ChazMania (660) - Oceanside, California, USA - NOV 29, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet aroma. Initial taste seemed of plum and sherry. Slightly fizzy on the tongue. It is easy to taste the alcohol. Finish is of brown sugar.
taunusmies (337) - FINLAND - NOV 28, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I love this beer. Taste is a very slightly sweet with some fruit aromas. Strong alcohol-% doesn’t matter. Quite long aftertaste.
lagomswedish (213) - Umeĺ, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Stewed tea appearance with a quickly thinning tan head. Powerful aromas of earth, fruit and mazipan.
As with all the Rocheforts, the mouthfeel was excellent, with tight carbonation and a pleasing level of residual bitterness. However I couldn’t esacpe from the fact I got a lot of soap flavour from this bottle. I swear if I’d burped bubbles would have come out of my mouth........
And the alcohol is a little raw, especially when it warms up.
Not as well balanced as the 10 in my opinion, but still a classy beer that paired well with a very over-ripe brie.
nijuro (63) - USA - NOV 27, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
wonderfully balanced, brown sugar, clove, nutmeg and plums. Really complex with a very nice mouthfeel. I actually prefer this to the 10, but I have another bottle of each, so we’ll see how it goes on the second go-around.
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From bottle. Dark brown with a reddish hue. Foamy tan head. Nose of raisins, brown sugar and some alcohol. A yeasty and hop spiciness come out as well as it warms. All those flavors are present in the flavor. Smooth palate with enough carbonation.
TampaBeer (257) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of fresh fruit and raisins. Raisin colored body with well balanced palate. Nice.
burpfrank (299) - carpinteria, California, USA - NOV 21, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was pretty well balanced in flavor,body ,appearance and it tasted like a good quality beer.It had high alcohol content,but was pretty much masked by the good body.Average aroma.I didn’t detect much varied taste,so I will have to get another!!
PHXHOPLOVER (50) - LAVEEN, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark brown, cloudy with floaties-maybe my fault. Light brown medium lasting head with fair lacing. Has aromas of berries, blackcurrant, caramel malts, a little sweet, but not cloying. Alcohol well hidden. The monks sure know what they are doing!! Worth $4 a bottle.
Lowe1983 (1397) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark red/brown color with a medium tan head. Aroma is of dark fruits, caramel, spices, and a little alcohol. Flavor starts off with the dark fruit and caramel flavors that give way to the spices and alcohol warming. Very delicious brew, very complex.
beermaniac (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: Good lacing on sides of glass. Dark ruby color, relatively clear.
Aroma: This is where this beer shines in my opinion. Very complex nose. Upon pouring, I get a skunky spiciness (a pleasant skunky), buttery, malty, fruity, woody and some alcohol notes all just keep jumping out of the glass.
Flavor: Not as complex, but the flavor is very nice. High alcohol content is well-hidden, and oxidative sherryish notes along with a sweetish, candyish flavor make for an interesting flavor. Some berry notes in the finish, as well as light vanilla notes.
Palate: I like the mouthfeel of this beer. Thicker, but not cloying. Very drinkable, with higher carbonation that cuts through the thick body. Very smooth!
Overall: I could drink alot of this, which is obviously dangerous. Nice beer, with odd and complex notes not found in alot of beers.