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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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Reviews: 321 | Ratings: 490
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 importguy
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber colour that pours with a small head and a little lace. Smells sweet with almost a honey feel.

First drink I was instantly hit with the spicey flavour with a touch of sweatness. My first thoughts are cinamon and then caramel. Leaves with a nice smooth finish creamy malty flavour. In my limited beer experience this is the best beer I have tasted. All the flavour complimented and enhanced this beer to be a most enjoayble drinking experience.

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

33 cL bottle served chilled in a Trois Pistoles goblet and allowed to warm up as the beer was savored.

Appearance: Murky reddish brown topped by a large and substantially thick beige head. Things settle down in good order, but there's a thin layer of bubbles left to produce some small amounts of lace. I was expecting more, having had some impressive lacing from other beers this brewery makes.

Smell: Very malty and complex nose. Ginger, malty sugars, cherries, whiffs of bergamot, and raisins. Wowing, but not as leave-you-incredulous as their Grand Cru.

Taste: Sweet, but not cloying, overall. Ginger, pepper, and cinnamon notes. Caramel malt and candi sugar flavors. A slightly jarring herby aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Lusciously smooth and medium bodied. This is 9% ABV?!

Drinkability: This is a really great beer and quite the bargain, but I must say I prefer the AdR Grand Cru to this. I'd never turn one of these down, though... Ever.

Other: Make sure you drink most of this at cellar temperature. The flavors blend together so much better.

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

Appearance: Chestnut; cloudy; small head

Aroma: Vinous fruit; spicy; malty

Taste: Fruit; coriander; very complex and well-balanced; outstanding beer

Remarks: This is one of the best ones I've had so far; bought in Le Village de Biere beer shop in Strasbourg, France

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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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 Fugazme
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from Christmas Dinner... Enjoyed with Roast Goose!

Golden brown... hazy/cloudy... very nice 1/2" white head... sticks like crazy to the glass.

Musty/earthy on the first whiff... dried fruits/citrus/toffee/alcohol
Quite complex nose.

Smooth palate... hints of vanilla and butterscotch flavor... malty and yeasty.

Lot's of floaties on the final pours.

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

Acquired via trade (available locally though). Dark chestnut color with a thick beige head that lasts a long time, and sheets of lacing. Toasty aroma of malt and spice with some cherry. Rich body and very drinkable with sweet sugary malt flavors, as well as caramel, dried fruit and a bit of yeast. The finish is very sweet and lingering, yet has a nice hops element. The alcohol level complements the beer perfectly too. Thoroughly enjoyable brew.

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

750ml bottle, pours deep reddish-brown in color, foamy ass tan head, clings to the sides of my glass, sweet malty, brown sugar aroma. Dark chocolate, fruity and smokey flavor, full body. This is an awesome ale, worth a try.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml capped bottle. This beer pours out a dark brown color with a huge amount of suspended white chunks. The beer is topped with a gigantic head. Delicious smelling aroma of caramel, licorice, dark fruit, and ginger. The flavor is equally enticing - malty, sweet, and spicy. The malt gives this beer a tasty caramel flavor. Yeast provides, I assume, the fruit and spiciness. There is no noticable hop flavor. The mouthfeel is thick, as most of the beers from this brewery are. The flavor is never cloying. I purchased this beer at Discount Liquor in Milwaukee for $5.99. It's a great deal.

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Photo of phisig137
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cellared one year. Pours a light brown color, with a lot of red showing through. Creamy, thick two finger head has great retention, and slowly falls with delicate lace left behind.

Aroma is incredible. Complex sugars, including malts, brown sugars, candi sugar, and caramel; are all backed by huge dark fruit yeast esters, and a touch of alcohol. Slightly biscuity as well. Very full nose, with complex aromas. I would wear this as cologne if it were socially acceptable.

Flavor is much the same as the nose. Incredible sugar complexity and flavor, but oddly it is not overly sweet. The finish is dry, and leaves with a burst of the yeast esters. Fresh baked bread plays a prominent role in the middle. Slight alcohol warming. Mouthfeel is creamy and heavy. Drinkability is pretty good.

I'm usually mixed about beers from Brasserie Des Rocs, mostly because some bottles sit around here for a while and don't sell, then once a year a distributor will get in a huge shipment. I must have picked up this bottle at the right time last year. Absolutely fantastic after one year in the cellar... but I wish I had waited a few more years on it. I'm just blown away by the complexity of it. Plus, for only $5.99 for a 750mL (did my store screw up?) it is a fantastic value for a belgian beer.

