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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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BA SCORE
87
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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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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KAF

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -10%

07-23-2014 01:51:22 | More by KAF
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -10%

08-09-2013 11:25:29 | More by DaPan
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rtaps

California

3.53/5  rDev -9.3%

Poured a mahogany with a good khaki head, minimal lacing and decent detention.

smell was very "hot" fruity and dark candy

taste of black licorice and fruity mix

full bodied with med-high carb

overall this was a decent beer nothing impressive.

11-21-2011 01:24:03 | More by rtaps
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cpmichael

Indiana

3.53/5  rDev -9.3%

Poured into a New Belgium Tulip, No noticeable date.

A: Pours a very dark brown, especially for a quad. A medium amount of mocha head, that dissipates slowly.

S: Dominated by spicy/clove smell, with some sweet malts, raisins and plums, and some chocolate.

T: A watered down quad with some coffee and baker's chocolate. A small amount of hops come through on the end. The alcohol is well masked, but it does not save this beer's flavor.

M/D: There is a medium amount of carbonation in this bottle, but it just seems flat and watery. Not a good representation of a quad at all. Nothing complex, it seems like there is no cohesiveness with the flavors, they don't mix well together and none of them stand very well on their own. Not a drainpour, but not a very good beer either.

03-07-2011 17:05:30 | More by cpmichael
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BlazerT

Poland

3.55/5  rDev -8.7%

Teku glass/trappis glass.
A: Very dark copper, medium, light tan colour head with good lacing.

S: Complex malty sweetness - caramel, toast. Moderate, perfumy alcohols aroma. Moderatly low dark fruits esters - plum, rasins, dried cherry. No recognizable hop aroma.

T: In taste very malty complex, bread/toast malts, moderatly sweet. Low bitterness. Finish is semi-sweet to sweet with characteristic dried fruit esters.

M: Medium to high carbonation. Medium to full body. Oily texture. Alcohol warmth is not as noticable, as its perfumy aroma, it’s rather smooth.

O: In overall complex malty beer, not the ideal because of too perfumy alcohol aroma, and too little dried fruits. Worth trying.

04-20-2014 10:11:02 | More by BlazerT
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ccrida

Oregon

3.55/5  rDev -8.7%

750ml foiled champagne bottle (bottle stamped 07/04/11), Monk's Brew is a murky chestnut with a small off-white head that quickly subsides to a large bubbled collar that leaves very light lace.

Smell is very grape like, even as it warms, I really dont' get more then grape soda, perhaps a bit less sweet malt. It's appealing, but not necessarily as beer, or even a really fruity quad. While I really dig it, it seems way to simple and one dimensional. Or maybe I'm being to much of a beer snob? Fanta grape is one of my all time favorite soda's (2nd to Cherokee Red), but not necessarily what I look for in quad's, or any beer for that matter.

Taste is also very heavy on the grape fruitiness, malt/sugar/esters. Like the nose, it's kool-aide with a bit of spiciness to remind you it's beer, but nevertheless very unusual, if quite tasty. Still, it's a bit too much, and lacking depth, even after at least a few month's in my cellar.

Mouthfeel is very fully carbonated, lush.

Drinkability is ok, I always expect too much from the De Proef brewed Mikkeller's, but they never really measure up, and this one is no exception. While it's pretty tasty, it seems like all caramelized sugar and esters, which is fine, if not that sophisticated. IIRC, the price isn't helping the score either. The bottom line is it took a long while to work through, and I wasn't carving another, ever.

09-28-2008 08:07:46 | More by ccrida
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -8.7%

Had on tap on 2010-10-20 at Max & Joe's in Omaha, NE.
Served in a flute glass.

Arrives with a tall, dense head composed of fairly small bubbles. Head retention is excellent, and lacing alongside the glass is above average, too. Body is dark brown, opaque, with some visible carbonation.

Scent is of syrupy prunes and candy sugar, perhaps hints of dried figs and raisins, too. Hides the ethanol well. This isn't particularly complex, but seems to be above average for the style.

Taste of similarly syrupy prunes, sweet malts, faint chocolate and anise. Ethanol appears as it warms. Not as pleasing or complex as Rochefort or Bernardus, but still tasty.

Body is medium weight. Fairly smooth with good matching carbonation levels. No real warmth from the ethanol. Finish is dry and slightly syrupy. Mouthfeel becomes a bit watery with increasing temperature. A bit disappointing here.

This was an OK quadrupel, something I'm glad to have tried, but don't feel an amazing need to revisit again.

