Abbaye Des Rocs [Brasserie Des Rocs Brune]
Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.

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Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #9
Ranked #1,780
4.22 | pDev: 9.72%
Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
Abbaye Des Rocs [Brasserie Des Rocs Brune]Abbaye Des Rocs [Brasserie Des Rocs Brune]
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JonnoWillsteed from England

4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L- Deep chestnut, and has poured beyond hazy, this has small chunks floating around despite the bottle being rested for days and poured reeeally slowly - so it seems pretty major sediment is inevitable/by design. Pours with 5mm off white head, half of which still exists when I finish the glass 15mins later.
S- Milder than anticipated, some caramel and a sense of richness. I thought I got a hint of mild/sour cherry on an early sniff, but never managed to get it again.
T- There is a small dose of sourness on the front here, then the flavour opens out immediately - boom! It's big, pungent and deep. It has a sweet note (in parallel with it's overall richness), something I rarely favour but here it's balanced by the sour. It's deep well-roasted pungency make this a super winter-warmer type of beer. ps Late on I suddenly get a 'Hang on, is that a blackcurrent note coming in!?'... maybe, fleeting.
F- It's quite a mouthful, pungent, intense, more suited to colder months as a slow-sippin' winter warmer beer. All rather wonderful.
O- I think this is absolutely superb. How they balance the sweet + sour is very clever, it's so fine-tuned. Overall the whole hangs together really well; there isn't anything at all that I note that's 'wrong', or out of balance.
Updated lable on bottle: Now entirely modern, almost a bit 'urban/gritty', a stencil/graffiti design in white black and purple.
Bought from Beers of Europe (UK) 330ml BB: 29/08/2021

Apr 04, 2020
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janubio from Spain

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle at Coriasso's, served in a trappist glass. Pours a brown colour with red tones to the light, medium head with short retention, crying lace.
Aroma of prunes, coffee, caramel, chocolate, I think I feel some notes of tobacco, spices.
Full body, thick in the tongue, good carbonation. Sweet finish.
Taste follows the aroma.
Very good one.

Sep 04, 2019
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OlaB from Norway

4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky chestnut color with some red hints with a medium top of beige head that dissolves slowly.
Aroma is pleasant with notes of dark and dried fruits like plums, raisins,prunes, figues, caramel,bread, dark malts, red berries,spices and smoked woods.
The taste is sweet with notes dried fruits and with a strong malt profile in the background. I sense hints of caramel, bread in the flavour as well. The finish is slightly dry still with the malt profile strong in the background. Great strenght and lenght in the aftertaste. The flavours are balanced very well, and the alcohol content hidden very good. Mouthfeel is silky and oily with a medium carbonation and a medium body.
A very nice example of a belgian strong dark ale. Very enjoyable.

Jan 05, 2019
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quadmad from Canada (ON)

4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased in March 2018,750ml bottle for $6.20 from the LCBO. -- great deal . Bottled Dec. 2017--One year old. Poured into Westmalle chalice at 11c. Nice cola head no lacing. Kinda boozy but in a nice way Goes very well with chocolate mint candy.

Dec 14, 2018
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

We have a live one! Careful when opening, very active. This is going to sound gross, but trust me it is not: the taste is prunes and raisins combined with cola and yeast. Like I said, trust me, the taste is very enjoyable, though admittedly not the most deep. In fact the depth is a little short in the nose too and especially in the body. Want more because what they have is good

Sep 21, 2018
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patre_tim from Thailand

4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep brown and cloudy with lots of fine bubbled carbonation, and topped with 4 fingers of beige head.

Smells of candied prunes, coke, banana, dark fruits and caramel.

The taste follows the nose but is more intense on caramel, toffee, dark fruits, banana, and Belgian yeasts.

Medium to thick body with loads of foamy carbonation.

Got this at LCBO, drinking on a rough Lake Rosseau, June 2nd, 2018.

