Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Out of a bottle, wow my nose says donít drink let me do the work first. A quick hint of raisin, then toffee and the slightest hint of chocolate and banana. Swirling the depths of the glass a dark flowing presence finished with tan head. Taste is what is expected after waiting minutes a sweet malty flow of fruitiness with just a hint of bitterness to keep it even and finish is clean. Nice smooth mouthfeel enticing next tip of the glass. Most Outstanding.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 30, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
What can I say that hasnít already been said about this phenomenal bier? It has a deep, complex and sweet aroma of banana, cherry and peaches that is extremely enticing. The mouthfeel is just extraordinary. On first sip, the bier prickles the middle of the tongue before quickly expanding outward, enveloping the entire area. Iíve only encountered this strange sensation once before, while drinking St. Bernardus Tripel. Notes of plum, dark chocolate and caramel intermingle with the aforementioned fruits, creating a very drinkable and oh, so enjoyable body. The high ABV warms the belly nicely during the drawn out finish. Good, good, good.
beergodd1 (400) - Conneaut, Ohio, USA - MAY 30, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
easily in the top 3 of my favorite beers,Deep complex flovor, fruit,malt, nut...slight alcohol warmth,thin foamy head, that sticks to the mustashe,mmm good!I will save a few of these to try every 6 months or so.
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I donít know how to capture the essence of this beer. Its not overly sweet nor is it excessively malty. It has an effervescent mouthfeel and Iíd rather let it sit on my tongue than swallow it. I sense touches of raisins, malts, chocalate and fruit but am unable to assign a label to this complex beer. Every sip was blissful joy until the last sip. The finish is dry and it kind of rubs into my throat. I think that is the alcohol content speaking.
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAY 28, 2005
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Butterd toffee and chocolate, cherries, currants and alcohols. Opaque brown with little head. I get a lot of alcohol. Probalby bacuase the best before date is in 2009. Fairly sweet with some of the dark fruit character. I think its pretty thin and there is quite a bit of burn. It hangs around a bit and kind of stings the back or my throat. I think Iíll go get a couple more bottles and re rate later. Ther price here wasnít too bad. $5.99 a bottle.
cvillebeer (134) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 27, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This pours a viscous dark reddish-brown, with minimal head. The aroma is of strong yeasty fruit esters, some malt and little obvious alcohol- surprising considering the 11%. Smells like a deep, dark cherry reduction sauce. The mouthfeel is smooth, not as carbonated nor as sticky sweet as I would have expected. The monks have done a wonderful job of keeping this large ale from being overpowering and malty-sweet. The fruit blends with a very subtle bitterness and ends- not quite dry, but remarkably so considering itís strength. A masterpiece!
sandwichpants (117) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - MAY 27, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Purchased at Holiday Market in Royal Oak, MI. Poured dark brown, moderately cloudy, with a very light brown head. Aroma is fruity and spicey and old (in just about the best way possible). Taste is more of the same, just a whole lot more, date, apricot, dark dried cherry, plum, all kinds of stuff. If anything could make it better to me it would be a little hint of roasty and a bit more nutty flavour, but theres already more going on here than I can possibly describe. Medium bodied, fairly sticky and well coating, really seems to permiate oneís mouth, even on small sips. Reminds me of a barleywine with more flavours, and much less detectable alcohol. If you find it, buy it!
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 23, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Leeeeeeeeeeeeeeroy Jenkins! Poured light brown with an off white head. Aroma is dark fruit, toffee, and heavy malt. The flavor is fruity malts. Some spices, but it is truly the malty goodness that dominates this one. So good, so good! Canít taste the alcohol at all.
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2008 On such days as bees like this are found, memories shall not be forgotten.
The keepness of the pour is glourious, something spucial, u can see forming the perfect beige creamyness to top it off.
Aghh what is going on here i am gone there is nothign else just stupid stupid flavours that overwhelm the fact that i just spilt some. Complex dark fruits nuts banana spicey what else can they throw at my hair.
One sip and im looking at the world as if a globe i am facing near death, i am now a complete moon. What happened in the making did some1 throw all the goodness in the world into 1 bottle. Great full body immence flavours, spice fruit wheat nuts everythign that is good about a bee is here, even hops at the end though all the other goons.
Ahh it all took 10 seconds but every pip is a new life time, i die and am reborn about 5 times with every throttle of this.
Trite.RERATE: After 3 odd years of rating in the Porter house with Duff then a bottle at home while the music is rubbish and i need something good. So whats going on here. Iv got to the stage where belgian ales are boring, i dont like yeast, i like clean hoppy and sessionable beers. But the rochefort owns them all. yea yea i know the girardain lambic is outstanding and the selection lambic is like i’ll take a two day flogging for a bottle. But lets get down to brass tax here. This is the finest thing to have happened to the beer world. It beats them all. It is my Favourate beer of all time.
pivnizub (9163) - Bochum, PorķřŪ, GERMANY - MAY 22, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (bought in Prague, Pivni Galerie (!)): Dark brown, cloudy, thin but long lasting firm froth; huge fruity (plums) and vinous (port) nose with a tinge of hoppiness from far behind; sweet vinous beginning, very complex flavour ending with a quite dry, slight but distinctive bitter (notes of chocolate) aftertaste; warming - no surprise, 11.3 % canít be hidden easily......Belongs to the three or four super-tappist brews!