Nounnette [Brasserie Des Rocs Blonde] | Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.

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Nounnette [Brasserie Des Rocs Blonde]Nounnette [Brasserie Des Rocs Blonde]

Brewed by:
Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stcules on 11-10-2003

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Ratings: 92 |  Reviews: 74
Reviews by busterthecat:
Photo of busterthecat
2.77/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up this 750mL bottle on sale for ~$4. Best by date of 11/07/2011. L818 03761 also printed on label. Poured into an Allagash chalice and a Corsendonk chalice.

A- Pours a transparent light apple juice hue that sits a nice copper color in glass. A big crisp sparkling off-white head forms and then reduces down to a good 1/4" of thick, yet bubbly foam. Lots of yeast floaties being thrown around in the glass, kinda crazy.

S- bread and crackers with a touch of spice and apple in the nose. Light and crisp with some sweetness. Rather interesting.

T- Yeast and dry saltine crackers upfront. A rather strong and harsh dry taste. Some spice and apple skins comes through. Slight booze heat in finish. Sweet apple becomes stronger if warms, but also becomes more unpleasant to drink.

M- Medium bodied. Dry and lingering on palate. There is a slight alcohol in the end that warms. Slightly grating on palate from an odd mellow dry bitterness.

O- I think this bottle may have been a bit off. Perhaps not my thing. Became a chore to finish as it warmed. Buy with caution. very much like odd apple juice.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.78/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one is hazy and thick orange in color with some big floaties in the glass. The monster head did not show any signs of going down. As I drank the ale it left clumps of foam all over the glass.

Smell – The rich, yeasty aroma is kind of Witbierish. The yeasty malts are very aromatic though and the spicing is strong. What I really enjoyed about this nose were the hops. I don’t know much about Belgian hops, but this smell was incredible. Overall a very inviting nose that showed tremendous balance.

Taste – Oh, the pale flavors here are amazing. The hops are so smooth and so easy in the mouth it’s unbelievable. The yeasty malt is Even Steven with the hops, and the spices balance things out perfectly. I don’t know what a perfect BSPA tastes like in Belgium, but this is as good as I’ve had here in the US.

Mouthfeel – This medium-bodied ale has a great mouthfeel. It is so light and so fluffy in the cheeks it makes you feel like you’re dancing on air. You almost feel like if you spit out the ale it would just come out as a whiff of smoke and float away.

Drinkability – I don’t know that this was dead-on for the style, but man oh man did I enjoy drinking it.

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Photo of merlin48
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz brown bottle, with yellow label. No mention of "nounette" to be found, but seems to be the same BSPA previously reviewed. This one pours a cloudy apricot body into a chalice, with a large bone ivory head that retains quite well. Some "floaty" yeast particles are easily observed in suspension. Excellent sheet lacing effect coats the sides of the glass.
Aroma is complex. Citrusy mango, lime, and orangepeel, earthy yeast, and some mild spicing of coriander.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with lovely Belgianesque effervescent carbonation that seems to explode all over the palate.
Taste has a lot of tropical fruitiness, with mango, pineapple, lime, and orangepeel. A hint of banana is noted, as well. A lot of earthy yeastiness is at work here, as well, adding some barnyard texture. Some sharp, citric hop notes throw some grapefruit into the mix. Finish is a bit dry, slightly bitter, with an even aftertaste.
Very interesting, and more complex than I was expecting. Lots of things going on here. Really need a couple more bottles of this one to explore all of the multifacited character. Very nice Belgian ale here. Need more!

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Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of jisak74
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served into a Chimay chalice slightly off white froathy head dissapates on the quick side huge chunks of suspended yeast very cloudy light cidery color.

Fruity tart aromas,pear,nectarines earthy grassy with a touch of gin.

Peach peel tastes with the same feel with dry grassy bitterness clean finish,very well balanced
with dried fruit some pear taste leaves a dry swell in mouth. Very light mouthfeel,enjoyable and easy to drink even in the summertime.

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Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Buford in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy golden-orange color with a two-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sweet pilsner malts with good amounts of syrup-soaked pears. As it warms very light hints of leafy hop and bread-like aromas waft out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Crisp pilsner malts with large amounts of light Belgian candi sugar kick things off. Hints of bready flavors work make an appearance shortly thereafter along with very light hints of indistinct spices. Midway through the sip solid amounts of overripe pear flavors work their way into things, carrying through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I thought this was a good beer for the style but nothing stood out as above average. An easy-drinking beer that's worth a shot. I found the bottle version to be sweeter but a bit more complex than the tap version.

