

4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The pour a clear deep garnet, the head pythonic in size, frothy, long lasting, the lace in lusty sheets that last till the last drop is wringed from the bottom of the glass. Nose has a nice sweet malt aroma along with hints of over ripe plums, earthy, exceptionally "Sniffable". Front is engagingly sweet, the top light, the finish is forcefully acidic, cleverly hopped, the aftertaste droughty. A great beer, that deserves a try, the high ABV, not really noticeable, but the 25.4 ounces in a setting can be a bit overwhelming!

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2002 16:52:35 | More by Gusler
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smakawhat

Maryland

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass at Smoke & Barrel DC, for the DC bottle share. Thanks to 1up for bringing the bottle. From notes.

Pours a faint red amber, there's a little bit of floaties sometimes, but a good and creamy tan head forms and leaves a nice collar.

Classic Belgian yeast with just a nice amount of candi sugar. Very mild presence and hints of caramel like toffee mix nicely. Pretty solid.

Palate is straightforward from the nose, but has a simple caramel coating action that isn't overpowering with a little bit of brown spice kick. Malt backbone continues to let the palate explore the sweetness, with some degree of fruit. Good feel without getting out of control or overly sticky or sweet.

A solid straightforward Belgian Dark that I could get into which is a rarity for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 22:52:16 | More by smakawhat
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superspak

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, best before 4/5/2013. Pours very cloudy deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger foamy cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with plenty of carbonation streaming up retaining the head. Aromas of big raisin, fig, apple, pear, prune, fig, caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, dark bread, light chocolate, clove, pepper, and earthy yeast esters Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy esters and malty notes. Taste of raisin, apple, pear, prune, fig, caramel, toast, molasses, toffee, pepper, dark bread, light chocolate, clove, and earthy yeast esters. Lingering notes of light and dark fruits, caramel, pepper, molasses, toast, toffee, dark bread, floral, light chocolate, clove, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of fruity, peppery, and dark malt flavors; with zero cloying sweetness present on the finish. Medium-high carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy, fairly slick, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Very smooth to sip on for 9.5%. Overall this is an absolutely incredible Belgian strong dark ale! Big complexity and balance and fruity, malty, and spicy flavors; and extremely smooth to sip on the for the strength. An extremely delicious offering.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 04:33:31 | More by superspak
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Actually reviewed on 12-09-2005, but put under the wrong label (The old 10% Grand Cru).

This one's labelled Brasserie des Rocs Grand Cru (Belgian special brown ale), 9.5%. Best before AP 18, 2007. I think it's really more of a Flanders Brown.

A: Redish brown, nice off-white head. Some retention, very nice lace.

S: Winey, raisins, prunes, bready malt.

T: Raisins, prunes (that Belgian Special B flavour), bready malt. No hop flavour. Nice sweet/tart balance. A little chocolate & cherry in the aftertaste. Alcohol is warming, but not abrasive. VERY well rounded.

M: Moderate body, slightly creamy, moderately high carbonation.

D: Awesome, but certainly not a serious session beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2006 17:54:21 | More by Derek
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ccrida

Oregon

4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Popping a cap on my 750 ml (best before 08, with "I 601" written below - beermail me if you know what that means!), the foams starts gushing over the edge requiring a quick pour - luckily I had my glass on hand, the tulip shaped tasting glass from Michael Jackson's set, which I'm really warming up too...anyways, the Grand Cru has a firm, 1/2 glass tall head, that is light tan with tons of tight, small bubbles. It was slow to subside and left lots of thick, bubbly, foamy lace. The color is a dark, slightly cloudy garnet with tons of gelatinous looking yeast in suspension.
The aroma is really nice, lots of grape and cinnamon, sweet and boozy, but not as robust as I would have liked.
The taste is really nice, wow! I love it. More grape, honey, caramel malt, vanilla, yeasty and vinous, with more depth and less sweet then the nose. The finish is a bit bitter with a warm, but not hot taste of alcohol. Also, a slighty, woody taste but not oak, more like what I would imagine a sherry barrel aged would taste like - although i've never had one and have no idea if this was. My first thought was cork, but then I realized that this bottle was capped!
The mouthfeel is nice and light, though not nearly as active as the head would lead you to believe. The suspended yeast are also clearly present, which I could see being a real turn off to some. You can feel them, but they disintegrate against the tongue. I like my beers yeasty, but I'd prefer if it settled out.
The drinkability of this is really high for me, from taste alone. The aftertaste is moderate but fair from obliterating the palate, and the alcohol is easily lost in the shuffle. The light body also really helps. And for those afraid of yeast, all the vitamin B really comes in handy the next day if you overindulge, which is easy to do with as fine a brew as this!
Bottom like, the Gran Cru is just awesome. I've been drinking some great beers lately, but this is really fantastic, right up my alley. The taste reminds me a bit of the new Pelican Grand Cru, which I was lucky enough to taste at a Barelywine and Strong Ales festival last weekend. The irony is that beer is brewed 60 miles from my house and cost twice as much at the grocery store as this Belgian OG - thats right, I grew up listening to ganster rap, bitches!

