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06/17/06 02:14 PM  
Abbaye des Rocs Grand Cru rcp
Anyone have any thoughts on Abbaye Des Rocs Grand Cru's recipe? BLAM says that AdR does all-malt brews and tends toward complex grain bills with numerous spices. I just tried this at Toronado in San Francisco last weekend and was blown away by the deep, floral aroma.

What do you figure is the source of the flowery notes? I was reminded a little bit of Sierra Nevada's wheat, which to me smelled strongly of roses. I know they use Strisselspalt in that, which makes me wonder if that's the connection. BLAM also mentions in one of the yeast/temp charts floral character as an output of (I think) WLP500 for a medium-high heat.

Finally, anyone have any suggestions for sourcing this and other more esoteric Belgian beers in the SF Bay Area? Toronado is great, but the prices are pretty steep, especially on the bottled stuff. I've been harrassing Fred's Market on University in Berkeley to carry Fantome and some others, but they've been slow to respond. Luka's Taproom in Oakland has a great selection, but at $25 a bottle for stuff in 75cl format that's a special occasion kind of place. Liquid Solutions is my last resort, since I'll have to save up a big order to make the shipping worth while.

06/20/06 08:39 AM  
Re: Abbaye des Rocs Grand Cru rcp
From the importer website:


from Brasserie Des Rocs has a rich, complex fruit aroma of cherries, golden raisins, peaches, and assorted dried fruits, laced with honey and caramel. The taste is smooth with rich flavors reminiscent of cherries dipped in caramel, finishing with notes of chocolate, roasted almonds, and a hint of molasses.

Beer Style:..... Belgian Abbey Brown Ale

Alcohol by Volume:..... 9.5%

Characteristics:..... Deep brown, rich and complex brown ale

Ingredients:..... Pale, Munich, caramel, aromatic and roasted malts, Hallertau, Saaz, Styrie and Brewers Gold hops

Matt Walker (mwsf)
06/20/06 07:20 PM  
Re: Abbaye des Rocs Grand Cru rcp
I'm pretty sure Ledger's on University in Berkeley has Abbaye des Rocs Grand Cru. You might also check Plumpjack in SF. And maybe City Beer in SF?
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