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

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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): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-13-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,365
Reviews:
326
Ratings:
515
pDev:
9.76%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of LiquidAmber
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.

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Photo of achepil
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of NickThePyro
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of taxandbeerguy
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.

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Photo of Simon212
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cramshawbar
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!

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Photo of polloenfuego
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.

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Photo of nullbort
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of travelguy
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mdaschaf
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mmilyko
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tvv375ia
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RBuckley73
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of freewill35
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of siebevl
3.72/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mitchell027
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

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Photo of Fettpopps
3/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of shelby415
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pietroune
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Shanex
4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
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!

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Photo of LocusSolus
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dzu
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Abbaye Des Rocs [Brasserie Des Rocs Brune] from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 515 ratings