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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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670 Ratings
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Ratings: 670
Reviews: 503
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 35
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jdhilt on 10-08-2005)
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Photo of RBorsato
4.97/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Solid brown with a full creamy light brown head that lasts, lots of sediment, great carbonation, and sheets of lace (but unpredictable). Turns a good bit darker when sediment is poured. Aroma is lightly sweet with lots of other complexities: Dark fruits, spicy, raisins, etc... Big fruity flavors (and burps) and much like it smells. Medium bodied; creamy and airy at the same time if that's possible !!

A great Belgian -- very complex !! A must buy and must try !

Label states "Belgian Dark Ale"

Purchased: 11/16/02
Tasted: 02/11/04

($6.29 / 25.4 oz. Green Champagne style bottle - Corked and capped)

Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Abbaye Des Rocs Grand Cru was served from a green 750 ml bottle into a Duvel tulip. The beer was an attractive deep reddish-orange hue and was topped with a rocky tan head that left thick and fine lacing. The nose was powerful and loaded with funky spices such as clove, star anise, and orange peel...an overall medicinal effect. Underlying the spice was a smell resembling decaying detritis and earth. The flavor profile was extremely complex. A rich and lively sweetish malt body contained flavors of dried fruit, raisins, molasses, scotch, and slim jim spice. The finish was satisfying, with a good bitter cap and lingering clove maltiness. The body was very full and silky smooth, with fluffy carbonation. The Grand Cru was a challenging beer, and grew on me by leaps and bounds as I drank and acquired a taste for it...distinctive, unique, and very complex. I found it similar to the regular version in its flavor/spice, but much better overall.

Photo of ElGuapo
4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This one pours to a beautiful dark amber brown that really shows off red tones as it is held to the light. It is covered in a thick mass of tannish foam that holds up for a very long time and leaves lace all over the glass. As soon as I popped the cork, sweet fruity aromas jumped out of the bottle. After the first pour, they hit me again and harder. Cherries and raspberries with a touch of caramel and some spices. With another whiff, I picked up some roasty aromas as well as a rich sweet maltiness.

The flavor is initially sweet with a lot of dark fruit character. Black cherries mixed with raspberries all sitting in a backround of rich malts. Roasty flavors come in next with an ever so subtle burnt flavor. Toasty breads come in to the mix near the finish which is aided by a hint of alcohol. The aftertaste leaves me begging for more as it brings all of its complexity back together and wraps it up with a roasted ending. Each swallow seems to pick up more flavor. The body is rich and full, but not thick. Carbonation is mild, just right. It is silky smooth and creamy, making for a great mouthfeel. The alcohol is very well hidden, and when it comes in, its flavor benefits the beer's character. It has a nice warming quality. It is as drinkable as they come, and I am wishing for more after each sip.

This is simply an amazing beer. The drive and service I dealt with to get this were very unpleasant, but I just may have to do it again. This is a not to miss beer.

Photo of CRJMellor
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours opaque, maroon or garnet color with a tan one-finger head. Lots of gooey lace on the glass. Absolutely beautiful beer.
Aroma is darket malts, grain, corainder, cherries and dark wheat bread and yeast.
Flavor is great with some toffee or caramel mixed in amongst the fruit and spices. The only thing I found with this beer is that is doesn't have one defining to make it exceptionally memorable. I'm not a sure if that makes a miracle and slightly confused. Good tasting though.

Mouthfeel is great, smooth and creamy, very chewy. Given the 10% ABV deceptively easy to drink a 750ml bottle. Drinkability rates very high but it is a very filling beer.

Photo of HappyHourHero
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a giant light brown head that was very active and foamy. The head left a smattering of lace as it sank back into the opaque mahogany beer from which it came. Tangy aroma, a bit of pepper, Soft and smooth mouthfeel to the beer and a medium body. Plums, spiced orange peels, and creamy malt make up the flavor which is followed by a moderately bitter aftertaste. A sort of metalic sensation hits at the beginning of the aftertaste. Hardly any hint of the alcohol at hand. A very fine beer, the blend of flavors along with the mouthfeel of this beer make for one awesome combination.

