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

Brasserie Des Rocs Triple ImpérialeBrasserie Des Rocs Triple Impériale
474 Ratings
Brasserie Des Rocs Triple ImpérialeBrasserie Des Rocs Triple Impériale

Brewed by:
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 brentk56
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: I popped the cap on the 750 ml bottel and it was like Mount Vesuvius - could a Champagne on New Year's Day look any better? The beer pours a surprisingly dark amber body with a frothy head and plenty of lacing

Smell: Luscious caramel and candy sugar malt along with various fruit flavors - pineapples, figs and dates come to mind

Taste: Extraordinarily well-balanced sweet candy and fruit flavors come together and last well into the finish; unlike so many beers that change mid-palate, this one is very consistent with only a subtle change that dries out the tongue slightly and keeps the sweetness from becoming cloying

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth, medium to thick bodied with plenty of carbonation

Drinkability: I was surprised by this as I was expecting a tripel but this doesn't taste like any other tripel I have tasted; it also is not near as full-flavored as a Belgian Strong Dark as it lacks the dark fruit characteristics; this is a singular path that is a truly rewarding taste experience

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Photo of Tballz420
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Millions of little bubbles coat the glass, partially masking a fairly hazy copper-brown liquid. Big, bubbly tan head. Big malty scent, plum, fruits, candy. Intense taste, all sorts of dark fruits, candy, sweet malt, warming alcohol, ginger, spices. Holy shit. Big, chewy mouth feel. This is one hell of a brew. All sorts of action in the taste will keep you interested throughout the bottle.

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Photo of snilsen13
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one hell of a fine beer. I do not believe I can shake the memory of drinking it. Instead of the point by point: this is a very heavy and as rich in flavor as beer can get. You must savor it. It's required drinking and unfortunately difficult to track down.

pours near opaque. smells rich with dried fruits. taste sweet as mollasus and fels very sticky on the tonge. has a wonderful aftertaste and it's only flaw culd be that it's too much, but it's not because I believe this is a unique drink.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml. bottle cellared for almost two years... best before end 2008. Been looking forward to this tasting for a long time, let's see what this beer is made of.

Served at cellar temperature in a Duvel tulip.

Appearance- I notice the vast amount of yeast settled at the bottom of the bottle... as I pop the cap, the head and ensuing beer rushes to the surface and overflows into the sink. This time, I was prepared... the Grand Cru did the same thing and almost ruined EPseja's carpet. The beer pours a rich, clear cognac with reckless, four-finger head. Eventually, we settle to a thin traslucent cap with a thicker outside edge.

Smell- This smells *nothing* like a beer, and everything like an old sherry. Booze soaked dark fruit, antique leather handbags, stunning... I feel the need right now to buy the most expensive stinky cheese available and have a tasting for the record books. Rivals the best old ales in the aroma department.

Taste- Enormous. Sophisticated. Out of this world amazing. This beer is so complex, it requires a study in and of itself. Sweet, full, and round malt flavors flow across the tongue... carrying a vintage, aged-to-perfection quality that really must be experienced to understand. Next comes an old, almost sour suggestion that lasts for a second, then concedes to the final standing ovation of figs, plums, ripe pears, all in superb balance. This is the champion of its style, and well worth the wait.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- *fetching an extra aged wedge of Cropwell Bishop Stilton cheese* ... yep, good ol' Market Basket in Franklin Lakes, NJ had this in its cheese department last week and I *knew* it would be put to good use! This is simply other-worldly... a marriage of exemplory flavor and texture. Pardon the digression, but my office is *the place to be* at this moment in time.

Slick and full in the mouth, the carbonation is smooth and elegant enough to complement the port-like gravity and present this beer in its finest possible light. Words cannot fully describe how beautiful and perfect this Belgian masterpiece is, especially with the cheese pairing. Seek out this beer, and savor the experience from beginning to end.

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Photo of drpimento
4.84/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my friends John and Paul at Bodega for providing me this sample!

Poured with a nice foamy textured head and some lace. Hazy dark amber color. Heavenly nose of very ripe berries, plums, caramel, malt. Flavor is the same but with some yeastiness. Hardly able to sense the alcohol. Great mouth. Very satisfying sweet finish.

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

750 ml bottle. Dark reddish brown with suspended chunks of white and gray. The head is big and creamy looking. Complex aroma of caramel, toffee, figs, and raisins. Starts out very sweet with caramel and dark, rotting fruit. Finished with spices, especially black pepper. Mouthfeel is amazing, so smooth and creamy. Drinkability is also incredible. How could this be 10% abv? There is almost no noticable alcohol at all. I could have gone for another 750 ml bottle. Great beer.

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

750 capped and corked. The date on the back label was a bit smudged, but it appears to read best by '07 if not '09. Either way I'm good.

Poured into a chalice. Dark brown with a 2" head of tan that has great retention and lacing effect. Rocky until it drops to a layer of foam that stays till the last swallow.

Has strong, yet pleasant aromas of belgian yeast and some spice and citric notes. Fruity sugars jump into the mix. There's some floral underneath as well. The alcohol is well hidden.

The taste is an incredible mix of dried dark fruits, bread, bananas, toffee and other dark sugary treats. The whole thing works beautifully as this is an exhibition of how balanced a beer can be. As it warms the notes change a little, but only a touch of alcohol comes through.

Nice velvety mouthfeel. Different tactile sensations on the tongue. The back gets a little dry, but in a good way.

A beer that scores high in the first four catagories is one that is very drinkable despite a high abv.

Highly recommended for sure!

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

Reddish-brown in color with a thick, creamy tan head. It leaves a large amount of lacing. A nice looking brew. The aroma is yeasty and malty with cookie dough. It is also full of raisins and dates in the nose, and also a bit of rum cake. The flavor is malty sweet with candi sugar and brown sugar. It is plummy and bready in the flavor as well. It is medium bodied and highly drinkable for its strength. It is very sweet and tasty. A top notch brew that I will definitely seek out again.

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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 Proteios7
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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 adam5454
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of mrjbrown27
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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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Brasserie Des Rocs Triple Impériale from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 474 ratings
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