Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2005 A beautiful color of forest fire in Fall. Pleasing aroma of berries, fruitcake, brandy soaked malts (But not fully, just partially) along with a touch of banana. Chewy malt profile with notes of sweetened dark fruits (plums, grapes), along with a hint of chocolate and toffee. A lovely beer overall. This was my staple, my session beer while I was in Belgium and at 2 Euros a bottle can you blame me?
cathcacr (627) - Oregon, USA - FEB 5, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
8 1/2 out of 10, easy. The aesthetics are certainly there: frothy, fluffy foam head; goes down as smooth as custard. Nicely counters yeasty stomach-fuzz. Just like the Roche 10, a work of beauty. This or the 10, I’ll take ’em! (Bottle reads: 29 08 06) Drink ’em slow....
Odeed (1774) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 2, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle read 19-08-08.the "8" was brown in appearance with an off-white head that left some webbing when it sat down.an aroma of bread,spice,and caramel greeted my nose.the flavor was much of the same.this is yet another great brew from rochefort.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - FEB 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is raspberry, caramel, crystal malts. Ruby color, bubbly body. Not nearly as good as 10, but very good. Starts out tasting like a barleywine, but fades into a marajuana brown taste that blends suprisingly well. Another nice brew for Rochefort.
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 28, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a somewhat cloudy reddish-brown with thick beige head. Caramel, vanilla, and alcohol in the aroma. Well carbonated and dry in flavor. Vanilla and oak in the flavor. More hoppy than other Belgians. I don’t get the sweetness that other raters have and am not crazy about the finish. The combination of dryness, carbonation, and alcohol gives a slight burning sensation on the way down.
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours ruby brown opaque, not quite cloudy until bottle is completely empty. Head is light foamy tan that lasts and laces. Great aroma. Sweet, deep musky fruits. Raisins, figs, plums, and oak. Complex with vanilla and brown sugar. Palate is smooth, moderately heavy body and light, vibrant carb. . Vanilla, oak, rum, raisins & plums. Finish is light sweet and a bit bitter, with slight bitter after.
lululegrand (94) - gent, BELGIUM - JAN 25, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good hazy brown beer with small light colored head. Fine malty nose with touch of caramel and some dry fruit and spices. Smooth taste, malty and complex taste. Elegant aftertaste that lingers on.
MillStreetMan (152) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a classic example of everything that a Belgian can do right, but it falls marginally behind its big brother, the Rochefort 10. Not too much of a complaint though, because these are among the two best beers out there. Unfortunately, neither is readily available in Toronto, but occasionally I’ll come across one. This one has a great deal of sweetness, yet isn’t overpowering or cloying. Just about perfect.
beerbabybeer (39) - langley, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
this beer is fantastic. it’s a tad less complex and weaker than the 10, but still damn near perfect. everything is wonderfully balanced and the feel in the mouth is smooth yet exciting. dark fruit, plums, brown sugar, a bit of citrus, coffee, toffee, malt, chocolate flavors all harmonize with eachother in this dark, dark, slightly amber beer. the head is moderate with smallish bubbles with nice lacing and a moderate realease of gasses. this beer is complex and delightful. cheers!
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2005
4.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
bottle from new beer.Ruby brown color.off white head.sweet aroma ofdark fruits, very tasty,flavor of plums,subtle sweetnessdont even noitce the 9.2%this beer has madelnight better