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
abbaye-des-rocs.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
499
Reviews:
322
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
9.98%
 
 
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79
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Photo of Rastacouere
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Copper robe, very big head. off-white, extremely long-lasting. ULTRA-SMOOTH. Candy aroma, super complex, sucre d'orge, honey. Alcohol unnoticeable, liquorice. Too many things to say. Taste: creamy candi sugar. Indescribable. Vanilla, hops evident. Slightly bitter. lots of sediment in the glass (delirium tremens)

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Photo of Anatole
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of Twal
4.25/5  rDev +1%

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

The Brasserie Des Rocs Brune poured a hazy floaty brown with a finger head and some continent lacing. It had a drink by date which should score some points in my book.

The aroma was strongly of sugar, brown style and caramel and figs.

The taste was sweet malty, yeasty with a slight hopness on the back end. The finish was definitely solid malt base. I found it to be a very enjoyable beer I would buy again once I have made the rounds.

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Photo of Jredner
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is kind of sweet cake toasty with mild spices. Light, cloudy brown in color with a huge fluffy tan head. Taste some black licorice, strongly, in the fore. Also get some darker fruits and brown sugar and some camalized sugar flavors. Has a toasty quality to it I hadn’t expected. That strong and lingering licorice flavor was also unanticipated. There is a slightly spicy/hot alcohol note int he finish that reminds you this isn’t just some crazy licorice tasty cake in liquid form, but a high abv beer.

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a beautiful deep burgundy with a reddish/brownish/whitish head that fades rather quickly.

S: Smell in funky and intense, with molassas, black grapes, roses and pepper.

T: All the aromas come through in the taste, but there is a pretty strong booze element that I didn't expect. It finishes slightly dry and rough with a hint of charcoal.

D: Like I said, a tad boozier than most BSDA. It is, however, very complex and intense and makes for a slow, but tasty sipper.

Overall: I would definitely pick this one up again. It is original, even within its style and I would love to take another crack at it and see what other flavours and aromas it has to offer.

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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 tharper178
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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

Ahh, my 300th review.

750mL bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep ruby red color with three fingers of head. There are lots of yeast chunks floating around, even on a slow pour into the first glassful. Not much lacing on the glass. The smell is of over-ripe cherries, grapes, and a hint of dates. Sweet and malty, with a touch of alcohol on the end of the nose. The taste has a sweet, slighty tart character, some fruitiness and even a hint of cocoa maybe. No hops to be found, but none needed. The mouthfeel is thick and full, yet light and effervescent at the same time. The drinkability fairs very well for a 9% brew. A unique beer that is a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of MrVonzipper
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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

Pours to a reddish-brown color with a thick, creamy tan head. The aroma is yeasty with a bready maltiness. It has a slight brown sugar spiciness and a bit of dark fruits.

The flavor is yeasty and spicy, with a semi-sweet maltiness throughout. It is medium in body with a drying finish. A very nice beer.

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Photo of JTuomi
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33 cl bottle (bb 20/02/2016) into a goblet. Ruby brown body, bubbly, medium head, good lacing, leaves a thin foam veil. Smell - toasted malt, dark fruit, brown sugar, yeast. Taste - begins yeasty sweet, followed by dark fruit, raisins, plums, figs, after that an intensifying toastiness. Ending dry with a slight hop bitterness. The aftertaste comes up after a while with roasty coffee and chocolate, lasting for a long time. Medium full body, medium-high soft carbonation, ample creamy mouthfeel. Overall a fine sipping beer; a soft, flavorful and complex taste. I easily spent an hour with this one, an instant favourite!

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

Capped 25.4oz best before '07. Poured into a Val-Dieu chalice.

Medium brown with a tan head that fluffs up, then slowly falls to a 1cm sheet of foam. Good lacing effect.

Smells of lemon bread with a whiff of alcohol. My tastebuds responded immediately.

The taste is very balanced with malt, slight spices I can't pinpoint, and a finish that is dry, almost tart. No alcohol detected, even after warming. That's always a bonus.

I found the mouthfeel a bit weak. The appearance and aromas had me expecting something with more body. The carbonation does lends itself to the finish.

For the high abv, this one is very drinkable especially when paired with a meal. Roasted pheasant and wild rice would be a good meal to wash down with this one.

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Photo of killcore
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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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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 walleye
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

shared a bottle with bieristgut. poured mahagony, with a light tan with lots and lots of floaties. aroma sweet tarts, cherries, caramel, malts, semi sweet red wine, hints of hops as it warms hints alcohol. flavor,fruity wine, a nice smooth mouth feel, with a nice touch of bitterness. did get a hint of the wood, a nice hint of chocolate, cherries, malts, honey.

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Photo of carln26
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown in color, and very hazy, this beer is topped a thick, long lasting off-white head. The head displays great retention, and is refilled with some champagne bubbles rising from the beer. Deep malty aroma. Dates, figs, spice in the form of nutmeg, cardamom. Just a touch of pear and green apple. Not as much yeast/French bread character in the aroma as I expected, although it is there. The flavor has a bit more spice, touches of nutmeg, a little clove, more of the cardamom. Deep, rich malt in the form of figs, a little dark berry and green apple. Slick, mildly tart mouth feel. Very drinkable, very little alcohol heat.

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

750ml bottle, with no best by date. This one was a bit of a gusher. Thankfully I opened it near the sink, and only lost a few ounces.

Pours a dark caramel brown with a frothy two finger head, with only an eight ounce pour. The foam takes forever to fall to a thick cap, leaving behind a thick sheeting of lace.

Smell; chalky yeast up front, and then becomes fruity with figs, dates and plums. Brown sugar, caramel and bread dough give this a very nice malty aroma.

Taste; there's lots of dark fruits in here with the figs, dates and plums, but there's something else in there I can't quite place. Some cloves and spices fill out the middle, and then tone of sweet caramel and brown sugar malts come out. The finish is a bit chalky from the yeast, and the alcohol has a definite presence as well.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a nice smooth natural carbonation. The drinkability is really good, and the only real complaint I have is that it is a touch sweeter than I would have liked. Overall this is a reall damn good beer.

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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 RMentair
3.84/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cj8311
3/5  rDev -28.7%

Photo of Backer2004
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was one of the first beers I tried at the Charlotte Oktoberfest, poured by Alex, our BeerFly guide. The 9% wasn't too noticable, spicy plum mixture, with a whole bunch of other flavors that can be described in other rveiews. Just another example of a great Belgian beer that can now be found in Carolina.

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Photo of rvdoorn
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: the beer pours a caramel brown color with a nice head.
Smell: Roasted malts, caramel, toffee, nuts, caramel and spicy hops
Taste: Dark fruits, nuts, yeast, caramel, pepper, and grains. Nice spicy medicinal aftertaste
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation and a bit thin body
Overall: Not bad, not great

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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 499 ratings.
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