Jun 02, 2018
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark red-orange with ruby notes and a one finger khaki head with great retention and thick lacing. Aroma of candi and dry caramel malt, plums, dark red berries, dates and raisins. Flavor follows with dry caramel malt, fresh and dried plums, dates, raisins and a little caramel in the finish. Medium bodied with light to moderate creaminess and a good mouth feel. Flavor is a classic mixture of Belgian dark malt and dark fruit, this Brune is a bit drier than some of the other Belgians in this style, giving a little bit of old ale malt flavor. Fruit and malt are rich and well balanced; well supported by the creaminess of the body. The rich reddish color is much nicer than the Brune name suggests. Alcohol well covered. A very nice Abbey style dark ale and one I will watch for again; it does not come to our market very often.

Apr 10, 2018
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

3.77/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle, served fairly cold (at least a little colder than recommended) into a Gouden Carolus chalice. Batch appears to have been tested, this ticks in at 10.3% ABV per LCBO testing. Best before September of 2019 and purchased for about $8 CDN if I recall correctly.

Appearance - Up[on cracking the bottle a geyser of foam and froth rushes to the top. Pouring into the chalice yields a murky roan colored beer and a half finger of dense tan head. It burns off very quickly and a plethora of bubbles rise to the surface. Not the most graceful entrance.

Smell - Sweet malty goodness with yeast, brown sugar and candi sugar prevalent. Suggestions of raisins and cherries in behind barely concealed by a strong boozy presence.

Taste - A touch hot an boozy initially, making way for brown sugar, marginally overdone caramel and molasses. More bitterness than I expected, but that helps keep this reasonably balanced.

Mouthfeel - Very fizzy, to the point of being overzelaous with it. Body is medium-heavy and finish is very dry.

Overall - A pretty good dark and strong Belgian ale, but flavor-wise doesn't provide as much as the likes of Rochefort, Chimay, Van de Kaizer, and St. Bernardus and the fizziness is cumbersome. Still a pretty decent brew. Will revise this review as it warms as that may provide greater perspective.

EDIT - Continued to drink this at is warmed and other than the carbonation fizzling out, not much changed. It does pack a punch, so I truly believe the 10.3% ABV as per LCBO listing.

Mar 20, 2018
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Cramshawbar from Canada (ON)

3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The weaker sister of St. Bernardus, Westvleteren and Rochefort, this shares some of the characteristics of all of them. You really can't go wrong but don't expect as much. Even Chimay Blue is more superior. It is somewhat cheap, mind you, so I guess it's a decent alternative.
The only thing I didn't like, is that as soon as the cap is removed, the beer oozes out uncontrollably, so you have to pour quickly. Never happened to me before with a brew that's been sitting at cool room temperature for about a week.
Anyway, enjoy!

Mar 09, 2018
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polloenfuego from Canada (NB)

3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a chestnut brown with a full three fingers of head. Head is slow to break, some lacing, and a cap and collar.

Smell is dark fruits, quite figgy, and then there are the Belgian yeasts and finally there is a nice dark sugar/treacle smell.

Taste is similar to the nose, with dark fruits leading the way. A touch sweet. There are some mild spices in there and that treacle comes through. Surprisingly the yeasts are quite muted in the flavor.

High carbonation is the lead on the feel. It is medium in body and the booze is actually well hidden. Finish is wet, if that is possible.

Not a bad beer, but not quite up to par with the big boys in this category in my opinion. For example, I wouldn't say this holds a stick to a Chimay bleue or perhaps Van de Keizer Blauw. At just over $6 for a 750 ml bottle, I'll forgive this though.

Mar 06, 2018
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Shanex from France

4.56/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very good Belgian strong dark Ale, heavy and malt and hop, 12 Oz bottle poured into a duvel tulipe...

This is 9%ABV so this will knock me down quickly, very tasty and worth the price, it was fairly cheap for the quality anyway. Cheers!