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Photo of pentathlete
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Truly a beautiful beer sitting in the big Burgundy glass. Dark translucent brown, with lots of floaties, and a huge antique white foam that stood tall for a long time, stuck to the glass, and ultimately fell to an 1/4 inch table. Beauty. Nose is all spicy malt and Belgian yeast. Dark fruits and candi sneak through. Taste, and maybe it's the power of suggestion here, but is does have a brown ale flavor done in a Belgian way. The Belgian in it is the fruity, spicy kick, the dry middle, and the luscious long finish. I wish the mouthfeel was just a touch fuller. It's good, but this particular one could be improved. Nine percent? Can't taste it. I've got to get to get more of this one. This is my favorite Abbaye des Rocs thus far.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this find for $10.99 a 1 pint 9.4 oz. Attractive black foil wrapped big magnum boasting 9% ABV and 52 - 56 degress with a tulip suggestion and best before 2007 4B18. (?!)

Poured a mountainous khaki head cap frothing to the hilt over a russett amber brown hue with plenty of yeasty suspended particles leaving splendid "projection map of the world" lace inside the glass. Appearances don't get any better than this. Reminded me of a Kalamazoo or an Allagash pour.

Leminy citrous aromatic with tea herbal and wildflower outdoorsy open bouquet. Wafts of 1/2 & 1/2 lemonade and iced tea confectioners sugars.

First swigs: Sugar sweet iced tea and some palateable yeasty bite. Reminds me of May wine gallon jugs with a winsome awl-kee -hawl flavor. Home mead fresh wine. Devilishly clever spiced Brune. Dry aftertaste with a linger of pecan. Bonus points for a superlative complexity, like a fine pastry. There is a glazed donut in there somewhere.

Feel is a taunt focused carbonation. Medium body. Lip smacking richness. Smooth and sugary.

Last swigs: White wine vinous & lemon peel. pecan extract dessert. Delight! When is the las time you were excited over a brown? When it's Abbey de Rocs Brune. Exquisite. "Must try." I picked this up without having any idea that it was so highly reveared.

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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 elmore
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a snifter. A murky brown color with some fine scattered sediment. A short head that holds up well and produces some decent lacing.

A very complex wonderful smell. Rum soaked raisins and brown sugar come to mind. Alcohol not very apparent.

Taste is sweet, but not cloying. Sweeter than some of the others of the style. Brown sugar, chocolate, covered cherries, toffee, spiced rum. A great combination that always leaves you wanting more

Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Goes down frighteningly easily. Alcohol is not detectable in the taste, but really hits you.

A wonderful beer. I'm really partial to the style, but this is one of the better ones and really holds up to other more notable beer such as Chimay Grand Reserve.

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Photo of moulefrite
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome deep amber in color, head starts fairly ambitious then fades after a minute or two. Firm and generous lace with good stick throughout. My only complaint is that this thing looks like a back woods pond in terms of floaters. I'm talkin mega chunks here-big ones that go plop when they enter the glass. Aromas are similar to the grand cru, with first impressions again of very fine dark choclate, then a fruitiness redolent of kirsch, and the inside of a really good chocolate covered cherry. Candy sugar and soft malt also comes through. The mouthfeel is rather buttery and warming-the alcohol is very nicely hidden. Rather wine like and very easy to drink. In fact, I'm heading into the bedroom with a second glass to see how it pairs with my newest read. Buy it if you find it! You might want to strain this sucker through a coffee filter if any guests are the faint of heart type.

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Photo of jeranbrews
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Thick yeasty dark beige head that quickly receded. Cloudy yeasty clumps float like plankton in this Earl-gray colored beer.

S - Sweet, fruity, esters. There are so many things to find here. Lilac, rose, peach, cinnamon, lavender. But also a hoppy dryness and a fusil burn. The label mentions that the ingredients are water barley yeast and spice. I wonder what those spices are.

T - Some mild acidity, some rougher hoppy yeast that had a yeasty bitterness (like oak). That taste lingered around like a teenager wanting someone to buy beer. I found some aniseed and again some bready yeast flavors. All good, but not as complex as the smells.

M - Sparkly, warm, inviting. Like egg nog and a warm fire on a cold night or the embrace of a familiar lover.

D - I can highly recommend this beer. This beer has the softness of a baby blanket but has the rich complexity of family quilt.

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Photo of clvand0
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pretty red/amber color with a tall head that has great retention and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. There was also a ton of floaties (yeast sediment). The aroma was sweet and full of cherry juice goodness. The flavor had a great sweet maltiness and lots of cherry notes. Some spice in there as well. The body is moderate, but fine for the style. Drinkability is great ... just try to keep all that sediment in the bottle, because there is a ton of it.

