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Monk's Elixir (Monk's Brew) - Mikkeller ApS

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87
very good

269 Ratings
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Ratings: 269
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.85%
Wants: 18
Gots: 20 | 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

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Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

03-11-2013 04:53:02 | More by spycow
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

03-01-2013 00:16:09 | More by djrn2
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stoppertb18

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

02-19-2013 23:17:27 | More by stoppertb18
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atone315

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

02-01-2013 13:53:11 | More by atone315
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samEBC

Belgium

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-31-2013 17:40:20 | More by samEBC
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ngeunit1

California

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black with a touch of brown around the edges and a finger of frothy khaki-brown head. Fades normal.

S - Sweet dark caramel malts, plums, raisins, other dark fruits, Belgian yeast, clove and other spices, candi sugars, some booze.

T - Sweet dark caramel malts, plums, raisins, dates, other dark fruits, Belgian yeasts, clove, other spices, candi sugars, some booze.

M - Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, spicy, warming finish.

D - Really nicely balanced Quad with a great mouthfeel. Great yeast character.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 05:07:40 | More by ngeunit1
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TonyTalon

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -10%

01-23-2013 04:43:32 | More by TonyTalon
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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

01-20-2013 18:46:12 | More by schnarr84
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bismarksays

Iowa

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-15-2013 10:01:14 | More by bismarksays
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huysmans

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

01-03-2013 22:53:19 | More by huysmans
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Lee45102

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

12-30-2012 02:45:23 | More by Lee45102
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abex44

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

12-29-2012 02:22:21 | More by abex44
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FLima

Brazil

4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color, poured 3 fingers of head with a long retention.
Predominant sour and fruity aroma.
Caramel taste with hints of citrics, lemon type, and cherries and plum. Also, notes of licorice and fig. Mildly sour and acid. Aftertaste is a bit dry. Its 10.5% ABV is well hidden.
Light to medium body with light carbonation and small bubbles.
Really interesting and surprising beer, it smells sour but when you taste it, it is just like someone added just a few lemon drops. I hope they did not target to do a copy of Belgian Quads, which is not Mikkeller’s style, I believe they just got a base to brew something new and challenging. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 21:11:54 | More by FLima
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cdayb1

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

12-16-2012 22:17:31 | More by cdayb1
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jusdrink

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

11-26-2012 07:54:54 | More by jusdrink
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DoktorZee

Alberta (Canada)

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

Poured from a 333ml bottle into a tulip. Cap with a best before of 15/02/18!

A - deep brown in color with ruby highlights when viewed through light; very little head that resolves exceptionally quickly with almost no lacing.

S - lots of dark fruits on the nose: rasin and plum, with some caramel malts

T - very tasty dark fruit backbone with lots of raisin, fig and a bit of caramel in the finish. Maybe even a hint of licorice. Considerably less sweet than other Quads I've had; much more drinkable as a result. Less intense in the finish than I'd expect, but still balanced with a lot of dark fruit and spiciness lingering on the tongue.

M - much lighter mouthfeel than expected, at most it's medium bodied and not syrupy in the least; it's certainly not crisp and only has light carbonation, but it's not overly heavy.

Overall this is a really interesting Quad. In some ways it tastes a lot like a Belgian Strong Dark Ale as it lacks the sweetness I've had in other Quads, though it's certainly got the alcohol. Very tasty beer. Very highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 23:33:07 | More by DoktorZee
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

11-19-2012 21:31:47 | More by nico_freespirit
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

yet another brilliant and distinct beer from mikkeller, the king as far as i am concerned. this one pours really dark, chalky black in color, with some dark brown yeast floaters and a two inch white head with wonderful retention. the nose is alcoholic for sure, dark malts, but not bitter and toasty, sort of mineral rich, volcanic in some way. the yeast is spicy and bright, but not overbearing. its somehow delicate in such a massive brew. in the flavor i pick up something sweet but not sugary, kind of like the birch syrup beers, but to a lesser degree. really awesome malt profile, earthy and lighter despite its color. alcohol is invisible until it warms, and the yeast is classically belgian while also adding some interesting fruity elements to an otherwise black beer. feel is lovely too, great carbonation, velvety glide down the throat, and a full body that remains super drinkable. overall this is a perfect example of what a belgian strong dark ale can be, and its one i had no problem dirnking a 750ml of, despite its 10% abv. this was a special treat.

Serving type: bottle

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Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -10%

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California

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

10-29-2012 01:42:25 | More by t0rin0
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 16:26:47 | More by wordemupg
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Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

09-20-2012 08:41:35 | More by bigbeers84
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District of Columbia

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09-12-2012 01:27:38 | More by Daniellobo
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Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

08-20-2012 17:08:20 | More by FullObs
Monk's Elixir (Monk's Brew) from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 269 ratings.