b33r (771) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Milk chocolate brown in color with thick diminishing head. Head is an awesome marbled tan with dark brown veins. A lot of floaties and little lacing. Aroma is rich and vinous with some fruit and alcohol showing. Flavor is similar- very strong malty and fruit filled. Some alcohol notes, especially that pinch in the back of the throat and some tongue numbing. Oily, thick mouthfeel. All around really great. I think I enjoyed the 8 more because the alcohol wasnít as noticeable, but the little extra buzz is worth it
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 5, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(from notes) Bottle. Pours cloudy brown, thin brown head. Nose is fruity and sweet, almost like a fruit roll-up or similar candy. Carbonation present in opening, folds into an extremely smooth sweetness. Smoky, light caramel notes. Really top notch.
entropy1049 (40) - Oxford, Iowa, USA - FEB 4, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark brown and cloudy from a 330. Minimal head, beige in color. A little carbonation is apparent, though not much. Smell is like the 8...bananas, chocolate, roasted malt. Flavor is bananas and chocolate again, with a thick mouthfeel. Not overly sweet. Alcohol baby burn. Great brew, but I may prefer the 8.
TheKegergator (241) - California, USA - FEB 3, 2007
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This, is the first beer i tried and literally said, WOW. The head fell away really quick. Pours a nice, dark brown. The smell, amazing. The taste, WOW. I mean for a 11% ABV, is is amazing it. is this. smooth. The drinkability, see previous sentence
eyesandsmiles (179) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 1, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Absolutely amazing. I hate the fact that Iím so tempted to spend too much money every time I see this. Its complex, powerful, and to be sipped in luxury.
valpoaj (663) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - JAN 30, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thick medium tan head resembled a bubbling cauldron over a murky black body. Aroma lets you know this brew had a solid alcohol content, while also sending hints of chocolate. Amazing flavor and palate...thought when I had Rochefort 8 that I had hit the jackpot, and this took it a step further. Strong brandy undertones are complimented by an extremely complex taste and a smooth palate that leaves a beautiful coating...velvety and perfect level of carbonation...the best Iíve ever had!
paydirt (9) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 29, 2007 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Beautiful creamy head settles into a brown sugary, chocolately aroma that reminds me of how beer "should" taste if I were living in old times drinking from a wooden barrel at some tiny village or hamlet. This beer tastes like silky chocolate Earth. Best beer Iíve tasted in my life.
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 28, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2007 Pours a dark brown with a fast leaving head. Tastes of caramel and fruits. This is what made me love belgian ales.
jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
04. pours a dark brown, with a thin beige head. smells of dark fruits, and vinegar. Very clean smooth taste, slight alcohol burn. Taste very similar to the smells, dark fruits, and even a bubble gum flavor. Very complex and very good.
brstp (201) - - JAN 26, 2007
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Very dark brown color, semi-fluffy tan head. Aroma is of plum, maple syrup, chocolate, a tiny bit of alcohol. Taste becomes better as it warms, much the same as the nose with some alcohol burn and dried fruit. Awesome velvet mouthfeel.
This is way too awesome for my weak palate, will hopefully get better and re-rate soon.