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Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
Belgium | website

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

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318
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481
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
12.11%
 
 
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Photo of aracauna
3.76/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking beer. Active head settles into nice foam that never gets small even. Aroma is initial shock of wine followed up by some yeastiness and sweet malt. When warm, the flavor is dominated by a thin bitterness, but chilled a little more, the yeasty flavors come out and a nice spice fruitiness comes more to the fore.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet. Best before 2010...oops.

2.0 A: Fucker gushed on me big time. Dark brown color. Unthinkable amounts of yeast particulates and floaters throughout. Big frothy tan head. Retention is below average and no lacing is left. I know this would look much better if it didn't gush, but it did, and my score will reflect what I got. An ugly ass brew if I've ever seen one.

4.5 S: The aroma, on the other hand, is quite fine. Perfect balance between sweetness, fruit, earth, and spice. Toasted malts to start this one off with a subtle nuttiness. Raisin and date fruits. Woody earthiness. Pepper spiciness with clove undertones. Sweetness from candi sugar residue. Well balanced with all the flavors in perfect harmony like any of the world class Belgians.

4.0 T: Taste is almost as good, but it seems hollow at times. Toastiness, nutty, earthy, woody, pepper and clove spice, raisin and date fruits. This is much drier than the nose suggests and I think a little more sweetness is just what this brew needs. That extra fermentation is likely the culprit. A little more maltiness would really balance the taste. Still, it's very good.

2.5 M: Light to lighter medium body. Good spritzy carbonation and a pleasant creaminess. This could easily be a 4.5. But, it isn't because all those floaters are really offputting. I can't help but think I'm drinking vomit every time a clump of something passes over and tickles my tongue.

3.5 D: While still very enjoyable, it's clear to me that I need to find this brew fresh. In an unadultered form, I bet this is fantastic. When I do track another bottle down, I'll probably re-review.

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Photo of Jetulio
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chalice Glass from 330 ml bottle.

App--- dark brown clour with big head ( 2 fingers, beige) long lasting
S--- fruits and sugar. Sweet.
T--- sweet syrup and a bit spicy. It is a classic Belgian strong ale .
M--- long aftertaste. Medium body with medium/high carbonation. A little bit of alcohol in mouth.
O--- all that you expect in a belgian ale. Next time I will drink this one in a big tulip (Judas glass). I rate high this beer even when I like ales with more bitterness

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Photo of shertzogovina
3.72/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 11.2 Oz bottle.
I've seen some DeRocs beers gushing out before, but mine was just fine, poured deep brown with a turbid appearance. Lots of sediment left out in the bottle and only some ended up in my glass.

Aroma is very fruity and pleasant - Honey, dates, prunes and toffee.
No hop aroma.

Taste is very malty with hops spicyness and fruity aftertaste.
Warming alcohol fills the mouth but overall does not play a major role.

Nice mouthfeel - Medium to full body, perfect carbonation (when the glass was full you could see tiny bubbles floating up in rows, and larger bubbles linger in the bottom).

A good dark belgian ale. even better when it gets warmer.

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Photo of dgilks
3.72/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big, sweet, malt aroma with notes of clove and orange. Slight anise note. Slightly bready in the way that Munich malt is bready.

Somewhat hazy, deep brown with copper highlights. Small, light tan head with moderate retention.

Again, big, almost sickly malt sweetness. Light spiciness and lots of bread. Little to no bitterness.

Medium-full mouthfeel with moderately-low carbonation. Decent.

Something here doesn't quite click. The sweetness is over the top with no real complexity. Decent but not great.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.71/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A vibrant glowing ruby brown tone with a tan thicket of frothy foaming head, leaving thickets of scattered bars of lacing just amazng appearance. Aroma: Doughy yeast spreads into a vegetable tone with a warming musky combonation of alcohol and yeast notes simply nothing like it out there in my opinion. A floral pine musty hop with a decadence of following flavor what a complex belgian style ale. Taste: Musty stir fried vegetables especially peas and carrots but somehow it works as a flavor with a woody finish and genuine sweet vegetables, it's a big question mark of what the fuck happened to this beer. Mouthfeel: Fuller bodied orgininal true to a mindblowing experience of flavor brew, very interesting could take some getting used to. Drinkability: Althought musky this beer does every questioning to one's senses I can imagine, wow I guess all I can say is try it and hope I am ready for this caliber of complexity.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.71/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 3/25/2007 (Bottle @ Delerium cafe, Brussels, Belgium):

Pours a lightish brown-red color, good head, diminishing, good lacing, off-white. Grapejuice aroma, sweet, some hops. Not like a Belgian I had before. Sweet taste, not as floral, a little skunky to start, good moutheel. Interesting, maybe aged?

