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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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BA SCORE
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639 Ratings
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Ratings: 639
Reviews: 499
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 30
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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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drummermattie02

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1%

07-03-2013 16:04:53 | More by drummermattie02
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Mattgruv

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

07-02-2013 22:54:21 | More by Mattgruv
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JamLand

Texas

4/5  rDev -5%

07-01-2013 23:33:16 | More by JamLand
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jaxon53

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +1%

06-29-2013 11:44:42 | More by jaxon53
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

06-27-2013 13:57:54 | More by tom10101
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HATS4BATS

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5%

06-21-2013 23:44:59 | More by HATS4BATS
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by a friend. From notes.

A - Poured rusty dark brown with tons of yeast floating around. One finger thick light brown head. Good carbonation. No lace, island of retention.

S - Yeast, sugar, dark fruit, great depth on the nose.

T - Dark fruit, gentle sweet spice, sugar, tobacco, plum, yeast. Nice sweetness. No alcohol.

M - Smooth with strong carbonation, a full body, and a weet then dry finish.

O/D - A nice BSDA. Typical flavours, no alcohol, and great drinkability. Solid.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 20:47:47 | More by tbeckett
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gloryhole

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1%

06-16-2013 17:31:50 | More by gloryhole
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Danny1217

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

06-14-2013 20:50:05 | More by Danny1217
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Cramshawbar

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

06-07-2013 23:29:15 | More by Cramshawbar
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Eldyr

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice aroma and coloring. Banana notes and estery aromas and flavors typical of the Belgian Dark style. To much alcohol on the middle and end and the flavors in-between are lost to the strong alcohol. Somewhat of an astringent bitterness also that, while not overpowering, is noted in the middle taste. Likely a better winter beer than summer. Might be slightly better oaked or fresh from the tap.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 23:44:33 | More by Eldyr
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer's so good even the wife likes it.

Average looking brew, slightly looking walnut colour. Pours a big head that immediately settles to a thin ring.

Sweet dark fruit on the nose, treacly malt. A whiff of alcohol but well reigned in for a 9% beer.
Dark fruit and brown sugar to taste, a hint of molasses and charcoal. Well balanced overall, all the elements compliment one another without any one thing having an overwhelming presence. Characteristically Belgian, but again, not overwhelming.

Simply pleasant to drink. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 20:31:53 | More by TerryW
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JayQue

Virginia

4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy mahogany color into my Chimay goblet. Good size antique white head. Good enough retention for this alcohol level. Minimal lacing.

Aroma is dark fruit, plums, figs and raisins, fairly pronounced and pleasant.

Taste is more of the same, dark fruit, some sweetness (brown sugar) and Belgian yeast. The taste is strong and satisfying without being all that complex.

Mouthfeel is rich and smooth. The alcohol is well hidden, just some warming effects. East to drinnk even at 9% abv.

Well worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 03:35:09 | More by JayQue
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany with a rocky tan cap that lasts a long time. plentiful lace trails coat a Westmalle chalice. The aroma is of Christmas cake, figs, roasted malts and dark chocolate. A massive wall of malts fills the first sip - huge doughy, grainy flavors mixed with fruit and cocoa. Some lemon and field berries notes linger in the back. The mouthfeel is very full and dextriny with lots of silky carbonation bubbles. The finish is long and malty with a soothing rummy booziness. Alcohol could be less prominent for 9%, but it's never a distraction.

This is a fantastic Belgian Dark Ale. Huge malt flavors with incredible complexity combined with the high ABV make this one to savour and contemplate. A must try for any beer nerd and RUN don't walk if you're a malthead.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 01:26:37 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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jucifer1818

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

05-26-2013 18:19:15 | More by jucifer1818
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1%

05-23-2013 20:37:38 | More by InspectorBob
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mtomlins

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: A shiny rusty brown, opaque with a bit of sediment from the bottom of the bottle. There was a light tan head bubbling up to 2 or 3 fingers that settled quickly to a nice ring and left a bit of lacing.

S: A very pronounced nose heavy on plums and other dried fruit (raisins) backed by a pleasant maltiness from the biscuit and special b malts. It has a nice breadiness component.

T: The beers starts sweet and floral coming from a heavy grain bill but is balanced with the perfect amount of bittering hops for a nice clean, dry finish. That great Belgian yeast profile shines through.

M: Smooth and velvety with a nice soft carbonation; it is very ‘bubbly’ on the tongue.

O: A tasty beer! It has pronounced nose and tastes of plums and raisins at the start balanced out by a sweet biscuit, bready malt profile which finishes dry and clean. This is a very smooth and drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 19:38:21 | More by mtomlins
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jimctin

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

05-15-2013 18:02:18 | More by jimctin
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to tulip. Best before 13/12/2014.

A - Deep brown; almost completely opaque. One finger of light brown head.

S - Yeast esters, spice, brown sugar, clove and raisin.

T - Dark fruit, raisin, dates, spice, brown sugar, Belgian yeast and a slight chocolate flavour. very complex.

M - Medium body; creamy. Moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 01:48:09 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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MoistPope

California

4.25/5  rDev +1%

04-28-2013 05:46:28 | More by MoistPope
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AugustusRex

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5%

04-12-2013 14:06:46 | More by AugustusRex
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jmkoscie

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

04-11-2013 04:20:00 | More by jmkoscie
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep brown colour, cap of eggshell white head with a bit of lace. Smell is of overripe dark fruits backed with spices and dark breads, rich malt bill and a bit of cocoa, lots of plum and raisin, mildly yeasty. Taste is initially rich and malty followed by dark fruits, pretty big spice profile as well, coriander and a bit on anise, some yeast, cocoa powder, plum and raisin bread aftertaste. Medium but soft feeling carbonation, chewy medium body. Quite a nice dark belgian beer, ABV goes largely unnoticed, would certainly entertain this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 14:46:17 | More by peensteen
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Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle reads best before: 13/12/2014.

(4.0) A: Ruby red with a fingers worth of micro-bubbly foam head. Commendable retention and patchy lacing.

(4.0) S: Raisins, figs, cherries, brown sugar, chocolate, spices (including nutmeg), and plums. Rich and hearty aroma that is spot-on for the style.

(4.25) T: Dark and dried fruits with a touch of sour citrus zest that compliments the taste nicely. Roasted malt in the form of dry cocoa coupled with bitter floral notes. Incredibly easy drinking with the alcohol well hidden.

(4.25) M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Quite light bodied considering the ABV with enough slickness. A slight gritty-chewy texture.

(4.0) D: This is kind of like a lighter bodied dubbel with a touch of sour, and I find it tasty and dangerously easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 01:41:39 | More by Digimaika2
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drewone

California

4/5  rDev -5%

04-07-2013 15:48:37 | More by drewone
Abbaye Des Rocs Grand Cru Belgian Special Brown from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
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