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

Monk's Elixir (Monk's Brew)Monk's Elixir (Monk's Brew)

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BA SCORE
87
very good

246 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 246
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 13.37%


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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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with very good head retention and fair lacing. On the the nose I get an attactive aroma of chocolate and brown sugar, with a hint of underlying spice. The flavors on the palate almost completely replicate the nose, with a moderate amount of sweetness. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light given the abv., though it's still what I would call medium bodied. The alcohol is very well disguised in this beer, though I confess I noticed it more and more as I went along.

Not one of my favorite beers from Mikkeller, but still pretty solid. Would probably not order it again, but was glad to have the opportunity to sample it.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2009 17:22:42 | More by johnmichaelsen
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frothyhead

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a muddy chocolate brown into a tulip with a one finger tan head, which quickly dissipates into larger bubbles with some mild lacing.

Nose has some belgian candy sugar sweetness, chocolatey and earthy with some mild sour notes. Metallic.

Medium bodied, medium to high carbonation that adds a little kick as it hits your tongue. Carbonation becomes creamy as it settles and goes down your throat, though the bitter hops dry out the overall finish.

Taste is malty and sweet (dark candy sugar) with a little bitter hop kick in the back end. Raisin/dark fruit throughout. Sour up front and a bit of chocolate and metal in the residual linger.

Drinkability is good. The high carbonation and dry finish make it crisp and refreshing and keeps you coming back.

Overall a good interpretation of the style. Would definitely drink this again. It is slightly thin in the mouthfeel for a quad, which keeps the overall impact and taste subdued but seems to increase the drinkability. I'm torn between this being a negative factor (less complex taste) or a positive one (increased drinkability and increased refreshment). Without overanalyzing, I find myself quite enjoying this brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 04:18:41 | More by frothyhead
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Synthetic cork stamped 07/04/14.

Poured a medium brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of dark fruits, caramel, some yeast, a little woody, and some chocolate. Tastes of dark fruits, lighter yeast, chocolate, caramel, and a little bready. Light to medium alcohol burn that creeps up a few seconds after I drank (but overall well hidden).

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 22:55:51 | More by hopdog
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Wasatch

Utah

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle
Silver Foil
Caged/Corked

Poured into my Corsendonk Christmas Ale glass, a very nice cloudy grapey color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy light tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with lots of grapes, raisins, figs, plums, with some caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, with lots of dark fruits. Medium body, the ABV is hidden very well for the brew. Drinkable, this is a tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 18:27:18 | More by Wasatch
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium to dark brown with an off-white head. Aroma is caramel malt, candi sugar, alcohol and some dark fruit. Flavor is similar with a very sweet, dark fruit flavor. Alcohol is present. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not one of the best quadrupels I have tasted, but a pretty good beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 18:42:16 | More by Mora2000
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tmoneyba

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted malt, caramel, chocolate and small alcohol aroma. Medium body with a smooth sticky texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy chocolate sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Solid complex brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 23:06:45 | More by tmoneyba
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rarbring

Sweden

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is clouded brown and black, a tan head leaving little lacing but good curtains.

The smell is ripe fruits and yeast, almost home brewed plum wine in the fermentation phase. Other fruits as well. Slightly alcoholic.

Starting with the sweet taste of sponge cake, apple jam with almonds, sherry and donuts.

Medium low carbonation, a soft, sticky and oily feeling, a huge body.

Raw, a bit alcoholic, but very interesting, and probably with a big potential in 5 - 10 years.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 20:27:19 | More by rarbring
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Zraly

Virginia

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A small tasting on-tap at The Birch. Served in a small snifter.

Pours a dark garnet-brown with a touch of head. Really wonderful smell of cherries and dough -- smells like a bakery.

Rich, dark fruits predominate upfront with a touch of funk and phenols to play secondary roles. The alcohol is definitely present, as well as nut note. This reminds me a bit of a black forest cake. It tastes very good but given the weight and fairly heavy body, it is a bit think toward the end of the finish.

