hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - JUN 26, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
11.2 oz. pours a very murky dark brown with a huge off white head. Aroma is dark fruit, sweet malts, some chocolate perhaps, and woody. (rochefort 10 has a much more intense aroma) Taste is chocolate, plums, raisins, yeast, and almost dirt (earthyness) in a good way.
EithCubes (5186) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2015 Bottle. Uncontrollably full head, no matter what I try. Laces gorgeously, is playfully fluffy, and is full enough...well, is full enough to bounce a few quarters. Pours a dark brown. Nose is sweetly malty, with dried fruit (mostly berry), yeast, spice, and caramel. Really, not the most complex aroma in the world, but certainly among the most beautiful. Taste is otherworldly. Soft and luscious, slightly sweet, loooads of malt. Slight chocolate, more red berry. Strong spice is evident toward the end, as is the barely-there alcohol. Still, extremely full-bodied, a stream of oil amidst the cream. A hint of cloves. Soft and velvety. And there is even a nice hoppy swallow. Quite an experience! Kept my eyes closed for minutes afterwards, thinking about what I’d just tasted. [2006.06.26: 4.5]
Re-rate from an 11.2oz bottle best before end 04.07.2018, so pretty fresh. Nose is dark and figgy, very little toffee; burnt raisins flambéed in rum; dates and faint banana, light phenols and alcohol; very richly malty with sweet red fruit in the bg; pretty perfect and style-defining aroma. Pours deep, dark garnet with a huge and noisy oily-soapy beige head that fades quickly. Taste starts sweet with the lovely strong honey-candy character of the 6, lightly floral with marshmallow and vanilla; goes through singed caramel with deeper fig and date, faint grape and cherry, light mineral contribution and spice. Some orange peel, light lavender, very mild alcohol (stunning how well-integrated it is!) which reminds of high-quality gin. Ultra-smooth medium body, light caress of warmth and oil from the booze. I can’t help but marvel at how much more vibrant and alive these last two bottles of Rochefort have been; maybe the bottles I had 8.75 years ago had been sitting on a shelf for too long? Despite its size, this one seems somehow smaller, and very digestible (I dare say dry!); it’s a sipper that doesn’t wear on the palate, and despite my wolfish celerity I’m surprised at how much remains in the bottle -- as if this were the famed "süßer Brei!" Heavens forfend, I’d get even less done! [2015.03.14: 4.8]
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 26, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In the 330 mL bottle at the 2006 Huber Haus Belgian Trappist Ale Tasting. The head has blue-green undertones in color. I kid you not. Dense muddy brown beer in color with the aforementioned off-white head. Buttery cake batter aroma. Doughy and chocolatey. Has a drying astringency to the flavor. Tart and candy sweetness are both present. This is a fun beer. The interesting sweetness seems separate from the finishing bitter bite and the ethanol burn.
TheEpeeist (3462) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
11.2 oz bottle. Dense, chocolate brown. Smooth tan head with soft peaks stays around. Lacing like the aurora borealis. Plum, sherry and mocha nose. Woody, wild mushrooms, cabernet and rum raisin; alcohol evident. Silky body with medium carb. Clean finish with residual Baker’s chocolate. So well made but alcohol adds sharp edges.
WisconsinBeer (714) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
MMM Trappist beer. In my opinion this is the best Trappist brewery since Westvleteren dissapeared from the scene. Nice looking deep red hazy color with some sediment. Foamy eggwhite head with plenty of lacing. Alcohol is more constrained in this than the 10. Big breadlike malts and soft yeast. Notes of banana and ripe fruit. Ends on somewhat of a dry alcohol note. A meal in a glass. What more to say about this beer than try it if you havent.
CamdenD (1113) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 24, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow -- hugely surprised by this beer. Seemed to have a bit more hop presence than the 10, and therefore almost strangely refreshing for a dark, 9.2, beer. Would have many of these if I could afford to.
MrBunn (2528) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Massive tan head above a body that is brown with amber tinting. Aroma is very nice... sweet cloves, heavy fruit (cherry and prune come to mind) and caramel. Flavor is very complex and blends together superbly. Caramel backbone with definite fruity undercurrents and a bit of a tartness that comes through near the tail end. Top notch.
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUN 19, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
11.2oz bottle, 23 03 10 (best by date?).Pours an opaque deep brown with a big frothy light brown head. Aroma of burnt caramel, stale graham crackers, some yeast, fruity esters, raisins, and oak. Kind of a musty taste right up front, fairly tart with alcohol warmth throughout. Addition of slight cherry and apple in flavor. Medium-full bodied, soft-medium carbonation. Beautiful lacing--as a matter of fact, there is only one big lace, thinning at times. Excellent.
Louipa (121) - USA - JUN 17, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2006 I thought this was one of the best beers I have ever tried. If this is that good then I can’t wait to try the 10.
Re-rate: the 8 is better than the 10.
2late2brew (14) - the woodlands, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma more muted than anticipated, but pleasent with fig & caramel. Very inviting appearance with steady head stand, bottle conditioned, reddish dark amber brown. Flavor tastes sweetened like raisons with yeasty alcohol warming finishing smooth to dry. Very attenuated, well crafted a treat to be sure but lacks the complexity of sugars with the 10.