WhiteSoxFan (152) - USA - MAY 5, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
333 ml bottle. Bottle conditioned. Very cloudy, deep brown. Tiny bit of red hues when held to the light, but mostly brown. Huge 2+" creamy, smooth, rocky tan head that stays around. Big, thick lacing. Big thick layer of foam stays to the end. Aroma is not too strong, but is spicy, belgian yeasts, maybe some cloves. Got stronger as it warmed. Definitely some alcohol, raisins. Almost wine-like. Flavor - hint of bitterness up front, then almost chocolaty, malty smooth, definite alcohol warmth after the swallow. Some sugary sweetness. Tart, but really smooth at the same time. Palate is medium to full bodied. High level of carbonation lightens it up a bit. Overall very good and hides 11% exceptionally well. Really complex. I had a hard time picking out distinct flavors. Look forward to trying this again many more times.
TrappistMike (11) - GERMANY - MAY 5, 2006
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of the best beers Iíve ever had, Iím a big fan of the Rochefort 8 and this is just as good maybe a little better for some people. Very complex with notes of bananas and roasted nuts and a sweet leather like taste. Very strong alcohol presence but not overpowering.
KoenRamone (4) - Bocholt, BELGIUM - MAY 5, 2006 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
this Beer is served in heaven. I think it is probably the best beer in the world. A stark alcoholic taste, but sweet. Very profound and bitter. It also smells like a beer should smell.
DuffMan (7622) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 4, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2007 This is unbeleivable! It deserves careful consideration. Muddy brown-- and by that I mean dark with loads of sediment. Big light brown head that collapses to nothing rather quickly. The aromas are a little crazy: sweet and rich caramelized banana, butter toffee, nutmeg, raisins, and maybe a hint of bubblegum. Heavy mouthfeel, creamy, sweet toffee, banana, brown sugar, earthy yeast and more sweet spices. Very bold warm alcohol that is present but well integrated, adding depth rather than harshness. A true masterpiece.
LearninBeer (417) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAY 4, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured with no head and no lacing. Poured out orange/brown but is now cloudy chocolate brown. The aroma is of chocolate, raisins and a hint of banana. The flavor is very good kind of chocalate long lasting, hits the back of the tongue. Very good but in reading the other comments I think I need to find a fresher bottle, this one was Sept. 19, 2005.
jb (2434) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 3, 2006
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Quite a dark cloudy beer. Had orange highlights as it poured but difficult to see color when all poured. Thick full tan head with great retention. Well carbonated but small bubbles. Aroma of dark fruit, alcohol, yeast and molasses. Palate of yeast (sour), chocolate, toffee; alcohol well hidden but warming in palate. Creamy mouthfeel. Finish with a bit of hops and sugar blending in the outro. Nice.
winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - MAY 3, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a cloudy dark reddish brown with a full off white head and good lacing. One of the more complex aromas of any beer I have had to date. Dark fruits, anise, clove and a malty nuttiness. Flavors are bountiful but not as rich as the aroma lends itself to. Caramel and molasses join in with fruit and nut flavors. Light in body with very high prickly carbonation robs some of the character from this beer. A higher finishing gravity and more body would really help here. Still a fantasting product.
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 2, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy brown color with a large frothy head. Aroma of fruits and malts. Sweet fruit flavor then it turns malty. The alcohol is much more apparent than in the Rochefort 8. I think I prefer the 8, the alcohol gets in the way of the flavor compared to the 8. Thats just nitpicking though, this is an awesome beer.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 2, 2006
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2010 Pours with a huge, light tan, foamy, creamy head with excellent longevity and Belgian lace all over the place; color is dark chocolate brown with no clarity, yet still with visible effervescence. Finally the head settles to smell the nose which is excellent; notes of plum, prune, raisin, brown sugar, pound cake, spicy wisps of alcohol, some leafy/perfumey hops, and cherry. Flavor is powerful with chocolate and raisin; other complexities include cherries, plum, a coffee tinge to add bitterness, and even anise and black currant (as the description suggests); a little port-like. Palate is soft to lively and round with a full body, and chewy. Finish is long and sweet with a slight warming and notes of cake, chocolate, currant, and coffee. Even young this beer is amazing, one of these days I will try to hold on to the beer long enough to see how it ages. Truly a king among abts.
damienv10 (108) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark brown/mocha in body with a light tan head and nice lacing. Nose is initially perfumy and rootbeer. As it warms up, itís pungent with dark stewed fruit (plum, currant, raisin, apricot), spices (clove, cadamom...), dank basement, and something perfumy I canít put my finger on. So far, the best smelling beer Iíve ever had. Sharp carbonation and heavy roundness on the palate. Dark malts are the first taste, mocha, stewed raisin pear & plum, and a bit of rootbeer. It finishes with chocolatey hoppy bitterness at the same time the 11.3% alcohol flushes my throat and face with warmth. Damn this is good.