Nicko (223) - Ashfield, AUSTRALIA - AUG 1, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer has a lot to live up to with all the positive comment I have read.
Looks great in the glass, a deep dark liquid with creamy head and tiny bubbles working their way up the sides.
Aroma is hard to pinpoint, a mix of nutty, fruity, honey-y, coffee shop aromas.
Fantastic in the mouth, excellent creamy mouthfeel. Sweet, yet bitter and alcoholic.
Rune (9500) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUL 30, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml bottle. Deep mahogany body topped with an off-white, creamy head - most of it diminishing, but you can always stir it up in the galss. Aroma of dark fruit and mushrooms. Complex flavours of dark chocolate, roasted grain, black coffee and chesnuts. Long lasting aniseed in the finish. Full bodied. The alcohol is very well integrated in the brew. A very good beer, but a bit too sweet for my taste.
Theaxe (3) - Zemst, BELGIUM - JUL 30, 2006 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
What else can I say about this beer that hasnt been said already? I have had the pleasure of trying this beer on two different occasions and it was excellent. The aroma is yeasty, doughy, a little eartiness to it. The flavors are dark fruits, sugars, and just the smallest bit of alcohol. I could hardly even taste the alcohol in it (ecspecially at 10%). My only downfall with this beer, while I dont even think it is a downfall...is that it is almost too balanced (if there is such a thing). I like a little more aggressive taste to my beers. Its almost hard to pick out the different levelsd of this beer because it is so complex and wonderfully balanced in every aspect.
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JUL 30, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown coloured with an average off-white head. Sweet yeasty alcoholic aroma with some coffee roasted dark fruity hints. Full body, creamy with a sweet alcoholic touch. Finish is bitter sweet, alcoholic with some slight fruity touches. I prefer the 8 with the more balanced alcohol-palate. But this is also a very good one.
chimaybier (50) - Redding, California, USA - JUL 28, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2009 This is a nice alternative if you cant get your hands on Westvleteren’s Abt 12. Easily found in the USA due to Merchant Du Vin’s marketing efforts! Easly found at Beverages, & More!, Whole Foods, and any quality minded beer shop. Bottleworks in Seattle is a good choice if you are ever in the area. Going to convince Raj @ Raja Liquors in Livermore to get it.
dwyerpg (4918) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 28, 2006
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Full bodied head. Dark brown, almost black. Smells fairly nice, raisins or something. Nice flavor; definitely a Belgian strong since the alcohol is there throughout. Coats your mouth. Good stuff, though the 8 might be better because it’s cheaper and the alcohol is more well hidden.
pythonmets (14) - Charles Town, West Virginia, USA - JUL 27, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tried the 8 yesterday, now the 10. Very dark brown/black appearance with small dark tan head. Aroma of plum and chocolate. Mouthfeel is thick with very slight carbonation. Tastes of raisin bread and smoke, with bitter burnt coffee apparent on the finish.
pfhyde (57) - Davis, California, USA - JUL 27, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The best of Rochefort, by far, with brilliantly masked alcohol. There’s a certain peppery spice present in this beer which I find repellent--the same spice in Westmall’s Tripel--but I can see why this beer is so popular. Best served during the winter.
estarrio (19) - Rhode Island, USA - JUL 26, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured a mysterious dark, cloudy color with lots of sediment. A very slight charcoal head lined the edge of the glass. The aroma is an intriguing mix of bubble gum, sweet fruit and a suggestion of alcohol. The body is slightly syrupy but very drinkable, considering the high alcohol content. The complexity of flavors is overwhelming. Sweet malt, sugar, fruit, raisin, caramel all balanced by a slight bitter presence of hops. This is a beguiling brew and an absolute pleasure to drink.
walsh90025 (2) - USA - JUL 25, 2006 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great beer. Very complex, fruitty undertones with a nice strong alcohol taste. Huge head. Little expensive, but worth picking up.