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]

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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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Reviews: 74 | Ratings: 89
Photo of josanguapo
2.18/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From cervezasespeciales. In La Trappe chalice. Watching Sons of Anarchy 2x01. Withouth the typical belgian sweetness and more like the brew of an amateur spanish micro. Small disgusting bitterness

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Photo of atlason
2.62/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap into tasting glass.

A: Clear deep gold, fine head, lacing limited and spotty.

S: Delicate yet strong floral aroma -- forget-me-not on top of caramel notes.

T: This tastes off. Not fresh -- the malt was stale. Dominant flavor is a muddy unpleasant note, perhaps autolysis ? Light but present hops.

M: Medium accross the board, not off putting in mouthfeel.

Reviewed from notes.

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Photo of spiveym
2.77/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

11.2 fl oz. bottle, "Best before end 2008" on back.

Upon first pouring this, I thought the seal had been broken and mold gotten into the beer. The sheer volume of floaters was scary. I enjoy unfiltered beer, but this was ridiculous. Consequently the mouth feel was like drinking orange juice with 'lots of pulp.' So much stuff floating around, it reminded me of Flying Dog's Horn Dog barley wine. The taste was good, but nothing outstanding. Honestly, drinking 'beer with pulp' really killed the experience for me.

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Photo of busterthecat
2.77/5  rDev -26.9%
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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Photo of scruffwhor
2.83/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Like the three finger head in my Goose Island tulip glass. Good carbonation and sunshine color. The only thing that brought down an almost perfect performance was the crazy yeast flakes that were abundant in this brew throughiout the whole 750 ml's of this bottle. At first I thought it was ice from maybe sitting in my fridge for too long. Not the case, straight up yeast sediment that decided to stir at this moment I guess. The aroma is a light fruit and alcohol. Pretty muted from a Belgian Brewery of this prestige. The taste seems very m,uted and subtle with the usual fruits and spices I've come to expect and enjoy from this brewery. Touches of honeydew and cantaloupe and anise and fennel. The light palate was hindered greatly by the alcohol with the feeling of sediment on each and every sip of this beer. Didn't drink with as much exuberance as expected.

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Photo of corby112
2.91/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from Eulogy in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a clear golden color with a thin white head and huge chunks of yeast floating around. Very crisp with hints of apple and pear but the chunks of yeast were noticebale in the mouthful. Disappointing offering from a very good brewery.

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Photo of stcules
2.92/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark orange colour, compact foam.
The smell is floreal (fresh white flower), light.
Taste: hop (in somewhat, warm hop) and floreal, vanilla.
Hopped aftertaste, but not totally convincing.
Medium-light body.
Quite good beer, but a little anonimous, not characterized.
From Abbaye de Rocs, we wait something more.

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Photo of Freshie
3.06/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The appearance is for the most part fine. Cloudy golden color, with whispy white head. It did gush on me during opening, and there was a fruit fly floating around. So gross.

Grainy aroma. Bready. A bit of candy sweetness.

The taste is a bit metallic. Grain is soft, hops are light. Some fruitiness, lends to a gentle crispness as you drink.

Kind of so so.

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Photo of bort11
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Half inch white head that leaves a thin spotty lace. Color is a hazy peach color with a ton of sediment. Smell is fruity and sweet. Taste is very fruity, with a bit of spice from the yeast. Mouthfeel is crisp with a tight carbonation. Goes down pretty quick but doesn't really make an impression.

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Photo of rarbring
3.32/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A hazy pale amber brew, almost straw colored, a white fluffy head leaving little lacing and having small curtains.

Sweet fruity, banana, canned pears, spices, cardamom and clove.

Tasting sweet, wheat bread, lemon jam, a spicy bitterness. A hint of old yeast.

High carbonation, small foamy bubbles, soft, medium body, slightly dry finish.

Not the best blonde I've had, a bit watery and stale.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: hazy wheat color, thick creamy layer of off-white foam, good head retention, resembles a hefeweizen

Aroma: a grainy malt-base dusted with clove and cinnamon, lightly sweet, just a tickle of herbal hops and alcohol

Flavor: initially a bracing sweetness that is mitigated by the prickly carbonation and a spicey bitterness that seems unrelated to hops, orange peels, a bit yeasty, a touch of acidity, finishes pretty dry with a bittersweet aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, fizzy carbonation, soft texture

Overall Impression: Closer to a "Belgian hefeweizen" (if that exists) than the typical Belgian blonde ale. But one of the great things about the Belgian style definitions is that there is a lot of grey area. There's not such a hard division between different styles. As such, this is a bready, spicy, blonde ale. Very soft. It would be a good palate cleanser.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I poured this from an 11.2oz bottle into a Watou chalice. It had a sticker stating best before the end of 2008. So why does it have so much floating yeastie particles in it, really large mis-shaped globs which look like loogies in my beer. Honestly I hate this appearance, I've seen these large particles in several other beers and it's really hard for me to stomache.

