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

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Brewed by:
Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
Belgium
abbaye-des-rocs.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-13-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
501
Reviews:
322
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
9.98%
 
 
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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I wanted (yet) another St Bernadus Christmas on tap, but the strength was just too high so I settled for a bottle of this on that fateful afternoon I first visited The Red Rose in Brugge.

The 9% ABV being a whole 1% less than the St Bernadus I felt very righteous and the wife didn’t notice the alcohol content (double bonus).

Nine tenths of the beer was poured for me into the glass, the remaining sediment infested tenth I swallowed at the end. The beer was a deep, deep brown, red, purple colour, mostly red I suppose: on top an off-white head that fades fair too swiftly.

The smells are mostly sweet: molasses and sugar on toast, there is also a yeasty, dirty aroma hidden away that comes out when the beer begins to warm in the glass.

This isn’t a gulper; you’ve got to sip it: the flavours are complex and confusing. Sweet up front with a malt flavour, leaning towards burnt candy floss and treacle tarts as you get into it.

Rich, but not as thick as you might imagine, certainly different to what I expected.

Strange brew, would have preferred another St Bernadus to be honest!

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Stoutsman
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Mattias
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Dirty25
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of newbeeraday
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of deapokid
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aleigator
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Decent beige head, brown, black color.

Light on aromas, bready malts and hints of toffee, wood.

Warm, toasted malts at the beginning, which turn more present and sweeter at the same time. Carbonation is lively, vanishes soon, due to the intense malts. Interesting development on the palate, as the beer starts earthy, bready with hints of wood and rather dry, the malt needs a second to turn sweet and warming, with hints of fruit and also spices. Almost too sweet aftertaste, sticky. Refreshing at first, loosing its carbonation to the sweetness. Complex beer with a decent body, defined by malts, with an unusual high carbonation.

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Photo of rarbring
3.51/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is clouded light brown, a warm off-white extremely large head that leaves good lacing but rather small curtains.

Sweet dried fruits, some spices and yeast.

Sweet bread, raisins, dates, syrup, orange and plum marmalade, some bitter orange peel.

High carbonation, small intense bubbles, sticky with a good body, a short dry finish.

Sweet, potent and powerful.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.56/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

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Photo of Sixpack595
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Geat looking garnet brew with a long lasting off white head. Aroma is sour and slightly fruity. Flavor is very complex whit dark fruits, bannana, melon and more. The malty, sweet taste gives way to a sour then spicy finish. Mouthfeel is fairly substantial, adding to the long list of this beers good qualities. The downside? It really doesn't taste very good. I rate it above average in taste and drinkability only because it is a very engaging beer. Theres so much going on that its hard to put down even if it does taste a bit funky.

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Photo of scoff106
3.6/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of BMoney575
3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 8-17-09
Best before 2-14-11

Pours a very cloudy orange-brown color, with almost no head and sticky rings of lacing.

Smell is very pungent, lots of huge alcohol fruitiness, with big citrus aromas that are surprisingly enjoyable. Very Belgian, and a hint of cloves if you look for it.

Taste is quite bland, given the smell. Slightly Belgian, a little alcohol sweetness. and slightly harsh finish. That's it.

Mouthfeel is a little too thin, not helped by the sizable carbonation.

Drinkability is actually quite good, the alcohol is surprisingly well masked.

Overall, pass.

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Photo of Conrad
3.61/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My bottle was stored lying donw in the fridge, and I couldn't see the sediment through the dark glass. So when I poured, a lot of chunky sediment came out and stayed floating in the glass throughout the drink. If the bottle had been stored upright, I'm sure the appearance would have been much better.

Short and to the point:
A: Not pretty. Deep copper-ruby colour. Head was not high, but was very dense.
S: Mild malt, a bit of fruity sweetness that faded fast.
T: Big taste with lots of complex sweet-spicy notes.
M: This changed and became a bit too much as time advanced and the beer warmed. The finish was long, dry, and smooth.
An interesting beer experience, but I won't have another.
Pretty lable for the collectors.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.62/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Toughest bottle I've opened yet. Massive metal cap that was non-compliant with my bottle opener. And a stubborn cork that wouldn't come out. After tending to my bottle opening injuries, I sat down to enjoy my beer on Christmas eve.
Pours a cloudy golden amber with a lot of yeast floating around. Great head that retains for quite some time. I get caramel, butterscotch, and nuts in the nose. Real bready and grainy tasting. Sweet and just enough of the alcohol. Nice dry aftertaste.
To carbonated and bubbly in the mouth. It's drinkable, but I think it would be hard to finish of the bottle with out a partner.

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Photo of Rivoire
3.62/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jcalabre
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Originally sampled from bottle 27 June 2002. Abbaye des Rocs greets you with a nice head and beautiful mahogany color. The alcohol is very well hidden, chich I always appreciate. It has a malty, yet slightly sweet taste. This is a very elegant beer to drink.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smell: caramel, dark fruit, dark malts, sweet.
Taste: mild alcohol, candy sugar and caramel, some undertones of malt bitter. Full body.
When the brew warms, more flavor comes out and taste becomes more complex. Very pleasant yeast character, which looks a little like the Westmalle strain.
An excellent tasting beer, very much suited for Christmas.

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Photo of joepais
3.66/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks go out to joe1510 for this one
750 ml bottle with a best by date of 2010 poured into a chalice produced a small brown head that turned to a light lace. Wow this is the first bottle I have got from this brewery that wasn't a gusher or had floaties. The body of this brew was clear reddish brown in color.

The initial whiff I got seemed a bit sour. Then malts are huge on this bottle, very much overpowering all the other aromas. The flavor is very sweet lots of candy sugar and caramel. This brew had a medium mouth to it with light carbonation exactly what I would expect from a Belgian brown.

Easy to drink I was kind of confused not seeing any floaties in this bottle I will have to revisit this brew some time, not as good as the grand cru from them

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Photo of EStreet20
3.66/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle poured into a DFH Goblet.

A - A beautiful bright red color with a very fizzy, nice sized white head sitting atop. The head seems to stay well fading a little bit but caking up nicely in the middle.

S - Some candy sugar and nice Belgian yeast smell along with some fruits. Banana and a tiny bit of berries in there.

T - A big Belgian yeast dominance on the initial sip here gives way to some nice fruity flavors. However there is a bit too much of a sugary kick for my taste and there is a bit of a metallic taste on the finish.

M - A nice bubbly feel in the mouth.

D - Not bad but nothing great. The sugary taste is a bit much and that metallic aftertaste kills the drinkability a bit here.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.67/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by end 2009

A - Pours dark amber with near white fluffy head. Thin bubbled persistent lacing. Lots of floaties - yeast, I gather, that remain suspended throughout the review.

S - Banana and spices. A little crisp apple too, perhaps.

T - Taste follows smell mostly.

M - Ok, the yeast is discernible as it enters the mouth. Not really into chunky beer. The mouthfeel starts large, coating and carbed but gets somewhat lean at the end.

D - I couldn't drink this for long, with the extra goodies that come with the beer.

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Photo of tatterdash
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lovely dark mahogany with a large foamy off-white head with great retention and lace. Aroma was huge an floral, with lots of spiciness as well. Taste was lots of phelonic cloves and spice, strong raisiny malts, not as balanced as I would like. Mouthfeel was smooth and spicy, again a little unbalanced IMHO. This is a good middle of winter beer, and one is plenty.

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Abbaye Des Rocs [Brasserie Des Rocs Brune] from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
4.21 out of 5 based on 501 ratings.
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