ronaldtheriot (1933) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Saint Arnold Divine Reserve 13 has virtually no head, but you can get a very thin, yellowish head to develop. The appearance is very dark brown (almost black, really), but under direct sunlight, you’ll see a clear, ruby red. The aroma is of spicy, bready malt, with an accompanying sweetness and yeastiness. The taste is similar, with added fruit candy, dark fruit, fruit cake, dark bread crust, pepper, brown sugar, a backside touch of crayfish boil, and the slightest shade of banana, with an added, yet subdued, bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and very prickly (with the little, tiny bubble carbonation), and the finish is dry (not Bud Light dry, though), sugar, chewy, sweet, and brandy like. Overall, this is a stunning, outstanding offering from Saint Arnold of Houston, Texas, and I (in the strongest possible terms) recommend hastily heading out to find this. Overall, I rate this as outstanding, and that’s probably a too-low rating. I beg you to try this! As a side note- after drinking 65% of the bottle, one becomes quite aware of the gentle warmth of this beer’s 11% alcohol level. RJT
LaTrappeMonk (4) - Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA - MAR 24, 2013 does not count
I had this beer on cask. The other reviews seem to be from the bottle, so mine’s going to be a bit different.
Appearance: This beer had no head at all. It is very dark, near opaque black. Hold it up to light, and it has a reddish hue and a remarkable clarity that comes from its long conditioning time.
Aroma: I smelled this beer and thought, "Yep, that’s a quad." It also has some dark fruit, black cherry.
Palate: Divine 13 has a medium mouth feel. The cask version I had, of course, had no carbonation. It coated the mouth like 2% milk.
Flavor: This beer is delicious. Chocolate and caramel blend with dark fruit flavors, like fig and black cherry, maybe even some blackberry. It starts sweet on the front end and finishes like a dry Cabernet, driving you to the next sip. I would have never guessed the alcohol content by it’s taste. It’s well incorporated into the beer, warming but not biting.
Overall: I love this beer. I’d drink it again. In fact, I did. I had to make sure that it was as good as I thought, so I had another, and another, and then just one more. Four tests concur. It’s fantastic. Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JUN 23, 2014
What an amazing bottle. Aroma is dark fruits, candied sugar, and chocolate bread. Pours deep mahogany with minimal tan head and lacing. Taste is just perfect. Pumpkin bread crust, brown sugar, dates, figs, raisins, and a big chocolate malt behind it. Just delicious and insanely addictive. I wanted more right away. Can’t recommend this one enough to anyone. kraddel (8109) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - NOV 27, 2014
Bottle thnx to kurt!
Pours beautifully dark brown, creamy white to brown head. Smell is sharp metallic., abbey yeast. Dark fruits, earth, hints of chocolate. Taste is sweet, candy sugar, earthy, dark fruits, chocolate, very full and rich. Perfect carbo. Lovely beer! NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Bottle from djd07, thanks again! Brown pour with a light khaki head. Aroma of dark fruit, brown sugar, and slight yeast. Flavor is similar with notes of toffee and sweet malts. Abv is hidden completely. Delicious.
teaton07 (1) - Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2013 does not count
First!! Pours thick, almost no head, very deep burgundy. Aroma is sweet, sugar, plums, mild dark fruit. Mild carbonation, full body. Taste of burnt sugar, caramel, vanilla, and dark fruit at the end. Almost no alcohol burn given the high content. Only issue with it is that it needs a heavier dark fruit presence. Great beer, which leaves the question, why aren't all of their beers of this quality?
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Weisseguy1 (3) - - AUG 9, 2013 does not count
In my recent visit to the Brewery I tried this great tasting beer. It was immediately fruity,with a bit of woodiness. The alcohol was in your face. But these tastes did not linger except for the alcohol. jbeatty (1248) - New York, USA - OCT 19, 2014
Bottle, 10/19/2014, shared by dfroms. Dark brown pour, ruby highlights, a few wisps of head apparent. Aroma is brown sugar, plum and other dark fruity overtones, dark toffee, touch of chocolate, older leather character. Taste is dark brown malts, brown sugar, spices, caramel, smooth finish. Thick body. Great, really authentic and delicious quad, reminds me of a well-aged Trappist brew. meestergud (2) - Spring, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2013 does not count
echoes of other reviewers - ripe pitted fruits, vanilla, a hint of leather in both nose and taste. a wisp of alcohol, but not overly boozy. malt and candy dominate. very good. djd07 (14471) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2013
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with medium creamy beige head that lasts awhile leaving decent lacing. The aroma is dark fruit and booze. Medium mouthfeel with a strong brown sugar and caramel with a light booziness and sweet finish. Very impressive quad,