The arome is nice and Belgian-y, with hints of bread and esters which remind me of St. Bernardus Tripel. The taste is hard to rate, with the gelatinous crud floating around making me feel apprehensive with each sip. I guess it was OK flavor, but my cringing made it seem less tasty. Was this bottle subjected to improper treatment? I cannot try it again, I won't.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.37/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Murky orange pour with lots of yeast residue in the liquid. A really tall white, but sadly; fluffy airy head that dissipates after a while into rather nice lacings.

S: Alcohol up front, obvious but also shy. Rich floral hops; fruits. Both dried dark but also ripe citric ones; oranges and lemons. Apples and mango as well. Malty sweetness, rather rich for this style. Spices.

T: Nettles dominates almost everything else and not in a nice way. Dry and sharp. Sourness. Yeast and spices. Some fruit, but way in the back; apples and oranges.

M: Long aftertaste, sour and bitter. Body is medium and carbonation the same. Warmth from alcohol.

O: Sadly the taste was a bit off; unbalanced and sharp. Otherwise this is not bad.

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Photo of deeplennon
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hmmm, possibly the least impressive of the Abbaye Des Rocs line.

11.2oz bottle poured with medium carbonation, and typical for Abbaye Des Rocs, many yeast solids were suspended in the bottom 1/5th (mostly left out of the glass). Smell was mildly honeyish and sweet. Taste was was nearly there. Balanced in the sense that the 7.5% abv was well hidden, but other than that only some mild hop bitterness stood out with a slight touch of sweet.

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Photo of nick76
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aroma has sour dough bread, lots of yeast, malt, oranges, and a touch of basement smell. The appearance is deep gold orange with a foamy head and tons of floating matter. The flavor is only mildly sweet, with most of the elements from the aroma present. It is also slightly bitter with a dry finish. The palate is smooth from the carbonation. I want to give this a higher rating but it's got too many problems to ignore. The large particulates just ruined it for me and the aroma is off.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: A 330ml (11,6 fl.oz.) standard brown glass bottle. The generic Abbaye des Rocs label has a dark blue background with the word ‘Nounnette’ in red angled across the front. A neck and reverse label complete presentation. Described as a Blonde/Blond, the bilingual also states that this is 7,5% alc.vol. and has Triple Fermentation. Proffers that the contents should be served at 6-8°C (43-46°F). Has a smudged LOT number, but no discernable Best Before Date.

Appearance: A crusty looking white head slake forms on the glass sides after the massive foam expanse which initially formed rests and relaxes. Excellent lacing complements the ½” smooth looking collar head. The cloudy golden yellow body has small yeasty particles floating in it midst, but it still looks good. Solid carbonation levels give this one a good long lasting head and superb looks.

Nose: Coriander, orange peel, Curacao, herbs, spices and a firm yeasty pong that all lend an exotic overall odor to what initially has a White Beer nose. Deeper inhalation reveal lightly roasted grains, alcohol steeped bread and

Taste: Grains soaked in alcohol mixed with a sweet dimension that gives the impression of higher alcohols. The middle is spicy, hints of orange peel, a zinging tongue lashing spicy tang and some nice lightly bitter aftertastes all contrive to make this a very interesting experience.

Mouthfeel: The solid carbonation starts with a lively spiky feel that mixes well with orange peel and finishes with a soothing velvet like cuddle. Nice body for a 7,5%er. Solid.

Drinkability: Difficult one this, whilst this has bags of flavor, plenty of character and a nice solid mouthfeel, and whilst it is a very interesting take on the Belgium Blonde (a label description that I have to take issue with), it is hard and punchy and it lacks some balance for a session beer. Still, it is an intriguing beer that has you returning to re-examine what you think you just experienced.

Overall: A nice erm…..well, “Blonde -cum- Tripel -cum- Spicey White Ale”. Whatever you want to “tag” it as, it is worth trying is you stumble across it, but I have a feeling that this one is not exported to the US and only available locally in Belgium.

