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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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 FLima
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber color with a thin head with short retention with lots of floating particles.
Nice sweet aroma with predominant notes of prunes, cinnamon, burnt caramel and coconut. It does smell like a Brazilian Manjar de coco (coconut pudding with caramel syrup with prunes) or even an apple strudel.
Similarly flavor of caramels, prunes, herbal hops, lots of cinnamon, red apples, flamed pears, candi sugar, wood and oxidized oranges.
Light to medium body with mild carbonation. Amazing how they hid the 7.5% abv.
Full or desert flavors and aroma. Much more complex than the regular Belgian blond, it is more like a bruin or Dubbel. Pretty decent.
Ap.2,5 Ar.4,25 Sab.3,75 Sens.3,75 Cj.3,75

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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 Pegasus
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy light-golden amber, with a modest off-white head, thick glass-coating lace, and slight carbonation.

Aroma: Fresh baked bread slathered with butter complimented by notes o apples, spices, and green pears.

Taste: Opens with bread notes, mild honey, pears, and apples. A mild caramel flavor is also present throughout. Alcohol notes are present, but a bit restrained and are only slightly warming.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Very pleasant and drinkable. Well suited to quiet contemplation on a cool, dark autumn day.

Presentation: Packaged in a 335 ml (11.2 ounce) Euro-style brown glass long-neck bottle, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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

330ml bottle. Tulip glass. Enjoyed on sepĀ“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 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 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 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 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 DrJay
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No matter how you slice it, this is not a pretty beer. I'm familiar with the loose sediment/protein issues that exist with this brewery's beers, so I let my bottle sit undisturbed in the fridge for 3 weeks before opening. I poured very carefully to try to avoid the sediment, but this was futile since the act of opening the bottle (and releasing CO2) was enough to get things moving. Other than the chunks of protein floating in my glass, I guess it looked alright -- clear orange/amber with a thin cap of fine beige bubbles. It smelled nice though, cooked apples and pears with an alcohol edge, bready and yeasty, slightly spicy. Sugary flavour up front, giving way to bready malts and light fruitiness -- not as developed as the aroma, but still decent. Bitterness was low and alcohol was well hidden. Slightly spicy in the finish, sort of like cinnamon. Carbonation was low, medium bodied, a bit sticky, faint warmth. Even with the poor appearance, I still liked this beer. Just close your eyes and drink -- that's the best way to enjoy this one.

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Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
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 BucBasil
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured form the bottle at Delirium Cafe in Brussels.

A: A cloudy dark orange with a 2 finger offwhite head.

S: Alcohol evident in there. Slight twang and hints of slightly unripe light fruits - pear and apple.

T: Delicious and smooth. Slightly spicy character with notes of honey, red apple, and apricot. Light balancing malt pulls things together.

Pretty solid.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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 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 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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Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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 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 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 Gmann
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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 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 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 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 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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Nounnette [Brasserie Des Rocs Blonde] from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
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