Photo of beerluvr
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured with gusto into the glass, raising a massive rocky ivory colored head over cloudy reddish/brown liquid. Lots of malt in the nose, with notes of brown sugar and horse blanket yeast esters. The taste is layers of fruity and malty sweetness mixed with hints of black pepper and chocolate. Alcohol is very well cloaked here. Finishes lightly bitter with residual maltiness. Mellow yet complex.

Photo of Crosling
4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Gouden Carolus Chalice. I love this glass and it was such a beautiful sight to see that glass with such pristine liquid inside. Just brought this ale in to the Liquor store. I was so happy to find it distributed, hearing such great things.

Pours a hazy deep mahogany with a dense off white head. The head didn't explode out of the glass like I expected. A fast pour is required. Nice head retention and a thick beautiful lace clings for its life on the glass. Sticky and marvelous!

Incredible aroma! Upon opening the scents fill up the air around you and surround you in a bubble of brilliance. Orange peels throughout the nose with sweet candy, lemon, sour plums, pineapples with alcohol woven in slightly. Now the long anticipated first taste....Here goes.!.!.!.!

Nice soft and sensual flavor. Caramel malt with peppers and spices woven into the first sip. Dark and Tropical fruits in the mid-palate with sour cherries, lemons and raisins. Peppers come back on the finish with some tartness but not sourness, yeast and alcohol.

FANTASTIC!

Photo of tavernjef
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
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!!

Photo of rkhaze
4.97/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a slightly hazy red/amber. Medium sized dense and rocky tan head. Lots of suspended yeast and carbonation. Big aromas. Earthy sweet malt, sticky fruits (red and tropical) a port like woodiness and tart yeast.
Gutsy flavor bordering on musty before all the malt, ripe fruits and herbal notes kick in. Brown sugar sweetness and a fortified wine alcohol note. Hints of nuts, wood and yeast in the finish. Exceptional melange of flavors.
Medium bodied with a soft carbonation that makes this a very drinkable offering. The 10% alcohol is hidden well until it warms up the stomach. Very well done.

Photo of drewbage
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampled at Lucky Baldwin's in a Moinette glass.

Here's the kicker.. the keg has been in storage since 1998. Woo Hoo!

Glass is filled with a deep brown liquid with light red highlights and almost no head.

Aroma is leather, sour cherries, brown sugar oxidation and tropical fruits with a sweet punch character at the finish.

Flavor is deeply spiced with a light malt and brown sugar and a long ground spice mixed with pineapples, mangos, guavas and oranges.

The finish finally comes with a light sourness to cleanse the palate for the next sip.

As David Farnsworth (owner of Lucky Baldwin's) put it, "This is liquid heaven, is there anything better?" My only response is "Yup.. to be having it in Belgium." Heigh thee forth to Lucky's and get a sip of this, but if you don't do it soon David will have drunk it all. Jeez.. my first 5.

Photo of feloniousmonk
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

POP!
The cork is off, there's no turning back, in we go...

A lovely, hazy tumult of deep auburn colored brew pours into my glass, joined by a Brobdignagian layer of fizzy, creamy, off-orange foam. Looks good so far, I'm tingling so far.

Aroma: lemon...biscuits...orange...must...sour...but sweet...cinnamon...a spiced lemon cookie, to wrap it succinctly. Nice. Lively, luscious, in an utterly other realm than any other beer I've ever sniffed.

