Aubrey (3432) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 12, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Murky amber with a rocky, dimpled head. Yeasty nose. Very lively carbonation. Mouthfeel was smooth and thickish up front with some "steel-like" sensations. Almost champagne-like at times. Had some caramel-coated nuts and sweet oak flavors. Slowly becomes warming in the throat. Well made and flavorful, but not overly complex.
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 9, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent slightly clouded appearence. Mild in taste, and smell. a hint of cherries.
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - SEP 30, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
These beers are all so good. I am surprised at the "lower" ratings on this beer compared to the others. I found it to be just as good as the other Rochefort's. Great looking beer - Caramel malty aroma. Very complex and incredibly fresh tasting. Great Belgian brew.
larsniclas (5611) - Billdal, SWEDEN - SEP 29, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at Stockholm Beer Festival 2003.
Aroma from plums or prune.
Sweet, a bit smoky flavour.
rlgk (10520) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - SEP 25, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2004 (Stockholm Beer Festival 2003) Dark amber, with a nice and lasting head. Sweet and malty. A little fruity and a little thin.
rickgordon (3843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 25, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Sampled at Stockholm Beer Festival.
Brown with a cotton-like head. Sweetish, sugary, spicy but more watery than expected.
bob32256 (171) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark reddish-brown color with a tan, long-lasting head; faint smell of malt; smooth but somewhat light texture; very mild taste - maybe a hint of cherries - too light for an Abbey
Kinz (3291) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 31, 2003
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brownish appearance, head faded fairly rapidly. Quite murky. Aroma was barely detectable, just some faint whisps of malt. The flavor was very subtle and muted. Faint hints of raisins, a touch of chocolate, maybe some cherry. It was all so far in the background. There is nothing at all wrong with this beer, but I wish it was more like its bolder older brothers.
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - AUG 26, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2005 This is worth a few more comments after a couple of years. Sweet that I can get so many trappist beers in Japan! Supposedly the store that’s a 10 minute walk from my place also can get Westy. Hmm, my opinions don’t change all that much on this. I get some more caramel type sweetness in the flavor, and not so much "cidery" characteristics. Also, I wouldn’t describe the appearance of this as "reddish amber" anymore - it’s a dull brown, almost greenish color, opaque, with some yeast present in the bottom. Odd. Cookie present in the finish. Overall a good take on the style.
ORIGINAL RATING 8/26/03: 8-4-8-4-16: Bottle. Ahh, yes, the rarer Roche-6. Reddish-amber, small head. A very interesting contrast to other trappist ales. Flat red wine and cherries are my primary observations here; it reminds me of Quelque Chose in some ways. Cidery in some ways...somewhat flat but this goes well with the smooth yet taunting and complex flavor. Difficult to pin down...some hints of cocao. A perplexing beer.
radiomgb (2249) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep amber in colour. Aroma of plums, caramel, malts, candy. Flavour of berries, sweet, very smooth. Finishes with lots of raspberries and a great sweet/sour thing going on. Thank you so much for this PsychProf.