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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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85
very good

85 Ratings
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 16.22%
Wants: 6
Gots: 12 | FT: 2
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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 StonedTrippin
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
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 ngeunit1
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black with a touch of brown around the edges and a finger of frothy khaki-brown head. Fades normal.

S - Sweet dark caramel malts, oak, vanilla, Bourbon, plums, raisins, other dark fruits, Belgian yeast, clove and other spices, candi sugars, some booze.

T - Sweet dark caramel malts, vanilla, plums, raisins, dates, other dark fruits, Bourbon, oak, Belgian yeasts, clove, other spices, candi sugars, booze.

M - Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, spicy, warming finish.

D - Really nicely balanced Quad with a great mouthfeel. The Bourbon barrel adds some great character.

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 JohnK17
4.25/5  rDev +13%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of mverity
4.24/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Opaque deep brown with hints of garnet. Head is thick and tan and pretty dang persistent. Aroma is some earthy-musty dark fruits, some char notes too. Taste is considerably better. Same deep fruit character (cherry, fig, plum), red wine-like, some char too. Nice and velvety on the tongue, medium body (which I find a tad thin for a quad) and nice low carbonation. Great lingering taste.

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

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz. bottle. No apparent bottled on date present, but I'm super stoked to have landed one of these beers and trying it now! Expectations are fairly high. Uncapped and unfoiled and poured into a Boulevard tulip

A - Pours a nice sizzling two finger mocha colored head which goes down quickly. Beautiful nutty looking very dark cherry colored body.

S - Smells pretty epic. Fresh fig, date, raisin, and cherry flavors abound in there. Some kind of yeasty malt smell amidst a wonderful subtle bourbon aroma. Some roasted nuttiness going on as well. Smells very enticing. Very prominent date / raisin smell as the beer warms.

T - Tart and sweet tingly carbonated first sip mellows out nicely into a smooth creamy vanilla cherry finish. Very slight bit of alcohol warmth in the end, but this beer masks it's 10% abv very well. I could drink this stuff all day.

M - Slightly carbonated, which isn't my favorite feeling, but it sits well with this beer. The bourbon vanilla really hangs out inside your mouth, coating the palate and not letting go. Which is fine with me, so long as I can savor the taste of this brew longer.

Overall, I think it is smooth and highly drinkable, if perhaps a tad bit too carbonated for my liking, which is something I can overlook, being that the taste of this beer is fabulous. Bourbon aged beers definitely tend to be my thing, and Mikkeller nailed this one pretty well. I can't wait to try the Monk's Brew Red Wine Barrel Aged With Raspberries, which I anticipate enjoying even more than I did this. Grab a bottle and enjoy it, while you still can!

Mikkeller Monk's Brew Bourbon Barrel Aged ---4/5.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 ounce bottle. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a mostly clear dark reddish/brown color with an inch and a half light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is very sweet, it smells like dark fruit (plums, raisins), vanilla, bourbon, maple, brown sugar, molasses, and some chocolate. It tastes like dark fruit, vanilla, bourbon, bittersweet chocolate, wood, brown sugar and molasses. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and slick, and is also well carbonated. I think it's a good overall brew, but pricey at $12.99 a bottle. Worth a try if you come across it.

Photo of Tone
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, alcohol, hint of roasted malt, slight spice, hint of alcohol, hint of liquor, and a hint of wood. Fits the style of a Quadruple. Mouth feel is sharp and creamy, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, hint of alcohol, hint of earthy malt, slight spice, hint of wheat, and liquor. Overall, good aroma, body, blend, complexity, and appearance. The liquor is dominate but does not overwhelm other flavors and aromas, nicely blended.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a stemless snifter.

Thanks to hannydawg for the second shot at this!

I don't think I'll ever turn down a barrel-aged quad (even if it were from Minhas...). This one pours a dark cloudy sienna topped by a half-finger of off-tan foam. The nose comprises maple syrup, fig, raisin, light booze, light plum, honey, brown sugar, vanilla, light molasses, and a touch of port. The taste holds notes of cola, light whiskey, light cocoa, light walnut, vanilla, fig, and light molasses. The cola really holds some sway throughout. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a faintly watery feel. Overall, a very nice barrel-aged quad, one that seems only to be hindered by the large cola character and relatively thin feel. Beyond that, proof positive that Mikkel definitely knows what he's doing over there...

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

Photo of peabody
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark brown semi-transparent liquid with 1/2 finger of slightly off-white suds. Smell is a bit fruity like apple peels and belgian spice.
Taste is just a sour quad type of thing. A bit woody with hints of belgian spices. Mostly malt here and the alcohol is hidden so far.
Mouthfeel is clean for the most part but the malt does stick around for a while. Mabey a hint of the 10%er comes in toward the end.
Overall this is a really nice Quad. Would def. buy this again.

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