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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Photo of alexgash
4.82/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally get to try this beaut. Murky copper garnet body. Some sediment made its way in. Two fingers of rocky, off-white/cream head. Tangy sweet fruit all over the nose. Ripe apples, pears, plums, cherries in a fruit cocktail sauce, but tempered by a nice tangy/sourness. Light alcohol and yeast. Taste is wow. Big, sweet, pulpy fruit up front. Explosive flavor, but not cloyingly sweet. Cherries and plums mostly, with a little apple. Sugary malt backdrop with peripheral, but increasing (and welcome) bitterness. Bitterness is almost minty, with (I swear) cloves and even vanilla/oak. Phenomenally complex and delicious. Full body with a near-syrupy feel, but with enough carbonation to lift the sweetness. An amazing beer.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at none other than the magnificent Maduro here in downtown Madison for riDICulous $3 a pour during happy hour (M-R, 4-7).

Pours a dark, rusty brown..a little hazy with a short-lived skim of khaki bubbles in a pretty St. Bernie's chalice. Nose is maple syrup/toffee/caramel malt, cherry/fig and musty yeast. Taste is remeniscent of those Ocean Spray juice cran/apple/cherry/grape juice blends, predominantly sweet/tart cherry and fig/date with a solid maple sugar/toffee malt backbone and a hint of spicy yeast. Mouthfeel is thin and smooth with microcarbonation. Where is the 10%? This is insanely drinkable for a BSDA which it certainly resembles much more than any tripel I've had. Some may find it a bit sweet but I find it simply yummy.

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep garnet in color with a creamy, lovely off-white head.

Heavenly aroma -- fruity (dates/plums), malty, light hop notes with a tinge of tartness.

Creamy, full-bodied mouthfeel.

Toffee malts, alchol not at all overpowering. A bit bready. Some prune flavors mid-palate, blending into a lightly peppery, spicy finish, with a tinge of chocolatey roast.

Just freaking luscious.

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Photo of twilight
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Having been blown away by the ADR GC, I was itching to try this one. However, I resisted buying the 750. Until a visit to Half Time put things right. Heeeeyyy... 33cl size. I bought a mixed four pack of the GC and this one. The confusing thing, though, is the designation. Triple? Impériale? But it says Belgian Specialty Dark Ale on the label?

Pours a dark amber color that is quite dark for a beer that you can see through, with a pillowy thick head that even I can sleep on. The aroma is... well, I smell peaches! Also, that fruity scent you get with Belgian Ales...Maybe a hint of orange spice.

Oh dear, I could barely manage to type as I was taking my first sip as I wrote 'spice.' The yeast they use must be something else, because I think I'm going to buy a mixed case of ADR. Even better than St. B. No! That would be blasphemy, but... but... This has this very subtle orange peel flavor that has hints of pit fruit, peaches, some apricot, and a lingering nectarine taste without being medicinal. Well, maybe at the end, but you also get this nice grassy/orange ending that just makes my legs wobbly. YUM YUM YUM!!!

Mouthfeel is funny because the ale is carbonated lightly. The carbonation is almost like that of a cask ale. The thing is that it greatly enhances the flavor profile. Who knew? The lingering taste of sweetness and ever so slight bitterness only adds to it.

Drinkability? It hides the alcohol really well. I had to double check the bottle 10%? No Way. I could spend an entire evening just sipping from a snifter of this. Way to go A/BdR!


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Photo of gordavidson
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a dark leathery brown into a tulip glass. A light sandy head forms and maintains itself throughout the drink. Be careful when pouring... there is a massive amount of yeast globlets in this.

S- Dark brown sugar, dark fruit, malted- milk powder like smell in there too. Very very complex.

T- Wow, even though this is from a 750 mL bottle, I do not get bored of this flavor. I cannot think of another beer that I have savored this much. Much like the smell, but more intense. Not a smidge of alcohol to be detected. A perfect amount of sweetness, this is one well balanced beer.

M- Very creamy mouthfeel. A little dry, but the sweetness offsets it quite well. Perfect amount of carbonation. At the end the yeast chunks got to be a little overbearing, but that was my fault in the pour. Again- be aware of the yeast chunks in this!

D- This goes down surprisingly well. I am going to be getting more of this.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Plummy dark brown with big yeasties dropping to the bottom like fish food. Cap is dense, growing with a firm foamyness colored of yellowed taupe with a dusted cinnamon brown center. Intricate lacing coats in tiny dots and other bigger cobweb webbings.

Aroma comes across pretty thick with big fruits and light spices. Lush and booming, yet soft and delicate as bread. Spicy dates and figs coated in oily earthy seeds of black licorice, poppy, pepper, ginger, and corriander. Small inticingly little tid bits of orange and raisin oil along with some touches of tobacco bring more complexities as it sits.

