Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JAN 30, 2005
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
I was with jimmack04 and Joeec4, an I feel that this was a bad bottle. There was no fizz when opened, no head, and a sick aroma. That said. I am rating this, and looking for another to re-rate.
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JAN 30, 2005
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Hazy brown color with a small tan head.
Odd aroma of dark fruit, malt and butter.
The butter was even more pronounced in the flavor. Some malt and fruitiness also, but I couldn’t get past the buttery flavor. Can only assume the bottle was tainted, as I absolutely love the 10 and 8,
and could barely finish this one.
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 16, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lighter colour and smaller body than its "bigger brothers", but it still has that lovely characteristic touch of the Rochefort yeast. The malty and fruity aroma has hints of red berries (strawberries). Somewhat disappointing head. At first the palate seemed good but in a cross sampling with the 8 and 10 it fails miserably. Nonetheless, a fine beer!
Garrat (1254) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2013 From a bottle.Dark brown with some red in colour,no head,dark fruits,wood and leather muscle relaxing safe as.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 12, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a deep brown w/ a quickly dissipating head. Caramel toffeeish notes. Delicious chocolate vanilla and bread. amazing
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - JAN 11, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy Reddish Brown, beige, lasting rocky head. Fruity yeasty malt chocolate aroma. Mouthfeel doesn’t feel thin to me. Slips down nicely.
GoldenSpunky (120) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 10, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2004 brew in bottle. This beer has nice head and pours smooth with medium fizz and carbonation. The aroma has hints of malts and belgian hops. The flavor is extremely well balanced with a smooth coffee bean tones. Finishes slightly bitter with a barley aftertaste. Not quite as good as the 8 but well worth a try.
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this bottle at the Drafting Room in Exton, PA. Nice smooth dubbel. Godd malt flavor all the way trough.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 29, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep brownish cloudy hue with a small, dense, head with nice lacing. Aromas of roasted malts; a little caramel, asome dough and a little earthiness. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied wit flavors of toffee, chocolate, a little buttery goodness folowed by a light hop bite. Very Very smooth. Just like the 10, but taken down a few notches. This would be my choice beer if I had regular, (cheap) access to such.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 23, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Figs and dates figure prominently in the sugary, floral, sweet, tea-like aroma. Opaque brown coloured body is topped by an off-white/tan, small-bubbled head that recedes rapidly to generous cover but laces well. Raisins, oranges and prunes and brown sugar flavours with a very tannic, tea-like quality. Some notes of alcohol toward the fairly bitter, floral/spicy finish. Strong carbonation is engaging on the tongue. Medium body but perhaps a bit lacking in texture. Bottle.