Sunday, 5 June 2011


The brewery was founded in 1979 in the small southern Belgian village of Montignies-sur-Rocs in Hainaut province, between Mons, Belgium and Valenciennes, France. The brewery itself is located just a few hundred yards from the ruins of a 12th century abbey (Abbey des Rocs) and it is from this that the brewery takes their name.

Pours a deep, dark, brick red that appears cloudy but is in fact full of yeast particles, topped with a gorgeous, massive, tan coloured creamy head that slowly fades to leave behind a constant centimetre covering.

Divine, deep aroma of sweet candy, chocolate, brown sugar, dark fruits (figs and cherries) finishing with a roasted edge - and with a start like that you know you are in for something special., sweet roasted caramel malts fill your mouth along with light spices then a definite cherry fruitiness follows, providing a slight tart note that perfectly balances out the sweetness. As the beer warms more flavours emerge - chocolate and oak, a light carbonation gives the perfect mouthfeel.       

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