Pernille (518) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 9, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Iíve been looking forward to this. And although itís not quite as explosive and powerful in the 8 & 10, it has the same flavor of dried fruit and herbs. A small glass full of sediments left on the bottom.
Terminus (3318) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JUL 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark color, thin head, and a kick in the mouth. Very complex and needs to be sipped. Hard to explain so all I will say is that if you want a complex beer that is a party in the mouth... buy this one.
Papsoe (25074) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 15, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle 33 cl) The smaller sibling to the two great Rochefort-brothers is still quite a mature boy. Dark amber, hazy with a small tan head. Very fruity nose - fresh fruit rather. Lots of yeasty flavours here, dry with notes of cocoa and perhaps licorice. Spicy and solid alright but an easier beer to drink than the the two big Roches. Fine introduction to the style. 240599
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 11, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aged c.8.5 months (BBD 110309): Pours with lively carbonation in a dark maroon body; plums, port, and a hint of raspberries in the aroma; play dough sweet front end and dry finish; subdued complexity compared to the 8/10; grapes, raisins, plums and toffee flavors, maybe a touch of nutmeg spicyness; moderate body and somewhat apparent alcohol; quite unique and yummy.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fizzy bronze body with a silky beige head. Alluring aroma of green raisins, plums, cherries, and dark, caramelized candy sugar. Medium-high sweetness with some nice, fruity, leathery depth. Sticky, malty, foamy mouthfeel. Nice dubbel that lacks the tired out cocoa notes found in so many American versions of the style. Nowhere near in league with Rochefort 8 or 10, but not bad for a beer that serves as a yeast starter for its legendary bigger brothers.
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - JUL 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The initial aroma was DOMINATED by strawberries or rasberries. After that it was more just like a typical spicy Belgian ale. Poured a thick brown body with a moderate head. The flavor was somewhat sweet, but overall didnít feel that well balanced. The flavor wasnít as good as other Belgians that Iíve had but this was still a nice brew.
Lunkie (1537) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUL 5, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong amlr aprice aroma. Cloudy brown colour with good head and lacing. Malt flavour with spice and flowers. Smooth palate.
TomT (18) - BELGIUM - JUL 3, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The lesser brother of the Rochefort 8 and 10, which are both world class beers. This being said, this beer would still beat many an abbey ale or similar. Generally, the 6 is somewhat "blander" (even though this term is inappropriate) than its cousins but shares some of their characteristics: hints of caramel, coffee and chocolate. Not very easy to find.
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Celebrating the end of my exam marking season with a damn fine dubbel. Wafting aroma of sweet malts, a tempered flavour of sweet chocolate with a slight fizzy feel to it, minutes after thereís a fantastic subtle nutmeg still lingering. Not full blooded, even for 7.5%, but a well rounded and enjoyable dubbel.
UnsofistaCat (239) - Garden City, Michigan, USA - JUN 30, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
At what point should price begin to influence score. Many would say never, rate the beer on its own merits. But the rest of us in the working class find it hard to shell out 9 bucks for a small bottle of ale. I mean its beer for godís sake, the same brown stuff that the Romans used to scoff at the barbarians for swilling. Did the ale have a great nose of apples? Yes. Did it have a sweet caramel cream and wine taste? Yes. But whereís the finish? Rounds out poorly for the price.