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

330ml bottle poured in a chalice.

A: Aggressive carbonation when opened. The foam practically jumped off the bottle... However, after pouring it, the beige head was medium with small retention and no lacings are left. As a traditional Des Rocs, the body is dense and dirty full of yeasts floating around
S: Traditional Belgian dark ale. Very fruity and yeasty. Notes of plums. Bready too. Shake it a bit and the perfume jumps out to the nose. Caramel malts and some hops. Bit liquorous. Pure pleasure
T: Taste follows the nose. Quite fruity. Plums and raisins are there. Complex and spicy. Sweet upfront. Light bitter end. Strong taste of Belgian yeasts and a peculiar ash aftertaste
M: Expectable creamy body. Medium to low carbonation. A bit molasses
D: High. Lovely Beer

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Photo of KidsDoc
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Like unwrapping a Christmas present with the black foil over the oversized bottle cap! (my local beer store hyped this up to me (Wines and Wares in Jacksonville, NC - great selection).

Poured a 750mL bottle into tulip.

Appearance: dark brown, opague with a huge tan head with aggressive pour into a Duvel tulip. Head recedes over about 2 mins leaving a thin layer that clings only a tiny bit to the glass. Large yeast floaties throughout - like nothing I've ever seen, thought I would have to eat them. St Bernardus Abt 12 was the most I'd seen previously but this was 5x that much floating yeast.

Smell: very sweet and bready. the dark fruit of plums and even some light cherry smell is amazing. The best part is this smell last throughout the session unlike many other that get dulled as you drink it. Even with an excellent taste I could be happy just smelling this beer all night.

Taste: very light up front but builds with a thickness in the middle that holds on. Leaves a sticky, bready fullness at the end The yeast presence dominates but there is a rich sweetness like a red wine, syrah?, that lingers.

Mouthfeel: This is tough. I loved this offering but at time the huge yeast chunks unwelcomingly hit your lips. The carbonation was very mild. It felt watery at the start of the sip but filled out nicely with a medium body. Left some stickiness at the end inviting the next sip.

Drinkability: a very pleasant sipping beer. I would never have more than one alone, but can't wait to split the next one with a friend. Defining drinkability as the enjoyment factor rather than trying to label as session beer this is very drinkable in a sitting and you are set for the night.

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Photo of Flightoficarus
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep, chestnut brown with a large (4 finger or so) tan head, which recedes and is somewhere between bubbly and creamy lacing wise. Large chunks of yeast are visible in this brew!

S - Smell is of brown sugar, caramel, belgian candi, various dark fruits (plum, fig), with some subtle nutty and wine-like characteristics.

T - Taste is of a thick, bready maltbackbone of brown sugar, caramel, molasses, candi, various spices, plum, yeast, and some other (but enjoyable) flavors I can't quite put my finger on. A deep, complex, flavorful brew!

M - Mouthfeel is full-bodied, with medium carbonation, and a creamy texture.

D - 10% forbids it from the realms of sessionability, but it's very enjoyable to drink nonetheless. Maybe too so.

Overall - Though I think I prefer the Grand Cru Special Brown from this brewery, this is also an excellent beer from them, and I'm glad I've tried it. You won't be disappointed if you like BSDA's.

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Photo of mkorpal
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my well used New Belgium globe glass. Dark amber with a slightly off white head, about half an inch. This beer contains more yeast sediment than any beer I have ever poured, which is quite something considering the homebrews I make. Oh well, don't fear the yeast.

Smell is of brown sugar, various dark fruits, such as plum, raisins and figs. It has a hint of breadyness to it as well.

Taste includes the brown sugar, dark fruits, raisins, and figs, but also includes a healthy dose of bread and a hint of chocolate in the background. Bread taste comes from yeast. Little hops are detected anywhere.

Mouthfeel is medium, on the verge of heavy, possibly because of the solids in this beer.

Drinkability does suffer from an alcoholic bite to the beer, and the massive amount of stuff in the beer. While it does nothing o hurt the smell or taste, just looking at it makes me a bit queezy. Still was enjoyable.

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Photo of argock
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

From green 750mL foil-capped magnum. Poured half into a Chimay chalice and the second half into a Duvel tulip. Served at 55F. Best by 18/12/11 on back label. Purchased at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA) for $8.39.

A: The initial appearance in the chalice was excellent with nice deep chestnut and 1-finger beige, cola-like head with decent retention and nice lacing. Unfortunately, the second half of the beer had tons of coagulated, flocculated protein which obviously is not what you want.

S: The aroma is exceptional with candied dark fruit like fig and raisin mixed with bready maltiness. Hops are earthy and in the background.

T: The flavor is comparable to Rochefort 10 in my mind -- very full bready maltiness with dark fruit, maple, chocolate, and vanilla bean also. Hops are low on the horizon with some earth tones. THe protein does not affect the flavor (thankfully) only the appearance and feel. A real treat and I would love to re-review with a pristine bottle, although it seems like this beer has been know to have this problem before.

