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

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Added by TheLongBeachBum on 11-14-2004

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of RidiculedDisplay
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, what an utterly amazing drinking experience. Had a bottle mailed to me via, brew date was listed as early 2004. Poured a blondish, reddish amber with a very nice head which had amazing retention. Also produced some of the best and most consistent lacing I've ever seen, certainly the best I've seen from a Belgian ale. Smell was of dark cherries, grapes, currants, a deep molasses, apples, fig, apricot, cinammon, a variety of spices I couldn't quite put my finger on more due to my lack of spice knowledge than anything, caramel, all completely distinguishable and yet not at all overpowering. Definitely one of the highlights of this brew was its virtually one-of-a-kind ability to maintain complexity AND mellowness, nothing at all was overpowering about this ale and yet it was likewise in no way underwhelming. This carried over from the aroma to the taste; slight grain, but mostly a wonderful cherry, molasses, apple spicy quality. Some hints of cocoa in there as well. Hoppy bitterness and some alcoholic quality showed through upon swallowing, again somehow completely balancing with all the other flavors for an incredible smoothness. Mouthfeel was a wonderful fizz due to the incredible bubble retention throughout the experience. A surpirsingly drinkable brew as well. Wow, just amazing.

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Photo of gleemonger
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of sacrelicio
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of DebraMehlman
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of jak
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of Sephiroth
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I bought this to celebrate Monday night( football). Into my tulip it goes, with a creamy inch and a half of foam. It is a beautiful cherrywood amber in color. Clumps of lace cling to my glass.

The aroma of this beer is incredibly rich. It is of cinnamon, figs, brown sugar, and rum cake. The taste is no letdown. Raisins and figs combine with ripe cherries upfront. Nutmeg and cinnamon, and banana bread with nuts in it round out the flavors. Soak all of this in dark rum, and you start to get an idea as to what this tastes like. The alcohol is slightly noticeable.

The mouthfeel is very thick and bubbly. The drinkability is off the heazy. Get some.

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of jim102864
4.97/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From the moment I unrapped the foil, I knew this was going to be something exceptional. First time I've come accross a brew that was both bottle capped and corked so that a corkscrew was necessary. The cork was simply drenched in sticky candied sugar which was a spectacular first glimpse of what was to come. At first, I thought this was a traditional chocolate brown brew, but once I brought it up to the light I was amazed to find a ruby red elixir with specks of yeast, like a snowstorm in a glass. Wow. The head was modest following the pour, but foamy traces were found with each swirl of the glass. Very surprinsing appearance and just another indicator that this was one unique Belgian. The smell of sweet candied sugar was very pronounced in the nose with aged strawberries and other like-fruit. This is an expressive nose moreso than any other I can remember. So far, I love the aggressiveness of this beer. The taste was incredibly fruity. Strawberries again with cherries drenched in candied sugar and maple syrup. Alcohol was evident in the finish, but fruity sweetness preavailed. Mind you, the sweetness is strong, but in a very, very pleasant way. It's not sweet like a lambic. It's more like an aged port wine with perfect fruitiness and sweetness in harmony with one another. The mouthfeel is viscous and chewy. The beer bathes the tongue in a thick blanket of candied sugar and fruit. With each pull from my tulip glass, the aroma and taste made for an incredibly consumming sensory experience. Some alcohol notes in the finish but the fruit and sugar rule the day. This is an excellent, drinkable treat. So suprising in so many ways and so very worth it. Highly distinctive from all the rest and that is precisely what makes it worthwhile. I very much recommend it.

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4.97/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My third of these great green bottles, capped and corked (they are a little tougher to get into, but well worth it). Dark maroon body, with a light haziness, head is huge and foamy. Toffee, fig, raisin, light alcohol, dark fruits, belgian yeast, and even more toffee are present in the nose. Taste is sweet and smooth, complex with many flavors that cross over from the smell. Alcohol is extremely well hidden under a pile of shifting flavors, gives this a wine/rum flavor that is very enjoyable. A smooth drinker , for sure. These beer is fantastic. I can only find a flaw in the barely noticable suspended particles in the beer.

