BelgianBeerGal (3578) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
33cL bottle. I actually like this this slightly better than the Rochefort 10 because it has no detectable alcohol flavor. I would definitely search out this beer but most Rochefort products are typically over-priced: around 52 euro per case.
Arayaga2 (1982) - portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 28, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2011 Toasted marshmallowy head tops opaque brown. Pleasant raisin and cherry cola aroma with a hint of alcohol . Taste is same, plus a healthy dose of belgian wellwater and the strange lingering salty taste that provides. Rather overhyped, but the obvious bedwetting middle sibling to the still-weaker six, and the fantastic 10 $5/11.2oz Edit: had them both young in Belgium, and greatly preferred the 8 to the 10.
LomYst (695) - Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2012 Pretty much like the 10.. same full body.. it only has a less complex taste.. less fruit.. but still amazing
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from trade with AxlLives. Thanks Bryan! Pours a mahogany color with a big frothy off white head. Nice lacing with a bit of an oily trace. Aroma of plums, chocolate malt and alcohol. Taste is complex and slightly sweet. Has a small amount of hoppy bitterness and finishes with the malt being dominant. The alcohol stays nicely hidden. Not a bab trappist beer but not on par with the St. Bernardus abt 12 or tripel.
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle... Syrupy brown pour with a thick, rocky beige head. Big caramel malts in the nose; vanilla, nuts, toffee, yeast, and a piney spicyness. Awesome toasty notes. Dried fruit also.... complex aroma. Flavor matches up with the nose well, except there is much more dark fruit (plums, prunes, figs, etc.) and caramel malts. Light, refreshing bitterness counters the sweetness well. Hugely bubbly palate, a tad oily. Itís easy to see why this is a world class beer. It took me a long time to rate this one, but itís really a great beer. While it didnít dazzle me, itís the understated complexity that really makes this beer special.
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 20, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Drank in a trappist glass. Thick cloudy brown poor with a thin off-white head. Aromas... just wow! Aromas of pine, bread, alcohol, brown sugar, cinnamon, prunes, dates, raisins, caramel... just imagine... What you smell is what you get. Perfect balance, you can feel the alcohol for sure, sweet and nice bitterness. Very creamy mouthfeel. The trappist Rochefort abbey ranks #2 right behind St-Sixtus and the westy.
grease (42) - Reno, Nevada, USA - DEC 20, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer only scores lower than the Rochefort 10 because the 10 exists. This beer is also exceptional, but a bit more subtle in all respects than its bigger sibling. Great complexity, but less assertive stone fruit flavors and aromas, less alcohol overtones, and more of the developed yeast character is allowed to come through as a result (phenols, esters).
valpoaj (673) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - DEC 19, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful, lasting, bubbly tan head accented this beer that poured a deep, opaque brown. Although not incredibly strong, this brew has a very nice fruity aroma. Nice, complex flavor that has a strong undertone of brandy. Palate is left very warm with a coating long after the beer is swallowed...excellent finish. Very rich and enjoyable beer...well worth the price!
JoeinDahlem (1408) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - DEC 19, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2007 Cuvee 2006, from the big magnum bottle at the Kerstbierfestival in Essen. Absolutely reliably delicious. Dark, dark, barely golden brown color with healthy layer of head. Malty nose, malty flavor with velvet and lasting spice, finish with deeper malt, alcohol and bitter hops. Outstanding.
detroitsteel (235) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2006
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I had a bottle in the Bierodrome on Kingsway, London. The colour was very muddy, which I didnít find appealing, and the aroma was faint, but this could be because the beer was a little cold. The flavour was citric on top with a very warm rich dark rum undertone, slighlty hoppy. The aftertaste was long and equally as rich. Looks can be deceiving: this is a very good beer.