Overall, a really nice dessert beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2011 21:59:47 | More by Zraly
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gford217

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a dark, murky mahogany with a two-finger cream-colored head that lingers throughout the session leaving lots of lacing. The smell was very sweet with caramelized sugar and dark fruits dominating. The taste has a big sweetness of caramel malts and Belgian yeast forming a backbone on which dark fruits and chocolate. The alcohol makes itself known in the taste as well. The mouthfeel is medium bodied but a little lighter than most quads I've had with tons of carbonation. This is a very good example of a quad but probably a step down from the best. Still, very, very good.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 00:37:28 | More by gford217
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A great addition to follow the Jackie Brown along my Mikkeller tour. The beer has a well-attenuated, ester-forward demeanor but lacks that 'it' that could make it compare favorably to Trappist versions.

The pour brings a wonderful raison-y colored mohogany, brown, Amber color with a purple-ish highlight here and there. Great lightly tanned head formation, very good retention, and a lot of lacing. A formitable Grand Cru look.

Deep aromas of sweet-bread malts (think fruitcake), along with strong esters of grapes, figs, dates, raisons, apples, cherries, and appricots decorate the nose quite nicely. Spices of corriander, orange peel, alcohol, white pepper, and to a lesser extent- cumin tickle the nose and give an intrigue to the beer going into taste.

Flavors are similar to the nose, favoring the esters above the malts and supressing the spiciness just a bit. Rum-soaked fruitcake lays the foundation for maltiness, esters, and ethynol profiles. Bready throughout but with heavy fruit overtones. Spices help to give complexity and variety to the beer in the absence of meaningful hop flavor.

The body might be where this beer separates from traditional Belgian varieties. Medium fullness and roundness, where the authentic ones are soundly full and robust. Still, this beer finishes quite dry, medium malty, medium on bitterness and bite, and medium on alcohol. Maybe too timid? But then we've seen American versions that throw caution to the wind and instead of increasing the intrigue, we create a mess of a beer. I think this beer is on the right track, but not quite reaching its intended destination.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2009 03:35:59 | More by BEERchitect
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Xul

California

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy brown with a small, off-white head that's quick to recede leaving a persistent lacing that lasts for the duration of the beer.

S: Belgian sugar and yeastiness, some oakiness, and a lot of dark fruits - cherry chief among them. Strong esters.

T: Predominant dark fruits with candy sugar coming in right behind it. A bready/malty base, some light tannins come in on the backend.

M: Very smooth with damn near perfect carbonation for the style. Leaves just enough coating on the tongue to want to take another drink.

D: Goes down easy for a big beer and the ABV is well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 01:34:40 | More by Xul
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russwbeck

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks go out to Exiled for this bottle.

A: Dark pour with an interestingly colored head. Good lacing, not much retention.

S: Very sweet smell. Esters dominating the smell, cloves, bananas, and darker fruits.

T: Taste is sweet like the smell. Caramels, malts, and dark fruits. Boozy finish to warm me up on this cold Pennsylvanian day.

MF: Medium bodied, smooth on the palate. Not as think as quads come.

D: Kind of sweet and pretty high ABV. Drinkability would depend on how you like the sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 00:40:25 | More by russwbeck
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 09:49:21 | More by tbeckett
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champ103

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy dark brown color. A large beige head rises to over two fingers. The head has very good retention. Light lace is left behind.
S: This has a great spicy aroma up front. Some Belgian yeast as well. Sweet malts, bread/biscuit, and dark fruits come out as this warms up.
T: Spicy flavors with some yeast and sweet malt. Alcohol lingers around as well.
M/D: A medium body but a little over carbonated for me. The alcohol shows, but I am enjoying sipping on this.