Flavors are big too; thick, lush, full body, favorable breadyness about its weight. Dark fruits decorate most of the tastes with rich and oily dates, figs, and raisins. Some dark orange touches the finishing qualities. Nicely handled and mild toned spices decorate the areas where the fruits leave off. So very well placed and a perfect compliment to the fruits. Cracked pepper, black licorice, ginger root, smokey vanilla, and tobacco are all put lightly in there place as not to distract from the fruit cake thickness.

Big full body, lush, rich, tender, fruity and spicy, oily in some respects closer to the leftover finishing characteristics. Very actively full from start to finish. Boisterously so. A truly enjoyable sipper. Take your time with this one, its worth it. Extravagantly fantastic stuff!

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Photo of bnuttz
4.78/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark crimsonish brown color. Really frothy tans head appears as it is poured into my chalice. Smells very yeasty. Yeasty, dark sweet fruit, spices. A wonderful smelling dark belgian ale. Flavors are wonderful. Sweet brown sugarish taste, plums and raisins among other fruits, spices, maybe yeasty or otherwise. Really one of the best tasting belgian brews I have had. Slight alcohol aftertaste, but not in a bad way at all. This is a top notch belgian that I could drink many of. A+ for this one.

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Photo of merlin48
4.77/5  rDev +14.4%
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 sinistermadman
4.77/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served from the 11.2 oz bottle.

Deep, dark ruby brown in color. Nice head that soon settles to a thin crown. Wonderful aroma of dark fruit, brown sugar, toffee etc. It's all here. Terrifically complex nose.

Taste is complex ranging from figs, chocolate, tobacco to other toasted malts. Flavors are so soft yet multi-dimensional. All work in perfect harmony. Mouthfeel is luxuriously smooth and soft. Full body, but not overbearing or overly chewy. Finishes slightly dry, but very satisfying. Holy ass this is fantastic! Drinkability is out of this world for a brew with this alcohol content. Simply awesome. Incredible.

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Photo of gestyr
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of mickeymac
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fortuitously found on a recent trip to a recently discovered liquor store, it comes in the standard issue 750 ml bottle we know and love. It pours deep reddish brown with a thick tan head. Little bits of yeast can be seen even with a careful pour. The smell is near paradise: loads of dark ripe fruit, some spice, and that wonderful smell of Belgian yeast. The smell is reminscent of a nice port. Unbelievably it tastes even better than it smells. The mouthfeel is a silky and creamy as it gets. Drinkability? It's too easy to forget this stuff is 10% abv. This is another stellar offering from the good people at des Rocs.

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Photo of weeare138
4.74/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle w/ Best By 2006 stamped on label...
Appears a murky, dark chestnut toned brown with a huge, pillowy, light tan head that slowly fades out and leaves lots of lacing around the glass. The only down side to the appearance of this brew is the over abundance of the yeast & protein floaties that are moving up and down in the glass and sticking along the sides and the pillowy, rocky cap. Unsightly stuff to look at IMO and I've seen some nasty stuff during my time homebrewing.
Smell is outstanding. Plenty of rich, nutty, cocoa, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, light cinnamon, vanilla, ripe plums, figs, and raisins. Jeez...I could smell this stuff all night.
Taste is just as addictive as the aromas. An array of caramelized, sweet flavors explode along the palate, yet the light, citrusy hop profile buried in the background prevents it from coming close to cloying. There is a little spice evident in the flavor as well. It's like a cinnamon, clove, and coriander mix.
Mouthfeel is sweet, borderline syrupy richness, medium bodied, smooth, boozy, slick, and semi-dry. Again, those darn proteins and yeasty floaties are ruining the brew for me. I actually took it and ran it through a tea strainer and it was much better minus the head.
Overall, this one holds it's own against any of the big boys from Belgium(minus the abundance of floaties).

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Photo of cjgator3
4.73/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Capped 750ml bottle poured into a chalice. Pours a dark ruby reddish brown color with a light tan head and some yeast particles floating around. The aroma is a bit tart with some fruits and spice. The taste is absolutely heavenly with a lot of malt, dark fruits and spices rolling all over the tongue with a nice yeasty finish. The mouthfeel is silky smooth and fits the brew perfectly. Overall, this is an absolutely phenomenal beer that is extremely complex and simply out of this world. This is certainly one of the finest brews in the world in my opinion.

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Photo of guitarmage
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The murkiest of browns with yellow hues, creamy tan lacing. It looks like something I'd like to pour on ice cream.

Smell: Rum alcohol, brown sugar and molasses, lots of maltiness but actually mellowed out by some herbal or grassiness.

Taste: Dark chocolate, brown sugar syrup, lots of sweetness, but it's smooth and mellow, alcohol is miminal, finishes a little citrusy, doesn't leave anything on the palette.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and cool and lightly carbonated, has a way of making itself disappear into my belly, the easiest of mouthfeels to consume.

