Monk's Elixir (Monk's Brew) - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 144
Hads: 357
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 22
Gots: 36 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-22-2008

Brewed at De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium.

Ingredients: Water, malt (pilsner and pale), candy syrup, cassonade sugar, hops (northern brewer, hallertauer and styrian goldings), ale yeast
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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.17/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On-tap at the Local Taphouse for the Mikkeller Tap Takeover in Sydney. This was number 15 of 20.

Looks deep and pleasantly red, with a very full head of yellow-tinged ochre. Lots of retention. Minimal lace, but the colour and opacity is great.

Nose is... unpleasant. Really sticky and sweet apple cider character with a touch of booze to it and very little else. Sheesh. I dread to drink it.

Sickly and sweet on the palate, with astringent medicinal cherry and then a long, drawn out character of fermented apple. Despite this, the feel is quite thin and unpleasant.

Too much sugar in the wort! This smells like a fermented out sugar-drink. It's heavy, hot and unpleasant. This is not a great beer, and worse, it's a beer that gives the great examples of this style a bad name. Poor effort, Mikkeller. (806 characters)

Photo of DarthKostrizer
2.43/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to RTaps and MrVonzipper for this one

Look: Dark brown in color with a 1/8 inch head and just ok retention

Smell: The nose carries some figs and plums and a artificial candy note. Which is backed up by a sweet yeast note

Taste: The beer is very dark fruit based and almost taste artificial or medicinal. The beer was overly sweet and reminded me of candied plums and sugar drenched figs. And finishes slightly funky but not the good funkyiness that is typical of belgian yeast

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation

Overall: I am not a fan of this Quad and to be honest it might be my least favorite of the style to date (639 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
2.67/5  rDev -31%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark amethysty-red colour with dense beige head that sticks around to a decent crown. Nice cradle of lace. Pretty damn fine.

Huge fruity nose, very candied with a blackcurrant and apple edge. Blackberry, cherry medicine, I could go on but yeah, it's definitely lacking something, needs more than just sweet fruit. Pretty poor and cloying, in fact.

Taste is similarly saccharine. Loads of fruit: apple, blackcurrant and black cherry with a slight weak cider edge and hardly any complexity to it, just sweet and a bit weak. Medicinal edge on the back but it falls short of being nicely phenolic or spicey. Really quite disappointed.

Full body, but not a lot of texture, just very simple.

It's probably hard to produce this particular fruit note from a beer but it just comes out as thinly sweet and under-fermented. Just not very enjoyable. (850 characters)

Photo of Flyer
2.76/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep reddish brown pour with so-so head. The aroma is very malty, which right away had me thinking this wasn't a typical quad. As it turned out, that was more in a bad way than a good way. Lots of malty flavor up front, with some cereal-like qualities. Very little in the way of ale fruitiness. Some tart brown sugary notes come in late. Really seemed more like a barleywine. The other reviews make me think I might be missing something, which is the only reason I would try this again. (486 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
2.86/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

A: A fizzy finger of tannish head tops tops a ruddy, opaque dark brown beer. Good lacing.

S: Not particularly impressive. Slightly (cherry) cough syrupy. Dark fruits, heavy sugars, clumsy spices.

T: Hrm. Disappointing. Highly so. I honestly don't think I can count this as a success. Lightly spicy, which is the only respite from a bland wall of heavy-sweet malt. The cough syrup doesn't particularly go away. Bah.

M: Not SO bad. I think the candy syrup kills it.

O: Poor effort. Would not have again. Not recommended and not sure I want to finish the whole beer...I'm sad, but this is Mikkeller. You lose some, you win most. :) (689 characters)

Photo of Oxymoron
2.99/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Collaboration. Pours a dark burgundy color with a rudy red hue through out. Somewhat cloudy but a bit of chill haze. A soft white head with good retention and lacing but did dissipate through the tasting.

The nose has some good and some bad notes. There is a great bready mixed with a crystal malt aroma. Some melanodian almost Special B-esk malt aroma. Noticeable fig and raisin notes as well, with a hint of banana and cloves. A light plum note as well. Some butyric aromas are really off setting and leave a dirty drains type or image. Dank. On the back end there is a light black strap molasses note as well, that has the minerally off aroma that is just a big deterrent for me.

The taste is similar. Great malt notes with a stronger crystal and caramel malt notes. Some Belgian grainy flavors with a light bready/biscuit thing. Some yeasty notes but backs off versus the nose. The same off butyric notes are present in the taste. Really hard getting past this dank flavor. Some herbal and ester notes in the finish as well.

