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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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88
very good

336 Ratings
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Ratings: 336
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 20
Gots: 33 | FT: 1
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-22-2008

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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Photo of drabmuh
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A mediocre quad from Mikkeller. Beer is brown and very hazy with a weak thin head of off white tiny bubbles that quickly breaks but rallies to forms a little lacing on the glass.

Aroma is super sweet...lots of caramel, shorted out my circuits. I bet this is going to be a cloying mess.

Not quite...its thinner on teh palate than it should be (especially being that sweet). I suppose its the high alcohol that does that. At least the beer isn't hot, it kind of tastes like melt caramel in beer form. Carbonation is low in the mouth, its way way too sweet for me. Not feeling it. There are quads infinitely better than this.

Photo of Techichi
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of bort11
3.32/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle poured into a Boulevard Smokestack chalice. No real head, that's a little disappointing. There is a ton of sediment, which I like, but I think it's the sediment that is creating the color density. Otherwise the color is a thin chestnut brown.

Smell has a mild spicy yeast that intensifies as the sediment merges. There is some sweetness from the candied sugar. A little caramel malt. Overall, kind of weak in the smell department. The yeast adds more spice in the taste.

Mouthfeel is thin. The last half of the bottle is much better than the first half. I really don't see this as a Quad. It's more of a Dubbel or a Belgian Dark Ale.

Photo of nick76
3.32/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

The aroma has alcohol, malt, caramel, fruit, and hops. The appearance is red/brown with a nice head and some haze and particles. The flavor is like the aroma with an acidic and paper finish. The palate is thin. Overall it's drinkable but nothing special.

Photo of cvm4
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of mrfrancis
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of coldmeat23
3.37/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Pours a straight dark brown color that is nearly opaque. Small head of loose, tan foam forms, then dissipates rather quickly. Lacing is clumpy and rather sticky.

Smell is like a fresh loaf of sweet fruit bread, drizzled with rum sauce. Huge bready/yeasty notes. Big notes of dark plums and cherries. Mild notes of semisweet chocolate. Belgian candi sugars.
It took a minute to identify a certain element of the smell, but it's almond paste (marzipan).
The nose is quite enticing.

Wow, did that nose ever set me up for disappointment. The flavors fall completely flat here. The yeastiness overpowers everything else, but not in the good way, like a tripel or something. It's just almost all that there is, to this one. It's like a big chunk of bread, dipped in caramel sauce which has some dark fruits floating in it. Huge bready flavor, light caramel sweetness and a hint of dark fruits, that you wish were more prominent.

Medium body, which is also a sort of letdown. This style should be big, thick and creamy. This one is smooth, but not really creamy, at all. Low level of carbonation kills the body on this one.

Yeah, it's drinkable, but I won't be rushing to try to track down another bottle anytime soon. I'd love to try it again, don't get me wrong. It just won't be high on my list of future aquisitions. If I see it, I'll give it another shot.
Mikkeller, you've let me down.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2018. Picked up ages ago from Trembling Madness in York and stashed in my garage. This is Mikkeller's take on a Belgian quad.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A very dark brown that appears pitch black in the glass. Produces a large head of creamy beige foam with good retention; this slowly reduces to a thick surface layer. Some lacing. Aroma of fruity malt with hints of prunes, dried fruit, brown sugar, caramel, subtle yeast esters and earthiness. Sweet and malty, with a warming whiff of booze in the background.

Tastes of fruity malt with a yeasty finish. Notes of dried fruit, brown sugar, caramel, earthy yeast, faint esters and hints of stewed leaves. Quite sweet, with a touch of booze in the background. A lingering yeasty character upon swallowing; little bitterness to speak of. Mouthfeel is smooth and dry, with light carbonation and decent body for the style. Mildly astringent, followed by an aftertaste of sweet malt, vague fruitiness and earthy yeast.

Hmmmm - not terrible but certainly sub-par. It looks great, however the aroma and flavour have a lack of depth and development. The overall character is wishy-washy; sweet and fruity but not fully committed. Body is OK but not amazing. My impression is that it is under-attenuated, possibly due to not being fermented at a sufficiently high temperature. It falls short of the best that the style can offer. No need to hunt it down.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep reddish brown. Big cream head. Settles to pretty patterns of wisps and a chunky collar. Nice lacing.

