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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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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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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1%

08-04-2013 18:45:44 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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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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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before December 13 2014. A random grab while I was shopping; I am always ready to try a new Belgian ale, especially if the price is right. Served slightly chilled, and poured into a tulip.

Pours a dark, opaque brown colour with beautiful ruby highlights under the light, and topped with about one centimeter of dense, creamy, beige-coloured head. It's not much to look at, but the head hangs in there for a good long while, thinning out only slightly over the next ten minutes. Rich, malty aroma; toasted, bready malts, cocoa and brown sugar are countered nicely with notes of raisins, dates, nutmeg, and plenty of Belgian yeast. Leans on the sweet side, but not to an overbearing extent.

Rather full-flavoured, and not nearly as sweet as the aroma seems to let on. While there is initially no shortage of malt sweetness - bready malts, caramel and milk chocolate come through strongly, as well as dates, raisins, prunes and banana - this is well balanced by the tail-end of the flavour profile. The finish becomes more yeasty, with a burnt molasses/roasted malt flavour coming through, and an earthy, roasty aftertaste that lingers on the palate, along with a hint of anise. Full-bodied, with a chewy, creamy mouthfeel assisted by the restrained-yet-lively bite from the carbonation. Soft in the mouth, leaving a somewhat sticky, vaguely hot feel behind from the ethanol. A great sipper; something I'd probably reach for again in January, though to be fair it's drinking nicely on a cool July evening.

Final Grade: 4.33, an outstanding A grade. Abbaye des Rocs' Grand Cru Belgian Special Brown Ale is an excellent strong dark ale, and in my opinion it's a total steal at its LCBO price point ($3.00/bottle). I don't profess to be an expert as far as BJCP style guidelines go, but from a personal subjective standpoint, I am looking for four things from these types of beers - bold, complex malty flavours; lots of fruity, Belgian yeast esters/spice character; a full body; and well-integrated alcohol. This isn't the most complex Belgian ale I've ever had, but it still tastes great and is balanced beautifully. Highly recommended to any fan of Belgian sippers.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 22:08:57 | More by thehyperduck
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polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1%

07-28-2013 17:39:04 | More by polloenfuego
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Brasserie Des Rocs Grand Cru has a thin, fizzy, root beer-like, beige head, a reddish-brown, appearance, with lots of big, solid, gray-brown chunks suspended throughout, and no lacing. Some of the smaller chunks are left behind, clinging to the sides of the glass. The aroma is of rich, sweet fruit (figs, dates, fruit cake), candy sugar, chocolate powder, cellar mold, bread crust, and moss. Taste is of sweet, rich fruit, lighter chocolate, bread, cotton candy, fruit cake, grape skin, brandy wine, nougat, nuts, slightly piney hop bitterness, and there is an underlying alcohol flavor. Mouthfeel is medium, and one can feel the big solid particles entering the mouth. There is a lot of carbonation prickle, and one will develop a heavy burp. Brasserie De Rocs Grand Cru finishes dry, ultra sweet, and bready. Overall, this is an epic beer, and one that an enthusiast must try!

RJT

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 20:57:29 | More by RonaldTheriot
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pathman

Ohio

4/5  rDev -5%

07-14-2013 15:27:33 | More by pathman
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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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DenverHopHead

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +1%

07-06-2013 22:38:47 | More by DenverHopHead
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KrisDLSmith

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

07-06-2013 11:35:30 | More by KrisDLSmith
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

07-04-2013 23:37:30 | More by WOLFGANG
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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
Abbaye Des Rocs Grand Cru Belgian Special Brown from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
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