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

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Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by TheLongBeachBum on 11-14-2004

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Ratings: 480 |  Reviews: 349
Reviews by crnipeter:
Photo of crnipeter
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

300 ml bottle, BB date reads 20. December 2012, into baby Chimay (180 ml) chalice. Pours sparkling beige head that slowly recedes (later pours exhibit less head retention) to a firm cloth atop of hazy, deep coppery-brown body with loads of tiny yeast particles. The floaties are not loathsome by any means and only enhance the natural aspects of the beer. Aroma is rich malty sweetness with honeyish notes, fruity esters of plum, raisin and dried cherries, nutmeg-like spiciness, faint peppery phenolics and nearly imperceptible alcohol. Flavor is rich, almost Mucih-type like malty sweetness with bready overtones, dried dark fruits, nutmeg and subtle bitterness, however, the balance is entirely towards the malt. Finishes sweet. Medium to full bodied, viscous and creamy with soft carbonation, tends to coat the lips with gooish sweet film.

In short: a rich malty, fruity brew with nutmeg-like spiciness and sticky texture.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blood orange with ripe orange peel edges. A massive amount of carbonation can be seen leaping off the bottom of the glass and slamming into the underside of a fluffy, airy head of pale gold that is still massive several minutes after the pour. Unfortunately, the foam isn't tacky in the least and leaves almost no lace.

I'm much more impressed with the nose. It's dark fruity and spicy and is everything that I like about BSDAs. I smell whiskey and dark rum-soaked figs, caramel, brown sugar and clove intensive yeast. I'd almost believe that the beer was aged in charred oak barrels that had previously held bourbon, but that doesn't sound very monkish to me.

Triple Imperiale is good beer. Still though, I'm not sure that it belongs in the top-100. At least not in my top-100. I'm pretty sure the brewery has quality control issues; especially since my first two bottles (that were still more than a year away from their 'best by' dates) were drain pours due to a huge amount of coagulated protein.

The flavor profile follows the nasal profile. It's sweet and fruity (cherries now come to mind) and spicy, all at once. The most amazing thing is that there's no trace of alcohol, something that's almost unheard of in a 10%'er. Actually, the beer tastes aged rather than fresh. The 'best by' date (end 2008) would suggest that it's the latter.

The reason that I'm not gobsmacked by Triple Imperiale is that it lacks depth and complexity. It doesn't have that dizzying array of flavors that expand in all directions when beer hits mouth, as the truly world-class versions have. I'm still enjoying the hell out of the 11.2 ounce bottle though. I never said that it isn't good, just that it isn't great.

The mouthfeel may be the biggest reason why I think 'aged' every time I drink. It's infinitely smooth, but lacks that expansiveness and silky creaminess that I look for in Belgian beer. In addition, it isn't as viscous as I'd expect for the amount of sweetness. It looks like all those frenetic bubbles burned themselves out way too soon.

Given that others have been floored by this Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs offering, I'm prepared to believe that I got a less than perfect bottle. The problem is, there are any number of great BSDAs out there that are stunning each and every time I pop the cap. I'll try another bottle or two, but I'm not interested in playing Belgian roulette too many more times.

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Photo of oberon
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium murky brown with a big fluffy headthat settles quite fast not leaving much lace behind,awesome aromas of almond,cinnamon,and juicy orange really woke up the sences.Alot of dark fruit going on flavor wise some plum and raisin are very prevelant along with some cinnamon and maybe a touch of nutmeg with a nice lingering yeasty finish.Glad to have the opportunity to try this very complex and enjoyable will seek out again for sure.

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Photo of Marty
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy deep amber brown that appears shadowy beneath a thick, lively tan head. Smells and tastes of fruit (apple?) and malt. The alcohol is pretty well hidden. Complex and very drinkable. A great beer to enjoy with some good food. Highly recommended.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This ale poured an incredibly dark brown in color. There are huge, giant chunks of things floating around in there. The head was huge on an easy pour. It was off-white, just short of tanned, and showed good retention. As I sipped this lovely Belgian the foam left a steady film up and down my glass.

