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

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Style:
Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #10
ABV:
9%
Score:
93
Ranked #1,645
Avg:
4.22 | pDev: 9.72%
Reviews:
332
Ratings:
532
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Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
 
Belgium
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Year-round
Wants
  83
Gots
  49
SCORE
93
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mzwolinski from California

4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Orangeish/burgundy in color with a foamy, surprisingly persistant, light tan head. Lots of chunky sediment floating about, though I took care to pour it slowly. The aroma is malty, with a sort of melony fruitiness to it and a noticeable yeast character. Quite sniffable, but the flavor is the real treat. It simply melts in your mouth. A rather toasty malt starts things off with a toffee-like character. A surprisingly tropical fruitiness kicks in mid-palate, followed by a moderate but pleasing hop bitterness. Rather spicy throughout. Medium-full body with a light alcohol warming. I just can't believe how well these flavors blend into one another. Exceptionally well-balanced.

Feb 14, 2003
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stevoj from Idaho

4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Excellent Belgian strong ale! Dark, opaque brown, with thin beige oil slick head. Aroma is cola, wood, nuts, chocolate and prunes. Taste is dark chocolate , raisins, roast grain and oak barrel. Bitter aftertaste clings to the palate, mouthfeel is perfect for the style, very slick. A masterpiece.

Mar 01, 2014
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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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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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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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BEERchitect from Kentucky

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

Can't help but to love this beer. Certainly the best of the Brassarie des Rocs offerings. Very mature and bold in all it's flavors, while retaining a perfect balance. The bottle really pissed me off. Upon poping the top, it's gushing made a mess of the counter top. I managed to pour a goblet and sat down to drink. Upon returning, the half-full bottle continued to cascade over the top and created, yet another mess. After that, good beer! Malty, prune-sy, raisons, woodsy, vineous, tart, spicy, and lightly barnyard-ey and leathery. Moderately full and rich with a less-thn-thick feel. Carbonation gives way to a smooth, tart finish. This one is deservingly of BA top 100 status.

Feb 16, 2006
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largadeer from California

2.7/5  rDev -36%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dark mucky brown in appearance with a ton of suspended sediment, as seems to be the norm for this brewery. The nose and taste are both equally cloying, bringing to mind overripe figs, candied fruit, raisins, toffee and rum. Mouthfeel is syrupy despite the ample carbonation. Too sweet and candy-like, with no bitterness to be found anywhere. I guess this brewery is simply not my bag, as I've disliked everything I've tried by them.

Mar 11, 2008
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Seabass1964 from Arkansas

2.75/5  rDev -34.8%

Sep 14, 2014
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aerozeppl from New York

4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cellared this for about 8 months.

A: Chunk city. Nice brown color with minimal white head. A good amount of lacing especially considering the style.

S: Some dates and raisins with a subtle funk. Kind of a tight nose but still there.

T: Very nice sweetness. Tons of dark fruit. A nice but weird mix of yeast and malt.

M: Very nice full medium mouthfeel. The chunks are a wonderful detraction. Very dry in the finish.

D: Very nice. Glad I split this. A nice example of the stlyle.

Dec 08, 2008
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Zekenyce from New Jersey

4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dec 18, 2014
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sneaks2210 from New York

4/5  rDev -5.2%

Nov 14, 2012
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paulish from New York

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

Jul 03, 2017
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deac83 from Texas

4/5  rDev -5.2%

Mar 02, 2013
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travelguy from Ohio

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

Feb 17, 2018
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So, I am finally able to ge ahold of one one these bottles and give it a try. I have heard alot of fan fare regarding this one so I was definitly intrested in getting my hands on one. It was a very nice capped 750ml. Really some great artwork on it. It just looked big, and kinda bold and religous. Almost a bit intimidating to be honest.. But we had to celebrate so I popped the cap and poured out in three tulips for myself and a couple guests..

A - Poured a nice rusty brown with a huge tannish head. Great retention left it hanging around forever. Great sideglass lace and a really nice amount of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

S - Very spicey. First thing I picked up was like some paprika or nutmeg, corriander maybe but definite spice. A touch of alcohol could also be picked up on the nose. Big smell though, lots of yeast everywhere. There was no mistaking this one was going to be one to be reckoned with.

