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.
Distance_Runner (62) - BELGIUM - DEC 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Smatch, Brussels, Belgium. Easy to drink! One of my favorite brewery and it's lije a few degree lover than 19. I love it :-)
ForlornHope (95) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33 cl bottle at home. Pours a ruddy-brown colour with a white head that soon disappears. Quite light for a dubbel. Aroma of raisin bread and slight roast. Taste is sweet but with a long bitterness to finish. Quite lively on the tongue, fruity and with a nice finish. Overall very pleasant. My example is quite fresh, I suspect this will mellow quite nicely with age.
AGCostaNeves (12) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - DEC 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A beer amber coloring dark sweet flavor and very pleasant to me. Its alcohol content is quite noticeable to savor.
I felt this beer as remarkable as his sisters 8:10, and actually the lightest of them.
Ends up being the lighter weight of this Abbey, with first quality and balance, fine softer, starting with carbonation. I could feel in your body a tan and light caramel malt.
Its aftertaste was nice and smooth.
Has a higher drinkalibity on sunny days.
leghorn99 (33) - Livorno, ITALY - DEC 14, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Osservazioni: Eí di colore giallo ambrato, con buona limpidezza; la schiuma Ť molto ricca, compatta e persistente. Líaroma si apre sorprendentemente con leggeri sentori aspri, quasi di uva, seguiti da mela verde, spezie (pepe), toffee, miele díacacia, frutta secca. Ha una frizzantezza spiccata, che la rende subito intrigante e asciutta, il corpo Ť rotondo, netto, mai esagerato. Al gusto predomina il dolce: caramello, zucchero candito, toffee, miele, leggere note di uvetta. A bilanciare cíŤ una leggerissima asprezza finale, che ripulisce bene il palato ed Ť seguita da un retrogusto appena amaro di frutta secca con qualche nota terrosa, che lascia un gradevole morbido tepore etilico.
jh773 (170) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy orange-brown with a large head that "sponges" away quickly. Fresh herbal smell; floral, some fruit, tart, wine. Flavor is bready and yeasty; savory, earthy, caramel and dark fruit/raisins balanced by a nice tartness. Slightly sweet moving into a dry finish with plenty of carbonation. It has the rich flavor of 10 with a much lighter body.
Satyroneto (134) - - DEC 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cor marrom com tons amarelados e muitos sedimentos em suspensão; espuma marfim de alta formação e persistência baixa, restando apenas uma área central e fino anel; sem lacing;
Aroma de nozes e passas;
Sabor de nozes e frutas escuras com final seco, picante e alcoólico, mas com álcool muito bem inserido; retrogosto picante e alcoólico q aquecem a boça;
Corpo leve e carbonatação média/alta.
Bobblehead (54) - Kansas, USA - DEC 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured into a chalice, hazy, red, minimal head, tan foam, raisin, light sweetness, fruitiness, herbs, soft carbonation.
mjonesy07 (12) - Huntly, SCOTLAND - DEC 3, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
7.5 % ABV Belgian Trappist beer. Dark colour with a good head. Has a caramel flavour to it and a nice hoppy aroma.
circinus (224) - SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 33 cl from Barleywine, Copenhagen. Orange/brown, with a beige nice head. Orange marmelade, caramel, coca-cola, slight sweetness, some citrus, some toffee. Medium body, medium/lively carbonation, very fitting and nice body. Refreshing, great to have these trappist flavours in a more refreshing lighter beer as opposed to the heavier ones.
Franzen (352) - SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark syrup, honey, flowers and some overripe red apples in aroma. Greyish brown colour. Refreshing bit acidic taste, a bit citrusy bit of honey sweetness n finish. Light and refreshing for beeing a 7,5% Belgian strong ale