Drinkability: I want more of this one, it's one of the best. It seems especially drinkable for the style, I kept sipping at it, wanting to taste it again and again. Thumbs up.

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Photo of bort11
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle I got at Bubbles Wine and Spirits up North in KC. I love that place. I'll have to do a review.

A- I had let it sit out for about an hour to let it settle from the trip home. Even still it started to foam up as soon as the cap was cracked. Beautiful creamy off white head. It was a bit of a hard pour so it ended about 3 fingers high and took almost 10 minutes for it to settle down to a 1/4 inch sticky lace. The head was chunky but smooth like whip cream. The beer is a dirty milk chocolate brown with lots of sedement.

S- Oh man, that's good. It's sweet. Molasses, figs, and other dried fruit. For a 10% I'm not smelling the alcohol.

T- This is fun! There is some spiciness in the taste that wasn't there in the smell. Still very sweet, but not overwhelming. More dried fruits and molasses flavor. Some hint of malt.

M- Wow, it's like a beer milkshake. Very thick and creamy. I'm surprised I don't feel more carbonation on my tongue, especially after staring down that head. I'm only feeling a little bit of that 10%. It ends very dry only leaving some warmth as an aftertaste.

This is one of the best beers I've had in a while, and I want to go get more. I think the 11.2 oz bottle is the perfect serving. I've seen some reviews for a bomber, but that would be way too much. I am one happy beer drinker

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Photo of acrawf6
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle, best before 2007 (?)

Pours out a rich dark earthy brown with a frothy tan head that rests for the whole beer. Unfortunately there are a few floaties.

Smell. An immediate fruity sweetness accompanied by lots of peppery spiciness. Fruits are prunes and currents- heavy fruits. Under that is a touch of earthy aromas, and deeper whiffs i get a strong scent of sweet caramel. Very nice.

Taste. A great combination of flavors here. At first i get a good amount of dry fruits, mostly prunes. Then there is an immediate yeast flavor and tart flavors. After a few seconds on my tongue, i get nice sweet flavors of caramel, then roasted malts really come out and gives a nice creaminess. Aftertaste is warming, little bit of peaches. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel. Surprisingly light, but creamy. Carbonation is at a perfect level for this particular beer - just enough to give it a kick to your tongue, but doesnt overflow the mouth. Normally i like lots of carbonation for this style, but it compliments the flavor peftectly.

Overall, one of the best beers i've had the pleasure of enjoying. It hides the 10% very nicely. Flavor is complex as any other. Just a great beer.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured from 11.2 oz bottle to a snifter:

First of all, like the post 2 behind mine (Brian700), the head erupted from the bottle as soon as I uncapped this one. Lost maybe two or three ounces worth because of this. The only thing I can think is that the beer became unstable when scanned at the grocery where I purchased - 30 minutes before being opened. ???

A: Despite the foaming over, beer is still nice looking. A cloudy deep auburn with some sediment. Initially a gigantic frothy white head, calming to a moderate lace.

S: Incredible fruit + hint of sourness + sugary sweet malt. A noticeable alcohol smell that reminds me of the sweetness of rum. Spiciness like ginger & clove. Smell is so enticing on this beer.

T: There is a real sweet/tart dichotomy going on with these flavors. Citrus (oranges) meld with candy (bubble gum). The rummy smell comes through in the flavors, as does the gingery spiciness. The taste is predominantly sugary malt coupled with spicy yeast. Very, very good

M: Lots of tiny carbonation, surprisingly light mouthfeel with a champagne-like tingle.

D: A terrific beer - warm & rich, tons of character, interesting til the last drop. Not perfect, but pretty darn close. Highly recommended.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

06/22/05- Purchased at Plumpjack Wines in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- Undated 750ml bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Dark, maybe dark amber mohaganey pour with a fat creamy head and nice sticky lacing on the sides.

Smell- Fat amounts of dark ripe fruits. Plums, dates, figs, prunes, raisins, you name it.

Taste- More figs than anything. Maybe some fermented prunes and dates. Smooth and leaves a big time raisin aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Medium to light carbonation. Super smooth and creamy. Just floats down your throat.

Drinkability- I think I will need to re-try St. Bernadrus tripel. This one may take the cake. I haven't had Westy 8 yet, but I have a feeling that it may resemble or possibly be better than this. Although, this was pretty damn incredible. Will be one of my "12" beers I take on my honeymoon in September.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

found this for $7.99/bomber at Littles in Denver.
Pours a cloudy copper/brown with very rich and towering head. White head forms chunks and clings to the sides really well.
Smell is rich in yeast and biscuit, some raisin and light fruits (pear, persimmon).
Taste is great. It is very complex and rich, yet not overbearing. I cannot quite pick out the flavors. Light caramel, dates, various yeast, and nice semi-dryness to it.
Feels a bit thin, but perhaps its just smooth as I drank this one easily.
Very very nice

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle a...dang! It started foaming over all over the place. I had to rush it to the kitchen and grab another couple of glasses so I wouldn't lose too much of it.

