dmradus (227) - Ithaca, New York, USA - FEB 6, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2007 Rating 100, bottle from the Evil Eye in York. Pours an immense, rocky, and classically Rochefort tan-tinged head with huge bubbles. The edges fade before the middle, leaving a plateau of foam on top of a dark brown beer with ruby highlights. Slight sediment despite leaving the last few ounces in the bottle. Aroma is mild at first but picks up as this warms: clove, cinnamon, a slight earthy must, dark stone fruits and candy. More than slightly tinged with alcohol, making my nose tickle. I needed to fend off the head to get to the nectar below. Once I finally did, I was hit with loads of spice - clove, nutmeg, black pepper - all of which have a lasting stay on the tongue. Plums and raisins predominate but this is not overly sweet as the spice balances it well. Slight pine, finish is caramel and slightly burnt notes with a mild bitterness. Slightly warming with an unfortunately boozy, moderate alcohol presence that was detectable and approached taking away from the enjoyment. Quite similar to 8 with the slight alcohol presence that is unfelt in the younger brother.
b33r (825) - 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 wasn’t 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 I’m so tempted to spend too much money every time I see this. Its complex, powerful, and to be sipped in luxury.
valpoaj (707) - 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 I’ve 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 I’ve 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.