10-21-2011 05:38:01 | More by falloutsnow
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Crosling

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -8%

Dark ruby/burgundy color with a full head that forms interesting shapes. Aroma is pretty vibrant and shows some juicy dark fruits. Flavor has some hints of banana to accompany the dark fruit notes. It is lacking in body and texture for me. Hmmm, it's pretty good. Young right now. Somewhat disappointing in that it isn't in the same league as some of the better Belgian strongs, but it's still a tasty, well brewed Belgian style ale, certainly better than almost all American versions.

06-21-2008 17:05:38 | More by Crosling
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -7.5%

Bottle shared by RoyMunson.

Pours a very dark brown in color with ruby highlights. Just the slightest of heads forming on the pour.
Smell is some belgian yeast, but the smell is dominated by rich, ripe dark fruits. Mostly plum and what seems to be black cherries as well. Very fruity.
Taste is even more of the dark fruit onslaught. Really encompasses most of the beer. Tends to get a little bitter in the middle. Still pretty full and enjoyable. Decent beer. I feel it needed something to detract from the dominant fruit flavor.

06-05-2009 13:38:22 | More by FtownThrowDown
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codewarrior

New York

3.63/5  rDev -6.7%

750mL poured into a Tulip.

My friend T brought this out at a recent tasting, was the first bottle to be poured out.

L: Mahogany, bordering on black, half-finger creamy off-white head. Great retention.

S: Slow start into a big caramel middle, fades back off into a watery-sweet finish. Smells a might thin.

T: Starts slow and then gently builds into a mellow but huge sweetness. Tails off into a lingering boozy sweetness. A touch thin, again, but good.

F: Not as thick as I would expect, but not terrible.

D: Really drinkable quad.

12-13-2010 07:20:56 | More by codewarrior
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fairdinkum2

Georgia

3.68/5  rDev -5.4%

I'm a little conflicted over this beer. Certainly one of my favorite styles and this beer pours and smells very much according to the style. Dark, chocolaty, translucent brown. Poured from a pint bottle into a tulip glass. Not much head or retention.

Nose of dried fruits, sweet bread and chocolate.

A little surprised with the taste. Expected more sweetness. Lots of coffee, some dried fruit, but not the depth I was hoping for. Also exhibited a not entirely pleasant bitter nuance at the back palate. Decent mouthfeel.

01-27-2010 02:08:21 | More by fairdinkum2
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BeanBone

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -5.4%

Appearance: A thick dark brown, very nearly black, body capped by a finger and a half of beige head that features solid retention and great lacing.

Aroma: Dark-fruity yeast and a rich caramel malt body with notes of sticky toffee pudding and burnt sugar. As it warms, a medium alcohol character begins to emerge.

Flavor: Raisiny and date-like yeast esters over a malt body featuring toffee, burnt sugar, and a couple of grainy notes. Mild, herbal hops strive to keep everything balanced. There's a little bit of mild alcohol throughout, adding some needed complexity. Dark fruit, grainy malt, and mild booze in the finish.

Mouthfeel: A somewhat creamy medium body with smooth medium carbonation and a drying finish. A few hints of warmth from the alcohol.

Drinkability: Much easier drinking than the double-digit alcohol content would suggest, this is a beer that can sneak up on you if you're not careful.

Verdict: Monk's Brew is a solid, though generally unexciting dark Belgian that would benefit greatly from more intensity. Just watch out for that well-hidden punch!

03-08-2010 01:42:18 | More by BeanBone
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SleepyMonk

Australia

3.68/5  rDev -5.4%

Chilled 750ml bottle, caged cork with silver/chrome aluminum foil wrap poured into a Westmalle Chalice.

Pours a very regal dark chocolate syrup color very reminiscent of an espresso. A thin (1 finger) lightly tan head bubbles to the surface and sticks together for a reasonable period of time leaving behind a very even spread lacing.

Aroma is very easily defined. Tasty roasted malts, baked dough, freshly fire gazed brown sugar and dried dark fruits.

Taste is more of the same, malt in all forms and well balanced with a complimentary ester. If you can bother to play around with this in the mouth, i.e. dragging some air in with each sip etc, you can get the sweetness from sugar and molasses plus some nice fruit notes.

In the mouth this is just short of full bodied and very smooth. The alcohol didn't have as much impact as I initially expected it would.

Overall this looks the business, the aroma is very good and the taste is world class, however, it lacked that extra 10% that would make this a straight up classic worthy of shouting the house down. Maybe a little careful aging may help as the dynamic certainly shifts a little in the taste department after this is allowed to move up towards room temp.

Hey, you could do a lot worse than drinking a Mikkeller, so if you've been wondering I recommend giving it a run.

06-18-2010 14:54:27 | More by SleepyMonk
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kojevergas

Texas

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.

