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:
499
Reviews:
322
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
9.98%
 
 
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78
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Ratings: 499 |  Reviews: 322
Photo of Sammy
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A wine-like finishing beer. Excellent. One mate wanted more aftertaste. Orange brown. Complementing mix of Hops and malts and spicy cinammon works and worth paying for. Buy the right glass for this classic. Orange and candy sweetness. Alcohol basically hidden.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

this is the beer i think of when i think of belgian browns, its just awesome, so big yet elegant, and really unique. the pour is a little off putting, i can see that, so much yeast floating around in here, chunky and never really settling out beneath the thick off white head. the beer itself, aside from the yeast pieces, as actually rather clear, caramel colored, and full bodied. a nose of melting sugar, belgian strong ale yeast, and just layers of sweet grain, with more caramel and toffee character than toast, and an invisible alcohol content. extremely appetizing. the taste is similar, with the sweetness lasting all the way though, but never being too much. they yeast is dialed in too, not in your face or real estery, just mature and distinctly belgian. a great burnt sugar finish with the yeast develops, and the beer is long on the tongue after the swallow. a little lighter than most browns, more in that copper range, but certainly not left wanting for more grain complexion on this beer. easier drinking too for what it is, on coarseness from the alcohol at all. the only critique for me is all this yeast, and i know the beer has a little age and its common for the style, but even the mouthfeel is a little granular, chunky, textured. its too much, i dont want to chew yeast bits in my beer, but its necessary, especially as the bottle pours down. not enough to turn me off though, this is great stuff.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Knapp85
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a bottle of this beer from the Bethlehem Speakeasy about a year ago. I had purchased a bottle of Baladin Xfume for about $50 to take home with me. The bartender had then brought out the bottle of Des Rocs for me and started pouring it out. I asked what it was, he said it was a Dark Belgian Strong ale that they had just gotten in. He told me it was on the house for being a such good customer to them all the time. I thanked him and proceeded to enjoy this beer to it's fullest. The beer poured out as a really nice brown color with a tan foamy head. The lacing was pretty good on the glass. The aromas of brown sugar and dark fruits flooded my nose, there was also some yeasty aroma in there and some fresh wood also. The aromas were all very well balanced. The taste of the beer was lightly roasted, the sweetness upfront from the fruits carried over into the caramel wooden aftetaste. The mouthfeel was elegantly smooth and very eacy to drink. Overall I found this beer to be very good on just about every level. I'd love to have it again one day.

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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 metter98
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer poured cloudy dark brown in color with a thin off white head that quickly faded into lacy patterns of bubbles covering the surface. A light to medium amount of carbonation is visible.
S: The nose is very malty and sweet with notes of caramel and hints of dark fruits and spices. The aromas become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Like the smell, the taste is also rather sweet and has flavors of caramel malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a light amount of carbonation.
D: The alcohol is completely hidden from both the smell and taste, which makes this beer very easy to drink.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.42/5  rDev +5%
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.

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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 brentk56
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a murky garnet brown body with all kinds of suspended yeasties floating around (I had to run it through a sieve to break them up); the head is strong (and the bottle was a foamer) but doesn't last long; plenty of splashy lacing, however

Smell: Caramel, toffee, hazlenuts, balsa wood, raisins but not the bounteous aroma that others have noted

Taste: Nice and balanced, starts with a hazelnutty, cookie dough flavor that builds into a dark fruit melange with a woodie finish

Mouthfeel: A touch thin for the style, but well carbonated

Drinkability: Either I had a mishandled bottle or this one is going downhill since earlier reviewers hailed it with all kind of superlatives; a nice beer but not top notch

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a dark brown beer with a huge foamy head with good retention. Incredible amount of yeast is contained at the bottom of the glasses and I decided to pour those in my glass. Aroma of roastiness mix with some nice fresh sweet fruit (Apricot/peach) creates quite an incredible combination. Taste is quite complex as it start with some sweet flavour and then roastiness come aboard and ends with a subtle bitterness coming straight from the hops. Wow! Almost up there with the Rochefort/Westy 8.

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Photo of largadeer
2.7/5  rDev -35.9%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark, brown color, almost black. It had a tan, foamy two-finger head that left nice lace.

S - It smelled nutty and malty. It had a sweet and alcohol aroma, too.

T - It tasted malty and hoppy. It had a grassy bitterness, too.

M - It ws crisp and heavy-bodied.

