Monk's Elixir (Monk's Brew) - Mikkeller ApS
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3.95/5 rDev +1.5%
330ml bottle poured into tulip 1/10/12
A dark brown with a ruby glow once held to the light, enough clarity to see bubbles moving some sediment around, two fingers of beige foam hangs around long enough to leave one thick ring of lace followed by a partial, ends as a thin film
S lots of over ripe bruised fruit, plum and banana mostly, smells a little sweet with burnt brown sugar and brewers candy. I might be crazy but cinnamon and whipped cream come out after a while, booze is hard to miss and just a faint sting on the deep whiffs
T almost disappointed the cinnamon and whipped cream faded in the mouth, I almost had a banana cream pie, a little boozy even for 10% and there’s some spice I can’t place, mild earthy notes and some sweet raisins
M a little thin and the bubbles don’t give it the life I was hoping for, more heat then I like but its not out of control, just a little left behind in the mouth
O nice beer but some age would help its cause, don’t get me wrong this is solid stuff but could be great down the road. A nice mix of flavors and worth a try for sure
I can’t remember what the cost of this one was and I guess that will determine if I buy a couple to age. Not up there with the Trappist versions but a respectable beer for sure
10-02-2012 16:26:47 | More by wordemupg
3.75/5 rDev -3.6%
On tap at Congregation Ale House in Pasadena, CA.
Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, dark fruit, alcohol, and some slight spice aromas. Taste is much the same with a medium amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a great aroma but the flavors just don’t match up very well.
08-14-2012 00:59:12 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.18/5 rDev +7.5%
Minor head but typical of the style. Some spots as lace. The color is a cloudy neutral brown.
Awesome smell of roasted malts. Comes across as molasses without being too sweet. Beautiful.
This sweet but not overwhelming. There's a touch of bittering hop that provides balance without deviating from the style. Rich as one would expect.
This is a special brew worth seeking out.
08-11-2012 12:50:07 | More by smcolw
2.83/5 rDev -27.2%
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. :)
07-14-2012 05:00:26 | More by AgentMunky
4.1/5 rDev +5.4%
Pours dark brown with a small, fading head.
Nose shows sultanas, spicy phenols, golden syrup, port notes and caramelised bananas.
Flavours include more sultanas and dried dark fruit, treacle, port, brown sugar and over-ripe banana. Also some soft booze. Pretty sweet.
Carbonation seems just a little full-on, even considering the sweetness.
Very enjoyable stuff.
07-02-2012 00:29:25 | More by CrazyDavros
4.3/5 rDev +10.5%
750ml into a tulip. Pours an opaque walnut with garnet highlights, coffee ice cream colored towering head, nice lacing.
Aroma is of a belgian stout. Semi sweet chocolate with a nearby bowl of mixed berries and cherries and yeast, a lot of yeast. Slight roastiness.
Taste is precisely as the nose predicted but amplified. Initially low in sweetness. Pleasant long lasting yeasty mildly bitter as in unsweetened chocolate aftertaste, again quietly roasty. Alcohol is present but perfectly blended as a flavor component. Medium bodied smooth creamy mouthfeel. Shines with warmth as it sweetens and the roast peaks. delicious
07-01-2012 04:41:15 | More by impending
4.28/5 rDev +10%
Chilled 750 ml bottle into a shaker pint. No visible bottling date.
Look- Near opaque brown, three fingers of beige head that fall to a cap that looks suspiciously like a mini-buttermilk biscuit. Generous amount of lace, even the glass between the rings is coated with suds.
Smell- Raisin, baker's chocolate, anise, cola, raspberry-esque sour tinge.
Taste- Molasses, dark amber honey, black cherry, chocolate-dipped almonds, toasted raisins. Floury aftertaste. Very light feel, no hint of the... what? 10%? Did a double-take there, I was expecting 8 or so. In any case, you wouldn't know it. Just the right level of sweetness. As it warms, it takes on a bit of woody brandy-like character. Flavor profile is very similar to a weakly-peated Scotch Ale, but remains true to the style with touches of Belgian yeast and dark candied fruits.
Mouthfeel- Light-medium body, very, very clean for a strong dark. A bit of stick, but it's neither cloying nor boozy. Slight warming. Exceptional drinkability.
Overall- A very light, refreshing dark ale. I don't believe that's something I've thought about the style before. Simple, nothing unexpected going on, but what it does, it does with style and depth. It also goes down too easily, if anything. I'd definitely spring on the barrel-aged version if I ever see it. Highly recommended.
06-22-2012 04:37:24 | More by Lawl3ss
4.28/5 rDev +10%
Tiny offwhite head, deep brown body.
Nose contains dates, some plum and dark fruit.
The dates and dark fruit are present in the taste as well, along with a hint of orange on the aftertaste with a trace of booziness. Quite sweet and malty, similar to Gouden Carolus Classic. Very much a Belgian strong dark ale at heart, and i feel like it reminds me of something else, but I can't put my finger on what.
Feel is pretty nice and smooth.
Great quad, dark and full of bold dark fruit. I'd give it 6 months to tame the booziness though.
05-03-2012 01:33:26 | More by zaphodchak
Monk's Elixir (Monk's Brew) from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 275 ratings.