Smell - Fruity. Figgy and sweet smelling. Brown sugar. Booze.

Taste - Sweet and sugary. More dark fruits. Earthy and bitter. Lots of caramel. Lingering sugars.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Medium carbonation. Very sweet.

Overall - This is excessively sweet. Not even a caramelly sweetness or brown sugar. Just lots of unexciting sugar.

Photo of largadeer
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft at Gourmet Haus Staudt. Cloudy, rusty brown. The head pours small but creamy and dense. There's a lot of brown sugar and raisin on the nose, sweet licorice, star anise. Sweet, sugary malt and dark fruit are prevalent on the palate. Alcohol is noticeable and lends a bit of harshness to the finish. There's more spiciness than the nose suggests, peppery with a bit of anise. Medium bodied, a bit roasty in the finish with lingering licorice spiciness. A decent effort, but too boozy to be really enjoyable.

Photo of bark
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sold as "Monk's Elexir" in Europe.

The colour is dark brown-red, the liquid clear. The beige compact head is finger thick.

The smell is mild. I noted some marzipan, raisins and beeswax.

The taste is dry and surprisingly light. Raisins, yeast and some sweetness. The body is low. The long aftertaste is light and fresh with notes of Coca Cola, nuts, raw beef and a hint of yeast.

The carbonation is strong; the small bubbles are sharp in the mouth. The liquid is mid-smooth.

A strong Belgian-style beer without any traces of alcohol. But there is not much of anything else init either.

Photo of peabody
3.39/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours out like a good quad with 1/2 finger of off-white suds. Not a lot of lacing but very nice legs. A root beer color but much more cloudy.
Smell is caramel and fig with a very malty and sugary aroma.
Taste is very odd here. Kind of a bitterness like an IPA and not much maltysugars like are in the smell. You really can't taste the alcohol but you can feel it. Like a bourbon/scotch flavor added in there to booze it up.
Mouthfeel is fairly clean and only the last bit, after the alcohol has left,there is a slight stickyness. NOt a sweet stickyness,
Drinkability would be OK if it tasted more like a good quad.
Not really that good.

Photo of jdklks
3.41/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one was a let down from a brewery that is quickly becoming one of my favorites. The appearance is dark brown with light highlights on the edges and through the middle when backlit. The head was almost non-existent, but what did foam was a dark shade of tan (not quite getting to brown). The aroma (much like the taste unfortunately) is enormously underwhelming. Some beligian yeast (not much), some figs and perhaps apricot, a little brown sugar sweetness, and alcohol. Not all that impressed.

The flavor is not nearly as complex as I've come to expect from the style. The brown sugar that usually highlights the overall sweetness in the style (especially complimenting the dark fruits) is burnt and not all that pleasant. Belgian yeast and alcohol are about all that remain after the roasty sugars have had their way. Not complex at all. "Safe" would describe what Mikkeller has done with the style, and safe is not at all THEIR style. What happened here??? no one knows.

Mouthfeel is a little undercarbonated and, perhaps because of this, too syrupy for a quad. The drinkability is so-so. I finished the bottle, but wouldn't want any more.

Photo of Spineypanda
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Has a dark brown color with a nice large head. Big a fluffy!
Smells of yeasts and some esters that give it an alcohol smell, but not an overwhelming one. Has a bit of the roasted malts smell and some caramel.
Tastes like it has some dark fruits to it, a bit of the caramel taste, but an overall great flavor.

I will enjoy again.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of theminutemen
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Jose9e
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of patre_tim
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of NotDarkEnough
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of HevvyMetalHippie
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nose is slightly sour and vinegary, softly malty and chocolaty, with some alcohol. Smells a little creamy. Smells pretty good.

Pours clear very dark brown with very mild head. Looks pretty good.

Flavor follows nose with a good bit of sweetness. Soft notes of vinegar and sourness. Soft spicy/peppery flavor. Soft malt - dark but not highly roasted - caramel and toast, chocolate and coffee. Medium-thin body with next to no carbonation. Tastes pretty good. Feels pretty good. Pretty good drinkability.

Tastes young, especially with the level of raw-tasting sweetness it has.

Photo of animal69
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Zbeetleman
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Monk's Elixir (Monk's Brew) from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 336 ratings.