Filed under: Abbaye Des Rocs, Belgian Strong Ale (trappist, tulip, tumbler) | Tags: active, ash, audible, beautiful, cherry, cloudy, dark, explosive, interesting, inviting, italian bread, medium, peach, peas, quiet, rice, scary, soil, specialty, sticky, sweet, tea, walnut, warming, whole wheat toast, yeast
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Size: 25.4 fl oz
Estimated Calories: 400 C
RateBeer Rating: 99
Aural: opening is explosive, but contained over a few minutes of caution. carbonation is very active and audible, pour after calming is beautiful and quiet.
Aroma 8 out of 10
Malt Aroma: grain bread sweet toast nut
Hops Aroma: earth floral herbal
Other Aroma: fruit cherry, peach,
Notes: inviting, nice, fruity, mild
Appearance 4 out of 5
Clarity: quite cloudy
Head Retention: poor
Notes: head dissipates almost instantly to absolutely nothing. The body is quite beautiful though – murky, cloudy, and reminds you of what it might be like to swim in the dirty seas of countries that have no concern for pollution. Scary, in a way.
Flavor 9 out of 10
Balance: between sweet and bitter. Interesting.
Malt Flavor: rice, Italian bread, whole wheat toast, walnut
Hops Flavor: soil, dying flowers, tea
Other: cherry, celery, peas
Notes: A very interesting, dark taste. Full bodied, deeply flavorful, and not easily drank. Alcohol is expertly hidden.
Palate 5 out of 5
Sensation: sticky, warming
Carbonation: highly carbonated, like seltzer
Balance: more bitter
Notes: A bit of ash, yeast, and tea in the finish. Again, quite interesting mix of fruit, texture, and color.
General Impression: 17 out of 20
Personal Taste: liked quite a bit
Notes: A once in a while treat – not one of my favorites, but glad to have tried it as a specialty.
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