I liked the Dries van Noten but it still was a bit of a disappointment at the end of the day.
While I didn't consider it quite purchase worthy, I liked and prefer the Agarwoud of the two.
Personally, I would also check out Padparadscha by Satellite for your sandalwood fix instead of the Dries van Noten. It is a very fiery/spicy fragrance, but has a nice sandalwood base.
On the Rose/Oud side of the spectrum, while certainly not anywhere near as Oud focused as Agarwoud, I would look instead at Portrait of a Lady by EdP Frederic Malle that costs about the same and is far superior, IMO. It is rose and incense focused over a patchouli driven base with just a tad of Oud for support.
Edited by drseid - 6/3/13 at 4:57am