Abbaye Des Rocs [Brasserie Des Rocs Brune]
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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From:
Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
 
Belgium
Style:
Belgian Dark Strong Ale
Ranked #13
ABV:
9%
Score:
93
Ranked #3,019
Avg:
4.2 | pDev: 9.76%
Reviews:
332
Ratings:
205
Status:
Active
Rated:
Feb 21, 2022
Added:
Jul 13, 2002
Wants:
  83
Gots:
  50
SCORE
93
Outstanding
Abbaye Des Rocs [Brasserie Des Rocs Brune]Abbaye Des Rocs [Brasserie Des Rocs Brune]
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Ratings by LiquidAmber:
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Reviewed by LiquidAmber from Washington

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
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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Rated: 3.55 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 21, 2022
 
Rated: 4.17 by edthehead from New York

Dec 26, 2021
 
Rated: 3.75 by Sweffin from Wisconsin

Jul 19, 2021
 
Rated: 4.31 by emerge077 from Illinois

Mar 18, 2021
 
Rated: 4.04 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Nov 09, 2020
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Reviewed by JonnoWillsteed from England

4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
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
 
Rated: 4.35 by arzt from Germany

Dec 30, 2019
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Reviewed by janubio from Spain

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
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
 
Rated: 4.87 by HaZse from Finland

Jun 18, 2019
 
Rated: 4.19 by 4ster from Canada (ON)

Jun 16, 2019
 
Rated: 4.15 by Dentist666 from Russian Federation

Apr 30, 2019
 
Rated: 3.93 by brandoneast from Texas

Apr 24, 2019
 
Rated: 4.35 by Rukeli76 from Canada (ON)

Jan 20, 2019
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Rated by DanfromVan from Canada (BC)

4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Brown to yellow colours,
Lots of Carbonation, fair amount of sweetness and candy like tastes.
I like it
Jan 06, 2019
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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by quadmad from Canada (ON)

4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
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
 
Rated: 4.25 by JDJR from Florida

Dec 10, 2018
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
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
 
Rated: 4 by bpfrush from Wisconsin

Sep 07, 2018
 
Rated: 4.04 by Epiktetos from Czech Republic

Aug 21, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by StormAles from Canada (ON)

Jun 26, 2018
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Reviewed by patre_tim from Thailand

4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
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
 
Rated: 4.09 by achepil from Canada (ON)

Apr 06, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by NickThePyro from Washington

Mar 21, 2018
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Reviewed by taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
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
 
Rated: 4.19 by Simon212 from Canada (ON)

Mar 17, 2018
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Reviewed by Cramshawbar from Canada (ON)

3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
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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Reviewed by polloenfuego from Canada (NB)

3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
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
 
Rated: 4.11 by nullbort from Canada (ON)

Mar 04, 2018
 
Rated: 4.18 by travelguy from Ohio

Feb 17, 2018
 
Rated: 4.16 by mdaschaf from Indiana

Dec 30, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by mmilyko from Nevada

Oct 21, 2017
 
Rated: 4.38 by tvv375ia from Iowa

Sep 13, 2017
 
Rated: 4.02 by RBuckley73 from Nevada

Aug 03, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by freewill35 from Indiana

Jul 24, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Jul 03, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by KeyWestGator from Florida

Jul 01, 2017
 
Rated: 3.72 by siebevl from Belgium

Apr 30, 2017
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Rated by Mitchell027 from Vermont

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Tastes like liquid figs! Ok and with a touch of caramelized brown sugar and plum notes. :-P
Apr 17, 2017
Abbaye Des Rocs [Brasserie Des Rocs Brune] from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
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