Dec 29, 2016
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Bruno74200 from France

4.56/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I will make almost the same review as beerchitect. The bottle pissed me off. I lost more than half the bottle because it cascades out. Except that part it's a stellar beer. One of the best beer I ever tasted. It's complex but clear in the same time. A perfect winter beer with bitter orange, cinnamon. It smells like gingerbread and tastes like it but with a restrain sweetness. It's one of this beer that can be enjoyed as a great red wine. I'll have to go back to this one and prepare a glass under because of its messiness.

Nov 21, 2016
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.56/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle - nice to see some offerings from this Belgian brewer showing up here in Alberta.

This beer pours a clear, dark orange-brick brown colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and fizzy tan head, which leaves very little in the way of lace anywhere near the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, besotted raisins, thin brown sugar syrup, muddled earthy spices, a touch of testy Low Countries yeastiness, and some very tame leafy and floral noble hop bitters. The taste is semi-sweet, grainy and crackery caramel malt, some ephemeral biscuity toffee notes, tacky yeast, dark candi sugar, indistinct black orchard fruit, still hard to differentiate seasonal spices, and a mildly perfumed floral and herbal hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly active in its robust frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and sort of smooth, with the yeast taking things down a peg or two here. It finishes off-dry, just, as the brown sugar and malty essences struggle to keep their going concern, um, going.

Overall, this is one of the poorer versions of this heady style that I have yet come across - it seems kind of astringent, instead of fruity and velvety. Not bad, per se, but much more difficult to appreciate than I had imagined coming in, so approach with a healthy dose of awareness.

Oct 13, 2016
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EmperorBevis from England

3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled and possibly bottle conditioned
Dark brown body with spotty off white head
Brown sugar aroma with hints of golden syrup
Booze and brown sugar flavour

Oct 07, 2016
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GrumpyGas from Illinois

4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz draft poured into a proper Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs stemmed goblet at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, Il.
A dark brown body floats a 1/2in creamy head that dissipates to a light cover.
Aroma is stone fruit and fig with some caramel and bread malt.
Flavor is all that and more including a slight hop bitterness.
Soft creamy mouthfeel, light carbonation and wet finish.
Perfect with the wurst and scotch egg.

Aug 06, 2016
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

If this were easier to find in the Midwest, I might come back to it more often. This is a re-write and re-rate based on tasting it in Stockholm's Belgobarren. (Go there if you seek out Belgians not common in the U.S.)

Looks bruin, but not a distinguished head. All the fruits in the nose come through in the taste, but is joined by lots of different spices that I could guess at, but cannot accurately parse. Brasserie de Rocs' Brune was a good complement throughout the meal, but paired nicely with a creme de brûlée.

MJ's "Great Beers of Belgium" said the Brune "is malty, very spicy and rich. It is made with six malts, three hops and no fewer than ten spices." And he likes to tell the story of how the daughter inherited the father's passion for brewing, a 21st Century twist that returns to pre-17th century when women were the home-brewers.

This very strong Brune is also reviewed in Roger Protz' "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"
I will again taste this ale, that is if I find it.

2/9/17: Found it in south Florida. Again, this is a very good ale to have with heavier foods.

Apr 23, 2016
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zonker17 from Texas

4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Hazy brown with creamy head. Faint nose of Belgian style notes, yeast, sugar. Sweet balanced with a touch of sour. The mouthfeel is and absolute delight. Creamy finish and carbonation that tickles the tongue.

Mar 13, 2016
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josanguapo from Spain

3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From elcervecero. In Teku glass. Watching Sons of Anarchy 1x10. Although the aroma could improve, the taste is pretty delicious. Alcohol completly hidden. Had some sediments that didnt affect its taste. Avg 3.99

9 Feb 2019. De Decervecitas. Nueva etiqueta. En copa Grimbergen. Viendon El Vecino 1x02-03. Frutas oscuras, regaliz y sensacion ligera a pesar del abv. Rica pero la recordaba mejot, con mayor presencia de frutas oscuras y mas cuerpo

Nov 18, 2015
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Hanglow from Scotland

3.1/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Smells like yeasty Panda Cola.

