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

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87
very good

286 Ratings
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Ratings: 286
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.08%
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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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

AnthemOfTheSun, May 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Reagan1984, Nov 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

jusdrink, Nov 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Sparky44, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of rapidsequence
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 ml corked, caged, foiled bottle. It was $13.49 from Beer Run. Can't find a date, but its at least a year old.

Appearance: Dark brown pour. Pretty unimpressive head, but some decent lacing.

Smell: This is a really great smelling beer. Sweet dark fruity esters, rich malt, and a bready yeastiness. The aroma rivals the very best quads.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Doesn't live up to the aroma. Feels thin and kind of fizzy. The flavors just don't open up on the palate like they should. I think the mouthfeel makes the taste suffer. A bit too boozy too.

Overall: Its a good quad, but has the above issues. Stick to St. Bernardus or Rochefort.

rapidsequence, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.

"Monk's Brew", eh? Well, it must be true, as those two guys on the bottle are both tonsured. That's about all it takes for me. The pour is as dark as a monk's robe and has the same coloration: dark, dusty black-brown, with that lighter splash on top (normally, this would be the monk's head, but this time it's the beer's). Though he may spend quite a bit of his time praying, the monk also toils diligently in the garden. Returning, he reeks of walnuts, dust, figs, wheat, and sawdust. When he brews, he likes to assimilate many of these scents into his beers; it's what he knows, what he loves. Thus, walnuts, wheat, sawdust, raisins, dried oak, and plenty o' brown sugar pervade his concoctions. Yeah, he's heavy (there's a Hollies-based joke in there somewhere, but I'm too lazy to tease it out), but he ain't no Tuck, that fat lunatic. (Is it me, or was Friar Tuck a symbol of a greedy church looking to stick it to a strangely newly-assertive crown? Or was it the same greedy church stricken by guilt and looking to make amends? Too literary, I know, but this brew has brought these ideas out of some demented corner of my mind.) He's also not all that bubbly, but he'll always have a welcoming ear should you come a-knocking at his cell door. Although confessions with him can be spiritually uplifting, I have trouble seeing him all that often, as he is usually a bit too booze-headed.

TMoney2591, May 13, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Jason's bottle from Julio's. Hit the bullseye on the style. Black, lots of lace. A mouthfeel of yeast, a meal of it. A good amount of sourish brown flavour here. Sugar, toffee. Noting a feast of yeast aroma, the drinkability is very good for my favourite style.

Sammy, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a slightly cloudy deep brown color ale with a super huge foamy head with great retention and some very good lacing. Aroma of sweet caramelized malt with notes of light dry fruit and some fruity ester. Taste is also dominated by sweet caramelized malt with some notes of candi sugar and cookie dough. Body is quite full with great carbonation and no signs of alcohol. Well done thought it is lacking some complexity compared to some of the best from this style.

Phyl21ca, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of SPThirtyThree
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Monk's Elixir, delivered to me in a chalice at Falling Rock after GABF, is a dark, almost black brown with glimmering amber and ruby highlights. The head glues itself to the walls of the goblet in an extremely persistent lace. Beautiful.

S: Monk's Brew is about as estery as beer can get. The nose is packed with cloves, banana, toffee, grapefruit, candi sugar, bananas, and pineapple. The spicy, tangy profile leans heavily towards candi sugar byproducts.

T: The taste is a medium-bodied, malty and sour. All of the aromas are present in the taste, but the flavor is more sour than the nose led on.

M: Mikkeller went with a mouthfeel that is rather astringent, with carbonation on the low end of the scale.

D: Drinkability is fair. This is more bitter than I would expect from a quad, but the fruity esters are interesting.

Note to self: re-review this beer in a state of lower inebriation, and in a more private setting...

