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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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very good

76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 16.49%
Wants: 6
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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Photo of Sparky44


4/5  rDev +6.4%

12-15-2013 01:47:41 | More by Sparky44
Photo of mverity


4.24/5  rDev +12.8%

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.

11-29-2013 20:23:32 | More by mverity
Photo of cjw333


4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

10-04-2013 06:27:05 | More by cjw333
Photo of MathNut


3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

09-19-2013 03:29:36 | More by MathNut
Photo of jnikkel


4.25/5  rDev +13%

09-16-2013 15:43:24 | More by jnikkel
Photo of kyle86


4/5  rDev +6.4%

08-25-2013 17:31:45 | More by kyle86
Photo of Hopheadjeffery


3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

08-13-2013 16:11:07 | More by Hopheadjeffery
Photo of Docrock


4/5  rDev +6.4%

08-10-2013 03:59:42 | More by Docrock
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

08-08-2013 00:05:26 | More by shehateme
Photo of AOShabaz


4/5  rDev +6.4%

08-08-2013 00:01:28 | More by AOShabaz
Photo of LaneMeyer


3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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.

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


3.79/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

07-13-2013 14:35:54 | More by OWSLEY069
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Quebec (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -12.8%

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.

07-07-2013 00:54:52 | More by Phyl21ca
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

06-28-2013 16:54:47 | More by JohnK17
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

06-23-2013 15:29:17 | More by Rickythejeweler
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United Kingdom (England)

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

06-22-2013 19:27:02 | More by Kirk
Photo of nickfl


3.31/5  rDev -12%

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.

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


3.71/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

06-14-2013 04:18:40 | More by kylehay2004
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

06-10-2013 18:29:33 | More by ajzy
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

06-08-2013 04:26:42 | More by impending
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

05-22-2013 06:56:35 | More by Kreko7
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

04-15-2013 21:56:35 | More by CelticAleMan
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2.45/5  rDev -34.8%

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+

03-30-2013 04:15:53 | More by kojevergas
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

03-25-2013 12:37:32 | More by drgonzo2k2
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5/5  rDev +33%

03-12-2013 15:03:42 | More by bluesplit63
Monk's Brew (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Mikkeller ApS
85 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.