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

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

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62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 16.31%


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Denmark

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Known as Monk's Elixir outside the USA.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 07-15-2012)
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Tone

Missouri

4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 16:16:33 | More by Tone
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.05/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Brown body. Huge khaki head. Lots of sediment suspended in it.

Smell - Vanilla. Some oak. Dark fruits. Caramel. Belgian sweetness.

Taste - Dark fruits. Bitter burnt malts. Oak, I think. Bitter. No barrel, really. Kinda sweet.

Mouthfeel - Overcarbonated. Medium body.

Overall - I struggled through half of this before dumping it. Not worth the liver damage.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 01:32:50 | More by Alieniloquium
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mverity

Florida

4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 20:23:32 | More by mverity
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LaneMeyer

California

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A - Dark brown, 2 finger, light tan head.

S - Dark fruit, cherry, plum, bourbon, brown sugar, alcohol.

T - brown sugar, wood, syrup, winter spice, water, peach concentrate.

M - Well carbonated, light, syrupy

O - Kinda disappoints. Not a bad beer, but considering the price, doesn't live up to other regular quads I've had. Much rather drink a Rochefort or Pannepot.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 06:37:47 | More by LaneMeyer
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, sweet nuttiness with a note of caramel. In the taste, a sweet caramel, chocolate, and nutty. A small bitterness and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry nuttiness and small tartness in the aftertaste. Quite nutty and small tartness, kind of all over the place.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 14:35:54 | More by OWSLEY069
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: Poured a deep dirty brown color ale with a large foamy head with OK retention and some light lacing. Aroma of huge bourbon notes with light vanilla notes with loads of residual sugar as well. Taste is an intense mix between loads of residual sugar notes with some vanilla and bourbon with some dry raisin and heavy caramelized malt notes. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation with some warming alcohol notes. Too big and too sweet for its own good.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 00:54:52 | More by Phyl21ca
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nickfl

Florida

3.31/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A - Pours with one finger of off white foam no top of an opaque, dark brown body with amber high lights showing through. The head sticks around for a while an leaves nice lace.

S - A very musty, slightly woody aroma with notes of candy sugar and smoke.

T - Dark bread and sugar up front with smoky molasses and a kind of medicinal pickled note. Rally weird towards the finish with vanilla, smoke, chemicals and spices.

M - A fairly thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Wierd. Just odd, with a medicinal note that at times borders on formaldehyde. I'm honestly pretty disappointed with this, it seems infected.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 04:19:00 | More by nickfl
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: half finger head with excellent retention on a hazy deep amber with maroonish hues body.

S: cola, red wine, brown sugar, breads, dark fruits and earthy hops but overall the aroma is very mild. Not getting much from the barrel aged aspect, maybe a little wood.

T: dark fruits include prune, black cherry, plum and raisins, wood but not your typical oak, merlot, milk chocolate, bourbon sweetness and caramel.

M: medium to full body and light to moderate carbonation. wetter than expected finish considered its a barrel aged beer.

Overall: this beer is very weird. It was hard to put my finger on exactly what I was experiencing in the flavor. The bourbon is mild and provides mostly sweetness but not as sweet as most quads tend to be. I imagine the base beer was "mellowed" out by the aging process.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 04:18:40 | More by kylehay2004
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kojevergas

Texas

2.45/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12.7 fl oz dark green glass bottle with foiled-over standard pressure cap served into a flared stem-tulip in me gaff in Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; this is me favourite brewery and quads are possibly me favourite style. Number on top is 4401204. 10% ABV confirmed. "Belgian ale aged in bourbon barrels." Brewed & Bottled at De Proef. Imported by the Shelton Bastards.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger head of pretty nice cream, nice thickness, and good (~5-6 minute) retention. Lacing is poor. Body colour is a murky nontransparent opaque dark caramel-brown. It's rather dull and unappealing. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. An unflattering appearance for a quad.

Sm: Off-putting, actually. Muddled imbalanced malts. Flat vanilla. Light oxidation. Stale wood. Caramel, rotted plums, raisins. A moderate strength aroma. Unappealing. Not at all to style. I'm not excited to try this.

T: Murky plums, light oxidation, cardboard, wood notes, rot, and raisin. Green apple. Poorly balanced and poorly built. Some vague poorly executed vanilla is all I get from the bourbon. It's not terrible, but I don't like it. Alcohol is hidden. Little yeast character comes through; maybe some biscuity hints. Lacks subtlety and complexity. Badly executed. Grainy.

Mf: Smooth up front, but it quickly coarsens. Wetness/dryness is all over the place, but is mainly wet. Carbonation is generally good. Poor presence on the palate. Overbearing. Too thick for the lack of flavour. Filling. Doesn't work well with the flavours; it's just badly done.

Dr: A surprisingly poorly done beer from Mikkeller. I won't be getting this again. Difficult to drink because of its poor flavour profile and overbearing mouthfeel. I'll be able to finish the glass, but I'm far from impressed. Not his best work. I definitely wouldn't recommend picking this up. Badly priced too - blame the Shelton Bastards for that. Mikkeller can do far better.

