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.
DJH-Bird99 (208) - Nijkerk, NETHERLANDS - APR 26, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I mostly agreet with user íPTomkinsoní ís review a little lower.
You expect a beer from special quality, and it comes close to that
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - APR 21, 2002
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
nutty brown colour, fizzy heads that dissipates too soon.
great aroma, plums raisins, creme de casis, caramel, chocolate.
taste is as complex as the nose, incredibly for an 11%alcohol beer, the alcohol doe not overwhelm any subtleties in taste.
this beer combimes the best malt features of a nice malty single malt scotch with the complexity of a robust bordeaux or beaujolais wine.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 19, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
HMMM! Unfortunately for this one I had it the same night as Westvleteren 12. A very good effort but the flavor and patate are a spot off. Perhaps not a fair comparison, but if choosing one over another........
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 16, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2003 Opaque brown with huge head. The nose is not that overwhelming as the taste with lots of maltsweetness, caramel, almonds and vanilla and a smoothness that makes it a top beer. The big and complex taste is fruity with strawberry and chocolate toffee. It has tones of almonds, dry cardboard and dried fruits. It doesnīt get much better than this. The perfect beer to just relax with.
popilius (61) - Chicagoland, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2002
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A complex mixture that certainly lived up to its reputation when it was served to me. Alcohol is not apparent when tasted, and the carbonation is perfectly balanced. Full aroma with the taste of black plums, hints of carmel and an accent of dry white grape. Itís a pleasure to savour slowly. . . and thoughtfully.
winkle (476) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 15, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very,very nice sort of like drinking a plum pudding. Yeah, it is a bit similar to Trois Pistolas, good chewy mouthfeel. The alcohol aftertaste lets it down a tad but still bloody great.