A Note on This Beer
Even if your beer passport is filled with legendary Belgians, it’s time to add another page just for Abbaye des Rocs’ Grand Cru. Brewed in a humble brick building on the outskirts of a tiny Belgian town, this luxurious strong elixir is beloved by beer insiders who rank it alongside the greats of Westvleteren and Rochefort.
One of the world’s Top 10 Belgian Ales, it blows our minds that many Belgian fans don’t even know of its existence. With one sip of its 9% ABV honey-soaked plum and cherry-like flavors, you’ll succumb to its once-hidden treasures.
Once you open the bottle, the secret’s out -- Grand Cru is a trove of Belgian delights complete with layers of booze-soaked stollens, golden raisins, dark caramels, figs, and the everlasting presence of tawny port wine. Perhaps this quality comes from Abbaye des Rocs’ use of natural well water, or that no added sugar was used (just pure malt). Whatever the case, its deep complexity surprises even the most hardcore Belgian fans, while its full body and slick carbonation lends a vinous quality akin to dry Bordeaux.
Once the beer arrives at your front door, invite your fellow Belgian aficionados for a tasting of this complex beer -- you’ll surprise them with this under the radar, dark and fruity gem they wish they’d tried before.
Perfect 100s across the board on RateBeer; #10 Ranked Belgian Strong Dark on BeerAdvocate
Brasserie de l’Abbaye des Rocs - Grand Cru - $12.99 for a 750ml bottle
Style: Belgian Strong Dark, ABV: 9.0%