Moderate body with good carbonation. Overall really hard to get past the dank notes. Surprised this isn't rated lower. (1,150 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.04/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Max for this bottle. Reviewed from notes. Poured into a snifter.

Pours a modest brown color with a short head and a tiny amount of lacing. The smell is quite nice with a mixture of dark fruits as well as fresh grapes. A slight boozy character. The taste loses most of that fresh fruit character and instead there is simply some light sweetness and a bit of dark fruits. The mouthfeel is incredibly light, more so than any Belgian dark I've come across. Drinkability is severely affected by this and the fact that there's not all that much to the taste. (563 characters)

Photo of BrutalSusan
3.05/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: deep dark brown, almost black. poured with little to no head

S: raisin and spices, very aromatic

T: raisin comes back to you in the flavor, not very complex and a bit sweet for my tastes. a touch of hop in the finish, but not enough. Baking spices.

M: the mouthfeel is very light and thin, I expect a lot more weight in a dark ale, while not necessary, the lack of weight really takes away from this one, could have helped it quite a bit.

O: Not a fan, Mikkeller is hit or miss, I find I usually hate or LOVE their beer. This one I just didn't like, won't go so far as to hate.

*As it warmed up, I got more out of it, some plum, coffee and chocolate I just wasn't getting before. Growing on me slightly, but still not something I will revisit. (751 characters)

Photo of roblowther
3.09/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Haven't had a Danish quad, let's see what the Danes got! Very dark, almost black in color with a very light tan head that forms a dense, creamy layer and laces nicely. Interesting, looks more like a Belgian Strong Dark. Intense chocolate aroma, with plums and cherries. Dry taste throughout, pleasantly malty with a bread-dominant flavor and a nice chalky finish. Not complex at all, sort of a one-note orchestra, but they hit the note. Mouthfeel is a little sticky and a little flat. Drinkability is decent, but the strong roasted aftertaste limits it for me. An interesting derivation of the style, but very simple and a little dry. Its an interesting brew but definitely not a standard for a Quad. (700 characters)

Photo of ntraft
3.19/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle with no freshness date obtained for $11.29

Appearance: Generous finger of head. Very dark chocolate brown, and quite opaque.

Smell: Whoa, the esters in this brew. I smell some substantial dark fruits and cherry, but the alcohol is very distracting.

Taste: I may not have refrigerated this long enough because the alcohol in this is just way too strong here. Maybe it would also help if it had aged and had time for the flavors to settle. But as it is, it's a bit unpalatable.... but I'm warming up to it as I drink more. The alcohol is still huge, but I can also now see the analogy to dark fruits and some of that does come into play nicely. There's also a lot of sugar; can definitely taste that candy syrup.

Mouth: Medium to Medium-high carbonation, good mouthfeel.

Overall/Drinkability: Overall the esters from this 10% ABV brew were too much for me. I love high gravity brews, but they usually don't taste like this. (940 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A mediocre quad from Mikkeller. Beer is brown and very hazy with a weak thin head of off white tiny bubbles that quickly breaks but rallies to forms a little lacing on the glass.

Aroma is super sweet...lots of caramel, shorted out my circuits. I bet this is going to be a cloying mess.

Not quite...its thinner on teh palate than it should be (especially being that sweet). I suppose its the high alcohol that does that. At least the beer isn't hot, it kind of tastes like melt caramel in beer form. Carbonation is low in the mouth, its way way too sweet for me. Not feeling it. There are quads infinitely better than this. (625 characters)

Photo of bort11
3.32/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle poured into a Boulevard Smokestack chalice. No real head, that's a little disappointing. There is a ton of sediment, which I like, but I think it's the sediment that is creating the color density. Otherwise the color is a thin chestnut brown.

Smell has a mild spicy yeast that intensifies as the sediment merges. There is some sweetness from the candied sugar. A little caramel malt. Overall, kind of weak in the smell department. The yeast adds more spice in the taste.

Mouthfeel is thin. The last half of the bottle is much better than the first half. I really don't see this as a Quad. It's more of a Dubbel or a Belgian Dark Ale. (650 characters)

Photo of nick76
3.32/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

The aroma has alcohol, malt, caramel, fruit, and hops. The appearance is red/brown with a nice head and some haze and particles. The flavor is like the aroma with an acidic and paper finish. The palate is thin. Overall it's drinkable but nothing special. (254 characters)

Photo of cvm4
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the hardest cork I've ever tried to get out of a bottle. Say no to synthetic corks!