Tastes of yeasty alcoholic panda cola

Fizzy like cola, looks like cola.

Takes me back to being a kid when panda cola was about 5p cheaper than Coke, so was the obvious choice as it was pretty tasty and 5p got you a good few sweets as well.

No sweets with this, but at 9% it certainly warms you up.

Oct 02, 2015
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DJ-Hophead from England

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

333 ml bottle, Belgium Beer Factory - Pours dark brown with a large lightly tanned head. Strong carbonation. Nice lacing. Smell - strong malts, yeasty. Taste - sweet, lovely long malty finish. Fantastic, easy drinking, sweet strong ale.

Sep 11, 2015
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NilocRellim from Minnesota

4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Looks very dark brown. Smells of sticky fruit and roastedness mostly. Sticky fruit and figs straight away on the taste. Slight roastedness, slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Very drinkable for 9%.

Aug 29, 2015
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woosterbill from Kentucky

4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

33cl bottle, best by January 16, 2017.

A: Dark, hazy chestnut body under two inches of fine, persistent tan foam. The lacing is a bit on the light side, but otherwise it's very attractive.

S: Sweet and fruity, with huge raisin, plum, cherry, and prune. Some caramel and faint anise as well. Very complex and intriguing.

T: Toffee, bread, dark fruit, and chocolate. Lots of raisin, some butterscotch, and faint herbal piquancy (more anise than hops) on the long, bittersweet finish. Intense flavor, but remarkably clean and balanced. Excellent, although not quite as multi-layered as the aroma.

M: Soft, effervescent, medium-bodied. Perhaps a bit thin relative to the style and ABV, but still quite pleasant.

O: Excellent beer, particularly for 1.30 euro at the train station. Definitely up there with all the best BSDAs.


Mar 26, 2015
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mconner666 from Missouri

4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle, bottled on 1-27-14, poured into a Chimay Trappist glass.

A finger or two worth of foam came straight up through the top of the bottle. It poured a dark brown, with a nice head, and I could see a lot of dregs as I poured. The nose came off very banana with a hint of cloves, which turned more bread like within a couple of minutes.

The flavor was similar to the nose, kind of a banana nut bread, that was sweet with some raisin notes also. This was definitely what beer was meant to be many years ago, bread in a bottle. At 9.0%, you would not know it, there was little to no alcohol taste or burn.

Overall a very good representation of the style. I will definitely by again, when I can.

Jan 03, 2015
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JaimeLondon from Brazil

4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great belgian brune beer of a nut-brown color, somewhat turbid and with a nice cream foam.
That's clearly a belgian beer by its aroma, you can feel a bit of the yeast as well as the great chocolate tones, some bread with grains too.
Taste is somewhat alcoholic and more malty.
Body is great and carbonation perfect, there's a great balance here!
Yeah, great beer!

Dec 13, 2014
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 11.2 fl oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Minor gush off the open, and the yeast cake is huge and disturbed. Nice tan coffee cocoa colored creamy head, hangs on to a finger. Deep chestnut red, almost ruby in color, and of course lots of floaties.

Mild aroma of raisin, and small notes of caramel and candi sugar. Some very good spice notes of clove and cinnamon off this though, with a clean and warm almost smokey sensation.

Creamy palate with good notes of fruit grape and mild raisin sweetness. Light creamy texture, nearly milky, which real seems to bring out more of the dark malt toffee and caramel flavors even more. Slightly airy and waffery finish on the aftertaste, with a faint crispness and cotton candy flavor. Not much heat either and very well hidden.

Overall a straightforward Belgian strong dark ale.

Nov 15, 2014
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