Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - AUG 28, 2007
Bottle. Poured dark amber with thick head that left thick lacing. Aroma of dark fruits. Taste of plums and malt with alcohol warmth. A little on the sweet side. jackson220 (136) - new lenox, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2007
bottle. pours murky mahogany with an ample tan head which lasted and left a respectable amounts of lacing. The aroma is subtle and vinous with notes of plums, licorice, alcohol, cocoa and indiscernible spices. The feat in this beer’s aroma is that while it is isn’t over-the-top, it is still very sophisticated. Flavor is well-balanced with noticable alcohol, caramel, dark fruits, pepper, and dark chocolate. Full-bodied, moderately-carbonated and warming. Surly one of the finest beers in the World. Dragonfly1 (500) - Colorado, USA - AUG 24, 2007
#50 for me. Hop Leaf, Chicago. This beer made my day, my night, my week. I had no pre-conceived notions of what this would / should taste like. I just decided to fork over the $12 for the bottle and see what it was about. Couldn’t have been better. When it first hit my lips I knew this was something special- all the previous 1500 reviewers have said it, but the fig, vanilla, raisin, and heavy alcohol taste worked perfectly together. A little sweet candi sugar too. In a word- wonderful... Floback (550) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - AUG 24, 2007
Bottle from Total Wine. Pours a white-rimmed dark brown with no head. Very oily, almost non-existent lacing. The aroma was the beginning of my disappointment and puzzlement of this beer. My nose received overly sweet notes of bubblegum, flowers, and cotton candy. The alcohol was very overpowering in the taste with a strong astringent bite in the finish along with more bubblegum and wood flavors. The carbonation was surprising due to the lack of head received upon the pour. This was ultra-fizzy and off-balanced along the full body. Again, I was puzzled due to the high acclaim this beer gets. My bottle could’ve been old, but I’m sure this is supposed to be aged. It could also have been too warm as I did not let it sit in my fridge very long, but I know the colder a beer is, the less flavor your tongue receives. I will try it again in the future to see what all the fuss is about. mabel (9245) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2007
[555-20070823] 330mL (10/01/11). Boozy wood malt aroma with light fruity rum raisin and medium alcohol. Hazy, dark brown amber body with a long-lasting foamy off-white head. Burnt roasted malt aroma with a sweet toffee aftertaste and hints of nut and chocolate throughout. Full body. Booze is hidden just beneath the delicious chocolate surface.
ndubs360 (114) - portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 22, 2007
fours a dark brown that almost looks like swamp water. Monster head which lasts the entire sitting. Taste of dates, raisins, and caramel. Sweet, alcoholy taste. This beer hit me hard, but the alcohol is hidden well, almost too well its scary. The best beer i have had to date. Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2007
poured into the Rochefort Chalice. Pours a dark caramel brown with full frothy head to the rim, dissipates to the top of the letters. beautiful looking beer in this glass. sweet yeast, some slight mocha candy, mouthwatering, inviting aroma. full carbonated/spritzy mouthfeel with warmth from alchohol on finish. sweet yeast, caramel presence, complezity in middle to finish and thru to the aftertaste. fruity backgrounds within the complexity of bannana and fig. sticky aftertaste completes the beer. Alchohol is well hidden, great. AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - AUG 20, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2008 Very complex beer with earthy, dried fruit overtones. Those were dominent to me, but it is so complex that many other influences were present. Very viscous, very deep color with a nice tan head. enenalan (21) - Linden, New Jersey, USA - AUG 20, 2007
After being less than impressed by the No. 8, I was expecting another good, but not necessarily amazing beer. Definitely not the case. Rochefort 10 is worlds apart from it lesser brother. Deep, dark brown with similar, foamy head and surprisingly carbonated on the pour. Aroma is thick with raisins and other dried fruits. Tastes overwhelmingly of fruit but well tempered with a bitter, almost porter like finish. The 11.3% ABV gives it a nice bite too. NickVega (154) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - AUG 19, 2007
After laying out the funds for the Rochefort, it’s inevitable for me to remember how perfect Westvleteren is. Rochefort is awesome - but slightly disappointing.