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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 | website

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

Served into a Unibroue tulip

A: Red brownish almost like tea, beige foam that stays for a while leaving a pearly lace. some visible carbonation.

S: Sweet, dark malts, floral, alcohol, hops, brown sugar.

T: Sweet and floral, little bit bitter, warming but not overwhelming, brown sugar, carbonation feel.

Overall an excellent beer (that it's going to be in rotation for a while in my house), it has a lot of layers, I had in two different occasions after I made my first review and the flavors developed a bit.

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

Poured into a snifter from a bottle.

A - Pours a medium brown, forming a 1 inch cloudy white head that fades quickly. Very light lacing on the glass.

S - Light bready malty aroma mixed with dark fruits dominate the nose with just a hint of alcohol.

T - Light malty body, mostly bready, with a good amount of dark fruit flavor. Spices swirl throughout the taste. The alcohol is well hidden, only presenting itself for a second in the finish. Very complex and smooth flavor.

M - Medium bodied with an average amout of carbonation. Very smooth and clean.

D - Great flavor and body without being too heavy. The alcohol content is well hidden, allowing the other characteristics to come forth. Nice and complex. An easy drinker.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep mahogany with dark cherry red hues coming through when held up to light. A thin light brown head settles on top and slowly fades into a thin foam ring. Limited lacing left behind.

S - Dark fruits and Belgian yeast at first sniff. Figs and alcohol soaked cherries. Earthy spiciness becomes more and more noticeable as the beer warms.

T - Sweet dark fruits initially. Similar to the nose with figs, cherries and a touch of raisin. Light spiciness carries throughout. SWweetness becomes stronger as the beer warms. Hints of caramel that has been lightly flamed.

M/D - Medium bodied with a very assertive tannic like bite on the tongue.

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

This brew pours a nice dark, cloudy amber with a very tall, off-white head. Aroma has raisins, cinnamon, ginger -- the yeast really gives it a ginger-bread-like quality in the taste. A sweet, dark Belgian, but not overly so. Damn good beer for anyone interested in dark Belgian brews.

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Photo of TheBurgundian
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer had a big reputation behind it, and I started my "Americans in Lille, France" beer tasting by 'Roc'ing it. This beer came in the 75cl bottle.

A: Great head, almost too much after popping the cork. Body a little light compared to other styles, like coffee that was brewed with too much water. Yeast collection point continues to develop at the bottom.

S: molasses, oak, hints of some gingersnap cookies sprinkled throughout (think cinnamon and spice)

T: This beer is a gingersnap cookie baked with oak chips, sprinkled with christmas spices. The problem I find with this beer is almost a watered-down quality. Great flavor diluted with a little too much water. The yeast is great though!

M: see 'taste'

D: the 9% shows throughout, and this beer needs to be drunk slowly with some good friends and great food (my next one will be with some cheesecake)

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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 FreshHawk
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark murky brown with a lot of sediment floating in this beer. Large light brown head with pretty good retention.

S - Dark fruit and sugary smell upfront. Also some spices (Cinnamon and pepper). Along with the dark fruit there is some malty/caramel scents.

T - Fairly sweet between the dark fruit, dark sugar, and malt. Balanced a bit by some of the spices in this beer. There is a bit of nuttiness to the taste as well. Alcohol is pretty well hidden although it gives off a fortified wine kind of taste.

M - Probably would be medium bodied but relative to what I would expect it is a bit thin, decent carbonation though.

D - Really tasty and would like to drink a couple of these. Only thing that is holding that off is the ABV, and that after 2 or 3 it might be a little sweet.

Notes: Liquid alcoholic candy might be a little off (I don't think it is that sweet), but that description wouldn't be too off. A very nice Belgian.

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

330ml bottle served in a Chimay chalice.

A: Pours a nice dark amber to brown color. Quite dirty with chunks and yeasts floating around. That's most probably the dirtiest beer I've ever had! Forms a medium head when poured. Good retention and many lacings formed and left

S: Brown bread and Belgium yeasts. Toffee and caramel. Fruity and spicy too. Notes of black pepper and vanilla

T: Complex. Balanced sweet-bitterness. Mix of Belgium yeasts, roasted malts, brown bread, dark fuits, brown sugar. An authentic Belgian Ale

M: Quite smooth. Unbelievable that this is a 9% ABV. Medium-high carbonation. Very bready aftertaste

O: Very drinkable. Very easidrinking despite of the high ABV. Absolutely great beer. No mistake here

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

Mar 28, 2009

750ml bottle. Labeled "Brasserie des Rocs". Best before 2009. Sampled 3-28-09. Been wanting to try this one for a while and it's certainly a wonderful Belgian strong ale.

