AndersR (195) - Århus, 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 (131) - 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 (2509) - 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 (3541) - 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 I’ve heard other people use to describe this one). Sweet, yeasty, attractive. Excellent beer.
jsquire (3228) - 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 didn’t 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 (11078) - 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.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 28, 2002
1.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
I wasn’t impressed with this beer at all. The aroma was not appetizing and the flavor seemed to worsen with every swallow.
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2002
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2005 Not quite as good as Rochefort 10, but still a wonderful trappist brew. The excellent aroma gives hints of banana, plums etc. The flavour and long finish is (also) very fruity and spicy. Re-rate: Less sweet and alcoholic than the 10 but with many of the same characteristics and a lovely bitter finish. Rating upgraded from 4 to 4.5 - this is a fantastic beer!
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - JUL 26, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Smells like fresh hops - floral. Opaque brown almost black. Sweet dark malt taste with toffee tones and a touch of cinnamon-like spices. Full body and fizzy. Alcohol boosts the taste. Fantastic!
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - JUL 26, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Fruity, cherry, apple, cinnamon, bubble gum, honey, alcohol aroma comes out of this nutbrown-red ale with the creamy beige head. Spicey, malty, toasted grain flavor with a moderate alcohol flavor. Fizzy carbonation and a moderate finish, rolling over all the tasted flavors. Very nice, well balanced and for me more likeable than the Rochefort 10