La Montagnarde [Brasserie Des Rocs Ambree]
Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.

La Montagnarde [Brasserie Des Rocs Ambree]La Montagnarde [Brasserie Des Rocs Ambree]
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Style:
Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #64
ABV:
9%
Score:
88
Ranked #8,662
Avg:
4 | pDev: 10.5%
Reviews:
87
Ratings:
137
From:
Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
88
Very Good
La Montagnarde [Brasserie Des Rocs Ambree]La Montagnarde [Brasserie Des Rocs Ambree]
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bbadger from Texas

4/5  rDev 0%

Nov 15, 2011
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desint from Belgium

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Sep 16, 2013
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spinrsx from Canada

3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $3

Appearance – Hazy brown colour with an above average size fizzy beige coloured head. It’s hard to make out the carbonation level due to the darkness of the beer and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell – Malts, grapes/raisins, plums, yeast

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and some yeast. There is also some dark fruit flavour.. grapes/raisins.

Overall – Reminded me of a Rochefort 8 with a touch less spice and booze. A decent beer, but my bottle was 7.5% when I was expecting a little more oomph since it is usually 9% by the looks of things. Well worth trying though.

Mar 22, 2014
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jrenihan from Canada

4/5  rDev 0%

Jun 12, 2014
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dipso123 from Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Mar 23, 2014
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3SH33TS from California

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Dec 25, 2012
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olradetbalder from Sweden

3/5  rDev -25%

Dec 05, 2014
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GONZALOYANNA from Spain

4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Orangish amber color in a chalice glass. Light beige foam crowns & remains dense. When disipating nice lacings decorate on sides. Fresh fruits, spices & candy aromas will enjoy your nose. Palate is flavored with the same hints, leaving an smooth aftertaste. Alcohol is present but masked in a sugary sensation. Excellent companion in a paused drink-time.

Apr 03, 2011
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spacemanvt from Virginia

4/5  rDev 0%

Dec 14, 2011
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BGDrock from Canada

4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: dull amber, brown, thick with unfiltered yeast; fine, sand coloured head with great retention; fine looking Belgium beer

Aroma: faintly herbal, and floral, with a touch of cinnamon; very light, but there's depth to it, drawing you in; some caramel, vanilla

Taste & Mouthfeel: toffee pudding and some vibrant, almost juicy fruit - cherry, peach, grape - which turns quickly to a dry, crisp finish; lightly acidic with sharp carbonation contribute to the brisk finish, a good play to cut through the initial sweet malt and yeast esters; as the rest of the bottle is poured and remaining settled yeast fills the glass, it obviously becomes much more full bodied (a little buttery) and the fruit flavours more pronounced, with a creamy texture - the whole thing really smooths out

Overall: flavour and particularly aroma is all over the place, surely coming from a great yeast strain - it's exciting and intriguing with great feel and flavour

Apr 06, 2014
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dalecooper

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Feb 27, 2012
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jisak74 from Sweden

4/5  rDev 0%

Mar 21, 2012
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mick303 from Canada

3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served slightly chilled in a tulip glass, 330 ml bottle at 7.5%. Colour is a dark amber, fairly opaque with a solid dense white head, shows really solid retention.

S- notes of estery yeast, clove and nutmeg, banana/fig notes, some caramelized dark malts with a deep dark spiciness. Light spiced fruit notes like dark banana bread with dark fig caramel.

T- a smooth balanced start, dark brown sugar, full caramel with a nutmeg and cinnamon spice, transitions to some peppermint toward the end. Bring a some pleasant lemony yeast esters throughout which blend nicely, the caramel thickness and sweetness is rich but balanced quite well by the yeast and spicy hop bitterness. Finish is caramel and nutty, salted pecans.

M - full bodied with a pleasant mouth filling creaminess, a crisp and restrained carbonation that works quite nicely. Finishes off crisp, a good balance between a rich brown sugar body and enough carb to make it a refreshing amber ale.

Overall this hits a good balance, and conforms to its style. There is a bit of a dominance. Of the caramel brown sugar but also a pleasant yeast and bitterness but these could be played up a bit, this is an enjoyable Belgian and really good for the price. Some nice lemon yeast, maybe could use a touch of hops. Worth trying for sure.

Apr 28, 2014
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FLima from Brazil

3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy amber color with a thick thin head with short retention and apparent carbonation. Some floating particles.
Sweet aroma with notes of caramels, crystalized fruits, some pine, cloves and other spices.
Flavor is sweet but it is relatively well balanced by its hops and alcohol content. Notes of molasses, crystalized fruits, peppery yeast, grape juice, overripe plums, mild ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, guava, Poir, fig jam and honey. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness.
Medium body that feels lighter with appropriate carbonation. One great example how to hide alcohol, the 9% abv feels incredibly lower.
Very good Belgian Dark Strong Ale with great complexity bringing lots of fruits, hops, malts and spices to the table. At some point I had to stop searching for more fruits in my palate. Although sweet, all those components make it pleasant and not cloying. Proof that you do not need to add sugar to make a good BDSA.

Feb 01, 2015
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GoHabsGo from Canada

4/5  rDev 0%

Aug 08, 2014
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HATS4BATS from Canada

4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

Apr 03, 2014
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polloenfuego from Canada

4/5  rDev 0%

Mar 21, 2014
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mizx from England

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Jul 19, 2014
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Cramshawbar from Canada

4/5  rDev 0%

May 18, 2014
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yancot from Canada

4/5  rDev 0%

Mar 06, 2014
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WillAndSarah from Canada

4/5  rDev 0%

Mar 06, 2014
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steverx8 from England

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May 01, 2017
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evil_liver from Canada

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

May 03, 2014
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Bf_89 from Canada

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Jun 27, 2014
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taxandbeerguy from Canada

4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle served cool into glassware. Purchased from LCBO for $3.05 CDN. Quaffed this beer a little too quickly last time to get a proper review in, it was very delicious so I appreciate being able to buy this again at a later date.

Appearance - Extremely hazy, reddish brown colored beer. Gentle pour still yielded a fist full of fingers of dense sticky white head, that receded at a glacial pace. Sediment appears to be moving around in the bottom of the glass and the bubbles rise to the surface only a mere bit faster than the voluptuous head continues its decent. Tons of sticky lacing is smeared all of the glass.

Smell - Molasses and bready backbone, slightest of of something sharp and metallic. A deep whiff reveals some toffee and caramel aromas.

Taste - There's a trace taste of coffee before melting away in a vanilla, toffee caramel blend. Slight peppery heat on the very finish of each sip although it builds steadily from mid-mouthful to the conclusion. A bit of a sticky bread pudding flavor would be a way to describe the way the flavors meld together sweet but never even straddling the line of excess as the sweetness remains subdued. Very tasty. A bit boozy after a few sips as well.

Mouthfeel - Silky smooth with medium carbonation and a slightly hot finish. Medium to heavy bodied that coats the mouth nicely but because of the balanced bitterness that just keeps cutting into the sweetness the beer never approaches cloying.

Overall - Definitely let this one warm up a bit, as the flavors are much more bold when warm than if served on the cold side. A wonderful Belgian that I would heartily recommend. It's just about on par with some of the biggest and best in the style making this an absolute treat at the price point. Pick it up while you can.

Apr 02, 2014
La Montagnarde [Brasserie Des Rocs Ambree] from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 137 ratings