dmtroyer (431) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2007
Where do I start. I really will re-rate this when I am in a better state of mind. Ridiculous aroma, not only leaps out of the glass, it leaps out of the bottle. Mostly plum, raisin on the nose, some great dry/sweet fruit. Like a great wine, this one changes in the mouth. Seems to go from dark to lighter fruit as it is aerated. Loads of complexity I will hopefully re-rate and find. A finish that lingers forever, I donít seem to notice the alcohol as much as others do. Awesome mouthfeel, something unprecedented... possibly the carbonation that makes it so exciting. Too bad it keeps going up in price. MagnusVMagnum (48) - USA - OCT 13, 2007
Dark, sweet, plum and raisin flavors. Itís one of those lovely Belgian high alochol content ales that manages to taste great despite the alcohol. It reminds me a lot of Delirium Noel, less so but similar to Nocturnum, only better, but at much higher cost ($6 a bottle in Ohio). Overall, Belgian Ales in general have been my favorite thus far. This is probably the best dark ale Iíve tried thus far. Itís extremely rich and complex. Duvel is the best amber so far (more smooth versus complex) and thankfully much more affordable than Delirium, but still more than Grimbergen, although definiitely worth it. At $6 a pop, Trappistes 10 sadly wonít be a weekly beer given the amounts of beer I tend to consume these days, but definitely for special occasions.
MMortier (11) - Ghent, BELGIUM - OCT 11, 2007
To me, this is the most beautiful beer in the world (served in the most beautiful glass). The head is unsurpassed, its lacing *tight* yet pearly, containing the brown-red syrup beneath it, like white chain mail armour. The head lacing is really something unique, you can stare at it for hours and it doesnít disappear.prsmatt (3) - Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2007 does not count
Nose is complex, cold caramel in a deep pit of bananas, but no real nose-taste diff aside from the higher alcohol aroma.
The texture of this Trappist is very thick and creamy and makes the dominating flavours (rotten bananas, dough) last long enough to whithstand the high alcohol rate. This is something Bernardus and Westvleteren canít manage well - and it seems like each bottle of Westy rounds off differently.
However, some may feel that the taste is a bit artificial, too fruitish, too freakish, and prefer Westy or other Abts for their more earthily tastes. Iím just glad we have all of them.
I like to start it off quite cold (10C), and each glass lasts very, very long. I tis absurd to drink more of these a day, but sometimes we are absurd. Perfection.
Aroma--sweet, banana, caramel, bread notes. very thick rich aroma.
Appearance--smooth creamy brown color with small fine cream-colored head
Flavor--After having the 8 from the same brewery, I had high hopes for this one. Alas I was slightly disappointed. This one was a little too sweet for my taste--and a little too much banana flavor. Wonderful texture--just not quite the right flavor. EricDanger (23) - USA - OCT 10, 2007
A little light on the aromoa, but looks great with a nice head. Complex flavors of chocolate, Coffee and caramel. Very thick, Very rich tasting. Truly a great beer that really needs to be tasted over and over to get all the subtleties.
adriancscott (16) - London, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2007
Has a realy nice amber colour when poured into a trappist glass, with a great creamy head that lingers with great lacing qualities.. Great earthy aroma mixed with a hint of chocolate, raisin and rich yeast accompanied with a truly great taste that is strong on the alchohol but passified by the after taste that is slightly sweet yet mellow considering itís strength of 11.3. It has a great texture with a delicate carbonation which gives it a creamier silkier feel to drink. A great Belgium beer.. hiddenvariable (211) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2007
bottle. pours a nearly opaque dark reddish brown with a huge tan head that rapidly fades to thin tan head, which lingers and laces nicely. big smell of dark cherries and raisins and other berries, with a touch of wood and a tiny hint of alcohol. taste is more dark fruit and wood, with a cola-like malt and hints of yeast. also a touch of alcohol, but that 11.3% is really well-hidden. finishes with a subtle dryness that hints at possible bitterness or sweetness but never really goes either way. medium body with a good amount of tiny carbonation for a creamy mouthfeel. the first time i tried this beer, it was the first beer iíd had that literally made me exclaim, "wow!" one of the best. Hudspart (538) - Byron Center, Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2007
Bottle: Pours very dack with a very think head. Very thick with a fruity flavor. Good beer, but not as good as the 8. mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 5, 2007
Pours a beautiful dark amber with a small but dense head with some nice lacing. Beautiful milk chocolate aroma, fruity and sweet. The taste does not disappoint: fig, dark plum, strong presence of alcohol, munich malt, some spicy hops (not the usual recessed hoppiness of many sweet Belgian ales) in the finish. Great carbonation, thin finish but nice mouthfeel overall. feedmegarbage (5) - USA - OCT 5, 2007 does not count
Dark, dried-blood brown-red in color. Concentrated raisin, deep fruit, and chocolate earth-tones. Some malt and other hidden spices are all collected into a beautifully rich medium-heavy body. Good stuff.