SPThirtyThree, Sep 26, 2010
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3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice two finger, but it dissipates very quickly. Dark brown with some cherry highlights. Can't see any bubbles, but you can feel them on the tongue. Mild roasted malts and heavy tastd malts that have an undeniable sugary sweet aroma. The taste starts with Light roasted and candy syrup. The middle gets more balance with the toasted roasted malt flavors. The yeast adds more of a fruity, cake flavor. Pretty complex yeast flavors and very malty sweet. Hints of light chocolate with some earthy hints of hops.

scruffwhor, May 01, 2009
Photo of dizknee24
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

t. Poured a dark red with a bubbly head.

s - Smells good very sweet and peppery. very quad like

t - Plums and raisins like other say.

m I am feeling very full and thick mouthfeel for sure

d - Quads rule. and mikkeller rules. so of course this beer rules. nuff said. get this.

dizknee24, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of erz316
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

corked bottle with 07/04/14 on the cork, served in maudite snifter.

A - very dark brown body, very very dark brown. head is a light cream colour, decent amount of foam, and falls down kinda quickly. very good lacing. no real complaints, but its no westy.

S - the smell is a bit off, nothing of the complexities that a quad should be. smells very malty, slightly fruity: prunes, dates, figs, raisins, but overall it just kind of smells like malts, slightly sweet, so like a fruit bread i guess. it kind of smells generic; if this brew were lighter coloured I wouldnt have clue as to what style it is. smells way

T - i'm really not that impressed. it has some of the right stuff, but not the whole picture. initial taste is more like a very carbonated bock than a quad: it has mainly a malt flavour, and some alcohol. there is a certain fruitiness to it, something like black cherries; the overall flavour is a bit spicy as well. the finish is just malty and a bit sweet, sometimes the alcohol comes out and burns, but not often. the aftertaste is just malty, which fades to almost nothing is no time at all.

MF&D - the feel is excellent, despite the lacking flavours. there is that perfect balance between levity of body and carbonation, but the body is just a bit too light to be perfect. despite the overall lack of performance on the flavour front, the brew is still quite pleasurable to drink, mainly because it goes down so easily.

erz316, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of Hopswagger
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

P: Pours a dirty brown body with chunky floaters and a airy khaki head that settles to a swirled wake. Milky lacing slips and slides around the edges.

S: Oxidation has set in. A treasure trove of dark fruits soaked in spiced rum, old leather, slight vegetable matter, graham cracker pie crust, and faint whiffs of banana bread.

T/M: Oxidation has hit this hard with a soapy residue masking the flavors and covering the palate. Dark fruits, heavy handed spice and bitter apple peels still shine through. Anise star, clove, cinnamon, and pippali pepper, cardboard, bready yeast and Belgian candy sugar. Stick body that has wondered on the side of light-medium. A hefty dose of carbonation allows this brew to tingle the entire mouth.

O: This bad boy has been in my closet for about 2 years and I kept forgetting about it. Glad I finally pulled it out and enjoyed it. Slightly oxidized but overall a great beer. I really enjoyed the dark fruits, spices and rum mingled into the yeasty backdrop.

Hopswagger, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of srandycarter
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - No pop from the cork, but no worries. Nice, but small, head reduces to ring. Very little sticky lacing and some cascading walls of bubbles from the rim edge. Kind of a murky, flat brown.

S - Dark fruit, brown sugar.

T - Pumpernickel bread, cooked dark fruits, brown sugar and a bit of cocoa at finish.

M - Medium body, maybe too carbed for me, good balance.

D - Alcohol isn't obvious, and flavors are not sledgehammers. For the style, pretty drinkable.

srandycarter, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of ADZA
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The brew pours a deep mahogany hue with nice carbonation that leaves behind a caramel laced two finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is mainly alcohol and candy,it has a medium bodied syrupy mouthfeel which leaves your lips sticky and has tastes of boiled candy,brown sugar,medicinal hops,alcohol and finished with a barley sugar sweetness and overall its alright and definately hides a powerful punch behind its sweetness.

ADZA, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of wl0307
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the BSF bar, GBBF 2009, at around 7-8 quid. Coming in a big 750ml brown bottle, corked and caged; BB 07/04/2014, served cool in Hapkin's bulb-shaped sniffer.

