larsga (6240) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 17, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big, tan, creamy head, red-black opaque body, with some yeast sediment at the bottom. Subtle aroma of nameless spices, perhaps some anis, perhaps coriander. Very harmonic aroma, and surprisingly subdued. Powerful, dark, spicy taste of malts, coffee, and again spices; very complex, almost burns in the mouth, but still with some harmony. Very dry. Well, what I can say? Beer does not get much better than this. This has to be in the top ten.
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - SEP 17, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours muddy brown wit a quite decent, but quick vanishing, head. Fresh, citric, almondy nose with hints of exotic fruits. Refreshing, fruity, spicy, lemony flavour with some candy-ish notes. Somewhat alcoholic. Really fruity palate. Some hops is there too. Thick mouthfeel. This one is absolutely wonderful.
Jayb0 (1040) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - SEP 15, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thick, brown, decent head. Malty aroma with ripe dark fruit. Soothing, warm, malt and chocolate with a hint of peppery spice. Smooth and satisfying but also a bit straightforward for the price.
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 14, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pours a dark brown, with a light tan head. Aroma is of Malts, fruity, candy sugar, spices. Taste is sweet malty, spicy, candy sugar, and fruits
Ratman197 (9956) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle poured a clear dark brown with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of figs, raisins,dark chocolate, with some vinous notes. Palate was smooth and easy drinkin. Flavors of dark chocolate and dark fruit and a hint of spice. so easy drinking its hard to believe its 9.2% ABV
zathrus13 (1719) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - SEP 11, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2005 Dark brown, with a tan head. Aromas are dark fruit, malt, and caramel. Medium body, with flavors of dark fruit, malt, yeast, and spice. Quite nice.
pivnizub (8923) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - SEP 11, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with a small ,firm off-white head; strong fruity nose (plums, bananas), also traces of roasted malts and a tinge of bitterness (resin?); quite dry, fruity, spicy taste, ending with some bitter-chocolatey notes. Creamy mouthfeel; very well rounded. Good old Rochefort !
jzzbassman (1516) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - SEP 10, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big malty complex aroma. Poured dark brown with a tight tan head and nice lacing. Flavor was malted and smoky, with a back flavor that was like a really good shiraz. Lots of alcohol present in the aroma and flavor, but it doesn’t get in the way. Sweet fruit and grape. Velvet mouthfeel makes this even better.
Thanks Secret Santa!!
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
aromas of grass, yeast, peat, and fruit all very strong and mixed with plenty of caramel malts. color is a deep caramel brown, close to a chocolate color, with very little bits of white lacing on top. flavor was a excellent blend of sweet fruits and caramel malts, with the elements from the aroma added in small bits. a very smooth mouthfeel and even tastes, with just a bit of the abv present.
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - SEP 8, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
fresh 33cl bottle. pours dark brown with a huge foamy head that subsided very slowly. Aromas of malty sweet fruit. Well balenced sweet flavor with plum and carmel dominating. Alchol taste is present but not overwelming. Feels great on the mouth. Not quite as complex is the 10, but maybe more drinkable. A superb beer.