VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2001
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I almost choked when I discovered my favorite German restaurant had this beer (and occasionally Rodenbach Grand Cru) available. I must say this did not dissappoint! Absolutely incredible ripe fruit aroma. The different malts interact seamlessly producing the perfect blend of roasted and sweet malt flavors. Dark fruits (prunes and raisons) dominate the flavor profile, with alcohol also present. Starts roasty and finishes slightly sweet. Not cloying in the least. Deep brown color with an off-white head makes for a beautiful beer. Pefect mouthfeel. Extremely impressive.
beerledgend (1197) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 9, 2001
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Barley nose, spicey taste but warm on the palate. Cloudy with heavy sediment.
fuchebu (146) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2001
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This one is one of the classics. A great Trappist beer for when you want to hit the floor.
Belgik (72) - Sterrebeek, BELGIUM - DEC 5, 2001
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sorry this is going to be long. I, a Belgian, had the privilege of tasting this home-beer (!) in a wonderful tasting of mostly (good!) Smuttynose beers in Toronto. This bottle was said to be 5 years old. It had been transported, hence 1/5 in the appearance department (murky with crud floating around in my glass), just to make up to the superlative ratings otherwise... The aroma was rich, ’sweet’ (sweetness cannot be smelled, it must be the alcohol). The flavor and palate and overall impression were one of perfect (perfect!) balance. Not hops sticking out, not sourness: absolutely top class balance and elegance. I haven’t tasted a Rochefort in ages, back to the roots for me, folks (AND: into the cellar, too, for ageing). Thanks.
5 Dec.2001 - had one yesterday evening at home, this one fresh from the beer market, my description remains the same (others have since described it better). I don’t change the score, but the appearance was better, so the score should be ...higher.
eczematic (1319) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - NOV 28, 2001
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2003 my last review was way too long and boring so this one is just short and boring. this is one way tasty beer and i agree with gusler that it sure does whup chimay's arse. so smooth, so rich, but nowhere near sweet or heavy. piles of prunes covered in chocolate and soaked in brandy. sometimes i do notice the alcohol a bit more than others but who gives a shit if you dont want to taste alcohol dont drink 11% beers.
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - NOV 16, 2001
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2007 Bottle@Home. All has been said about this little piece from heaven. But ok. Aroma of licorice, spices, cinnamon, vanilla. Very dark brown color, beige head, good lace. Sweet, very spicy, loads of licorice, burnt sugar, full. Complex, flavorful, unbelievable balance.
FlemishChar (224) - Virginia, USA - NOV 15, 2001
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Divinely inspired brew... Aroma you can die and go to heaven for.. luscious dark brown appearance, with heavy yeast.. vinous port taste, along with a delicious sweet maltiness.. dry hop finish.. So much flavors in one single beer....
This is absolutely incredible...
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2001
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful. Mine was five years old. I’ll try a recent version next week. Great aroma or grapes, plums. Soft mouthfeel, long palate that won’t quit. Huge alcohol. Like someone at the beer tasting said: balance just isn’t an issue here. Surely one of my top tens.
Drew Blood (151) - Mt.Prospect, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2001
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Splendid. Though the aroma did nothing for me, almost bileous to my nose; the flavour and complexity is very, very great. Carmal apples come to me, moving into other dried fruit, and finishing with a green apple residual. The head was thin and evaporated quickly over the alchohol. Smooth as silk with little to chew on. Port-y and I love it.
Rutzicka (102) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 23, 2001
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The colour is dark brown, very few foam. Aroma of liquorice, caramel with a touch of hazelnut. Very dense and heavy flavour. Very long finish.