D - This is a good beer. Interestingly it smelled better than it tasted.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into chalice, best before 2/12/2013. Pours moderately cloudy reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big raisin, prune, fig, apple, caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, brown bread, pepper, light clove, and earthy yeast spiciness. Incredible aromas with big complexity and great balance of dark malt and fruity/spicy yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of raisin, fig, prune, apple, caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, pepper, light clove, brown bread, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light and dark fruits, caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, brown bread, pepper, light clove, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity of malt and spicy/fruity yeast esters; with a great balance of malt/spiciness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and moderately prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Belgian strong dark ale! Great complexity and balance of malt and fruity/spicy yeast esters; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.69/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to ygtbsm94 for sharing a bottle of the 2006 vintage of this. Also had a separate bottle more recently, at which time I took better notes. Review from those.

Served in a wine glass. Gushed quite a bit, overflowing after I opened it. It was probably a bit too warm. Loads of floaties, though this is quite explainable given the gushing. Pours brown-garnet with a moderate head that quickly falls into a collar with a speckled cap. The nose is strong, earthy red grapes with some caramel and plum in the background. there are also some other dark fruits and a good measure of sweetness as well.

The taste is not quite as complex but there are strong grapes and a bit of cherries. This is quite sweet but never cloying. There is a bit of darker malt in the background; no roast. The feel is medium and cream. Light--though very fitting--level of carbonation. Incredibly drinkable. Likely my new go to Belgian beer.

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Photo of nickfl
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Mountainous, four finger, light brown head that settles slowly and leaves lots of lace behind. Nice, amber colored body with good clarity but lots of chunks floating in it.

S - Aromas of raisins, plums and dark chocolate. Some fruity esters and a bit of alcohol with cinnamon and yeast spice.

T - Big caramel flavors up front along with some fruitiness from the yeast. Dark grain character comes in next with notes of chocolate, plums, and some surprising, perfumey jasmine flavors. Some spicy hop flavors arise next with a reasonable shot of hop bitterness that slowly transitions into dark malt flavors that ride out the finish with fruit backed notes of chocolate and tobacco.

M - Medium body with moderately high carbonation and a dry finish.

D - Very complex and drinkable. Compares favorably to Rochefort 10. The dark flavors are deep and interesting with some surprisingly bright fruit characteristics. My only complaint is the very large amount of suspended solids in the beer. I was afraid at first that I had gotten a bad bottle, but it is well within date and the excellent flavor and aroma would seem to indicate that it has not been mistreated.

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of chinchill
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle served in a St. Bernardus snifter.

A: Poured with a thick creamy light tan head on top of a reddish-brown body that has lumps of dark soft solids floating about. Not appealing, but the solids have no nasty effects on feel or flavor, and settle to the bottom anyway so that they could be avoided ... that is, if the beer wasn't so darn good you'll want every drop. Still, a downgrade on looks; it remains high due to the stellar head and lacing.

S: Smell is bready-fruity-floral, with hints of cumin, orange juice, and champagne. Some additional, more earthy and less attractive alcohol esters.

Taste: rich, even given the aroma, and mainly fruity and spicy, although the flavor is subtle and complex. Making appearances are raisins and dates, dark bread, coriander, cumin, ginger and oranges. There's a faint hint of smoke in the aftertaste. This beer is rather sweet but the bitter/sweet blend seems on the spot.

M: Body seems medium-full and, at the same time, light and airy. Very very soft. Only a soft alcohol heat despite 9% ABV.

O: superb; a real treat.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a goblet glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains brown sugar, caramelized malts, Belgian yeast some spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with strong flavors of brown sugar and caramel. Then some Belgian yeast and hearty malt character breadiness comes in. The hops presence is very mild but complementary and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid Belgian brown ale but there are better options in the style.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy to murky dark brown in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some ruby red highlights along with significant amounts of yeast sediment in suspension near the bottom of the glass (dark yeast sediment). The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy dark beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Overall the aroma for this beer is sweet with notes of caramel and toffee malts and some dark fruits + spices.

T: Similar to the smell, upfront this beer has moderate to strong flavors of sweet malts with notes of caramel and toffee. There are moderate flavors of dark fruit and just a hint of spices. Light amounts of bitterness which fades quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively smooth.

O: Overall the alcohol in this beer is extremely well hidden and this is a very enjoyable beer. Easy to drink and definitely one I would get again. The flavors and aromas intensify as the beer warms.

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