Monk's Elixir (Monk's Brew) - Mikkeller ApS
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3.85/5 rDev -1%
Nice two finger, but it dissipates very quickly. Dark brown with some cherry highlights. Can't see any bubbles, but you can feel them on the tongue. Mild roasted malts and heavy tastd malts that have an undeniable sugary sweet aroma. The taste starts with Light roasted and candy syrup. The middle gets more balance with the toasted roasted malt flavors. The yeast adds more of a fruity, cake flavor. Pretty complex yeast flavors and very malty sweet. Hints of light chocolate with some earthy hints of hops.
05-01-2009 05:03:08 | More by scruffwhor
3.33/5 rDev -14.4%
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.
12-25-2013 22:57:04 | More by Alieniloquium
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
3.38/5 rDev -13.1%
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.
03-24-2009 19:34:48 | More by bark
4.08/5 rDev +4.9%
A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. There was a big, foamy, off white, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.
S: A good aroma of yeast, malt, hops and a sweet component.
T: Tasted of Belgian yeast, malt, a slight hoppy presence, and a syrupy quality. Some alcohol esters present as well. A solid and surprisingly subtle flavor.
M: A well-carbonated beer with a super dry finish. Medium-bodied.
D: In general, this is an all around good, drinkable beer.
05-02-2011 12:04:53 | More by avalon07
4.53/5 rDev +16.5%
A - Deep dark chocolate. ½ finger of bone white head that held together with moderate retention and lacing.
S - Sweet raisins, prunes, brown sugar, hint of bready malt.
T - Chocolate covered raisins, brown sugar, caramel, dried pears. A gentle boozy warmth balances the sweetness perfectly. Brioche bread bridges the flavors throughout the profile.
M - Impossibly smooth. Touch of alcohol tingle in the finish, but in an enjoyable way.
D - Does a great job of hiding the 10% abv. It's smoothness and great flavor keep you coming back till it's gone.
12-31-2010 17:02:29 | More by vfgccp
4.43/5 rDev +13.9%
Dark brown colour with deep garnet highlights. Small, creamy tan head. Fair head retention.
Really dense, dark fruit aroma with lots of date, raisin, plum, fig and berry notes. Alcohol and spice add balance and interest.
Bold and very rich with lots of dark fruit and rich malt. The bready melanoidins add depth along with some nice mild spice. Really good.
Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Nice.
A rich Belgian strong ale with lots of great flavour. This is certainly a brooding Belgian rather than a brighter one.
12-13-2011 10:47:42 | More by dgilks
3.98/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
08-14-2008 00:37:28 | More by gford217
3.95/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
09-15-2009 00:47:27 | More by champ103
2.65/5 rDev -31.9%
Pours a dark amethysty-red colour with dense beige head that sticks around to a decent crown. Nice cradle of lace. Pretty damn fine.
Huge fruity nose, very candied with a blackcurrant and apple edge. Blackberry, cherry medicine, I could go on but yeah, it's definitely lacking something, needs more than just sweet fruit. Pretty poor and cloying, in fact.
Taste is similarly saccharine. Loads of fruit: apple, blackcurrant and black cherry with a slight weak cider edge and hardly any complexity to it, just sweet and a bit weak. Medicinal edge on the back but it falls short of being nicely phenolic or spicey. Really quite disappointed.
Full body, but not a lot of texture, just very simple.
It's probably hard to produce this particular fruit note from a beer but it just comes out as thinly sweet and under-fermented. Just not very enjoyable.
08-31-2011 23:36:55 | More by laituegonflable
3.98/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
03-13-2012 09:49:21 | More by tbeckett
3.35/5 rDev -13.9%
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.
01-17-2012 14:25:35 | More by mrfrancis
4.38/5 rDev +12.6%
Mmmmm malty heaven. Poured with a nice off white head and lots of lace. Color is a cloudy amber brown. Aroma is very malty yeast dark ripe fruit. Flavor is like nose. Easy drinking. Body is good and ditto carbonation. Finish is nice and on the short side.
06-09-2010 04:37:12 | More by drpimento
4.1/5 rDev +5.4%
Pours dark brown with a small, fading head.
Nose shows sultanas, spicy phenols, golden syrup, port notes and caramelised bananas.
Flavours include more sultanas and dried dark fruit, treacle, port, brown sugar and over-ripe banana. Also some soft booze. Pretty sweet.
Carbonation seems just a little full-on, even considering the sweetness.
Very enjoyable stuff.
07-02-2012 00:29:25 | More by CrazyDavros
4.55/5 rDev +17%
A: This poured a translucent dark mahogany with some light tan head.
S: It smelled like rick dark fruits (plumb, raisin, cherry) and brown sugar and molasses, with a bit of oak and bourbon.
T: It tasted like brown sugar and molasses and powdered sugar, with plumb and dark cherry and raisin, as well as earthy chocolate and creamy yeast. It had a sweet and mellow aftertaste.
M: It was thick and creamy with smooth carbonation.
D: This was absolutely fantastic with tons of complexity and rich flavors. It had amazing body too, and hid the alcohol like crazy, so it was infinitely easy to drink. Reminiscent of Van De Keizer (blue), which is one of my favorite dark Belgian ales ever. This could maybe improve with age, but I already love it fresh.
08-15-2010 15:45:53 | More by Pencible
4/5 rDev +2.8%
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).
05-09-2009 22:55:51 | More by hopdog
Monk's Elixir (Monk's Brew) from Mikkeller ApS
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