jazz88 (2556) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 29, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2008 Rated: 8/20/02. Bottle with a 7/11/06 date. A dark night with a light brown sky. A powerful aroma that almost burns the nose with dark fruit, malt, and raisins. Exceptionally smooth and creamy with vinous fruit, peppery, woody, and malty depth. The alcohol is up front and present, which is kind of surprising since some of the high class peers of this brew hide the alcohol better. Yet it is nicely warming and the dark fruits create a complexity and foundation that supports the alcohol well. Re-Rate 10/29/02 (10 4 8 4 19). Still fantastic I had this in honor of a newborn... Aidan John Edward Schmidt. Re-Rate 06/30/08 with a date of 29/07/07 (probably saved for 5 years) (8 5 9 4 18). A dark brown color with a rich creamy tan head. A wonderfully fruit aroma balanced with malts and ginger. Rich, lively carbonated, malty and well balanced fruity flavors. This one stands the test of time.
Catadobe (112) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 26, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I think the fact that I want to be a Trappist Monk sums it up!!!!!
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - OCT 25, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2003 A lot more head than last time and a rich beady chocolate and bannana cream in the nose. Starts with sharp carbonation and cold chocolat coffee. As the beer continues rasins, bread, cassis, dark berries and a wine-like fruityness emerge. Tons of chocolate with an undertone of bitterness. Long vinous finish that invites you for more. Gets better with every sip. If you can find it, stock up. 4.3
rerate Carbonation has settled down to a nice calm smoothness, vannila and irish cream just waft off this one and permeate every corner of the flavor, alot less wine-like and coffee is no where near as present. Truely world class.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 24, 2002
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2004 Re-rate 2/28/03, bottle marked 16 01 07: Pours a deep brown color that stops most light. The aroma is heavenly and contains, plums, sweet malts, brown sugar and some dark fruits. Robustly carbonated with soft bubbles. Flavor is a delightful sweetness that is beyond good. The year of aging really helps. No score change from last time. Re-rate 8/14/02: While still easily one of the greatest beers on the planet, it lost in a head-to-head with Westy 12. The alcohol was more noticeable and the flavor less complex. Re-rate 3/5/02: Still #1, make sure you get ALL the yeast in it. Best at room temp. As I say keep in a cool place, not your fridge. First rating: (04 08 04 on bottle) A new number one in my book. Outstanding chocolate doughy fruitiness. I keep looking into the empty bottle wishing there was more...MORE!!! This beer does have its downside though. It is very expensive; $USA7.85, small; 33cl, and...and...I'm ending this rating and going to sniff the empty bottle for a while.
hopscotch (9163) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2008 Bottle... The aroma is moderately malty and fruity (plums). Also hints of ruby port and the high ABV does come discreetly through in the nose. This murky dark brown beer has a tan, rocky head with excellent lacing. Fully lasting too. Bottle conditioned. The initial flavor is pretty darn malty with a lightly sweet and moderately bitter taste on the backside. Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel. Lively carbonation with a long, slightly sweet finish. Personally, I was disappointed due to this beer’s extremely high rating. However, it’s definitely a quality Belgian ale.
motelpogo (6700) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 16, 2002
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
wasn’t exactly sober when i tried this but it tasted quite ribena-like with some bread and butter pudding. had it slightly more sober and appreciated it more
kaaskop99 (16) - escondido, California, USA - OCT 15, 2002
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
What a cheer pleasure to sip this fine beer so much flavors going on. The only deterand to drink this daily is the price; i paid $7 for a small bottle , well worth it though
beerguy101 (5286) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 14, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2003 Deep black color, lacy head, big malty aroma. Malty and expansive. Candy sugar and alcohol. Fruit and spices. Complex flavor, but alcohol predominates. Warms the tummy well. Smooth taste. Excellent flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is malty and dry. Aftertaste is malty and slightly bitter with a definite alcohol bite. Great beer, but I have to say there are better Belgians, Edsen Double Plus to name one. I am one of maybe 10 people to ever that that ambriosa.
madsberg (10231) - Søborg, DENMARK - OCT 11, 2002
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2009 Sometimes life is beautiful. You come home from work on your birthday, and there it is. A Rochefort 10 served by your girlfriend at the right temperature. Appears dark brown with a huge head, that lasts. The aroma is very spiced and complex. You really want to try this beer. Notes of yeast and maybe corriander. The taste. Heavens. Find it hard to imagine that it gets any better. A remarkable balance between alcohol and the palate of tasteimpressions like chocolate, malt, coffee and other spices. The aftertaste is quite alcaholic but pleasant. This is absolutely the most complex and complete beer i’ve tasted till today. This I will revisit.
2009-10-03 I drink this temporarily, and are having one right now. It is still one hell of a beer, and I don´t have the urge to change my rating. This rocks big time.
AndersR (195) - Århus, DENMARK - OCT 6, 2002
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thick foamy head with light brown color. Beer is dark brown and unclear. The flavour is violent, dark, complex and with hints of chocolate and fruits. [rerate] The second and third i had, tasted better than the first. Not as sweet and the dominant alcohol taste was almost gone! I must admit it grows on you as well, i like it better and better :-)