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

beer bottle 33cl, tasted in 2002.
Appearance : reddish-brown color, troubled by the yeast, well saturated, creamy beige foam.
Smell : Nose powerful, but rather complex sweet, spicy, strong.
Taste and mouthfeel : Flavor sweet and dense, spicy nuances, yeast acridity, balanced bitterness. deep-toned alcohol.
Drinkability : good beer in the style massive ale

Reviewed 11-14-2007, translated from french 1-6-2008

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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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 WeisGuy
3.47/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - a ton of huge chunkies in this one, I don't mind some sediment, but this was excessive, deep rusty color, huge yellowish head, good retention and lacing

s - rum, sugar, overripe dark fruits, plum, raisins, caramel

t - strong caramel, plum, and raisin, lingering dark fruit and sugar, some booze

m - medium-bodied, lower carbonation, sweet finish, some alcohol warming

d - not overly drinkable for my palate, a bit too sweet, the alcohol isn't overwhelming though

Decent beer overall, but this is the second Abbaye des Rocs beer I've had with chunkage issues. I am drinking this prior to the best by date as well. Not my style, but worth a try.

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Photo of ojiikun
3.43/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a big 750ml capped (not corked) bottle. Popped with little fanfare but then literally exploded onto my counter. A good 10% of the beer shot out as foam over the first 30 seconds of being open. The foam was dense with chunks of yeast or possibly grains. This bottle sat in cellar for a good six months without being disturbed, so I simply cannot say why it was so out of control.

Body is very cloudy dark orange, with big huge clumps from bottom to head. Head is massive, dark, and retains well. Little lacing, but the glass is flecked with debris all around.

Smell is hugely of cola and spicy funk. Not musty at all, but so yeasty it's overwhelming. Some orange peel and maybe some passionfruit. Cardamom undertones. Cedar.

Taste is sweet but light in body. Lots of candi, lots of dextrins. Mineral water base with tons of half-baked bread, molasses, and fig. Some backing spice, undefinable but almost chile-like.

On returning to the bottle for a second glass, the beer has once more crawled it's way out of the neck and onto my counter. This is one LIVE beer.

Warmer temps bring out some bitterness that compliments the fruit well but fights with the spice. Seems to become lighter still and more boozy rather than sweet. Ginger-like florals.

By the final glass, the beer was totally flat. No head could be coaxed from the last pour. This final glass was also 2/3 sediment - gritty and sour.

It's clear that I got an over-primed bottle, and possibly one of some age. Still, a great-smelling beer. Taste didn't carry the party line quite as well as I might have, but is a rewarding sipper all on it's own. Feels clean in the mouth, though you can actually feel the chunks of sediment, which is unsettling (so to speak). Would like to try again in hopes of better luck in finding a bottle I can actually finish.

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Photo of nomad
3.31/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Deep dark ruby color, this beer had a tremendous amount of carbonation supporting a tough foam head with a perfect flat top and creamy sheen. Thick lace all over.

Ester scents, as well as sweet malt and som serious dough yeast scent. Had a soft roastiness that was barely sweet and some soft spices. Tasted of a smooth Grand Cru malt, rosy, firm, and full. I thought there was soft roastiness with a barky heft, but then again some cherries. Finished with plenty of alcohol and an astringent bitterness calming down to floral hop flavors.

Smooth and easy mouthfeel is very nice. But seriously, this is not one I’d necessarily go back to. Had the exact same experience with their Grand Cru. This never tastes that good, ever, no matter how many times I've tried their beers. The hops are nasty and overtake your mouth in the finish and the malt has little character. Maybe their results are inconsistent like Dogfish Head, because none of the charming scents and flavors are found in their beers when I drink them. Flat malt, doughy yeast, and distasteful hops. I love a delicate and subtle beer, but I'm catching none of what everyone else is heralding, only lackluster versions of what they're describing (i.e. spices, fruits, wine, etc.)

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