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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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75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 16.45%
Wants: 5
Gots: 12 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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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1/5  rDev -73.5%

09-04-2012 01:14:21 | More by uvm2003
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2/5  rDev -46.9%

01-06-2014 04:25:41 | More by largadeer
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2.25/5  rDev -40.3%

04-27-2014 21:56:53 | More by osuskin
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2.45/5  rDev -35%
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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3/5  rDev -20.4%

01-06-2014 04:56:37 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

05-22-2013 06:56:35 | More by Kreko7
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3.05/5  rDev -19.1%
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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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

07-20-2014 07:33:55 | More by GRG1313
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

02-09-2013 04:10:33 | More by monitorpop
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

12-28-2013 21:01:04 | More by baltimorebeerman
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

04-15-2013 21:56:35 | More by CelticAleMan
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

10-20-2012 13:36:52 | More by Florida9
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United Kingdom (England)

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

06-22-2013 19:27:02 | More by Kirk
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
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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Quebec (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -13%
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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3.31/5  rDev -12.2%
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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3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2014 00:36:04 | More by Chico1985
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

07-16-2014 08:29:11 | More by Stum-pub
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

06-09-2014 00:17:10 | More by bostonryan
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Hong Kong

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

03-15-2014 03:40:12 | More by boqonx
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

08-04-2012 03:52:26 | More by marct
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

09-19-2013 03:29:36 | More by MathNut
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3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
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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3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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
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3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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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Monk's Brew (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Mikkeller ApS
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