theisti (3734) - Kansas, USA - JUL 10, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2 fl oz bottle. There was quite a bit of gunk around the mouth of the bottle when I opened this one. Odd, since I had stored it standing up. Regardless, initial aroma and pour were pretty normal, so here we go. Pour is slightly hazy orange amber with a big fluffy off white head that settled down pretty quickly (some sediment present as well). Aroma is some wood and dark, over ripe fruit. Quite a bit of carbonation in the taste, with some nice caramel malt and hop bitterness in the finish. Not sure this one was 100% on, but it was nice nonetheless. There is a little bit of sharpness in the finish, not sure where this is coming from.
Jerre (3032) - Waregem, BELGIUM - JUL 8, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, 33 cl. Red brown color, with big off-white head. Aroma sweet malts, yeast, fruits. Medium body. Taste good malts, fruity touch.
Yes this is for me the most drinkable of the Rochefort brews. He have a great flavour and character of other Rochefort brews but it is less thick and rich.
ekstedt (6348) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Bishops Arms, Järntorget, Göteborg, Sweden. Cloudy reddish brown, medium off-white head. Roasted malt with woody notes, and earthy hops. Medium bodied, good carbonation. Nicely balanced, but a bit flat finish.
xenthem0nk (101) - Oregon, USA - JUL 6, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Belmont Station. Pours dark red/brown with a frothy head. Subtle dark fruits in the nose, and alchohol. Taste was sharp and carbonated, carmel, plum. Good dubbel but a bit too much burn for 7.5%.
jalichio999 (502) - BRAZIL - JUL 6, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2007 Bottle. Dark amber coloration, with a very nice beige head, consistent and persistent. Sweet, dry and bitter at the same time. High carbonation. Notes of chocolate, caramel and something lightly fruity.
JayNW (12) - Crewe, ENGLAND - JUL 4, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
For me this is the most drinkable of the Rochefort brews. Not because of it’s strength. It still has great flavour and character of other Rochefort brews but it is less thick and rich. Thus, for me easy to drink again and again.
Again, a truly world class beer. If you get the opportunity to try Rochefort don’t drawn straight to the stronger brews... this one is as special as the other two
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - JUL 3, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is Rochefort 8 light and fizzy. Seriously, it tastes just like Rochefort 8, which I reviewed yesterday, except substantially lighter and fizzier. It’s very pleasant. However, for some reason I noticed an off medicinal note in this one, which I didn’t notice in the 8. A minor flaw, but one that may have kept this beer from 4.0. Closest relative = Westmalle dubbel. I think I prefer Westmalle.
Kirill (277) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 3, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
murky brown with lots of yeast on the bottom and a little bit even in the head... fruits and berries in the aroma.... flavor was as full and complex as it gets - the same fruits added with a bittersweetness...
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 2, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cl bottle. Poured a lovely technicolor dreamcoat purple-red-brown. Head was bubbly, active, and light brown in color. It fizzled relatively fast to a thin film. Smelled of light apple, a hint of blueberry, and a whiff of whiskey. No dominating aromas. Fruity and malty with apple, caramel, subdued molasses, and root beer flavors. Body was on the lighter side.
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 30, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at The White Horse in Parsons Green (London), a red tinted brown with a light beige head. A complex aroma, with stewed fruits, sweet malt and a good whiff of alcohol. Complex flavouring as well, with stewed fruits again, a pleasant maltiness and a touch of alcohol. Easy and delicious to drink, no junior to its bigger brothers.