vector (163) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A lot like the 6, but stronger with a recognizable increase in ABV. Fruit, spices, and sweetness dominate the flavor and aroma.
PetetheMeat (621) - Hove, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark cobber coloured ale, small beige head. Malty sweet flavour with distinct tones of dryed fruit (prunes?). Overall a magnificent trappist!
oli (108) - DENMARK - MAR 12, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Definitely a lighter version than Rochefort 10,but it is still a very good beer indeed.Nice head and lovely reddish brown colour.The alcohol is very well hidden behind a nice malty,fruity,candy,spicy flavour.The taste is rather complex,especially as the beer warms up.I enjoyed this beer very much.
BIGC (29) - USA - MAR 11, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2 fl oz. bottle with 17 10 06 stamp on it. At 6.19 a bottle it's a super treat. wonderful aromas of raisin, plum and a little hop? Huge creamy head with great carbonation. Beautiful brown with a little yeast that slipped out. I let this one cool naturally outside in 50 f temp. enjoyed it in a grimbergen chalice glass. the head on this one just would not go away and left a belgian dip mustache every time i enjoyed a sip. the taste was great. Sweet caramel malts with a nice crisp zesty finish. body was a little watery, however the alcohol compesated and left an awesome after taste. you will feel the alcohol in this one which is why i personally left a 16 for overall impression. keep drinking it and see what happens as it warms up, yummy. don't pass it up
Lubiere (9085) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden hazy colour with nice vinous, spicy, malt and (surprise)floral hops. The hops come out well in mouth, with resinous qualities, est the sweetness is well baqlnaced. the alcool si felt in a rather dry way, which is not compensated by the body...still a great beer.
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 8, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
BB 2008. Very drab dark chestnut brown with plenty of greys and lighter yellows. Big foamy off-white head. Served quite warm, 53-55 degrees. Bottle conditioned. Aroma of sweet dates, rum raisins and some faint hops? or perhaps that's just the yeast. Aroma fairly faint overall. Begins extremely delicate, walnuts, green raisins and a touch of chocolate. Body has some lively effervesence and finish ends on a nice yeasty bite. Texture of English soda bread. Body very restrained and a good medium. Light candied sugars throughout, some plant/root flavors and alcohol is quite apparent on the finish while warm. This seems more of a dubbel, though perhaps a bit more hops and yeast apparency. Anyways, much better than Westmalle dubbel in my book, and a step up in complexity from New Belgium's Abbey. Fine stuff.
JoeMcPhee (8063) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 33 cl bottle, best before 2008 so it was very fresh. Gorgeous dark mahogany-coloured beer with a moderate light tan-coloured head. Plum, raisin, clove and black pepper obvious in the nose at first pass. Taste is fairly alcoholic (maybe because of age), but it's not unbalanced as a result like some others. I get some light candi sugar, caramel, and warm spices. Slightly bready with a long warm finish. Not nearly as complex as the 10 I had earlier this year, but then I shouldn't have expected it to be. Still a fantastic beer.
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 5, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2004 The 8 is a little more youthful tastig then the 10, a little less dusty attic in it but this also comes with a little less complexity. Hard to say which one I like best as they are both outstanding.
SlimJimDrinker (115) - Nørrebronx, DENMARK - MAR 5, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smoky aroma... Mild fruit to this otherwise round..Belgian at its best, simply at its best !!!
larsniclas (5216) - Billdal, SWEDEN - FEB 29, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown with a firm head.
A freah cedar-aroma.
Sweet and flavour from dries fruits with a fine maltiness.