ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
11.2 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a murky brown color. The head is a two finger white shade, looking a bit rough in texture. Retention isnít very good, though it does seem to settle at being a thin film instead of fading completely.
S: Thereís really a lot going on in this one - raisins, plums, currants, cherries, caramel, brown sugar, apple, white grapes, chocolate, and some savory spices. Not as sweet as the 8 or 10, yet nearly as complex.
T: At first, pleasant tartness from cherry and apple esters graces the palate. Afterwards it develops caramel and brown sugar flavors. The distant aftertaste has a spicy, herbal quality to it, seemingly from hops. I also note dark chocolate, tobacco, and some mild dark fruits. This isnít the most eye-popping of brews; rather itís elegant, subtle, and deep. Iíll take that over a big, brash monster any day.
M: Itís not that rich or creamy, instead featuring an airy, slightly refreshing feel. Plenty of yeast astringency and carbonation is there to tickle the tongue. I kind of like the focus on drinkability here - it goes down more easily than the other two Rocheforts.
O: What else can be expected here? Itís definitely the lightest of the Rocheforts and knows this fact; yet it can easily stand toe to toe with the other two in terms of complexity. Just another excellent trappist offering, really.
exeter (119) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer poured a very dark amber and formed a light tan head that left circular lace. There were small particles present due to the bottle conditioning. A heavy aroma of malt and caramel with a hint of citrus. A flavor of malt and caramel. A slight tang to the finish is present. Excellent beer.
dbhenry (81) - El Paso, Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Like their other ales, this Belgian ale has a distinctive flavor, with a complex fruit taste. The hops are medium and balance nicely with the malt taste. The hops have an unusual flavor also. This has a lighter body than the 8, but is a very good beer.
Handypaul (134) - - MAR 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours cloudy reddish-brown with a big creamy to frothy head that thins quickly to a thinner cover but leaves only a little lacing. Aroma of grass, pine and hay, lightly bitter, medium sweetness, flavors of caramel, faint spices show up in the far finish, fizzy carbonation-way too much, and a sticky texture. Interesting.
DwarfeD (626) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - MAR 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle at home. Hazy brown with a medium off-white head. Medium to full body with moderate carbonation. Medium sweet- and bitterness. Caramel, brown sugar, lots of spices and herbs. A very decent brown brew.
keanex (1229) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Best before August 9, 2017 (assumed from stamp).
Appearance: The body is a clear copper to brick red hue with a tall and thin/fizzy off-white head. The head fizzes away to a soft coating.
Aroma: A whiff of carbonic acid and apples are huge, hints of brown sugar and grape are noticed along with orange marmalade. Very fruity, aromatic and enticing.
Taste: The carbonic acid is huge in the flavor, certainly throwing off the taste. I get a big green apple and brown sugar flavor though towards the end with grape with a slight herbal tea finish. Enjoyable but Iím sure that this is much better over in itís home land.
Palate: Overly carbonated, but a full body.
Overall: I think the big issues Iím having here are due to it having to be shipped from where it is. Possibly stored improperly or something. I imagine that this is meant to be much better in Belgium.
PapaVillum (247) - Valby, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cl, flaske, 7,5 % ABV, købt i Den Belgiske Ølbutik på Jyllingevej i Vanløse, 28. februar 2014.
Ufiltreret rødbrun Trappistøl med offwhite-farvet medium boblende skumtop på ca. 3 cm tykkelse. Falder til 1 cm efter 5 minutter.
Duft af belgisk trappistgær, honning og sød tørret frugt. Appelsin-noter.
Sødlig smag med underliggende bitterhed. Alkoholindholdet er godt skjult. I indledningen af smagsbilledet kan øllet virke lidt vandet og smagen er ikke gennemtrængende, men halvt inde i processen kommer den gode smag snigende. Middellang eftersmag.
Forholdsvis højt kulsyreindhold gør, at øllet skummer meget i munden.
Rochefort 6 er ikke St-Remy klosterets mest kendte øl, men den er udmærket uden at være prangende.
Torrefacto (333) - SPAIN - FEB 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Color rojizo/caoba turbio con espuma color crema. Aromas de frutos rojos y azķcar moreno. Tiene una densidad media con un sabor dulce, confitado y afrutado. El final y el regusto tiene un punto Šcido muy agradable. FŠcil de beber y muy rica.
trapped (558) - TURKEY - FEB 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Dark amber- brown with small off-white head, fruity aroma, caramel-berries flavored roasted malt taste, high carbonation, long finish with berries aftertaste. Really exquisite.
knutole (24) - Rhineland-Palatinate, GERMANY - FEB 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
aroma: sweet, fruity, tastes a bit like red berries, malty;
appearance: amber, reddish, not much foam, decent carbonisation
taste: sweet, toffee, caramel, slightly coriander, gum, a bit hoppy and bitter towards the end, complex and interesting
Niall73 (906) - Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a dark, murky amber brown. Aroma has a light medicinal thing with candy. Medium body, full carbonation. Apples, pears, sugar, gum... Better than OK.