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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88
very good

326 Ratings
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Ratings: 326
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 19
Gots: 28 | FT: 1
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-22-2008)
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Appearance: medium brown and dull red body - like strawberry juice; satiny, fine head, sticky but not much retention; hazy

Aroma: light; stewed dark fruit - prune, dark cherry, raisin

Taste & Mouthfeel: loads of caramel, deep and rich, pairing nicely with dark fruit flavours - raisin, plum, dates; medium body and the heat of 10% alcohol is warming and pleasant; delicate carbonation adds a layer of sophistication; acidic, slightly tart finish cuts the sugary sweetness nicely

Overall: great ale with some well developed fruity notes, but not quite the depth of flavour to match the best of the style

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into goblet. best before "25/06/20" clearly marked on the cap, consumed on november 29, 2014

a: very interesting. the top of the beer is an opaque mahogany, but there's a kind of gradient towards the bottom of the glass where the beer turns into a transparent caramel-ruby red mix. nearly two fingers of khaki-coloured head

s: a sweet and fantastic dark fruit profile to begin with. almost vinous. grapes, rich dates, figs, plums, cherries. banana and caramel in the middle. musty-like notes toward the end. great aroma, but could benefit from being a bit stronger

t: follows the nose. a very rich, fruity, and sweet beer. the ripe dark fruits are in the front, with subtle caramel malt in the middle, and the musty, moderate bitterness at the end. alcohol tastes are well-hidden, but you can feel a bit of heat as the beer goes down. i'm even getting notes of orange/grapefruit rind somewhere near the back end. the bitterness lingers and is appropriate to balance all the richness

m: low-to-moderate, somewhat prickly carbonation. disappears as the beer warms though. light-to-medium body. mildly sticky

o: good fruit-forward quad. expensive, but worth trying

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

330 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; best before June 25 2020. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours a dark, brownish-amber colour with some lovely crimson tinges under the light. It's crowned with one finger of creamy, resilient light beige-coloured head that very gradually recedes into a thinner, lumpier cap and collar. The aroma is rich and yeasty, offering up fruity notes of prune, raisin/red grape, fig and cherry, all atop a backbone of sugary caramel sweetness. Minor hints of cocoa and anise are also detectable. Not bad at all, but still tame for a quad.

Delicious, malty, strong and complex; exactly what I am looking for in this style. Treacle and candi sugar are a constant underlying presence, but it is the range of dark fruits that demands my taste buds' attention. Flavours of plum, red grape and black cherry are loudly and clearly present, in addition to banana, fig and apple flesh. A mild note of chocolate is soon overtaken by a spicy finish that includes a mixture of clove and anise, accompanied by an herbal bitterness. The aftertaste includes a roasted note, which slowly fades into a raisiny booziness. On the lighter side of full-bodied, with rather weak carbonation levels that provide this abbey-style ale with a smooth, creamy feel in the mouth.

Final Grade: 4.20, an excellent A-. Monk's Brew is certainly not the best quad I've ever had, but it's still a pretty damn good one. I love the flavour profile of this one, but unfortunately it suffers from a few forgiveable flaws - namely, the relatively limp mouthfeel and (comparatively) straightforward bouquet. Like all Mikkeller beers this is not a cheap tipple, but going by the typical price point of an imported quad, it's certainly not unreasonably expensive for this market. Very good stuff, and definitely worth a try for any BSDA/Quad fans, but not world-class.

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Monk's Elixir (Monk's Brew) from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 326 ratings.