muzzlehatch (4425) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 5, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark port coloration, huge thick stable head, very lovely. Very strong malty/nutty/spicy (cinnamon) aroma. Lush creamy mouthfeel, very sweet, yeasty, nutty, strong vanilla notes; wonderful. I need to try 8 & 12 again as I was a novice a year and a half ago when I had them; but I love this one at the moment!
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - JAN 2, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
15 05 07: Translucent mahogany,with a great,2 inch,well-formed head. Excellent bready,sweet,fruity, and noticable herbal hop aromas. Mouthfeel is spritzy,maybe too much carbonation. Fruity,bready,chocolate flavors. Earthy,sweet finish.Also some darn good fruitiness in the finish as well. Getís more creamy(less carbonated)as it breathes. Leaves a nice candyish/fruity lingering in the throat. Give this beer some time.It needs to be taken slow. Quite complex and the 6 is misleading....it is 7.5%!
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JAN 2, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. This beer looks and smells just like the 8 and 12. Here however the alcohol does not get in the way of this tremendously complex flavor. I get every fruit of the orchard--apple, pear, peach, plum--in the creamiest chocolate frame imaginable. This demands to be purchased again. Simply wonderful beer.
heykevin (1269) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JAN 1, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark-sweet malt aroma with rochefort house character, attractive. Mouthfeel is quite nice. Flavor is deep and sweet, but never cloying, with bits of plums, liquorice, and other dark fruits. Extremely nice.
jsquire (2953) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light malty aroma, cloudy orange in color with a big foamy head in my snifter. Very carbonated, to the point of being distracting. Much lighter than the 10. Easy drinking while retaining the dark, complex sweetness of the bigger Belgians.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lighter in color and flavor than its bigger brothers. I noticed a much greater fruity, nearly sour component in 6, however. Great beer.
DaSilky1 (2604) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 30, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
poured slightly lighter than the 8 and 10, though gathered in the glass as dark as the rest of them..and also sported a nice thick head as did the other two..aroma was a puckery wet peice of cardboard..mouthfeel was noteably thinner..flavors were lacking..maybe a touch of grape and toffee, some musty grape tartness, yet lacking any real pizaaz..
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 22, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rocky whipped cream-like head. Deep beige, light brown, muddy, burgundy colour. Spicy flavour; cinnamony, nutmeg. It matches the complexity of the 8, but is a little bit subtler with incredible balance. A bit of cherry falvour is in there as well and perhaps a hint of oakiness. Je líaime.
hopscotch (8212) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2008 Bottle... This beer rocks!... I tasted this beer at a party. Nothing kills a group buzz like a guy scribbling in a notebook. Rely on my score and the verbiage of other Ratebeerians.
MartinT (6934) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 14, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2006 Itís raining dry cranberry feathers in the candy factory...Chocolate sweetness and yeasty dryness, slowly freefalling, create a spritzy holiday atmosphere...Ah, that Rochefort smell...