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Photo of karst
4.97/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz. best before 2007
Pours dark red-brown with an inpressive large persistant head the occupies the top half of the 0.4 L rastal sniffer and coats is walls with solid lace. Cap never leaves.
Aroma of yeast, ginger, and flavors pour from an uneding cornucopia of dark, citrus and soft fruits that blend and reblend in a calideoscope of ways. Alcohol well hidden. Very complex with nothing out of place.
An amazing flavor of fruit and spice, with a full mouthfeel.
Best "triple" - Belgium Special Dark Ale I have found.
Very pleasurable experience as I watch the sun set and sip away the remains of the day.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.97/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This brew pours a murky brown color with enumerable floaties. The head is large and thick. Lacing is thorough, and leaves rings all the way down the glass. The aroma of spices, butter, creamy, caramel, and more spices. Very aromatic, and pleasing. The taste is all the aroma times ten. The aftertaste is full of lingering spices. The mouthfeel is beyond reproach; creamy, smooth, full bodied, lively carbonated. Overall, this is the best Belgian ale I have had to date, and one of the best beers period. The aroma, taste and feel all come together perfectly.

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4.97/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured gently into a chalice.

A nice, burgundy color with ruby highlights. A nice, 2" head, light brown in color... sadly, it quickly disipates to a light cover.

My lord! Nutty, molasses, vinous fruit, grapes, and a boozey wine quality. It smells deep, and rich, and wonderfully complex. I could sit around sniffing this beer all day, but on to the tasting!

Oh.... my.... god. Huge black cherry taste, mixed with a deep maltiness. Where is the alcohol?! Grapes, fruit, and a soft biscuitiness all meld to create a seemless, beautiful flavour. Certainly sweet, but not cloyingly so... just right. Fantastic.

Big, thick body with a tight carbonation that gently pricks your tastebuds to attention... but certainly not strong enough to overwhelm them. Once again, spot on.

How's drinkability, you ask? I am ashamed to say that I essentially quaffed this brew.... I simply could not stop drinking it. And I wish I had another. This beer is fantastic in every aspect... although I did not give it all 5's, I find it very difficult to think of anything I would have changed about this beer. A big thumbs up to the Belgian boys at abbaye des rocs... you have a winner in this one.

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Photo of maxpower
4.97/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle pours a cloudy dark reddish-brown with a lot of floating yeast particles that has a nice creamy light brown head that lasts and leaves sheets of lace in my glass. Spicy ginger bread, and dark fruit aromas, ginger bread, dark plums and spicy flavors, full bodied with a soft and creamy mouthfeel, finishes on the dry side. Wow this one is unbelievable, I will be buying more of this.

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Photo of Skidz
4.97/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml, capped and corked.

Pours out deep burnt amber and sits chocolate amber in the glass, murky, with a massive light tan head. Fades to a solid layer of skim, throwing lacings all around the glass.

Aromas of apricots, figs, rasins and plums ooze into the nose. Pistachios and applesauce push in from the sides. Hints of oak lie alongside pears and peaches with just the lightest hint of flowery hops in the back of the nose to compliment the rich fruity aromas that stand up from every corner.

If the nose was not enough, the flavors that come out are equally impressive. Golden rasins and prunes come out and are followed by a smooth flavor of steaming oak. Deep, browning apples press down with dousings of caramel and rich, dark brown sugar. Finishes incredibly clean with only the slightest hint of alcohol, glowing from the back of the throat with minor notes of black pepper and a light, grassy bitterness.

Incredibly smooth and creamy with soft and giving carbonation rolling around the mouth. Medium-full in body and a dream to hold around.

Gee wilikers Batman! This must be on of the best values out there. For $8 a bottle, this is a steal. Complexities are found deep within, giving an endless array of flavors for you mind to contemplate. Sip, enjoy, go comatose, wake up, and repeat...always repeat.

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Photo of techdiver
4.95/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Best before end 2009.