B

03-03-2012 03:20:45 | More by kojevergas
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mdfb79

New York

3.68/5  rDev -5.4%

From 01/02/11 notes. Brought to a local tasting by Travir (RB); thanks Gene!

a - Pours a mahogany brown color with an inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of dark fruits, raisins, and bready malts.

t - Tastes of raisins, bready malts, and dark fruits, and alcohol.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation.

d - A nice, above average quad. Would like to have again.

01-07-2011 03:58:13 | More by mdfb79
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bkilpatr

Oregon

3.68/5  rDev -5.4%

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Chimay glass. Bottle is corked & caged. Cork has 07/04/14 printed on it. Cork came out with a decent pop.

Pours a deep dark mahogany brownish-black color. About a finger of tan head was produced. The head slowly settled to a thin layer. Decent retention and lacing. Aroma is sweet malt, biscuit, dark fruit (raisin, fig, date, plum), brown sugar, and a touch of alcohol.

The first sip is quite tasty. Flavors of sweet malt, candied sugar, raisin, fig, and chocolate. After that comes the familiar Belgian yeasty bread taste. The flavor is a bit heavy on the fruit taste, and has a strong alcohol taste to it.

Feel is very nice. Smooth and creamy yet well-carbonated. No lingering aftertaste. Some warming from the alcohol. Drinkability is decent. The alcohol is definitely noticeable.

Overall, a pretty good Quad. Might be a bit much for one person though, I recommend splitting with a friend or two.

11-10-2008 02:33:24 | More by bkilpatr
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BMoney575

Texas

3.7/5  rDev -4.9%

Sampled on 3-27-09

Pours a super cloudy brown color, with a huge off-white head. Almost completely opaque, golden around the edges when you hold it to the light. Lacing is thick and chunky, and coats the entire glass.

Smell is unbelievable. Tons of chocolate, dark fruit, and malted milk balls. Very complex, without a Belgian edge. Sweet, but not overpowering.

Taste is sour malt at first, with good deal of alcohol. The flavor is a little thin in the middle, with a decently bitter finish. Not what the smell would lead you to believe.

Mouthfeel is good, creamy but with tart carbonation.

Drinkability is fine, but it's a little disappointing.

Overall, not worth the $14.99 I paid for the bottle.

03-27-2009 22:33:55 | More by BMoney575
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Dawkfan

Alberta (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -4.1%

A- Beautiful looking pour into my goblet. The body is a murky deep brown, not sure about the lacing as this head just won't quit. Really impressive!! Thick beige head never does totally settle and I can't wait any longer. Amazing retention & lacing, this deserves full marks.

S- Boozy raisins, figs, dark berries. Sweet malt backbone of toffee, caramel and burnt sugars. Not as potent as I was hoping for.

T- Not the big/bold flavors I've become accustomed to for this style. Usually I'm searching for words & descriptions because of the layers of flavors, but this one seems fairly straight forward. Dark fruits hit first, cherries, rasins, plums and figs followed by a somewhat spicy sugary chewy type finish. There's an odd kind of bitterness that lingers as well. The alcohol is very well masked.

M- Medium to full bodied mouthfeel, carbonation feels a touch to high to me. There's a sugary/sticky type feel as well.

D- Not nearly as complex as most of the better quads, which happen to be one of my favorite styles. It was easy to get down for 10%, and I'd have it again just to gaze at it's appearance.

08-15-2010 18:19:14 | More by Dawkfan
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brendan13

Australia

3.73/5  rDev -4.1%

A - Poured from the 750ml bottle a very dark brown with a couple of centimetres of light tan head that falls away very fairly quickly.
S - Dark fruits and spicy Belgian yeast notes.
T - Dark fruit, some caramel malt, a hint of dark chocolate and spicy esters. A herbal hop character.
M - Medium bodied, medium to high carbonation.
D - A 10% beer that is rather lacking in the body & complexity that I'd expect from a Quad. Quite drinkable but probably my least favourite from this brewery and certainly not a great example of the style.

05-20-2009 11:59:25 | More by brendan13
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Iparedman

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

06-20-2014 00:28:38 | More by Iparedman
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I_heart_beer

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

11-12-2013 03:29:00 | More by I_heart_beer
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

03-20-2014 01:10:30 | More by hoppymcgee
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BuckTuckian

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

03-20-2014 16:49:03 | More by BuckTuckian
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arcman001

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

07-21-2014 06:00:02 | More by arcman001
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kk73

Hawaii

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

06-11-2014 05:10:55 | More by kk73
Monk's Elixir (Monk's Brew) from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 276 ratings.