Abbaye Des Rocs Grand Cru Belgian Special Brown
Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.

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From:
Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
 
Belgium
Style:
Belgian Dark Strong Ale
Ranked #15
ABV:
9%
Score:
93
Ranked #3,196
Avg:
4.19 | pDev: 10.5%
Reviews:
528
Ratings:
251
Status:
Active
Rated:
Feb 21, 2022
Added:
Jul 30, 2002
Wants:
  69
Gots:
  50
SCORE
93
Outstanding
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Rated: 3.63 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 21, 2022
 
Rated: 4.27 by arzt from Germany

Jul 05, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by aasher from Indiana

Jun 20, 2021
 
Rated: 4.41 by Sweffin from Wisconsin

Apr 11, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by BeerRay from Rhode Island

Apr 10, 2021
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Reviewed by leaddog from Canada (AB)

3.39/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
9.5% on the bottle.

Upon opening up this bottle, it gushed and lost nearly half the bottle. Not sure as to quality control with this one.

Appearance - Pours a copper brown with a finger of bubbly white head.

Smell - fruity esters of raisin, plum, and fig, low spicy hops, toffee malts, caramel, and earthy yeast.

Taste - fruity esters of raisin, plum, and fig upfront but not potent enough for the style. The hint of spicy hops come through next. The toffee malts, caramel, and earthy yeast round out the brew. The flavours are not that potent which is very dissapointing.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes a tad thin.

Overall - A disappointing brew that started off on the wrong foot. Nearly loosing half the beer due to gushing is a terrible sign of this brewery's quality control. Perhaps this was an off-bottle.
Mar 28, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.71/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
1.5 liter magnum bottle, RBESG 2005 Grand Tasting. ABV was 10%. Intense oaky and malty aroma. Flavour is also intensely oaky and moderately sweet. I probably drank it too warm, will need to rerate when available at cellar temperature. As it was, it’s not my definite favourite, but obviously a well crafted beer.
Mar 20, 2021
 
Rated: 4.34 by steverx8 from England

Sep 25, 2020
 
Rated: 3.94 by generallee from Virginia

Jun 04, 2020
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Reviewed by JonnoWillsteed from England

4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Lable has changed, it's now more text + subtle pared back indigo blue graphics on white than that pictured in the headers. ABV is marked as 9.5% instead of the 9.0% in the headers.
Front lable reads: 'Brasserie Des Rocs, Grand Cru, Belgian Special Brown Ale'.
L- Pours very rich intense chestnut brown, clear, though I see now some minor sediment was left in the bottle. 3mm pale tan head.
S- Pungent deep roasted fruits. Reminds me of British Xmas pudding. This is a good sign IME touch wood.
T- The Smell follows into the Taste, plus a little more somewhat dry and toasty edge on top. Perhaps that's what differentiates this from a Belgian tripel, which at this ABV% I'd expect to be much richer.
F- Pungent, quite a hefty feel. Somewhat dry for a 9.5% though, I notice in the subtle little lick of hoppy zing I get on my tongue/palate as I swallow. I think it's cleverly balanced.
O- Nice. It has a power and one that is quite reined in for 9.5% Nothing leaps out and beats you over the head. Nothing at all strikes me as at all out of balance. Very drinkable and I'd happily drink it again. This style would work best for me in colder months.... visions of kicking back and slow-sipping a couple of these in front of a log fire that maybe one day I'll own :)
Bought from BelgianInABox (Antwerp/BE) for delivery to me in London/UK.
330ml bottle: BB: 25/02/2022,
Apr 23, 2020
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Reviewed by aleigator from Germany

3.56/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Pours a hazelnut brown color with a huge, stable eggshell colored head.

Smells of milk chocolate, green peppers, allspice and anise. Quite forward on the spices, this manages to establish a balancing herbal hop presence on the nose, providing an intriguing depth.

Has a soft, medium bodied mouthfeel with a fitting, lighter effervescence during its finish.

Has a soft, almost aqueous beginning, followed up by bakers chocolate, cardamom and glazed toffee, together with a light note of dried leaves. Those produce a pleasant dryness, feathering the overall malt sweetness in this a bit, allowing for spicy licorice and a whiff of milk chocolate to cut through. Finishes with even more spicy, chewy licorice and sweeter turning chocolate among rock sugar and very light noble hops.