Taste...Good Idea, let's!
Oh, it's happening again! A shockwave of pleasure engulfs and enwraps my body and all the senses. Certainly very winey in flavor, but uniquely beery, too! Softly peppery, deep in dark fruit (besides grape, we wander among fields of cherries, berries, melons), it's a grand melange, a masterful marriage of flavors. There's something uplifting here, something that sets my soul free, something that happens in few brews, and you know it when you feel it, and it's happening now! Something ancient exists in this, a collection of metaphysical passages through the centuries. It feels light at times, deep at others, citric for a stage, then a touch woody, even oaky, showing some malt, as if peeking through peepholes in a glimpse through time itself.

If my remarks seem grandiose, forgive this foolish ale imbiber, for there's simply no better way to transmit the feelings this glorious brew delivers than to let imagination soar, and transplant the sensations into corresponding comments that may seem at times beyond the ordinary. So be it, for this beer is...I'm still drinking, it's still changing, tasting sweeter now, with a sharp candyish feel, still an underlying layer of tart. The tongue dances and darts, utterly delighted by the play it encounters from this frisky brew.

Sweet, deep, dark, toffee-ish, completely original, a meal in a bottle, a dream trapped under a cork, ...

Oh, so very, very, very wonderful!
I wish it would never end.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
5/5  rDev +18.8%
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 !

Photo of maybrick
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
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

Photo of moulefrite
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of saltydog
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Before I get to the specific review, let me note that Grand Cru is NOT a style. It simply means the best beer from the brewery. The fact that this beer, Rodenbach Grand Cru, and Hoegaarden Grand Cru are all listed in the same category proves how useless the definition is. This beer is more of an strong belgian ale, with a color right on the border between pale and dark. Appearance: Beautiful reddish-orange color. Big, thick, creamy had, with very good retention, and noticeable lace. Aroma: complex spiciness, and a candy-like sweetness. Flavor: sweet, caramel, with a balancing tartness and spiciness. Mouthfeel: creamy, rich, with a nice dryness from the spicing in finish. Drinkability: The delicate balancing act that this beer performs makes it incredibly easy to drink for such a strong beer.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a thick tannish head. A beautiful deep garnet color with a slight chill haze to it. This beer smells fruity (apricot being the most predominant aroma, followed by orange). There is a certain candy sweet aroma as well, maybe a hint of butterscotch. This beer has an outstanding aroma and I could just sniff it for ages. As I sniff it the head has barely lost its 2 inch thickness, it is well carbonated. There is a bit of maltiness in the aroma as well. It is definitely well carbonated tasting as well. It is lightly sweet, with a fruitiness that was promised in the nose. There is both a candied apricot and orange flavor here. There is also a slight sense of the alcohol in this one. The taste doesn't quite live up to the aroma but this beer still need to warm up a bit. I detect a hint of astringency in the finish, there seems to be some nice Belgian yeast fermentation byproducts here as well. The beer has some slight Belgian lacing in evidence as I slowly work my way to the bottom of the glass. As it warms up the beer becomes softer, though the alcohol is still evident. Becomes sweeter and maltier. the beer color clears up a bit as it warms too, it displays some nice orange hues as it is held up to the light.

Photo of Stingray5
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 was a tough cork to pop, but with a little elbow grease she was extracted without incident. Oh was it worth the effort, as i poured this deep red goodness into the glasses. "I can't drink this!" proclaimed my wife, reacting to the large amount of floaties in her glass. "Smell it" I retorted, and she was quickly convinced, due to the rich caramel, dark fruit and sweet huckleberry pie aromas. First sip reveals the uber-smooth texture of this brew. Rich caramel malt, prunes, light pepper, and spices abound. Sweetness in the finish. Alcohol is felt but not heard. I just can't find any more words to describe this. It simply needs to be tasted.

This was my wife's first true Belgian beer. I couldn't be happier that I chose this as her introduction. My first Abbaye des Rocs, and far from my last. Finally, perfection!

Photo of BierReise
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked bottle. Deep amber with a reddish hue and tan head. Superb aroma of fruit and malty caramel. Dried figs,cherries and something nutty. Lively carbonated mouthfeel and a full body. Has a nice warming sensation. This is a high quality Belgian. Nice.