Open this 750 up and foam out the top. Wasn't expecting that.

A cloudy chestnut pour with a massive head that took forever to recede.

Sweet malt, figs and molasses to the nose. Most inviting.

Taste is complex and well balanced with a caramelly smoothness beyond compare. Elements of nose repeated here. Alcohol perceptible faintly in the finish.

Medium bodied with some stickiness in the mouth.

Extremely drinkable, could replace Allagash Odyssey as my favorite BSDA.

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.94/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearence: Pours an absolutely stunning ruby red with tons of suspended floaties. Strange because it's been sitting upright, nd perfectly stll, for almost a month now. Oh well, still looks attractive as hell, with a huge, bubby beige head.

Smell: Apricots. Peaches. Sugar. Alcohol. Coriander. Oranges. Apples. Yeast. Oak. You get the point, phenomenally complex and lucious smelling. Every sip opens up more nuances. Easily one of the better smelling Belgian Darks I've ever had.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Unbelievale. An assload of flavorsexplode in your mouth (fruitiness, oak, coriander, orange peel, sweet sticky malts, just to name a few), and are in absolutely perfect, harmonious balance with each other. The flavors dance and play across your taste buds, as the beer flows down your throat. The flavors stay forever after you swlow, and the aftertaste is dam near a good as the beer itself. Complex as all hell. The mouthfeel is smooth, rich, creamy, and thick.

Drinkality ad Overall: Ok smack me in the face and call me your bitch. This is the shit I've been looking for. I recieved this during BIF17 from a very generous BA in Florida. Whatan absolutely breath taking beer. One of the better beers that has ever come across my lips. Bings back memories of Westy 12 and Rochefort 10, and is damn near as good. This beer proves the word trappist doesn't mean shit. This is real beer.

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4.94/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pour: 750ml to tulip. Only too anxious to get out of the bottle, so I lost a couple ounces to foam. Pours into the glass a slightly cloudy dark brown chocolate very bubbly throughout glass. Two finger tan head sounds like Rice Crispies, snapping up a storm as it quickly descends to a very nice cap of lacing. No webbing along glass.

Nose: Shoots out of the bottle at my face like opening a bottle of cranberry or raspberry juice. Extremely tart and mouth watering, strong aroma. Great hop balance, some leather notes, sour cherries, caramel. This might be the best smelling beer I've ever smelt.

Mouth: Chocolate, rich malts, sour cherries, plum flesh, more chocolate. Mouthfeel is both tingly and chewy, thick and enjoyable. Finishes with some heat that comes back and tickles all the tartness, giving my cheeks and tongue goosebumps. Sweet and complex fruits, balanced out with roasted malt flavors that aren't too smoky or heavy, but just enough to perfect the brew.


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Photo of ilcuse44
4.92/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Exceptional, not what i expected given the name. Tastes like a quad to me.

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Photo of expatsteve
4.92/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Deep brown color with copper tones. No head, but light lacing. Medium viscosity, low clarity, with a medium body.

Aroma: Bread, plums, raisins, apricots. Malty finish, with white wine edge.

Taste: Rich and brilliant, with an immediate complexity that perfectly balances the alcohol in the beer. Dates, apricots and plums, with cider highlights. Bready, sweet-sour finish with deep malts. Brown sugar notes, with subtle cinnamon and cloves. Malts develop in depth and complexity over the course of a glass.

Mouthfeel: Medium body carries the flavor of the beer perfectly, and the smooth, malty finish caps the beer perfectly. Low carbonation adds to the smoothness of the beer in the tongue.

Drinkability: In many ways, I prefer the body of this beer to the Rocs Grand Cru (though the initial maltiness of the Cru still commends it - see my review). The balance between rich fruits, sour malts, and smooth finish balances this beer, making it particularly drinkable and complex without seeming overengineered.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.92/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Dark clear burgandy. A big ol fucking crop of light beige head sits on top and has the staying power of Peter North. Streams of CO2 surface rapidly. Lace is bountiful.

