bb (6481) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 10, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Mahogony color with a big beige head. Sweet date/fig/malt aroma with some berry tones. Malt and fig flavors with a yeasty, spicey finish. Nice richness and complexity. Slight alcohol presence. Did a side-by-side tasting with the Westvleteren 8 and the Rochefort was by far the better beer.
SuIIy (1984) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 4, 2005
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dirty brown, with lots of sediment. Plums, some caramel. Fizzy, lots of alcohol in the aftertaste. Some hints of chocolate and raisins.
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy ruby.amber, near white head which holds firm, some sediment floating around in glass. Aroma of plums, raisons, caramel and definite alcohol. Flavors of bread, caramel, chocolate, alcohol similar to spiced rum and scotch. Long dry finish, and lasting aftertaste.
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - APR 2, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a very dark brown with a dark tan head which diminishes to a thin layer and remains throughout. Aromas of Chocolate, raisins, brown sugar, liquorice and plums can be found. very well bodied, with a long dry finish. I was expecting a lesser version of the Rochefort 10, but the chocolate comes through stronger here and i was able to appreciate the 8 in a different way, a superbly crafted beer.
hawkshadow (107) - Rural Retreat, Virginia, USA - APR 1, 2005
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow. Poured reddish brown with a billowing head, lasting and lacing all the way down. Aroma is light and pleasant, grain and hoppy with nothing overpowering, but balance in all. Taste is sweet and salty, finishes more salty with very slight bitter. The alcohol warms my throat and back of my tongue with the aftertaste. Absolutely good. I definitely would recommend this to anyone.
Lunkie (1305) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - APR 1, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2005 Sweet malt aroma. Cloudy brown colour with fair head. Deep sweet malt flavour. Smooth palate.
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 29, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma had dark fermented fruit (raisins and plums), grapes (almost vinious, and apples. The flavor was rich w/ coriander, apples, and dark fermented fruit. The beer poured cloudy brown color w/ thin lasting head and lacing. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and creamy, and tart.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - MAR 27, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer pours a murky brown color with a massive, extremely foamy pearlish head and massive lacing on the side of the glass. The aroma is sweet, raisiny, with hints of apple, pear, candy sugar, roasted malt, cotton candy and cinammon. The flavor is full bodied and extremely complex. Heavy alcohol can be picked up about midway through the warming process. Heavy caramel stickyness, raisins, malts, and fruits galore. Heavy carbonation, yet full mouth feel... a tough to accomplish task. Long, sweet finish, raisiny and complex..donít know how many times i can say that.... dry yet not overbearing...very tongue coating and oh that hint of chocolate in the finish...
Hunsell (400) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAR 27, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of overripe fruits, raisin, fudge, fills the entire room. Darkbrown beer, off-white head that stays and stays. A touch less sweet than the 10, this is absolute monkbeerquality. SO complicated, with lots of different (dark) fruits. Very smooth, wellbalanced, worldclass.
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Complicated flavor that was absolutely delightful. A mixture of fig, caramel, chocolate, and alcohol. Ahhh ... gotta love monks. They know beer.