Monk's Elixir (Monk's Brew) - Mikkeller ApS
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District of Columbia
4.18/5 rDev +7.5%
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
03-31-2014 10:22:06 | More by Sludgeman
3.55/5 rDev -8.7%
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.
10-21-2011 05:38:01 | More by falloutsnow
3/5 rDev -22.9%
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.
06-12-2009 21:53:46 | More by Oxymoron
4/5 rDev +2.8%
Poured a hazy brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted malt, caramel, chocolate and small alcohol aroma. Medium body with a smooth sticky texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy chocolate sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Solid complex brew.
05-17-2010 23:06:45 | More by tmoneyba
4.03/5 rDev +3.6%
Appearance: Pours as dark as could be with about an inch head after a pretty careful pour. The head started fading after the pour, but was at least half its original height after a solid minute. There is already some lacing left on the glass after the head falls. The head never completely disappeared, and ended up as a creamy tan layer on top that left a solid wall of lace after drinking the beer.
Aroma: I initially got a whole lot of the sweet dark fruit wholesommy goodness that you get with the Belgian Strong Dark series. So far so good. As the head falls a bit, there is a bit more raisin coming out and the alcohol is already making a showing in the cold beer adding some spice. There is a bit of a smokey aroma coming out as it warms that is a little unusual, but is adding complexity so it isn't screwing anything up.
Taste: The flavor follows the aroma pretty closely. There is lots of sweetness and dark fruit along with a strong alcoholic presence all mixing together to make the aroma come across like some exotic dessert...as it should be for this style. The body is light to medium, which is surprising for a beer so big. The carbonation is also high, so the beer comes across the palate dangerously drinkable. If it weren't for the lingering heat that is left on the back of the throat after the sip, it would be a subtle butt kicker. As it is, it is really well blended and the alcohol is reserved, but it is definitely there...so this still isn't a "slammer" by any means.
Opinion: This is a very good beer. I don't know how much it fits into the "quad" category versus the "strong dark" category. I would put it in the latter as it holds up against some of the great beers like St Bernardus Abt 12 and the likes...so this is not a beer to be taken lightly. That said, I prefer the blatant drinkability that you get with some of the other Strong Darks over this one as this has a relatively assertive dark malt character that isn't quite as "quaffable" as it is adding acidity and a burnt toffee note that slows down the whole drinking process. Either way, this is a very good beer and I would recommend that you pick one up and try it for yourself. It is good enough that it just may be YOUR beer.
03-01-2011 09:40:49 | More by SkeeterHawk
3.73/5 rDev -4.1%
A - Poured from the 750ml bottle a very dark brown with a couple of centimetres of light tan head that falls away very fairly quickly.
S - Dark fruits and spicy Belgian yeast notes.
T - Dark fruit, some caramel malt, a hint of dark chocolate and spicy esters. A herbal hop character.
M - Medium bodied, medium to high carbonation.
D - A 10% beer that is rather lacking in the body & complexity that I'd expect from a Quad. Quite drinkable but probably my least favourite from this brewery and certainly not a great example of the style.
05-20-2009 11:59:25 | More by brendan13
3.4/5 rDev -12.6%
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.
10-16-2009 01:59:56 | More by peabody
3.6/5 rDev -7.5%
Bottle shared by RoyMunson.
Pours a very dark brown in color with ruby highlights. Just the slightest of heads forming on the pour.
Smell is some belgian yeast, but the smell is dominated by rich, ripe dark fruits. Mostly plum and what seems to be black cherries as well. Very fruity.
Taste is even more of the dark fruit onslaught. Really encompasses most of the beer. Tends to get a little bitter in the middle. Still pretty full and enjoyable. Decent beer. I feel it needed something to detract from the dominant fruit flavor.
06-05-2009 13:38:22 | More by FtownThrowDown
Monk's Elixir (Monk's Brew) from Mikkeller ApS
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