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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
87
very good

276 Ratings
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Ratings: 276
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.85%
Wants: 18
Gots: 21 | 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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-22-2008)
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Photo of zaphodchak
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.

zaphodchak, May 03, 2012
Photo of BeerTruck
4/5  rDev +2.8%

BeerTruck, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of MystikCelt
5/5  rDev +28.5%

MystikCelt, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of JakeDebus
4/5  rDev +2.8%

JakeDebus, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of Bonko_the_sane
1/5  rDev -74.3%

Bonko_the_sane, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of TheResidentialOP
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

TheResidentialOP, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of hattingc
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

hattingc, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of bill_rue
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

bill_rue, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Rollzroyce21, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of cvm4
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%

This is the hardest cork I've ever tried to get out of a bottle. Say no to synthetic corks!

A - Pours a murky brown with a tan one finger head. It's not pretty to look at.

S - The smell comes off sweet. I'm getting some raisins, prunes and caramel.

T - A bit sweet and syrupy. Once that subsides, then you're left with figs/raisins/dates. The finish does last a while and so does the alcohol presence.

M - Somewhat thin and watery. Could use more substance.

O - Nothing to rave about here. Just a good mid-road quad that offers nothing new or something you can't live without.

cvm4, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of tbeckett
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%

Bottle from Beer Deluxe simply labelled Monk's Elixir. From notes.

A - Poured a very dark brown, almost black. Good carbonation, one finger of light brown head left a film of retention and spotty lace.

S - Sugar with sugar fruits. Yeast and creamy chocolate. Prune perhaps and alot more lighter dark fruits. Very neat.

T - Lot's of dark fruit, sugar, light chocolate, caramel apples, and raisins.

M - Decent carbonation, full body and a sweet finish.

O/D - A really nice Quad. Maybe too sweet but tasty all the way through and had nothing to complain about.

tbeckett, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of animal69
3.5/5  rDev -10%

animal69, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of alalvarez75
4/5  rDev +2.8%

alalvarez75, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into me Guinness goblet at me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Mikkeller is me favourite brewery in the world and I love quads so I'm really excited for this and I have very high expectations. Labelled a "Dark Ale" on the bottle; I'll review this as a quad per the site but I'm always suspicious of Beeradvocate's categorization.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured in a standard manner; no carbonation issues are anticipated.

I enjoyed the Mikkel-as-monk artwork on the label.

A: Pours a one finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and good retention - especially considering the high ABV and the serving vessel. Retains for at least three minutes, but I can't wait that long to try it. Colour is an extremely dark ruby-black. Nontransparent but not opaque. Floating yeast particles are visible and abundant. I'm surprised at how dark its colour is given the style.

Sm: Cherry and berry fruit esters, cream, plums, biscuity malts, clean light malts, rich cream, and complex yeast aromas. A marvellous aroma. Really gets me excited to drink it. Subtle. A mild strength aroma. I'd like it stronger; it's quite pleasant, alive, and inviting.

T: Plums, heavy raisin, dark berry esters, very restrained dark cherry (not tart at all), some light caramelization tones, clean dark malts, complex biscuity yeasts, cream, biscuit malt, a bready note (but not in a thick sense), and hints of grape. Quite complex, with some layering but not as much as I'd like. Subtle but still understated. Nicely balanced but perhaps not as full bodied a flavour profile as would be ideal. It comes off feeling a bit empty near the climax because not that much additional flavour comes through. No alcohol is detectable.

Pleasant and enjoyable. It isn't unique, but it's certainly special. A well built quadrupel, but not incredible. This might be great with some red wine aging.

I noticed towards the bottom third of the bottle that a chocolate flavour crept in. I don't know how a chocolate flavour could be connected to yeast content, but I observed and verified this phenomenon.

Mf: Delightfully creamy throughout. Very smooth and wet, rolling across the palate nicely and staying out of the way of the flavour profile. The cream in particularly is subtly complementary of the flavours without intruding on them. A bit thin.

The raisin seems to dry out the climax somewhat, a nice touch but an awkwardly executed one.

Dr/Ov: Very drinkable, especially for the ABV - which is incredibly well hidden. I would certainly have this again, preferably aged or on-draught (the former more than the latter). As noted above, red wine aging might make this great.

This drank just fine out of me Guinness goblet, but if I had it again I might go for a goblet with a wider mouth. I wouldn't recommend a snifter for this one; the aroma is nice but it isn't integral and doesn't need trapping.

B

kojevergas, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of pixieskid
4/5  rDev +2.8%

pixieskid, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of AlastairM
4/5  rDev +2.8%

AlastairM, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of rapidsequence
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%

750 ml corked, caged, foiled bottle. It was $13.49 from Beer Run. Can't find a date, but its at least a year old.

Appearance: Dark brown pour. Pretty unimpressive head, but some decent lacing.

Smell: This is a really great smelling beer. Sweet dark fruity esters, rich malt, and a bready yeastiness. The aroma rivals the very best quads.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Doesn't live up to the aroma. Feels thin and kind of fizzy. The flavors just don't open up on the palate like they should. I think the mouthfeel makes the taste suffer. A bit too boozy too.

Overall: Its a good quad, but has the above issues. Stick to St. Bernardus or Rochefort.

rapidsequence, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of jayhawk73
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%

Pours a dark brown color w/ a one finger cocoa head. Good lacing on my snifter glass. Very dark, and impossible to see through. The nose is grapes, prunes, apple, caramel malt, and some spices- really well done. The taste profile is very similar, w/ warming really bringing out the richness in this brew. Feel is medium, with malt sweetness carrying the day. No evidence of the 10% abv here, and a nice lighter than expected finish. Overall, this is a fantastic beer- although it might be more of a BSDA than a Quad. I will definitely look for this one again- I enjoyed it. Cheers.

jayhawk73, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of benart
4/5  rDev +2.8%

benart, Jan 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

malice77, Jan 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

mtbdonn, Jan 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

jakesingleton, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -10%

THECPJ, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of mrfrancis
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%

A: Pours a murky brownish amber with virtually no head. The thin, creamy beige mousse only survives a couple of seconds.

S: Very sweet. Aromas of raisins, prunes, candy sugar, and caramel are quite pronounced. This is a little much for my taste.

T: A sweet, syrupy entry reveals notes of caramel, candy sugar, dark chocolate, port, figs, dates, prunes, raisins, and dark bread. The finish is long and sweet with dried fruit and caramel notes underpinned by mellow alcohol.

M: Oddly light and thin in the mouth. Very oily as well. Carbonation is decidedly lacking. Alcohol presence is initially well hidden, but really comes out on the finish.

O: This is an ok quad, nothing more, nothing less. If you're a fan of the style, you may find that this is not offensive, but also offers nothing remotely new.

mrfrancis, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of N8DAGR8
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

N8DAGR8, Jan 10, 2012
Monk's Elixir (Monk's Brew) from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 276 ratings.