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

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Brasserie Des Rocs Triple ImpérialeBrasserie Des Rocs Triple Impériale
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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Ratings:
467
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
14.39%
 
 
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Photo of cvfish
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer poured a reddish orange color that produced a beautiful, nicely sized, fluffy light golden tan head that had great retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer had all the things to love about Dark Belgians, dark fruits, spices, caramel, and brown sugar

T - The taste of this beer is right in line with the aroma, the dark fruitiness of cherry and plum, the spiceness of cinnamon and clove, the sweetness of caramel, and the brown sugar all mix in this beer to produce one of the tastest beers in the world

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a smooth, creamy medium body that had a good amount of natural carbonation

D - This beer is remarkable, it is complex, and it relatively inexpensive

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Photo of philipquarles
3.82/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle with a BBD of July '11. Pours a hazy dark caramel color with a small light tan head that disappears quickly. Loads of sediment, despite the careful pour. Smells heavily sweet and fruity, with notes of orange and cherry. A bit of brown sugar and some chocolate, as well as alcohol. Tastes of dark fruits and dark caramel malts. Very yeasty, giving it a nice tang. Much dryer than one would think going in. Warming alcohol finish. Light-medium body with heavy carbonation. Pretty pleasant.

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

This beer pours up a deep, reddish brown and has a big fluffy, lingering head. The aroma is brown sugar, roasted malt, and prunes. The taste really delivers what you'd expect for a Belgian special dark... it's very big. Lots of raisin and sweet malt, light breadiness, plums, and some other estery fruit flavors including apple. Drinking this beer is like eating the best fruit cake you can imagine; and I mean that in the best possible way. Mouthfeel is thick, almost syrupy and conveys the flavor very well. Definitely a beer for the holidays.

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Photo of popery
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Refined, complex and sweet BSDA. The beer pours a rich dark brown, like deep, damp soil. The head leaves pleasant lacing. The aroma is downright elegant. There are notes of brown sugar, clove, raisins, plums, caramel, earthy yeast and dark bread. The flavor is sweet and fruity. It's a bit sweet for my taste, but there's still a lot of fruit and spice complexity. There's also an odd tootsie roll flavor that's sort of enjoyable. The flavor is akin to honeyed plums, which is not something I've ever actually tasted, so take that for what you will. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. It's a tad sweet for me to call it highly drinkable.

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

Had this on tap at The Comet. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance: A deep plum color is what comes to me in the pour and it arrives with a 1/2 finger head that disappears entirely; body is very hazy and appears to be clouded with sediment; no lacing is present.

Smell: A sweet chocolatey malty smell; definitely nutty, but the nose is weak overall and I'm not getting much out of some very deep inhales.

Taste: Primary flavor is a deep roasty nuttiness; sweet candied dark candied frutis and a maltiness that is very much like burnt sugar and brown sugar; as the drink warms, there is much more of a caramel presence as well from the malts.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly lively from carbonation that seemingly comes out of nowhere -- I was unaware of any just from looking at it; very warm in the mouth, chest and throat; leaves a fair stickiness all over the mouth; body is pleasently thick but not overly so that it feels like I need to scrape my teeth afterwards.

Drinkability: Moderately high. I had to warm up to this one as it didn't catch my palate right away. Fortunately, it took me a while to get through it and more of the flavors really started to come out from the warming.

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Photo of pwoods
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the comet. 12oz. Snifter.

A: deep brown woody color. Short head but some lacing.

S: Deep malts and candi sugar sweetness. Some crushed peanuts? A bit of light black liquorice.

T/M: Good depth of sweetness with the candi, caramel, and black licquorice. Some deeper fruits from the yeast and light hoppiness. Body is medium with good carbo.

D: ABV is very well hidden and drinks easy.

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.57/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into red wine glass.

A - Reddish amber. While clear, there are large and numerous chunks of sediment floating around. A finger of off white head rises with moderate retention before falling to a thin cap. Minimal lacing.

S - Dark, sweet, rich bread. Faint notes of caramel and chocolate, along with a good deal of berries and other dark fruit. Briney, almost vegetal aroma mingles with noticable alcohol and phenols. The combined result of the salty aromas approaches something like rubber and cheese. Really interesting.

T - Strangely and disappointingly flavorless. Not sure what happened here. Modest sweetness starts off with some flat and subdued notes of bread crust and caramel. A little bit of alcohol pops up with faint phenols and some of the briney flavor from the nose. Finishes with a mild bitterness.

M - Decent medium body with a moderate to soft carbonation. Seems a little watery on the back end at times.

D - Fairly drinkable. Not really bad from a flavor perspective, just extremely lacking. A pass overall with all the other great examples out there.