Aroma: One of the easiest 5's I've ever given. Simply amazing. A perfect blend of sweet and spice. Sweet orange. Ginger. Yeasty doughiness. Fruit sugars. Caramel. Raisin. And on...

Taste: While a 5 is not QUITE as easy to give away in this category, it is deserved here as well. Very flavorful. Full of fruit nuances like grape skin, pear, apple and plum. Raisin comes into play as well. Sourdough yeastiness. Bread pudding. Cracked pepper, corriander and mint leaves. This is a dandy.

Mouthfeel: Dissolves without effort in the mouth. Body is light-medium. Very appropriate and easy to drink.

Drinkability: 10%? You gotta be kidding. No signs whatsoever of EtOH. Not only does this beer pack a punch, but it's undetectable and very flavorful as well. A dangerous combo. This one is a marvel.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.88/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: There it was, on the shelves of Wine Country in Long Beach, screaming to be beer-napped at only $7.99 for a 750ml green glass dimple based wine style bottle. The neck has a thick black foil that is silver on the underside when ripped off. Once the foil had gone, the large black crown cap is revealed, it sports a colorful Abbaye des Rocs Coat of Arms. Once the crown cap is prized off, I finally had chance to use my fancy and rather nifty Rabbit Corkscrew to rip out the embedded cork in no time, these Rabbit Corkscrews are fucking impressive!! The main label has the distinctive AdR generic label, with a dark red background yet in this instance it is listed with its new Moniker of just ‘Brasserie Des Rocs’, the ‘Triple Impériale’ is below in a small white Arial style font. Listed at 10% Alc. /Vol. listed, recommended serving temperature 52-56°F (11.1 - 13.3°C)

Appearance: Simply the Best – Luxurious - Sheer Perfection – the ultimate 5.0! The Beer Angels fill the glass with a gossamer shimmed beauty that could grace the cat-walks of any Hoi-Polloi upper crust fancy-schmancy fashion court any day of the week. This is a stunning, awesome, dark brown skinned sexy beauty that wears a smooth looking see-through silky light tan dress that always follows the contours of the Body. The clinging head dress defines this brew, yet never reveals the naked body at any point, quite simply, one of the best presented beers that I have ever seen.

Nose: Awesome sexy dark fruits drip off the nipples of the chest of this teasing brew. I want to lick them harder. Silky figs, prunes, raisins, skinned plums and thick malts wrap the air around your nose with sheer delight. Impressively stunning nose that entices.

Taste: Soft and silky smooth toffee malts mix with dark complex fruits, raisins, figs and prunes. High profile tastes slide across the tongue like a rocket powered BSDA sled. Gorgeous taste profile, soaked in alcohol and incredibly inviting. Like the nose, just sheer perfection. Oh if only I could nibble on the juicy currant nipples of this awesome brew…..incredibly addictive.

Mouthfeel: When I say that this has an “Abbaye or Brasserie des Rocs” mouthfeel, it is no understatement, all of their darker brews have this marvelous silky, perfect feel that beggars description or belief. The new Triple Impériale has a Brasserie des Rocs ‘signature’ mouthfeel. Why is it that this high quality producer can consistently produce a silky smooth sheer mouthfeel that many a brewer would kill to recreate?? I have no idea how they do it – but it is one of the most outstanding characteristics of any BdR brews that deserves recognition.

Drinkability: What to say?? Get the intravenous drip and pipe me up………

Overall: Whether it is known as Abbaye, or simply Brasserie, Des Rocs, these people know how to brew!!! I have been very fortunate to have been to both the Brewery (Easter 2000) and the local Bar, Taverne Du Château (Easter 2004) set on the upper right corner of the beautiful daffodil encrusted green in Montignies-sur-Rocs. Wherever you decide to drink these brews, one thing is for sure, a 750ml of any Brasserie de Rocs beers, at less than $8 for a 750ml off the shelf in the US, clearly rips the pants off of any West Coast “so-called” Belgium offering which may cost upwards of 25% more a bottle. So save your money and buy the Triple Impériale which kicks all others square in the balls. Quality beer is not always expensive!! Think about that the next time you want to buy a good quality Belgium brew, or one that will actually last in the Cellar!!! I know where I’m investing my money from hereon in and sadly it is not with some locally produced overpriced beer that has failed me in the past. For a whole $2 less a bottle, you can have the REAL thing!!! Bear that in mind.

