bhensonb (15965) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 20, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2007 Bottle. Deep aroma of dark fruits, but the black currant is clearly present. In strong light it is a deep mahogany color with a beige head that is decent but not outstanding. Thin to medium body with fine, mild, almost creamy, carbonation. There is heat, plumminess, and most definitely black currant. After the first moments, it seems a bit dusty. The finnish is rather dry, and leaves a dusty, fruity impression. Arguably a bit of wood accumulates. Bitter is not in it. It sips marvelously. natejgood (533) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - OCT 19, 2007
Pours a rich brown color with a substantial, fluffy, tan head. The head didn’t leave any lacing on the glass as it went down. The beer smells of malt, fruit and berries. The flavor is thick and complex. It is of rich dark fruits with a hint of alcohol at the end. While it is a very strong flavor it probably isn’t my favorite. A little too fruity for me, but still very good. The beer has some of the smallest carbination bubbles I remember, which makes it very exciting to drink. ubamartian (155) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 19, 2007
Bottle. Pours a rich brown, with a thick fluffy tan head. The aroma isfruity, yet pleasant to the senses. The flavor is dark on first sip and lightens to reveal the complexity of flavors. The feeling on the mouth is unexpectedly delightful. The finish is pleasant and lingers for quite a while. The alchohol leaves a warm trail down the throat. This is one of the most enjoyable drinking experiences I have had to date. Ansset13 (127) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - OCT 17, 2007
330ml bottle. Pours similar to Rochefort 8, but deeper in hue, with a sightly fluffier tan head. The aroma and taste reach as close to heavenly as I have had yet, and trust me my rating # is nowhere near what I’ve tried. All, and all one of the truly great quads of all. Hammster (187) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - OCT 16, 2007
330 ml bottle. Poured similar to a stout with a fluffier head—very dark with a light brown head that was cloudy and lasting. Very pleasant aroma and abv is not noticeable. The aroma is mainly plumbs and other dark fruit. Taste is flawless. Mainly dark prune and plumb flavor with a cocoa blend. The abv is not noticeable until long after drinking when the finish warms in the throat after about 15 second. I never wanted to drink more than a small mouthful because every drink was so enjoyable.
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 don’t 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. It’s 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 I’ve tried thus far. It’s 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 won’t 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 doesn’t 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 can’t 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. I’m 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.