JoeinDahlem (1440) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - AUG 2, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The 8 is a big beer, and the 10 is a huge beer. That doesn’t mean the 6 is "light." It’s all a matter of perspective, isn’t it? Pours a reddish-brown with a light brown head. Nice aroma of roasty malts and prunes or raisins with notes of coffee, dark chocolate and alcohol. Flavor is quite malty, mildly bitter, with dark fruit notes and alcohol still detectable. Lively carbonation and full, dry mouthfeel, malty-bitter finish and aftertaste. The 8 and 10 are stand-alone, contemplative beers in my book... but I’d be more likely to wash down a nice steak with this. Outstanding. Would be nearly perfect to me if the alcohol was better hidden, but that’s a personal preference.
JoeZasada (307) - Beaumont, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 1, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A really light trappister ale... even lighter than the Rochefort 8. Kind of fruity with some aroma, lots of flavour in the beer, probably a good way to introduce someone to a trappister ale. Malty, but with a very complex flavour. A nice ’hot afternoon’ beer...
charcot25 (181) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - AUG 1, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a light brown, slightly hazy, with ruby highlights. Has a brief white head that laces the glass nonetheless. Aroma is of malty sweetness, caramel and dark fruit. Think ripe figs. Fruity in the taste with a slight roasted note. Big caramel taste but so attenuated that the mouthfeel is thinner than usual in a dubbel.
rayg1 (586) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 29, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Ross, thanks! Poured out a murky brown kinda looked like mud water with a small white head. Nose is slighly sweet and fruity with a touch of spice noticed. The taste was dark sugars and plums. The spices kicked in after the flavor of the dark fruits subsides along with a noticable amount of alcohol. The mouthfeel on this was slightly dissapointing as it felt almost watered down. This is ok, but I’ve had better dubbels and really why get this when you could have 8 or 10.
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 27, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Deep opaque brown with a steady frothy head. Color is reminiscent of a dark cider, which is somewhat unappealing. The lacing and head retention, though, are fantastic. Nose is mellow fruit, bananas and pears with a hint of spice. There is a resiny sweet aroma a bit deeper down. Not really much flavor at the onset, mostly masked by sharp carbonation and alohol. Some balanced sweetness, heavier on the spice than the nose suggests with almost no elements of the aformentioned fruits. Really a let-down in the flavor department with an okay palate. Nothing like its big brothers.
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 26, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The color was amber. The head was creamy, off-white, thick, and laced a little. The aroma was alcohol, raisin, sweet, and caramel. The flavor was sweet, raisin, fruit, and caramel. The palate was medium bodied. The finish was warm.
kopestes (164) - Braine l’Alleud, BELGIUM - JUL 26, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
0.33l bottle bought in Rochefort, 09/05/2012. Deep brown with reddish hue. Thin lasting head. Aroma and taste are the same like 8 but weaker. Another nice beer from Rochefort.
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 25, 2007
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I really hate to say this, but this beer was really boring. The aroma was the one thing that grabbed me with notes of cherries, pine, roasted malt, bananas, and a subtle woodsiness. That was where my excitement was stifled. The flavor was ridiculously bland and had a horribly dry funkiness to it. I can’t imagine I got a bad bottle of this but I hope that is the case, because I really wanted to enjoy it. Will pick up another bottle sometime and rerate.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 24, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2011 Ah, now this is my kind of dubbel! I just love this stuff. On the one hand, it’s got the richness and complexity one looks for, with a sharp nutty flavor and warming malts to go along with a bold body. A bit bready, some candy notes that aren’t too strong (thankfully!), and a light citric overtone. But what I really like, on the other hand, is the lively, almost blonde-ish body that seems to mellow this out just right. A splendidly balanced brew!
emacgee (4585) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 23, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a dark brown that showed some ruby red up to the light. The head was thick, creamy, beige. The aroma was sweet, showed alcohol, candy, mellow fruit, vinous.The flavor was also sweet, showed some alcohol, candy, brandyish quality, dark fruit, mellowed Belgian feel. Nice palate too, well carbonated with very well defined bubbles. Finishes warm with some sharp alcohol.