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Photo of kamiller
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz bottle Best before 2007 pored into Guinness Imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice 2 finger white head, cloudy gold color.

Smell: fruity and spicy hints

Taste: not flashy or complicated but good, a touch of spice and citris

Mouthfeel: good, thin, mildly carbonated, clean finish

Drinkability: excellent, I'm glad I have a couple of these.

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Photo of mattfancett
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of cokes
4.59/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opague golden orange stacked with a stark white minaret.
Nosed of wintergreen, dried hay, breadcrust, peach, white peppercorn, lilac, and orange rind.
Begins with a flourish of sourdough breadiness, leading into a white grape tartness indicating Savignon Blanc. Pineapple, peach, and orange rind ensue. Yeast contributes dashes of pepper and a furthering of dough. It concludes with a brassy pang of prairie grass, gardens, and hay, Alcohol is present only in peripheral white rum ligthning.
Medium in body with an uplifting bead.
Another des Rocs ringer here. Thanks, again, to Bighuge.

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Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Barbie Doll of bondes, just perfect and classic. Blonde colour with very good creamy head. Clean aroma yeast. Yeasty, not too yeasty, spice in the background peppery cinammon, great drink with food, easy drinking. Good medium plus mouthfeel.

Bomber thanks to awaisanen.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours a golden orange color with some yeasties floating around and a large creamy white head with excellent retention and lacing. The aroma is deliciously fruity (apples and pears) and yeasty as well. There is also a slightly buttery malt presence in the nose as well as must and spicy hops. The taste is slightly tart with must, spices, yeast and a pleasant maltiness that is finished with some spicy hops. Mouthfeel is light with a good amount of carbonation. Overall, this is a delightfully satisfying brew from a simply phenomenal brewery. Recommended.

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Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a small bottle at the Farmhouse in Emmaus, PA. Like all des Rocs beers, this one is full of floaties. Still, there's a wonderfully creamy white head to top this drink off. The aroma is a bit plain, but there are appropriate sweet bready malt with a hint of Belgian spice. The runs deeper with subtle vanilla and sugar cookie notes and herbal orange peel behind behind more ordinary, but no less delicious, pale pastry-like Belgian malt and yeast profile. Very easy to drink and a classic Belgian blonde.

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Photo of andjusticeforale
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought a 330ml from a store on commercial ave in portland maine. This beer poured nice dark yellow with a great foamy type head with dense bubbles that have a heft to them as you take you first sip, There is in the smell, some sugar, some aging some hint of the grand cru brandy alcohol flavors, even though its a blond.

The mouthfeel is just enough, there is sweetness, a firm malty middle and a great taste of spice in the middle to finnish; there is alcohol, but it is warming and pleasant. The finish beckons for more. Its bdry, refined, with a spicey "hop type bitter" rounded out with sweetness finish.

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Photo of bditty187
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Peachy, bright gold in hue; the color is lovely but I don’t care for the massive amount of floating protein, it looks like a shaken snow globe. White head, at the apex the foam was one finger tall (which is too short, IMO); surprisingly the head faded to a soapy collar fairly quickly. I was expecting a larger and healthier head, oh well. The subsequent lacing was spotty and disorganized. Overall, the appearance is decent but more “flawed” then special.

Even though I purchased a capped bottle I smell cork. How odd. Other notes included spiced apples, orange peel, herbs, and coriander. At the back is some sourness. How odd. Low potency; not too chatty really and I am confused with what it is saying. I don’t want/like to classify Belgian beers but what is this? A Sour Wit/Pale Ale? I’m not getting much depth; some of the aromas are agreeable but others scare me. I hope the palate tastes better then this smells. In the end, I’ll call it inviting.

Well… it doesn’t taste much better then it smells. On the palate I get about everything on the nose indicated. I like honest beer. I taste woody notes, spice, coriander, fruity jam, orange peel, a sprig of herbs, and some wheat. It is taking me a bit but I am starting to like this beer. For 7.5% abv the alcohol is a little too vocal. I don’t really understand the woody finish. The more I drink the more flavors emerge, like pepper and a very distant kiss of bubblegum. What I am supposed to do with this beer? It really isn’t a very good Pale Ale but is it really a Pale Ale? I don’t think so. It is a fairly tasty beer with oddities. I wonder if I have an off bottle as I can’t imagine this woodiness is wanted. Maybe it is. The only thing holding back the palate is the lack of complexity; I have little more then a pleasant tasting but straightforward beer. Good but forgettable.