Quite pleasant with a great mouthfeel to it, this provides a classic belgian sweetness with a satisfying depth to it.
Dec 15, 2019
 
Rated: 4.5 by Dentist666 from Russian Federation

Dec 09, 2019
 
Rated: 4.06 by emincems from Turkey

Nov 21, 2019
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.54/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Listed as 9.5% on label, and as Brasserie des Rocs. Normal quad dried fruit aromas and flavors, abrupt finish, cloying sweetness. I had hoped for better based on the overall score.
Nov 05, 2019
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Reviewed by TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Best before Feb 18, 2020 - this version is 9.5% ABV - enjoyed (Canadian) Thanksgiving 2019.
Pours a coppery deep caramel brown with abundant cream coloured head with orangey highlights - clear but significant debris from a ? poorly poured bottle.
Sweet caramel, toffee, yeasty Belgian spices, raisin, brown sugar, and a bit of booziness on the nose.
Taste follows - delicious caramel, Belgian spice, toffee, dark fruits, a touch of booze on a backbone of malty sweetness.
Medium bodied but briskly carbonated leading to a creamy deliciously sweet finish,
The floating debris was a bit unnerving but else this was fantastic.
Oct 14, 2019
 
Rated: 4.06 by ElGallo from New Hampshire

Jun 20, 2019
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Reviewed by OlaB from Norway

4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a murky brown color with a medium top off beige head that dissolves quickly.
Aroma is of caramel, toffee,cocoa, bread, dark and dried fruits, anis, vanilla and spices. Getting a christmas cake feel off the aroma.
The flavour follows the nose. Sweet with dark and dried fruit notes and strong malt notes innen the back with nice notes off caramel, dark bread and cocoa . It then gets more hints off spices in the flavour before finishing with some slight bitter notes balanced nicely with the malt background. Nice strenght and lenght in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with a full body and a soft carbonation.
With two words: really delicious.
May 31, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by brandoneast from Texas

Apr 24, 2019
 
Rated: 3.87 by achepil from Canada (ON)

Mar 22, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by mdaschaf from Indiana

Feb 27, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by kjkinsey from Texas

Feb 18, 2019
 
Rated: 4.03 by nullbort from Canada (ON)

Feb 17, 2019
 
Rated: 4.48 by kjmcmullen from Canada (ON)

Feb 02, 2019
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Reviewed by taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
750 ml bottle served fairly cold into a chalice. LCBO purchase for only $6.45 CDN. Best before October 8, 2020. Listed at 10% ABV. Review from notes.

Appearance - Dark red, minimal haze and two big fingers of off white head that sits on top and fizzles out pretty quick.

Smell - Intense brown sugar and caramel blend with marshmallow, hints of dark fruit and some spices. Plums and figs show up here too. Wonderfully aromatic and many transitions in between these aromas as it warms and adding liquorice as it goes.

Taste - Only mildly sweet despite the bouquet. Caramel and restrained dark fruits prevail with some dank wood and yeasty flavors. Wood and booze show up to close.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, light on carbonation and a slightly spicy finish from spices and the ABV.

Overall - A pretty damn good BSDA that stands up to par with even the best of them. Well worth a visit and a very good value buy here too.
Jan 08, 2019
 
Rated: 4.02 by AdamSteve from Michigan

Jan 05, 2019
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Reviewed by quadmad from Canada (ON)

4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
750 ml bottle; $6.45 from the LCBO. Poured into my Duvel tulip at 11 C. Lots of head that quickly settles. Second glass had floaties that I was able to leave in the bottle. Nice amber colour; Not too sweet. A solid BSDA
Dec 25, 2018
 
Rated: 4.5 by JDJR from Florida

Dec 10, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by jeschaefer from Texas

Sep 29, 2018
 
Rated: 4.46 by Antyk from Belgium

Sep 01, 2018
 
Rated: 4.04 by kbrown from Ohio

Jun 15, 2018
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Had on tap. Fantastic belgian strong dark ale. A little more creamy than expected, but hey, I don't hate it. Just bursting with all the standard flavors, dark fruits, raisin, cocoa, malts, hops, and lovely dark belgian spices. Feels like a belgian with brown ale and stout characteristics on certain sips. Lovely ale!
Jun 09, 2018
 
Rated: 4.13 by TheCrowsEye from California

May 02, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia

Apr 11, 2018
 
Rated: 4.23 by stephenlee from England

Mar 29, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by paulish from New York

Mar 14, 2018
 
Rated: 3.77 by Duncian from Pennsylvania

Jan 29, 2018
 
Rated: 3.58 by nerdboy19 from Korea (South)

Jan 19, 2018
 
Rated: 3.41 by leitmotif from Romania

Dec 22, 2017
 
Rated: 4.1 by BAsbill from California

Dec 21, 2017
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Reviewed by Ciocanelu from Romania

3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
Hazy brown color with frothy beige head. Aroma has toasted malt, earthy notes, some cacao and light molasses. Taste is quite balanced. Some toasted malt, fruity yeast notes, light metallic notes on the finish. Medium body with high effervescence. Not bad but not as good as expected.
Dec 16, 2017
Abbaye Des Rocs Grand Cru Belgian Special Brown from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
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