Brasserie Des Rocs Triple Impériale
Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.

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Style:
Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #11
ABV:
10%
Score:
93
Ranked #1,790
Avg:
4.21 | pDev: 12.11%
Reviews:
351
Ratings:
485
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Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  34
SCORE
93
Outstanding
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.74/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L- Very dark chestnut, slightly hazy, pours with 3mm pale-tan head.
S- Deep toasty malts.
T- Certainly deeply malty, I clearly taste/sense the ABV% but it would be hard not to at 10%! As it warms a sweet facet begins to build.
F- There is a broad underlying pungent richness. It leaves me in no doubt I'm drinking a heavy beer here.
O- Mostly a very drinkable beer though risking being a bit too sweet for me as it warms. The flavour also seems to lack distinct identifiable elements, it comes over in a more homogonous/uniform 'Rich/heavy Triple' way. Ie, where I'd hope to find, I don't know, hints of roast cherry, mollasses, British Xmas pudding, a sense of liquor/rum etc, maybe an identifiable spice - etc.; that is absent for me.
Don't get me wrong it's easy drinking, but to me it's not 'Outstanding' per it's current rating lacking detail and finesse.
330ml bottle BB: 08/10/2021. Bought from BelgiumInABox (Antwerp/BE) for delivery to me in London/UK.

Apr 24, 2020
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lmaduells from Spain

4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasting a beer of these brewers is to taste authentic Belgian beer. This product has everything that a beer of this style must have. Do not be surprised, but do not disappoint. It can be different but not better

Jul 08, 2019
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GarrettB from Colorado

3.66/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

March 19th, 2015 - I appeared to have found an older bottle of this, having retrieved it from the basement with a layer of dust signaling some significant aging. That, and the mouthfeel seemed a little dead and gone. But the nose is still rich with deep, dark fig flavors, and some grape and blueberry touches on the side. The flavor has been completely flattened by my inattention, sadly, left to be saccharine sweet and too strong with a limp and pallid carbonation.

Jan 06, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

an absolutely sensational bottle of beer, 2010 vintage, and drinking like a champion right now! pours slightly frosted pale orange color, and has a short white head on it. well fruity and mature belgian yeast dominates the nose, with red and white grape esters, ripe pear, dried apricot, lemongrass, honey, candy sugar, and light fall spice, its enormously interesting, more developed than i remember from their other beers, and with a really sweet sort of candied grain base underneath, with subtle toffee, orange zest, and pennies. the flavor is awesome too, this yeast is really great. a touch of oxidation here from its age, but i often thinks that works in belgian strong ales. a nice complexion of citrus, a dried herbal quality, and the richness of the grain. its a little maltier than a lot of tripel types i have had, a little more of the caramelized quality, but appropriate sweetness here. a little alcohol warmth to the finish and a little more spice coming on as it warms. complex and professional, unique but traditional, i thought this beer was exceptional, and is definitely the best of the beers i have had from these folks! this felt festive to me, nice at holiday time.

Dec 11, 2017
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biboergosum from Canada

3.64/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml, Champagne-style bottle - opened on a night when I could really fucking use a brew of this type.

This beer pours a clear, dark orange-brick brown colour, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and yet fizzy tan head, which leaves but a few instances of teensy remote islet 'lace' around the glass as it quickly sinks away.

It smells of grainy and crackery caramel malt, some muddled black orchard fruitiness, estery yeast, some wan oily nuttiness, a touch of paint thinner, and very tame earthy, leafy, and musky floral green hop bitters. The taste is bready and grainy caramel malt, some Yuk-a-Flux mixed dark fruity notes, a sort of phenolic yeastiness, faint winter spice, gritty bar-top nuts, and more understated leafy, musty, and dead grassy noble hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its palate-pinging frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and sort of smooth, as both the yeast and alcohol here could use further lessons in basic decorum. It finishes trending dry, but in that uncertain, je ne sais quoi old-school manner - yeah, I don't what, either.