T - Wow, what a mouthfull of flavor. So much to try and decipher with this one it was hard to tell where to really star. Huge sour fruit like taste was the first thing I noticed. This was very robust and followed up almost immediatly by a surge of spiceness. Lots of different characters here. Almost too many to actual name. But some flavors of peach and apple, with a touch of grape were evident. A decent amount of alcohol was evident in the profile, nothing overwhelming but definatly enought to take a notice of. Overall though the flavor was really good and quite unique. Even took in a sense of a dry hop like finish. It is really hard to describe, but this one was really really differen.

M - Very full and creamy would be the best way to describe it. The frothy like carbonation really gave it that creamy light feel. Was not overally thick or syrup like, Really had a good light but yet full profile. Quite nice.

D - Well to be honest this was a damn big beer and very difficult to drink much of so its hard to really give it a huge mark here, howver it was definatly a good late night sipper and I would really enjoy a tulip of this at night when it is cold. Could really warm you up from the inside if you know what I mean,

Overall I was quite impressed with this one. It did not really fit into the mold of anything I had had before. It was definatly something I would wanna try again as it was very differnt and full of flavor. Definatly would recommend this one.

Sep 04, 2007
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Franck from Canada

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Oct 08, 2014
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drseamus from New York

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Chunk city. Somewhat to be expected. Brown body with a thin off white head.

S: Slight funk with big malt. Raisins, brown sugar, dark fruit. Pretty tight nose.

T: Rich flavor. Very malty. Super smooth. Nice caramel sweetness with a somewhat dry finish.

M: Super smooth, medium body, very rich.

D: Great brune. Very drinkable with no hint of alcohol.

Dec 07, 2008
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Masters from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Oct 19, 2014
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crnipeter from Slovenia

4.69/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330 ml wit BBE date 1. December 2012, into Chimay chalice. Pours effervescent, nonuniform body of hazed amber with snowstorm of yeasty particles, topped by off white head that fades to a patch of lace encircled by peripheral ring. So obviously unprocessed beer, almost rude in appearance which is not necessarily a negative feature. In contrary to the look, the aromas and flavors are extremely sophisticated and although no sugars have been added to this one it's generally on the sweet side. The nose is rich malty sweetness, plums, figs and raisins, fine cognac like alcohol, ginger spiciness while the taste is orchard of plums, figs and raisins rolled in rich malt with bready qualities , fruit sugar, hint of peppery spiciness and touch of alcohol to counterbalance the malt. A mellow, medium bodied beer with moderately high carbonation, medium-dry finish and pleasant alcohol warmth. Albeit labeled as "Abbaye" this is not an abbey beer and it's hard to believe it has no trappist ancestry.

In short: Fruity, sweet, skillfully made strong dark ale on pair with the best of trappists.

Oct 09, 2010
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boqonx from Hong Kong

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

May 01, 2014
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grumpygerman from Alabama

4/5  rDev -5.2%

Aug 07, 2014
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HopBelT from Belgium

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

May 18, 2015
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papat444 from Canada

4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to franksnbeans for this one!

Poured from a 750ml. bottle

Paired with country-style beef platter.

Appearance: Very thick, insistent head (nearly 3/4 of the glass). As it gently recedes, flakes of yeast swim in the dark, copper body. Reminds me of a tiny snowstorm in my glass.

Smell: Nice sweet smell (caramel?)

Taste: Sweet tasting, almost nutty & caramel-like with a chewy type aspect.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, malty feeling in the palate.

Drinkability: The taste belies the alcohol content as it was easily drinkable. Shared the bottle with my wife and could have easily had the bottle to myself.

Overall: Love it. I was a bit hesitant at so much yeast, but i was told it's a good sign of a belgian beer's freshness & didn't interfere really with the taste. Drank on a cold, winter night, something about the sweet & maltiness seemed comforting. Definitely a winner!

Dec 10, 2007
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RBuckley73 from Nevada

4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 03, 2017
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jophish17 from Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Dec 24, 2011
Abbaye Des Rocs [Brasserie Des Rocs Brune] from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 532 ratings