BeerandBlues2 (9599) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 7, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
330 mL bottle. Pours deep mahagony stained wood with a rocky, fizzy tan head, lasting, with lacing that falls. Aroma is yeast (earthy, dirt, cellar, cobwebs) and malt (roasted grain, meal) and faint dark fruit. Dry, fizzy fruit hop, moderate bitterness that leads the way for heavy acidity, dark yeast and malt, cobwebs. Full bodied and dark, dry, spicy palate.
NachlamSie (2755) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2008 bottle. My expectations are very high for this, Iíve been saving it for a few months now. Itís off to a great start with a cloudy, very deep, dark plum hue and a fantastic frothy head. Wow, this smells really awesome. Itís quite sweet but rich with an array of spiced dry fruits and various vinous notes. The aroma is very assertive and complex. The flavor is no let down. It is less sweet in the mouth, savory with a dry plum finish, and highlighted with nutmeg, earth, slight banana, a bit of wood. . .just a plethora of robust spices. The alcohol blends perfectly in the mix and makes it less apparent. The nose is fairly different than the flavor and the two combine quite well with each sip. The head lasts throughout the entire drink and intense lacing marks the chalice. I feel sad and alone when I reach the end.
[August 9, 2007]
Bottle split with Tronraner and Muenster in a blind tasting among Allagash Four, Rochefort 10, and St. Bernardus 12. It was a pleasure to pit this against some worthy beers in a blind to better evaluate the hype. I thought this one was the winner after the taste. It had unmatched richness and excellent, pronounced qualities all around. The pour was beautiful: near black with noticeable carbonation and a well defined head that survived the entire tasting session. The aroma is very bold with spicier, pointed notes of cloves, chocolate covered bananas, earth, bread, figs. This is has most powerful and longest lasting flavor of any example Iíve encountered in the style, yet it maintains delicate balance and intricate complexity.
auderale (605) - Minot, Alabama, USA - FEB 7, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2006 Bottle, 33cl. Pours a dark brown with a nice head. The sweet aroma was awesome. Had a malty, fruity flavor. This is one of my favorite beers of all. Enjoyed this while watching the Steelers win the Super Bowl, made it even better.
Xaivier (2) - Dunedin, Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2006 does not count
4.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I was very impressed this is a well balanced beer, wonderful aroma, flavor was very good. If you havenít had a Trappist Rochefort, you have to go and get one or two, best server in a trappist glass, this is a very fine and elegant beer. I make it a first for anyone of my friends when I introduce them to the world of Belgium Ales.
crazyvin (1933) - New York, USA - FEB 5, 2006
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
brown in color almost black, a bone color head which was only a quater of an inch but had great retention. . a sweet alcholic aroma. Slight carbonation alcohol and dried fruits on the inital taste and a dry finsih. really heavy, full beer.
hatchy (32) - USA - FEB 4, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
pours a clouds dark brown with a slight light tan head. sweet, malty aroma. very complex taste that is sweet and slightly syrupy, but not too syrupy. hints of raisin and a touch of spice. slight sweet, but dry finish. really amazing.
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle Pours a cloudy dark brown with a big creamy light tan head. The lacing is excellent and the head lasts well. Aroma is very pleasent with hints of plum, wood, and cola. Has a soft sweet aroma. Taste is excellent. Carbonation is perfect, the mix is awesome goes down with total ease. I could drink this anytime anyplace. This is a full bodied beer with an oily alcohol texture. Has a touch of a sweet finish, but its very good. I love this beer.
kevin62 (267) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured out a dark red-brown with a beautiful head.The taste has hints of raisins and chocolate.This is a really impressive beer.
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 3, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours medium brown with white head. Aroma is of dark fruits and bread. Flavors the same, but include some caramel and alcohol bite. Too complex to describe all. Nice thick body. Beautiful beer.
redlight (2316) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma if sweet, banana, dates. Dark dark brown, with a thin white head. The flavor has some banana, alcohol, currants, some spice. Very complex, flavor gets better with warmth.