kdm1984 (433) - Missouri, USA - NOV 16, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2013 Large, thick head with thick rings of lacing and sediment at the bottom. Aroma of dark purple and red fruits like grapes, raisins, cherries, cranberries, and apples. Flavor is all of the aforementioned along with bready malts. ABV incredibly well-hidden as with #10 - no burn despite being over 9%! Rochefort is incredible with this. Only complaint - a bit too much acid. Otherwise, smooth and well-balanced. Reminds me of a better version of Brother Thelonius by North Coast - a fine beer in its own right. Basically, this is almost as good as their legendary 10. SECOND TASTING NOTES: Not as much acid this time. Drinking it slightly warmer. Tasting more brown sugar and molasses. Butterscotch and caramel, too, including in the aroma. Carbonation is very high - like soda bubbles on the mouth at first. This is so tasty - 9% ABV is well-hidden.
Douberd (622) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 330 ml at home. Poured into a trappist glass. ABV 9.2%
Amber caramel brown colour on the body, almost two fingers of off-white soapy head, with good retention. Continuous activity in the glass.
Light fruity aroma, caramel, some hints of the alcohol.
Taste is sweet, but not that much. Lots of ripe fruits in there. The alcohol very well hidden and only traceable as a warm feeling on the body. It gets much more flavourful once it starts to warm up a bit, for example now I am getting a vanilla flavour.
Medium thickness on the body, good amount of carbonation.
Very good beer.
HULK777 (23) - - MAY 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fantastic aroma of caramel, café latte, hops, cola, and fresh fruit. Sweet taste of caramelized pears, maple syrup and jelly cola candy. Acidity in the palate, especially in the aftertaste.
lotsalaughs (104) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Caramel, chocolate, grass, earthy, woody, red, brown, hazy, rocky head, tan foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, light body, creamy, average carbonation, bitter
Like 6, pours a frothy tan head (had to be quick as the bottle surged as soon as the cap popped). More of a dark reddish amber. Initial aroma surprisingly mild - subtle dark caramel with a bit of grass/wood. Poured into goblet and with warming, cocoa, and earthy aromas arise. Maybe some hints of dark fruit as well. Alcohol rises up as well. Carbonation falls quickly leaving a nice lacing. Taste is mildly sweet with some raisin and dark chocolate. Sourness noted with slight astringency. Bitterness is lingering and is light as well. Definitely more alcohol heat than in the 6. Mouthfeel is creamy and creaminess lingers in the finish. Personally, I preferred the Rochefort 6 (my rating below).
caramel,alcohol, resin, earthy, bubblegum, amber, hazy, frothy, tan foam, light sweetness, medium bitterness, lightly sour, light body, oily feel, lively, bitter Pour is a dark amber with tall tan foam. Head of tightly packed tiny bubbles falls quickly. Aromas released are intense at beginning - dark sweet raisins or dates along with earthy bubble gum and resin. Alcohol is felt in the nose. Taste is slightly sweet with a bit of dark cocoa and again a reminder of dark fruit. Alcohol heat with each sip noted. Mouthfeel is quite thin with an oily feel remaining. A lightly bitter and boozy (pleasant like dark rum) aftertaste remains on between sips. A nice dubbel at a decent price. Will get again, but will also want to try their 8 and 10 versions.
Torrefacto (62) - - MAY 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Color rubí oscuro. Espuma marfil. Aromas principalmente dulces con tonos de caramelo, azúcar tostado, pasas y ligera acidez afrutada. En boca, con una densidad media, presenta esas mismas cualidades con final ligeramente ácido. Sus alta graduación pasa totalmente desapercibida. Muy rica.
Walhalla (5) - Roeselare, BELGIUM - MAY 16, 2013 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown, full bodied with a nice creamy head. Roasted caramel and ripe, stewed fruits in the nose. A light acidity makes a perfect balance.
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mrecioji (5) - SPAIN - MAY 15, 2013 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very good beer with character, fruity and spicy, with a dry finish. For me it was a great discovery.
dnicolaescu (99) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - MAY 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
beige, big, creamy, good retention. Colour: dark red, clear.
Aroma: flowers, dried fruit, wine, some alcohol. Taste: some fruit, very bitter, some alcohol?
Desverger (406) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Voldby Koebmandsgaard, DK - fuzzy brown with a beige head. Sweet roasted malts, slight chocolate, some toffee, dark dried fruits, nutty, icing sugar, lovely mouthfeel just like the 10. Beautiful.
lalcazarroman (1) - Paphos, CYPRUS - MAY 10, 2013 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great aroma with deep chocolate and caramel. Smooth and refined. Great with a fine steak.
BeerFlavoredBeer (224) - New Hampshire, USA - MAY 9, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Belgian yeast, overripe plums, and sweet raisins dominate. Some of the bread and spice in the nose comes through in the finish. Carbonation is strong, but not overly sharp. Alcohol definitely comes through in the flavor. Delicious.