argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 9, 2002
Curranty aroma and flavor. Also a caramel sweetness. Alcohol is noticeable, particularly on the swallow, but not nearly as much as the abv would suggest. Chewy. I like this beer, but I clearly don't share the passion for it that others do. JoeM500 (1909) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - MAY 6, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2003 First aroma that was recognizable was vanilla, but softer, like those vanilla wafers. Dark fruits like purple grapes and plums there,too. The taste is so complex and so many flavors bounce from the tongue that it is hard to put into words. Mine was chilled and the flavors multiplied as it warmed. Like the other belgian strong ales that I have tasted, I am amazed at the odd floaties and how alive they are, and what reactions occur right there on the top of your ale. As it really warmed, the alcohol was much more present. I found only one bottle, and didn't share a drop!
rerate 3/26/03 with a bottle stamped with a best by date of 16-10-07: Cinnebon was the biggest part of the nose and taste. Very empty otherwise. Thin and almost watery. Sweet raisin and prune aftertaste. This (probably too young) bottle really brought down the rating. dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 6, 2002
Becareful not to tturn your back on your friends,when you offer then a 'sip' of this sit down beer. estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 4, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2008 RE-RATE: Second glass, taken at room temperature (I had tried to chill the first down to the ’recommended’ temperature, but may have chilled too much). This is much more complex than glass #1 - please don’t chill this beer AT ALL. It’s only fair to compare the two giants on the same playing field (I only tried Westy at room temperature), so I have to say that I like the Rochefort 10 at room temperature a little teeny bit better than the Westy 12. I’m not going to down-rate Westy, but I’ll make the ’10’ equal to it. RERATE 9/07: Knocking it down a bit due to a head-to-head with the 12. brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 1, 2002
A wonderfully comples spicy flavor. Rich and dark like a smooth stout yet light and lively on the palate. A great beer.
cranesareflying (50) - Evanston, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2002
A nice, dark brown color, a terrific aroma, a very smooth textured beer with a pronounced head, medium to full-bodied with a sweet, slightly fruity, malted flavor, thick, very dense, like a banana molasses syrup, very similar to Westveleteren #8, but not quite up to that caliber, it simply doesn’t have the same quality of taste, though it grows more intense with every sip, a mouthful. DJH-Bird99 (208) - Nijkerk, NETHERLANDS - APR 26, 2002
I mostly agreet with user 'PTomkinson' 's review a little lower.
You expect a beer from special quality, and it comes close to that ravidesai (979) - Bombay, INDIA - APR 21, 2002
nutty brown colour, fizzy heads that dissipates too soon.
great aroma, plums raisins, creme de casis, caramel, chocolate.
taste is as complex as the nose, incredibly for an 11%alcohol beer, the alcohol doe not overwhelm any subtleties in taste.
this beer combimes the best malt features of a nice malty single malt scotch with the complexity of a robust bordeaux or beaujolais wine. JPDIPSO (6317) - Wauwatosa, USA - APR 19, 2002
HMMM! Unfortunately for this one I had it the same night as Westvleteren 12. A very good effort but the flavor and patate are a spot off. Perhaps not a fair comparison, but if choosing one over another........ DrBeer (862) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 16, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2003 Opaque brown with huge head. The nose is not that overwhelming as the taste with lots of maltsweetness, caramel, almonds and vanilla and a smoothness that makes it a top beer. The big and complex taste is fruity with strawberry and chocolate toffee. It has tones of almonds, dry cardboard and dried fruits. It doesn´t get much better than this. The perfect beer to just relax with.