kdm1984 (814) - Missouri, USA - NOV 16, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2013 Large, thick head with thick rings of lacing and sediment at the bottom. Aroma of dark purple and red fruits like grapes, raisins, cherries, cranberries, and apples. Flavor is all of the aforementioned along with bready malts. ABV incredibly well-hidden as with #10 - no burn despite being over 9%! Rochefort is incredible with this. Only complaint - a bit too much acid. Otherwise, smooth and well-balanced. Reminds me of a better version of Brother Thelonius by North Coast - a fine beer in its own right. Basically, this is almost as good as their legendary 10. SECOND TASTING NOTES: Not as much acid this time. Drinking it slightly warmer. Tasting more brown sugar and molasses. Butterscotch and caramel, too, including in the aroma. Carbonation is very high - like soda bubbles on the mouth at first. This is so tasty - 9% ABV is well-hidden.
HopsandBolts (203) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 2, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330 ml bottle from the LCBO.
Appearance: Pours a
hazy light brown with over a finger of tan head. Shorter retention and very little lacing.
Biscuit and bready malts.
Belgian yeast, dark malts, prunes, walnuts, brown sugar and hints of milk chocolate.
Average viscosity and higher carbonation.
Overall: This is a nice Belgian ale but no where near as enjoyable as the Rochfort 10 in my opinion. Lots going on in the aromas and flavours but I don’t get the subtle nuances that I got with Rochfort 10.
Campy877 (184) - Michigan, USA - SEP 2, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the Green Bud in Atsugi, Japan. Nice balance between malt and Belgian trippel alcohol aftertaste. Fruit blend of raspberry and malt. Tasty!
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NiekHart (4) - Haren, NETHERLANDS - SEP 1, 2015 does not count
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice dark beer.
Caramel, black, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, sticky, lively, long finish,
UXO (871) - CANADA - AUG 30, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: mostly clear deep amber with two growing fingers of fluffy light tan head, excellent retention and minimal lacing. (4/5) Aroma: mild, dark fruit, brown sugar, chocolate, bread, honey, spices. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, mild bitter. (10/10) Palate: medium-full body, lively carbonation, semi-dry medium duration gently warming finish. (4/5)
Not as light and easy-drinking as the 6, not as complex and interesting as the 10. Don’t get me wrong - still a pretty darned good beer, but I’m not sure I’d bother with this particular one again, seeing how it kind of bridges the gap between its two brethren. (17/20)
Dal9000 (318) - Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
sampled at 2015 Dayton Alefest = pours dark malt with no head. Delicate hint of sweet spiced caramel but very soft. Creamy finish.
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taylorderek (37) - - AUG 30, 2015
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into a tulip glass. The copper body produces a large head with a moderate thickness that dissipates to about an inch high after a few minutes. The beer is very carbonated and yet gentle on the tongue with a short finish. A fruity aroma is coupled with a sour/semisweet flavour.
robinn93 (54) - Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
330ml bottle at home. Purs a dark brown beer with a good head. Very sweet, dried fruits, lots of spices.
XeniaU (1) - BELGIUM - AUG 28, 2015 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Deep, overwhelming taste of bread, amazing smell and a sweet, lovely aftertaste. This is an amazing example of trappist belgian beer.
Zakoon (287) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 25, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle enjoyed @ home. Pours dark reddish brown with an off-white head. Aroma is raisins, prunes, caramel, nutty, yeast and belgian candi sugar. Flavour is medium sweet. Medium bodied, a little lively carbonation. Finish is dark dried fruits and a hint of alcohol. I like the big brother much better.
Kleurplaatje (100) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 23, 2015
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours dark brown with a beautiful, thick, lasting off-white head. Fair amount of sediment in the glass. Aroma of chocolate, yeast, a tad of alcohol, loads of malts and dried fruits, raisins, plums, spices as well... Complex indeed, and almost amazing. Didn’t like the alcoholic smell though. Despite being not that strong, it kind of bugs me a bit. Tastewise, I’ve got nothing to complain. Beautiful soft, almost creamy-like taste of nuts, chocolate, dark fruits, great yeasty notes, spices, some sweet-breaded notes, cloves, liquorice. Nice smooth bitterness towards the end, soft sweet and spicy in the aftertaste. Truly beautiful. Beautiful creamy texture, full bodied... Smoother than its stronger brother and therefore, the 8 is just one up on the 10. True silk in the glass. Its smoothness accompanied with it’s great complexity and wonderful balance, makes this brew a masterpiece of craftsmanship. Perfection at its finest.