Saturday, December 15, 2012
Abbaye des Rocs Spéciale Noël
In the nose is a bit of toffee, some sweet/dark fruits, and almost a bit of a sea salt / sea air vibe.
The flavour was roastier than I thought it'd be, especially in the finish. Kind of like coffee and nuts. The main part of each sip, though, says this is a bit lacklustre or past its prime, even though its best before date is next summer. With some warmth, it got a bit better, showing off some sugary sweetness and a bit of orange peel.
Perhaps overcarbonated, it also feels a bit thin - and airy from the bitterness / alcohol.
Overall, this is fair to OK, but underwhelming (if that's a word... actually, I know it's not 'cause I looked it up - it's one of those skills that I learned in my school). Also, by the end of the last glass, that glut of unavoidable fatty-looking yeast blobs detracts from the experience a bit.