Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - NOV 16, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful dark brown with a little lacing disappearing beige head. Full nose of dried fruits, figs, little earthy (licorice?), cocoa, hints of wood, toffee, ripe fruits and a bit yeasty. Smooth, right thin carbonation, flavourful. Complex but nice and drinkable.
LordCorkscrew (1774) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - NOV 13, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
La sorella minore dei due colossi Rochefort non Ť certo una signorina sprovveduta; bottiglia da 33cl comprata da Squillari (2.20Ä, penso proprio che me ne farÚ una piccola scorta la prossima volta che vado), versa color marrone chiaro/rossiccio intenso con buona schiuma bianco/beige abbastanza persistente. Aroma leggermente affumicato e íscuroí, fumo di legna síintende e note di frutta secca (noci?) e uva nera. Sapore meno complesso ma con molti sentori di frutta soprattutto uva (anche bianca) nel finale secco ma incredibilmente dolce. Grande birra.
ElGaucho56 (394) - USA - NOV 11, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
33 cl bottle purchased @ Pivni Galerie, Prague. Pours a somewhat cloudy garnet hue with smaller head than other rocheforts, same creamy look and texture though, and itís lasted at least half an hour. Rather similar thematically to chimay blue just way less powerful; nice dark fruits on the nose, very creamy thorough all stages, slight marzipan and lavender; super smooth on the palate, initially quite foamy but still delectable, minimally tart but quaffable, understated alcohol warmth towards the finish, mildly minty hops linger on the palate. Another fine trappist from Rochefort; just because itís less powerful than its older brothers doesnít make it any less perfectly balanced and complex.
Prcaus (159) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 4, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle Discount Liquors Voorhees NJ- Pours a dark brown with small floaters. Aromaís are sweet with chocolates and sugars. Very nice finishing with hops. Not as enjoyable as the 8.
MoritzF (8860) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - NOV 1, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(33cl bottle) Hazy, dark and reddish amber coloured hue with floating sediments and a big but not very persistent frothy off-white head. Sweet and yeasty aroma with roasted malt, vinous fruity (dark berries, plums), chocolate and spicy notes. Moderately sweet flavour, not more than medium bodied with a minimal fizzy mouthfeel. Toast-malty, yeasty taste with a more or less subtle fruit-character; sweet finish with little balancing yeasty and hoppy bitternes and a well-hidden alcohol. Good but not great.
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 31, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a reddish-brown cider color with quickly dissipating head. Fairly little aroma, but what is there is quite nice- apple, dark fruit, sweet molasses. Flavor is also pretty light, with dark fruits balanced with sweet, well-rounded malts. Fizzy carbonation. If this beer had the same properties but in larger quantity, it would be an amazing beer. As it stands, its still pretty damn good. Iím really not quite sure how to rate this one, as the only thing that is really lacking is strength- in both flavor and aroma.
WabashMan (1021) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - OCT 30, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A nice murky, reddish brown, with a quickly diminishing light tan head. Head is among the loudest (yes, I said loudest) Iíve ever seen. As it fades, the bursting of the bubbles make quite a racket. Were there an auditory category, Iíd give this one top marks! Alas, there is not, and I was generally surprised with how thin the flavor was in this beer. Dark fruits in the middle, but very thin at first taste and in the finish. Not a bad flavor, but it just doesnít last. A bit of a disappointment, really.
heavy (2270) - Split, CROATIA - OCT 29, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
25/10 0.33 l bottle at Hopdevil. It poured red body, never seen such a red beer, with small ebony head. Aroma of some fruits, but generally quite sour. Flavor...very empty, quite watery, ok well balanced but nothing much in there. Alcohol is not felt at all. Medium carbonation. Finish, maybe a bit sweet but still very watery. So ordinary and empty... A big disappointment, I have expected much much more.
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - OCT 27, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rated blind from "Better Know a Style: Abbey Dubbel" tasting. Ruby with dark brown color, nice medium, creamy off-white head. Apple aroma with raisin, fresh grapes, brown sugar. Plum is the strongest flavor, very sweet, mild alc, apple-grape also. Medium body, creamy. Too sweet, but nice appearance and mouthfeel.
cazort (554) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. A little weak foam. Aroma and flavor very un-beer like. Brings a strong tingly sensation to the tongue...aroma not particularly strong or complex, but interesting. A little sweet, perhaps a little on the heavy side. Rich tasting. A strong metallic taste present from the beginning, but not in an unpleasant way. Doesnít have many objectionable qualities. An interesting experience; worth trying, and I am eager to try the other brews from this brewery, but not the sort of thing that I would want to drink every day.