Monk's Brew (Red Wine Barrel Aged With Raspberries) - Mikkeller ApS
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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
3.68/5 rDev -6.8%
Bottle shared by Jon, 375ml into a tulip.
Deep brown, with an offwhite head. Bubbles are all that retain. Huge raspberry notes, almost like a jam or raspberry puree, some barrel character, peripheral balsamic notes, acidic with a touch of alcohol. Palate has the raspberry upfront before some barrel and vinous character, and some herbal qualities on the back end. Tart finish with more alcohol. Medium full feel, raspberry tartness and tannins in the finish. Interesting, but this one didn't come together on the whole.
12-24-2012 17:13:06 | More by liamt07
3.68/5 rDev -6.8%
Split a 12.7 oz bottle poured into a dfh snifter
A: pours a deep brown with a hint of reddishness, perhaps from the raspberries, one finger of creamy mocha tan head, again with a vague raspberry hue.
S: a very pungent aroma hint of chocolate, oak, and redwine, big rasp scent, reminds me of raspberrys soaked in red wine and dipped in chocolate, some dark fruit notes of raisin and prune mixed in there as well, a nice aroma.
T: a lot of tart raspberry, that seems to be the dominant note, some earthy oak and red wine notes in beneath there as well. Background quad notes of plum and rasins. As the brew warms the earthy oak comes out more and more and adds a unpleasant bitterness as well as completely throwing off the balance of the beer.
M: heavy medium body with a lightly creamy medium carbonation.... Dry in the finish. With a slight mouth puckering quality.
O: Interesting, but I was not te biggest fan of this one, perhaps it's cos I'm not a huge fan of raspberries, but it seemed like there was little balance to a mess of complexities.
09-23-2012 20:14:00 | More by PeterIngemi
Monk's Brew (Red Wine Barrel Aged With Raspberries) from Mikkeller ApS
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