Smell – Oh, is this complex. The dark, rich malts are laden with yeast and give off a great aroma. They are expertly balanced by the plethora of fruits found in this bouquet. I won’t attempt to describe them all, but the highlights include cherries, dates, lots of fig, overripe apricots, light banana, star fruit, and maybe a bit of orange.

There’s a big chocolate scent that is easily recognizable. It is very rich and seems almost married to the yeast. The alcohol is just enough to be noticed. Overall, one of the most mature, complex, and balanced noses that I have ever smelled. Easily a 5.0.

Taste – Lordy, is this good. The chocolate and darkish malts come up huge at the taste, so much so that you feel like running out in the street and screaming it at the top of your lungs. The yeast is just wonderful. The fruits are not as big as they were in the nose but provide a terrific sweet compliment. The ABV is present but not offensive.

Mouthfeel – This brewery has a monopoly on the perfect mouthfeel. The carbonation is generous but oh so soft. It’s so fluffy it feels like air instead of beer. The cheeks and gums fall into a state of nirvana when coming in contact with this ale. It is of course full-bodied.

Drinkability – And to think I was going to have chili dogs for dinner. This really is a meal unto itself. It is so soft and easy that you almost forget how big it is. What a treat.

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Photo of aszatk01
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip from a tap at San Francisco’s wonderful Toronado. Body is muddied crimson with magenta/chestnut hues. Spectacular and unique color. Head is thick, sticky, chunky even. Tapioca in color, it lasts for a decent amount of time and then flattens out into beautiful clingy lace.

Nose is dried cherries and berries, cookie dough ice cream, chestnuts, prunes, and raisons. Very welcoming and tempting.

Taste begins with toffee and opens into a smorgasbord of dark fruits: cherries, plums, prunes, dates, raisons, black grapes... A thick malt base wraps all the fine fruit flavors together into a blanket that warms and pleasures your tongue.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Like hot cocoa after a long day of sledding, it doesn’t get any better than this. Silky and luxurious, light enough to leave you thirsty for more yet completely enthralling. There is no desire for more body for there is no want for satisfaction.

A top beer. I feel blessed to have found it on tap. Many thanks to Toronado for tracking this down.

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this at Broudy's Brasserie des Rocs Triple Imperiale. 10% Alcohol content.

A- Very thick dark brown fluid with sediments noticable and a thick off white head leaving nice off white lacing on glass.

S- Very complex brown sugar, alcohol esters, plums, dried raisins and malts dominate.

T- Complex flavors of raisins and dark malts bite you in the front. Strong yeast and sweet flavors kick you in the end.

M-D- Mouthfeel is fairly dry in the long run and thick on the palate. Drinkablity is minimal due to the alcohol presence.

Note on 10/09/2009: Beer is now over 3 years aged in celler condition and is much more balanced on the alcohol feel level. Malts and toasted barley are more dominate... great aged beer.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes from a bottle shared with kmpitz2 on 4-30-05. Deep brownish red pour with a big, airy, bubbly three finger head that lasts. Some awesome sticky lacing decorates the side of the glass. Bright red tones emerge when it's held up to the light. First sniff brings an interesting aroma of brown sugar, caramel and a mix of light fruit tones. A background spiciness of clove and a hint of pepper. Earthy, slightly funky yeast....maybe even some leather in there.

First sip brings a big brown sugar / caramel maltiness with a healthy dose of fruit (grape, apple), even a hint of sour fruit. A mellow spiciness is there along with a wonderful Belgian earthy yeast tone. A slight hint of alcohol peeks through on the way down and I get a hint of leather in the flavor as well. Simply an awesome tasty and complex. Sweet...but not at all overpowering.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a good mellow carbonation. So easy to drink and quite a treat. I will be waiting patiently for the next time I'll be able to sample this brew. Definetly recommended. Go. Buy. Drink.

