ThisWangsChung (826) - 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 isn’t very good, though it does seem to settle at being a thin film instead of fading completely.
S: There’s 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 isn’t the most eye-popping of brews; rather it’s elegant, subtle, and deep. I’ll take that over a big, brash monster any day.
M: It’s 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? It’s 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.
jimhilt (2449) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - APR 15, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a five finger white head that fades slowly leaving a thin ring. Cloudy amber color, ton of floaties. Good carbonation and medium body. Belgian yeast and light spice nose and flavor is spicy fruit and Belgian yeast, very smooth. Best by Aug 2017. $5.45 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.
Woc (26) - BELGIUM - APR 15, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well, I am a bit disappointed. I was expecting something different but I just got slightly lighter version of 8 and 10. The head is non existing, color is not clear, it didn´t even resemble a normal beer.
Don´t get me wrong, it is still pretty great beer but I was just expecting something else. Wrong timing.
kajser27 (140) - Zagreb, CROATIA - APR 14, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark amber with ruby notes, a bit cloudy, strong and lasting off white creamy head. Aroma is of brown sugar, caramel, Belgian yeast and some spices. Taste is moderate sweet malt, caramel to toffee, brown sugar, some nuts, some spices and fruit, citric, a touch of yeast and lightly toasted bread in the finish and aftertaste. Medium bodied and strong carbonation, a bit creamy.
ChtiBreizh (49) - Rennes, FRANCE - APR 13, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
For me this was a great surprise as I had this after the 8 and the 10. It has some flavours of the elder sisters but this is as drinkable as you could get with a good bitterish finish. Great option for thirst without compromise!
firstsip (562) - Michigan, USA - APR 12, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark ruby. Hazy. Super sweet caramel nose. Very syrupy sweet. Super raisin. A bit unbalanced, honestly.
Petkus331 (314) - Redford, Michigan, USA - APR 12, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is strong of prune juice with a touch of fallen leaves. Appears deep copper, no lace. Taste is very sweet prune juice followed by a very light acidic hay bitterness that then fades from a candy sugar sweetness. Very nice palate, fizzy, light. Overall, very overwhelming sweet and prune, but the palate is nice.
DavidBe (34) - BELGIUM - APR 10, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dat dit bier de minst verkochte van de drie is, verwonderd mij niet zoveel. Smakenpallet is duidelijk het minst rijkvolle van zijn twee grotere broers.
Het is een vlot drinkend biertje, maar laat hem toch liever links liggen.
huineman (31) - Madrid, SPAIN - APR 9, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Hazy amber brown. Bone-colored head, huge and thick.
Very aromatic: butterscotch, butter, vanilla, toffee, cookie, egg pudding.
Powerful yet fresh, thanks to its great structure. Great balance between sweet, sour and savory flavours. No bitterness.
Don’t be decieved by its lower number (compared to other Rochefort ales): it is one of the greatest world beers.
Bozo_skeleton (662) - Grenoble, FRANCE - APR 7, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orangée un peu sombre, grosse carbo, petit collet persistant.
aromes fruités, raisin, fruits noirs.
Encore des fruits noirs en bouche et des notes herbeuse et du caramel.
Longueur juste comme il faut
cmacklin (339) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - APR 5, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml bottle. Pours a hazy, reddish brown with an average, short lived, beige head. Sweet, fruity aroma with caramel, yeast, malt and alcohol. Sweet, fruity flavour with malt, yeast, alcohol and spice with a slightly dry, bitter finish. Medium body with an oily texture and lively carbonation. Good, but expected more from a trappist.