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2007 03:46:43 | More by ccrida
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Dogbrick

Ohio

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!

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2005 18:20:59 | More by Dogbrick
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First rate pour of light brownish leather settling as a dark caramel brown with a slender reddish tone, dusky thick and opaque with tons of yeasties suspended within the murk. Head grows tall and fast of tannish fluff to a fine velvety smoothness becoming rocky and crusty as it begins to melt down which takes a good amount of time before finally a full haze on top and thickly fluffed collar sticks around the edge. Lacing is in sparitic globbuels.

Aroma is appetizing and soft with spices; delicate and easeful with a sufficient showing of lemon tea cookies and lemon and orange zest with small notes of giniger and cinnamon. Has some notions of dark caramel surfacing from underneath on big wiffs plus some yeast, phenolic, and warm alcoholic notes. More of the yeast and phenols come through as it warms, big time.

Taste is very complex and incerdibly inticing. Whew, what a mouthfull of things going on here. Simply amazing and fine with nothing to overpowering really other then the alcohol hitting fast as it goes down very nicely with a smooth zesty fullness that begins to make your head swoon just after half a glass and there's yet a whole nother serving in that 750ml bottle yet to come, oh boy...a long night ahead. Flavors are quick to enter with sharpening tones of citrus zest from lemon and orange with some light pineapple, white grapes, dulled grapefruit, and sweet mango inscribed within the mix along with small added notes of yeasty spicyness with kinda of a peppery, clove, nutmeg, citrus peel zest thing. Lots of zest! Lots of softened spicyness. And what makes it even more remarkable is there seems to be a very nice dark malty sweetness of toffee/caramel that kinda keeps those spices from getting out of control and too strong. Beautiful medley of flavors that intermingle and dance with each other in perfect harmony. Full bodied feel with a bit of sharpness and yeastyness that takes away just a nudge for me, but not by much. So goes the feel so goes the drinkability, in most cases anyways, and it does with me with this, by just another nudge mainly due to the untraceable alcoholic effect this has and smallish sharp tone of zest and yeast. But damn this is some very good stuff! Thank you very much ManekiNeko!!

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2003 02:17:03 | More by tavernjef
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick consistency. Lots of floaties. There was a half inch of foamy head and virtually no lacing.

S: Not a whole lot of smell here. Some dark fruit and malt, but little else.

T: Tasted of malt, dark fruit (figs, etc.) and a little hops. Not nearly as bold, flavorful or complex as some of its Belgian brethren.

M: A very average amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This one was not my favorite. Not the worst thing ever, but definitely not a winner.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2009 03:29:35 | More by avalon07
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Figured a white wine glass would be good for this one. Pours a murky, boggy red color. This one gushed a little, so there is plenty 'o head.

Notes of white sugar, figs and green grapes. Also get some Belgian yeast funk.

Whoa, this beer is complex...where to start? Definitly get classic Belgian yeast and malt flavors. Carmel with hints of toffee, red apples, rotting tree logs and wheat pasta. The more I have of this, the more I like it.

Very interesting brew. Recommeded trying this beer at least once. A bit pricey. Aging is a near must with this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 05:26:03 | More by twiggamortis420
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.95/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - This one sports a nice dark brown body with a huge, tan head. The head showed amazing retention for such a big ABV ale and left some clingy lacing on the inside of my glass.

Smell - The nose started off with big sherry notes. After wading through that I was rewarding by a grocery store full of fruits. Everything from the dark, heavy guys like prunes and raisins to the light, summary ones like melons and star fruit. The quality malt backbone held things together quite nicely.

Taste - The malts are a bit bigger at the taste. They are brownish and incredibly easy on the palate. The plethora of fruits from the nose make it all the way to the tongue. There's also some light yeasty notes that are just heavenly. We close with some powdery Belgian spicing. Talk about complex!

Mouthfeel - Lots going on in there. There's just enough carbonation to please the tongue, the alcohol stings just a bit, and the sweet cherry taste salivates the mouth. This one is almost chewy in between the cheeks and is definitely full-bodied.

Drinkability - This one went down way too smoothly. I had a Rochefort 10 the other day and the difference in the sense of ABV is amazing. When you can smoke a quality beer like the Rochefort 10 you know you're good.

