Davhgbrew (445) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - SEP 4, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark burgundy, brown head with complex fruit flavors I canít begin to identify. The flavor has some evidence of alcohol, but itís so smooth, and at only 1.75$pounds in England(probably 3.00$ u.s) I donít know why I drank anything else! Awesome!
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 3, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark red-brown color, brandy like aroma of chocolate and plums,creamy mouthfeel. I bought this bottle in June, worth saving for #500.
Ungstrup (26227) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 27, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A dark brown beer with a good head. The aroma has fruity and chocolate notes. And the flavor is very complex with notes of fruit and chocolate. A fantastic beer that I enjoy drinking again and again.
SimonPatrice (312) - Montrťal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 20, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown with ruby red hints, big bubbly beige head. Powdery nose, spicy orange, plums, caramel and alcohol. Quite a complex beer led by alcohol. Maybe too much of an alcohol taste but it gives it a Grand Marnier finish. It seemed a bit young but Iíll probably re-rate it later, I still got 5 bottles waiting for me.
AndersR (195) - Ňrhus, DENMARK - AUG 19, 2002
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
A rich complex and hard to describe beer. Big light tan head. Hints of fruit that mix elegantly with the sweet caramel-like sweetness. Very malty and long finish. If you find the Rochefort 10 a bit too violent, you will LOVE this one! My favorite Belgian Strong Ale!
SteC (130) - Oostende, BELGIUM - AUG 19, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This one is very bitter, and very strong, very in the style of many trappists..
jazz88 (2465) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 10, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2006 Rating #1 (8/10/02) Bottle with a finish date of 2/13/07 brought to me accross the pond by Nuffield (8 4 8 3 18). A dark cloudy brown color with a bubbly white head that quickly subsides. Much drier and more sparkling than the Rochefort 10. The aroma is a little musty with dry fruits, nuts, figs, and dates. Fairly high carbonation with some chalkiness. Remains dry and spicy.
Rating #2 (7/14/03) - Bottle with a finish date of 10/2/07 (8 4 7 4 18). A dark ruby brown color with a big foamy tan head. Rich malty aroma with some dry dark fruits and chocolate. Chalky, dry, burnt caramel and malt flavors with some fruits (dates).
Rating #3 (8/14/06) (8 4 7 3 17). Bottle with a 2/10/07 expiration date. A chestnut brown color with a silky light brown head. Plums, raisins, mollasas, and toffee flavors. Mildly thin at the finish but leaves a wonderful fruit and earthy flavor.
Nuffield (3348) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 30, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was really surprising, especially to my mind how the aroma and flavor diverged. To break it down to a single dimension, I thought the aroma leaned strongly toward bubble-gum and the flavor creates a sort of smokey essence (not a word Iíve heard other people use to describe this one). Sweet, yeasty, attractive. Excellent beer.
jsquire (2953) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep ruby color with an almost chartruse colored head. Very complex malt flavors that didnít really seem to work together. There was a lot of fruit and sherry tones, but not very well balanced. I think my rating is effected by the fact that I liked the 10 so much. Still a very good Belgian.
argo0 (10365) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 28, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice beer, one I like better than the Rochefort 10. Lighter in body, sweet caramel, fruity and brandy flavors.