Photo of aracauna
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This had a great cherry and cotton candy aroma on the nose. The beer has a nice head on it with the color hinting at cherries as well. The cherry was a little less apparent in the flavor but the candy sugar flavor ther, almost a brown sugar flavor. It was a little too sweet almost.

Photo of Shiredave
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely beautifull to look at. Deep, burgandy color , foamy light tan head receeds to a thin cap and clings in clumps on the glass. Aroma is fruity and floral, intensely sweet with hints of cooked macaroni and earthy damp moss notes. Lush and smooth, lightly scorched malt enveloping the tongue with rich fruity flavors of cherrys and grapes dipped in liquid sugar. Hopping is subtle but noticable near the end with a great blend of dryness and dark grain bite mixing with the delicious sweetness and a unique doughy character.
Full bodied with incredibly intense, complex flavors Ive found in no other beer. A truely remarkable and highly recomended Grand Cru, however, I drank a full bottle on my own ( it was just too good to stop!) and it put me on my butt. Enjoy with food and friends is my advice.

Photo of CharlesRiver
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been waiting awhile to try this beer and the day has finally come. Solid brown in color with a big tan head that lasts and lasts. The smell is very malty and sweet with hints of raisins.

The taste is very strong in the front as it kind of hits you in the face with a sweet earthyness. The middle and end are extremely smooth and a bit buttery. I can't believe this is a 10% abv beer.

Everything about this beer is great. From the label to the bottle to the taste. I served this beer in a tulip glass, not sure if that is correct but it worked.

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This rare beauty pours an orange-tinted amber with a firm rocky beige head, and tons of sticky lace. The aroma is complex mix of crushed berries, damp earth, apples, sweet malt and light alcohol esters. A candy sweet flavor melds with fresh bread, caramel apples, mild lime-like bitterness, light pine, a hint of chocolate, and an ever so faint astringent camphor taste. A warming alcohol works its way through the crowded flavor field. The mouthfeel is buttery and smooth just after an initial fizzy effervescence. This should be a "must try" beer.

Photo of ManekiNeko
4.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Capped and corked 750 mL bottle. Served chilled in a Raftsman tulip glass.

Appearance: Exploding and volcanic head! Over half of my glass was filled with bubbles! Reddish brown liquid topped with a tan head. Excellent retention and kickass lacing.

Smell: Very complex nose. Cherries, sweet candi sugars, cloves, pepper, and citrus aromas do the lambada in your nostrils (girlfriend's comment: Anything the does the lambada in any of my orifices sounds good to me). Man, my mouth was watering.

Taste: Belgian malty goodness balanced by cherry fruit flavors. Just a bit sweet, just a titch tart. No alcohol taste at all. Light herby/medicinal taste on the finish. Reminiscent of a lambic at some times, but not in a bad way (can there be a bad way?)

Mouthfeel: Great medium body, slightly thick. Slightly drying and palate cleansing. Very smooth, devilishly so.

Drinkability: Freeyow! I picked a good 'un for #50. I picked up an extra bottle of this for a trade just to make sure the supply wasn't skunked (green bottle, ya know). At $7 a pop, I'll definitely be picking up a few bottles of this for the cellar.

Photo of jeffboo
4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm lookin for love in all the Grand Cru's and they seem to be lovin me back. This Cru finished # 2 in my tasting of 4 (of which all were incrediblly tasty).

This one was dark brown with a huge candy sugar aroma mixed with a sourish, spicy yeast. Smooth was the key word here, medium bodied with sweet dark fruit flavors (plums and cherries) with nice bubbly carbonation and a long fruity finish drying with cinnamon,vanilla and oak, and so very slightly acidic in a nice way. A very complex brew and very satisfying.

Photo of RoyalT
4.95/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Abbaye Des Rocs Grand Cru Belgian Special Brown from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
94 out of 100 based on 670 ratings.