Monk's Brew (Red Wine Barrel Aged With Raspberries) - Mikkeller ApS
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2.33/5 rDev -41%
A: Pours a dark ruby color with three fingers of light tan head. Recedes to a half finger of head quickly, then slowly down to a thick film. Very nice looking beer.
S: Loads of sweet raspberry purée, a bit overwhelming at first. Behind that I get a bit of prunes and spice, but it's barely detectable behind the sugary sweetness. I wait for the beer to warm to see if anything else comes out, but I'm pretty much left with overwhelming sweet raspberry with an almost undetectable Quad base underneath
T: Similar to the aroma, I get a ton of sweet raspberry purée with a bit of dark fruit underneath, but way in the background. The beer gets a bit better as it warms, but the sugary raspberry purée is far too strong for my taste.
M: On the thick side with creamy carbonation.
O: The raspberry purée is way too strong in this beer. It's basically like mixing a sweet raspberry lambic with a Quad. I like the idea, but the raspberry needs to be tuned way, way down. I get basically no quad characteristics behind the sugary raspberry.
09-05-2012 03:12:37 | More by coreyfmcdonald
2.63/5 rDev -33.4%
A deeply murky reddish brown pours to the glass and obscures light almost completely. A two and a half finger head is a light mocha color and really sticks around.
Overwhelming. There's a ton of "barnyard" here and it's really hard to get past. There's a strong vinous taste following this with almost no sweetness present. This scent is decent but it's a bit too much.
Lots of wine like tartness up front followed extremely quickly by a strong dirt and hay flavor. The wild here is overwhelming all the other flavors. I still pick up some dark fruit flavors on the end but there's no sign of raspberries here and I'm let down.
Thick and sticking.
A bit too strong on the wild notes and too hodgepodge for me to really enjoy. She's a trainwreck.
09-08-2012 02:42:17 | More by mtlasley
3/5 rDev -24.1%
Thanks to wethorseblanket for sharing this one at Benny’s tasting.
Pours a murky reddish-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, moldy raspberries, earth, funk, and wet cardboard. Taste is much the same with a distinct weed flavor as well. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that tastes better than it smells but it’s still not very appealing.
09-11-2012 01:43:14 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.4/5 rDev -13.9%
375ml green glass bottle with very faded label and foiled over pressure cap served into an Antwerp beer passion weekend 2011 stemglass in me friend Bo's gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Acquired at Wally's Wine yesterday. I'm really excited as Mikkeller is my favourite brewery in the world and I love quads (if this is, in fact, a quad). The barrel aging sounds fantastic.
Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm considerably over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a one finger khaki colour head of nice thickness, good cream, and impressive retention considering the high ABV. Colour is a nontransaprent extremely dark caramel-fig brown with ruby hues. Opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. It's appealing in a general sense. Lacing is decent.
Sm: Heavy raspberry and slight tart fruits, with even some questionable syrupy fruit notes. Lychees come through. Red wine. Tannins. Plum. Yeast. Sour yeast/bacteria. Pleasant plentiful fig. Heavy sugars, with slight caramelization. It's a strong, very fruit forward aroma. I'm not sure if it will taste good or bad based on the aroma - it could go in either direction. It's bold, in any case - and that commands some respect.
T: Heavy fruit joins with some biscuit and light dark malt to form the body. Tartness is good but not overdone. The lychee sort of tanks the balance for me; it's too sweet. Red wine comes through on the fringe, rounding out the profile nicely and lending needed consistency. Some hints of sour yeast and bacteria here and there, but nothing puckerworthy. Light bright plum. Bright fig. It's strange to taste a quad where the fig and plum notes aren't dark; I'd prefer them to be so. Alcohol is very well hidden. Malts are well chosen. Hopping is light yet complementary, lending some nice floral and light vague fruit tones. Caramel aids it. It's certainly complex and features some subtlety, but the flavours feel a bit shallow. It's a strange quad, but I do like it.
Mf: Smooth and wet. Moderate on the palate. Carbonation is spot on. Neither too thick nor too thin, though some of the fruit flavours (especially the lychee) do evoke a syrupy vibe.
Dr: Drinkable. Worth the price and quite enjoyable - even unique within the style. The tartness was a welcome surprise. Mikkel's certainly made his stamp here, but I do prefer well-executed traditional quads. This would likely improve with age. The red wine is also surprisingly timid compared to Mikkel's other red wine barrel aged offerings. This will make you re-examine quads, but it's not fantastic. Just another solid brew from Mikkeller that pushes boundaries. Hides its ABV very well.
09-16-2012 03:26:19 | More by kojevergas
3.5/5 rDev -11.4%
Dark brown-red body, almost purple. Tons of tan head billows up, outlasting its welcome and leaving behind sticky lace.
Smells like raspberry concentrate. Just like peeling off the metal end cap from a frozen juice container. Lacks the fresh raspberry character from superior sours.
Raspberry concentrate dominates the flavor profile. Highly concentrated, minimal wine barrel presence. This is MUCH better than the last Mikkeller sour I had (Sur Monk, which is godawful), still lacks refinement compared to the best of style. Glad I tried it, won't seek it out again.
10-24-2012 01:01:47 | More by brystmar
3.54/5 rDev -10.4%
A: Dark, dark brown with the slightest ruby hint. Khaki head. Very light lacing.
S: Fresh raspberries and red wine mixed with champagne. Oak. Hints of black cherry. Very effervescent on the nose.
T: Holy hell, this is a difficult beer to describe. There’s so much going on. Mixes of raspberry, plum, fig, and cherry. There’s a subtle sweetness that turns a bit sour near the end.
M: Very prickly. Bubbly like a champagne. The mouthfeel reinforces the aroma. Dry at the very end.
O: The fact that this is a beer astounds me. Supersedes any lambic I’ve had. It has so many wine/champagne characteristics. The alcohol is masked almost completely until the very end, but you can feel it on the way down. The only hint of grains comes up front, but dissipates quickly. The finish is unlike almost any other beer. That being said, I wish it had just a touch more beer to it; something to really let me know what it is I’m drinking. It’s really delicious, though. An excellent dessert beer.
04-21-2013 18:25:17 | More by BeerNotes
District of Columbia
3.63/5 rDev -8.1%
Shared by Darrell. Thanks man.
The beer is dark brown with a lasting beige collar. The aroma is heavy on the raspberries, with additional notes of chocolate covered raisins, cherries. Chocolate and cherries. Raspberries too. Medium bodied with moderately low carbonation. Pretty sweet. A bit syrupy. Not getting a lot of wine characteristics.
08-30-2012 03:50:33 | More by Huhzubendah
Monk's Brew (Red Wine Barrel Aged With Raspberries) from Mikkeller ApS
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