eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 23, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown with an off-white head. Aroma is spicey with dark fruits. Has a classic belgian aroma. Rich malt body, chocolate, dark fruit, and nuttiness. Creamy mouthfeel with a little bit too watery of a finish.
turbothy (1055) - Bonn, GERMANY - MAY 22, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2007 [from bottle @ Copenhagen Beer Festival 2005]
Nutty brown, nice fresh aroma, but the taste is too flat to lift this.
Re-rate, now from an entire bottle: Excellent floral aroma and a full, yeasty sweet, highly aromatic body. A winner.
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 19, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a rich brown with a huge rocky tan head. Lots of fine lacing. Smell is spicy and peppery. Yeasty to with underlying bread a grain smells.
The flavor is where the breadiness takes over. Bread and grainy flavors. Big malty flavors. Hints of caramel. Spicy with just a tinge of underlying alcohol burn. Thick and rich in the mouth. Luxurious palate. Whoa boy is this tasty. Bravo to this one.
rederic (2883) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 13, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy mahogany-red opaque hue, with a thick rocky head, very floral and herbal with effluviums of jasmine and african violet, fruity notes of prunes, raisins,dates and malted caramel aroma, follows through on a medium-bodied palate with some sweet and fruity flavors of raisins, prunes with a touch of chocolate and coffee, leading to a caramelized malt and molasses character in a dry, acidic hops bittering finish.
hobgoblin (163) - St-Épiphane, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 12, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2006 Bottle at L’estaminet in Rivière-du-Loup. Muddy brown color with sediment and a nice head that comes to a ring. Mostly malt caramel in the aroma and as the same for the taste. Well balanced, not too fizzy, good texture, medium bodied, nice crafted beer.
C’est nouveau, il y a maintenant de l’importation privé à L’estaminet. Bière de couleur brune opaque, avec des sédiments et un colllet qui ne forme qu’un anneau. Odeur de malt caramel, c’est pas mal la meme chose pour le gout. Bien équilibré, pas trop forte en co2, corps moyen (si je me souviens bien), très bien réussis.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - MAY 10, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
this is what an ecstatic blushing pumpkin looks like: murky orange, brown shadows, carmine across the cheek. the head blooms upward like vernal meadows in full sun, while wet lace makes crazy stick figures akin to children’s chalk on a sidewalk. meanwhile, the pour has enough vascular chunk to cause embolism in an elephant. this precocious junior member of the rochefort team is an elegant confection; the rosy sweet cavendish smell dwells in that instant between moist ensconcement in the tobacco bag and the snap of roasting fire on the leaf. apple, plum and maple cream: all these and more combine on the tongue, plus a late addition of coffee, and such fussingly prepared caramel coffee crema it is. mild body, lively carbonation, indeed sweet, but with every nuance of yoga-perfect balance thanks to a dry woody bitterness.
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I smell hits of caramel and fruit. It had a thick head when I poured it which did not settle quickly. This showed me there was character here. On sipping it, I detect glimpses of raisins, molasses and caramel. The alcohol content doesn’t really hit me. I like that it is cloudy and it has just the right amount of sediment for me. This particular brew draws me to the heavier stuff from Rochefort. My only downside with this one is that it isn’t Number 12! Otherwise, it is very well balanced and well crafted. It just isn’t as amplified as the other offerings.
joergen (19644) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Brown colour with a beige head.
Fruity aroma of spices, yeast, alcohol and liquorice.
Flavour is dominated by anise with notes of fruits, yeast, chocolate and spices.
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 3, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light brown color with a thick and lasting head. Caramel, nuts, and light fruit in the aroma. Rich caramel and banana flavor but the finish is a little watery. Very good beer but could be better.
Hunsell (400) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 2, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Looks, smells and tastes a lot like the 8 and 10 but is just ’less’ in everything. Pretty sweet, caramel, dark fruits, some mushrooms, overcarbonated. Clearly not as good as the 8 and 10, but that is worldclass