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Beer #17 – January 17, 2010: Brasserie des Rocs Brune

January 17, 2010

Beer: Brasserie des Rocs Brune

Brewery: Abbaye des Rocs, Honnelles, Belgium

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Serving Type: Bottle

Price: Unknown – part of a mixed gift pack

Availability: Year-round

Glassware: Goblet

Strength: 9.0% ABV (alcohol by volume)

Drinkability: Incredibly smooth, with the 9% alcohol well masked with rich flavors.  Easy to drink, rich, but not overly complex.

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Pours a translucent deep ruby brown with a fizzy cream-colored head.

Aroma: Cocoa powder, cherry and port.

Mouthfeel: Moderate tiny bubbles of carbonation lead to a relatively full mouthfeel.

Taste: A cocoa syrupy sweetness (like Bosco) leads into deep fruit flavors of chocolate-covered cherries and raisins.  Butterscotch and port come through near the finish.  Straightforward, rich, and enjoyable.

Pairing: Dark 70%  Green & Black chocolate.  While the chocolate flavors in the beer meld, the bitter in the dark chocolate contrasts and brings forward the dark fruit flavors in the beer.

Trivia: 365 days.  365 different beers.  I knew all along that I wasn’t the first to attempt this.  One recently completed “year of beer” was made by Al at  Al pointed me to another man, Dale Van Wieren who just last year passed the 10,000 beer threshold. Amazing!

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