Sobchak (131) - Skagen, DENMARK - DEC 24, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber coloured. Caramel, fruity and grassy nose. Quite soft mouthfeel, with notes of dried fruits, bitter chocolate and grassy hops.
ElGaucho (2207) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma has elements of dark fruits and sweetness, as well as clean laundry and dry hops. Once the head has subsided, the laundry aroma is gone; this is a really unique, wonderful, otherworldly aroma. Dark, murky, reddish brown body with a large tan head that is relatively well lasting and leaves excellent lace. Large particles visible at bottom of glass. The flavor very much flows from the aroma. Initial mouthfeel is a zingy carbontion, but this really isn’t overly caronated at all. Flavor is quite subdued compared to the 8 and 10. I frankly am not overly impressed. A little drier than I like and seems somewhat thin and overly alcoholic. Appears unfinished and overrated, and at $6.49 for an 11.2 oz bottle, overpriced.
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - DEC 13, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My least favorite of the Rochefort beers, but still good. Flavor was very thin, but the alcohol isnt even noticable at all, abit malty, muddy flavor. Not bad, but not great.
Lubiere (9998) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared with Hunsell at Café Bar Le Duc, ’s Hertogenbosch. Red amber ale with a very sweet caramel aroma, good hops and cherry notes. Rather sweet malt with notes of brown sugar, prunes and raisins. Woody notes appers. Nice light hops but short bitterness. Medium bodied.
Metalhead (628) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2005
2.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Looked really nice in my glass. Had a nice tho subdued aroma of dried dark fruit and chocolate. The flavor was a lame and watered down version of the smell. Over priced and over rated.
OldMrCrow (1826) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2005 Rating number 100 !
From the bottle.
Pours a murky brown with a relatively fine fizzy head. The aroma is caramel, raisin, and plum; the flavor is a complex blend of figs, peat smoke, wood, and molassas/burnt sugar, with a drawn out tobacco finish of surprising (though pleasing) bitterness with only mild metallic hints.
My biggest complaint is that the mouthfeel is a bit thin - almost like a soda - but this is a very nice beer, particularly at only 7.5%.
adrian910ss (2357) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a sandy brown amber color with a medium sized fizzing white head. Aroma is of figs,plums,brown sugar, caramel and fresh yeast. Taste is very carbonated with hints of figs,brown sugar,molasses,caramel, plums and yeast. A weaker version of the Rochefort 10 and 8 but still very good.
bigrond (1478) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
a good tasting brew, but appearance wise a I didn’t care for the sediment that hung around the bottom of the glass. It was a little bitter. Maybe I got an old bottle.
MrRain (472) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 25, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours an amber color with beer pulp in the bottom. It smells of plums. It has a nice earthy flavor with moss, plums, figs and a touch of alcohol. I thought it was a nice beer but one to drink infrequently because of the cloying finish.
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - NOV 25, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
33 cl bottle. Yeast in bottom. Dark unclear colour. Aroma of dried fruit with hints of chocolate and some kandis. Someway thin flavour with a alcoholic finish. Not as good as 8 and 10