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

Nounnette [Brasserie Des Rocs Blonde]Nounnette [Brasserie Des Rocs Blonde]
90 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by stcules on 11-10-2003

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Photo of RoyalT
4.78/5  rDev +26.1%
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 Bighuge
4.77/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark golden beer with shades of orange. Thick white crop of snow white head. Retention is way cool dude. Real earthy aroma. Herbal and musty. Yeasty. Nice hearty aroma. Great flavor. Solid base of pilsner/belgian based malts. Peppery hop accents (saaz??). Maybe lemon pepper. Nice fruit/melon tones. Dry finish. Alcohol is ghostly. The structure of this beer reminds me of a well put together saison. It's very refreshing and tasty. Slight spritz of carbonation on the tongue. Almost medium bodied. Very, very good.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.73/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a St. Bernardus goblet ( every fine ale deserves a fine chalice! ), this blonde is a thick, hazy orange, with gigantic head on her, puffy, off-white, leaving copious lace behind. Beautiful.

Aroma is uplifting yeast, spice, and lemon zest...a bit tart and sharp, but a so thrilling, nonetheless, as it truly stands out.

Enters the palate meekly, but well-armed. It's a soft and lovely thing, with a transcendent character that can't easily be pegged. It's just a little beyond what you'd expect. Mild, maybe, but packed with spice and citrus fruit, it's a flavorful treat.
Forward mouthfeel, benifitted from the lush carbonation, this delightful blonde is anything but light, and swims merrily in the mouth, yeast contributing largely to the powerful presence on the palate.
I mean, it's just yummy, that's what I'm trying to say!

Truly, I don't think these guys can make anything ordinary.

This would be a nice dessert beer, a nightcap if you're not into a big bruiser like a barleywine or imperial stout. Or, it could be a dinner choice, but only if you have time to relect with every taste, to fall back in your chair and revel at the very wow of it.

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Photo of cokes
4.59/5  rDev +21.1%
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 Josiah2729
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of lpayette
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a cloudy... well, blonde color with a head that is quite sensitive to pour strength. It's got some good staying power too.

Smell- Smells are very yeast driven with notes of barnyardy hay, a bit of wet dog (slight, and not to the extent of being unpleasant), phenols, suggestions of banana, and very very subtle pepper. There's an obvious belgian sugar candy role here too which helps to make this smell pretty sweet overall (literally and figuratively). Might be some corriander and orange peel in here too.

Taste- The belgian candy sugar imparts its typical sweet characteristics to this beer. Quite a bit of banana comes through. Grassy/hay-like characteristic. Slight hop bitterness shows about 3/4 the way through the sip. Moments of green apples and the occassional appearance of faint caramel. Bitter orange peel finish.

Mouthfeel- Creamy with a decent amount of carbonation. Slightly drying if you pour all the yeast in (there's a lot).

Drinkability- Highly complex, highly drinkable, but most importantly, very enjoyable for either sipping slowly or just enjoying without thinking much about it.

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Photo of putnam
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Imported by D & V.

Blurry, burnt orange and yellow. Blots of grey/cream color form wherever the meringue touches -- not least upon the surface of broth underneath.
Aromas are first of hops, kilned by time and sticky from steeping in the boil. It is a grassy, lemon and earth aroma. Cold, moist masses of granite mineral formations seem to move within the core. The sweetness of French prunes and maraschino liqueur dresses the dirt.
On the palate it is a chewy, dense monster. Driven unrelenting by alcohol, there is more than adequate extractions of carb and acid -- at least for now -- to lift this puppy off the ground. It is a breathtaking experience; full of uneasy suspense.
Deep, drenching cascades of sappy iron bitterness tackles sweet fruits and honey. A low center of gravity makes the green acidity a bit obtrusive rather than complimentary.
Just shipped, this sample. I suspect time may tame this beer in a benign way.

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Photo of k75
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
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 jcdiflorio
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
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 gmcfarre
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from John's Grocery in Iowa City. Poured into a Chimay Chalice.

A - Cloudy orange with frothy, dense head. Leaves lace way up the glass. Head lasts and lasts and lasts. Lots of yeasty bits floating around.

