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. smith4498 (3674) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2012 33cl bottle in Rochefort glass. Pours very thick dark brown. 2 finger tan head, lots of lacing. Smells great - malts, raisins, figs, plum. Excellent! Alcohol is present but not overwhelming. Possibly the best beer I have ever tasted. GMan71 (24) - Lower Mitcham, AUSTRALIA - JAN 27, 2008
Bottle. Have had this a few times - incl a Brussels beer cafe. Damn fine beer! Dark, ruby brown, great head, floaty bits. Complex flavours - fruity, bitter, dark chocolate (which it goes very well with at dessert!) illidurit (2458) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 26, 2008
Appearance: Poured into my Rochefort goblet. 2 fingers of tan head over a murky russet body. Great lacing and retention.
Aroma: Rum, raisin, spice, gum, melon.
Flavor: Rum cake, yeasty dough, raisin, pepper, slight chocolate, nuttiness, a licorice spicy note. Ridiculous complexity.
Palate: Creamy, rich, full, perfect. yespr (47567) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JAN 26, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2008 33 cL bottle. Pours dark brown with a diminished off-white head. Aroma is discretely spiced, mild caramel malt and subdued yeast note. Solid carbonation. Flavour is smooth, subdued fruity, slight yeasty. Very very very complex yet elegant (acetyl, raisins, malt, slight roasted, plum, winous, caramel, smooth chocolate and nicely bitter), not overly done, just PERFECTLY balanced! Emphasise has to be put on PERFECT aroma, flavour and palate. Nice lingering finish. Sharp edge in the far finish.
Ljunkan (530) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - JAN 26, 2008
It just falls slightly short compared to the Westvleteren 12, But: amazing, fantastic smooth and very controlled brew.
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2009 33 cl bottle. Great beer with a nice flavor of fudge, toffee, chocolate, vanilla... rather sweet. Oily. Well, I liked this one, but is this really better than Chimay Blue for example? I need to try this again, Chimay seemed to get better each time I’ve tried it and maybe it will be the same with Rochefort... I think this is better than its "brother" Rochefort 8 though.SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2008
Update: (Bottle at home on 080327, decided to describe it a bit better, had some notes on the swedish beer site Öltorget). This is an amazing beer, deserves definitely the high score. Aroma is wonderful of sweet candy, raspberry (hallonbåtar?). It’s more mellow than I found it the first time. Flavour is very vinous, slightly fiery from the alcohol with liqourice, berries, vanilla, chocolate, fudge and coffee. As the smell, it also got some raspberry candy-like taste too it. Really good, with some warming alcohol in the finish.
Update 2: I had a blind tasting with this and Rochefort 8 with a friend. This one was the tastiest, with nice, fudgey, raspberry-candy aroma and a quite complex, hard to define taste. It’s a very good beer but I think I’ve overrated both Rochefort beers. Can’t really say this is top 10 in the world but it’s definitely good. Going to try another aged bottle next year (this was about 1 year old).
Dark brown to black in color with a 1/4" tan head. The nose was complex and filled with raisin, plum, malt, cherry, currant, orange and yeast. In the mouth the beer is medium-bodied with lots of carbonation and a long lingering finish. The flavors follow that of the nose. While quite nice and easily drinkable, for me, it needs more concentration and weight to catch my attention. jmm1 (132) - Andorra la Vella, ANDORRA - JAN 24, 2008
From bottle. Dark cloudy brown body with a lovely beige head that lasts long and leaves a nice lacing. Strong plum aromas with some caramelly roasted malts appearing in the background. In mouth reminds of an aged madeira o port wine, with a distinctive sweetness and smoothness, with a lightly burned finish. Excellent balance and palate, with a soft carbonation that enhaces all flavors exploding in mouth. Alcohol is present but never overwhelming. Greatness made beer, superb. cellar (508) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 24, 2008
@ Akkurat, vintage 1998: Cant get much better than this, Very dark, hazy, short lasting head, very delicate aroma, traces of port wine, perfetc balance, now i finally know the taste of heaven, only problem is it took finish way too fast :-) lucke13 (91) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - JAN 22, 2008
Wow...wow...I love this beer. After I finished my first one I went back to the store and got more for the cellar.