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

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Monk's Elixir (Monk's Brew)Monk's Elixir (Monk's Brew)

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87
very good

287 Ratings
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Ratings: 287
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.82%
Wants: 18
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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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Ratings: 287 | Reviews: 133 | Display Reviews Only:
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1/5  rDev -74.4%

Bonko_the_sane, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of gpawned
1.5/5  rDev -61.5%

gpawned, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of Havion383
2/5  rDev -48.7%

Havion383, May 24, 2012
Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.15/5  rDev -44.9%
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.

lacqueredmouse, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of DarthKostrizer
2.4/5  rDev -38.5%
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

DarthKostrizer, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of laituegonflable
2.65/5  rDev -32.1%
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.

laituegonflable, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of Flyer
2.75/5  rDev -29.5%
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.

Flyer, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of AgentMunky
2.83/5  rDev -27.4%
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. :)

AgentMunky, Jul 14, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

mtbdonn, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

Thorpe429, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of jakesingleton
3/5  rDev -23.1%

jakesingleton, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of Oxymoron
3/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

Oxymoron, Jun 12, 2009
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

Halcyondays, Dec 19, 2011
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

Sinewave, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of BrutalSusan
3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

BrutalSusan, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of roblowther
3.05/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

roblowther, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of ntraft
3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

ntraft, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of drabmuh
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

drabmuh, Sep 08, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

jwg782, Dec 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Nick_isthatstillcool, Jul 07, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

dataylor21, Feb 04, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

N8DAGR8, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of coldmeat23
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

coldmeat23, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Alieniloquium, Dec 25, 2013
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Monk's Elixir (Monk's Brew) from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.