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 virtualshock
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Muddy golden brown, lots of yeasty globs floating around, nice white head, a little carbonation

S - Not much there. It is a fresh yeasty clean smell.

T - Slight sweetness hits then the alcohol shows up. Earthy flavor with hints of citrus but not sour. Slight bitterness hits last.

M - Very smooth, does not taste chunky like its appearance.

D - Very enjoyable, smooth, alcohol presence is fooling.

Looking forward to tasting this beer again.

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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 GClarkage
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/01/05- Purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with a date stamp on the label. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Lighter orange colored cloudy pour. Off white large head with average lace.

Smell- Typical wit style characteristics. Corriander, peppery spices and citrus fruits.

Taste- Not as flavorful as was hoping, but still keeps you interested. Lemon and orange peel hit you first followed by a bit of corriander. Not a whole bunch of spices as I noted in the nose.

Mouthfeel- Tart and sweet at the same time with a larger carbonation level.

Drinkability- Perfectly fine brew. Not tops for my style, but a pretty nice one.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murky gold with a blizzard of yeasty chunks suspended inside. No head really made a presense after a vigorous pour into a goblet. Just some off-white bubbles closing in on making a froth but dwindles quickly only to gain a bit of stick around the collar. Not much lace either.

Aroma is as murky as the color. Musty basement, pale, dull pear, yellow raisin, and apple. Light, soft white cheese notes some areas.

Taste is nearly the same with a musty, dulled fruity thing taking the front and middle with over ripe pear and apricot. Some overwatery orange juice sits in there too. Lightly sugary, mainly mild and very dull across the flavor palate. Finishes with a slight grassy bite and some mixing white pepper, white cheese dryness, yeasty earthy must, and a nip of metalic tinge.

Feel is steady, softly smooth, clean, carbonated with a weakening medium body that has some thinning aspects to it.

Its not what I thought it would be knowing what des Rocs is capable of. I guess not every beer can be exceptionally good. This fell short unfortunately.

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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 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 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 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 rajendra82
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the third Abbaye des Rocs beer, I have tries, and as far as I can remember, each one was a gusher after opening. This time, however, I was prepared, and a not a drop of the 330 ml bottle was wasted.

After transferring the contents (quickly) into the goblet, I observed a cloudy pale body topped with a very big creamy head crowning above the rim. Lots of suspended solid yeast made this look almost like a Hefeweizen.

Smell was like a witbier, spicy, phenolic, yeasty, and fruity, but with some added alcohol fumes. Banana, clove, coriander, orange peel, and rose water were all present in the smell. Taste was no surprise, as it was pretty much in line with the smell. A little lemon twist like zing was also detectable in the taste, but the overall experience was quite sweet, and pleasantly so.

Light and refreshing, without getting the feeling of being watered down, the alcohol showed up in the aftertaste as a mild burn. Not quite as airy and deceptive as a Duvel, but sneaky strong nonetheless.

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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 kmpitz2
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy golden color. Very nice color. a 3 finger head sits atop the liquid. As it falls, it leaves a ton of stickey lace. The nose is nice. I get citrusy lemon and orange with nice coriander spiceyness. I dig it. The flavor is a little more grainey and definately more hoppy than the nose. I like it. The hop comes through on the finish as a nice spiceyness and slight bitter on the tongue. There is a slight orangey malt, but its not too strong. The feel is a very light moderate with an active carbonation. Overall, this is an enjoyable brew. Crisp and refreshing. I enjoy it.

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Photo of clvand0
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kmpitz2 for this one. Pours a cloudy orange/amber color with a tall head that has great retention and leaves lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma is a little funky and sweet. Not too much going on here, maybe a little spice. The flavor doesn't have a lot going on either. Has a very slight sour thing going on. Some sweetness. A little caramel. Not at all drying on the finish. Has a lot of European hop flavor. Not a bad beer, but I was looking for something a little different. Drinkability is ok. Body is moderate.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the chalice a clear medium golden with a slightly off-white and frothy head which lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was strong Saaz hop when first opened. The Saaz aroma lessened as the head fell and the beer warmed but there existed a light fruitiness and a Belgian spice. Also present was an earthy hop presence.

The flavor was light with a subtle sweet impression as the beer first contacts the palate that changes with the light earthy hop bittering component quickly setting the sweetness aside. The flavor contained a smidge of Belgian yeast spice, but only a small amount. The flavor contained some citrusy fruity flavors that were muted.

The finish was dry with lasting subtle spice and citrus and an earthy component. The body was medium and well done. The alcohol was present only slightly in the flavor, but higher in the aftertaste and left a warming impression after consumption to let you know that it is not a low ABV beer. A nice beer, but nothing overly complex. As this one warmed it became more and more drinkable, but it did not improve any in aroma.

750 ml green bottle. Best before end 2007. What is really funny is the back label says 11.2 fl oz.

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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 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 Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
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 merlin48
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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 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 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 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 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 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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Nounnette [Brasserie Des Rocs Blonde] from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
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