Brune – Abbaye Des Rocs

O’hare’s Beer Club December 2013 Box

From the Abbaye Des Rocs out of Montignies-sur-Rocs, Belgium comes their “Brune” a Belgian Strong Ale.  This beer pours a dark ruby colour with an off white head with some sediment present.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, spices, dark fruits and some raisins.  The flavour is of sweet dark fruits, raisins, roasted malts, toffee, cherries, spice, bitterness and some warmth.  The alcohol content comes in at 9%.  This Brune is a very good beer an I will be hunting down a bottle or three more for future enjoyment!

Commercial Description:  Abbaye des Rocs (9% alcohol vol.) is a pure malt beer, with no added sugar. The entire range of tastes is directly linked to the double fermentation, the precise quantities of malts (7 types) as well as the mixtures of three kinds of hops (Belgian, German and Czech). Its colour is a striking deep and majestic red. Its taste is rich and full of subtlety. It is tasted like a red wine with which it shares the ruby colour without having the tannin. It develops a strong sweet smell. It confirms the initial impression in the first mouthful, with a sharp body that is balanced with a certain fruitiness. It frees itself on the palate and develops an impressive depth of taste. Some traces of burnt wood are detectable, but never scorched even if it contains this kind of malt. The foretaste is very prolonged because of its rich and unctuous development throughout the mouth. The bitter and sugar tendencies (even though there is no sugar in its composition) compete and come back together to the taster’s great satisfaction. It is a deep, mystic and extremely mature beer to be classed among the great products of our soil.

Food Pairing according to O’hare’s Beer Club notes are as follows:  Rochefort Cheese

Click here to check out the December 2013 Box

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