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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

310 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 310
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 18
Gots: 25 | 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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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.36/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

jazzyjeff13, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of kaelingirl
4/5  rDev +2.3%

kaelingirl, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of Howlader
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Howlader, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of DaPan
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

DaPan, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of mdagnew
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle bought online from Beermerchants.com

Poured a deep burgundy red / brown colour with a slight haze... Creamy tan head poured quite foamy but faded very quickly to thin covering with thick edging... fair amount of carbonation bubbles... light patchy lacing...

Aroma - Dark spicy fruits (raisins, prunes, some blackcurrents), strong toasted toffee maltiness, some molasses notes, caramel, light aniseed hints, some light rum traces, vanilla, some nuttiness, peppery hops...

Taste - Sweet and spicy fruits (definite raisins and prunes, spicy apples, some figs and blackcurrents), brown sugar / toffee sweetness, milk chocolate, toasted bready maltiness, strong Belgian yeastiness, light herbal notes, nice warming alcohol, liquorice hints, spicy hops...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry then some smoothness coming through after.. Medium / full bodied... Pretty drinkable considering the strength...

Overall - An excellent beer yet again from Mikkeller... recmmended..

mdagnew, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of animal69
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

animal69, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of Zbeetleman
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Zbeetleman, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of schnarr84
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

schnarr84, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of bostonryan
4/5  rDev +2.3%

bostonryan, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Rollzroyce21, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of bigbeers84
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

bigbeers84, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of patre_tim
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

patre_tim, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of Danny1217
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Danny1217, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of t2grogan
5/5  rDev +27.9%

t2grogan, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of dogfishandi
4/5  rDev +2.3%

dogfishandi, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of Sludgeman
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A bomber (25.4 oz.) for $14.99. Poured into a chalice.

Starts sweet but then the dark fruit dark fruit followed by faint whiskey takes over and ends with the whiskey/alcohol warming the palate. But this is not a beer with a bourbon chaser. I like this brew and at a 10+% ABV it has a great taste that will knock you on your ass if you are not careful. 4.25

A - Pours an opaque brown with garnet highlights with a one-finger tan head (halfway between rocky and mousey). Nice lacing. Minor alcohol legs. 3.75

S – Dark fruit, spicy, a bit of vanilla hidden behind everything else. 4.25

T – Malty, sweetness (not cloying), a bit of raisins and licorice, some alcohol. 4.25

MF – Med-heavy body, semi-dry finish, alcohol lasts on the palate, warming. 3.75

Sludgeman, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of dwagner003
4/5  rDev +2.3%

dwagner003, Nov 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

DoctorB2B, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of samEBC
4/5  rDev +2.3%

samEBC, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of Oxymoron
3/5  rDev -23.3%
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
Photo of bismarksays
4/5  rDev +2.3%

bismarksays, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of falloutsnow
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap on 2010-10-20 at Max & Joe's in Omaha, NE.
Served in a flute glass.

Arrives with a tall, dense head composed of fairly small bubbles. Head retention is excellent, and lacing alongside the glass is above average, too. Body is dark brown, opaque, with some visible carbonation.

Scent is of syrupy prunes and candy sugar, perhaps hints of dried figs and raisins, too. Hides the ethanol well. This isn't particularly complex, but seems to be above average for the style.

Taste of similarly syrupy prunes, sweet malts, faint chocolate and anise. Ethanol appears as it warms. Not as pleasing or complex as Rochefort or Bernardus, but still tasty.

Body is medium weight. Fairly smooth with good matching carbonation levels. No real warmth from the ethanol. Finish is dry and slightly syrupy. Mouthfeel becomes a bit watery with increasing temperature. A bit disappointing here.

This was an OK quadrupel, something I'm glad to have tried, but don't feel an amazing need to revisit again.

falloutsnow, Oct 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

neckbracesub, Sep 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

pixieskid, Feb 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

FreshmanPour77, Nov 28, 2011
Monk's Elixir (Monk's Brew) from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 310 ratings.