skaughty (643) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 5, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2004 Bottle dated "20 02 07" (bottled February 2002). Really "steamed" as crown was popped. See my rating of Rochefort "10", many similarities. Key differences: 1) Kept me slightly more sober to write this review. 2) Seemed more carbonated and lively on the palate 3) More hint of red in the hue 4)Seemed to have been even more "ripe" (fruits have mellowed in flavor and heightened in aroma), as this sample was 5 months older than the "10" tasted previously. This "8" has the highest production at Rochefort, and I can see why. A product worth driving to get (in my case, nearly 400 miles to Lexington KY). Re-rating leaves a slightly lower overall impression
egajdzis (5277) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
07 07 04 Poured dark brownish/crimson color with a thin foamy head and some nice lacing. Sweet, fruity, some alcohol as well in the aroma. Dark cherries and chocolate taste. Finished rather spicy (cinnamon) that was nicely carbonated with a moderate alcohol burn.
Nesta13 (205) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 31, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very enjoyable beer, representative of the style, but having spent alot of time with its big brother (my favourite beer), I must admit to being a touch dissapointed.... and for the life of me I couldnt put a finger on it. there was still plently of enjoyment to be had, but there are many other belgians i would choose in front of it.
MrManning (2003) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2005 A re-rate.
First bottle courtesy of Joey Capps a couple years ago. Original score is 3.8. Sweet minty aroma, with cassis, spices, and lots of floral notes. Dark brown pour, frothy mocha head. Tons of lacing. Sweet yeasty fruity flavours dominate. Plum, cherry, berries, wood. Good great grand. Bitter sweet finish, smooth and creamy, and very enjoyable.
PrimeMinister (138) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice effervescence brings a long lasting and rich head. The body is opaque and the color is dark ruby. Taste is very complex with fruits (raisin)and chocolate. One of the finest trappist I've tasted.
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2004 Bottle Conditioned. Dark brown, honey hued, slight head, very murky. Alcohol aroma. Fruity, (perhaps grape), slightly like medicine, malty, chocolate possibly, sweet.
BigBilly (127) - London W3 6PF, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
33ml brown bottle poured into Same sized Hougaarden tumbler. Chilled but probably 1 or 2 celsius below recommended. I detected faint ginger beer aroma. Head was off- white fizzy diminishing with no lacing. Hazy brown colour with tiny bubbles.Moderately sweet treacle flavour with nice finish.I must purchase a thermometer and rerate this very enjoyable beer
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
You know I really hate saying this, but I was less than impressed and slightly disappointed with the bottle that I received of this. The flavor was slightly bland and very fruity, with a dry aftertaste. Lots of chocolate, with a nice malt backbone, but it just seemed as though something was missing. I will have to try this one again, when I only have it to try, and my palate is not so cloudy.
ruffian (149) - montvale, New Jersey, USA - MAR 23, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Served at room temperature. Very effervescent, poured with a fizzy white head that settled down into a few wisps on top of a dark amber beer. Aroma and taste are very complex. At first I thought it was not very good, but after a few sips it built on me and I quickly changed my mind. Initial taste is that of dried fruit, something like a prune/date/fig/raisin, followed up pretty quickly by some moderate bitterness/burn that then quickly changes back into fruitness that slowly fades into the back of your mouth. Full body. One to enjoy sipping on as the flavors gradually change as the glass warms in your hand.
Serving temp and how you taste it will definitly have an impact onyour enjoyment of this beer. A small sip that can barely touch your tongue will leave a much different impression form one that you let run across your cheeks, teeth, gums and most importantly all of your tongue.
Pimgref (86) - Gorinchem, NETHERLANDS - MAR 21, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2004 Dark brown with beige foamy head. Very complex taste with chocolate, spices and fruite. Looks great.