M: The feel on the first half was top-tier with a velvety smoothness from muted but still active carbonation and full body. The protein in the second half provided a fluffiness that was not enjoyable.

D: A tale of two beers -- the carefully decanted first half was one of the most enjoyable beers I have had, easil a personal top ten. The second half, however, was marred by the protein problem and makes me wonder if this beer was mishandled somewhere along the chain. I will try it again, but only after a snow globe test to see if protein is there.

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Photo of DaveHS
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a misty dark brown, with loads of foamy beige head. Substantial lacing. Smells like raisins, milk chocolate, stewed dark fruit, pineapple, caramel, and burnt wood. Smells like happiness. Flavors of peppery spice and chocolate take the lead, followed by dried nuts, cinnamon, and clove. Sort of a hard beer to classify. It's not really a tripel, but it's not a grand cru or quad. It's
somewhere in between, with some of the best qualities of all three.
What I like most about this beer is that it's really not all that sweet. Lush, full mouthfeel with medium carbonation. It was good to revisit this one. It's a beer I had good memories of that holds up years later.

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Photo of elgiacomo
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, best by 2010, bottled 2008. Served cool room temp into a Duvel tulip.

This baby wants to be a gusher, 3-minutes carefully working the cap to relieve pressure. Also completely unfiltered, just like its siblings Brune and Grand Cru, the beer is loaded with large floaty chunks of yeast and sediment, more than any other beer I've seen.

Pours a rich copper brown with a light beige head that holds a wispy cap and ring, but doesn't leave much lacing at all.

Aroma is a strong and powerful dose of rich dark fruits, candy sugar, spice, yeast and bread. The aroma comes together very nicely and is a treat to inhale.

Flavor is rich and malty, dark fruits, but also some banana, candy sugar, bread, yeast. Sweet overall.

Mouthfeel gets a bit sticky, yet finishes a bit watery, medium bodied, soft carbonation.

Very nice for a dark triple, although still a hair below Gulden Draak.

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Photo of babaracas
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange tinted red with billowing cream colored head. After a few minutes settles to a half inch with a few clumps of lace left behind. Lots of floaties. Smell: white wine at first, which was scary, but that faded after a bit. Still a little grapey, dates, brown sugar, a little soft powdery banana. Earthy hop note. Taste: a mouthful of dark brown sugar, dates, but cutting through the sweetness, earthy and slightly peppery. Cherry in the finish, some cigar in the aftertaste. There's a touch of alcohol, but at the warm temperature and 10% it's really pretty well hidden. Definitely got more interesting as it progressed. Best by 6/4/2012.

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

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Chimay chalice.

Beer pours a very dark brown, almost quad like decent creamish colored head. Tons of floaties, however when drinking they are barely detected.

Smells of sweetness, a little fig, raisin, and carmel. Very nice.

Great sweet taste, a thinner version of a quad. Plenty of complexity, man I love dark tripels.

Not too thin and not too thick.

Maybe too easy to drink, I felt it after one so I can only imagine plowing through more.

A great change from other belgians, wish more were made in this style.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.72/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from a 11.2 oz bottle into a Gouden chalice.

The beer pours a dark brown with lots of amber highlights. There is a ton of yeast floaties moving about. The head is tan, noting special....The aroma is malty, brown sugar prunes, caramel, a lighter yeastier quad. Not bad... The taste is pruney tea with yeast. Really pretty boring but drinkable.

This is a re-review, really much lower than the original review.

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

A: A burgundy dark brown, with a nice big off brown head. It dissipates to to a film and leaves behind a splotches of lacing. Sediment floating all around.

S: Very strong aroma, a bit sour. Fruity, mainly cherry and some citrus.

T: Big Belgian flavor. Very sweet malt and fruit. Dark fruit and citrus combined, great flavors all around. Spices constantly complimenting the beer.

M: Very smooth, low carbonation that works perfectly. Alcohol is masked incredibly well.

D: Watch out, this one is easy to plow through. Enjoy it and the high ABV, too.

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

pours a deep brown that lets very little light through, and has an nice big tan head. excellent lacing.

smell of raisins, figs, and chocolate. (I'm having some major allergies tonight and my sense of smell is almost gone)

taste is much more chocolate than anything but there is a sweetness to it can't really place it.

lovely creamy body with moderate carbonation, slight oily viscosity to it. exceptional.

drinkable by all means. might be a little heavy on the tummy after a few of them though, but at 10% abv (masked very well) you don't need to many.

two thumbs up.

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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 glid02
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a slightly hazy brown color with dark purple highlights and a 1.5-finger light tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of a combination of dark and light fruits - pears, figs, and plums - with hints of brown sugar.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet malt flavors up front are soon overtaken by large amounts of sugarcoated pears, raisins, and figs. Near the end of the sip the fruit flavors fade just a bit to allow for a crisp ending that leaves a hint of sugar lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another with absolutely no problem.

Overall I was a bit perplexed when the "triple" I ordered came out looking like this but I was soon assuaged by a smooth beverage. This beer does all the little things right and is well worth a shot.

