uhre (384) - DENMARK - JUL 2, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2007 The aroma is rich on alcohol and no wonder with over 11%. You can also smell the malt and perhaps some fruit, which I couldn’t really figure out what. It tastes a bit burned malt and caramel and then of course the alcohol which warms. A very nice beer - the best of the Rochefort!
cbeers21 (693) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2007
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours deep brown with solid foamy lite-brown head. The alcohol is apparent on the aroma and and at first whiff seems to dominate, but it is merely just one scent in the bouquet. Figs and raisins are definately present on the nose as well as some bready, yeasty hints. Plums, peaches and raisins are on the palate, but there are also subtle hints of caramel and lingering spice: coriander, cloves and pepper...intriguing. The alcohol and warming effect are present but not overwhelming. The flavors certainly are complex and seemed to evolve throughout the tasting. Nicely carbonated and very drinkable for such a high abv, which is carefully balanced within the entirety of the beer. This beer deserves the reputation it has of being one of the best in the world. Fantastic!
gmcase (115) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. Impressive head with very dark color. Good flavors but I love the carbonation and lacing. B EAU TIFUL.
derst27 (35) - Hackettstown, New Jersey, USA - JUN 29, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, bought in Northern New Jersey. Solid, tall head with a rich dark color. Aroma has a hint of raisins and fruit. The flavor has a long pull of fruits, possibly currant with a smooth finish and chocolate finish. Great drink from start to finish, for 11.3% its absurdly smooth, fantastic beer to drink slow and enjoy.
leeburg (230) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUN 27, 2007
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2008 Dark dark brown, thin bubbly, fluffy white head. The last few drops left chocolatey brown spots on the top of the head. Candy, malts, plums, raisins, chocolate. Almost painfully good. Those aromas are in there somewhere, but they jump around like crazy. Light bitter, nice alcohol finish. Extremely complex. Phenomenal.
Re-rate: Mostly the same, but without the complexity I remember. Different experience this time.
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - JUN 26, 2007
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2007 The 3rd member of my Holy Trinity of Beer, along with Westvleteren 12 and Struise Pannepot. First time, bottle @ Peculier Pub, New York. Pours deep brown, almost black, with an off-white head. The aroma is very malty with fruit and subtle spicy notes thrown in. On the tongue, this is one of the most complex beers you will ever taste. The flavors shift as you savor the beer, and the monks have done a tremendous job masking the (considerable) alcohol. I never wanted this beer to end; I could drink it morning ’till night, every day. Fabulous brew.
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured dark brown with tan head. Aroma of fruit, spice, and malt. Very appealing. Taste started off with some fruit and sweet malt and finished with a spicy floral hops bitterness. Very complex brew. I couldn’t even tell it was 11% until I was finished!
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 25, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2007 Bottle at the Waterhuis bar in Ghent (Belgium), black with a large pillowy tan head. A beautifully sweet and spicy malt aroma with a (not surprising) obvious presense of alcohol. The palate is rich and heavy, with some sourness to cut through. Roasted malt flavours with nutmeg spice. I could sip this all night,
blklab2007 (2118) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 22, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2012 I have to say these beers are the best available Trappist beers out there. the 10 is definitely one to savor as there is a lot going on in that glass. pours a dark brown with little head. thicker in taste than the other two but the alcohol does not overpower it. how did i go for so long without knowing of this one i don’t know.
norsedoc (248) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2009 Straight out of the fridge, I was underwhelmed. Head retention wasn’t so good. As it warmed, it really opened up. Scent of raisin, cocoa, nutmeg, clove. Lively intense roasted, nutty malt with spiced finish. Sweet is balanced well with a little sour.