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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Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
Belgian Dark Strong Ale
Ranked #80
Ranked #12,723
3.97 | pDev: 10.58%
Jul 08, 2022
Sep 19, 2002
Very Good
La Montagnarde [Brasserie Des Rocs Ambree]La Montagnarde [Brasserie Des Rocs Ambree]
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Reviewed by cokes from Wisconsin

4.72/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Blurry pumpkin bronze with a stained yellow, fattened, lasting cap.
Scented of blood orange, spiced rum, pineapple, lilac, green grapes, watermelon, algae, allspice, ginger, and grilled peaches. Yeah, uh, it smells fucking awesome.
It begins through the mouth with a slathering caramel sweetness. This progresses towards dates, green raisins, honeydew melons, and plantains. A cutting Pinot Gris acidity develops, tempered with a sweet Reisling edge. Yeast adds continuous dough and pepper. Spice brings orange rind. Hops hammer in traces of mint and dried grass.
Medium bodied, fully formed with an everlasting, nonobtrusive carbonation.
This is drinkable is cheek-puffing gulps, and fully lives up to the des Rocs standard. This is possibly their most under rated.

Much love unto Bighuge.
Sep 01, 2005
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Rated by Sigmund from Norway

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
RBESG 2006, shared bottle. Hazy amber colour. Lovely vinous aroma with notes of barnyard. Funky and moderately oaky flavour. A very good beer.
Jul 08, 2022
Rated: 3.58 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 21, 2022
Rated: 3.85 by Dazka from Italy

Nov 24, 2020
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Reviewed by JonnoWillsteed from England

3.36/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
L- Deep amber, a tiny amount of haze (some accreted sediment left in bottle). Pours with 2mm white head.
S- I don't get any smell, very odd esp. for a 9%! Weirder still neither did my wife who invariably notes things where my nose struggles.
T- Curiously 'blah' for a 9%, an ABV which should be a foundation stone upon which to build a 'beer of splendour'. It comes over as pungent, high ABV, maybe a small liquor-ish% note now and then, but the individual elements to the Taste are hard for to divine.
F- Heavy, pungent, a slow-sipping beer.
O- There isn't anything unpleasant I note, just it doesn't seem to be a shadow of what it could be. I mean come on a 9% Belgian beer (think an old school Tripel) should knock your socks off. This has impact but any unique character seems harder to find.
330ml bottle BB: 19/02/2022 Bought from BelgiumInABox (Antwerp/BE) for home delivery to me in London/UK.
ps. the lable has been updated from that pictured (as most beers from this brewery have) from trad style, to outright urban/gritty/graffiti/stencil-art etc...
Apr 25, 2020
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Reviewed by josanguapo from Spain

4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
De Belgiuminabox. En copa Teku. Jugando a Crimson Lilly. De Belgiuminabox. Perfil belga facilmente discernible con ricas notas a frutos secos que la dotan de bastante personalidad
Feb 27, 2020
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Rated by Dentist666 from Russian Federation

3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
A whole lot of yeast sheisse in the glass. WTF?
Otherways, nice nutty belgian strong ale.
Apr 24, 2019
Rated: 3.9 by Eltrandos from France

Dec 13, 2018
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Reviewed by cyrenaica from Canada (ON)

3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
330ml bottle
7.5% ABV (as marked on the bottle)
King/Spadina LCBO Outlet (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
March 7, 2014
The beer pours a light copper colour, murky, with a very thin white head. Aroma is tart fruit, funk, yeast, and some fruit notes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation. The flavour is sweet, yeasty, with some tart funky notes in the mix. Not on par with the better Abbaye des Rocs BSAs.
Jun 07, 2017
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Reviewed by janubio from Spain

4.49/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Amber colour, medium head and retention, good lace.
Aroma of hazelnuts, caraml, fruits.
Medium body, creamy palatae. Good carbonation.
Taste of hazelnuts, chocolate, dark fruits. Kong alcoholic finish.
May 09, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by steverx8 from England

May 01, 2017
Rated: 2.93 by eric5bellies from Australia

Jul 21, 2016
Rated: 4.14 by Dzu from Russian Federation

May 13, 2016
Rated: 4.03 by stephenlee from England

May 07, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

May 05, 2016
Rated: 4.21 by Antyk from Belgium

Oct 14, 2015
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Reviewed by Bruno74200 from France

