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

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very good

276 Ratings
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Ratings: 276
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.85%
Wants: 18
Gots: 21 | 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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4/5  rDev +2.8%

caverog, May 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Poupae, Apr 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

GRG1313, Apr 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

KingSlayer, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

750 ml bottle into chalice; no bottle dating, but likely at least a few years old.. Pours hazy extremely dark brown, almost black color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass; with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, prune, molasses, cocoa, toast, pepper, clove, toffee, roasted malt, dark bread, dark candi sugar, dark earthiness, and yeast spiciness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark malt and spicy yeast esters. Taste of raisin, prune, date, cocoa, molasses, toast, toffee, dark bread, dark candi sugar, light clove, and dark earthiness. Lingering notes of dark fruit, cocoa, molasses, toast, toffee, dark bread, dark candi sugar, light clove, and dark earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance and complexity of robust dark malt flavors with fruity/spicy yeast esters; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish; but still definitely a slow sipper. Overall this is an excellent Quadrupel style. Great balance, complexity, and robustness of dark malt and fruity yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on slowly. A very enjoyable offering; this ages very nicely.

superspak, Apr 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

rolltide8425, Mar 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Chrily, Mar 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

spycow, Mar 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

djrn2, Mar 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

stoppertb18, Feb 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

atone315, Feb 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

samEBC, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of ngeunit1
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

ngeunit1, Jan 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

TonyTalon, Jan 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

schnarr84, Jan 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

bismarksays, Jan 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

huysmans, Jan 03, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Lee45102, Dec 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

abex44, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of FLima
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

FLima, Dec 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

cdayb1, Dec 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

jusdrink, Nov 26, 2012
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4.3/5  rDev +10.5%

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!

DoktorZee, Nov 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

nico_freespirit, Nov 19, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev +12.6%

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.

StonedTrippin, Nov 17, 2012
Monk's Elixir (Monk's Brew) from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 276 ratings.