BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 13, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Chewy chocolate and spice at the first sip. I let every mouthful linger as long as possible, it was a real treat. So many flavors and an awesome texture, but without the expected alcohol aftermath.
Crockett (1002) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2004 I can't imagine a better smelling beer. It was amazing. Chocolate, vanilla, spice, alcohol, ripe fruits and molases. Pours a deep dark brown/red with a big lacey head. Big punches of alcohol (what would you expect?). Though, managing to hide it well. Follows with a beatiful mouth feel, all of the aromatic flavours come through including a bit of maple. Savour slowly, or share.
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - FEB 10, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2004 33 cl brown, slender bottle. Best by date is 27/11/07. Very fresh. Only a couple of months old. Wow! What a beer! Mag-nasty is what I'd have to call it. (In a good way, natch.) Mag-nasty indeed! Man, this stuff will take your head off. Poured out a deep dark brown color, with an ample, but subdued tan colored head on it. At least it wasn't as bad as that Orval I just drank. Aromas are of bananas, strong, dark malts, and alcohol. Wow! What alcohol! You couldn't possibly inbibe in more than one of these at a time. Tastes are of yeasty bread, dark malts, caramel, candi sugar, and alcohol. No hops aromas or flavors here, gang. Not fruity in the least. Thick, rich mouthfeel, almost a meal in a glass. Finished dry-ish, and slightly malty. No wonder the monks are such happy people.
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 7, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2005 Damn, this is good stuff. Loads of "heavy" fruits (plums, raisins, bananas). The malty sweetness (chocolate) is perfectly balanced by the lovely bitterness. Why do I always try this after sampling 9 or 10 other beers? Oh well, it still stands out... Re-rate: I have (of course) enjoyed this several times since my initial rating and made a cross sample with the 6 and 8 yesterday. This must indeed be one of the very best beers in the world! Rating upgraded from 4.4 to 4.7.
scottk (8) - Norwalk, Connecticut, USA - FEB 3, 2004 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
The finest brew I have ever tasted. Aroma is raisons, plums, and other fruit. There are a number of tastes that change throughout the tasting experience. The aftertaste is huge, wonderful and long lasting. I can't wait for my next one.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 1, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2004 First off, hole-e-cow. This stuff is just plain ol awesome. Rubish to brown colour with a cool active long lasting bubbly head. Killer nose, lots of alcohol and warmth. Flowers wheat grapes on the vine. The taste starts of yeasty then flowery and then malty and sweet. For as sweet as this is, I was surprised that it is so easily drinkable.
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - JAN 31, 2004
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is some raisins, candied fruits and some acid. Very beautiful beer, color is mahogany colored like a dark plum, on top of that is a beauitiful head, unfortunately not very sustaining. Very intense flavor, vinous, fruity and very astonishing intense flavor of alcohol in a very nice way. It fills your mouth with its very intense flavor. Highly carbonated, makes this beer "wandering" about in your mouth. I was very delighted about Rochefort 8, and its bigbrother is far better. It is the bomb. Once more, my best regards to the monks at Abbaye St-Remy!
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2004 Murky brown colored beer. Little sustaining head. Highly carbonated but not as high as most Belgians. The smell is plumlike and fruitty. The taste is yeasty, and raisin. The alcohol is well disguised.
Jayb0 (981) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful, dense and frothy head sits a top a hazy, dark plum hued liquid. Light aromas of malt, candied dark fruit and candy sugar. Flavors are dense with malt, chocolate, fruit and a subtle vinous character. although not as varied as I was expecting. Best at warm temps, at least 55-60F. Mouthfeel is the big winner here, exceptionally creamy and thick without an alcohol burn. Overall, I found this beer to be very good but it slightly underwhelmed me given the very high score. For the price, I prefer the Westy 12 or 8.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JAN 20, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
About as opaque as a non-stout beer can be; The dark mahogany color omits all light except for a very tiny ring of red at th surface where the glass is widest. Head is fahioned of microbubbles of white and cream, already some lacing is on the glass. The aroma is tremendous and stately: insane amounts of malt, along with pit fruit, cherries and prodigous alcohol. Taste begins like a strong cough syrup because of the high ABV but quickly the true colors of the palate shine tough: sweet malt, grapes, brown sugar, dates, and aggressively bitter and roasted hops. Taste never gets chewy or syrupy because the high amount of alcohol works as a thinning agent. This is remarkable because so much flavor exists on such a thin sheet. Aftertaste is alcohol, grapes, chocolate, finishing on a dark roast coffee note. This is definately a sipping beer, with each swig blasting my sensory detectors like a 4 ounce gulp of [insert powerful beer here]. The lacing is the best I've ever seen by a Belgian. Certainly worth a try if you can find it, though it is not the ultimate drinking beer experience I had thought it might be. However, that is not a bad thing and it makes me want the Westy 12 I have aging all the more. Sampled from a 33cl bottle purchased at Whole Foods in Vienna, VA.