michcam8 (293) - Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Drank from a tulip glass. Cola cola with little head. Not much lacing left on the glass. Lot’s of floaties in the glass, tasty yeasty bread bugers. Aroma is not too overwhelming which is nice. You pick up the rasins, bread, malt, clove and belgium spices. Taste and palate are bar none. Very smooth, no detection of alcohol, light carbination and a creamy mouthful. Taste of dry fruits, bread, dough, malts and yeast. Excellent beer and would love to drink again.
Fashawn (85) - Montesarchio, ITALY - SEP 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Una birra dal castano scuro, quasi nera, e quasi impenetrabile con una bella schiuma, spugnosa ed abbastanza persistente. Al naso porta il cioccolato, con della frutta nera, tipo prugne ed uva, tenute sotto spirito. Il sapore è abbastanza complesso, ma non mi fa impazzire. Ritrovo un po’ di cioccolato, ed un po’ della stessa frutta. Una buona birra, non direi il contrario. Ma, non una birra che mi faccia impazzire.
freretoc (707) - Besançon, FRANCE - SEP 20, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bue en bouteille de 33cl, couleur brune, effervescence et mousse marron moyenne. Bière avec une attaque très fort sur le caramel et le grillé, avec l’arrière goût caractéristique banane de la Rochefort assez bien levurée... Une tuerie
kevinator (934) - The Colony, Texas, USA - SEP 19, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Strong Belgian and bread aroma. Soft brown color with a good head. Weighted palate with a smooth feel. Strong bready malts like a dubbel with a caramel and yeasty finsh. Truly good.
Ionlyrate5s (100) - New York, USA - SEP 19, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This was my fav of the Rocheforts. Even at 9+ it was so so drinkable almost slmmable, but don’t get enough of it to waste on a chug. Dried fruit slight peach, earthy low hops, dry crisp finish. GREAT!
DomD (59) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - SEP 18, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from bottle. Aroma of fruit. Appearance is a very dark brown with significant tan head. Medium bitter taste with a dry finish. A really great Belgian Strong Ale.
samzim (205) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yeasty scent with chocolate and honey notes. Opaque dark brown colour. Flavour of molasses, figs, and milk chocolate. Medium body with high carbonation. A really tasty beer.
Darkmagus82 (1334) - - SEP 16, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Transfer from BA review on 6-28-13-
Poured from bottle into a chalice glass
Appearance- Pours as a very hazy mahogany color with a big and billowy off white head. The head has a moderate level of retention, fading over time to leave a decent level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell- Initially when poured the beer has a more brown bread aroma mixed with a more mild dark fruit aroma of cherry and raisin. Mixed with these smells is a lighter yeasty
smell. As the brew warms the darker fruits become more potent in aroma at the expense of the more bready smell. The cherry in particular begins to shine more with the yeasty aromas intensifying as well. This mixes with a bit of spice and a lighter boozy aroma to produce a rather classic and delicious Belgian strong dark like smell.
Taste – The taste begins with a bready flavor mixed with a good dark fruit mix of cherry, raisin and plum. As the flavors advance the cherry grows stronger in flavor with more yeasty and spice flavors of coriander and clove coming to the tongue. Along this time a light boozy flavor starts working its way to the taste buds, remaining at a low constant level throughout the remainder of the taste. In the end a little bit of an almost grassy like bitter flavor comes to the tongue to leave a satisfying mix of warming alcohol and dark fruit flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the averages side in terms of creaminess and thickness with a rather high level of carbonation. The higher carbonation mixed with the medium body create a rather crisper feel even for a brew of 9.2 % nicely complimenting the dark fruit flavors of the beer.
Overall-A quite tasty brew overall. Not quite to the level of the 10 but extremely tasty none the less.
Tusseladd (2) - - SEP 16, 2014 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Honestly one of the best beers I’ve tasted. Actually prefer this one over Rochefort 10. Rich aroma and taste that changes with the temperature. Out of the 1000+ beers I’ve tasted this is still in my top 3.
Wixie (24) - BELGIUM - SEP 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown, large head. Fruity aroma (a bit of cheese). Full body, average carbonation. Taste is bitter.
adamnowek (55) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I’m with the guys below that said this was reminiscent of wood and/or fruitcake. Both are accurate and in no way demeaning to this brew.