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

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Abbaye Des Rocs [Brasserie Des Rocs Brune]Abbaye Des Rocs [Brasserie Des Rocs Brune]

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Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.

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

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a cervoise glass. Best before 6 May 2013.

A: A massive head crowns the beer and fades tantalisingly slowly. Medium-dark chestnut brown with microscopic bubbles filtering up in droves through light sediment. Opaque, but light. Sticky lace.

S: Abundant fruit, candy sugars, very strong and sweet. Some spiciness, but I can detect but little yeast about which other reviewers commented.

T: Yum, lots of light fruit. Grape, apple, berry, maybe even some citrusesque satsuma. A mild carbonation complements a pleasantly light body. Loads of malts provide a sweet foundation. The finish is sweetish as well, but with throwbacks to the initial fruitiness. Aftertaste is lamentably brief.

M: Truly grand. Everything you'd want to feel in a beer.

D: A wonderful beer; recommended. Still, I somehow feel it lacks that je ne sais quoi, that ineffable quality that thrills your core and instils a sense of joy. Good, but not transcendently so -- something is amiss somewhere, but I'll be damned if I can find any specific to complain about. You try.

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Photo of goethean
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Duvel glass. Nice beige quarter-inch head which stays and stays.

Warming. The classic dubbel flavor profile. Lots of ethanol; hot. Raisin/fig/caramel sweetness, with a complex grapey, pinot noir finish. Some bracing flavor hops towards the end.

This is a sipper. The flavor is dense, sweet, and concentrated.

Maybe a few years of cellering would bring out the vinous character that I was looking for.

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Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jwc215
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Best before end of 2009.

Pours orange/amber with a large, rocky head that descends to a lasting thin head. Too many "floaties" interrupted its clarity, which would have otherwise been very nice.

The smell is of caramel, peppery spice and orange peel. The aroma is reminiscent of spiced fruitcake with a caramel coating.

The taste is spicy and sweet. Caramel and sweet grains are balanced by mix of spices and a touch of pepper. Slightly medicinal in the finish.

The feel is creamy and coating with a bit of a kick. It does thin just a tad, even when suitably warm, but it is almost negligible.

For the abv, this is very drinkable. Goes down smooth with just a bit of the alcohol coming through. It does blend in well, though. Can't say this it's one of my personal favorites from Belgium, but it sure is nice!

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Photo of haz77
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a murky light brown with an inch of tan head. Foamed up on opening and the carbonation is apparent with loads of streamers and chunks of yeast being churned around (despite a careful pour). The head diminishes to about a finger thick.

S - Yeast, candy sugar, dates, pear, toffee, honey, some alcohol.

T - Sweet, coating malts with some background fruits at first. Toffee and dates follow with a rum-like flavour. No trace of alcohol.

M - Medium-full body, coating and silky smooth.

D - Excellent beer and definitely worth trying, but lacks the depth of others in the style.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, served in a big wine glass at 61 F/ 16 C.

Attractive deep copper color, clear in the first glass, slightly hazy with tiny suspended particles in the second glass; Surprisingly clear for the brewery. Small yellow tinged head that eventually ceases to exist entirely. Specks of lace.

Smells like sweet figs, spicecake, fresh yeasty crusty brown bread, mild but heady fruity solvent.

Tastes sweet, fruity, and malty, with a welcome touch of acidity, and plenty of warm spice. Fresh white grape, fig, baked apple, doughy malt, spicy spicecake. Touches of sweet fruity solvent and alcohol. Fairly long warm fruity malty spicy finish.

Invisible superfine carbonation makes for a smooth lush texture. No fizziness. The sweetness doesn't cloy, very drinkable.

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

333 ml bottle, Belgium Beer Factory - Pours dark brown with a large lightly tanned head. Strong carbonation. Nice lacing. Smell - strong malts, yeasty. Taste - sweet, lovely long malty finish. Fantastic, easy drinking, sweet strong ale.

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Photo of tut2528
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip. about 1 fingers worth of head formation that dies down rather quickly with minimal lacing. carbonation is very high. syrup-like in color.

