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

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BEER INFO

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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by rosebud on 07-30-2002

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732
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516
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
10.48%
 
 
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Photo of GregSemenza
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
3.71/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle @ 9.5% ABV, with a totally different label, and the 'l'Abbaye' dropped from the name. Happy bloody Canadian Thanksgiving, y'all!

This beer pours a murky, medium orange-brick amber colour, with two chubby fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and fizzy tan head, which leaves some emaciated limestone grotto lace around the glass as it quickly dissipates.

It smells of gritty and grainy pale malt, a lesser caramel/toffee sweetness, edgy earthy yeast, muddled dark orchard fruit (maybe some plum, prune, and bruised red apple), a touch of that musty under the basement stairs thing, and a slightly testy metallic booziness. The taste is bready and doughy pale malt, still understated caramel wafers, some toasted apple pie and pear compote fruitiness, a hint of cocoa-laced black coffee, subtle musty yeast, faint earthy spice notes, and a hint of muzzled alcohol astringency.

The bubbles are fairly active in their pleasingly plump frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, maybe the yeast and burbling booziness taking things down a notch or two here. It finishes off-dry, but not by much, as the malt seems to bottom out, and the acrid fruitiness and musty yeast take full advantage, as such.

Overall, this is not a bad version of the style, but I found myself questioning its provenance on a few too many occasions - what gives? It's not an old bottle (not that that would really matter), yet the musty essences overcome the fruit and malt character just a little too readily, IMHO. Can't say I'm all that dissatisfied, however - this bad boy cost barely more than 10 Canuck bucks, so who am I to complain, eh?

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Photo of billab914
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PugsandBeer
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hopley
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MacMalt
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a beer I've long wanted to try and wasn't disappointed. It was poured into a tulip glass. It pours a deep brown with ruby hues and a thick, creamy, khaki-colored head and lacing. It smells of candied fruit, brown sugar, molasses, plum, cherry, and spice. The first tastes encountered are the fruit: plum, raisin, and cherry, followed by caramel, molasses, and honey. It finishes with a touch of spice. The tastes blend beautifully. This ale is well-carbonated and while it isn't overtly boozy, you can feel the 9% ABV. Overall, it is a truly a well-crafted and enjoyable Belgian Strong Dark Ale. It makes an excellent dessert beer and would pair especially well with a nice tray of cheeses.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of T_Hass
3.66/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of curlybird
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aufie
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BenBreeg
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of newbeeraday
3.25/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A classic belgian dark ale,candied sugar, christmas pudding dark fruits and caramel sweetness blended perfectly, carbonated just enough to create a great mouthfeel, this was a genuinely great belgian.

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Photo of dansushi
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beginner2
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

As someone with an affinity for Belgian Strong Darks, I want to like this.
And I do.
But not as much as I want.
I prefer Darks that are simpler: whose fruit and sugar dominate, but then they get balanced by spices.
This Grand Cru is balanced more by the carbonation that cuts through the sweet. That works. But is only OK. I prefer brewmasters who meld the flavors smoothly.

MJ reviewed it in his "Great Beers of Belgium" and said "the cake-like palate reminded me of dates."

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Finally I got my hands on some fresh des Rocs on tap at EightBall Brewing at the Party Source.
This most excellent BSA pours a deep reddish mahogany with a thick ring of foam and spotty lacing once it settles. Nose is complex mix of candied apples, Belgian candy sugars, cola, plums, cherries, and subtle herbal notes. Flavors exceed the nose with apple cider and dark cherries on the front and sides, currants and cola on the middle of the taste, and a pleasant plum brandy note on the rear touched with a subtle Belgian yeast note. Excellent mouth feel with moderate carbonation that cuts the sweetness and lets the flavors shine with a subtle cola and dark fruit finish that is subtly dry.

Of note, I have had this many times in the past but was leery from a couple of lightly soured purchases. This is as good as the first time I tried it, yet better without the suspended chunky yeast that can be rather unpleasing on the eyes. At 28 or so a growler I am tickled to have tried it. A phenomenal brew that has been at the top of my Belgian list for years.

THANKS EightBall!!!!!!

Cheers

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Photo of josanguapo
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From cervezasespeciales. In Teku glass. Watching Sons of Anarchy 6x10. Good, but maybe a bit more dry and harsh that I’d like. Ive read from others that its like an oud bruin but without the acid, and I agree

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Photo of parintele
3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap 1/3/2016 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a large beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, brown sugar, some fruit, maple and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. Then some sweet flavors of caramel, maple and brown sugar quickly follow along with some background dark fruit flavor. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of cgrunin
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of adamranders
3.71/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrob21
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HipHopsHooray
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tedvr
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Abbaye Des Rocs Grand Cru Belgian Special Brown from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
4.2 out of 5 based on 732 ratings.
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