A - Pours a murky brown with a tan one finger head. It's not pretty to look at.

S - The smell comes off sweet. I'm getting some raisins, prunes and caramel.

T - A bit sweet and syrupy. Once that subsides, then you're left with figs/raisins/dates. The finish does last a while and so does the alcohol presence.

M - Somewhat thin and watery. Could use more substance.

O - Nothing to rave about here. Just a good mid-road quad that offers nothing new or something you can't live without. (583 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a murky brownish amber with virtually no head. The thin, creamy beige mousse only survives a couple of seconds.

S: Very sweet. Aromas of raisins, prunes, candy sugar, and caramel are quite pronounced. This is a little much for my taste.

T: A sweet, syrupy entry reveals notes of caramel, candy sugar, dark chocolate, port, figs, dates, prunes, raisins, and dark bread. The finish is long and sweet with dried fruit and caramel notes underpinned by mellow alcohol.

M: Oddly light and thin in the mouth. Very oily as well. Carbonation is decidedly lacking. Alcohol presence is initially well hidden, but really comes out on the finish.

O: This is an ok quad, nothing more, nothing less. If you're a fan of the style, you may find that this is not offensive, but also offers nothing remotely new. (806 characters)

Photo of coldmeat23
3.37/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Pours a straight dark brown color that is nearly opaque. Small head of loose, tan foam forms, then dissipates rather quickly. Lacing is clumpy and rather sticky.

Smell is like a fresh loaf of sweet fruit bread, drizzled with rum sauce. Huge bready/yeasty notes. Big notes of dark plums and cherries. Mild notes of semisweet chocolate. Belgian candi sugars.
It took a minute to identify a certain element of the smell, but it's almond paste (marzipan).
The nose is quite enticing.

Wow, did that nose ever set me up for disappointment. The flavors fall completely flat here. The yeastiness overpowers everything else, but not in the good way, like a tripel or something. It's just almost all that there is, to this one. It's like a big chunk of bread, dipped in caramel sauce which has some dark fruits floating in it. Huge bready flavor, light caramel sweetness and a hint of dark fruits, that you wish were more prominent.

Medium body, which is also a sort of letdown. This style should be big, thick and creamy. This one is smooth, but not really creamy, at all. Low level of carbonation kills the body on this one.

Yeah, it's drinkable, but I won't be rushing to try to track down another bottle anytime soon. I'd love to try it again, don't get me wrong. It just won't be high on my list of future aquisitions. If I see it, I'll give it another shot.
Mikkeller, you've let me down. (1,439 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2018. Picked up ages ago from Trembling Madness in York and stashed in my garage. This is Mikkeller's take on a Belgian quad.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A very dark brown that appears pitch black in the glass. Produces a large head of creamy beige foam with good retention; this slowly reduces to a thick surface layer. Some lacing. Aroma of fruity malt with hints of prunes, dried fruit, brown sugar, caramel, subtle yeast esters and earthiness. Sweet and malty, with a warming whiff of booze in the background.

Tastes of fruity malt with a yeasty finish. Notes of dried fruit, brown sugar, caramel, earthy yeast, faint esters and hints of stewed leaves. Quite sweet, with a touch of booze in the background. A lingering yeasty character upon swallowing; little bitterness to speak of. Mouthfeel is smooth and dry, with light carbonation and decent body for the style. Mildly astringent, followed by an aftertaste of sweet malt, vague fruitiness and earthy yeast.

Hmmmm - not terrible but certainly sub-par. It looks great, however the aroma and flavour have a lack of depth and development. The overall character is wishy-washy; sweet and fruity but not fully committed. Body is OK but not amazing. My impression is that it is under-attenuated, possibly due to not being fermented at a sufficiently high temperature. It falls short of the best that the style can offer. No need to hunt it down. (1,451 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep reddish brown. Big cream head. Settles to pretty patterns of wisps and a chunky collar. Nice lacing.

Smell - Fruity. Figgy and sweet smelling. Brown sugar. Booze.

Taste - Sweet and sugary. More dark fruits. Earthy and bitter. Lots of caramel. Lingering sugars.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Medium carbonation. Very sweet.