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Photo of washburnkid
3.35/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown and mahogany brew with a small head and a ton of floating particles. Smells of bready malts. Tastes are bready malt, candied sugar, raspberries and a bit of citrus hop. Very rich sweetness. Medium body with low carbonation. A good sipper, but I don't think I'd buy it again.

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Photo of sweetbrew82
3.81/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 ML

P: This beer pours a burgundy-shaded plum with some huge chunks of yeast floating around in it, similar to their Grand Cru I recently had but at least this one didn't gush! I wasn't able to put too much head on it due to the careful, controlled pour in an attempt to "strain" the beer free from the coagulated protein. But, what was there was a light tan, fluffy head that did show decent retention for a 10% brew.

A: Dark fruits are definitely the leader of the pack when it comes to the aroma. Smells like raisins, figs, plums, and prunes all mixed up in a ripened fruit jambalaya. Also, some brown sugar, caramel, sweet malts, and some spice rounds out what turns out to be, by far, the most impressive aspect of this beer.

T: I say the nose is the most impressive because the taste is just waaay too damn sweet. In fact, it kind of strikes me like a Quad in that regard. Once again, dark fruits rule the roost with beautiful flavors of rum-soaked raisins, figs, prunes, and black cherries. The deeply toasted/very lightly roasted sweet malts combine with the brown sugar, candied sugar, caramel, and toffee to overwhelm my taste buds with a colossal-sized wave of sweetness. The only thing to balance it out seems to be a peppery-like spicy yeast and just a hint of hop bitterness that doesn't even come close to taking the edge off.

M: The mouthfeel of this one is medium-full with a slick, oily, mouth-coating quality that becomes a little cloying after awhile. Plus, the fact that you can actually feel the blubbery chunks of yeast isn't the most appealing aspect of this beer, which definitely hurts the score.

Notes: Well, from what I can tell, Brasserie Des Rocs seems to have some Quality Control issues. The Grand Cru was quite chunky and gushed like Old Faithful, while this one had huge chunks in it as well. I took the first couple of sips when it was a little colder, and came close to making it a drainpour due to the overwhelming sweetness of this chunky beverage. But, once it warmed up a bit it improved tremendously...like all Belgians seem to do! Ended up bumping the flavor score up as a result. In the end, I was a bit disappointed by this one, though.

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this at Broudy's Brasserie des Rocs Triple Imperiale. 10% Alcohol content.

A- Very thick dark brown fluid with sediments noticable and a thick off white head leaving nice off white lacing on glass.

S- Very complex brown sugar, alcohol esters, plums, dried raisins and malts dominate.

T- Complex flavors of raisins and dark malts bite you in the front. Strong yeast and sweet flavors kick you in the end.

M-D- Mouthfeel is fairly dry in the long run and thick on the palate. Drinkablity is minimal due to the alcohol presence.

Note on 10/09/2009: Beer is now over 3 years aged in celler condition and is much more balanced on the alcohol feel level. Malts and toasted barley are more dominate... great aged beer.

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Photo of rye726
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amberish brown color with a thin tan head. Fantastic nose of spicy alcohol, bready malts, sweet fruits and peppery Belgian yeast. The taste does not quite match the aroma. It still has a nice blend of sweet malts and herbal yeast, but they are not nearly as impressive. However, I did find the same intriguing funky tartness that made their Brune so delicious. Medium body seems a bit over carbonated and needs time to settle down, but drinks well.

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Photo of atpben
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured the bottle into a duvel glass. Appears a dark amber color with a head that dissipates slowly with very little left after a few minutes. Aroma of brown sugar, rasin, figs, and chocolate. More of the same in the taste. I love how the taste of brown sugar dominates, with the others creeping in: caramel, raisins, and figs. High in the carbonation with a sweet finish. Pretty goof beer. Will try again.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Biegaman offered to share this with me, two years past its BB date. Did not gush on opening as expected but was chock full of suspended tofu-like particles that muddied the amber/brown liquid despite the slow controlled pour. Fleeting tan head, thick solid ring remained, some lacing in sheets easily regenerated with a swirl that featured small-bubble clusters at the centre. Small bubble carbonation hidden in the murky haze but continued to drift upwards. Smell of caramel, sweet molasses, brown sugar, yeast. Taste is caramel, sweet dark fruit, raisins, figs, bitter, touch of sour, long drawn out finish with alcohol weighing in with a warming affect, although not offensive considering the ABV. Overall, a good representation of the style I think but the floaters are a bit of a turn off.