I split this with a friend. Thats the way to go with this. A little to strong for me to sip it by myself, but it is very enjoyable. One of the better Mikkeller beers I have had. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2009 00:47:27 | More by champ103
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml (for a Quad, really?) foil and champagne cork-enclosed bottle - yet another pain-in-the-ass synthetic cork to remove, sans any grace whatsoever. Gah.

This beer pours a hazy, rather dark and muddled cola brown colour, with a teeming tower of effervescent, puffy, and foamy beige head, which leaves some thinly sudsy webbed lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of lightly roasted caramel malt, black fruit - figs and dates, mostly - candied holiday bread, brown sugar, treacle, and a rum and fortified wine like booziness. The taste is strong caramel and toffee malt, besotted raisins, bittersweet chocolate, demarara sugar, the sweet and acidic nature of barely ripened plums, and a very mild vinous alcohol warming.

The carbonation is fairly low, just going about its quotidian duties, the body a decent medium weight, smooth, and somewhat silky. It finishes well off-dry - quite sugary and fruity, with the earthy, leafy hops coming round to blend into the still coy booze warming.

One easy-drinking Quad, if a bit simplistic, if there ever was such a thing. Despite my description, this is perhaps a bit more complex than that, but the focus really seems to be more on the clean, smooth, tasty, and imperceptible strength of this offering. Good stuff, even for the price, which for the vessel in question, is indeed a veritable bargain.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 02:24:53 | More by biboergosum
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is dark, chestnut brown with a quarter inch of beige head. The aroma brings alcohol, malt, yeast, respectively. The taste is earthy, with an understated yeast flavor, as well as a healthy amount of rich malt. Silky smooth on the palate with alcohol well hidden, the feel is delicate and impressive. A good quad, I would have it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 23:47:53 | More by Huhzubendah
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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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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Much thanks to hopdog & egajdzis for bringing this...
Appears a hazy orange gold with a fluggy white head and scattered lacing left around the glass.
Smell is of sugary high gravity Tripel with peach, yeast, apricot, vanilla, dough, and spices.
Taste is of the same aromas with coriander, bananas, and citrus.
Mouthfeel...abv is evident with some pils malt and sweetness standing out.
This one gushed upon opening but it turned out to be a pretty decent brew. Possibly could've been better with aging b/c abv is evident but not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2006 02:16:54 | More by weeare138
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RixBeer

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

YUM MIKKELLER

Pours a chocolate ruby with a 1/4" bubbly head. Looks great!

Can you say smokey? Spicy? how about a little of both with a nice raisin undertone intertwined with sugary sweetness.

Nice tangy peach, coriander, spice, and very sweet. I can't place the smoke but it's there but less in the taste than in the smell.

There's a thickness to this beer but not to bad. Leaves a nice creamy coating on the palate.

This beer is a big hit!

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2008 03:54:39 | More by RixBeer
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ThatWineGuy

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a 2009 very fresh edition, BB is 10/12/14. One to two finger tan head reduced to a circle of fluffy stuff in centre glass with lots of exposed dark brown liquid staring out at me. Lace is spotty and there is a ring that remains. On the surface, there appears to be no active carbonation but a bright light reveals several active strands of tiny bubbles from the bottom of my Chimay goblet feeding outward and into that ring.

The nose is of figs, dates and raisins but is not overly pronounced, also a rum or brandy fruit cake odour. There is a slightly sour dark fruit taste with a pomegranite sweetness competing to tickle the tastebuds. With air, some banana and clove notes, hints of coffee, and a long finish that has a bit of alcohol heat. The mouthfeel is rewarding, rich and smooth with good body. This beer demands to be sipped and savoured, it has some depth and complexity to it and might be better savoured with some ageing although can be enjoyed now as well.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 22:59:25 | More by ThatWineGuy
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daledeee

Iowa

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased this and was served in an oversized snifter.

The beer has a huge light tan head and black body. Lacing and a small head stayed.

Nose is slight. Earthy and malt.

Taste reminded me of a very bitter imperial stout, but it is classified as a quad. The taste is earthy, musty, bitter, coffee, malts. I think this one would age nicely.

