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Monk's Brew (Bourbon Barrel Aged) - Mikkeller ApS

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Monk's Brew (Bourbon Barrel Aged)Monk's Brew (Bourbon Barrel Aged)

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BA SCORE
85
very good

89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 15.96%
Wants: 6
Gots: 11 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 07-15-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Known as Monk's Elixir outside the USA.
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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a dark mahogany brown with ruby highlights and a fine two finger light khaki head with great retention and pillowy lacing. Aroma of caramel and bready malt, mild bourbon, plums and vanilla, nice. Flavor is caramel malt, slightly oxidized cardboard, plums, bourbon, mild vanilla and wood. Finishes with vanilla, bourbon, a hint of char and hop bitterness. Medium bodied with spritzy carbonation. An interesting take on a quadrupel, thinner in body, somewhat drier than typical. The carbonation is very active and takes away from the mouth feel, kind of unusual for a quad. The bourbon is lightly present and there are other good vanilla woody flavors from the barrel. Somewhat modestly flavored for the ABV, but the alcohol is well covered. I'm not familiar with the base quadrupel, so it's hard to tell how much character is from the aging. This may be an older bottle, and the active carbonation may some unintended interaction in the flavors and maybe bottle activity resulting in thinner body. A tasty, but light bodied quad with a bit too much carbonation. I had no problem enjoying the bottle, however.

Photo of Wajohnst
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KVNBGRY
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It tasted like a bourbon barrel aged Belgian quad. Looked bad. It looked thin, and felt a bit thin. Tasted great! Smell was a bit muted. This was a confusing beer to me. I wish I tried it fresh.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

Pours a moderately dark brown, with a large 2 inch head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells pretty richly malty, with some dark fruit flavor, and some brown sugar.

This doesn't feel as strongly flavored as I would expect a bourbon BA quad to be. It's the typical characteristics some sweet, subtle bourbon, a bit of dark fruits, some brown sugar, and caramel, etc, but none of it seems to pop the way they should. No oomph here.

This is medium bodied, with a full mouthfeel, and a lower level of carbonation- almost flat, actually.

This was slightly disappointing. By no means bad, it just didn't wow me.

Photo of shanny_koenig
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SteveD082791
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mactrail
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A lovely brew with a ruby brown color and plenty of foam and lacing in the big New Belgium snifter. Pleasant sudsy mouthfeel. Raisiny aroma with just a whiff of the bourbon barrel.

Smooth and mellow, for once the aging of two years has not hurt the flavors. Everything tastes like it has softened and oxidized a little. Utterly drinkable with a warm alcohol tang and a subdued Belgian yeasty murk. Still moderately sweet with just an edge of sharpness.

Purchased somewhere in Tucson. My first Mikkeller beer, I have always avoided them, but was given one by Jason. I'm happy this was a good experience.

Photo of cyrushire
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of BlackNotesIII
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.36/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

amazing beer here from mikkeller. i remember being floored by the original monks brew, and only so so on the red wine raspberries edition. i thought it muddled an already distinct and unique and awesome base beer. the bourbon the the opposite story, this is a great accent to the base beer, which has to be one of my favorite quads going. the bourbon on this is not subtle, huge boozy woody notes with an emphasis on char rather than vanilla sugars. its nice like that, keeps the beer coming first. so much dark special malt here, giving depth and texture. the barrels mellow the feel, but not really the alcohol presence, especially at room temperature it still feels hot, if not even hotter than i remember the base being. its got big dark stone fruit notes to it, and this fluffy white head that seems almost tart before i sink into the beer each sip. radiant toffee notes go great with the bourbon. this is layered and huge, super unique, and worth what they ask for it.

Photo of tbryan5
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Bloodbuzz99
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Surprised at the low ratings on this one, really nice Quad, not overly sweet in the finish, very clean. Alcohol is present, but not overwhelming. Would definitely pick this one up again.

Photo of Electromullet
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Stum-pub
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of sammyg832
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of bostonryan
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Rborre321
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Chico1985
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Had this sitting around for a while now, time to finally try it out. 375ml poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance - Dark brown with reddish highlights, no translucence. Surprising amount of beige foam upon pouring. Nice retention as a full cap, good lace as well.

Smell - Caramel, vanilla, molasses, brown sugar, slight raisin and even slighter bourbon. Really quite faint and tame considering the style, but what's there is decent.

Taste - Taste is similar. Flavors are just okay, seems very restrained and plain. Caramel, dark fruit and vanilla make up much of the flavor, with some oak and bready yeast. Only the slightest hints of bourbon.

Mouthfeel - Viscous and syrupy body, decent foaminess/carbonation, not much alcohol heat. Good.

Overall - I went into this expecting a hot mess, I actually got the opposite. Really quite drinkable - decent, but kinda dull as well, flavors are lacking for a quad and the bourbon is mostly MIA.

Photo of srgj88
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of dcmchew
4.29/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark amber, one finger tan head, nice retention, quite sticky.
Smell is mostly sweet, with chocolate, cherries, caramel, vanilla, figs, raisins, Belgian spices, bit of wood. Smells like a top-tier quad with some extra barrel notes, but not too strong.
Vanilla-cherry-chocolate combo is first in the taste, a bit of tartness, some caramel and toffee, dark fruit jam follows, with aromatic Belgian sugars and butterscotch. Barrel brings nice oak, dusty woodiness, bourbon malt sweetness, the aforementioned vanilla and warm alcohol. In time you get a bigger whisky feel, covering bit by bit the fruitiness. Earthy finish, mild bitterness, leaving an aftertaste of prickly alcohol, burnt sugar and bourbon.
Surprisingly light bodied, medium carbonation.
The elements come one after the other, in an orderly fashion, which is weird (i think) for a Mikkeller brew, but the result is a tasty quad with nice bourbon-enhanced alcohol and caramel.

Photo of DRTBrewster
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of Gotti311
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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Monk's Brew (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Mikkeller ApS
85 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.