S: pretty complex and very sweet aromas. i get a nice mixture of dark fruits predominately raisins and some figs. typical Belgian yeast also makes itself present and the alcohol is completely absent.

T: this is a delicious sweet brew IMO. it is loaded with sweet molasses, brown sugar, bready yeasts and has a buttery aspect to it. I find that balance quite nice and the flavors complement one another. medium bodied.

overall, i found this beer highly drinkable and would definitely return to this one

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

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
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 mikesgroove
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So, I am finally able to ge ahold of one one these bottles and give it a try. I have heard alot of fan fare regarding this one so I was definitly intrested in getting my hands on one. It was a very nice capped 750ml. Really some great artwork on it. It just looked big, and kinda bold and religous. Almost a bit intimidating to be honest.. But we had to celebrate so I popped the cap and poured out in three tulips for myself and a couple guests..

A - Poured a nice rusty brown with a huge tannish head. Great retention left it hanging around forever. Great sideglass lace and a really nice amount of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

S - Very spicey. First thing I picked up was like some paprika or nutmeg, corriander maybe but definite spice. A touch of alcohol could also be picked up on the nose. Big smell though, lots of yeast everywhere. There was no mistaking this one was going to be one to be reckoned with.

T - Wow, what a mouthfull of flavor. So much to try and decipher with this one it was hard to tell where to really star. Huge sour fruit like taste was the first thing I noticed. This was very robust and followed up almost immediatly by a surge of spiceness. Lots of different characters here. Almost too many to actual name. But some flavors of peach and apple, with a touch of grape were evident. A decent amount of alcohol was evident in the profile, nothing overwhelming but definatly enought to take a notice of. Overall though the flavor was really good and quite unique. Even took in a sense of a dry hop like finish. It is really hard to describe, but this one was really really differen.

M - Very full and creamy would be the best way to describe it. The frothy like carbonation really gave it that creamy light feel. Was not overally thick or syrup like, Really had a good light but yet full profile. Quite nice.

D - Well to be honest this was a damn big beer and very difficult to drink much of so its hard to really give it a huge mark here, howver it was definatly a good late night sipper and I would really enjoy a tulip of this at night when it is cold. Could really warm you up from the inside if you know what I mean,

Overall I was quite impressed with this one. It did not really fit into the mold of anything I had had before. It was definatly something I would wanna try again as it was very differnt and full of flavor. Definatly would recommend this one.

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally found a bottle of this when I was in Vancouver, some of the last of the stash that I brought back with me. Long slender 330 ml brown bottle, best before date is the end of 2006.

It's a deep ruddy amber with orange highlights along the sides of the glass, cloudy with suspended yeast particles (yes, I poured the whole bottle in, gotta get all those extra flavours). Medium-sized spongy tan head, it leaves a thin cap all the way down the glass. Very fruity aroma, raisins, dried dates and currents, ripe papaya, and some vinuous white grape as well. Rich malt beneath all of that, I'm even picking up some brown sugar and chocolate. Intense brown sugary malt at first, sour cherry, treacle and some brandy alcohol in the middle, the flavour starts to become a bit sour towards the finish where all the more fruity esters start making an appearance. For me the aftertaste is predominated by dates and black currents. Incredibly full and creamy rich mouthfeel, yet light and fluffy as well in parts. A Belgian with personality, I enjoyed it a great deal, yet couldn't see myself reaching for another in a sitting, I'd liken this more to a special occasion beer to help savour the moment with.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
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 Shultzerdugen
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75 cl bottle.

A murky lightish brown in color with red tints and large flakes of swirling yeast sediment. Topped with a big tan head made of tight clinging bubbles.

Bread and cookie dough in the nose, followed by light and tropical fruits and a sharp yeast note.

Medium body with moderate carbonation and a slight grainy coating. Malt is sweet and flavorful. Touches of brown sugar, ripe green apple, toast, cookies, and yeast. Alcohol is well hidden. Nice to share with a others, but any more and it would have been cloying.

Worth another look, as I wasn't quite as blown away as plenty of other reviewers, though I was intrigued. It did get me anxious to try the Brasserie de Rocs Tripel Imperiale and Grand Cru I have.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, part of Amanti Vino's Beer of the Month program. It was allowed to warm a bit before being poured into my Firestone Walker tulip.

