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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-13-2002

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321
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490
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
12.11%
 
 
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Photo of drabmuh
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Bruery tulip. Lots of sediment in this one. Luckily I have a strong constitution.

Beer is brown, dark, and really hazy with chunks floating in it. Brown thin dusty head, medium bubbles, nice lacing, strong forward carbonation.

Aroma sweet and bready. Mild, good though.

Beer is pretty sweet. Lots of carbonation on the palate, some caramel flavors, breadiness and esters on the midpalate, finish is a little dry, not too much though. Overall a nice beer.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

04/24/06- Purchased at a B.C. Provincial Liquor Store in Penticton, British Columbia.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle. Not sure how old it is, but assuming at least 3 years as the best by date is set at the end of '06. Don't have a des Rocs glass yet, so poured into my Rochefort chalice.

Appearance- Milk chocolate colored brown pour. Murky with tons of yeast sediment on the bottom of the glass. Full inch plus head with a nice quarter inch remaining to the finish. Very nice lacing streak for this style.

Smell- The first scent I got was an overpowering raisin and prune smell. My only mark against the smell is that it died down somewhat as I was consuming the beer. Good amount of dark fruits and caramel malt.

Taste- I was welcomed by a large chunk of yeast on my first sit. Kinda freaky as I have never swallowed a rather hardend chunk of yeast before in a beer. I won't hold it against the beer though. Still getting a solid prune and fig flavor that overwhelms all other tastes. Nice and sweet, very malty with a nice toffee and caramel mixutre. Alcohol is very nicely hidden.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, creamy, with a medium to lower carbonation level. Lips stick to the glass because of the sugary sweetness. Light warming sensation.

Drinkability- Quite the fine example. Still tasting sugary dark fruits in my mouth. Haven't been able to track down the Brune in California, but have several of the Grand Cru to look forward to. Excellent beer and highly recommended.

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Photo of stevoj
4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy copper/brown with very rich and towering head. Rocky white head forms and clings to the sides really well.
Smell is rich in yeast and toasted biscuit, some raisin, black fruit, and light fruits (pear, persimmon).
Taste is great. It is very complex and rich, flavors mix well with the yeast. Light caramel, dates, various yeast, and nice semi-dryness to it. Bomber is a big beer to down, but very drinkable.
Feels a bit thin, but perhaps its just smooth as I drank this one easily.
Nice!

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Photo of Gavage
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy brown in color with a 2" head. Carbonation levels were a bit stronger than expected. Some lacing develops. The aroma is of caramel and yeast. The flavor consist of caramel, yeast, mild bitterness, and prunes. A hint of nuts and milk chocolate was barely there, but noticeable.

The mouthfeel was very crisp at the start and finish, and also finished slightly dry. Nice drinkability, as the caramel lingers softly on the tongue after swallowing. Overall this is a nice brew.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a medium brown color with a cream-colored head. There are huge chunks of yeast that come out of the bottle. (I also got this is then Grand Cru from this brewery.) Not very appetizing. The aroma is brown sugar and dark fruit. The flavor is dark fruit, alcohol, brown sugar, yeast and some darker malts. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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

Thanks Oxymoron

750ml Bottle/Foiled

Pours a clean/clear amber color, nice carbonation, very nice two finger creamy tan head, very nice islands and sticky lacing throughtout the drink. The nose is very nice of malts, grapes, figs, prunes, yeast and caramel. The taste is also delicious of sweet malts, grapes, figs, prunes, with a nice caramel undertone, the ABV is hidden very well. Medium body, a well rounded/complex brew. Very drinkable, an absolutely delicious brew, highly rocommended.

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

Pours a hazy ruby-amber color, topped by a light brown head, that is raised to a three-finger thickness by a solid carbonation. Interesting, almost wine like aroma, joined by notes of tannin, apricot, sweet herbs, musty cellars, dust, and a spicy peppery note. There is quite a complex nose on this beer. The taste is lightly sweet, fruity, with perhaps a hint of sherry. The fruity notes are reminiscent of sour plum and apricot. Quite a bit of musty cobweb type notes going on here as well. Complex tasting, definitely a bit aged, as this is showing bits of oxidation around the edges, nothing harmful yet, it just adds to the maltiness and complexity of this brew.