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Photo of Crosling
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Chunky proteins suspended among glimmers of orange and peach coloring. Full, creamy Belgian foam that lasts. Those Belgians sure know their head retention. Fairly expressive nose, which hints of lemon and lime, as well as hints of orange, tangerine and a spicy, peppery hoppiness. Flavor is fairly sweet, hoppy, with some honey covered fruit notes, citrus and vanilla. Nice balance.

For the record: my low appearence scores reflect the gross and nasty chunks that are often present in their beers.

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Photo of bditty187
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
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 sabrills70
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottlecapped green bottle with best before end of 2008 on the back. Pours a hazy sediment filled orange amber with a nice cramy head and pretty good lace. Some skunkiness noted during the pour but once in the glass a nice malt presence is detected along with honey, slight brown sugar and a bit of citrus. Big Belgian malt flavors followed but nice hop flavors and biterness. Somewhat citrusy and a bit earthy. Fruity. Warming, surprisingly so for a 7.5abv. A decent brew. The only down side was the skunkiness.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle Inspection: Little bugger gushed on me before I could pour. 11.2 fl. oz. brown bottle, 7.5% abv., best before date is smudged, think I read 6.11 (sampled Oct 2007). Glassware and temperature suggestions (tall pint glass, 42-47 F).

Aroma: Firm Belgian yeast note, fruity esters going toward melon and lemon rind, and a cork woodiness..

Appearance: 24K gold in the glass, but only a scant cover.

Flavor: Belgian yeast is the first and foremost taste, over ripe peach on a pale malt base, and an earthy subtle hop. The balance is toward the sweet, with a certain bready aspect to it. The cork woodiness kicks in as well, odd as this is capped, not corked.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation, lighter body, bone dry finish.

Overall Impression: A classic Belgian ale. It’s a pleasant one to sip on, but I have my socks firmly on. A good example of the style, but I don’t see myself craving another.
Worth a shot.

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Photo of dgallina
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
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 eric5bellies
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
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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Photo of msubulldog25
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a 33cl bottle at Beaumont Market. On clearance; dated "best before end of 2007". Poured to a 'La Rulles' mini-goblet.

A: Fuzzy golden blond. Whoa, I thought I poured carefully - however, there are massive amounts of suspended yeast globs. Lots of yeast coating the bottom of the bottle, too. Some vigorous carbonation streams wiggle through all that murkiness. Frothy 1 finger+ white head with good retention.

S: Wheat, with an herbal effervescent tingle. Spiced aromas of coriander, clove & some dry pepper.

T: Sweet but with a dry finish. Lots of yeast and spices, resembles a tripel in flavor. Flavors are generally likable, except for a funny tasting pepto-bismol/medicinal chalkiness in the finish. Has a raw, natural/rustic quality and good strength.

M: It's an odd sensation sipping a beer and having discernable clumps of yeast in your's only happened to me one other time (Millevertus' Blanchette). A bit prickly and crisp mouthfeel with a slightly sticky dry finish.

D: A good Blonde - nicely spiced. Despite the funky appearance, I'd probably get this again. Strength is sneaky at 7.5% of these would be enough. Give it a try...

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served on tap at 6 & Save in New Kensington, PA.

Poured into a tulip, 3 fingers of meringue head over a hazy apricot body, a few tight & fast bubbles. The head drops & leaves little lace.

Smells of sweet peach, some Belgian yeast, spice.

Taste is there along with the smell: spice, peach, some pepper & bitterness, like unripe fruit, a bitter aftertaste. The flavor is dry, kind of "rocky" (as in yes, it tastes like a rock). The bitterness disappears & leaves sweetness after a while.

The mouthfeel's fuzzy, carbonated. A good feel for a Belgian, that kind of creamy foam that's so common.

The dryness kind of hurts the drinkability, not sure I would dive back in. Not bad overall, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store Pub relatively recently. 1st time I've seen this one on-tap anywhere. Pours a hazy golden with a decent head and some lacing. Smells grainy and fresh- a very notable aroma of clean hay dominates. The taste is similar, very grainy, some light clove notes, and lots more fresh hay on the finish. The mouthfeel is extremely grainy an almost porridge like impression at first followed by a quick lightnning up. Somewhat strange beer, really conveys the sensation of drinking a lightly spicy Belgian pale while riding in a hay wagon.

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