A: pours a slightly murky, dark brown hue with mild red hues when seen against light; the beige beer head doesn't last long, retreating fast to a thin foam on top of rather fine fizziness.
S: as estery fruity as deeply malty, the aroma gives mixed hints of sour-sweet brown prunes, overripe black plums, slightly oxidised pears, estery honey notes (this bit quite like a barley wine), brown sugar soup, sweet citrus notes slightly like tangerines; after a good swirl, the syrupy and also bitter chocolaty characters of dark malts and sugar develop along with a bit more alcoholic edge. Hops are mild overall, leaving the stage mainly for the heavy malts and fruit esters. Likeable but not complex, at times smelling slightly "flat" actually.
T: lightly effervescent swallow of honey-flavoured dates, bitter-sweet chocolates, and semi-smoked red beans of malts slowly precedes a smooth aftertaste where hops and yeastiness render a semi-clean, semi-dry finish with an additional touch of herbal bitterness. But after this, the malt aroma and sweetened boiled red beans (a by-product of estery dark ales in general) seem to make a "kick-back" deep down the palate to prolong the aftertaste even more, whilst showing very little impact of alc. overall (but of course, as it warms up a bit, the alc. is more easily felt).
M&D: the carbonation remains mild and just enough to render a fresh palate, while the alc. (10%?) really hides very well - overall an easy drinker for this beer style, I'd say. The down side really is the lack of complexity. Although the structure is well in place - leading from estery fruitiness and malts through hop undertone towards a mellow and aromatic finish - I cannot help feeling a bit dissatisfied with the lack of more "colours" on the canvas.

wl0307, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of whatthehull
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted sept 13th 2011 (from notes)

Tulip

A - Deep dark sludgy brown, three finger tan head and some sugar legs

S - super sweet, tons of malts, some nice yeast and a slight dark fruit

T - very sweet, raisins, dates, sour plums, alcohol, nice bitter, slight hop, great yeast, dark fruit, toastiness, huge malt and lots of earth

M - full bodied, low acidity, medium balance, nice complexity and long finish

D - very nice, boozey, very dark, lots of flavor and surprisingly easy to drink for a huge beer

Final thought - try this one for sure. Love these brewers

whatthehull, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of JamesStreet
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle (no date) into tulip

A- dark cola-colored hue with glimpses of amber in the light. Small 1-finger head with good retention and nice steady lacing. A really good-looking brew.

S- Belgian maltiness with breads, raisins, and booze.

T- the candied sweetness comes out first but quickly fades into plums, prunes,molasses. Also, a good roasted malt flavor with some woody smokiness but not much. A bit dry on the back end.

M- light to medium carbonation and a medium-sized mouthfeel. A little boozy but not as heavy as you would think for a 10% abv brew.

O- pretty good quad. A little heavier and darker than some of my normal faves. Seems a bit more like a BSDA. It was one I wanted to try but would be 10deep on my list of quads that I would seek out at the store.

JamesStreet, May 26, 2013
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3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Much thanks to hopdog & egajdzis for bringing this...
Appears a hazy orange gold with a fluggy white head and scattered lacing left around the glass.
Smell is of sugary high gravity Tripel with peach, yeast, apricot, vanilla, dough, and spices.
Taste is of the same aromas with coriander, bananas, and citrus.
Mouthfeel...abv is evident with some pils malt and sweetness standing out.
This one gushed upon opening but it turned out to be a pretty decent brew. Possibly could've been better with aging b/c abv is evident but not bad at all.

weeare138, Apr 27, 2006
Photo of RixBeer
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

YUM MIKKELLER

Pours a chocolate ruby with a 1/4" bubbly head. Looks great!

Can you say smokey? Spicy? how about a little of both with a nice raisin undertone intertwined with sugary sweetness.

Nice tangy peach, coriander, spice, and very sweet. I can't place the smoke but it's there but less in the taste than in the smell.

