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

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

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94
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670 Ratings
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Ratings: 670
Reviews: 503
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 36
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:
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(Beer added by: jdhilt on 10-08-2005)
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Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev -5%
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.

Photo of BeerGodz
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Dark brown color, murky - lots of sediment, dense light tan head with uber good retention and decent lacing

Smell: Brown sugar, caramel, dark fruit, slight metallic smell

Taste: Up Front: Dark fruit - all kinds. Finish: Sweet malt, chocolate, and more fruit

Mouthfeel: Medium body & carbonation, slightly dry finish

Drinkability: Alcohol is well hidden. Very quaffable.

Overall Impression: This is billed as a Belgian Special Brown Ale. It is a very interesting & complex beer to say the least. While it was tasty, perhaps I was not in the mood for the style, so it did not live up to the hype. Then again, it was ratebeer that gave it a 100 rating, so I should have known better, since that site sucks! Anyway, it is worth checking out!

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of scottoale
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This came in a 11.2fl.oz. brown bottle with a Best before end (what looks like) 2007. It pours into a semi-tulip 13.5oz. a dark murkish hazelnut brown with a solid, tight 2-finger tan head that lasts. Some thick lasting lace left stuck to the glass as you drink.

The smell is of thick, chewy malt and caramel...sweet and very malty, nice strong aroma of unhopped wort...sticky sweet.

The flavor can best be classified as a "Malt Bomb" in that it is very sweet and thick, almost malt syrup like. This brew is just about the opposite of a "Hop Bomb", although there are hops that manage to tame the sweetness quite nicely. Just a big, fat malty brew that is very tasty and fairly strong as well.

The body is massive, thick and chewy, with a good smooth mouthfeel and the right amount of carbonation to give this strong ale a good drinkability...the alcohol is well burried in the malty thickness. A good solid drinker that deserves a try for this style...another unique Belgian for sure.

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Photo of joepais
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

The bottle well lets just say we have a gusher here. After waiting along time poured into a challis caramel brown with a brown head tons of yeast particles.

Aromas of fruit (yeast) brown sugar malts fill the nose

Tastes of sweet sugar candy malts and a nice light spice bitter

My mouth loves the sweet creaminess of this

Ok let’s not pull any punches the floaters take away from the experience but the flavors make up for a lot. I would get it from a tap or a large bottle again anytime but the small bottles seamed a waste to not pour the last little bit (I’ll admit I did strain the last bit it was that good) I liked the old grand cru better but this one is a good representation of what I expect from one

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Heavens, we have a gusher! Pours a cloudy mahogany with a decent head (even though quite a bit was lost in the gush) that persists well and leaves sheets of lace

Smell: Vinous aroma of fruits (dried figs and apricots, primarily); brown sugar and alcohol

Taste: Starts with a sweet dried fruit flavor; that is joined, mid-palate, by an increasing sour apple and cinnamon complexity; after the swallow, the sour flavors build and combine with the sweetness to create a well-balanced blend

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation

Drinkability: Not the best in the category, but certainly a quality brew that deserves a try

Photo of Fuller
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

slighty cloudy brown body with some reddish hues. Large tan head that disappeared quickly leaving medium lacing. More sediment floating around in this beer than just about any other I've tried. Nose is not what I expected and it is not nearly as strong as I expected. The yeast and roasted malts that I normally smell in Belgians is hardly noticeable in this one. The smell is mostly of fruit, but not just of the darker fruit, this has some citrus to it. Taste is very sweet and malty. The citrus in the smell is not near as evident in the taste. As it warms, spice and alcohol start to come through at the end. Mouthfeel is full and creamy. Very good beer but drinkability is hurt a little because of how sweet it is.

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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.