koentje67 (8) - BELGIUM - APR 10, 2008 does not count
Great beer this is. Very dark brown, high in alcohol, but not overpowering. Taste of chocolate, ripe bananas, figs, ... Good creamy head, long finish. imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - APR 9, 2008
Thanks again secretstash for sharing. Pours hazy brown with off white fizzy head. Aromas of sweet malt and fruit. Flavors of sweet malt, fruit, and something I can’t put my finger on. Wayyy too much carbonation in this brew. A few years locked away in the dark would do this one wonders. pivski (24) - Zagreb, CROATIA - APR 9, 2008
This beer is the best beer in the world! I have traveled a lot and tried many beers but this is the best! Jimrbb (16) - USA - APR 9, 2008
Oh, do i like that trappist. so rich, so flavorful. candi sweet and nice hopped. very complex and bitter aftertaste.
my favorit rochefort esox (1226) - Oulu, FINLAND - APR 8, 2008
Bottle. Small brown head. Liquid is "dirty" brown and hazy with yeast. Rich and complicated aromas include deep caramel and lightly roasted malts and hints of alcohol. You can can hardly taste the alcohol but you will certainly feel it warming you up. Excellent aftertaste is almost syrup-like sweet and has some nut aromas. Also some fruity aromas. Medium carbonation gives some sharpness. Body is rich and full, a bit sticky and dry in the finish. One of the best beers I have had. I spent totally 75 minutes with the 330ml bottle and enjoyed every one of them!
jkm (235) - AUSTRALIA - APR 8, 2008
Very dark brown with an initially large beige head which dissipated fairly rapidly to a long-lasting but thin head. Some lacing. Lots of sediment noticed as I was pouring. Aroma: Alcohol, slightly fruity. Medium to full bodied with average carbonation. Flavours fruity, slightly spicy, malt. Nice long finish, quite sweet, can taste the alcohol in the finish. A very enjoyable beer. - 330ml bottle. Thylacine (526) - Tasmania, AUSTRALIA - APR 8, 2008
Bottle - An excellent beer. Murky brown with tan head and loads of chunky sediment. . Fruity aroma and flavours of dark roasted malts with dark fruits and caramel. Moderate carbonation and slightly effervescent on the tongue. Well balanced. A long finish with a subtle alcoholic warmth. rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - APR 8, 2008
Pours a dark brown amber, very dark and hazy, with a thick white head. The aroma is of dark smoky malts, dried fruits, and alcohol. The flavor is heavy and robust. Woody, smoky, burnt malt, leather and earthy flavors stand out. These flavors cover up some date, fig and prune notes. The alcohol is warming and lets you know its there and that this is a strong beer, with strong flavor and 11.3% abv. The palate is full, with a dry earthy finish. BeerEssential (96) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 7, 2008
The label does not make it clear when this was brewed or what the Best Before date is (it shows L160512 07:38 printed on the label). At first I couldn’t really detect much of a scent. After it warmed up a bit I could pull out a roasted scent, somewhat of figs. Even my wife who sat a couple of feet away noted that she could smell rum (alcoholic smell) and raisin. Interesting. These scents only got more intense over time. I tried to avoid pouring the sediment into this one, instead pouring those remains into a shot glass for later. The colour remained very dark and opaque, although in the light small bubbles rising to the surface could be detected. The small head disappeared quickly. The taste is somewhat alcoholic (11+%!), roasted and raisiny. Hard to pinpoint. Clean, but slightly bitter finish. Not thick tasting but could not be described as watery either. I can understand why this is often described as complex, however I’m not sure that I enjoyed this anymore than the 8. I definitely could not drink more than 1 in a sitting. porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - APR 6, 2008
(330 ml bottle from <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/maine/portland/ target=blank>Downeast Beverage Co., cellared for 1 yr. after purchase) Very good but not quite the masterpiece I was hoping for...Pours murky amberish brown. Quite a few floaties. Only about 1/4" of biege head that recedes to a very thin layer. Quite a bit of solids at bottom of bottle. Aroma reveals some red wine and brown sugar but actually not super deep or rich. Mouthfeel is buttery soft. Sticky finish. Some fine sheets of lacing inside Trappist glass melt away quickly. Flavor is dark chocolate and red wine with some brown sugar. Perhaps some quick hints of plum. Nice - actually reminded me of the Allagash Odyssey I had recently (it should probably be the other way around). Somewhat hot but not as much as Rochefort 8. Good and elegant but was hoping for unbelievable richness and complexity.