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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
94
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640 Ratings
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Ratings: 640
Reviews: 499
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 30
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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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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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Ortino's Northside...
Appears a a caramel toned dark amber with a small, off white head that quickly fizzles out into a thin collar. Only tiny spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is heavenly of brown sugar, ripened dark fruit, melted caramel, raisins, doughy yeast, vanilla, and perhaps a touch of coriander.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a gentle amount of roasted grain complimenting the sugary flavors with a light citrus hop flowing along.
Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, sugary, fruity, and semi-dry in the finish. Carbonation is well done and gentle enough to let all the flavors and textures flow evenly.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2006 15:19:23 | More by weeare138
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Doppel07

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ruby-brown body with substantial carbonation and a soft spumous buffy head. Sweet aroma of vanilla, rum, bubble gum, cherries, caramel malt, yeast, candy sugar, maple, flowers, and wet grass. Wow. Basically I can smell most things that I can think of here. Big malty flavor but less sweet than expected. Has some leathery bitterness and a turpentine quality that reminds me of Orval. Freaking delicious. Nice long finish. Smooth, round body. I'm a sucker for a great Belgian Strong Ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2004 02:55:33 | More by Doppel07
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a five-fingered cream frothy head that fades slowly and leaves a little lace. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Cloudy brown color with a lot of chunky bits settling to bottom of glass. Nose is a sweet malt. Starts malty and smooth; finishes on the sweet side with a hint of alcohol. 750ml bottle from Vintage Cellar Blackburg, Va.
This is a Belgian Brown but that choice is not listed in styles.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2005 23:03:13 | More by jdhilt
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SheepNutz

Kentucky

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep ruby red color with four fingers of off-white foam. There is lots and lots of lacing, which is something you don't see out of too many high alcohol brews. The smell has lots of sweet plum, cherry, and red grape mixed with a subtle but solid alcohol aroma. The taste has lots of malt and sweetness, more of those fruit flavors coming through. The different tastes are very layered, and come together very nice in the finish with just a splash of ethanol. The mouthfeel is thick and strong, yet smooth as silk. The drinkability lacks some due to the 10% coming through, but who cares? This is a brew I could sip on for hours!

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2004 02:10:16 | More by SheepNutz
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Overlord

California

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Are we sure this beer has been retired? I just found a few out and about.

In any event, pours a hazy dark orange. Crazy amount of sediment, I mean there are gobs of stuff in here. No real head, just a thin white crust.

Smell is solid and appealing, with hints of fruit and a deep bread-y aroma. Taste is sublime. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, this is lavished with apricots, apple ... citrus of too many types to name (with a lemon zest), and some sort of malty tropical backbone that's reminiscent of guavas and mangoes.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2007 08:54:38 | More by Overlord
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mwa423

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep brown color with two fingers of head and tons of floating yeast, as in, giant floaties.

S - Very complex aroma, lots of dried fruit, some belgian yeast, brown sugar, and I feel like there is more and my palate can't find them now.

T - Very complex (and excellent) flavor. Strong nutty flavor with some sweet malt flavors, followed by Belgian yeast and so many other flavors I can't quite detect.

M/D - Mouthfeel is a bit rough, only because the large clumps of yeast. This is reasonably drinkable, the complex flavor makes this a sipper and not a fast drinker.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 02:16:56 | More by mwa423
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dave750

Rhode Island

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a wide mouth goblet from a 750ml. bottle. A dark red brown color topped by a tall thick head that takes it's time dissipating. A very sharp citrusy hop and sweet malt aroma is immediatly apparent.
A bold roasted, caramel malt initial taste is replaced by a toffee flavor at midtaste and remains to the end. Grain and menthol influences blend in and out throughout the taste. A nice alcohol warmth emerges as the flavor fades. A complex flavor overall, is enhanced by exceptional carbonation. A very drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2004 20:14:45 | More by dave750
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Dogbrick

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
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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mynie

Indiana

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tight head, redbrown copper brown. An old penny, before it turns green. Head dies away but lacing remains.

Strong alcohol in the nose. Very strong and warm with lines floating on top of it, it's so potent. Melts glass like candy, brown sugar, white pepper, green banana.