Comments - I asked my hop head wife, who detests Belgian beers, to give this one a taste. She reiterated that it's not "her style" but then added, "I can still tell that this is a good one, though." You can't hide the quality of this offering.

Update - I did my initial review of this ale less then a month after joining the site so decided to (figuratively) revisit the Abbaye des Rocs for 2004. Having now officially tasted and reviewed over 100 Belgian ales I've really come to recognize how truly remarkable this bottle is.

Update - It's been awhile since I updated this wonderful ale so popped a 2007 in 2008 and decided to compare. It is as great as ever and that collection of fruit flavors is unbelievable.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2003 02:26:16 | More by RoyalT
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle says best before end of 2008. Served in a chalice, the beer pours a brown/ruby red color with about a half inch tan head. It smells like dark fruit, pepper, raisins and caramel. It tastes just like it smells, and it has a nice spicy, peppery finish. Mouthfeel is medium, it's smooth and a bit creamy, and it has a lot of carbonation (but not too much). Drinkability is good, but this is definitely a sipping beer. Overall, I think this is a pretty decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2007 00:29:54 | More by bluejacket74
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First thing I am struck by is a sweet berry noise....strawberries....also some sweet cherries....sweet overripe watermelon....with a small hint of spicy leather....

Pours a burnt orange...nice fluffy tan head...very sweet enjoyable flavors...big on the fruits I mentioned but also some cinamin or ginger coated coffee cake....just a hint of leathery spiciness...finishes with a dash of the ABV....slides down very easy though for the ABV and the alcohol hit on the finish actually compliments the sweeter flavors nicely..

This is a hell of a Grand Cru and a great beer....what I wouldn't do to be a millionaire with a cellar full of about 100 of these on hand at all times...

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2004 04:31:38 | More by ZAP
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle.

Appearance- Poured a nice one finger head swith steady retention and had a solid grip on the inside of the goblet with each sip. Even though this medium brown brew looks like brown shoe leather, you can still see the excellent and neverending lacing.


Smell- What a mix of peppery sweet malts and lilacs of all things. All wrapped around a sweet candied apple with a bubble gum accentuation.

Taste- Starts out with a gebneral apple and licorice sweetness. The lightly cooked malt then starts to make its presence known, but then turns into a sweet black cherry pie. The finish was a crushed black pepper.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth even though teh tongue got a litle grainyness from the yeast sediment.

I always have my doubts about my reaction to the best 100 beers of BA, but the flavor of this beer made things very clear. There is no doubt why this beer is one of the best beers on BA or in the world. This was a very rewarding beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2006 04:14:23 | More by scruffwhor
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TheLongBeachBum

California

5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well strap me to a tree and call me Brenda. There it was – in between the Cantillon and Fantôme - Abbaye des Rocs Grand Cru, a new and very welcome addition to the Wine Country in Long Beach. An old friend, a dear old friend that I had met several times in Belgium, even at his home during a Brewery Visit at Easter 2000 when I stayed in Poperinge. It was just marvelous to see that distinctive bottle again – the first time since I had come to the USA.

Presented in a 750ml green glass wine style bottle. The neck label and crown cap have the Abbaye des Rocs Coat of Arms. The cork was easily extracted, but surprisingly it had no date on it – I am sure previous examples did. The main label has the distinctive AdR generic label, with red writing in this instance. 10% Alc. /Vol. listed, recommended serving temperature 55°F (12.8°C)

Awesome Appearance - Sheer Perfection. It does not get any better than this. A veritable perfectly unbroken sheer smooth velvety tan-beige head sits atop the lucid reddish-brown body. Streamers throughout the beer. Incredible lacing. The use of my Westvleteren Glass is highly warranted.

Beautiful aromas, the winged angelic arms of the beers odors reach out and wrap themselves around your head – they pull you closer like a mother pulls her child into her Bosom. Deeply inhaled this is the nasal elixir of life – the whiffs of rich enticing malts, dark alcohols, fruits and sweet candy lick the edges of your nose invitingly. The Tastes are a marvelous emulsion of rich malts, fruits, herbs and spices – Fuck It ! - I need 10,000 words to describe this beer!!!

A lady of the night, the AdR GC treats you well in the mouth. It immerses your aural cavity in immense pleasure; it licks at your extremities – leaving you with a real buzzed feel. You know it’s so wrong to enjoy this.

It’s 10% and you would never know it. Smooth, silky and lubricated to the max, this goes down oh, so well.

Sheer brilliance – splendid, marvelous, supreme…just fucking brilliant and worth way in excess of the measly $6.99 I paid for it. You want to know what a Belgium Grand Cru is? – look no further than Abbaye des Rocs.

