DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2002
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Incredibly rich Trappist beer. 144 people have reviewed before me so what can I really say that wouldn’t be a repeat? Aroma very chocolatey, bready, malty - and I detect cherries in there somewhere. Sweet coffee chocolate flavor. Also spice/pepper and nut-like flavors. I, unlike so many others, did not find the alcohol conspicuous in a negative way. A bit too rich to have two -unless you share two with a nice lady and let the 11.3 % do its work...yikes, what am I talking about?
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - JUL 26, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The big sweet malt nose has clear molasses aromas and reeks of alcohol. Extremely dark brown color is almost blank. Lacks a good head. Tastes of roasted malt that imparts espresso flavors with spices (peppery). Like licorice. Bitter end. Long profile that ends sweet. Beautiful!
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - JUL 26, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong coffee aroma with hints of malt, light chocolate, banana and nutmeg. Black body with no head. Heavy licorice flavor. Bitter initial flavor with a sour finish. Fizzy carbonation. Nice, but I liked the 8 better!
Schroppfy (2357) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2004 Rerate: 7/24/02: After having the Rochefort 6 and 8, and the Rochefortoise, I think the overall here has to come down a bit because of unbalanced sweetness and high alcohol. Still a great brew. Original: 2/26/02: Virtually no head on my one (sad sniff...) sample bottle. Full-bodied, full blast of sweet fruit, sugar, malts of many kinds. Alcohol...quite...evident. Similar peppery finish to the Westy 12, not as intense, not quite as long. Sweet to the not-bitter-enough-end.
jsquire (3228) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUL 22, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep, dark ruby color with a thick, tan head that lasted all the way down the glass, with great lace. Subtle sweet aroma with a strong sense of the alcohol to come. Incredibly smooth. Complex sweetness with caramel, burnt chocolate and brown sugar notes. Very sweet but very well balanced with bitterness. As it warms up the sherry sensation gets stronger. A truely wonderful beer.
jcalbi (378) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Initially sports a huge, rocky and tannish head that eventually softens up. Body is dark brown to near prune in color. Aromas of raisins, cocoa and some bready notes after the yeast pour. Flavors of bitter dark chocolate, raisins and fresh baked bread (as the temperature rises and after the yeast pour). Very pronounced alcohol presence top to bottom. This beer improves immensely as it approaches the ambient air temperature.
Dtail99 (2) - DENMARK - JUL 20, 2002 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Mmmmm... I had this one during a beer-tasting session, together with the 6 and the 8 - this is by far the most complex of them - not only because of the alcohol content, which makes it almost ’winey’ - but most of all because of its dark, almost soil-like rich taste. Rasins and dakr rye-bread in the beginning, then chocolate and onwards towards heaven...
A MUST try!
RichardGretton (4110) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2002
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very strong Belgium ale with a fruity bubble gum aroma and flavour. I was slightly disappointed with the overall product.
stic (109) - Oostende, BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2002
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
WOW, this one is great! Very complex: sweet, fruity, a very good aftertaste. Instead of God bless America: God bless Belgium!
Indra (2530) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 10, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma of grape juice, some alcohol, dark bready maltiness, and punch(?). Very dark and opaque reddish-brown, with an attractive but not overly large head and some fine effervescence. Flavor profile is of course complex, with some chocolate cake, a dark berry-like fruity glaze, a slight alcoholic warmth and some spicy hop and yeast flavors. Herbal, spiced, malty aftertaste with a very prolonged and warming finish. This beer has a few things in common with the Westy 12, one of which is the myriad of flavors that one gets just sitting and tasting, long after swallowing, even. Deservedly a Top 10 beer. Can I get a ’hell yeah!’ Cheers, Scott!