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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

28 Reviews
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Reviews: 28
Hads: 92
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 6
Gots: 15 | 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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Reviews: 28 | Hads: 92
Photo of mrfrancis
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (1,432 characters)

Photo of DovaliHops
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (678 characters)

Photo of cnbrown313
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (1,253 characters)

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Monk's Brew (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Mikkeller ApS
85 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.