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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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652 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 652
Reviews: 501
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 34
Gots: 26 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jdhilt on 10-08-2005)
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

JamLand, Jul 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

jaxon53, Jun 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

tom10101, Jun 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

HATS4BATS, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of tbeckett
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

tbeckett, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of gloryhole
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

gloryhole, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of Danny1217
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Danny1217, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of Cramshawbar
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Cramshawbar, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of Eldyr
3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Eldyr, May 31, 2013
Photo of TerryW
4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

TerryW, May 30, 2013
Photo of JayQue
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

JayQue, May 29, 2013
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

CAMRAhardliner, May 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

jucifer1818, May 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

InspectorBob, May 23, 2013
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4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

mtomlins, May 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

jimctin, May 15, 2013
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

TheSevenDuffs, May 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

MoistPope, Apr 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

AugustusRex, Apr 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

jmkoscie, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of peensteen
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

peensteen, Apr 09, 2013
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4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Digimaika2, Apr 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

drewone, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of woosterbill
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle, presumably fairly fresh.

A: Clear, dark plum-brown body beneath two fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is decent but unremarkable, with light lace. Good, not great.

S: Bright, fresh, and complex. Candied dark fruits are dominant, with raisin and dried cherry standing out on top of specialty malt and some spiciness. Excellent.

T: Follows the nose precisely - complex interplay of malt and yeast, yielding smoothly sweet notes of dried fruit, glazed fruitcake, and faint chocolate. Some light, spicy alcohol on the alcohol is warming but not the least bit overbearing. Delicious.

M: Even after a bunch of swirling it's distinctly overcarbonated, but the bubbles are delicate enough to avoid being prickly. Ok, but not as smooth as I'd like.

O: This is my second beer from this brewery, and both have been incredibly flavorful but markedly too bubbly. I love the frothiness in a BSPA like Duvel, but in a BSDA I'd rather get to enjoy the substance of the rich malts. Minor carbonation nitpick aside, I love this beer.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of biegaman
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking Brasserie des Rocs it's a good idea to be near a sink. Certainly away from electronics. This may be the first of the many bottles I've had from this brewery that didn't reenact a scene from Yellowtone National Park. Nonetheless, the coagulated yeast that has forever been an unsightly pimple on the face of ADR beers continues to plague them. The little sediment clumps provide a visual texture that makes the glass look as though it's fitted in brown leather.

The bouquet is sweet and spicy, with notes of brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon and sticky dark fruits all enveloped by milk chocolate and marshmallow overtones. It's like some kind of gourmet Rocky-Road ice cream in beer form! There's also notes of molasses, licorice and sugar-plum that are boosted by a subtle but perceptible alcohol strength. Wonderful stuff!

The taste threw me for a bit of a loop. Gone are most of the many sweet, spicy flavours of the aroma. There's nowhere near the intricacy or variety that was anticipated. At first I thought it too cold - allowing it to breath and warm is certainly beneficial - but it seems to simply be lacking the flagship rich maltiness of this brewery's other offerings.

The flavour is brief, hurried and reserved, as if I were an old high-school mate it ran into on the street and didn't have the time nor desire to get reacquainted. Notes of dark toffee, dried fruits, rye bread and subtle baking spices fail to make much of a lasting impression. A tad chocolatey. I find it flat, figuratively speaking (literally, the carbonation should actually be toned down).

'Grand Cru' is a wine term borrowed in the beer community to refer generally to an offering the brewery feels is particularly great or special. Despite this offering sporting that moniker, I personally think the Brune, Triple Impériale, and La Montagnarde are all more deserving of special denotation than this. They're also, in my opinion, more deserving of my next ADR purchase.

biegaman, Apr 05, 2013
Abbaye Des Rocs Grand Cru Belgian Special Brown from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
94 out of 100 based on 652 ratings.