Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured ruby brown with a big tan head...sweet prune and raisin aroma, also some yeast...the taste is just wow...mildly tart raisins dance across my tongue while a nice malt conductor’s baton wipes immediately wipes behind bringing in the hops with a nice yeasty background...there might be a hint of cocoa in the finish too...delicious!!!!
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - DEC 21, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
So, the triumvirate has been completed. This one os as fine as the other two and with such a low alcohol content it is so lacking!!! No, not really. Of course. When the little brother only packs a 7.5% we know that we must be turning into hardcore raters. This has a great presentation in the glass and a fine nose, with some musty notes and a tannic finish. The mouthfeel is fine as is the finish. Once again these monks come through like a team of champs.
MiP (12989) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2006 Bottle. Dark brown colour. Small creamy, light brown head. Tobacco and tea-like aroma. Sweet, malty flavour with some tea and milk chocolate. Aftertaste is also tea-like. A bit thin, but with a good level of alcohol.
TBone (11752) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 19, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled (BB 03/2009)
Hazy nut brown, small but steady off-white head. Sweetish aroma: plums and malts. Medium-bodied. Flavor has plums and fruits with decent malty and alcoholic body. Some yeasty notes too.
davidflores99 (225) - Long Beach, California, USA - DEC 17, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this while in Amsterdam....very nice beer. It had a dark cloudy amber color, with an off white head. Mildly sweet aroma, caramel sents as well. Flavor was a little sweet, but nice and smooth.
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - DEC 15, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy amber brown with off white head. Molasses, carmel, wheat, and yeast on the nose. Med weight with a sweet mid that lingers as it drys out on the finish. Carmel, roasted malts, cherry light yeast, and more on the palate. Nice beer.
Boutip (4442) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 13, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Poured an very hazy dirty brown color ale with a good inch and half of off-white foamy head. Aroma is comprised of spices (coriander?), malt and Belgian yeast. Taste is at first dominated by the spices and malt and finish with the always-incredible Belgian yeast. Body is quite full and alcohol doesn’t show through. I also noted quite a few sediment at the bottom of my glass. This is the staple of Belgian ale and could not really get tired of it even though it doesn’t match the greatness of his two brothers.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2004 Very fine beer. Not as good as the eight though. The taste has a raisin characteristic combined with wine. Similar to the eight and the ten, but not as powerful. This is a fantastic brewery and I have enjoyed every beer I have tried from it. This is very easy to drink. I will give it that.
aracauna (2985) - Georgia, USA - DEC 3, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I really do love Rochefort and this is just another reason why. The body is a hazy medium brown with a fairly large cream-colored head. The aroma has a bit of a bite to it and is very spicy. There’s a bit of overripe fruit (some of it banana) to flesh it out a little. The flavor is nicely malty in addition to the rest, but the body is significantly thinner than that of its bigger brother, the 10.
Chokehold (20) - cape town, SOUTH AFRICA - NOV 30, 2004
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very very nice beer, same taste as the 10, but not as powerfull...strong, dark, no head to speak off...god bless those monks.