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Photo of blitz134
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5 maybe I poured a little too much from the bottle...this is pretty chunky looking...but its a brownish caramel color with some red highlights. Off white two finger head that reduced down to a quarter inch layer. Very nice head for the ABV level...

Aroma is sweet...smells like orange juice to me and some other citrus fruits. Has some grape notes coming about as well. A bit of alcohol comes through, but its quite smooth smelling.

Taste is hard to place for me...I'm not a huge Belgian person. Again, sweet overall. A good bit of fresh fruit, maybe some apples and a touch of tangerine. Main body has a bit of a biscuit or sweet roll taste to it with a good dose of cloves. A bit of spiciness as it hits the tongue. Finishes a touch sour.

Lots of carbonation. Not overly thick, maybe a touch thin for the style. Drinkability is superb and I rarely give 5s for anything. This beer is crisp and refreshing and finishes very clean. I'm not a huge fan of Belgians, but this one ranks up there because of how easy it is to drink.

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Photo of AlarmClock314
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of tjthresh
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a trappist glass. I opened the bottle to a gusher. Once I got it into the glass I got a firey brown ale with a creamy beige head that left behind some lace. Cooked brown sugar, cherry, floral notes, toffee, rye bread dough aromas throughout. Light peppery notes with sweet candy. Cherry syrup. Palate is full and round. Very soft. A bit of an alcohol kicker. Superb on every level.

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Photo of merlin48
4.77/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle, capped not corked, purchased at the Kroger's Grocery in Blacksburg, Va., for $6.99. Served slightly chilled into a St Bernardus goblet.
Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany body that is mostly clear. Dense, tan head rises to one inch and stays there. Delicate sheets of lace drape the goblet in waves.
Aroma: Complex and inviting. Vinous fresh Concord grapes, raisins, and spices are immediately prominent. Figs, and other dark fruits are everywhere. Spicy pepper, anise, and coriander are assertive, as well. Overripe bananas, apricots, melon, and pineapple add a pleasant tropical note. Hints of malty cocoa and caramel lurk beneath.
Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth, with a medium to full body. Carbonation is moderate, but effervesces perfectly.
Taste: Spicy coriander, clove, pepper, and anise open the door to an extreme fruit profile. There is an assertive Concord grape note that lasts all the way through, but this Belgian is awash in a myriad of tropical and dark dried fruits. Very complex! Yeast presence is restrained and polite. Smooth and creamy, with a wave of the fresh Concord grapes peeking through every layer of flavors. Malty cocoa and caramel provide a pleasant backbone, and some bitter grassy hops appear from time to time. The 10% abv is masked very well, but is apparent at room temperature. The grape essence persists into the finish and leaves a fresh fruity aftertaste. Very well constructed and delicately balanced.
Drinkability: Wow! At $6.99 for a 1 pint 9.4 oz bottle, this one is a steal. One of the better Belgian tripels or strong dark ales that I can get my hands on. I liked this one much better than the brewery's Grand Cru. The Triple is creamy and smooth, and lacks the harsh notes that were sometimes apparent in the Grand Cru. An exceptional sipping experience!

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Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle , best before dating provided,lightly chilled and poured into a Belgian style chalice, first thing noted is a decent amount of floating sediment...pours dark honey amber, with a long lasting medium tan head, leaving respectable but not truly inspiring lacing. nose is of smokey melon and other ripe fruits. This is a complex and tasty elixir, notes of more melon, honey, yeast, bready malts soft and subtly in the background. I dont know how they hide this ones 10%, but I can pick up no alcohol notes. Pepper, smoke, more melon, vanilla, honey all picked on the final few sips. Mouthfeel is velvety and smoothly coating. Fine, fine brew, I'll need to pick up a large bottle of this tasty stuff next time, seek out and enjoy!