Overall - while not an off-putting or bad offering, this one seems to suffer in the shadows (in my memory, at the very least) of its headier national brethren. There's something that I just can't seem to nail down here, but it's nagging at me, and I don't need that right now. A good quaffer (given the 20-proof booze), but not even within spitting distance of best in class.

Nov 05, 2017
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AlarmClock314 from Wisconsin

3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a glass at the Bier Zot in Sister Bay, WI on 8/11/17. US dating of 2/6/16. Review from notes. Appears hazy brown with lots yeast clumps. Mellow smell/taste of dark fruit, spice, and herbal hops; lower intensity. Some noticeable alcohol. Good body and average carbonation. It has a unique spice and herbal flavor, but is somewhat muted.

Aug 12, 2017
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Yoann from France

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle to a tulip
A - A lot going on already, dark gold with a lot of dark spots floating around
S - Sweet and nutty malts, spicy hops
T - Perfectly balanced
M - Good Carbonation, you don't feel the floating particles
O - Rich and balanced, what else could you wish for?

Apr 03, 2017
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EmperorBevis from England

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled and possibly bottle conditioned
Pours a very dark and slightly murky brown body with wisps of tan head
Aroma of molasses and diesel
Sweet boozy flavour
Very drinkable

Mar 03, 2017
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gestyr from Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow, I like this beer! Deep garnet in color with a small, tight, long-lasting head. Aromas of dark fruit, sweetness, alcohol, spicy hops. Taste is balanced between sweetness and hops bitterness. Malty and smooth. Definite flavors of dark fruit, malt, hops and caramel with a bit of an alcohol aftertaste. I agree with previous posts that point out a cough syrup like aftertaste but it is not overpowering or unpleasant. I would buy this again.

Jan 14, 2017
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Bruno74200 from France

4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A great beer that becomes better at each sip. The candy sweetness is well balanced with the spicy and herbal hops. . The nose is more on the dark fruit compare to the taste. It's definitely drinkable even with the almost cough syrup like aftertaste, it has a light body, I was something a bit heavier.

Jun 09, 2016
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SoupKitchenBeerSnob from Florida

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Damn fine brew. It's been awhile since I came across a beer that made me want to write a review. The aroma was a little underwhelming, but the flavor and mouthfeel were immediately spot-on. Good balance of carbonation and a hint of cherry-type flavor (yeah, I don't concern myself with the high-falootin' taster's vernacular)... Complex and tasty, this one is definitely worth a try... Unless you're a hop-head, in which case your dope-smoking ass will probably hate it. Cheers!

Jun 01, 2016
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mactrail from Washington

2.54/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

My bottle is a little younger than atigerlife's-- 2013. At 10 percent I thought it ought to be good for a couple years. After some initial foam-up the pours are pretty devoid of carbonation. Overall this is a caramel candy with a rusty note. Peculiar fruitcake smell with a splash of vanilla liqueur.

This is so sweet and sticky. It has what I think of as that classic Belgian oxidized burnt sugar taste. Old stewed raisins and a dose of alcohol. The finish is wintergreen with a bitter bite. I am remembering why I usually avoid random Belgian beers on this side of the Atlantic.

Jan 13, 2016
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atigerlife from Hawaii

3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

This had a best buy date of 2008!! So, it is an OLD beer. Obviously, had this for quite a while...don't exactly recall how long. I haven't rated much in a long time...but figured a beer this old deserved my respect [opened to share with my daughter on her 21st B'day]

A: Dark brown. Not much carbonation. Minimal head. Lots of chunky yeast floating.

S: Aroma of dark fruits, malts, brown sugar.

T: Raisins, figs, and heavy on the prune. Malts.

M: Somewhat flat. Lifeless.

O: Obviously, the years have taken its toll on this brew [as they have on me too!]. Probably should have opened this one 5+ years ago. But, still fun to open an old beer and see what time has done. Worth the try...and will probably push me to start drinking some other of my older brews.

