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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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269 Ratings
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Ratings: 269
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.85%
Wants: 17
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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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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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2012 00:59:12 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of smcolw


4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2012 12:50:07 | More by smcolw
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

07-20-2012 01:35:10 | More by truesolution
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2.83/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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. :)

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 05:00:26 | More by AgentMunky
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4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2012 00:29:25 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of impending


4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


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

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 04:41:15 | More by impending
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1.5/5  rDev -61.4%

06-25-2012 09:21:45 | More by gpawned
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

06-22-2012 18:58:40 | More by theminutemen
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4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 04:37:24 | More by Lawl3ss
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

06-14-2012 23:08:13 | More by Public87strain
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

06-12-2012 21:05:01 | More by Bobbak
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British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.8%

06-06-2012 03:45:28 | More by trail77
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5/5  rDev +28.5%

05-30-2012 14:30:53 | More by KevinTK
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United Kingdom (England)

5/5  rDev +28.5%

05-28-2012 21:35:03 | More by MisledTitan
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

05-25-2012 00:37:21 | More by Rickythejeweler
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2/5  rDev -48.6%

05-24-2012 15:17:57 | More by Havion383
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

05-13-2012 22:13:17 | More by disemgrowler
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

05-12-2012 13:14:16 | More by bluesplit63
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4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2012 01:33:26 | More by zaphodchak
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

04-23-2012 10:40:16 | More by BeerTruck
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New York

5/5  rDev +28.5%

04-09-2012 05:09:13 | More by MystikCelt
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

04-07-2012 01:03:10 | More by JakeDebus
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North Carolina

1/5  rDev -74.3%

04-05-2012 03:31:16 | More by Bonko_the_sane
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

03-31-2012 20:54:34 | More by TheResidentialOP
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

03-28-2012 19:51:13 | More by hattingc
Monk's Elixir (Monk's Brew) from Mikkeller ApS
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