Ungstrup (29837) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very beutiful beer with a nutbrown color which turn darkbrown if you pour the sediment. It has hints of fruit in the aroma and a very good head. It is a very strong tasting beer with hints of fruit but also alcohol. I’d prefer it with out the taste of alcohol and likes Rochefort 8 better.
caesar (5316) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 11, 2002
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2012 Beautiful dark appearance. Malty taste, caramel and chocolate hints. You don’t even notice the 11.3 % alcohol, which is a sign of a great beer. I really enjoyed this beer, though i can imagine only at the right time, somewhat later in the evening. But what a brew!
aracauna (3138) - Georgia, USA - AUG 10, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I will compare this beer to Westvleteren 12 because they are similar beers. Rochefort is darker and more opaque. The head is a darker khaki. The head composition is unusual. The bottom is big bubbled but the bubbles get smaller the closer to the top until the top layer you can’t see the individual bubbles and you just get a creamy foam. Because of the different bubble sizes you get a less creamy mouthfeel , but one where the feel of the bubbles plays a part. The aroma is that of a good porter with some spice and fruitiness. The flavor has a nice toffee maltiness with pears, chocolate and a dessert spice like cinnamon or nutmeg. It also has a brightness to the flavor that the Westy lacked. Like the Westy, surprisingly easy to drink for its strength.
thebaron99 (110) - Royston Park SA, AUSTRALIA - AUG 10, 2002
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Like liquid rum n’raisins, dark, cloudy and light syrupy texture. Light cloyness is tempered with a balanced tartness, just enough to spike the tongue. Alcohol is well hidden and kicks like a mule. Very well crafted. For $12:50(Aus), it should be as magnificent as it was.
Racegoer (353) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - AUG 9, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2003 Poured in to a frothy dream, No light shown thru the glass.Fantastic carboniation, smells 0f lush chocolate and fruits fill your mouth. Quality this good reminds me of some of the best Cuban Cigars I have smoked, Cohiba, Hoyo, Romeo y Julieta , and Bolivar. I let this one set out 15 minutes before I started drinking it, and it only improved as it warmed up. Extremely Recommended.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 6, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This ale has a nice bite to it. It has a good balance of fruity and spicy taste to it which you hardly notice the 11.3%abv. Cause it will definitely throw you for a loop.Recommended
gthank (73) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 5, 2002
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours up with a thick head, light tan in color. The beer itself is a rich brown, but light enough to suggest amber as the sun catches it. The aroma is delectable, foreshadowing the yeasty, spicy flavor of the beer to come. It makes the whole mouth tingle, if not to the extent of the Westy12. The alcohol is well-masked, yet not completely, which complements the various fruit influences (raisin was the most identifiable in this most enjoyably complex beer). The head never quite disappears, sheeting down the side of my glass nicely.
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
The first time I drank this I thought: ’It’s complex, but there’s something rotten and cheesy in the aroma and taste, which makes it unpleasant.’ That was probably just a bad bottle, because since then I’ve only had really good experiences with the Rochefort 10. The aroma as well as the flavour is rather complex. It has a spicy and rich taste with notes of Danish rye-bread and a fruity sweetness. The high alcohol content is definately not a negative thing. The alcohol gives this beer its power which makes it one of the worlds real top beers. I can still sense the cheesy thing about the aroma, but it’s not as overwhelming as the first time I tried this.
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 (2585) - 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!