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Photo of Overlord
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Having really enjoyed the normal "grand cru", I picked this up today.

Pours an orange/amber. No real head, lots of sediment.

Mouthfeel is thick, tons of fruits-apple, apricot, citrus....tons of yeasty goodness and well disguised alcohol. One of my new faves.

Well worth trying.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad!

2006 Vintage

A: Light brown to dark orange in color, with a half inch of white, fluffy head that leaves a healthy amount of lacing. Some sediment can be seen floating in the beer.

S: Distinctly Belgian aroma, with scents of Belgian yeast, malt, fruits.

T: I was shocked by this beer. It was delicious. I will definitely be hooking myself up with some of this. A tantalizing Belgian yeast flavor in tandem with subtle fruits and a wonderful malt profile make this beer utterly delectable.

M: Smooth, creamy, and slightly sweet. Silky smooth on the palate. Age must have come into play, as this beer is just effortless to drink.

D: Slightly sweet, but I could definitely enjoy a full goblet of this.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky dark brown with delicate crimson highlights. Aggressive pour into my De Rocs goblet creates 4 fingers of off white head that is sustained by a cascade of small streaming bubbles.

Aroma is a mixture of ripe and dark fruit, subtle spice, earthy minerality and the trademark De Rocs yeast which always reminds me of mixed red berries.

The flavor is quite exquisite; overripe fruit and dried figs/raisins follow with dusty cocoa, dark candi sugars, berries, and a fantastic musty, lightly mineral yeast note. There are undertones of orchard apple and peach. Similar to the other De Rocs brews but slightly drier IMO.

Fantastic bubbly smooth mouthfeel and slick, slippery texture. Very(too) easy to drink a 750 myself, but at a mere $7 why the hell not!

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Photo of magine
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel glass.

Pours a dark amber brew, with massive off white head that is very chunky and settles to a nice lace head. Some minimal lace, but with the high alcohol I wouldnt expect much anyway. This brew has a ton of yeast in the bottle and in the glass as you drink - I love a "dirty" brew.

The brew smells of dark fruits, caramel, nuts - malty. Very complex.

This brew tastes very smooth, has very little alcohol in the flavor. This brew tastes of the dark fruits, and caramel. Has a sweet taste but not over done. The finish is slightly bitter in the aftertaste. Has a malty flavor as I drink as well. This brew is very complex on the nose and tasting as well.

This is a brew to sit back and enjoy, and is an excellent tasting and drinking brew. I could easily drink several. One of the best of this style I have tried.

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Photo of imullica
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving from a bottle into a pint glass.
Appears reddish brown with so much sediment it's like extra-pulpy oj.
Smell is a bit funky.
Taste is absolutely delicious; funky, smooth, relaxing with a slight alcoholic aftertaste to round it out.
Mouthfeel is smooth with a slight carbonation.
It is dangerously drinkable for it's abv. Drinker beware! This is some seriously good stuff.

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Photo of ChicoraBoy
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet nose. Malty and froth bitter, orange oil, wheat beer esters, some straw. Copper-amber clear with cream colored lasting, lacing, foamy head. Medium watery body and medium carbonation, well-balanced. Mild sweet start. Big malts punctuated by alcohol, a little fig, and a bit of barley or wheat grain. Nice hops flavor toward a medium bitter, dry finish. Light bitter and sweet nutty after. Nice beer for under 2€.

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Photo of Winter
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml green bottle that's capped and corked. Pours a clear copper with an unsustainable light tan head. Aroma consists of apples, candied raisins, malt, some spiciness and alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and smooth with an effervescent crispness around the edges. Very nice. Initial taste reminds me of brandy. Caramel and candied sugar flavors populate the front. Ale glides over the tongue and some alcohol is noticed in the middle, though not in a bad way. The 9% abv is handled very well. Some spiciness and malt, right before the green apple finish. Warming sensation from the alcohol permeates the chest. I'm glad I was able to find it around here. Definitely worth it.

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Photo of drseamus
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Chunk city. Somewhat to be expected. Brown body with a thin off white head.

S: Slight funk with big malt. Raisins, brown sugar, dark fruit. Pretty tight nose.

T: Rich flavor. Very malty. Super smooth. Nice caramel sweetness with a somewhat dry finish.

M: Super smooth, medium body, very rich.

D: Great brune. Very drinkable with no hint of alcohol.

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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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