La Montagnarde [Brasserie Des Rocs Ambree] - Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
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3.94/5 rDev -1%
Served slightly chilled in a tulip glass, 330 ml bottle at 7.5%. Colour is a dark amber, fairly opaque with a solid dense white head, shows really solid retention.
S- notes of estery yeast, clove and nutmeg, banana/fig notes, some caramelized dark malts with a deep dark spiciness. Light spiced fruit notes like dark banana bread with dark fig caramel.
T- a smooth balanced start, dark brown sugar, full caramel with a nutmeg and cinnamon spice, transitions to some peppermint toward the end. Bring a some pleasant lemony yeast esters throughout which blend nicely, the caramel thickness and sweetness is rich but balanced quite well by the yeast and spicy hop bitterness. Finish is caramel and nutty, salted pecans.
M - full bodied with a pleasant mouth filling creaminess, a crisp and restrained carbonation that works quite nicely. Finishes off crisp, a good balance between a rich brown sugar body and enough carb to make it a refreshing amber ale.
Overall this hits a good balance, and conforms to its style. There is a bit of a dominance. Of the caramel brown sugar but also a pleasant yeast and bitterness but these could be played up a bit, this is an enjoyable Belgian and really good for the price. Some nice lemon yeast, maybe could use a touch of hops. Worth trying for sure.
04-28-2014 01:20:29 | More by mick303
3.88/5 rDev -2.5%
Most Abbaye des Rocs offering I've tried started with a bang! - literally, they gushed all over my counter - but La Montagnarde, thankfully, has a more reserved carbonation; its head is barely thick enough to cover the surface but sticks to it like scotch tape. Be sure to leave the last few ounces out, however, if you want to appreciate the beer's pretty caramel colour.
The acidity of a vineyard's soil or which way its slopes face are rarely obvious except to the most perceptive sommeliers; Belgian yeast, on the other hand, makes for bold, distinct characteristics that can be appreciated by anyone with a nose. This particular example has the air of bruised plum and apple as well as highly aromatic spices (i.e., mace, clove).
Even more noted, however, are the honey, brown sugar, and caramel flavours of the malt. It's not easy to out-muscle Belgian yeast but this grain is not only plentiful but layered with toasty-sweet nuttiness and enough toffee to bake with. The result is a beer that tastes like dried fruits and nuts lathered in honey. Delicious stuff.
What's more, some sips are also tossed with spices. It almost reminds me of a sweet-and-spicy bar mix. The spicy/savory element lends an earthiness that prevents the beer (and all its rich, sticky caramel and chestnut honey notes) from becoming too sweet. Indeed, this is impressively quaffable for such a big flavour profile (not to mention 7.5% alcohol).
Belgian ales like La Montagnarde are so distinctive; they are worthy of the same attention gourmands pay to cheese and offer every bit the satiation. Somewhat like a Rube Goldberg machine in that they perform a very simple task (gratifying refreshment) via such elaborate, complex means, offerings like this are the beers to have on permanent stand-by.
04-14-2014 22:22:06 | More by biegaman
4.29/5 rDev +7.8%
Appearance: dull amber, brown, thick with unfiltered yeast; fine, sand coloured head with great retention; fine looking Belgium beer
Aroma: faintly herbal, and floral, with a touch of cinnamon; very light, but there's depth to it, drawing you in; some caramel, vanilla
Taste & Mouthfeel: toffee pudding and some vibrant, almost juicy fruit - cherry, peach, grape - which turns quickly to a dry, crisp finish; lightly acidic with sharp carbonation contribute to the brisk finish, a good play to cut through the initial sweet malt and yeast esters; as the rest of the bottle is poured and remaining settled yeast fills the glass, it obviously becomes much more full bodied (a little buttery) and the fruit flavours more pronounced, with a creamy texture - the whole thing really smooths out
Overall: flavour and particularly aroma is all over the place, surely coming from a great yeast strain - it's exciting and intriguing with great feel and flavour
04-05-2014 23:12:28 | More by BGDrock
4.06/5 rDev +2%
Purchased at the LCBO 330ml bottle for around $3.25. Served at 10deg C in a challis.
A- Opened with a mighty pop. Poured with an excellent 1" head tapering to a film within a minute or two
S- Hints of roasted caramel
T- Pretty good. Nice carbonation lends itself to easy drinkability. Not a hint of the 7.5%. Well blended brew
M- Very good. Creamy yet light. Again excellent brew
O- Very good. Not a favorite triple for me but very good. I will definitely try again on tap.
This nice little trip went well with... Roasted turkey! The combination of the poultry seasoning and crispy skin just accentuates this brew.
04-05-2014 13:27:01 | More by DaveBar
4.11/5 rDev +3.3%
330 ml bottle served cool into glassware. Purchased from LCBO for $3.05 CDN. Quaffed this beer a little too quickly last time to get a proper review in, it was very delicious so I appreciate being able to buy this again at a later date.
Appearance - Extremely hazy, reddish brown colored beer. Gentle pour still yielded a fist full of fingers of dense sticky white head, that receded at a glacial pace. Sediment appears to be moving around in the bottom of the glass and the bubbles rise to the surface only a mere bit faster than the voluptuous head continues its decent. Tons of sticky lacing is smeared all of the glass.
Smell - Molasses and bready backbone, slightest of of something sharp and metallic. A deep whiff reveals some toffee and caramel aromas.
Taste - There's a trace taste of coffee before melting away in a vanilla, toffee caramel blend. Slight peppery heat on the very finish of each sip although it builds steadily from mid-mouthful to the conclusion. A bit of a sticky bread pudding flavor would be a way to describe the way the flavors meld together sweet but never even straddling the line of excess as the sweetness remains subdued. Very tasty. A bit boozy after a few sips as well.
Mouthfeel - Silky smooth with medium carbonation and a slightly hot finish. Medium to heavy bodied that coats the mouth nicely but because of the balanced bitterness that just keeps cutting into the sweetness the beer never approaches cloying.
Overall - Definitely let this one warm up a bit, as the flavors are much more bold when warm than if served on the cold side. A wonderful Belgian that I would heartily recommend. It's just about on par with some of the biggest and best in the style making this an absolute treat at the price point. Pick it up while you can.
04-02-2014 03:18:58 | More by DenisKolkin
3.89/5 rDev -2.3%
330ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $3
Appearance – Hazy brown colour with an above average size fizzy beige coloured head. It’s hard to make out the carbonation level due to the darkness of the beer and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.
Smell – Malts, grapes/raisins, plums, yeast
Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and some yeast. There is also some dark fruit flavour.. grapes/raisins.
Overall – Reminded me of a Rochefort 8 with a touch less spice and booze. A decent beer, but my bottle was 7.5% when I was expecting a little more oomph since it is usually 9% by the looks of things. Well worth trying though.
03-22-2014 01:08:41 | More by spinrsx
La Montagnarde [Brasserie Des Rocs Ambree] from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
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