S - Orange, coriander, typical blonde stuff, although do I smell grapefruit? Hoppy and refreshing.

T - No surprises here, tastes much like it smells. Taste is a little hidden at first, then hits you after a second. Fruit comes first, then spices and alcohol.

M - Smooth at first, then flavor and carbonation hit back of tongue. Not too heavily carbonated. Leaves behind spices and alcohol. Quite nice.

D - Really nice. Definitely one to savor every sip.

Overall, not as complex as a Duvel (or as I had imagined), but a damn fine brew nonetheless.

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Photo of acrawf6
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle says best before 2008 (cant read anything else).

Pours out a dark hazy orange copper; haze is from tons of floaties. Nice thick white head rises and is retained for a while.

Smell. Lots of spices, cinnoman, some clove, and pepper. Fruit aromas are red apples and apricots, the apricot aspect gives it a creaminess. Big inhales i get a lot of sweetness, almost of cotton candy.

Taste. Quite mild flavor - seems very smoothe and mellow. Lots of nice fruity flavors, red apples with skins, dried apricots, and even some cherry. Spices i got in the aroma do not really show here, just the essence of them. Flavor is certainly on the sweet side. Finishes initially sweet, but then i get a tiny sourness like it was candy.

Mouthfeel. Body is medium, carbonation seems average to low, but goes well with the beer. The lower carbonation also gives this beer a nice creaminess that coats my mouth nicely.

Overall a great beer... these beers from this brewery are starting to become my go-to beers when i want a nice belgian.

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Photo of andjusticeforale
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
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 TastyTaste
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Myr first Abbaye des Rocs from a 12 oz. bottle, this is a little different. Pours a hazy gold golor with some visible floaties in the beer, but has a very impressive looking head that is about 1 solid inch on top of the beer. Smell is belgian yeast funk and citrus, some other woody and soapy smells going on as well. Taste is good, lots of grapefruit and funk present, some tangerine, but all in all very tart. Good hops are also detectable. Mouthfeel is also good, those suspenders didn't show up in the mouthfeel whatsoever. Not one of des Rocs best beers, but still very good.

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Photo of maxpower
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle pours a cloudy, glowing dark yellow-orange with a nice creamy off white head that lasts and leaves good lacing in my glass. Yeasty and fruity melon aromas. Honeydew melon, pear, butterscotch and honey flavors. Medium bodied with a crisp and light mouthfeel, finishes on the dry side, this is awesome and I wish I had a bigger bottle.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle purchased as a single somewhere in NoVA, either WF/Vienna, WF/Annadale, Norm's, or Rick's. Black foil, and huge amount of floaties settled near the bottom. Best before end of 2007.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 2" off-white head above the brass-hued brew. Some of the gelatinous bits made it into the glass, but what can you do? Head continues to grow, snowconing a bit, with reasonable lacing, foamy bits here and there. Aroma is effervescent, with some light spicing over the pale malt sweetness. Taste is similar to the nose, with the spicing melding well with the rest of the brew, not overstated at all. Mouthfeel is bubbly over the tongue, just the right amount, and drinkability is excellent. A 7.5%abv thirst quencher of sorts.

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Photo of marburg
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Faded, washed out looking yellow color with a big, pock-marked, white head. As expected, there's a strong lemon-inspired, earthy malt aroma with some melon-ish fruit in the background. Very pungent, spicy hop nose. Some orange peel, perhaps, and other "Belgian" aromas.

The hops are metallic and spicy taken to new heights. They really sparkle in this beer and wipe away the sugared fruit salad and corn syrupy melon sweetness up front. Perhaps I'm making this sound sweeter than it actually is. I should emphasize the tingling, spicy hops above all else -- whether or not it's a highlight, that's really what I'll remember most about this beer.

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Photo of brutalist
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of JISurfer
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I entered this one, because the bottle was totally different than the Nounette blonde from this brewery.

