lightdark (2) - Indianhopolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 8, 2008 does not count
Oooh, what a great way to end a long dumb week of work. Pours a deep light sucking apple cider brown, cloudy with some sediment. A creamy full head bubbles to frothy film with a little smooth lacing.
Nose radiates malt and yeasty fruits with hints of spice. Big bright apple character is grounded with darker fruits and a more subtle breadiness and deeper malt notes. A light pumpkin-like spicy scent is carried on strong whiffs of alcohol. Overall lightly sweet enticing aroma. Even the smell is intoxicating.
Taste is full, but not with intensive depth. Complete, without being too heavy. Bright, slightly bubblegummy sweetness offsets darker fruits of raisin and plum, with nice malt character and a cleanliness about it. Hints of tobacco and richer malt emerge as it warms, adding to a nice depth of flavor. Alcohol definitely makes its presence known with some heat off the back end.
Mouthfeel is lighter/medium in body with a creaminess to it, enhanced by the tight full carbonation. Some alcohol astringency to the feel.
Overall score is in question, as this is a lovable and highly palatable beer, but the buzz, oh the buzz from the 11.3%abv. travita (5008) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 5, 2008
Dark brown with a thick tan head. Aroma is malty, fruity, and strong in alcoholic. Taste is sweet and strong with alcoholic warmth with spiced flavors and medium in body.
SmokeyMcBro (1) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - FEB 5, 2008 does not count
This beer is like a meal, a drunken and delicious meal. I got mine and The Bayou in Salt Lake City. RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2008
Texas used to get this beer, but now they don’t, so thanks to shp555 for sending this to me. Pours very dark brown with rusty iodine highlights and a fluffy tan head. Aroma of cherry, plums, leaves, tea, red wine, maple, maybe even some parmesan cheese? A bit more subtle than I remember but maybe my nose was more stuffed. Dry roasty taste, very vinous especially at first, but more flavors appear like tea, the darkest of dark fruits, a slight bit of cherry, and wood. Finishes woody with a bit of sherry, coffee, chocolate truffle dust, and a mild vanilla flavor. Warm nutty and spicy with just a bit of warming heat, and a spicy yeast presence throughout the beer. High carbonation, full bodied and pretty thick but drinkable. A very complex and admirable beer that offers any flavor that comes to mind while you drink it. Not immediate in a "wowing" way, but still unforgettably good. ogreface (1390) - Budapest, HUNGARY - FEB 4, 2008
Bottle.Ez egy igazi unikum!Finom gyümölcsös illat és íz.Szép sötét szín és kemény tartós hab.Ünnepekre való sör!
GigaHz (7) - Clinton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2008 does not count
Pours dark a little like a stout. Head was almost white and stays for quite a while. I didn’t taste any raisins. I did taste some kind of fruit. Nice beer. I still prefer stouts though. Proteus (98) - FINLAND - FEB 2, 2008
Bottle. Dark with a nice creamy beige head. Aroma of sweet raisins and even some alcohol, all in all a very exploding aroma. Same goes with the flavor, I’ve always enjoyed Rochefort 10 simple but at the same time noble flavor; a combination of a good old port wine and a well balanced malty belgian ale with the yeast giving it a nice spicy touch. Good carbonation that leaves the palate a bit dry but waiting for some more! jerrykurl (40) - California, USA - FEB 2, 2008
Smells of dried fruit. Pours dark brown with a tan head that never thins out. Sharp flavors of raisin and a bite of carbonation that leaves my mouth dry. Surprisingly light bodied and drinkable, however deadly the ABV. Overall an excellent beer that my palate may not be ready for. MrRain (542) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 1, 2008
Bottled poured in a trappist glass. Roche10 pours very dark ruby with a huge fluffy head. The nose is very mild but I think I can detect dark sticky fruits. The body is medium to heavy and very clean. There is little aftertaste. The alcohol is hidden, mostly. It comes through just enough to add complexity to the taste and warmth to the belly. I have no idea what currents taste like but I assume the unidentifiable taste is it. To be honest, this is a very nice beer but I don’t feel it lives up to its reputation. It’s good, it’s complex, it’s nice but it I’ve had much better beers of various styles. I’ll revisit this beer in a few years. radagast83 (8476) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2008
33ml bottle. Aroma of dried fruits, with malts. Slightly sour flavor with some fruit sugars. Alcohol is masked almost completely, which is a very nice surprise.