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

Amaretto and orange blossom - this is hardly brown for a beer labeled "brune". Its head is comprised just mostly of an accentuating contour. In typical Abbaye Des Rocs fashion the beer is entirely polluted with coagulated proteins. It is terribly unsightly and even with a careful pouring technique, seemingly unavoidable. Every ABR beer I've had in the last four years has been the exact same story...

I knew it would take a wonderful bouquet to calm me down and disregard the dreadful appearance; fortunately, this does posses such a thing. Citric and dried fruits are wrapped in fresh cut sugar cane and then baked into some sort of caramel centered confection. This has almost every delicious element one could ask for: citrus, spice, toasty malts, nuts, fruit, and enticing sweetness. I don't care what this looks like anymore...

And the taste is further reason not to. Those same characters that greeted me so kindly in the aroma are quick to pounce on the palate, too. It's an unlikely cast of oranges, mandarins as well as nectarines and peach. It's light colour seems to correspond to a cast of mostly light coloured fruits. The taste of honeyed oats, almond brittle and a delicious caramel coffee cake also pamper the taste buds. I wish I could tell you where all this flavour was coming from.

The beer is fairly sweet and also surprisingly citric. It is not overly rich despite a tremendous flavour profile. Neither bitterness nor alcohol ever factor in. This particular sample (already beyond the posted 'best before' date) attests to not only the beer's aging potential but also the silliness of having to post such a thing as legal requirement. I like to know when a beer is made but may I suggest instead a "best after" date?

This is amazing beer, it just isn't amazing looking. Its flavour is so distinctive that it makes the high price tag and off-putting appearance more than worthwhile. It reminds me exactly of a Grand Marnier creme brulee I once had. I can't say enough that this is delicious beer. If Abbaye Des Rocs could get this coagulated protein issue under control then I wouldn't hesitate to call them one of Belgium's best exports.

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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 Georgiabeer
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: I really wanted to like this beer more than I ended up doing, primarily because of all the floaties in it. It really detracted from the experience. Beyond that, it pours a dark hazy amber with a big but not overwhelming head.

S: Rich and winey with a dark caramel malt and yeasty smell. There are stone fruit smells on the finish as well.

T: Complex. Starts with apricot and yeast flavors with some spice and a long dry finish.

MF: Surprisingly dry. Good carbonation, good body. Once again, the sediment is particularly distracting.

D: would be higher but for the chunks of sediment.

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

A: Pour is murky brown with a large tan compact head that sets into decent lacings.

S: Rich dark dried fruits gives it a very sweet smell. Kind of sherry-like. Syrupy. Yeasty, and some spices.

T: Tart, syrupy sweet. Lots of dark dried fruits. Spices and yeast. Very Belgian, and very nice.

M: Long sweet aftertaste. Body is syrupy full, almost like molasses. Carbonation is well hidden. A bit alcoholic, but not very obvious.

O: Sweet in more than one sence. Nice!

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Photo of Derek
4.79/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Best Before End 2006", whatever that means?

A: Coppery brown, fairly opaque. Not a lot of off-white head, but it's fairly well retained, and leaves some lace. Lots of yeast sediment in the bottle (even for a Belgian). Careful decanting, mine was a little mirky.

S: Raisins and prunes are VERY strong, with a little spicy fruit-bread and sweet caramel maltyness. Very strong nose, very Belgian aroma. Exceptional.

T: Raisins and prunes with a tannic, wine-like flavour. VERY Belgian. No hop flavour, a little bitterness comes in at the finish.. Some dark, slightly spicy, fruit bread-like flavour. It has a really nice sweet, slighty tart and slightly alcoholic (more-so with temperature) balance. Very well rounded, but with plenty of depth. Truly exceptional.

M: Moderate body is very well attenuated for an all-malt brew, but still has a bit of a syrupy feel. It's highly carbonated.

D: Very drinkable, expecially considering the strength.

