brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 30, 2002
A very smooth drinkable beer for the strength. The aroma and flavor do not overpower you. This is one beer, if you can find enough of them, that could waste you before you know it. A heavenly way for sure. beerstop (173) - Roanoke, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2003 Almost as good as touted and how rare is that!! Expensive for sure (I paid almost $9 for the bottle), but you must get your hands one of these. The 10.8% alcohol content is barely noticable, very very smooth with complicated flavor palate, little to no carbonation, malty, virtually no hop presence whatsoever, fruity. chouffe (8) - New York, USA - JAN 29, 2002 does not count
Not as fruity as Rochefort 10. Alcohol comes through as subtle. Tremendous complexity. This is what beer is meant to be like! Soft, malty expression is very satisfying. Liquid silk. A classic! carlitos99 (184) - The Big Apple, USA - JAN 23, 2002
This beer is in a class of it's own. You really have to get it at cellar tempature to experience the rich flavors of carmel, berries, chocolate, without the alcohol aroma getting in the way. Excellent! VA Homebrewer (524) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2002
Much more refined than the 8 IMHO. Many of the same flavors (plus many more), but they blend together much better in this brew. Very smooth chocolate, malt, yeast, fruits, hops and other things throughout the very full flavor profile. Alcohol is totally hidden. Just a touch of sourness and some hop astringency in the finish. Beautiful deep copper to brown color with an amazing off-white head. So complex I'll have to drink it again to fully understand everything going on in here. Well worth the effort it takes to find this.
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2002
Wow, what a treat. After tasting, a $175.00 per case does not seem that extreme. The flavor is so much better at cellar tempature, keep this prize out of the fridge. The carmel and chocolate notes are quite abundant, but no flavor overtakes the other. At 10.8% you do not even notice any powerful alcohol aroma or flavor. This is just the finest smoothest you will find. P.S. if you see this, dont buy it, (It will leave more for me) confusedboy0 (99) - BELGIUM - JAN 1, 2002
One of the best.
I would advise to taste this beer. I've once been near to the abbey, and it was love at first sight.
The power of this beers is enormous, the balance is wonderfull. It tastes almost perfect.
You know why monks make beer on earth? In heavan they don't have beer...(Once said by a monk of this abbey. jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2001
Re-rate. Clear Copper.(except for when you pour the rest of the bottle...yeast floaties) Pretty nice head. Amazing aroma...grainy, nutty and fruity..like a nutrigran bar and reminicent of a berry flavored wine. Palate is too much for me to describe but i will give it a shot. Chewy maltiness, toasted grains, plums, berries, nuts, bitter chocolate, pear,sugary sweetness, yeast, bread and others things that I catch and I know the taste but it comes and goes soo quickly, its difficult to discern, almost like having the answer at the tip of your tounge but not quite able to retrieve it. Awesome body, semi bubbly and lively mouthfeel, very lush. The smoothness,class and depth of character this beer posesses is uncanny. Alcohol is almost unnoticeable except it shows itself in the dry/sweet finish. (I feel the alcohol is far more noticeable in Rochefort 10) Superb balance and brewing. A must try and definitley top of the line and well deserving of top rated beer of this sight.
Stefano99 (19) - Ghezzano (Pisa), ITALY - DEC 29, 2001
The best trappist ale!......................................... Andreas99 (10) - Guetersloh, GERMANY - DEC 12, 2001
one of the most interesting trappist beers, taste the differences when it's aging!