How you can I possibly say this beer can be better?
I tried - Honestly – I did try – but I just can’t!!!

This surely is one of the best Belgium Grand Cru’s.
The hairs on the back of my neck are still standing up!!!

Review #666 - More Beer Vicar?? Vicar !

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2003 07:05:23 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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jrallen34

Illinois

3/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle poured into my Narke tulip...Shiney medium copper, much lighter on the sides. Lots of yeast floaties throughout. A tope head rises about two fingers, then falls quickly to a half finger full cap, decent lacing...The aroma is challenging to say the least, tea, yeast, alcohol, and vomit...The taste again is lots of yeast and iced tea, just not feeling this beer at all. Pass.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 04:00:21 | More by jrallen34
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champ103

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brownish/amber color. At first a creamy beige head rises to over two fingers. The foamy head has great retention. Light lace is left behind.
S: At first, this is very reserved. Though as the beer warms, lots of subtle aromas come out. Dry wood at first, dark fruits, and caramel malts come out. Funky barnyard aromas and some yeast.
T: Very dry with caramel, and some dark fruits linger on. Follows the nose. This becomes much more complex than I thought it would be. As it warms up to room temp, lots of subtle flavors come out. Raisins, plums, cherries, ext. Very nice.
M/D: A full body with medium carbonation. A nice crisp snap up front, but finishes with a good creaminess. A good beer to sip on. I am not having any problems finishing the bottle.

This is a good Belgian strong ale. Something I would highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2009 00:48:32 | More by champ103
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Westveleteren chalice. Murky brown color with thick foamy tan head. The smell reminds me of Gouden Carolus Carolus D'Or a little. Also Nostrodamus.

The taste is syrupy sweet and a little cloying. I can't tell if any hops at all were used. The alcohol shows up in the after-taste but isn't too offensive.

Good stuff but not an everyday beer. Also 11.2oz is just enough. I bought this at Beverage Warehouse in LA for about $4. I wish the small bottles were available here in OH...

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2006 23:32:30 | More by TurdFurgison
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle, presumably fairly fresh.

A: Clear, dark plum-brown body beneath two fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is decent but unremarkable, with light lace. Good, not great.

S: Bright, fresh, and complex. Candied dark fruits are dominant, with raisin and dried cherry standing out on top of specialty malt and some spiciness. Excellent.

T: Follows the nose precisely - complex interplay of malt and yeast, yielding smoothly sweet notes of dried fruit, glazed fruitcake, and faint chocolate. Some light, spicy alcohol on the alcohol is warming but not the least bit overbearing. Delicious.

M: Even after a bunch of swirling it's distinctly overcarbonated, but the bubbles are delicate enough to avoid being prickly. Ok, but not as smooth as I'd like.

O: This is my second beer from this brewery, and both have been incredibly flavorful but markedly too bubbly. I love the frothiness in a BSPA like Duvel, but in a BSDA I'd rather get to enjoy the substance of the rich malts. Minor carbonation nitpick aside, I love this beer.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 00:28:26 | More by woosterbill
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Alieniloquium

Florida

1.65/5  rDev -60.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

330 mL bottle poured into a McChouffe chalice... and then a CCB snifter to catch the overflow. This bottle gushed on me big time. The bottle date has been smudged off.

Appearance - So after the bottle erupted all over my hands and the counter, I could watch the stream of murky brown liquid pour into my glass. Chunks of sediment flowed with it. The huge head has specks of floaties all over it. I suppose the head retention is good, though...

Smell - Sour apples and some dry vinous malt aromas. It's be transformed horribly. Sour smelling, but not awful.

Taste - And it's awful. Astringent and the tartness is piercing in the most unpleasant way. Dry and bitter in the finish. Just not good.

Mouthfeel - Dry and leaves the flavors on the palate for far too long. The aftetaste is far worse than the flavor.

Overall - Drainpour and two dirty glasses. Great. Clearly an infected bottle and not a nice infection, either.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 02:35:38 | More by Alieniloquium
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, truly exceptional beer! Especially well balanced. Poured with a nice tan frothy, textured head with brown highlights; lace is the same way. Nice nose of malt, caramel, vanilla, lots of dark ripe fruit like dates, raisins, cherries, blackberries, peaches. Tastes likewise, but, more of course. Very velvety texture. Ditto drinkability. No indication of alcohol. Does seem to have needed decanting; however, I didn't eat my wheaties this morning....

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2007 23:35:32 | More by drpimento
Abbaye Des Rocs Grand Cru Belgian Special Brown from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
94 out of 100 based on 626 ratings.