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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
Belgium
abbaye-des-rocs.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
472
Reviews:
345
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
12.23%
 
 
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Ratings: 472 |  Reviews: 345
Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a complex beer, though it tasted primarily of rich malt, carmel, brown sugar and molasses, honey and spices(nutmeg,allspice) in the background. Cherry, fig, Full foamy pour, goes down easy and popular, on the high alcohol and very sweet side. A great brewery.

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Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of metter98
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very hazy brown in color and poured with a finger high beige head that slowly died down and left a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and wispy patterns of bubbles in the center. There are lots of chunky yeast particles visible floating in suspension.
S: There are strong aromas of dark fruits in the nose--plums and raisins stand out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the taste is rather fruity and has flavors of dark fruits and yeast. There are notes of malty sweetness and some hints of spices.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and smooth on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer goes down very smoothly and the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

Note: Expiration date on bottle indicates best before end of 2009, so this beer must be aged.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A fantastic beer that falls somewhere between Kasteel Bruin in sweetness and Chimay Blue in fruity esters.

The beer errupts from the bottle, robbing me from a good portion of the 11.2 oz. bottle. But after the beer settles down a bit, the bronze colored, hazy, well-retained beer distictly screams Belgian. With great rocky head formation and lacing, this is a good looking beer.

The aromas are ideally malty / candy sweet, dried stone fruits, melded spiciness, and powerful alcohols. All come together very well and create an alluring aroma.

Tastes are similar with highlights on figs and dates, nuts, berries, confectionate sugar, belgian tartness, light spiciness, and strong alcohols.

Very full and rich to the mouth. Almost thick up front but finishing with a sweet dryness.

The beer does pose a mild vinous character and with cough syrup-like hotness, and a hint of a grape soda flavor just before the finish. Dangerously close to perfection but there are the slight inconsistencies that keep it from the Rochefort 10's out there. Hats off to Brassarie Des Rocs for a most pleasurable beer.

Thanks Cheezdawg! (04/18/10)

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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 Phyl21ca
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Adrian910ss: Poured a cloudy dark brown color ale after some gushing, with a big foamy head with great retention. Aroma of candi sugar, strong Belgian malt and slightly funky yeast. Taste of sweet Belgian malt with nice candi sugar and funky yeast prove a balance and complex beer. Body is above average with low filtration and great carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden. Another great beer from this fine Belgian brewery.

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Photo of largadeer
2.42/5  rDev -42%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Poured from a foiled/capped 750ml bottle. Nice presentation. The beer itself is a slightly cloudy dark amber with a huge layer of foam on top.

Smell: Sickly sweet dried fruit, brown sugar and a touch of alcohol. I found this somewhat gag-inducing in its sweetness.

Taste: The taste is just as sweet as the smell; figs, raisins, dried tropical fruits, prune juice, molasses... Absolutely no balance, it's excessively rich and sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and perhaps a touch overcarbonated.

Drinkability: I can't see myself ever wanting to drink this again, it's entirely too sweet for me.

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Photo of zeff80
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Awesome! A top 100 beer at a restaraunt (Sycamore) in Columbia, MO.

A - Poured the 11.2 oz bottle into a sinifter. It had a rich burgandy color with a small, white head. The foam lingers and leaves a little trace of lacing.

S - It smelled of burnt toast, spices and some clove.

T - It had a rich burnt malt flavor. The malt was complimented by a hop spiciness and hints of clove.

M - This was crisp and smooth. A heavy-bodied beer with a warm alcohol presence.

D - This is an amazing beer. It is well-balanced and easy to drink despite it's high alcohol content.

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Photo of dmorgan310
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at State Line. Served in a wine glass.

Pours dark brown with a slight head that falls to a thin collar and a galaxy cap. Spins out to a thin collar throughout. The nose is not clearly as sweet as the Brune. There is a stronger plum/prune character with some very slight spice. There is some grape in the nose. The taste is dry without too much sweetness. A bit of mild earthy character; maybe some slight hints of tobacco. There are plum and dark fruits as well. Mild date character. The finish is a bit too dry and mildly astringent. Strange, somewhat-sharp dryness there. No booze at all, which is quite impressive. Drinkable but nowhere near the level of the Brune.

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Photo of oberon
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
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 chinchill
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
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 ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap 2/4/07 at Pitcher’s Pub in Cumberland, RI, served in a goblet.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of brown sugar, dark fruit, caramelized malt and faint yeast.

T: The taste is sweet with the same flavors of dark fruits, brown sugar, caramel and a little yeast, that you get from the smell. Likewise the after-taste is sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, it has a heavy kick that is well-disguised and makes this beer dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of mactrail
2.54/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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

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

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of dcmchew
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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Photo of russpowell
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BBd 12-31-08

Pours an effervescent & hazy caramel/orange with 1 finger of sand colored head.
Above average head retention & average lacing

S: Peppery spice & nice pears & apricot notes. I also pick up brown sugar & orange peels as this warms up

T: Orange slices, jammy fruits, pepper, some brown sugar& leafy hops up front. Figs, apple,caramel, a bit of smoked apple (like the bacon) pears, raisins, prunes & chocolate & dryness as this warms. Finishes dry, fruitty, with some piney hops sneaking in, warming, boozey & very complex, really pulls together at room temp. Almost squeaked out a 4.5

MF: Slightly prickly then slickness with a slight juicyness, plus warming notes as this warms

Drinks pretty good for the abv & complexity. Not the best of the style but interesting enough to make you want more. A nice fire side sipper

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
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 mikesgroove
3.71/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one has been sitting around in the fridge for a couple months waiting for me to try it, so last night was the night as I was in the mood for something different. Poured a very deep dark and hazy brown with a huge tan head of gooey and foamy lace. Lots of visible carbonation throughout the session. A nice concentric ring of side lace was left throughout and some sediment was visible. The smell was interesting, lots of yeast and spice, but for some reason seemed muted, and at the same time kind of sweet. The taste was very full and robust. Lots of flavors with hints at dark fruits and a nice rounded earthy back. There was a slight tart like twang in the bite and a short finish that I thought could have been more drawn out. Not a hint at all of the 10% ABV and it was remarkably smooth for being so heavy. Overall this was an odd one, there was nothing really bad at all about it, but it just did not really stand out to me as anything fantastic other the very smooth nature of it. Almost silk like it was solo smooth. This was definitely a nice triple, but to be honest I have had better. That’s ok though it is still a very good beer and something I would say you should definitely try if given the chance.

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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 472 ratings.
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