There's a thickness to this beer but not to bad. Leaves a nice creamy coating on the palate.

This beer is a big hit!

Cheers!

RixBeer, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of stephens101
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with some interspersed garnett hues. Has a smallish off-white head that has very little staying power. Some tiny dots and fingers of lace stick around.

Big welcome sweet malts assault the nose with grape and grain following closely behind. Tastes fruity (figs, grapes) and vinous with a discernible alcohol heat at the end. Notes of licorice, grain, saffron bitterness and very subtle sweet chocolate also exist. Has a medium to heavy mouth-feel and a slightly creamy middle and dry at the edges.

Complex and tasty brew. Not quite as smooth as some of it's more established brethren, but a damn good Quad for a change of pace.

stephens101, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a 2009 very fresh edition, BB is 10/12/14. One to two finger tan head reduced to a circle of fluffy stuff in centre glass with lots of exposed dark brown liquid staring out at me. Lace is spotty and there is a ring that remains. On the surface, there appears to be no active carbonation but a bright light reveals several active strands of tiny bubbles from the bottom of my Chimay goblet feeding outward and into that ring.

The nose is of figs, dates and raisins but is not overly pronounced, also a rum or brandy fruit cake odour. There is a slightly sour dark fruit taste with a pomegranite sweetness competing to tickle the tastebuds. With air, some banana and clove notes, hints of coffee, and a long finish that has a bit of alcohol heat. The mouthfeel is rewarding, rich and smooth with good body. This beer demands to be sipped and savoured, it has some depth and complexity to it and might be better savoured with some ageing although can be enjoyed now as well.

ThatWineGuy, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of daledeee
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased this and was served in an oversized snifter.

The beer has a huge light tan head and black body. Lacing and a small head stayed.

Nose is slight. Earthy and malt.

Taste reminded me of a very bitter imperial stout, but it is classified as a quad. The taste is earthy, musty, bitter, coffee, malts. I think this one would age nicely.

Mouth feel is quite good with alcohol hidden. Drinkability is good.

daledeee, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml (for a Quad, really?) foil and champagne cork-enclosed bottle - yet another pain-in-the-ass synthetic cork to remove, sans any grace whatsoever. Gah.

This beer pours a hazy, rather dark and muddled cola brown colour, with a teeming tower of effervescent, puffy, and foamy beige head, which leaves some thinly sudsy webbed lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of lightly roasted caramel malt, black fruit - figs and dates, mostly - candied holiday bread, brown sugar, treacle, and a rum and fortified wine like booziness. The taste is strong caramel and toffee malt, besotted raisins, bittersweet chocolate, demarara sugar, the sweet and acidic nature of barely ripened plums, and a very mild vinous alcohol warming.

The carbonation is fairly low, just going about its quotidian duties, the body a decent medium weight, smooth, and somewhat silky. It finishes well off-dry - quite sugary and fruity, with the earthy, leafy hops coming round to blend into the still coy booze warming.

One easy-drinking Quad, if a bit simplistic, if there ever was such a thing. Despite my description, this is perhaps a bit more complex than that, but the focus really seems to be more on the clean, smooth, tasty, and imperceptible strength of this offering. Good stuff, even for the price, which for the vessel in question, is indeed a veritable bargain.

biboergosum, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of champ103
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy dark brown color. A large beige head rises to over two fingers. The head has very good retention. Light lace is left behind.
S: This has a great spicy aroma up front. Some Belgian yeast as well. Sweet malts, bread/biscuit, and dark fruits come out as this warms up.
T: Spicy flavors with some yeast and sweet malt. Alcohol lingers around as well.
M/D: A medium body but a little over carbonated for me. The alcohol shows, but I am enjoying sipping on this.

I split this with a friend. Thats the way to go with this. A little to strong for me to sip it by myself, but it is very enjoyable. One of the better Mikkeller beers I have had. Recommended.

champ103, Sep 15, 2009
Monk's Elixir (Monk's Brew) from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 286 ratings.