bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - MAY 10, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
It smells like candy - it tastes like candy - it is candy in a glass! A very interesting brew -thick and almost syurpy. This would serve as a good dessert. Wonderful aroma.
Dogbrick (6824) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 10, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Unlike the Westy I didnít start this one too cold, and I was rewarded. What a great Ale. Like a liquid Fig Newton. Sweet, almost candy aroma. This is a beer to sit back, relax, and enjoy.
CQC (224) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 10, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slow paced at the onset, but at the halfway post, her alacrity picks up and that taste hangs round for ages, and thatís good. Instant after-pour bubble dispersal to a even natural fermentation fizz!!! (natural aspirated for all you knobs out there) Malty (in case you didnít notice), None of that burnt business, nice sweetness, high tongue oxidisation after prolonged non-libation.
I know the alcohol content is high and all the kids will go for it because of that, but itís a top drop irrespective.
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 9, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
According to Aaron, it makes a sound like Alka Seltzer when itís poured -- fizzy. It has a thick head that disappears pretty quickly and LOTS of sediment. The color is a deep, flat brown (the only comparison I could come up with was Vegemite, but I donít think most will find that descriptive). The aroma is yeasty, malty and mildly sweet, and the alcohol comes right through. The flavor is strong and sweetly astringent with some earthy/woody undertones, and itís main character is the sweet alcohol-ness. It finishes sweet and gentle, but leaves an alcohol aftertaste. This is an after dinner cordial kind of beer.
argo0 (11077) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 9, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Curranty aroma and flavor. Also a caramel sweetness. Alcohol is noticeable, particularly on the swallow, but not nearly as much as the abv would suggest. Chewy. I like this beer, but I clearly donít share the passion for it that others do.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - MAY 6, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2003 First aroma that was recognizable was vanilla, but softer, like those vanilla wafers. Dark fruits like purple grapes and plums there,too. The taste is so complex and so many flavors bounce from the tongue that it is hard to put into words. Mine was chilled and the flavors multiplied as it warmed. Like the other belgian strong ales that I have tasted, I am amazed at the odd floaties and how alive they are, and what reactions occur right there on the top of your ale. As it really warmed, the alcohol was much more present. I found only one bottle, and didn't share a drop!
rerate 3/26/03 with a bottle stamped with a best by date of 16-10-07: Cinnebon was the biggest part of the nose and taste. Very empty otherwise. Thin and almost watery. Sweet raisin and prune aftertaste. This (probably too young) bottle really brought down the rating.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 6, 2002
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Becareful not to tturn your back on your friends,when you offer then a ísipí of this sit down beer.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 4, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2008 RE-RATE: Second glass, taken at room temperature (I had tried to chill the first down to the írecommendedí temperature, but may have chilled too much). This is much more complex than glass #1 - please donít chill this beer AT ALL. Itís only fair to compare the two giants on the same playing field (I only tried Westy at room temperature), so I have to say that I like the Rochefort 10 at room temperature a little teeny bit better than the Westy 12. Iím not going to down-rate Westy, but Iíll make the í10í equal to it. RERATE 9/07: Knocking it down a bit due to a head-to-head with the 12.
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 1, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A wonderfully comples spicy flavor. Rich and dark like a smooth stout yet light and lively on the palate. A great beer.
cranesareflying (50) - Evanston, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2002
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A nice, dark brown color, a terrific aroma, a very smooth textured beer with a pronounced head, medium to full-bodied with a sweet, slightly fruity, malted flavor, thick, very dense, like a banana molasses syrup, very similar to Westveleteren #8, but not quite up to that caliber, it simply doesn’t have the same quality of taste, though it grows more intense with every sip, a mouthful.