FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 23, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark red orange, with a large billowing light tan head. Brown sugar, currants, alcohol, dates, and figs in the aroma. Dark chocolate, raisins, and earthy dark fruit flavors. Spicy ester finish with dried cherries and high alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is medium heavy and fairly hot.
kramer (4939) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark mahogany with a thick creamy off white head. Reserved much of the sediment inside bottle to be enjoyed after rating. Very fruity aroma, lots of plum and rasin especially. Vinous with yeast and belgian candi sugar, some alcohol as well but rather muted. Flavor is intensly fruity. Dark cherry, plum, raisin, very vinous and multi layered. Nice spicy and warming finish. No notion of alcohol in the flavor though. Fullbodied on the palate, creamy with moderate soft carbonation. Overall, a very complex and flavorful brew. I could drink this often.
maltdog (617) - Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I open the bottle to a slap-on-the-back chuff, and the frenzied froth pour collects itself into a rust-colored body and an enormous, lumpy tan krausen that mushrooms jubilantly over the rim of my tulip glass. I’m greeteed by predominantly earthy aromas accompanied by prunes or dates, cherries, flowers, yeast, gingerbread, and bubblegum wrapper. Inside, I meet a blur of flavors: walnut, fruit (plum, rum-raisin, gooseberry?, orange gumdrops), and wood. Everpresent ethanol hovers nearby, and confettis my head with fuzzy static. Shy candied citrus and anise peek from the background. I sip the secret liquid, and her pangaean lace veil discretely lava-lamps into eldritch foam amoebas. Her touch is fluffy, cottony on my tongue; an alcohol snowflake. The abrupt farewell is bone dry, spicily bitter, peppery, and strongly tannic. I depart with a sawdust or barklike astringent aftertaste. An unforgettable tryst, but at $6.99 to sample her, I’ll be content with the memory.
jerome6957 (17) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 21, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a murky dark brown with a colossal, craggy, meringue-like head. A thing of beauty indeed. Heavy scent of fruit: prunes and dates, and molasses. Bit of hoppy spice, and rum. Flavor nutty, heavy caramel washed slowly away by a warm enveloping alcohol with a slight burn. Strong stuff! Long dry bitter finish.
Zeswaft (1370) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2005
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I don’t detect much of any aroma. There is a slightly nutty and yeasty scent. Pours light brown with an overwhelming off-white head. Surprisingly carbonated. Taste is tame and less intense than the 10. I enjoy this one more. This has a sort of woody Samuel Smith flavor. Not overwhelmingly yeasty like most Belgians. Finally a real Belgian that I can say I truly like.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - NOV 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with a large, rocky head that leaves lots of lacing. All the dark fruit, spices, and Belgian yeast notes of the Rochefort 10 are in the aroma, without the big whiff of alcohol. I’m also getting a hop presence, which was absent in the 10. The flavor has more light fruit (banana, orange) than the 10, with a noticeably hoppy finish. As it warms, the raisin flavor comes out more. There seems to be, interestingly, more of an alcohol flavor here than I found in its bigger brother; the 10 finished dry, with a pleasant warming, while this one finishes bitter and a bit overly alcoholic. Good, even great, but I much prefer the 10.
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - NOV 16, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Niiiice. Pours a murky brown wit ha decent-sized half-inch off white head that fades relatively quickly into a creamy film. Fruity malty aroma, maybe asome raisins and a floral hop undertone. Deep, rich flavor of malt, subtle roasted notes ... slight citric acidity in the bittersweet finish. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel with a slight astringent quality and a touch of alcohol warmth. very, very good.
Yard (45) - Senoia, Georgia, USA - NOV 16, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark and cloudy. Off white head with an aroma of hops and fruits. Heavy flavor but still not too stout. Great beer.
ivan9856 (187) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The 330 ml bottle presents a cloudy, dark brown body with large, frothy tan head that leaves ample lacing. There is a rich, sweet, caramel malt and raisin-like, aroma with some hops and a hint of alcohol, maybe even a touch of cinammon. Initial palate is quite sweet, but balanced by the long-lasting, dry hop and warming alcohol finish. Mid-palate brings plum, raisin, ripe banana, sour cherry, clove and anise. Quite bold, but light in body and mouthfeel, this ale truly excels at the appropriate serving temperature. Excellent.
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark coffee, pours beautifully, wonderfully complex flavor. Worth every penny.