Pours a light murky brown with TONS of chunks & floaties....not just at the bottom of the bottle...right from the very first pour. More than I've ever seen before. Small tan head that dissipates to virtually no head and doesn't leave much lacing.

Malty, sweet, and very fruity. Runs the gamut on fruit flavors from sip to sip. The standard dark fruits such as raisins and figs, with notes of tangerine, banana, grapes, and apples. Absolutely delicious! Alcohol is undetectable in the taste.

Mouthfeel is wonderful...creamy but not syrupy with a nice finish.

Deserves its place right up there with other top-tier Belgian ales!

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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 glid02
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
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 Otesanek
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz'er poured at 55° into a snifter. Drunk on 12.14.08, best by 2010 7 01. Music: Cannibal Ox's Cold Vein EP, brutal.

Exploded out of the bottle upon opening, extremely carbonated. Interesting burnt umber, pretty murky with lots of yeast floaties even after a careful pour. Light lace around the glass, a pretty constant 1/2" off-white head. Nice fresh clean aroma, reminds me of their grand cru, must be the house yeast. Notes of amber candi syrup and dusty orange pith, brown crusty bread. The aroma is faint, reminds me a little of chimay red. Flavor has a great juicy acidity, an interesting hint of cocoa powder, spicy cinnamon stick, pale caramel. The acidity gives the impression of sweet-tart oranges, and some vague stone-fruits. Head has receded to a cloud cover of suds. I'm not finding any of the 9% in there, and the only hops I'm finding are on the back of the palate as a subtle orange rind and green peppercorn bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium/heavy, goes down smooth and easy, lightly coating, balanced out by the now toned down carbonation, the acidity really helps it feel crisp on the finish.

outstanding.

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

11.2oz bottle poured into a Palm snifter. Best by sometime in 2011. The date is smudged, so I can't quite make it out.

A: Deep brown body with a big Belgian head. There's also a ton of sediment, which detracts from the overall appearance.

S: Brown sugar and dark fruits.

T: There's so much that it's rather difficult to put into words. The sugar and fruits from the nose are present, but they're fairly subtle and nowhere near cloying. In addition, there are strong notes of bready maltiness. There's even a hint of chocolate. In all, reminiscent of gingerbread dipped in plum pudding.

M: Thick and creamy. Not nearly as grainy as you would expect with the sediment.

D: A world-class BSDA. If you can get past the sediment, you should definitely give it a try if you're a fan of the style.

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Photo of brystmar
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brownish and caramel-y with a hint of orange. Cloudy. Lots of head when poured, but it settled quickly.

S: Tons of yeast with an equal amount of oak. Very sharp.

T: This is where the beer truly shines. It's got everything I want in a brown ale: dark, oaky flavor; hints of fruit with a little sweetness in the middle; and a pleasantly smooth, dry finish. Not overly alcoholic, despite its ABV. Very smooth and beautifully complex in oh so many ways.

M: Quite pleasant and, again, not overly sharp from its alcohol content. Lightly carbonated; anything moreso would take away from your enjoyment of the beer's delicious flavors. The word that keeps coming to mind is smooth.

D: High ABV, so be careful, but it's quite drinkable. Goes down exceptionally easily, which is quite misleading for a 9% beer.

One of my favorites for sure. Highly recommended!

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Photo of bulletrain76
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

33cl bottle at de wildeman, Amsterdam, 11-30-07. Dark brown with a big off-white head. Very refreshing aroma with some tart green apples, citrus, chocolate, and lots of spicy and doughy yeast. The flavor is perfectly middle of the road sweet for a belgian ale, some banana, very yeasty and spicy. Finishes with a lot of hops for the style, and they perfectly balance it out. Palate is very silky, without being to thick and sticky. Bomb. I love it. Probably should have bought a bottle to take home... :(

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Photo of bobsy
3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bottle drank at the Only Cafe in Toronto. Best before date of 2012.

