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.
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - APR 30, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Poured a dark brown with a tall, frothy, tan head that mostly lasts and left light lacing. The aroma was dark fruits (raisins, cherries, and prunes), and sweet malts. As it warmed a slight alcohol aroma was also noted. The flavor found dark fruits, light spices, and a hint of alcohol. Medium to full body and a definite warming felling. Iím glad I have another to cellar for a while.
alabamajohn (67) - Alabama, USA - APR 29, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Perhaps Iím inexperienced in the great beers of the world. Maybe Iím too enthusiastic. The aroma is incredible! If you smell it right after it is poured and the thick head is still active, it unleashes an olfactory extravaganza. The complex dark fruit and rye bread flavors are fantastic. You do notice the alcohol a little, but it is 11.3 abv. So far this tops my list.
mkgrenwel (602) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - APR 29, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This isnít a beer I would really crave and go out of my way to get. However, it is extremely well made and enjoyable. Complex as all hell. Flavors of cinnamon, vanilla, brown sugar, molasses, grapes, currants, candied pecans and more. Very sweet, but also tart and sour. Nicely vinious. Way more carbonation than I expect from a beer like this, but it is an extremely soft and forgiving carbonation. Not one of those beers that blows me away, but really hard to find a fault with this.
unixweb (237) - Sherman, Texas, USA - APR 28, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2006 I didnít know how this would compare to Trappistes 8, but I like it better. It pours murky with lots of stuff (yeast, sediment) floating around! The tan-colored head is like a rootbeer float, and lasts about as long! I kept waiting for it to go down so I could actually taste the brew! The aroma is sweet, syrupy, with mostly yeast and ripe bananas. The taste is similar though a bit darker, raisiny, maybe a bit like a strong cough syrup alcohol-wise. The brew is fizzy throughout, and it finishes sweet, a bit like port wine with only a hint of bitterness and a warming alcohol bite. The mouthfeel is medium, nice and only slightly sticky. Itís good, one of my favorites, and I will definitely look for it again next time Iím buying beer! In fact, I wish I had another...but alas I only have a big bottle of St Bernardus Abt 12...poor me.
rdawson321 (145) - USA - APR 28, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
For a $7 12-ounce bottle, I was unimpressed. Somewhat flat palate, subtle raisin and caramel flavors. Certainly of very high quality, but I was bored by it. Lots of large sediment in the bottle that never settled out. If were cheaper, Iíd most likely drink it regularly; but it doesnít live up to its price.
undsioux7 (868) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - APR 27, 2006
4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
chocolate, cough drop, medium sweetness, fizzy, lively, medium body, thin feel,