lAlpedHuez (11) - Brookville Hollow, New Jersey, USA - JUL 15, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2012 The "overall" pretty much gives you my take, eh?
I’m in love with the Rochefort Trappistes 10 -- the 8, too, is the real deal. Brewed onsite, BTW, by the the order’s monks (not outsourced to local megabewers like some "Trappists").
Not cheap, but well worth every penny. PS -- DO NOT CHILL (!). Serve at cellar temperature, or you are cheating yourself.
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUL 15, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep cloudy head w/fine thick head. Fruity/ Hoppy nose, some chocolate, toffee and sour notes. Dry choclate palate with coffee, hops creamy, pronounced alcohol. Very robust finish. I want to re-rate this in the near future..
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2008 Bottle. Hazy red-brown color, Fruity aroma, wine tast, full body, alcohol finish. Something about this beer I don´t like.
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Another great beer from Rochefort. This beer has a spicy, malty aroma, thin lasting head, and a mahogany color. More carbonated than the 10. The taste is rich but not chewy, full and complex; like its big brother, the flavor really comes alive as it warms in the glass. Drink this slow to really enjoy the changes from cool to warm.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2008 Nice spices complemented the plum and chocolate tastes. Alcohol is ever progressivly potent, starting with small hints and becoming quite potent by the last gulp, but overall they do a good job hiding it with all the spices. i prefer the 10 over 8, but did enjoy this one thoroughly.
millerclmb (44) - Boulder, Missouri, USA - JUN 28, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A veyr fruity aroma...it reminds me of a warm Austrian deret tort that my aunt makes at Christmas time...spicy, sweet, choclaty...but no sugar.
The color is an incredibly smooth deep amber.
The taste s complex.
I prefer it the 8 when compared to the 10. The taste seems to do for more for me because the palate is so full of spice and roasted goodness. I long for the taste when I’m not putting it in my mouth. If you want a really drinkable strong belgian this is it. I’m finding myself holding back from chugging the glass. WOW! This is a great beer.
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - JUN 26, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice and hazy red-brown trappist with a good ivory colored creamy head.The aroma off this great authentic beer is complex fruity (ripe banana, dried apricots ans cinnamon)with a good touch off roasted malts.It is a fullbodied beer with a nice complex body,a round taste and a fine hoppyness in the end.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUN 26, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Muddy ruby/brown color, hazy, pretty full tan head. Aroma of dark fruits, cherry, raisin, currant, solid malt, light spice. Flavor is quite malty, good prescence of dark fruit, a touch of booze, and a little sugar. Very pleasant mouthfeel, smooth, big, and rich. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Quality stuff this is.
DCopperfields (146) - New York, USA - JUN 25, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky, mud colored liquid with steady carbonation and quickly receding prodigiously billowing tan head. Nose is of rum raisin, sweety enriched with alcohol. Smooth on the palate, medium bodied. This is a well crafted beer with subtle complexities resulting from the combo of candy sugars, spicing and age. A faint, yet enchanting fruityness. Alcohol warmth occurs, but the flavor keeps it well hidden. A gem.
blatantdream (78) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 9, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is the beer I received for my birthday! I was so excited to try this and have been wanting to try it for so long. Complex flavors bursting into your mouth. Excitement ensues. Very smooth and big on the palate and extremely pleasant sweet, bitter, spiced aftertaste that engulfs the mouth.