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 Aroma was dark fruit but very withdrawn for my liking.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.
sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
thick, but terrific. tons of flavor, and actually was pretty great at a cold temperature. really heavily malty.
tobizag (34) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 9, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours a deep caramel color with a lasting off white bubbly head.. aroma is of yeast and sweet dark fruit. flavor is of slight molasses, moderately sweet. definitely carbonated, but i enjoy the amount of fizz. this was a great beer, now i need the 10!
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - AUG 9, 2006
3.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This nothing next to the ten. Fizzy head that lasts. Aroma is yeasty with candy and dark fruits. Flavor is much the same and palate is a bit fizzy for me. Alcohol is there at the with sweetness. Just a decent beer.
bdjames29 (273) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yeah, its good - after trying the 6 and now the 8, I keep thinking that I am going to get a beer thats almost as good as the 10. I understand that they are different styles, but neither the 6 or the 8 are close. Still this is a delicious beer. The character and quality of these beers are outstanding. Quick, lively, pop-like head - sticks around for a while and laces nicely. Deep, murky, cider-looking appearance. After bringing the head back around, I picked up on a pear flavor, fruity tones throughtout. Sugary, malty goodness. Full body and an easy finish.