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Photo of biegaman
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Of the numerous times I've enjoyed this beer (and the same is true of other Abbaye De Rocs beers as well) I've experienced one of two irritating phenomena. The first is over-carbonation, or as it's colloquially known as, "gushing". Drinker beware, that cap you're about to pry off is quite likely to trigger a shooting fountain of foam. Be near a sink or have a towel ready just in case...

The second - and the two aren't always mutually exclusive - is coagulated protein. No, those chunky floaters aren't harmful but they're most unsightly and they've victimized this sample! Contrary to the super responsive carbonation of the previous bottle, one that tattooed a creamy vortex pattern of the @ symbol, this is topped with scarcely more than an outline. Its sparkling ruby tone would truly be dazzling if not for all the clumps.

The aroma is peculiar and frankly, somewhat marveling. It hints at exotic spices although no such things are used. It likens the beer to a variety of other drinks, including vintage red-wine or fortified wines such as port. There is a presence of caramel, ginger bread, and most noted of all, ripened fruit. Together, it resembles the traditional plum pudding which includes figs, raisins, brandy, sugar, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg.

Those same elements are vividly tasted as well. More so the spicy ones - cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg - stand out on the tongue and indeed more so with some warming. The texture becomes increasingly sugary and the taste, as result, increasingly sweet. The beer can also be lightly tart at times. The interaction between caramelized malts and spicy yeast never grows tiresome, much less cloying.

Those notes of candied fruit, cherry especially, can become almost medicinal at times. The mouthfeel is nothing but spicy and sweet. Although pleasant in the short run, I'd be weary of finishing an entire 750ml bottle to myself. Then again, I've had occasions where I felt this beer was nearly perfect. I was content to sit, stare and sniff all day, trying to discover what made the beer so astounding...

Unfortunately, that hasn't been the experience every time. Abbaye De Rocs are clearly good brewers but more obvious is their one flaw: quality control. About 6 years ago I had my first ADR experience and vividly remember two things: really liking the beer; and the server explaining to me not to worry, those chunks in my glass were natural. If they ever find a way to get it right consistently, ADR is more than welcome to stock up my cellar.

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

Bottle split w/ and courtesy of dkachur - thanks! My portion poured into a brandy snifter.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber brown, hazy, with a few random, isolated floaties soaring about, with a thin but creamy, longlasting, trappist-esque head. The lacing is isolated, occasionally sticky in blobs, and leaves a nice, very thin dusting of lace and a persistent collar. Decent start.

Aroma: Intense dark fruits, cherries and plums and raisins and figs, wrapped in brown sugar and molasses and soaked in rum. The sweetness is earthy, oaky, woody, pungent. A hint of soy sauce, too.

Taste: Whoa. Incredibly sweet, salty, with noticeable floaties (you can feel 'em!), soy, individually definable dark fruits - sweet cherries, raisins, figs - and tons of heavily roasted, syrupy malts, slight coffee, molasses, brown sugar, honey. An intense, over the top, reasonably tasty, and complex brew.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel on this one is nice, subtle and smooth, very fine-bubbled, both crisp and smooth/even. The body itself is, not surprisingly, incredibly thick, but the effervescence does a good job of evenin' it all out.

Drinkability: This one's good, but very intense. Perhaps a few years would do it well, as it's still a little hot, and at 10.0% is gonna be hot for a little while. That said, it's still a damn fine brew, tasty, reasonably complex, but the flavors and aromas just didn't really jump out at me in a way that made me want to rate it higher. Perhaps another day.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Total Wine

A - Pours a deep mahogany with a 3 fingered capuccino head. Dissipates slow, but doesn't leave any lacing.

S - Chocolate, dark Belgian candi sugars, anise toffee, and light alcohol.

T - Chocolate, dark Belgian candi sugars, banana esters, toffee, light spicy hops, and light alcohol.

M - Full-bodied, malt dominated, and with light alcohol. The carbonation is a little too thin and could be improved.

D - Great beer, would love to enjoy more.

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Photo of thirdeye11
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from 750ml bomber into a Duvel tulip.

A: This beer pours an absolutely beautiful ruby/rust/orange color, but only a 1 finger head. I would have preferred slightly more head from this one. Lacing is impeccable on this one, one of the better Belgians in terms of this aspect.

S: Smells of caramel, sweet malt, and slight hints of dark fruit. Alcohol is present but very subdued.

T: This beer tastes of caramel, sweet malt, mild hoppy bitterness that is exceptionally balanced with the malt almost where it isn't detectable, and it is sweet. Maybe slightly too much towards the sweet side, but very enjoyable. One more knock on this one was a relative lack of complexity. Mostly straightforward sweet, but I do like this in a beer so I found it very enjoyable. The alcohol at 10% is some of the most well hidden for the strength I've come across.

