1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Abbaye Des Rocs Grand Cru Belgian Special BrownAbbaye Des Rocs Grand Cru Belgian Special Brown

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

659 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 659
Reviews: 502
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 35
Gots: 27 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jdhilt on 10-08-2005)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 659 | Reviews: 502 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Hypersomnia
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Hypersomnia, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of brandonld23
4/5  rDev -5.2%

brandonld23, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of dcmchew
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

dcmchew, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of jpro
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.

jpro, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of AnitaBrewski
5/5  rDev +18.5%

AnitaBrewski, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of ummswimmin
4/5  rDev -5.2%

ummswimmin, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of ChipMurray
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

ChipMurray, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of mrjbrown27
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

mrjbrown27, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of brewskifan55
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter

A: chestnut brown with an off-white half finger head that dissipates quickly. Light lacing. Lots of floating fermentation.

S: dark fruits, caramel, Belgian yeast.

T : Follows nose with plums and raisins. Bready malts, banana nut bread with hints of chocolate. Sweet,robust. A Belgian delight.

M: medium with heavy carbonation. Thick, frothy.

O: Worth the $5 price tag. Will definitely drink again. A great celebration sipper.

brewskifan55, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of Luiz0930
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Luiz0930, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

mendvicdog, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: murky brown liquid with 1/4" cream colored head that left a nice lacing.

S: plums, grapes, raisins, pears and yeast.

T: Dark grapes, raisins, plums, pears, corn, apples.

M: creamy medium viscosity and a low level of carbonation. Very smooth.

O: extremely smooth and tasty grand cru. Recommended.

DaftCaskBC, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of kristougher
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

kristougher, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of Molson2000
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Molson2000, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of csfcmitchell
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

csfcmitchell, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of GoHabsGo
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

GoHabsGo, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of Kopfschuss
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Kopfschuss, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of EBeckett3
4/5  rDev -5.2%

EBeckett3, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of Dope
3.61/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle states best before 06/08/2013. Whoops!

A: Gusher bottle, managed to save it. Pours a nice dark brown. Enormous fluffy light light brown head. Head takes forever to dissipate. Marginal lacing but great retention.

S: Big overripe dark fruits in the aroma. Sweetbread aroma too.

T: Hmph. Kinda funky overripe fruits from start to finish. There's raisin, dates, cherry, banana? A little brown sugar. Sweetbread malt, tastes like poundcake (had another beer that tasted the same just recently, funny). Kind of a sickly sweet aftertaste, like molasses maybe? No sign of alcohol at all.

M: Heavy and sticky.

O: Very interesting and unique BSDA. I honestly can't decide if it's good or bad. Lots of fruit and poundcake. Kinda odd flavors overall but at the same time I can't call it truly bad. Not sure if it's just old or if it just doesn't suit me. I gave it sorta middling scores, I didn't particularly enjoy it though I liked most aspects of it (none of that probably makes any sense). I tried to be nice due to the age (past the "best by"), this one clearly does not age well as I'm reading past aged reviews.

Dope, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of Ian_Hammons
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Ian_Hammons, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of beerhunter13
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

beerhunter13, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of thehyperduck
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before December 13 2014. A random grab while I was shopping; I am always ready to try a new Belgian ale, especially if the price is right. Served slightly chilled, and poured into a tulip.

Pours a dark, opaque brown colour with beautiful ruby highlights under the light, and topped with about one centimeter of dense, creamy, beige-coloured head. It's not much to look at, but the head hangs in there for a good long while, thinning out only slightly over the next ten minutes. Rich, malty aroma; toasted, bready malts, cocoa and brown sugar are countered nicely with notes of raisins, dates, nutmeg, and plenty of Belgian yeast. Leans on the sweet side, but not to an overbearing extent.

Rather full-flavoured, and not nearly as sweet as the aroma seems to let on. While there is initially no shortage of malt sweetness - bready malts, caramel and milk chocolate come through strongly, as well as dates, raisins, prunes and banana - this is well balanced by the tail-end of the flavour profile. The finish becomes more yeasty, with a burnt molasses/roasted malt flavour coming through, and an earthy, roasty aftertaste that lingers on the palate, along with a hint of anise. Full-bodied, with a chewy, creamy mouthfeel assisted by the restrained-yet-lively bite from the carbonation. Soft in the mouth, leaving a somewhat sticky, vaguely hot feel behind from the ethanol. A great sipper; something I'd probably reach for again in January, though to be fair it's drinking nicely on a cool July evening.

Final Grade: 4.33, an outstanding A grade. Abbaye des Rocs' Grand Cru Belgian Special Brown Ale is an excellent strong dark ale, and in my opinion it's a total steal at its LCBO price point ($3.00/bottle). I don't profess to be an expert as far as BJCP style guidelines go, but from a personal subjective standpoint, I am looking for four things from these types of beers - bold, complex malty flavours; lots of fruity, Belgian yeast esters/spice character; a full body; and well-integrated alcohol. This isn't the most complex Belgian ale I've ever had, but it still tastes great and is balanced beautifully. Highly recommended to any fan of Belgian sippers.

thehyperduck, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of polloenfuego
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

polloenfuego, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Brasserie Des Rocs Grand Cru has a thin, fizzy, root beer-like, beige head, a reddish-brown, appearance, with lots of big, solid, gray-brown chunks suspended throughout, and no lacing. Some of the smaller chunks are left behind, clinging to the sides of the glass. The aroma is of rich, sweet fruit (figs, dates, fruit cake), candy sugar, chocolate powder, cellar mold, bread crust, and moss. Taste is of sweet, rich fruit, lighter chocolate, bread, cotton candy, fruit cake, grape skin, brandy wine, nougat, nuts, slightly piney hop bitterness, and there is an underlying alcohol flavor. Mouthfeel is medium, and one can feel the big solid particles entering the mouth. There is a lot of carbonation prickle, and one will develop a heavy burp. Brasserie De Rocs Grand Cru finishes dry, ultra sweet, and bready. Overall, this is an epic beer, and one that an enthusiast must try!

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Jul 26, 2013
Abbaye Des Rocs Grand Cru Belgian Special Brown from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
94 out of 100 based on 659 ratings.