Mouth feel is quite good with alcohol hidden. Drinkability is good.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2010 12:03:33 | More by daledeee
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stephens101

Oklahoma

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with some interspersed garnett hues. Has a smallish off-white head that has very little staying power. Some tiny dots and fingers of lace stick around.

Big welcome sweet malts assault the nose with grape and grain following closely behind. Tastes fruity (figs, grapes) and vinous with a discernible alcohol heat at the end. Notes of licorice, grain, saffron bitterness and very subtle sweet chocolate also exist. Has a medium to heavy mouth-feel and a slightly creamy middle and dry at the edges.

Complex and tasty brew. Not quite as smooth as some of it's more established brethren, but a damn good Quad for a change of pace.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2010 23:56:40 | More by stephens101
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JamesStreet

Louisiana

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle (no date) into tulip

A- dark cola-colored hue with glimpses of amber in the light. Small 1-finger head with good retention and nice steady lacing. A really good-looking brew.

S- Belgian maltiness with breads, raisins, and booze.

T- the candied sweetness comes out first but quickly fades into plums, prunes,molasses. Also, a good roasted malt flavor with some woody smokiness but not much. A bit dry on the back end.

M- light to medium carbonation and a medium-sized mouthfeel. A little boozy but not as heavy as you would think for a 10% abv brew.

O- pretty good quad. A little heavier and darker than some of my normal faves. Seems a bit more like a BSDA. It was one I wanted to try but would be 10deep on my list of quads that I would seek out at the store.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 23:08:09 | More by JamesStreet
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the BSF bar, GBBF 2009, at around 7-8 quid. Coming in a big 750ml brown bottle, corked and caged; BB 07/04/2014, served cool in Hapkin's bulb-shaped sniffer.

A: pours a slightly murky, dark brown hue with mild red hues when seen against light; the beige beer head doesn't last long, retreating fast to a thin foam on top of rather fine fizziness.
S: as estery fruity as deeply malty, the aroma gives mixed hints of sour-sweet brown prunes, overripe black plums, slightly oxidised pears, estery honey notes (this bit quite like a barley wine), brown sugar soup, sweet citrus notes slightly like tangerines; after a good swirl, the syrupy and also bitter chocolaty characters of dark malts and sugar develop along with a bit more alcoholic edge. Hops are mild overall, leaving the stage mainly for the heavy malts and fruit esters. Likeable but not complex, at times smelling slightly "flat" actually.
T: lightly effervescent swallow of honey-flavoured dates, bitter-sweet chocolates, and semi-smoked red beans of malts slowly precedes a smooth aftertaste where hops and yeastiness render a semi-clean, semi-dry finish with an additional touch of herbal bitterness. But after this, the malt aroma and sweetened boiled red beans (a by-product of estery dark ales in general) seem to make a "kick-back" deep down the palate to prolong the aftertaste even more, whilst showing very little impact of alc. overall (but of course, as it warms up a bit, the alc. is more easily felt).
M&D: the carbonation remains mild and just enough to render a fresh palate, while the alc. (10%?) really hides very well - overall an easy drinker for this beer style, I'd say. The down side really is the lack of complexity. Although the structure is well in place - leading from estery fruitiness and malts through hop undertone towards a mellow and aromatic finish - I cannot help feeling a bit dissatisfied with the lack of more "colours" on the canvas.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 19:37:53 | More by wl0307
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ADZA

Australia

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The brew pours a deep mahogany hue with nice carbonation that leaves behind a caramel laced two finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is mainly alcohol and candy,it has a medium bodied syrupy mouthfeel which leaves your lips sticky and has tastes of boiled candy,brown sugar,medicinal hops,alcohol and finished with a barley sugar sweetness and overall its alright and definately hides a powerful punch behind its sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 11:05:59 | More by ADZA
Monk's Elixir (Monk's Brew) from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.