Dec 30, 2015
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mahogany color with beige head. Aroma has green coffee, a bit of liquorice, toffee and molasses. Taste follows with dried dark fruits, light coffee and toasted malts. Very balanced between the sweet toffee and dried fruits and the roasty, coffee like notes. Body is quite heavy with a good amount of carbonation. This one is quite different from other dark belgian ales. It has some similar yeast quality but the used malts distinguish it from the others. I definitely recommend this one.

Oct 28, 2015
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Dope from Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 06/02/2016.

A: Dark brown pour with an enormous frothy and fizzy light brown head. Top-notch head retention but not even a sliver of lacing. Tons and tons of floaties and chunks.

S: Heavy heavy dark fruits and brown sugar. Light cloves but mostly it's the maltiness.

T: Big bold breadiness up front. Decently hoppy too, grassy I think? Light on the dark fruits with some mild raisin in the middle. More breadiness into the finish. Light grassy aftertaste.

M: Smooth and heavy.

O: Not a bad BSDA. Not a fan of the floaties but I'm over it. Big bready notes primarily with a touch of hops. Pretty decent but nothing astounding.

May 19, 2015
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keithmurray from Connecticut

3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - reddish mahogany color with tan head. Lots and lots of sediment floating around in this one.

Smell - toffee, nutmeg, raisin, clove, honey

Taste - raisin, nutmeg, toffee, yeast, clove, honey

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, higher level of carbonation, moderate sweetness, spice from the Belgian yeast

Overall - decent Belgian ale worth a try for fans of the style. The only drawback of this experience was the unsightly yeast suspension.

Price point- $10.95/750 ML bottle

Mar 08, 2015
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barczar from Kentucky

3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Treacle and molasses in aroma, with crabapple, pear, floral hops, spruce, banana, and clove adding complexity.

Flavor is a bit dulled, in comparison. Caramel malt dominates. Peach skin, pear, and tart apple accent, but fade to toasted nuts in the lightly dry and fairly hot finish.

Feb 23, 2015
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beerza269 from California

4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bought this beer in the discount bin at the corner liquor store. Never heard of it,but how can you pass up Belgian triple. Threw it in the fridge opened it the next day. First thought was. What the. Lots of stuff suspended in my glass. Tastes great, smells like fresh baked squaw bread. Had to look this one up,going by the label it seems to be a 2004. Glad I got both bottles. I'm hoping the stuff is yeast. Going to try to harvest it,to make a starter. Cheers

Feb 12, 2015
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Matonika from California

3.42/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

The sight of this beer is not pretty the floaters of sediment are pretty off putting. I understand that sediment is normal in beers like this. But this sediment stayed in suspension in does not settle. The mouth feel is similar to that of that weird chicken fat skin that forms on chicken soup. So you feel the chunks. I suppose if it was strained it would be better even if it were to sacrafice the carbonation.
Smell is boozy and raisny, when it really warmed up it smelled of wet dog.
Taste is syrup sweet but not cloying. Malt driven and big taste raisins and dried fruit. It paired awesome with a aged white cheddar.
Overall I paid 4 bucks for a 750ml bottle so it was worth it. Next time I would strain it through a metal tea strainer.

Jan 22, 2015
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AgentMunky from New York

3.56/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice. Best before 10/05/14 (10 May?).

A: Light burnished copper. Light white head with good lacing.

S: Caramel sugar. Apples and pears. Hint of phenol and spice.

T/M: Thinnish and odd. Vanilla. Pear. Can't taste the strength at all. The taste is so brief as to be ephemeral. Aftertaste is lightly sour.

O: It's good, but too strange to great. Maybe I got a strange bottle. Would try again, if not soon.

Jan 09, 2014
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brewskifan55 from Mississippi

4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter

A: Light brown with a tan one-finger head that dissipates into tiny bubbles. Frothy lacing.

