rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose is caramel, yeasty dark fruits, alcohol. Flavor is rich malt, sourish caramel, yeast, fruit, alcohol.
lovemyipas (544) - nw burbs, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a cloudy dark brown with a one finger off white tannish head and has some sediment. aroma is a little bread, malt, and almost cinnamon like smell to it. light to medium body and some nice lacing. flavor is bread, malt, little cinnamon maybe, and a lttle dry hoppy aftertaste. little raisin smell and taste more so half way down the glass and when it warms, also alittle sweeter in the aroma and flavor. very nice!
alexanderj (3532) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 13, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a dar brown hints of ruby. Large lingering head. Aroma of caramel, malt, fruit, yeast and spice. Flavors much of the same. , plus some chocolate. Picked up a warming at the end due to alcohol. Nice and complex.
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - DEC 9, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours very dark with hints of brownish orange shining through. It pours with a medium sized tan head that fades relatively quickly, but not completely. The aroma has caramel and malts along with some soft fruits (apricot, banana). The aroma has also hints of toffee and distinct smell of alcohol. The flavor at the beginning follows the aroma, but with much more malt and caramel than fruit. Flavors of raisin bread, bitter hops, and dark fruit (plums) reveal themselves on the middle of the tongue. The beer finishes somewhat dry and bittersweet (some roasted grain flavors showing through in the end) with virtually no after-taste. The finish also has some alcohol warming the throat as you swallow. The mouthfeel is splendid - quite creamy and light - particularly light for such a strong beer.
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 4, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark hazy brown with a large off-white head, poor retention. Spicy christmas pudding aroma, caramel, yeast, alcohol.. so complex and inviting. The body is near perfect, full, but without a dominating alcohol. Flavours of spice, old blood plums, yeast and a warming fruity finish. Brilliant, I think Westy have a better product than St B in the ABT, but this St B thrashes the westy 8 with this beauty.
SDalkoholic (2331) - Linda Vista, California, USA - DEC 3, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very smooth aroma of fruit and true Belgian yeast that gvies me comfort in drinking this. Pitch dark brown hue with a creamy perfect foaming on top. Delicious in its flavor. Just so true to the style i cant believe i never picked up a bottle of this before.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 2, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Corked 750 from Ross. Pours brown with a nice off white head that laces beatifully down the glass.Fruity ester aroma, along with some alcohol. Not as murky as I was expecting. Very earthy texture. Flavor of dark fruits, caramel, and yeast. Finish is spicy with a medium alcoholic kick. The yeast flavor coats the back of the mouth after it goes down. Nice beer. It’s no Westy 8, but much cheaper and easier to get. I would love to A/B this to Rochefort 8. Thanks for another solid beer Ross. Keep them coming Mr. RR.
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is very malty.Pours a murky brown with a medium head.Flavors of dark fruit and yeast.Medium mouthfeel with a sweet finish.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 23, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear amber with a beauiful lacy off-white head. Aroma is nutty, dried fruits, chocolate and a touch of alcohol. The body is very smooth, med. body and moderate CO2. The flavors are milk chocolate, very subtle spicy hops, a touch of caramel and toffee. Finish is long and somewhat sweet.
Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On cask at the Bishop’s Arms in Helsingborg.
Aroma: coffee, roasted, malty, slightly fruity, some sourishness, some chocolate, vinous, fantastic yeast.
Appearance: extremely dark red (almost black) w/ a pale head.
Flavour: sweet, full-bodied, malty, hoppy afterbitterness, strange sourishness.
Palate: soft, smooth & old.