4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
This is, as I recall, the first beer I've enjoyed that I could definitely discern a particular candi sugar character. The beer is a very good example of a balanced Belgian Strong Dark Ale and shows how good this brewery is
Oct 03, 2015
Rated: 5 by Alenichel from Italy

Aug 31, 2015
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Rated by Rivoire from France

3.13/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3
Amber beer with a taste of chestnut. Good taste but disappointed by the aromas
Apr 01, 2015
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Reviewed by JaimeLondon from Brazil

4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Nice beer of a dark amber color and a big light beige foam.
Sweet and yeasty smell, possible to feel also the hops, toffee, cristalyzed fruits, caramel and just a little bit of chocolate.
Taste is also sweet, possible to feel a bit of the alcohol (still doesn't seems like a 9% ABV beer). Yeast and hops are evident, there are a lot of fruits in the taste too, specially cherry and grapes.
Carbonation is at high level and body is relatively light. Bitterness could be higher.
Mar 29, 2015
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Reviewed by FLima from Brazil

3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
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
Rated: 3.5 by AlexAfonin from Russian Federation

Jan 06, 2015
Rated: 4.5 by Limelite from United Arab Emirates

Dec 25, 2014
Rated: 3 by olradetbalder from Sweden

Dec 05, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by benlhoest from Belgium

Oct 16, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by Franck from Canada (QC)

Oct 08, 2014
Rated: 3.85 by mattfancett from England

Aug 26, 2014
Rated: 4 by GoHabsGo from Canada (ON)

Aug 08, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by Stoutmeister from Massachusetts

Aug 02, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by mizx from England

Jul 19, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by Bf_89 from Canada (ON)

Jun 27, 2014
Rated: 2.75 by Hoppy_McGee from Canada (ON)

Jun 24, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by TerryW from Canada (ON)

Jun 23, 2014
Rated: 4 by jrenihan from Canada (ON)

Jun 12, 2014
Rated: 4 by Cramshawbar from Canada (ON)

May 18, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by evil_liver from Canada (ON)

May 03, 2014
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Reviewed by mick303 from Canada (ON)

3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
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
Rated: 3.75 by hotsudge from Canada (ON)

Apr 27, 2014
Rated: 4 by andrenaline from Canada (ON)

Apr 17, 2014
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Reviewed by biegaman from Canada (ON)

3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Most Abbaye des Rocs offering I've tried started with a bang! - literally, they gushed all over my counter - but La Montagnarde, thankfully, has a more reserved carbonation; its head is barely thick enough to cover the surface but sticks to it like scotch tape. Be sure to leave the last few ounces out, however, if you want to appreciate the beer's pretty caramel colour.

The acidity of a vineyard's soil or which way its slopes face are rarely obvious except to the most perceptive sommeliers; Belgian yeast, on the other hand, makes for bold, distinct characteristics that can be appreciated by anyone with a nose. This particular example has the air of bruised plum and apple as well as highly aromatic spices (i.e., mace, clove).

Even more noted, however, are the honey, brown sugar, and caramel flavours of the malt. It's not easy to out-muscle Belgian yeast but this grain is not only plentiful but layered with toasty-sweet nuttiness and enough toffee to bake with. The result is a beer that tastes like dried fruits and nuts lathered in honey. Delicious stuff.

What's more, some sips are also tossed with spices. It almost reminds me of a sweet-and-spicy bar mix. The spicy/savory element lends an earthiness that prevents the beer (and all its rich, sticky caramel and chestnut honey notes) from becoming too sweet. Indeed, this is impressively quaffable for such a big flavour profile (not to mention 7.5% alcohol).

Belgian ales like La Montagnarde are so distinctive; they are worthy of the same attention gourmands pay to cheese and offer every bit the satiation. Somewhat like a Rube Goldberg machine in that they perform a very simple task (gratifying refreshment) via such elaborate, complex means, offerings like this are the beers to have on permanent stand-by.
Apr 14, 2014
La Montagnarde [Brasserie Des Rocs Ambree] from Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs s.a.
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