High D+

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 04:15:53 | More by kojevergas
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ngeunit1

California

4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 07:27:46 | More by ngeunit1
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 21:45:50 | More by mfnmbvp
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SkeeterBoganski

Colorado

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to tulip-pint

A - Deep reddish brown; some light active carbonation; a quarter-inch light brown colored head

S - some bitter dark fruits here...raisin maybe; Belgian spices; lightly sweet malted; caramel apple; slightly oaky, slightly bourbony

T - immediately I'm punched with a prune-oak bout of silliness; the bourbon on the Belgian style is a little confusing and too busy; there are some black cherry notes here; burnt sugar; lil bit of chocolate, lil bit of toffee or caramel; more apples; earthy

M - medium+ body; decently carbonated; creamy on the back-end; chewy up-front

O - I'll say that this is a really interesting beer...it's got a lot going on and a lot of flavor; the booze is there but well-hidden; the bourbon notes on this quad are not overpowering, but I might actually feel like I'm missing them a bit; it's a tasty number for sure

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 01:39:01 | More by SkeeterBoganski
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 22:46:48 | More by bluejacket74
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
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...

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 02:21:05 | More by TMoney2591
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PeterIngemi

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12.7oz bottle into a dfh snifter

A: pours a deep brown with a finger of tanned mocha head that dissapates into a film. Looks nice

S: a lot of dark fruit hear, prune right off the bat, some oaky notes and then some burbon, a strange earthyness in the background that almost reminds me of peat, the burbon contributes some light vanilla notes, some chocolate notes in there as well, a nice smelling brew

T: nice notes of caramel, booze, vanilla, a touch of chocolate, light prune and raisin, then there is the oak, and the strange earthyness that again reminds me of peat, and it's really to bad, this brew is delicious other then that

M: heavy medium body, with slightly creamy carbonation, a touch viscous, with a dry finish.

O: I'm dissapointed, this beer had all the makings of a great brew, and then there was just that one thing that ruined it for me, not a bad beer, bit I'm not really looking for early peat or smoke in my burbon. Oh well

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 20:47:35 | More by PeterIngemi
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peabody

Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 14:16:34 | More by peabody
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brownish amber with a thick khaki head that recedes quickly.

S: I'm not getting much bourbon up front-instead scents of green apple, plum, dark chocolate, black cherry, caramel, and candy sugar dominate the nose. As the beer settles in the glass, slight scents of charred oak, toffee, butterscotch, woody spices, and toasted coconut emerge to balance the more typical quad-like scents that were initially so strong.

T: Layered notes of ripe plum, green apple, toffee, caramel, dark chocolate, woody spices, toasted coconut, dark bread, candy sugar, black cherry, charred oak, and butterscotch are balanced by peppery alcohol. The finish is long and intense with bourbon barrel notes taking over, though there are subtle hints of cherry and chocolate just below the surface.

M: Here comes this beer's only real weakness. Like the regular version of Monk's Brew, this special edition is thin and watery in the mouth. It's just too light in body to really feel like an authentic Belgian quadrupel. The barrel aging, however, imparts a nice dryness to the beer, and unlike the last bottle of Monk's Brew that I reviewed, this one displayed active, firm carbonation.

O: Not a bad effort overall. The bourbon barrel aging imparts some nice flavors that are really compatible with those one would typically expect of a quadrupel. If this beer were just a little heavier and thicker in the mouth, it would be a knockout.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 12:25:53 | More by mrfrancis
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DovaliHops

California

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, brownish-red/purple color with a large, light tan head that disappears fairly quickly. Scent is nice, smooth bourbon up front. Sweet oak with some cherry and chocolate. Dark fruits with vanilla as well. Taste is a little strange at first...has some sort of an off-taste, but it immediately changes to bourbon and dark fruits. A hint of green apple in this one, which is strange. Lots of oak, but with a somewhat watery taste. Mouthfeel is too light for this style, too watery. Drinkability is fair. Overall, not the best effort from Mikkeller. Too watery...when you pay this much for a 375ml bottle, you expect top quality. I liked the Raspberry wine version more.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 05:40:31 | More by DovaliHops
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cnbrown313

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at West Lakeview Liquors in Chicago, poured into 2 snifters. $13.49 for a 375ml bottle

A - Pours a deep mahogany brown, with about 1/2 finger of light brown head. Upon pouring this into the snifters I could see pretty good sized chunks of Belgian yeast.

S - It smells like a glass of straight bourbon. It's hard to pick out any other smells because the bourbon smell is very overpowering, but this had me excited to take a sip.

T - The initial taste was not nearly as boozy as I expected. You get a dry, oak taste up front, followed by the bourbon at the end. As the beer warms up, the bourbon flavor becomes even stronger. You can also taste subtle notes of caramel and dark fruit as well. All in all this is a tasty Quad, but in my opinion, I didn't enjoy it nearly as much as something like a Rochefort 10 - which is much easier to find.

M - The mouth feel was pretty nice, with a perfect amount of carbonation. Again, it feels a little thinner than some of my favorite Belgian Quads, but still a nice mouth feel.

O - I am glad that I had a chance to try this, but I don't think that I'll be seeking out another. It was certainly a unique beer with a really nice, strong bourbon flavor. so if that's what you're after, give it a shot.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 16:10:15 | More by cnbrown313
Monk's Brew (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Mikkeller ApS
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