Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 9, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2004 Pours with a red-brown body topped by a medium thick to thick foamy lasting head with good lace. Sweet and slightly sour aroma with fruit and spice accents. Sweet amlty flavor with fruity notes and only the slightest sourness and spiciness. The finish is slightly sweet yet spicy. Meidum bodied, smooth yet warming.
VTDeerHunter (51) - Vermont, USA - JUL 2, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Foamy head, brwon cloudy body. Malty nose with a little hop aroma. Creamy, malty, and roasty, with a pronounced alcohol flavor. This was pretty good.
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Little brother of the 8 and 10, but not that junior at 7.5%. It is however much thinner and not nearly as complex. Has a great flavour profile with choclate, esters and raisins blending. Emphasis is on the malt as is the case with the 8 and 10.
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2004 Nice light brown head. Dark red-brown colour. Aroma; sweet, fruit (the rochefort-fig-print!), wine, little spice. Malty and fruity taste, less complex than Rochefort 8 and 10 but still very nice.
jgb9348 (4438) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 29, 2003
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Finally...the last of the Rocheforts completed on my 22nd birthday, with the last of the Westies to be finished today as well. This beer pours a great dark hazy brown colour, similar to both others by this trappistry, with a great light brown head which is about 1 - 2 centimetres thick. Millions of very very small bubbles rise from the sides and bottom of the snifter (I use a snifter instead of a traditional goblet). The smell is somewhat hoppy, definately malty and very musty. Some fruit and spice eminate from the beer as well. The taste is actually very disapointing. I get almost no flavour from the beer. The palate is left high and dry, but only a small amount of malt and fruit are perceived in the taste. Not a bad beer, but definately not as good as the #10, #8 or any of the Westies.
RichardGretton (4154) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good dark Belgian beer appearance with a small frothy head and a peppery fruity aroma. Nice malted flavour and semi-fruity flavour. Overall a very good, very drinkable Begian ale.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUN 16, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Massive carbonation and very evident Plum nose reaching my nose from low countertop. No vanilla in the nose as I found with the 8 and 10, but plenty of fruits. Raisin and cinnemon were tastiest. Alcohol was evident and a really nutty dry aftertaste was alcoholic as well. Very nice for a young sample.
hotstuff (3732) - Indiana, USA - JUN 15, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This Abbel Dubbel poured a large invigorating tan long lasting head with fine-small bubbles. There was good lacing on all sides of my glass. The aroma was somewhat fruity. The body was a cloudy light brown color and it was thin and watery. It had a tingly taste to it and I prefer the Rochefort Trappistes 8 to this one.
thedm (4867) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUN 15, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This brew poured a very envigorated large creamy head of fine off-white bubbles that left a good lacoing and a carbonated cloudy yeasty opaque brown body. Its flavor is comparatively complex like its bretheren the 8 and the 10, but it is much thinner. The flavors of roasted malt and spices and in there just like its kin, but not as silky smooth as the 8 and with less bite than the 10. Still, an excellent brew!
jazz88 (2522) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 10, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark mahogany/chestnut in color with a tan head. The aroma is earthy, sweet, and somewhat fruity. The flavor is complex with caramel, fruit, wood, and hints of raisins. Light and smooth while being semi-dry on the palate.