trevor211 (1681) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2013 Wow. Pours a stunning dark ruby with a good, thick, off-white head. Aroma is sweet grapes, black cherries, port wine, raisins, figs and other dark fruits, melded perfectly with Belgian yeast and malts. Flavor is just incredible - takes all the notes from the aroma and adds roasty, slightly smoky malts, a bit of bourbon, and brings out the Belgian yeast a bit more. The mouthfeel is perfect - thick, full, but dry and not too heavy. It leaves you salivating, wanting the next sip. The carbonation isn’t overbearing. This is utterly fantastic - I will always want more of this beer. As of the tasting, this is my new favorite overall, beating out St. Bernardus’ Abt. 12. Just delicious. MatSciGuy (924) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 11, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2008 [Bottle] Pours a brown that turned ruby red when held up to the light. Moderate sized, quickly diminishing off white head. Aroma is decent, with lots of raisins, plums, prunes, and other dark fruits. Mouthfeel is quite light, but incredibly full. Flavor is lots of dark fruits, some alcohol burn, the perfect amount of spices, and vinous notes. The alcohol seems to enhance the flavors rather than detract from them. Finishes long with lots of alcohol and residual sweetness. Awesome, awesome beer. puggy211 (712) - cordova, Tennessee, USA - MAY 11, 2008
This is a totally solid beer. Smells sweet, and tastes the same. Has a light head that compliments the color. I detect some very interesting tastes in this one. There is definently some taste of alcohol, but the 11.3 % kind of sneaks up on you. Yay beer! *after drinking the beer after it had warmed up....the alcohol was much more detectable. tlind2 (1815) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 11, 2008
330 ml bottle. Deep dark brown color, slightly lighter head. Sweet roasted malts in the aroma. Very full mouthfeel, warming taste of juicy malts and chocolate with a smooth finish. Superb balance, great beer. markwise (5450) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2008
This is an incredible beer. It is worth the price and deserves the hype. It has a great dark fruit aroma, and it smells like sugar plums and cherries (dark fruit with lots of sweet sugar). It is very rich in flavor, and every time I drink one I taste something a bit different. It is phenomenal.
User29624 (1687) - - MAY 9, 2008
Pours a dark brown with a large tan head. Nice fruity aroma and some Belgian yeast. Tastes a little better as it warms. I also thought it was better then the Rochefort 8 I had earlier in the week. Hides the 11.3% amazingly well. I really am not a huge fan of this type of beer, but it is so well balanced it is hard not to enjoy. Geuzelambix (376) - København, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2008
Dark, flavorfull and really a condensation of what Belgium is about. The aroma wasn’t striking when I had it (this time) - maybe because of a too chilly temperatur. The appearance was dark and filled with rests of yeast. Maybe I’m growing a little tired of deark beers, but apart from being genuinly quality it didn’t light my spark 100%. wacho (52) - Izegem, BELGIUM - MAY 9, 2008
geproeft in ’t Rusteel Gullegem. Deze donkerbruine trappist met veel blijvend schuim heeft licht fruitig aroma dat zijn oorsprong kenmerkt, een kleine toets zoethout, koffie en hop merkbaar. De prachtige bitterheid bij de afdronk waarbij de alcohol een overheersend gevoel heeft (11.3% alc vol) LilBeerDoctor (4230) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2008 Bottle. Pours a beautiful deep brown with a large light tan head that persists. Sorta looks like sludge, but it is the prettiest beer ever. Aroma of light fruits, raisin, Belgian yeast. Flavor of some smoked meat (first time have gotten that from Rochefort), Belgian yeast, dark fruits, chocolate, some booziness but it works for this beer. Very well balanced. Mouthfeel is extremely rich and hearty. My favorite beer and my first 5. 10/5/10/5/20
MrChopin (4305) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 7, 2008
Update 12/26/08. Aroma of dark fruits (apple, pear) and raisins. Flavor of sweet fruits especially apple. Quite boozy in the finish. I do enjoy this beer but I think I rated it especially high because it was the first good beer I really loved. Always a pleasure though. I think the 8 is better however, this beer can certainly vary from bottle to bottle. Unfortunately, I have to lower this rating.
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2009 I’ve had numerous bottle over the last few years, and I am becoming increasingly certain this isn’t among the best. While still good, the nose is too lactic and the flavor too dry and malty. Not as sweet as others, the carbonation and body weight are overkill for a beer without enough complexity. I don’t get the love.
Opaque tan-brown body (more red than the 8) with large white head. Smells of fruit berries and roasty malts like the 8. The roasts seem deeper. Taste of strong malt with some fruit sweetness, seemingly more balance and a stronger roast aftertaste than the 8. Similar to the 8 but with fewer champagne qualities, a dryer finish, far more balance (especially as it warms) and generally more going on.