Even with a careful pour the carbonation produces a massive off-white head and requires me to place the bottle down and let it settle before finishing off. Bizarrely, the head fizzles to a thin cap for the duration of the drink, leaving a few fingers of sticky lace on the way down. The aroma is classic Belgian Dark Strong, but played with a lighter hand. Raisins are the most prominent feature, backed up with huge sweet, bready malts, spicy yeast and brown sugar. While the flavour is nicely done, it feels like its lacking a the complexity of the top tier brews. Sweet malts from start to finish, interspersed with raisins, chocolate, and a good dose of spicy yeast, which provides a good breadiness to proceedings. Perhaps my slight disappointment is caused by the body, which seems lacklustre in comparison to its compatriots, and its lightness seems to weaken the intensity of the flavour profile. Reading through the reviews, there seems to be a lot of variation on this one, which could be caused by batch differences or the effects of ageing. Certainly, the body on this particular beer is not the thicker one mentioned by others, and it needs to be amped up.

The Belgian Beer Guide isn't as glowing about Abbaye des Rocs Brune as sites like Beer Advocate, and on the basis of this experience I think I agree with it.

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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 scottyshades
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy, unfiltered hazelnut color that pours out little chunks of yeeast as you go. The head is absolutely massive and grows exponentially when poured. Slightly off-white

S: The nose is spicy, funky yeast (Brett?), bread, along with some corriander and cloves. Pretty heavy on the malts as well. Nice Belgian nose, very classic and delicious as well. Also, as the brew warms, fruity notes, and wintergreen/bubblegum come out.

T: Very smooth, little carbonation on the tongue, funky yeast comes out, bready notes, and slight/subtle spices that provide a truly amazing flavor profile. Vinegary-fruitiness as well. Classic Belgian right here + some. Very nice right before dinner or with some friends. Loveable by all.

MF/D: Very thick and syrupy body, subtle carbonation (just right for the style). Highly drinkable, just watch that ABV!

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Photo of champ103
2.76/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a murky reddish/brown color. At first a one finger tan head forms and recedes to a rim quickly. Light patchy lace.
S: Moldy, dry wood with some dark fruity esters and yeast. Lots of alcohol from the start.
T: Again, very dry wood, and charcoal. Sweet caramel malt that is almost cloying. Some dark fruit flavors. Alcohol again. One of the driest and sweetest beers I have had in a long time.
M/D: A medium body but way over carbonated. The heavy prickly carbonation, mixed with the alcohol and dryness really makes for a hard beer to drink.

I can see how this would appeal to some people. It is worth a try. I don't think this is for me though. I do enjoy beers on the drier side, but this seems like liquid wood to me.

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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 GilGarp
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by 2011.

Foiled and capped 750ml bottle. Served at cellar temperature, it pours into a globe glass with rich redish brown color and ample head. Very good retention and clarity in this first pour. Lots of suspended yeast remains in the bottle.

Aroma is very yeasty and complex with some good fruit esters. It's very pungent but not one of the best smells I've enjoyed from Belgium.

Flavor is where it's at. It's everything a good strong dark should be. There are lots of dark fruits and dried fruits, caramel and dark bread. There is a nice raisin sweetness up front that turns to slightly sour funk in the middle before finishing with a dryness from the alcohol. Like any good Belgian it's complicated but enjoyable and every sip introduces something new you hadn't noticed before.

Mouthfeel is full in body and carbonation with a good balance between sweet/dry and sweet/bitter.

Overall it's a good example but one of many that are now available here in the states. It's not my favorite one but it's a solid choice.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.3/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle (best by 2010) into a Duvel tulip.

The amber-copper body of Des Rocs Brune mingles with hues of ruby red and plum; small bits of yeast float throughout. The fizzy-sounding, light tan head builds slowly to an inch in height before quickly retreating to a thin cap and ring of tight bubbles. Spicier aroma than I was expecting, with dominant notes of dried orange peel, grass, and a pungent, flowery hop presence. The maltiness is more muted, suggesting dark bread, brown sugar, and molasses.

I'm fairly sure the bottle I purchased had not gone "bad", but my taste buds definitely disagree with the high marks this beer has earned. Starts off with a slightly oaken, almost sour bite balanced somewhat poorly by a sweet, sugary presence. Where did all the spice go? Finishes bland and semi-metallic, with no aftertaste from either hops or yeast. Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, but the medium body takes on a syrupy, sticky-sweet consistency that disagrees with my palate. Overall, this was a fairly unimpressive beer...judging from other reviews, quality control seems to be an issue for this Belgian import. Still, I'll probably try it again sometime just in case I did happen upon an "off" bottle.

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Abbaye Des Rocs [Brasserie Des Rocs Brune] from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
94 out of 100 based on 317 ratings.
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