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.
Pacool (37) - - OCT 20, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fantastyczna mętna ciemnobrązowa barwa. Długo utrzymująca się się gęsta piana. Bogaty smak ze słodkim posmakiem.
AirForceHops (3295) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle purchased at Julioís Liquors. Dark brown color with lasting head. Aroma is laced with dark fruits (plums, dates, figs) and some dark sugars.
The flavor is rich and sweet that the style calls for. Burnt toffee, dried fruits sprinkled with sugar, thick molasses and hints of roasted nuts. Nice complexity and a true classic.
Ulysse (46) - Brussels, BELGIUM - OCT 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not as commercially available as its relatives, 8 and 10. This one is on the lighter side of that array.
didierlewallon (104) - ponferrada, SPAIN - OCT 18, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
De color rojizo y tonos Šmbar, de cuerpo suave, presenta sabores terrosos y herbales. Fuerte aroma a malta, ligeramente amarga. De final delicadamente sutil con presencia de especias y caramelo. Su sabor fino hace de ella una delicia para el paladar.
slowrunner77 (5977) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 14, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"while i enjoyed this one, it was almost distractingly light in aroma and body...well, flavor too i suppose for a dubble. but while i prefer a couple fuller bodied american dubbles, this was quite tasty and definitely has itís place in my fridge when iím in the mood for a lighter, more delicate version. All the Roch beers are complex, and this one is no exception, itís just lighter fruits on the nose, and in the flavor, and fresher tasting than the others. Well done as well. Not a blow your mind beer, but quite good. 6/09-another one thatís gotten just a touch better each time."
eduardovl (866) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
330ml bottle served in its own chalice.
A: Pours a cloudy amber to brow (nutty) color. Some particles can be seen floating around. Forms a huge beige head when poured but retention is medium to low. A small layer remains and some lacings are formed and left in the glass
S: Sweet and "bready". Caramel malts, toffee and Belgium yeasts. Dry dark fruits and alcohol
T: As suggested by the nose: Upfront is slightly sweet followed by bready and earthy yeasts. Strong notes of caramel, caramel malts, brown bread, dark fruits and candy sugar. End is slightly bitter
M: Medium and molasses body. Medium carbonation. Belgian bittersweet aftertaste
O: Excellent dirinkability. Less complex than the 8 or 10 but still a Rochefort
[ BA Review @ 1/30/2010 ]
BelgiskOlklub (911) - Viby J, DENMARK - OCT 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown hazy body and a very nice creamy lasting head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, fign, raisin. The taste is medium to heavy sweet and light bitter. Creamy texture.
niquillis (941) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Congress, Longton. Red brown with loads of carbonation a la Rochefort. Much more easy drinking than the strength. Rochefort stuff is excellent.
HIGHB4LL (598) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle from Cash Wise in Williston. Appearance: 2 fingers khaki caramel head that does not last, amber brown red color, lightly cloudy, head is gone quickly, oily lacing. Aroma: light prune, molasses, light grassy hops, light lemon. Palate: medium body, lively and sparkling carbonation, alcohol warming, oily texture, dry finish. Taste: thin fruit sweetness, into a rich malty sweet that transitions back into a fuller light prune fruit flavor and finishes sweet. Overall, very malty rich, carbonation is a bit much for me, but the flavors are surprisingly mild. Very nice beer, but maybe not up to all the hype.
DomD (72) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - OCT 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from 33cl bottle. Aroma of citrus with hint of cough drop. Pours a cloudy amber with white head. Has a very light bitter taste. Medium body, oily texture, with a dry finish. Overall a pretty good brew, although Iím not a big fan of the dry finish.