Overall - This is excessively sweet. Not even a caramelly sweetness or brown sugar. Just lots of unexciting sugar. (494 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft at Gourmet Haus Staudt. Cloudy, rusty brown. The head pours small but creamy and dense. There's a lot of brown sugar and raisin on the nose, sweet licorice, star anise. Sweet, sugary malt and dark fruit are prevalent on the palate. Alcohol is noticeable and lends a bit of harshness to the finish. There's more spiciness than the nose suggests, peppery with a bit of anise. Medium bodied, a bit roasty in the finish with lingering licorice spiciness. A decent effort, but too boozy to be really enjoyable. (511 characters)

Photo of bark
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sold as "Monk's Elexir" in Europe.

The colour is dark brown-red, the liquid clear. The beige compact head is finger thick.

The smell is mild. I noted some marzipan, raisins and beeswax.

The taste is dry and surprisingly light. Raisins, yeast and some sweetness. The body is low. The long aftertaste is light and fresh with notes of Coca Cola, nuts, raw beef and a hint of yeast.

The carbonation is strong; the small bubbles are sharp in the mouth. The liquid is mid-smooth.

A strong Belgian-style beer without any traces of alcohol. But there is not much of anything else init either. (593 characters)

Photo of peabody
3.39/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours out like a good quad with 1/2 finger of off-white suds. Not a lot of lacing but very nice legs. A root beer color but much more cloudy.
Smell is caramel and fig with a very malty and sugary aroma.
Taste is very odd here. Kind of a bitterness like an IPA and not much maltysugars like are in the smell. You really can't taste the alcohol but you can feel it. Like a bourbon/scotch flavor added in there to booze it up.
Mouthfeel is fairly clean and only the last bit, after the alcohol has left,there is a slight stickyness. NOt a sweet stickyness,
Drinkability would be OK if it tasted more like a good quad.
Not really that good. (637 characters)

Photo of jdklks
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one was a let down from a brewery that is quickly becoming one of my favorites. The appearance is dark brown with light highlights on the edges and through the middle when backlit. The head was almost non-existent, but what did foam was a dark shade of tan (not quite getting to brown). The aroma (much like the taste unfortunately) is enormously underwhelming. Some beligian yeast (not much), some figs and perhaps apricot, a little brown sugar sweetness, and alcohol. Not all that impressed.

The flavor is not nearly as complex as I've come to expect from the style. The brown sugar that usually highlights the overall sweetness in the style (especially complimenting the dark fruits) is burnt and not all that pleasant. Belgian yeast and alcohol are about all that remain after the roasty sugars have had their way. Not complex at all. "Safe" would describe what Mikkeller has done with the style, and safe is not at all THEIR style. What happened here??? no one knows.

Mouthfeel is a little undercarbonated and, perhaps because of this, too syrupy for a quad. The drinkability is so-so. I finished the bottle, but wouldn't want any more. (1,149 characters)

Photo of Spineypanda
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Has a dark brown color with a nice large head. Big a fluffy!
Smells of yeasts and some esters that give it an alcohol smell, but not an overwhelming one. Has a bit of the roasted malts smell and some caramel.
Tastes like it has some dark fruits to it, a bit of the caramel taste, but an overall great flavor.

I will enjoy again. (329 characters)

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nose is slightly sour and vinegary, softly malty and chocolaty, with some alcohol. Smells a little creamy. Smells pretty good.

Pours clear very dark brown with very mild head. Looks pretty good.

Flavor follows nose with a good bit of sweetness. Soft notes of vinegar and sourness. Soft spicy/peppery flavor. Soft malt - dark but not highly roasted - caramel and toast, chocolate and coffee. Medium-thin body with next to no carbonation. Tastes pretty good. Feels pretty good. Pretty good drinkability.

Tastes young, especially with the level of raw-tasting sweetness it has. (577 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml split amongst peoples.

A - Very dark red pour with some haze, not much clarity. Lots of beige foam eventually falls to a thick splotchy cap with lots-o-lacing.

S - Apple and raisin, red grape, touch of caramelly bread and molasses, alcohol. Kind of faint overall.

T - Big red grape, sharp boozy raisin, anise, candi sugar, some peppery spice, molasses. An improvement over the scent, but a bit muddled and boozy.

M - Pretty hefty, almost syrupy, handles all the foamy carbonation quite well. It's a bit hot, moreso than expected.

O - Some pretty good waves of sugary dark fruit spice flavors, but the syrupy sweetness and booziness kinda drag this down for me. (672 characters)

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Monk's Elixir (Monk's Brew) from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.