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

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4.2/5
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739 Ratings
Abbaye Des Rocs Grand Cru Belgian Special BrownAbbaye Des Rocs Grand Cru Belgian Special Brown
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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,219
Reviews:
516
Ratings:
739
pDev:
10.48%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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61
Gots:
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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

Photo of shelby415
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HoistinBrews
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of isaacgomis
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of freewill35
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of reitzbrewing
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft. Lots of molasses and raisins in the aroma and taste. Not sure I would call it a strong dark, but I still enjoyed it

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Meganomiidae
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark brown, the color of liquid milk chocolate. Small tan head that dissipates swiftly, leaving not a trace. Mine was quite sediment ridden - probably a product of my fridge deciding to act as a freezer today.

S: Candied apple and cherry duet, with a hint of plum background vocals. As others have said, slight cola notes which for me are quite distinct to this beer. I hope it tastes as good as it smells!

T: Yes, it does. Seemlessly mending cherry and cola notes together with that slight Belgian sweetness. Other dark fruits are there, again, providing a supporting structure to a beautiful medley. Slight hints of darker chocolate and espresso creep in as the main flavors recede, making one think twice about taking a second sip. Finished with a red wine yeast, maybe? Quite tasty, and well blended with just the right levels of all of the flavors.

M: Quite silky, rolls over the tongue like Dutch hot chocolate.

O: Fantastic beer. Will be buying again.

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Abbaye Des Rocs Grand Cru Belgian Special Brown from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 739 ratings
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