The bottle for this Blonde had a yellow label, with the usually Brasserie des Rocs pic on it, with the word Blonde on the bottom right and the alcohol content on the left in little letters. The beer was a very cloudy blonde with a super thick off white head. The head had some super retention and lasted the whole beer, rather then dieing out to a laceing. The smell was a little skunky at first, then gave way to wheat, citrus, and malts. It was stronger on the whaet side though. The taste was a little different, in that there was no skunk evident, but had the wheat, citrus, and malt characteristics there. Another element that was present was little bit of a smokey lingering in the aftertaste. It was quite nice how all that was going on, but nothing too demanding or overbearing. Mouthfeel wise, it was very smooth and left a good coating on the mouth, almost cream like. Drinkability is easily a 4.5, maybe even a 5. Even though it had 7.5% alcohol, it was hardly noticeable at all. It was silky smooth and didn't make you feel full after drinking it. This one will be in my beer glass again!

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Photo of mdagnew
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from

Poured a murky rusty orange colour with an incredible amount of yeasty chunks floating around. Light creamy head poured big, thick and meringue like then faded very slowly to good thick layer... lots of good sticky lacing...

Aroma - Loads of spicy Belgian yeastiness, rich creamy and spicy fruits (oranges, apricots, overripe bananas, pears), some medicinal notes, quite strong aniseed notes, honey / candy sugar sweetness, candied peel, some grassiness, floral notes, butterscotch traces, very light malts, some sulphur traces...

Taste – Not quite up to the standard of the aromas.... spicy fruits (bitter oranges, apples, pears), light biscuity malts, nice peppery hop bitterness, light candy sugar / honey sweetness, faint anise notes, some saltiness, quite floral and perfumed...

Feel - Pretty smooth and creamy with a little bite... medium bodied... very drinkable although at 7.5% it might catch up with you pretty quickly..

Overall - An excellent Belgian pale ale although the huge chunks of yeast might be a bit off putting.... recommended...

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4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
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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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

350ml bottle poured in a chalice.

Delicious Des Rocs specimen. Traditional Belgium Ale with the very characteristic Belgium yeasts smell and taste. Very complex beer. Quite close to a Triple to be considered "simply as a Blond.

A: Hazy orange color. Many particles floating around (as the other Des Rocs that I've had). Huge creamy, bubbled and persistent white head which does not disappear totally leaving some lacings
S: Wonderful. Sweet. Belgium yeasts is a must. Vanilla, cloves and malts
T: Like the nose. Sweet upfront. Caramel malts, vanilla, cloves and hops. Light bitter end
M: Medium and creamy body. High carbonation. Molasses sensation
D: High

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Photo of dsa7783
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ML bottle purchased for $7.99 from State Line Liquors in Maryland with a yellow logo sticker and elegant black foil around the neck...
Pours a medium-orange hue with plenty of sediment on the bottom of the glass with no carbonation and a decent-sized foamy and frothy head that lingered on for a bit before slowly receding...
Golden, honey-laden aroma replete with candied sugars, vanilla, and a small hint of alcohol...
Taste strongly resemebled the smell, with less alcohol detected on the tongue... very rich and creamy flavor with obvious nuances of honey, esters, sugars and vanila...
Creamy, rich mouthfeel along with a good level of drinkablity for a strong beer...

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Photo of BobZ
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml 25.4 Oz. bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Very nice copper/amber but yet again the snow-globe of floaties that this brewery is known for. Not much of a head and minimal lacing.

Smell: Unexepectedly malty sweetness and highly interesting, spicy notes immediately follow.

Taste: Very, very, good, with a sweetness that is well balanced, not overly sweet, not cloying at all. Malt for sure but a nice spicy flavor followed by a gentle hop presence. A very unique beer almost tripel like. This beer is closer to a tripel than it is a Pale Ale (like Duvel). Great flavor, deifinitely worth a try.

Mouth feel: Well carbonated, and as usual the sediment definitely can pile up near the end.

Overall: Very good beer, big on flavor, if floaties bother you then pass; otherwise, experience a great tasting beer.

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Photo of kamiller
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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 Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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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Nounnette [Brasserie Des Rocs Blonde] from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 90 ratings
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