Sombeast (151) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 3, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
BB 06.10.09. Served in a Westmalle trappist glass. Poured agressively, generated a modest, rapidly disappearing head. Dark brown, unclear. Malty aroma, some fruity notes. Full-bodied, rich mouthfeel. Initial alcohol/carbonation sting on the tongue, with some pleasant roasted malt bite. Moderate sweetness. Some subtle heavy dark fruit notes. Warming alcohol quite apparent, but not at all unpleasant. Dry, mildly bitter finish. Quite good, but below expectation.
bruceb (3) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 3, 2007 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pleasent spicy flavor, but I found the alcohol burn to take away from the pleasure of drinking such an expensive beer. The Trappistes Rocheforts are great but dollar for dollar I will stick with the 8 over the 10.
keith0718 (434) - Kansas, USA - MAR 3, 2007
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Wow. 11.3% alcohol and I don’t taste a bit of it. Strong notes of plum and raisin. Helluva beer.
Beffrey2 (36) - Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina, USA - MAR 1, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
My very first abt/quadrupel! And I loved it. Worth the hype for sure. The aroma and the taste is very strong of caramel or butterscotch. I don’t know which one, but leaning towards the butterscotch. I don’t taste any fruit or chocolate. The head was long lasting along with the lacing. The beer was thick/creamy and a cloudy brown. Very good indeed!
LinusStick (3201) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In my second round of Battle of the Belgians it was Rochefort 10 vs. St Bernardus 12 and the two were neck and neck. The Rochefort was stronger. The pour was a dark brown that you could not see through. Thick tan puffy head with a lot of lacing. The aroma was dark fruit and yeast. The taste was a strong mix of dark fruits, yeast and even an aftertaste of chocolate after it warmed up. I hate raisins but in beer they are OK. Alcohol burn is present but does not feel like 11.3%.
mugabe (258) - SWEDEN - MAR 1, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Discrete, but fresh and fruity aroma - dark plum, no coffee. Creamy, full taste, sweet and fruity with a spicy warmth of alcohol that is a tad too prominent for me. Less balanced and full than the Westvleteren 12, imho, but still an experience.
Amaj80HC (13) - 9, BELGIUM - MAR 1, 2007
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I prefer the Rochefort trappists (8 and 10) above the St Sixtus. Not only that, but it is everywhere available at a reasonably price.
What i like is the fact that you don’t have to wait 3 months before consuming it like a westie. The carbonation is just how i like it and the foam is always present. Carbonation and foam last at least half an hour, which is the time you should take anyway to enjoy this godgiven present. Very very attractive indeed. A great surplus is the consistency between different brews/batches. Not something i can say about the westies.
FLnative80 (174) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours an opaque, very dark brown, almost black color that creates a light, but frothy head. A malty, raisin aroma followed by smooth, balanced palate. Lightly sweet flavor with an almost creamy texture, finishing off with a great aftertaste. An amazing beer.
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - FEB 28, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Worth the price. Accurately ranked so high. Pours purely with a nice robust head. The flavor is tremendous and long lasting. Best drank with some dark belgian chocolate
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - FEB 25, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, pours a deep cloudy brown with a nice tan head that slowly turns patchy. Wow, the aroma grabs your attention from across the room, and is bursting with plum, raisin, apricot, blackberry, and too many more dark fruits to even put my finger on. The taste is creamy and rich, slight carbonation, with plenty to ponder on the palate, and just a touch of alcohol blending in. Easy to see why this is at the top of the beer world.