SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 14, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2006 2004 bottle consumed on 5/26/06. Pours a nice dark brown color with a small foamy white head. Head receedes to a small film. Nose is dried fruit, apricots and cherries, with some light dates and chocolate notes. Palate is thick and chewy with a nice dry alcohol note. Flavors of chocolate and dates with some nice grape skin. A very nice vinous and grape skin note and finishes dry and alcholholic.
shotgun1431 (126) - franklin furnace, Ohio, USA - AUG 12, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown with a hint of red and a nice tan head. The aroma is malty and fruity. lots of carbonation and a slight fruity, malty and alcohol flavor. It will warm you from the inside out. Very nice!
CamdenD (1092) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 12, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow. Opened up the 33cl bottle and wham! Out came.. blue cheese? WTF? Rochefort cheese? Is this a joke? Intense blue cheese nose gave way slowly to a just as strong alcohol-plum nose. Nice lingering aftertaste, akin to a port. Well-hopped however, and this beer retains a nice bitterness that coincides nicely with the full creamy abt normalcy. Only complaint: comparatively thin to the W12.
Zeswaft (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2007 This pours murky, muddy water brown with white head. Bubbles are pretty large. Aroma is very nutty. Flavor is not that great. It seems like itís made very well. no alcohol presence and subtle malty notes but not that different from any other of these beers that iíve had. They all taste the same to me. I hoped this one would let me see the light but it didnít itís pretty good but not great. Not my favorite style. Rerate again. I still donít get this beer. itís not good, let alone top 10. it tastes like alcohol and dirty water.
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 8, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
My 100th rating (finally!). Man, what a monster of a beer. Pours a very deep brown with a good head and all sorts of shit at the bottom of the glass. Looks like yeast but one can never be too sure! Smell is very malty, with deep fruit undertones and a bit of alcohol. Some chocolatiness is present as well. Flavor hits you like a bulldozer with intense malt, rich spiciness. Definite sweetness about midway through but dissipates into an almost non-existant finish. No hoppage to be found (although hops are indeed an ingredient, if "hops" in german means "hops" in english). Palate is thick and and incredibly creamy in the finish. Very nice.
Nagash (207) - Paris, FRANCE - AUG 8, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, spices, strong taste and aroma. Absolutely excellent, even the strong alcohol % is not noticed in taste.
Tatterdash (10) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2005
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured an impressive brown with a hint of plum and a lingering tan head. Smell was very impressive as well, floral with plum and prune esters, probably the best smelling beer I have smelled. Taste, this is worth noting, it started very stealthy, dark fruits, and some malts, but going down it is smooth, almost unbelivably so. The world slowed to a crawl around me and for what seemed like an eternity there was nothing be me and the beer. I heard a buzzing in my ears and noticed my friend what talking to me, I told him to give me a minute. It is a very complex beer with a velvety-smooth mouthfeel and I really must try it again to take it all in. Outstanding, if I could afford to drink this all day I probably would.
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
11.2 oz bottle: Lasting mocha brown & cream colored head on a muddy brown body. Biscuity, bready, and yeasty w/ hints of alcohol. Caramel & toffee w/ a floral & dried raisiny fruit; Some toasted malt as well w/ a spicy & herbal hop aroma. Malty @ first but finishes bitter & herbal hop flavored. More well balanced as it warms w/ raisiny, alcohol, and toasted malt flavors. Lingering bitter aftertaste w/ some yeasty and bready malt notes.. Alcohol is very present. Smooth at first, but becomes dry and borderline astringent between the hops & alcohol. Higher level of carbonation and mediumb body. A bit hot in the mouth for total enjoyment, but still an impressive beer with some very nice subtleties.
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2008 This is my rating nummer 100, what to rate? Of course one of my favorites "Rochefort 10".
33 cl Bottle. Yeast in bottom. A beutiful rocky foam overtop of this amazing dark brown coloured beer. ( Remember not to put all the beer in the glass, the yeast in the bottom will kill the foam.) Very good complex aroma of tobacco, dried fruit, alcohol, sweetness malty tones and hints of hops. Very tasty mouthfull with notes of complexity, roastet malt, a good long aftertaste, that ends with a nice varm feeling. A very impressing beer.
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 3, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Now thatís what a beer should look like. And taste like. Poured dark brown, and so opaque that I couldnít see any light through it at all. The head was very generous, and showed no signs of receding (in fact there were still traces remaining when I polished it off about 30 minutes later - bloody phone!!). A glorious roasted malt taste, with molasses and spicy fruits. The flavour is slightly bitter, but only so much as too say "drink more". Quite a creamy feel in the mouth, although all this conceals a deadly alcoholic kick. The end of this glass was seemingly more pleasant than the beginning, but Iím not sure whether itís due to the content tending to the ambient temperature (a warm winters night) or the alcohol coursing through my veins. A brilliant, but expensive drink.