Monk's Elixir (Monk's Brew) - Mikkeller ApS
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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.
03-14-2012 23:52:37 | More by cvm4
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.
03-13-2012 09:49:21 | More by tbeckett
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.
03-03-2012 03:20:45 | More by kojevergas
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.
02-12-2012 02:24:30 | More by rapidsequence
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.
02-08-2012 04:03:25 | More by jayhawk73
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.
01-17-2012 14:25:35 | More by mrfrancis
Monk's Elixir (Monk's Brew) from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 275 ratings.