Abbaye des Rocs Brune pours a deep ruby red, lightening a bit around the edges. Three fingers or so of khaki colored foam come together to cap the beer. Head retention is just alright, and lacing is minimal. The nose is very nice, redolent of candied dark fruits with just a little bit of a gentle alcohol aroma present as well. The flavor leads off with the same fruity presence from the nose. It's not all plum, as there's plenty of raisin and other dark fruits, and there's an undercurrent of sweetness running through them all. The warming booziness that comes in mid palate transitions beautifully into a lightly intense clove finish. The body is well dried out, this beer would serve as an excellent example to show someone that final gravity does not necessarily correlate with sweetness in a beer. There's a little bit of a spark to the carbonation, but for my taste it could stand to have even a little more kick. A beer like Abbaye des Rocs Brune is why I like being in a BotM program. I might never have picked up a bottle of this on my own, but it's a pretty great Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

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

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

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.16/5  rDev -1%
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 tmoneyba
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle on 12/21/2005.

Poured a hazy brown color with a huge frothy light brown head that was fully lasting and produced excellent lacing. Heavy malt, brown sugar and citrus aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky texture. Full balanced sweet bitter flavor with the same long finish with a very small alcohol tone.

Great well balanced brew.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Best before 02/12/2013.

A: Pours a cloudy ruby with lots of chunks and a 1 finger dense white head. Leaves a real nice head, doesn't dissipate past 1/8" throughout the glass. No real lacing.

S: First there is a woody lemon and yeast. Orange and raisin, maybe some fig. A hint of booze but really not much. A breadiness to it.

T: A cereal malt taste with dark fruits and a hint of hop. Almost a maple syrup taste to it. Very well balanced. A nice malt/fuirty belgian beer.

M: Fairly light yet a dense feel in the mouth. Crisp and easy drinking. Could use some more carbonation. Booze is well hidden.

Overall a well balanced and drinkable dark ale. The aroma is very tasty and lends to a drinkable brew.

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Photo of Antyk
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of glid02
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy chestnut brown color with loads of floaties and a half-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of brown sugar, caramel malts, and hints of raisins. As it warms the brown sugar aromas strengthen and slightly bready malt aromas make an appearance.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet brown sugar and caramel flavors up front with dark fruits lurking in the background. As it warms the flavors become a bit more fleshed out and the sweetness subsides. The ending is definitely on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with soft and grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the bottle and could have another glass.

Overall I ended up buying a second bottle of this after being accosted by yeast in the first bottle however the second bottle was more of the same. I would think it would be better without all of the yeast but even as it is it's worth a shot.

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Photo of rodrot
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured from a 750 ml capped bottle. Upon cracking this beer open, a continuous river of foam came out of the bottle. I had to put it over the sink to prevent a mess in my kitchen. Not a good start. The beer poured a nice reddish amber color into the glass with a huge frothy head. I could also see a large amount of sediment floating around. I don't mind some sediment, in fact it's good for you healthwise, but it detracts from the appearance. The aroma was very malty and caramelly, with a hint of hop spiciness. Taste was damn good. Very malty and chocolatey with hints of spice, dark fruits and maple syrup. This was a full bodied beer with tons of flavor. Also a slow sipper due to the 9.0 abv. I like it, the only downside being the excessive floaties that seem to be in every sip.

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Photo of mltobin
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BobZ
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml 25.4 Oz. bottle. Split with a buddy.

Appearance: Nice dark brown but again the snow-globe of floaties that this brewery is known for. Not much of a head and minimal lacing.

Smell: Sweet and interesting, some malt and some spice.

Taste: Very good, with a nutty sweetness, unique, some malt, very crisp beer. Not very deep or complex but still flavorful. A very unique profile for this breweries yeast strain, both unique and very good.

Mouth feel: Well carbonated, the sediment definitely can pile up near the end.

Drinkability: Great, flavorful beer. Could easily down a few.

Ok, same old story, yet another very good beer from Abbaye des Rocs
you just need to get past the floaties (as usual).

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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 506 ratings
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