Abbaye Des Rocs Grand Cru Belgian Special Brown - Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
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4.05/5 rDev -3.8%
750mL bottle from JI Pig (50% off sale)...
A: Pours a light, tawny copper; a bit cloudy.
S: Light sweetness and bready.
T: Again, bready; a cornucopia of Belgian spice / yeast aromas accompany.
M: A little thinner than expected.
O: Not bad; quite drinkable.
10-20-2013 04:42:05 | More by jpro
4.24/5 rDev +0.7%
Poured into a snifter
A: chestnut brown with an off-white half finger head that dissipates quickly. Light lacing. Lots of floating fermentation.
S: dark fruits, caramel, Belgian yeast.
T : Follows nose with plums and raisins. Bready malts, banana nut bread with hints of chocolate. Sweet,robust. A Belgian delight.
M: medium with heavy carbonation. Thick, frothy.
O: Worth the $5 price tag. Will definitely drink again. A great celebration sipper.
09-15-2013 17:07:11 | More by brewskifan55
British Columbia (Canada)
4.53/5 rDev +7.6%
A: murky brown liquid with 1/4" cream colored head that left a nice lacing.
S: plums, grapes, raisins, pears and yeast.
T: Dark grapes, raisins, plums, pears, corn, apples.
M: creamy medium viscosity and a low level of carbonation. Very smooth.
O: extremely smooth and tasty grand cru. Recommended.
09-04-2013 02:01:03 | More by DaftCaskBC
3.61/5 rDev -14.3%
Bottle states best before 06/08/2013. Whoops!
A: Gusher bottle, managed to save it. Pours a nice dark brown. Enormous fluffy light light brown head. Head takes forever to dissipate. Marginal lacing but great retention.
S: Big overripe dark fruits in the aroma. Sweetbread aroma too.
T: Hmph. Kinda funky overripe fruits from start to finish. There's raisin, dates, cherry, banana? A little brown sugar. Sweetbread malt, tastes like poundcake (had another beer that tasted the same just recently, funny). Kind of a sickly sweet aftertaste, like molasses maybe? No sign of alcohol at all.
M: Heavy and sticky.
O: Very interesting and unique BSDA. I honestly can't decide if it's good or bad. Lots of fruit and poundcake. Kinda odd flavors overall but at the same time I can't call it truly bad. Not sure if it's just old or if it just doesn't suit me. I gave it sorta middling scores, I didn't particularly enjoy it though I liked most aspects of it (none of that probably makes any sense). I tried to be nice due to the age (past the "best by"), this one clearly does not age well as I'm reading past aged reviews.
08-14-2013 02:44:27 | More by Dope
4.33/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
07-28-2013 22:08:57 | More by thehyperduck
Abbaye Des Rocs Grand Cru Belgian Special Brown from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
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