M: Creamy! This beer is amazing when first poured. It coats my mouth almost like none other, and ther carbonation is perfect. Unfortunately as it warmed and I drank more of it the carbonation dissipates. The first glass of the 750ml bomber I drank to slowly, and by the time I was done the carbonation was completely gone. I was disappointed with that.

D: I really wasn't sure I wanted the second glass pour of the 750ml because of the lack of carbonation with the first glass, but I drank this one more quickly. Unlike most Belgians I preferred this one a little bit colder as opposed to warmer. I drank the second glass more quickly, poured in all the yeast to it, and enjoyed the second glass a lot more than the first. I really did like this.

Overall a ridiculously tasty dark Belgian beer. Not on par with the top tier dark Belgians, but did remind me in many ways of St. Bernardus Abt 12 without the depth and complexity. For the price I would prefer some other brews, but this was indeed very good. It was also pretty unique, and I would get it again for something different.

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Photo of GilGarp
3/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Best before end: 2010.

Pours from a 330ml brown bottle into a globe.

It has a murky redish brown color and I have to stop mid pour to avoid the massive chucks floating in the bottle. I expect some of these sediments in a bottle conditioned beer but there is way too much of it here. The head it has at first dwindles to nothing in a flash. There is barely even a ring of white around the edge and no lacing.

Aroma is sweet and reeks of sour cherries, brown bread, and rotten apples. Not off to a good start...

Flavor is sweet and sour with more of those cherries and apples from the aroma. Add to that some banana and strawberry and you have one funky fruity beer. Far too sweet and not enough depth or complexity for a Belgian strong dark ale.

Mouthfeel is fine for the style with full body and strong carbonation. Drinkability is unsurprisingly poor given that it's so sweet and so strong.

One little bottle is more than enough.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.64/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Lucky Baldwins.

Not the best looking beer in the world. Kind of a muddy chocolate milk color, not much head. This was an excellent beer in terms of it's taste and smell. It was malty, Belgiany (of course), a little chocolate, not much roast to it, and the body was a happy medium with the alcohol not showing up a ton in the flavor. Very easy drinking big beer, and very tasty.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.45/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle tried 19 Jan 2008.

Very tight large rosy white head. Well carbonated, effervescent. Cloudy with lots of particulates, deep brown with hints of garnet. Smells of tart cherries, oranges, mineraly. Starts sweet and resiny, some rum and raisin that is not present in aroma. Aftertaste is of bittersweet chocolate. Medium heavy body.

Decent but expected a bit more.

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Photo of JonathanL7890
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter glass. 1 finger foam, light brown head.
Aroma: spice belgian candy sweetness.
Taste: Dried fruit, plums, raisins. Taste starts sweet and then gets attenuated by the bitterness in the back of the tongue. Very complex.
Mouthfeel: silky, smooth on the tongue. Bubbly.
Drinkability is great for a 10% abv, but I could only have one of these.

Overall an excellent brew.

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Photo of baos
3.54/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle into barilla jar

A: Dirty dark blonde body with a one finger head that quickly disappears. Lots of debris in there. Yeastiness galore! Little lacing.

S: Dried dates and figs. Raisins and dark funky jams.

T: Cant believe its 10% Booziness is hidden well beneath a rich dark fruit flavor.

M: Not bad

D: Watch all that gunk in there. Bread pudding!

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Draft at Teller's in Cincy on 01/16/2006.

Poured a ruby color with a small off-white head that diminished slowly with fair lacing. Moderate fuity port aroma with a small alcohol tone. Medium body with a smooth texture. Moderate spicy fruit and port with a medium sweet finish of average duration with that same small alcohol bite.

Very flavorful brew.

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Photo of nick76
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma has plums, figs, raisins, brown sugar, floral hops, spices, and yeast. The appearance is red-orange-brown with a medium sized foamy head. The flavor is complex like the aroma. It has all the same elements and is very sweet. There is also a hint of coffee. The palate is nice and is the appropriate thickness. The aftertaste is also sweet with plenty of malt and alcohol. Overall it's very nice.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml. bottle poured into St. Bernardus Chalice - Best before 2009
Nice light tan mottled head. It stays at 1/2 inch after falling. Very pretty. Amber brown in color. Definitely some yeast floaties.
Smells of sweet malts, smooth caramel, yeast
Taste rich sweet malt, raisins, figs, wonderfully complex.
M/f Medium and rich. Beautiful velvet carbonation.
Great Belgian ale that is very smooth I am enjoying this with Valencay Belgique Cendre goat cheese - what a treat!

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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 467 ratings.
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