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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
94
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678 Ratings
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Ratings: 678
Reviews: 508
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 39
Gots: 32 | 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:
Beer added by: jdhilt on 10-08-2005

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Photo of dar482
4.25/5  rDev +1%

The beer comes in a clear light amber color.

The aroma offers fruity esters from the yeast and sugary and caramel sweetness.

The flavor follows with that sweetness in the front. Lots of syrupy and caramel sweetness. Fruity esters come through of ripe banana and apricot.

A clean drinking brew that does not tastes of its ABV. This is an interesting Belgian brew that tastes towards a sweet English barleywine.

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$ 4.29/11.2 oz bottle at Vintage Estates, Boardman, OH
Bottle BB 6/8/13 at 50 degrees into snifter
Aroma very sweet, brown sugar
Head initially very fizzy, light brown, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm layer, much sediment
Lacing poor – rare small island of tiny bubbles
Body dark reddish brown, loaded with small particles
Flavor very sweet, dates and figs; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, syrupy, soft carbonation

Appearance 3, Aroma 4.25, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4, Overall 3.9375

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4.2/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.85/5  rDev +15.2%

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%

Look: Dark brown body with red hues. Frothy white 4 finger head. Smell: Dried cherries, juicy red apples, black tea, classic spicy Belgian yeast, sugar, slight funk, malt, honey sweetness and alcohol. Taste: Cherries, nutty, caramel, roasted notes, sour apples, no alcohol taste just a warming finish. Feel: Medium body, soft carbonation.

Overall: This is recommended. The aroma to me is the showcase of the brew. The flavor is well balanced but not as interesting as the aroma. Will have this again further down the road.

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Photo of tomordonez
3.43/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It pours into a nice head. It comes with chunks of something other than yeast. Smells like raisins. Guess what, it has raisins. That tiny spec floating on top of the head is fermented raisin. Very nice smell. Medium carbonation with a heavy body. Very very rich. Too rich and too sweet. This could be a meal. I prefer the regular non grand cru.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.81/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(best by date 08/11/2014 - bottle states 9.5% - served in an Orval goblet)

A: was told that the beer is difficult to pour without the sediment globbing into the glass - I don't know about that - I'm fine with the last 1-2 oz being left in the bottle... first thing to notice is the rather large, loogie-esque blobs of mummified yeast floating on the surface, killing any foam that formed - there is also a slight chill haze at first... later the reddish-brown liquid clears up with great clarity, revealing maybe a shot glass' worth of feathery nuggets of yeast and proteins... all-in-all, the pour was anything but pretty

S: due to the lack of head and straight-sided glassware, not all that potent of aromas... one gets a hint of dark, rich, mildly toasty caramel, however, without much potency, even after 10+ minutes

T: actually, quite lovely... the taste is dominated by a lusciously-rich, dynamic toasted caramel - some bold dark malt flavors, perhaps of the roasted barley or brown variety... little-to-no hop flavor or bitterness and very little presence of alcohol - despite that, the sweetness seems to be controlled... esters are present around the edges - mild, lightly floral, perhaps fruit cup like - nothing spicy or harsh though

M: on average, a thickish and fairly viscous without much presence of hard booze to cut through its chewy body... luscious is the best word

O: a very nice, big Belgian brown ale... I'd recommend it to malt lovers - just be careful pouring it

Abbaye Des Rocs Grand Cru Belgian Special Brown from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
94 out of 100 based on 678 ratings.