LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another great trappist ale. Dark reddish brown pour, with a very tight and yeasty carbonation. Fruits and spiceness come through in the aroma as well in taste. Lots of yeasty typical belgian taste come through in this beer with some nice malt and sugar taste making their presence known as well. It is done very nicely and it is hard to believe this beer is 9 % alcohol, because it goes down so smoothly.
optemoz (171) - Apex, North Carolina, USA - AUG 28, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottled - Pours a dark reddish brown with a small tan head.. Nose is lots of malt.. and sweet fruits.. Taste is very fruity.. plums mostly.. nice sweet aftertaste.. awsome beer.. i like the 10 better but this is well worth the money.. go for it!!
pinkzambia (1802) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 26, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Murky brown water with not much of a head probably due to how softly I poured it. I was trying to avoid the yeast in the bottom! The aroma is leather, yeast, sweet, pitted fruit with very little hop presence. It has a sweet flavor of apples, dried cherries, alcohol, and a small amount of tanginess. You can feel the carbonation. The body is thin but it leaves a great taste in your mouth. Delightful! Thanks Secret Santa!
Miksu (5038) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - AUG 26, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled. Reddish brown color with very thick creamy head. Plums, figs, tart fruity esters, vanilla, peppery spiciness and chocolatey higher alcohols in the aroma. Woody licorice, caramel and munchener malt in the background. Sweet flavor balanced by warming alcohols. Chocolatey with some fruity tartness and caramel. Despite the high alcohol content, soft, mellow and very creamy palate with suprisingly light body. Warming, woody and caramelly finish.
This beer is heavy in warming alcohols,
but suprisingly, they deliver great complexity without any unpleasant tones.
Jwasciuk (198) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - AUG 22, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2006 Aroma is of toasted malts and lightly plumby with earthy overtones, Pours murky dark brown with a frothy light brown mostly lasting head. It has a good balance of sweet and bitter, earthy and plumb flavors initally and finishes a bit bitter, medium to full bodied creamy and livley.
cab (866) - DENMARK - AUG 21, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is not number 10 but still very very good. Strong and balanced, like dryed out fruits with alc.
molassesfan (202) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 17, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From my archives, January ’06. Pours a dark red with a thick head. Aroma of plum, apple and caramel. Taste is of darker fruit with chocolate malt. Palate a bit sharp with carbonation. Alcoholic finish. Nice.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - AUG 17, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Like the Doobie Brothers song goes (minus the Jesus reference), "This one is just alright with me". While I didn’t find it mind-blowingly fantastic, it is a nice beer to drink but IMO, there are better Belgian Strong Ales out there. I know that might seem a bit sinful to say, but the cat’s already out of the bag. Aroma was dark fruit but very withdrawn for my liking. It didn’t reach out and grab my nosehairs like I thought it might and twist them into a knot. Instead it sort of wafted about like a stroll thru the park, minding it’s own business. Appearance was a dark read in color, nice head with good lacing. Mouthfeel was a bit carbonated for my liking, full bodied and strong with a nice alcohol bite. Flavors are dark fruits, a bit woody and slightly chocolately but just not enough to make me stand-up and take notice. It’s a good beer, but just not great.
rcmatthews (10) - USA - AUG 14, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I enjoy this beer more than the Rochefort 10. I think it the alcohol of the 10 can get to be too much. At first, the aroma was of apples, and then as it warmed up more a a carmally scent. I wish it had a bit of a stronger mouthfeel. No complaints on the taste though.
kidcadaver (3) - CANADA - AUG 14, 2006 does not count
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Super Strong Beer, Strong tasting, dark and malty. Alcohol burn kicks in seconds after swallowing. Over-rated, but still a good quality beer from Belgium.