The Abbaye des Rocs Brewery
The Abbaye des Rocs Brewery has its roots in a little picturesque village, a true green spot in an area since populated with flourishing industries. Brewing activities started in 1979. Production capacity was then 50 litres every two weeks. In 1987 the producers made a new building that could house 1500 l vats. Co-operative society formed.In 1991 registration of brands and construction of a building for fermentation and storage of finished products. 1993 transformation from co-operative society to limited company. Purchase of new equipment for bottling (cleaning, bottling, stoppering, bottle casing and labelling). In 1994 and 1995 production was 600 hl. In 1996 production is close to 1,000 hl, construction of new warehouse and installation of new brewing room able to produce 50 hl per vat.
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.