Well, after it finall settled down, it poured a cloudy rusty brown with, umm, a large head of foam that shrank slowly leaving a solid fine layer with lots of lacing.

The smell hit me before I ever got the cap fully was a huge nose of sweet caramel malty goodness mixed in with good fruity tones like plum and apricot.

The taste is hugely sweet caramel but it's done right; the sweetness is not cloying and in fact, not negative in any way shape or form. My goodness, I'm now dreading the fact that I lost even 1 drop of this amazing brew.

After a few more sips, my palate begins to pick up on the fruity notes that I noted in the smell. Plum, a bit of apricot and some fig. I can't sense *any* bitterness what so ever and that's just fine by me. What a treat! And as far as it's abv by %'ve got to be kidding me!! 10%??? No sign of it in the taste at all and just a touch of warming as it goes down. Wow. Yum. This is world class stuff!!!

Bottom line: This is a brew that, if you see it in your neck of the woods, is *not* to be ignored! I recommend it on the highest level!
Just be *careful* when opening it!!!

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Photo of Rizow
4.69/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap at the Trappist

A - A beautiful dark nut brown, with darker shades layered over, like they used a Newcastle as a starting point and built on and away from it.

S - Like all the great darker Tripels, it smells of powerful malt, caramel, and hints of banana. Tremendous nose.

T - And also like the great darker Tripels, rich flavors of malt and caramel are pushed out to the front. And like the smell, I always get hints of bananas. The taste mimics the nose on this one.

M - Very present carbonation. Not too light, this is a beer with some substance to it, for its style.

D - Sweet, but that's how I like it. Complex, holds your attention. I would gladly have a second.

A beer to be sought out. The quintessential big malt Trippel, and maybe my favorite Trippel overall. A tip of the hat.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A tea like appearance, with a mighty thick tan head. Plums and day old bananas, with hints of alcohol and caramel on the nose. Silky smooth and at the same time chewy, with a complex body. Alcohol soaked raisins, dark tingly fruits, figs and some tender smoky malts. As this beauty warms, vanilla and dark roasted coffee beans come to the forefront; a near spicy and juicy body. A somewhat pasty and milkshake like finish, yet this is a dandy offering. Incredible stuff.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.67/5  rDev +12%
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 BrewMaster
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Served in a tulip style glass at Lucky Baldwin's Belgian Beer Fest. Beautiful dark brown color with a thin light tan head.

Smell: Fruity, very fruity, but in a good way. Citrusy (orange?) with a good malty nose as well.

Taste: This is what we've all come to see. Very complex and interesting flavor in this beer. There is a good bit of smoky taste to this beer with a some sandy notes. Really, the beer is rich with fatty, bacon slathered malts. There's something silly going on in this beer. It's a good but nearly indescribable smokiness that is reminsicent of my breakfast this morning. It certianly doesn't taste like a Schlenkerla or anything, but it makes me think that this beer has lusted after the Schlenkerla on many a late night. There are other flavors though, despite what my review may lead you to think. The citrus flavors continue to the end along with a unique fruitines that I shall call pomegranate for lack of a better descriptor.

Mouthfeel: It dances in my mouth with smoothness not known to many beers. No funky aftertaste, just a clean, palate molesting goodness.

Drinkability: Sure, I'll have a another. I don't mind if I do. Chop chop love, get me another!

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Photo of mynie
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a candyish red, like one of them tropical Starbursts. Not what you'd expect from a tripel, but still very pretty.

Smells very sweet and lightly tart. Nodes of plums and apples are present, along with grapes and caramel, and just a wee lil' wisp of yeasty alcohol. Nice and complex, but I'm a bit worried that this'll be tart. N-nothing against tart beers, but I was kinda in the mood for a malty Beligian...

And, well, I guess I shouldn't have trusted my nose. The big fruit nodes are still present in the flavor. Up front, at the very short beginning of the sip, they hit you almost as strong as a Flanders red. But they subside quickly, replaced by a middle that's as smooth and dully sweet as a tootsie roll, finishing off in a gloriously savory ending that's like a combination of alcohol, tobacco, and firearms.

Taken separate, the very beginning or end could be considered cloying. But that long, drawn out middle connects them wonderfully, and the result is an amazingly well-balanced beer that still manages to be adventurous and extreme. It's fabulous.

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Brasserie Des Rocs Triple Impériale from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
4.17 out of 5 based on 471 ratings.
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