Medium in body, I can feel the yeast clumps on my tongue when I swallow. Low carbonation, the mouthfeel is adequate but it’s nothing special.

I had very high expectations. I love Abbaye des Rocs but this offering failed to impress me. Still, this is a solid beer but others like it are better. Yes, this beer is drinkable but I am no real hurry to rush out and get more. I do think this beer would kick ass with a fruit salad. I purchased my bottle in Kansas City, MO. Worth a try.

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Photo of BeerZack
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle

Golden-orange honey color with a fluffy white head that stick around till your done.

Smells sweet and yeasty mostly. Some fruity esters and slight alcohol as well.

Lots of hints at bread dough. Light yet sweet maltiness, slightest hint of caramel that is balanced well by a decent dryness on the finish.

Great soft mouthfeel that is quite substantial for how light the beer actually tastes. Reminds me of a drier Leffe blonde, much more thirst-quenching to me. Nice.

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Photo of dgallina
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle dated best-before May 2008.

Poured cloudy yellow-peach with out-of-control off-white meringue-like head. Lots of yeasty-looking floaters even though the bottle was allowed to rest and was poured carefully. Sweet alcohol citrus fruit and and hops in the nose. Slightly toasty grains and carmel on the tongue, with medium-sweet finish and gently prickly hops. Flavor is pleasing but uncomplicated; earlier fruits are almost absent from the taste. Well-carbonated and somewhat creamy in the mouth, but the texture is ruined by the floating yeast. Pretty drinkable, but mouth-feel and somewhat disappointing flavor ultimately bring the beer down.

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Photo of Gmann
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale orange color with a big foamy white head that settled into a puffy cap. The aroma is tart, with apple skin and lemon; some sweet candi sugar picked up as well. The taste is of a floral honey, some light banana, lemon/green apple tartness, and a little bit of a winey booze flavor. The brew has a moderate feel with semi soft carbonation, finishes slightly dry. A typical BSPA, nice flavors but nothing outstanding. Perhaps a bit too much winey/booze flavor/aroma

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Photo of Mattgruv
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy blonde color ale with a huge head with great retention. Aroma is a mix of wheat with some sweetness also quite apparent. Taste is very sweet at first and wheat can also be noticed afterward. There seems to be some spices even though the label mentioned that no spices were used during brewing, Not the best tripel I had the chance of drinking but still a pretty good example of the style.

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Photo of k75
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

another fine beer from Abbaye Des Rocs

pours just a bit hazy golden

smells just a touch of phenols and spicy esters

blondes don't usually excite me ( except my wife ) but this one comes across as a soft, mild tripel

all the drinkability of a basic blonde with a bit of spicy finish



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Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy dark golden yellow in color and has a light amount of carbonation with lots of large yeast particles floating in suspension. It poured with a finger high bright white head that quickly faded away but mostly left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of apples and yeast in the nose along with notes of bready malts.
T: Like the smell, the taste is a bit fruity with flavors of apples yet the yeast really stands out and contributes a mild amount of spiciness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and a bit prickly on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is easy to drink and the alcohol is well hidden from the taste. If you don't like yeast, don't pour out the entire bottle into your glass!

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from my Ciney sniffer

A - Pours a cloudy murky honeycomb colour with a white head that retains.

S - Not massive aromas, but yeast and citrus are present.

T - Slightly spicy with yeast and citrus.

M - Light to Medium body and low to medium carbonation.

O - Very solid Blonde beer

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4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Tulip glass. Enjoyed on sep´11. Golden amber, orange to the light. Foggy. Off-white, small bubbled, froth. Fairly good retention & some spots on sides. Yeast, fresh grass, orange zest, mildy malty aromas, sugars & spices too. Flavor profile shows orange juice & sweet bitterness. Hints of lemon & grapefruit. Rough viscosity in the middle lingers into the finish. ABV is not annoying .Easy drinkability & refreshing sensation.

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Nounnette [Brasserie Des Rocs Blonde] from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 92 ratings