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Photo of weeare138
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to TomDecapolis for this...
Appears a hazy amber brown with a small white head that slowly fades out.
Smell is of sweet, sugary hard candies, caramel, traces of tropical fruit, and musty yeast.
Taste is of the same aromas but it comes together nicely in the mouth, making for a nice Belgian brew.
Mouthfeel is sugary, musty, and smooth along the tongue.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep red, poured into a wide-mouthed branded goblet at 't Brugs Beertje. Body is clear and fine, quite slight bodied, but the head is full and attractive. Some sticky lacing looks more like a continuation of a subsided head. Colour is awesome, overall, it looks very pleasant indeed.

Nose is quite astringent and strong with booze and a savoury sweet character, a little like ketchup. Sweet tomato, slight spice and savoury moreishness. Full and quite lovely; before it gets too intense, there's a touch of lemon freshness to cut through. Very special and a little unique.

Taste is soft and flavoursome, with more of that savoury character and a lingering vegetative sweetness. All of this is softened with caramel, port, cream and herbal tones. Vanilla sweetness comes though, with even a hint of cherry or kirsch. Very filling, and rather finely and strongly carbonated however.

Smooth and strong, and quite full on, but nonetheless dry and respectable. Harder to drink than some; the carbonation is very high. But it's an impressive beer, no doubt.

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Photo of corby112
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark reddish-brown color with a thin, tan foamy head. Nice malty aroma with hints of dark berries. Very smooth drinking beer with a sweetnes that is a nice compliment to the slightly roasted malt flavor. Hints of dark cherries, raisin, prune and fig.

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Photo of wl0307
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

BB 2009, served cool in Hapkin's tulip-shaped bowl sniffer.

A: a dark ruby to russet hue comes with a slowly dissipating beige head, mild carbonation, and an incredibly dirty texture of chunky, soak-bread-like yeast sediments.
S: lusciously yeasty, lightly stale (but only just) and deliciously rich on the fruit esters (black cherries, oxidised apples, perfumy overripe dark plums, huge and fat black prunes and raisins, and a touch of alcoholic orange as well)... The malt components lag behind, but still ejecting hints of crystal malts, chocolates and licorice. Candy sugar is another main element on the nose, remaining rough and uncompromising on the whole, but still well-intertwined with the fruitiness.
T: the semi-thick yet marvellously soft swallow of yeast sediments and fruit-estery flavour - mainly black cherry preserve and smoked black prunes - is followed closely by fulsome, licorice+ginger like mixed-spiced bready and black-sugary malts; the whole palate slowly turns lightly bitter and semi-dry in the aromatic aftertaste, witnessing the good work of yeasts as much as hops used in the brew.
M&D: this ale is simply lovely, with all the floating, dirty, chunky yeast sediments providing a bit more body for the palate, while fruit esters and malts are beautifully intertwined to render a fruit-cake like performance - rightfully/rightly satisfying. From the first second of the tasting up to the last, the texture remains moderate, but quite "a mouthful" still, as it goes neither thin nor cloying. Adding to the high drinkability is the overall mouthfeel that is mellow, smooth, softly carbonated, while never is any trace of alc. shown on the palate. Deceptively enjoyable~~

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice)
Best before 2008
A- This beer has a thick creamy light tan head on top a slightly dense warm reddish-brown body that has big lumps of jetsam slowly gliding around the body unaffected by the strong carbonation of tiny bubbles. No matter how gentle or slow the pour large lumps continued to flow with each glass.

S- The smell of light brown sugar and champagne notes has a light perfume honey note. The finish has a nice light spice note with some faint toffee hints.

T- This beer has a light caramel malt sweet flavor with some light cider and sweet champagne notes. There is a light sweetened condensed milk note in the finish with a nice alcohol note. The finish has a very light bitter hint that goes well with the alcohol.

M- This beer has a light airy mouthfeel with a light zing at the finish that is not really alcohol or tartness. There is also a soft alcohol heat after that which is nice at cleaning up the beer.

D- This is the lumpiest beer I have ever drunk. I didn’t taste the lumps or even feel them in my mouth, I only saw them during the pour and in the body. The beer was so tasty that I didn’t mind the lumps. This beer had a soft flavor but there were lots of layers and some nice complexity. The sweetness was also soft but balanced with the alcohol heat. Very nice and goes down very smooth.

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Photo of akorsak
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a 750 mL bottle of Brune served in a Chimay goblet. The ale is cool to room temperature.

A: The ale is a deep auburn color with big head on pour that does not retain well.