If this remains at less than $8 for a 750ml, Belgium beer is still king, even in the USA!!! Brasserie des Rocs - Rocks!!

HIGHLY Recommended, sell your Mother to get this.

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Photo of cokes
4.87/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Gloomy maroon copper, mostly clear, but spotted with a few scattered flakes, and boasting a proud buttery beige head.
Touting a dark fruit punch aroma, spiked, of course. The nose hums with figs and dates and pineapples, and mango, and pears, slathered generously with caramel, pricked with pepper and anise, rum, granite, and farm.
Sweeter than either the "regular" or the Grand Cru, this is a plumy, raisiny, datey, figgy, grapey, jammy, fruit explosion. While dark-leaning upfront, it grows increasingly lighter and tropical as it breathes. Pears, and apples, and plantains, and mangos, and kiwis, all caramelized, seared on the grill with hearty gobs of brown sugar and honey and maple syrup. Yeast contributes dough, orange peel, white pepper, chalk dust and horse hair. The alcohol content, while deftly masked, still wiggles out tenticles of spiced rum heat. The conclusion is a gelatin of lingering fruit sugar, braced with a bittering floral notion of pressed roses and lavender. For all practical purposes, this is a Belgian barleywine.
Yes, this is nearly mouth-bindingly sweet. But the pillowed heft, grace, and levity of the bubbles belies a grabby thick liquid. It is, in essence, a sipper, but it begs, dares, and ultimately forces a person to slobberingly gulp larger amounts.
This should cloy up, but it never does. Kudos on that. Can you hear me clapping? "Sweet" comes up a lot (and not merely because of my sophomoric cries of adoration, though it does there too)...this is a ticket to insulin dependence. But damn worth it.
Better than the Grand Cru, but not quite at the beer apex that is the Regular/Brune....but it takes that at least 3 years for that to reach its summit. Give this that sort of time---if not a twice that, or more---and this may be, should be, will be:
Consider this younger stuff a mere preview of Elysia.

Edit 6/21/11:
One of my last "best before 2007" bottles. It ages well as expected, though it suffers from the Des Rocs yeast coagulation and requires a careful hand with the pour. Sherry and brown sugar surge upward, and the brighter tropical notes are suppressed. Figs and molasses, with drier walnut nuttiness. This is a malt bath that hasn't radically changed since it was fresh and could easily go another 5-10 yeast. The foil was blown on my bottle, prompting an unfounded fear that the cork had failed.

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4.87/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

4 months after my first review from an 11.2 oz. bottle, and a couple hours after my review from a keg, let's see what's so different from a 750 ml bottle...

Deep, dark tawny brown color, utterly opaque, lush head, thick and large, creamy tan...

Aroma: ahhh!!! there's that ethereal Belgian yeast/malt smell, just gorgeous! light fruit, blended just-so with this unheard-of yeasty flavor...ah!!!
cookie dough meets cherries and berries...a nutty, bready slice of nirvana...

Taste: Mmmm! Spicy sweet, wityh dark fruits a factor, yeast at play, but kicky spice riding over it all...this is a full force flavor treat!
The flavor lays large on the tastebuds, and resonates richly throughout the senses... this is my third review of this very new beer, I don't really know how much there is left to say, except that the differences between small and large bottles have been exaggerated!
It's an amazing beer, no matter how you sample it.

Someone coyly asked me tonight if this brew, which I serve on draft at my bar, for the time being, was brewed by monks. No, sorry, it's brewed by guys who are free to do with their peters what they may. Let the demystification of Belgian-style beer commence, and let the burning of boundaries begin in earnest...this dark "triple" already gets it going in that direction!

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