BobbyW3363 (154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 18, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Medium-dark brown in color with a nice big creamy off-white head. Sweet aroma with hints of vanilla. Wonderful flavor really grabs the tongue. Flavor has notes of fruit, chocolate, and a pleasant saltiness to it. Complex flavor. Very soft and smooth mouthfeel, sweet and salty finish. Overall an excellent Belgian, though not quite as impressive as the 10 in my opinion.
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
HERESY ALERT - Just a matter of taste, but other than the high alcohol content, I see little to recommend this ale.
Sure it’s complex - with its spicy/banana aroma and all the herbal "essences" in its flavour... but it tastes pretty, well, bad.
I got a lot of medicinal flavour mixed in with the spices, and it’s aftertaste was almost unpleasantly dry.
thornecb (5456) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 14, 2006
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle says 28 07 04. Poured with all yeast into a Rochefort glass a beautiful Ruby Red with active swirling yeast. Medium sized bubbly head quickly dissipates to cling to the rim. Very rich, fruity aroma of dates, raisins, bread and plums. Very nice, medium sweet with light carbonation. Really top notch. One of my favorites.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 14, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2006 Hazy coppery-brown color with a thick caramely head. Smells of cinnamon raisin toast, caramel, and some banana. Rich flavors of toffee, toasted hazelnuts, caramel, dark chocolate, and a hint of nutmeg. Finish is silky; flavors linger and help disguise some initial alcohol taste. Very nice overall, the flavors appear to be more subtle, but nearly as complex as the Rochefort 10.
Quinten (1060) - zaandam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 12, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2006 dark color, starting with fully head and lasting thin head briliant in any way!,.. no need to go in to ditails.
my rochefort top 3
1= the 8, 2 = 10 3 = 6
Re rate...had it on tap thise time
pootzboy (1690) - Hopville, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The bottle put a maple syrup colored murkey ale in my goblet with a frothy beige cap which appeared to be specked with cinnamon colored yeast particles. Cap did not last...soft carbonation. As this ale warms and begins to "breathe" in the glass, you get some marvelous aromas; banana muffin dough, spice, pear cider with a musty wet animal hair smell. Medium body, oily mouth feel. Fairly complex flavor profile with toffee, bread, spice , figs...very nice, HOWEVER..all this is eclipsed by a poorly hidden sharp alcohol burn and piney resinous hopping...finish is sharp, bittering and heated with alcohol.
Put me down as one craft beer drinker who is unimpressed with Rochefort ales. I think they are well made and have some interesting distinctive features but they are overrated. If I want this type of stiff drink which I have to eat food with or else 3 or 4 on an empty stomach are trouble, I’ll do the job better with a rum drink or a sherry.
FistFullOfCats (163) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 9, 2006
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Pours an opaque cloudy brown that only lets a little light through. Roughly the color of dark toffee with a good off white head, which looks very creamy. Lacing in the side of the glass is super consistent and hangs around for a good long while. Aroma of grapefruit, pear, strawberry. Dandelion? Perhaps. Flavor very malty, with heavy caramel and toffee notes, and slightly nutty. Like peanut brittle. Strawberry, pear, rosewater also in there somewhere. Finishes with creamy caramel, roasted coffee, carnation, hazelnut. Body is about what I expect out of a good porter, but the malty bubbliness actually makes it feel ice-creamy. Melted root beer float, perhaps. Warms the chest nicely without making the face ht. Holy crap this is good. May not be a complex as the 10, but a much more pleasant experience overall. This one just tastes better than the 10 in my opinion. Wonderful. Almost as good as Orval. Go monks.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - JAN 6, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Pours rich dark mahogany color with a tan head that overflowed the glass and hardly shrunk in the couple minutes it took to clean up my desk. Many floaties. Rich, roasted malt aroma with a very pronounced yeastiness. This is another beer I could simply smell for an hour or so; it seems to have many different subtleties and they even seem to change around a bit. The taste is somewhat spicy, somewhat roasty, somewhat floral, somewhat nutty, somewhat minty and somewhat sweet. Very dry finish.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
(12.26.05) 11.2 oz (330 mL) brown bottle received as gift. 9.2% ABV. Batch L270710, 14:06. Clear amber Belgium Trappist ale having a large long-lasting tan head with good lacing. Soft carbonation. Fruity, flowery, and medicinal aromas. Medium bodied that starts with light malt sweetness, peppery alcohol and slight medicinal (adhesive bandage) flavors. Finishes dry with light malt aftertaste. A good drinkable Belgium ale but in a side-by-side comparison tasting with the Rochefort 10, the latter tasted much better. Thanks Tom for the bottle.
stouby (4428) - Holbćk, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, at home.
Brown with light brown head, unfiltered, almost lasting, good lacings. Aroma moderate to heavy malty (caramel, brown fruit), moderate hoppy, light yeasty. Flavor moderate to heavy sweet, moderate bitter, long duration. Medium to full body, creamy, soft carbonated. Moderate to heavy alcoholic.