S: Nose is alcohol and fruity, with orange peel standing out. Yeast adds a nice aroma as well.

T: Taste is curacao with hints of cinnamon and thyme. Taste is very intense, on par with the grand cru brown in terms of alefruits and depth.

M: The mouthfeel is a cornucopia of flavors, quite nice.

D: Very dinkable, although the 9% abv is a little high.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle

Appearance – Hazy brown colour with a massive size fizzy beige/light brown coloured head. It's too hazy/dark to see the carbonation level and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 6 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, molasses, dark fruits, smoke, chocolate, wood

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a high amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, molasses, dark fruits and what I thought to be soya sauce.. I couldn't quite put my finger on what the taste was. Anyways, there was also some smoke and a woody flavour and towards the end I could also taste chocolate. The beer finishes with a smokey and malty sweet aftertaste.

Overall – A complex beer that has a whole bunch of flavours going on. It's not something I'd want to drink every day, but I'm going to keep a few on hand for sure. The alcohol was really well hidden and it's a must try beer in my opinion.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a dark brown with some crimson notes when held closer to the light. A bit of detritus floats about. Well-sized, off-white head with random lace.

S-Dark fruits, spices, alcohol, brown sugar and a hint of tartness. Belgian yeast. Smells very sweet.

T-Sweet brown sugar and caramel. Dark fruits sprinkled with spices. Noticeable alcohol heat. An earthy, tobacco flavor. Finishes with mildly tart fruits.

M-A sipper of sorts. Even though the booze was noticeable, I was impressed by the beer's ability to mask much of the booze. A bit sticky.

O-A decent dark Belgian Ale. I rarely find myself enjoying the style so I I don't really know how high this beer's ceiling truly is. I like the mild tartness in the flavor. Was a sample. I wouldn't buy a whole one.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle purchased as a single somewhere in NoVA, either WF/Vienna, WF/Annadale, Norm's, or Rick's. Black foil, and huge amount of floaties settled near the bottom, about an inch's worth. Best before end of 2007.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1 1/2" tan head above the brown brew, which is filled with large floaties, even after a careful pour. Head snow-cones above the edges of the glass, due to vigorous and seemingly unending carbonation eminating from the bottom of the glass. Once the head finally begins to recede, lacing consists of heavy foam completely coating the sides. Aroma is sweet malts, coupled with some fruitiness. Taste follows along the same lines. Mouthfeel is extra creamy, but I just don't liek the feel of those big floaties scraping across my lips. Drinkability is nice as well, except for the heavy sediment. Guess it's just something I either need to get over from Brasserie des Rocs, or drink something else.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked and bottled capped bottle that said Belgian Burgundy Ale under the breweries logo.

Appearance- Pours a swampy bron with a few fints of garnet and red grape skin. Only a little head makes an appearance in this beer. Some slight lacing visible when held to the light.

Smell- A mix of leather, slightly musky flowers and some fruit cake.

Taste- Starts out with a good does of browned sugared malts mixed well with some old fashioned oatmeal. A little toasty hint of white bread to mix with a few dark fruit notes.

Mouthfeel- Although the carbonation was a little tricky to see, it made it's presence known on the center of the tongue.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle from ABS Drinks. From notes.

A - Huge gusher to start. Head fades really fast. Muddy, streaky, dark brown colour. Head leaves a leaves a thin ring.

S - Rum, butter, yeast, breadiness, sugar, and some booze.

T - Rum and butter candy. Sweet with some yeast and dark fruit. Quite complex. Lot's of dark fruit comes out later.

M - Mild carbonation and a medium body. Sweet, dry finish. Seems like more body is in order.

O/D - Nice beer. Could use a bit more body and dark fruit character but the complexity is there for sure. A tasty and interesting beer.

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Photo of DrJay
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky toffee with reddish highlights. Tan head composed of very fine bubbles that produced thick lace and stuck around til the end. Plum aroma with an incredibly balanced combination of toasty malts, dark grain and a hint of alcohol. Plum/raisin flavour with a light sourness and citric character. Smooth, mild finish with some additional sweetness and a bit of spice. Fine carbonation, mild texture with just a hint of slickness. Dry finish. A superb beer, I'll definitely be having this one again.

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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 490 ratings.
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