Indy (87) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark amber in color with a slightly cloudy orange glow. Creamy white head settled quickly into a comfortable position,
Fruity, sweet, and almost meaty aroma...robust and very interesting.
Effervescent and light while still feeling solid. Full flavored, slightly sweet. Somewhat resinous and woody with a bit of an astringent quality.
Complexity = great.
LesStewart (11) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, one of the most ballanced beers Iíve ever had! A brilliant beer with a beautiful head I just wish I could afford more.
wineandbrew (40) - Steilacoom, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bought @ Steilacoom Wine and Brew... Pours a little less carbonated than some Belgian beer, but still a heady beer. I can smell the malts while I am still pouring it, definately raisin, prune, fig etc. very enticing aroma. Mouth is reminicent of the nose, a VERY big beer with many layers, alcohol warming as I drink, WOW... the flavors donít stop, Malty yes, fruity, complex. Definately one of the best, this beer lives up to itís reputation every time I have one... Those crazy Monks!
FistFullOfCats (163) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2006
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Number 100. Thatís pretty exciting. I figured Iíd make sure it was a good one. Bottle. Pours a dark and opaque brown...this stuff lets no light through. Nice thick and creamy tan head that sticks around. Initial aroma is malty...caramel, light English toffee...canned strawberries...saccharine...grapes...apple and orange blossoms...fruit cake. Amaretto? Apparently. First taste really hits the left and right sides of the tongue at the back of the throat with...hmm...sour apples. Super malty. Like a box of naked whoppers. The alcohol is really prevalent here. Berries...raspberries, strawberries. More like unripe strawberries. Carnation...there is something else floral in here that I canít quite place, but itís not rose. Guess I need to eat more flowers. Finishes with smoky oak, sugared raisins, old coffee, dates, and lots of alcohol. Oh, and a touch of caramel. Well, it happens to be warming my chest now, and I feel full even though I havenít eaten in 4 hours. Texture is really nice, like milk, and the head adds a little bit of creaminess. So Iím a bit torn. It is very complex, with aromas, flavors, and aftertastes that are so different from one another (and diverse in their own right) that my my mouth got all confused. Most certainly a well crafted beer. That being said, I just plain didnít enjoy it as much as other Trappist ales Iíve had the pleasure of sampling. The kicker for me is the alcohol, which in my opinion is far too prevalent. Iím still going to give this one a big overall score, because the craft and history behind this beer are unmistakable. I have a bottle of the 8 in the fridge right now; Iím curious to say the least.
jcr (2187) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 7, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown pour dotted with sediment. Tight-bubbled head that ever-so-slowly recedes. Fruity aroma filled with banana, plum, cherry, toffee with a note of the earthiness and alcohol. The flavor is complex and sweet though there is an undercurrent of mustiness. Ripe plums dominate, but there is a note of caramel and brown sugar and a slight burn from the alcohol. The body fills the mouth without being sticky and is comfortable on the palate. Outstanding.
oh6gdx (20253) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 7, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled. Dark brown colour with beige mediumsized longlasting head. Aroma of plum, raisins, some sweet malts and yeast. Weak barnyardishness also there. Flavour is yeast, sweet caramellish malts and a nice sting of alcohol. Some mouldy/earthy hints complete the wellbalancedness of the beer.
mabjork (668) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 7, 2006
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled. Dark brown with a rich white head. The aroma is fruity and has a scent of smoke. the flavour on the other hand is smoky with a "sting". It also has a malty after taste.
BobbyW3363 (154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 6, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow, Iím really impressed with this one. I bought it not knowing how high up on the ratings list it was. It has a very nice off-white head and is dark brown in color with some suspended yeast barely visible. Wonderful, sweet, fruity aroma, with some hints of toffee and vanilla. The flavor is excellent and very complex. Sweet, fruity, caramelly, roasted malt flavors, with hints of chocolate. The flavor is well balanced and much more complex than I am able to describe. Mouthfeel is excellent with light carbonation and a pleasant, malty sweet finish. This was a pleasant surprise that Iíll be buying again soon.
hagar (4) - Den Helder, NETHERLANDS - JAN 6, 2006 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
When the days are becomming shorter, this the beer you should drink in front of an open fire...
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(12.26.05) 11.2 oz (330 mL) brown bottle received as gift. 11.3% ABV. Batch L060710, 10:06. Hazy brown Belgium Trappist ale having a small diminishing tan head with spare lacing. Soft carbonation. Fruity and light sweet malt aromas. Full bodied with smooth texture that starts with rich light malt sweetness, dried fruit (plums?), and peppery alcohol. Finishes dry with light malt aftertaste. Definite alcoholic warmth. A delicious Belgium ale which tasted much better than the Rochefort 8 in a side-by-side comparison. Moreover, the Rochefort 10 was more complex and flavorful than the Westvleteren 12. Thanks Tom for the bottle.