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

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Ranking:
#1,596
Reviews:
349
Ratings:
478
pDev:
12.23%
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Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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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Photo of TMoney2591
3.46/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Yeah, that's right, this is the Emperor's tripel, boy! Anyway, this stuff pours a mostly clear sunset bronze-amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. Some floaties show up, but nothing much to speak of. The nose comprises plenty of dark fruits (primarily figs, though some dates shine through as well), Belgian yeast, clove, light cinnamon, candied orange peel, and good amount of sweet biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, leading with the spices, then into a sweeter version of the fruits, then a strong wave of caramel, biscuit, and booze. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a nice tripel, but the booze is a touch off-putting, and it comes across more like a spicy BSDA than a tripel, but it still ain't bad.

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Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
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 JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of mklisz
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 feloniousmonk
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...

...as 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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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a hazy, deep red brown amber, massive head and very active carbonation. A number of dark brown, fruit flavored chunks floating at the top. Head is long lasting and leaves massive lacing. Powerful aroma of caramel malt, dark fruits, inviting. Very pleasant dark fruits, very malty, and caramel flavor. Complex and medium to heavy bodied. A very nice ale that I hope to revisit often.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Oxymoron

750ml Foiled/Corked Best by 2007

Pours a nice clear ruby red color, nice carbonation, nice two finger head which lasts a long long time, some nice islands and sticky lacing throughout the drink. The nose is of sweet malts, yeast, grapes, figs, prunes, and some caramel. The taste is very nice, mostly malts, yeast, grapes, and figs. Medium body. Very drinkable, another awesome brew from the brewery, highly recommended.

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Photo of Gavage
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brownish burgandy in color with a nice 2 finger head. The head fell quickly but left a surface covering for a good part of the rest of the session. Some spotty lacing developed. The aroma was of bread, yeast, and sweet candy. The flavor was a complex combination of sweet caramels, yeast, alcohol, ripe plums, raisins, and bread. Extremely pleasant for the tastebuds. Flavors become more pronounced as this warmed.

Mouthfeel was basically smooth with a light crispness at the start. The finish provided a slight tingle on the tongue. Superbly drinkable even though this slightly higher in alcohol. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured into a Russian river tulip. Beer is brien and hazy with a halo head of off white bubbles. Some lacing and low carbonation.

Aroma is bready and sweet with lots of esters.

Beer is thin and sweet up front and mildly dry. The finish has a mild roast and a mild bitterness. Lots of yeast character on the early to midpalate. Decent mouthfeel and a nice finish.

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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 Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of tempest
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up a bottle for the holidays. At first sip it's reminiscent of Carlous Grand Cru of the Emporer [sp]. This beer is a hazy brown with a subtle but enticing with dark candied fruit. Taste expands on the fruit without goign overboard like I sometimes feel Trois Pistoles does. Typical belgian dark fruit flavors with figs, raisins, grapes, and a bit of apple. The taste isn't outstanding in the field of strong dark belgians, but it's still great. This beer does however have great balance and drinkability. It's not too sweet like some belgians and there's little hint that it's 10% abv.

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Photo of CharlesK
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Derek
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love this brewery!

A: Copper-brown, off-white head, nice retention and lace.

S: Dark fruit.

T: Dark fruit (prune & raisin), very Belgian. A spicy sweetness, like treacle or jaggery sugar. Very nice.

M: Moderate to full body, moderate carbonation.

D: Quite good.

Thanks DrJay!

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Photo of WesWes
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a cloudy dark brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has an intense malt scent that boasts of pale, roasted, and crystal malts along with loads of Belgian yeast aroma. It has a warm, roasted character that is fruity, but well balanced with the malts. The taste is awesome. This is one smooth beer, even at 10% alcohol. It's malty to the core with just enough spice and fruitiness the round out the taste. The mouthfeel is excellent. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is one awesome beer. I'm not the biggest Belgian beer fan, but I could drink this all day.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark ruby orange with an offwhite head that settles quickly to thin covering. Smells of rich dark malt and very winey. Rich fruit on the nose as well with notes of mascerated cherries, raisins, and apples. The taste is very nice indeed with lots of complex flavors. Starts very creamy with notes of dark fruit, sweet malt, apple, apricot, and continues into a creamy, nutty finish. Very little notice of the high abv- it is very well integrated into the overall taste. Surprisingly light in body for the alcohol and flavor profile. Perilously drinkable!

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Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a auburn-brown body with a frothy, cloying head that died slow and left a lace ring down the glass. A great aroma of orange/yeast that I always find in Belgians and then a large, sweet (caramel) malt smell with some breadiness and a minor touch of hops and fruit. A real smooth, medium body that borders on creaminess. Has a strong, sweet taste of caramel, chocolate and some sugary/sticky like maple or...a touch of breadiness gives the malts balance and a bit of its dry edge. There are also some citrc hops and something akin to tropical fruits in the backend, giving a slightly fruity taste as it finishes which works well w/ the malts. A easy and wonderful to enjoy sipper that has a touch of complexity and I still can't believe the ABV hits 10%; they did a grat job having ABV complement beer but not overpower it.

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Photo of John_M
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Max's tonight. What an impressive beer.

This beer pours a dark brown amber coler, with impressive head/foam retention and lacing. On the nose one gets some sweetness and Belgium spices, only a prelude to the beer itself. On the palate this has an incredible flavor profile of milk chocolate, dark chocolate, cherries, vanilla and plum. This beer is very, very rich and sweet, with an outstanding (though not heavy) mouthfeel. The beer is very full bodied on the palate, though not with the explosive mouthfilling presensce of some Belgiums. In any event, this is a very good beer, with a nice hoppy presence that keeps it from becoming dull or tiring to drink. Considering the abv., this beer is amazingly drinkable, dangerously so. I drank the first one in about 15 minutes and was all set to order another.

An absolute winner and highly recommended.

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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 478 ratings
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