ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
33 cl bottle. Fruity, sweet smell with some hints of whipping cream and caramel. Dark unclear red/brown in color. High but not very pretty head - that lasts long however. Some sediment in the bottle. Taste is absolutely marvelous. Chocolate, caramel, raisins, warming alcohol. Very powerful carbonation - maybe a bit too much for my taste - but propably close to the perfect beer (which, by the way, is Rochefort 10)
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - OCT 30, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
33cl bottle BBD 25.12.07 I could smell this before the glass was half full. Deep brown/burgundy color with chocolate/tan head. Smells of cocoa, raisins, lether, alcohol, slight cappochino, plums & cherries a bit. All that goes into the full, velvety lingering palate. Alcohol is a highlight in this massive rich carmelly sweet brew that finishes with sharp bitterness, leaving me dreaming of fig newtons dipped in rich chocolate milk. alcohol warming, maybe a bit of port...Taking on a mothball aroma as it breathes, or is that malted milk balls? Nutmeg? Just doesnít get much more complex and yummy than this. Iíve been disapointed by a few bottles of the 8 in the past, but this one knocked me out.
DanielBrown (3601) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Stirchley Wines and Spirits, Birmingham. Spicy berry brew, with licorice and super bitter choc sourness. Strong alcohol in the mouth - piquant liqueurness. I canít be bothered to say too much about this, cos lots of others have already said everything. This is cool, possibly my fave Rochefort.
zach8270 (3175) - Henrietta, New York, USA - OCT 22, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2008 [33 cl. bottle] Dark and murky brown pour with a nice tan head. Aroma of spices, sweet malts, biscuit dough, black cherries and prunes. Flavor is very warm and full with cherry and prunish tastes, with a nicely balanced sweet malt flavor and a very prominent alcohol finish. The aftertaste is slightly dry and fruity. Very good beer.
SED43 (23) - Manhattan, New York, USA - OCT 22, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aromas of caramel cocoa, plums and honey with some dates. Nice hints of allspice and malty bread. Murky ruby red in color. Tan head mostly diminshing sorry no lacing here. Kinda reminds me of tea that hasínt been strained. Due to the huge amount of sediment. Moderately sweet w/ a bitter light fininsh. It's almost mind I say, "It's almost champagny". Dry effervescence of nice. Soft mouthy feel could call it kinda ogley. We wont go there with that word, but if you care to challange that will be on you. ;^)
Palates good hell. What do I know I'm waiting for my food> >:^(. Overall I'd like to try it's big brother. Very tasty belgium strong ale.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - OCT 18, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown muddy color, decent head. Aroma of prune, sweet candy and alcohol. Flavor has hints of chocolate, dark fruit and malt. Surprisingly subtle with an elegant smooth mouthfeel, finishes with alcohol prominent. Though this was quite good, I think I was expecting a more distinct flavor to stand out, but it seems all the character just hangs out in the background. Iím fairly certain that this was the most expensive brew per ounce that I have purchased to date - I expected bliss but this was not achieved.
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 15, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2004 This is smoother and exactly like the 10 but without the punch of the alcohol that comes with the 10. Itís a darker version of itís older brother. Deep dank Ruby with all the plum, raisin, citrus, grass, and brown sugar flavour... only a slight hint of any alcohol! Breathtaking!
BrockLanders (770) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 12, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark ruby color. Very deep indeed. Nice frothy, yet creamy head. Fruit, dates, raisins, some rum, spices, and a little bit of alcohol spring from the aroma. I love the nose of this ale. Very nice aroma. You can taste a hint of the alcohol. Some plums, malt, walnuts, green raisins and a touch of chocolate with just a hint of spice in the taste. The alcohol warms you in the finish. I love this one as much as the Rochefort 10. Very fine ale. Wish I had more.
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 6, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2005 Perfect looking beer, just like its bigger brother. This beer has an aroma unlike any beer Iíve ever encountered. Incredibly fresh cookie or gingerbread dough, with loads of spices (definitely allspice and cinnamon but a few others I couldnít quite pick out), orange peel and whatever they use to spice Hahn Witbier and Emersonís Taieri George. Thereís jasmine and other floral, perfumey stuff in the background. More fresh doughy flavours, though it is very light and lean in the mouth. Loads of spice flavours coming from all directions, fresh but light maltiness, light bitterness and alcohol with a touch of chocolate in the finish but it sure doesnít seem like itís 9%. I found it a touch too fizzy early on and whilst it was really good, it was perhaps a touch too light on malt flavours to be my ultimate Belgian. Onya beer_ledgend!
Re-rate: Wow - when you have this stuff fresh itís just like as described above only way fresher and better. I like it better than the 10 for its (relative) drinkability. Moving up!
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark brown with small head. Smells of chocolate and alcohol. Velvet mouthfeel, tastes strong with chocolate, malt, strong alcohol, and finishes bitter. Pretty darn good... too drinkable lol