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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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84
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81 Ratings
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 16.53%
Wants: 6
Gots: 12 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Phyl21ca, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

GRG1313, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of kylehay2004
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

kylehay2004, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of largadeer
2/5  rDev -46.7%

largadeer, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of TMoney2591
4.05/5  rDev +8%
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...

TMoney2591, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.35/5  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.

StonedTrippin, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of nickfl
3.31/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

nickfl, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
2.45/5  rDev -34.7%
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+

kojevergas, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +6.7%

afsdan, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of Tone
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Tone, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

Alieniloquium, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of bluejacket74
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

bluejacket74, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

OWSLEY069, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of mrfrancis
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

mrfrancis, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of dcmchew
4.29/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

dcmchew, May 26, 2014
Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
3.75/5  rDev 0%

CheapBeerBuzz, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of Florida9
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Florida9, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of ngeunit1
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

ngeunit1, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of JohnK17
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

JohnK17, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of Sparky44
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Sparky44, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of ajzy
3.75/5  rDev 0%

ajzy, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of tbryan5
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

tbryan5, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of bostonryan
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

bostonryan, Jun 09, 2014
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Monk's Brew (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Mikkeller ApS
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