S: Bourbon, nutty, earthy, rum, sugar, caramel. Bring it on.

T: Follows nose. Smooth as hell. Nutty, dark fruits, malts and caramel. Love it. The 10% kicks in with gusto.

M: Medium with frothy carbonation.

O: A great celebration drink. I would say it's my favorite of the 3 des Rocs I've tried, but I love them all equally. Highly recommended for Belgian brew fans.

Oct 30, 2013
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chinchill from South Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served in a St. Bernardus snifter. About 1 year past the indicated best before date of 06/04/2012, but stored carefully.

A: Pours a dark reddish amber with a finger of off-white head. The head quickly recedes to a lasting partial coat and ring. Even the first pour provided a load of suspended sediment, some of which rose and fell in swirls due to the carbonation. Very peculiar looking and not so appealing. The sediment was not detectable by feel.

S: Very complex aroma; one of those rare beers where it seems a bit different every time a take a sniff/sip. Hints of dates, honey, apple cider and a host of fruits. The high ABV is most apparent here, being quite well hidden in tasting and in the gently warming feel.

T: Mildly spicy and sweet, with hints of dark honey, nutmeg, cinnamon, dark bread, figs, and roast nuts. Very nice balance between dark fruitiness, mild sweetness and spices.

M: Full body; creamy smooth; medium and very soft carbonation.

O: An exceptional beer that, given the sediment, is best enjoyed in a darker environment.

Jun 29, 2013
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coreyfmcdonald from Georgia

3.45/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 1 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

750ml bottle into a snifter, best before 05/08/2013

A: Pours a hazy light amber with a finger of off white head. The head quickly recedes to a ring. The first pour brought a beer full of flakey sediment. It was a bit odd and really gross. The flakes originally dispersed through the bee from a slight gusher, but a couple of hours recapped with a carb saver let the sediment settle.

S: Quite musty with orange zest, figs, and a bit of anise.

T: Similar to the aroma, except a bit more spicy and sweet. I get nutmeg, cinnamon, orange zest, and figs. A tad astringent.

M: Medium thickness for the style with creamy carbonation.

O: This was the ugliest beer I've ever seen on the first pour, and every pour dispersed the sediment. That alone brought the score down a lot. Other than that, there is a decent balance between fruity sweetness and spices.

Mar 14, 2013
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Pegasus from Texas

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy deep mahogany to a strong light, crowned by a small, dense tan head, which exhibits fine-beaded, glass-coating lacing.

Aroma: Dense, sweet aroma of dark fruit, coriander, cloves, brown sugar, and sweet, vinous alcohol.

Taste: Opens with quite sweet warming alcohol, followed by a melange of sweet flavors: brown sugar, cloves, figs, plums, and raisins. Bitter apple rind is present as well. These carry throughout the taste, supported by warm, lingering alcohol. Towards the end of the taste, some earthy, moderately bitter hop note appear, but are not at all overwhelming, complimenting the sweet and spicy flavors. Finishes with a mild, lingering hop bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and quite full.

Drinkability/notes: Really excellent, a worthy effort.

Presentation: Packaged in an eleven point two ounce Euro-style brown glass longneck bottle, served in a New Belgium chalice.

Mar 14, 2013
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BirdsandHops from Oregon

2.86/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a murky brown with barely any khaki head that quickly vanishes with no lacing.

S: Belgian spice notes up front followed by a lot of sweet bread aromas. Sweet fruit and caramel notes come through with a slightly boozy finish.

T: Spices here as well before a big kick of caramely, fruity, and bready sweetness. The finish has a decent alcohol presence.

M: Medium-thick body with low carbonation, this beer is definitely underattenuated and could use a lot more carbonation and a lighter body.

O: A pretty unimpressive beer overall. Too sweet and boozy and lacking depth and finesse found in the best examples of the style. Not undrinkable, but nowhere near good.

Oct 14, 2012
Brasserie Des Rocs Triple Impériale from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 485 ratings