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of stephenlee
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ADR
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, the cork is gone under the cap in the large bottles...very dark clove brown color, shows big chunks typical of the brewery's beers lately (I have no problem with suspended yeast, the globs of protein and yeast seem excessive here and in others). Fat upcharging head of well over an inch, rocky and leaving plenty of attractive laces on the glass. Strong aroma, light alcohol, rummy molasses, and cling peaches. Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation follows suit, fairly smooth and somewhat creamy. Very fruit initially, lots of candied fruit in syrup, fortified wine, yeast. An accompanying dessert quality of baked rum and banana bread, cinnamon, mace, and decided ginger. There is some alcohol heat and the beer flattens to an apricot syrup as it hit the throat in the back. Yep, pretty impressive beer here, more drinkable than many somewhat dryer lighter-bodied examples.

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Photo of chinchill
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of OStrungT
3.61/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a slightly cloudy redish brown color with a massive light tan head. The head fades so slowly that I am begining to wonder if it will ever be gone. It leaves an impressive lacing.

This beer has a strong earthy yeast aroma. It also smells of alcohol. It has a pleasent spicy aroma also. Some citrus hop aroma is also present. Also, some dark fruit aroma is noticable.

This beer has a slightly grainy flavor. It tastes spicy. The alcohol in well hidden in the flavor. Some fruity notes are present. It also has a strong earthy yeast flavor.

This beer goes down surprisingly smooth, leaving a spicy aftertaste. This beer is well carbonated, good for the style.

I doubt this beer would make the best session beer. It tastes good, but it is high in alcohol.

Overall: This beer is decent. It is not the best, but far from the worst. What more can I say?

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of glid02
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a slightly hazy brown color with dark purple highlights and a 1.5-finger light tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of a combination of dark and light fruits - pears, figs, and plums - with hints of brown sugar.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet malt flavors up front are soon overtaken by large amounts of sugarcoated pears, raisins, and figs. Near the end of the sip the fruit flavors fade just a bit to allow for a crisp ending that leaves a hint of sugar lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another with absolutely no problem.

Overall I was a bit perplexed when the "triple" I ordered came out looking like this but I was soon assuaged by a smooth beverage. This beer does all the little things right and is well worth a shot.

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Photo of mikedotnet
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Light brown, nearly opaque body; small fluffy brown head that quickly dissipates. A significant amount of yeast floating around (I poured the first glass from a 750 mL bottle a bit too aggressively, I believe).

S - Extremely sweet aroma; extremely heavy on the dark Belgian candies. There is a hint of plum, but it is heavily dominated by the sugary smell.

T - Wow! I was worried that this was going to be an overly-sweet beer based on the aroma alone, but that is definitely not the case. Yes, it's sweet, but it's quite modest. The fruitiness actually seems to dominate. There is a very faint hint of bitterness in the finish (which works very well).

M - Wonderfully smooth and almost creamy (yet very well carbonated).

O - I was a bit worried about this because of the overly-sweet aroma, but this ended up being quite fantastic. I would most definitely buy this again (even an entire case)!

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an oversized wine goblet)

A- This beer has a dark brown hazy body with a thin wisp of head floating on top.

S- The smell of perfumed brown sugar has a faint apricot note to it that is just a touch sweet. There is a slight note of lightly toasted malt that has an edge of sweetness and a light candy hint.

T- This beer has a dark sweet malt flavor with a faint wet wood note and a light caramel note. There is a hint of sweet bourbon in the background. As it warmed there was a hint of red Lifesavers in the finish. The overall taste was not overly sweet but very dark fruity flavors.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a faint fizz in the finish.

D- This beer is dark and sweet with lots of nice complex flavors and really taste like a special occasion beer.

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Photo of pwoods
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the comet. 12oz. Snifter.

A: deep brown woody color. Short head but some lacing.

S: Deep malts and candi sugar sweetness. Some crushed peanuts? A bit of light black liquorice.

T/M: Good depth of sweetness with the candi, caramel, and black licquorice. Some deeper fruits from the yeast and light hoppiness. Body is medium with good carbo.

D: ABV is very well hidden and drinks easy.

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Photo of Italiano86
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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