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Photo of sirdrinkwell
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: nutty brownish/autumnal ruby in appearance with a healthy tan head that persists...

s: apricot, fig, yeast, and breadiness in general characterize the nose...

t: lively nut-fruit front with a sour fig-apricot secondary and a malty sweet finish...

m: smooth, and refreshing, substantial presence without being overbearing...

d: very enjoyable ale and an easy drink; this is a nice one that i will be happy to revisit again...


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Photo of tronester
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a super cloudy reddish brown with a medium tan head. Smells strongly of phenols and rusty metals. Taste is toffee sweet up front, a bubblegum and wierd soapy flavor with a surprisingly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is quite good though, nice and creamy with a nice low carbonation. Drinkability is Average, overall this is an OK beer, but for the money, there are much better options.

EDIT: The expiration date was over a year away, so it was not a beer that was too old.

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

Appearance: Dark coloration, amber-brown, with a thick off-white head that dissipates slowly. Significant sediment in the glass.

Smell: Very yeasty, strong notes of rich nuttiness. Somewhat bready, with a strong Belgian funk. Rich, complex, inviting.

Taste: Dark maltiness, nutty, almost chocolatey in flavor. Perhaps a touch of caramel? On the back-end a nice yeast character, rich with the best of Belgium. A slight tarty fruitiness on the finish, notes of cherries. Slightly dry on the aftertaste. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Heavy body, coating the palate well. No significant hoppiness or carbonation. Very chewy as one gets to the bottom of the bottle where the yeast resides.

Drinkability: A very drinkable, delicious Belgian Ale. Worth a try by anyone who loves a good Belgian.

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Photo of corby112
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy very dark ruby/amber color with a thick frothy 1.5 finger head and chunks of yeast floating about. This is odd considering I left a good portion of the bottom of the bottle. Decent retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring, leaving sporadic spots of lacing.

Spicy estery aroma with hints of apple and pear. Also a bit of dark malt, subtle hops, alcohol and a weird chemical soapiness.

Peppery spice up front with some dark malt, light and dark fruit notes, candy sugar and slight alcohol warmth. Pretty smooth with the high ABV well masked. Complex and well balanced Belgian Strong Ale.

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Photo of natelocc787
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good amount of sediment. Outstanding mouthfeel, sediment aside. Poured with a generous foamy head that left a decent amount of lace. Very dark fruit in this one. Raisins, plums, blackberries and Cabernet wine. Silky and dry at the same time. Pair with a good steak.

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Photo of champ103
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy dark brown color. A two finger beige head forms with good retention. Rings of sticky spiderweb looking lace are left behind.
S: Dark fruits of plums and chocolate covered raisins. Dry wood. Sweet malt and yeast. There are lots of layers in the nose.
T: This is earthy, if that makes since? Sweet malt, dark fruits, and chocolate. Lots of dry wood.
M/D: A full body with medium carbonation. Did I say this was dry? The alcohol shows, but it is easy to sip on.

This is a good beer. More flavor comes out as this warms up. The earthy and and dryness are very distinct for this brewery. Something I would recommend.

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Photo of JBogan
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A dark brown body with a fair amount of floaties is capped nicely by a thick tan creamy head. Some slippery lacing is left in it's wake.

The nose is of dark fruits, mainly raisin, along with some chocolate. Some sweet malt in there as well.

Taste is close to the nose, with the chocolate playing a leading role. The alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel was excellent. Very silky smooth and with just enough carbonation tingle to keep things from getting flat.

This is a fine beer to slowly sip and savor. I'd like to try this aged, but even young it is apparent that this is a quality brew.

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Photo of WoogityBoogity
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Thick, slightly off-white creamy head with moderate retention. Very deep copper brown; very hazey with random floaties.

S - Strong presence of complex malts and strong, but not powerful, sweetness from the malt. Very light fruity esters present, with mild to light peppery phenol.

T - Very moderate sweetness from malt. Slightly dry finish. Very low bitterness, with alcohol applying some of the bitterness to malt. Slightly balanced toward malt, but finish notes of spice phenols make it wholesome. Esters, phenols, malt, and light hop presence all blend seamlessly.

M - Lots of carbonation, but no carbonated bite. Medium to full body, but not creamy. More authentic to a traditional Triple. Mild warming from ABV.

D - Dark rich, very complex Belgian.


Wow, this is completely not what I was expecting! All the smooth flavors of the complex palate make this one intriguing beer. Definitely on my top.

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Photo of qchic
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one gushed like no other. After clean up, it poured a murky rusty brown. For such an explosive start, the head calmed to a ring around the glass. Aroma is full of dried fruits (figs and prunes), pineapple, grape, caramel, toffee, spice, alcohol, and apple. In the flavor, I got much from aroma with the addition of dried apricots, nuts, brown sugar, and a hint of coconut. While the aroma was more estery, the flavor brings more earthy grains. Both aspects of this ale are complex, do doubt enhanced from several years of aging. Full-bodied and at 10%, I wouldn't guzzle this one. One to share and sip.

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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 469 ratings.
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