Wonderfully smooth flavor is mix of sweet fruit and sugar, sour alcohol, and warm spices. Distinct stages of flavor flowing seamlessly like a jazz band or high-end vinyl siding.

Nearly perfect synergy makes it exceptionally drinkable and smooth in spite of its high alcohol content. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2005 17:24:35 | More by mynie
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ssmack

Ontario (Canada)

4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle in large wine.

Dark, dark brown with amber highlights. Poured half inch head that quickly dropped to a slick. Long streams of bubbles and floating yeast debris.

A very fruity aroma. Prunes and ripe peaches. Some yeasty, bready aromas too.

The same fruits in the taste along with cherry. Background taste of pound cake. There is bit of grassy bitterness in the back of the mouth.

A rich, chewy feel with a slight nip.

A great example of a Belgium dark ale with all the characteristics. A real treat!

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 02:04:45 | More by ssmack
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

08-01-2013 21:22:24 | More by beerhunter13
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DanInTheCan

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

02-09-2012 02:40:06 | More by DanInTheCan
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bonbini26

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

01-09-2012 21:45:23 | More by bonbini26
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gtermi

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

04-05-2013 01:58:37 | More by gtermi
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maybrick

Pennsylvania

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

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2003 14:36:12 | More by maybrick
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paleoplant

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

01-01-2013 01:34:12 | More by paleoplant
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

04-01-2013 02:18:13 | More by liamt07
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JamieDuncan

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

12-10-2013 06:45:54 | More by JamieDuncan
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bgibbard

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

03-18-2013 16:01:14 | More by bgibbard
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moulefrite

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2003 00:48:56 | More by moulefrite
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Lee_Hancock

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

04-18-2012 00:09:01 | More by Lee_Hancock
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KuehneBe

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

03-16-2012 18:14:24 | More by KuehneBe
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twilight

Germany

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yum Yum YUM!

The beer is a deep dark candy apple red with hints of brown and a large head upon pouring. Of course, the head dissipates, but leaves a layer of foam resting above the glass.

The nose... Plums, raisins, sugar, a faint hint of orange, wrapped up in a fresh field.

The taste is a slight grassiness with fruits in the background an a lingering fermented sweetness that is kind of like wine but without the grapes. I think it may have to do with the alcohol pushing through the malty goodness, and mixing with the barley and the yeast, and, and, and...

This beer is goood. Haven't had something like this in quite a while, and this one doesn't disappoint. Melts like sugar in one's mouth and coats the tongue with a lingering grassiness.

Give me more! Give me more! Drinkability is high only because I'm saying screw the alcohol level. Let's drink this all night until we fall asleep in our glasses...

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2005 03:13:26 | More by twilight
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's basically all in there. If it's every been in a beer, then you'll find it in this Grand Cru (except for, perhaps chili peppers and chicken wings...don't ask). Right from the pour, a muddy bronze, rust color emits aromas that are distinctly Belgian, but with even the kitchen sink. Aromas lead right into the flavors with: bready, malt, spicy, fruity, vineous, musky, grape, figs, dates, nuts, toast, candy sugar, yeasty, astringent, sherry, citrus, alcohol, peaches, woody, pears, mangos, fruitcake....the list goes on and on. All of the flavors meld together and are well aged into a delicate, yet bold prague for the beer lover (it's all in there). The feel to the mouth is everywhere from astringent to sweet to dry to full. The finish is lightly dry, tart, and sweet. One of the more complex beers out there, but difficult to put into perspective. Could be a bit cleaner.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2006 19:20:04 | More by BEERchitect
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bruachan

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

cloudy deep garnet with a thick head that dissipated into a spotted coating. caramel and toffee on the nose, with some floral hops. dried cherries and other dark fruit bring a tart flavor that is slightly refreshing along with the nice carbonation. noticeable bitterness with a nutty finish. ooh! i could drink it all night (weekend)

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2005 06:52:43 | More by bruachan
Abbaye Des Rocs Grand Cru Belgian Special Brown from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
94 out of 100 based on 640 ratings.