herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - OCT 11, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Murky brown with a 3/4 inch tan head. Aroma is very brandyish. Raisins,plums,chocolate and spice. This is a brew you could just sniff for hours. First sip reveals that the alcohol that is so obvious in the 10 is well hidden in the 8.Flavors just blend and swirl on the tongue. I think the flavors and such have all been covered by those more verbose than me so I wont even try.Definately a world class beer. Almost forgot to thank hopsrus for this one.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
#400 here boys. Hazy dark copper/red. Thin head and lace. Wonderful nose of liquor, fruit, cookie dough, spices and others. Mostly thin to medium body with a boatload of flavors. Caramel like sweetness followed by doughy malt sprinkled with spices (corriander and maybe ginger), alcohol flavors galore but not as overpowering as the 10, reminds me of a chocolate rumball. Fairly dry finish from alcohol with the ending yeast adding thickness and addional spicyness. If this had a bit more body,(flavors would be carried better) I think this could be world class, as it stands, not worth its hefty price IMHO.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 3, 2002
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
dark red/brown color w/ a large tan head. Aroma of a wonderful bakery. lots of alcohol in the flavor
jaymobrown (1586) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark reddish color, darker than the six. Thick head quickly disappears. Sweet nose with a balance of malt and bouncy fruits. Thick roasted, coffee, chocolate taste. The alcohol gives it an added whiskey-style kick.
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Some sugary, caramelized taste in there, along with a strong alcohol kick. Very nice--smooth yet rough, ya know?
MrRomero (1973) - Nolanville, USA - SEP 30, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very good. I love Rochefort. God, I love Rochefort. This one had a blast of alcohol on first sip but mellowed out quite nicely. First beer of the day, ya know?
jerohen (1932) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - SEP 29, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2006 A complex beer in the style of its stronger brother, but easier to drink. Good.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 27, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(BB 11/10/04) Very expressive bouquet. Very spicy, perhaps hallertau. In addition to the hop nose I detect abundant fruit, candi sugar, and malt. The head is excellent and long lasting. The color reminds me of a tawny port. The carbonation level is very high, almost like champagne. The alcohol is well hidden. This brew is abundant with esters. I am almost drinking this beer too fast. It finishes long, sweet, fruity, and spicy. Rochefort 8 is a very good beer that must be tried by every serious beer enthusiast; it has all the classic Trappist characteristics. The one minor flaw maybe over carbonation.
MartinKubert (862) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 26, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I really enjoy the Rochefort brews, and am thrilled that theese comes in more than one version. Never the less, I found this one a bit less complex than the no. 10. The alcohol and the vinous caracter is not as strong by this one. Although it has a beautiful body with a creamy head too, the flavour is not as full as the no. 10. It has a quite bitter finish (almonds?) and a warm and intense aftertaste.
SilkTork (5019) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2004 I am a fan of big dark beers such as Baltic Porters, Sri Lanka's Lion Stout, any Imperial Stout, a good vintage Ale such as that produced by Traquair, and almost anything by the Titanic brewery, but I do have a little problem with the Trappist ales of Belgium. It's not that I don't enjoy them, it's just that the praise they get seems absurd when they are compared with some of the ales I have mentioned above. But this - a product of the lesser known and more difficult to get of the five breweries - is certainly a handsome beer. Full of dark flavours and aromas such as chocolate, port, red fruits, enlived with (in my young bottle - bought and laid down a mere 6 months ago) a gentle fizz or life. The after-taste is surprising dry - almost dusty or chalky, which contrasts well with the alcohol fruit of the nose. The alcohol intrudes a bit, but in an all embracing, gentle and benign manner, and not as much as one would expect from a 9.2% abv. Mix the yeast in and it produces an invigorating explosion of flavours that is quite exciting. It's a damn good beer, but does it live up to the hype? Mine is still five years from it's best before date, and it's bloody good now - but it's not the nectar of the gods. It's a good beer, quite heady, flavoursome, soft and very enjoyable (and moreish - I wish I another one!) - but one of the best beers in the world? Mmmmm. Could well be. Yes. Could well be! [4.4]
Part of the Tripel Taste Test. Conclusion: This one was the most interesting and involved. The dark bitterness was not welcoming, and this was not as attractive a drink as, say, the Floreffe, but it did reveal more.