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Monk's Brew (Red Wine Barrel Aged With Raspberries) - Mikkeller ApS

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Monk's Brew (Red Wine Barrel Aged With Raspberries)Monk's Brew (Red Wine Barrel Aged With Raspberries)

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43 Reviews
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Reviews: 43
Hads: 158
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 24.24%
Wants: 6
Gots: 26 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 07-16-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of zrbeer1579
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The age of this bottle is unknown but it may be over a year old.

Poured a deep ruby mahogany with a finger light tan head. The aroma is fresh tart raspberry, red wine, and a mild funk. The taste is similar. Strong tart raspberries and dark fruits underlying. There is some red wine characters and light wood. However, the finish is sour and almost mouth puckering, which is good but there's a somewhat strong funk present. It is a little unpleasant and distracting. The alcohol is hidden very well. Body is medium, just almost being heavy. Also, just a slight dry as well.

Despite the funk, the beer is good. This particular bottle may have been infected.

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Photo of TheBeerCarl
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours a disturbing cloudy brown like liquid chocolate or Mississippi River water. It has a thin light brown head. Could use more head.

S: Prunes is the first thing I smell but then it kind of morphs into a marinara tomato sauce like smell with some heat. The lingering notes are of dough, yeast and some floral notes. Weird but intriguing.

T: Über intense tart raspberry with some earthiness to back it up which fades to citrus and bitterness.

M: A good medium bodied mouthfeel with sharp carbonation that supports the tart raspberry flavor.

Overall this was an intense quad, very flavorful but tasty nonetheless!

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Photo of brown2cu
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a dark red and is topped by an off white head. There is some spotty lacing around the glass as well.

S: the smell is heavy raspberries as well as some woody notes. I can't detect a lot of specialty malt as well as alcohol. Therefore, it's fairly one dimensional to me.

T: a lot of tart raspberries; almost wine-esque. There is also a lot of malty sweetness that brings the tartness down.

M: Full bodied, dry, and silky.

O: a wonderful beer; my first from mikkeller.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I rarely buy Mikkeller beers because of the price, but sometimes I slip up and get a bottle; fortunately, I’m usually happy with the purchase once it’s all said and done. This one stuck out to me because of the raspberries – I love that flavor in Belgian beers.

A: Coffee brown body that’s not cloudy, but almost too dark to see through; held up to the light, it shines with a slight ruby color. The head is fizzy and slick, a collection of wet, brown bubbles that fall away almost as soon as they appear; still, there’s some churning activity above the nucleation site.

S: There’s that raspberry – sweet and pungent at the top of the nose. It’s a fresh, tangy fruitiness juxtaposed against the backdrop of thick molasses, candi sugar, burnt caramel, and raisin, more typical elements of a big Belgian quad like this; in addition, the barrel-aging seems to have added a straw-like oxidative scent to it, elevating these darker aromas to a character not unlike a dry sherry. Barrel wood comes through as a light cedar note over it all, as well.

T: Sour in such a big way that the first sip took me completely by surprise: it opens with a tart raspberry flavor, peaking with an acetic tinge before ending bitter and a leafy like raw, unripe berries. Such a complex fruit flavor dominates the palate, but some thick residual sugars come through in the back of the palate – toffee, mostly, but with hints of soil and hazelnut. Finishes with the puckering effect of sour fruit, though the taste of charred barrel wood remains on the tongue for just as long.

M: Feels like a beer with about 6% alcohol; no way this has a double-digit ABV. Goes down with no lingering warmth, a subtle carbonation, and just a touch of heavy thickness.

O: This beer is about strange contrasts, like fruit vs. char and acidity vs. thick sweetness. It will certainly go down in my book as an interesting beer, and delicious, at that – its palate is strange, sweet, and within a few sips, addictive.

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A room temperature bottle is poured into a NERAX goblet.

The beer is a very dark plum color; it is nearly brown. A dirty pinkish head of foam rises up as I pour, but it settles to a skim of foam rather quickly. A good slick with some patchy foam is left behind as I swirl the glass about.

The aroma is full of raspberries. It smells like it could be a fruit beer. I can also detect a decent amount of red wine tannins. I am not picking up any of the scents I associate with a quad, but that can be understood, considering the barrel aging that this beer went through.

The beer has a tart raspberry flavor, like a frambois. Some red wine flavors are also there, but they are mostly overpowered by the sour fruit. There really isn't any smoke, peat or other flavors I expect from a quad. The alcohol is also masked well.

This is a fairly tart beer. I really makes me pucker up when I sip it. There is some warming from the alcohol, mostly vapors, after I swallow.

I find this beer to be a really good way to experience what barrel aging can do for a beer. It tastes very little like a quad but is still quite an enjoyable beverage.

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Photo of kevanb
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottle poured into a snifter

Pours a murky burgundy color, hues of red and brown when held to the light. Fairly opaque, decent finger of brown/red head rises quickly but recedes just as fast. A nice layer of film rest on top, and the head is easily resummoned with a swirl of the glass, no lacing to speak of. The aroma is interesting, lots of yeast, dark fruit, alcohol, spot on for a quad, a bit of the berries, hard to pick out the barrel and wine characteristics though, a bit disappointing, the alcohol is really strong and masks some of the other qualities. The flavors are a different story, lots of dark fruit, the raspberries really pop here, yeast is definitely big, some oakiness, very chewy, finishes with a nice dark grape finish, really peculiar and this beer definitely gets better as it warms. There is certainly a lot of sweetness, not uncommon to a quad, but its not overly sugary and the alcohol, while present, is very subtle and balanced, well integrated compared to the nose where it just dominates. The body is great, one of the better bodied quads I've had in a while, thick and big, while remaining very palatable, quaffable and smooth. Ample carbonation, lively to the tongue without being prickly and abrasive, nice finish.

Verdict: Certainly an interesting experiment, not convinced it really came together, maybe with age this will turn into a better, more integrated beer. Right now it's a bit disjointed and lacking something cohesive, but was definitely enjoyable.

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Photo of metter98
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is very hazy brown in color and has some yest particles visible near the bottom of the glass. It poured with a thin beige head that died down a bit, leaving a thin head covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of dark malts and raspberries are present in the nose - the raspberries remind me of a linzertort.
T: The taste has flavors of sweet raspberry purée along with notes of dark malts and hints of red wine.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little tart and dry on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather easy to drink because it hides its alcohol very well. The raspberries and wine barrel aging make it taste unlike most other quads.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. 375 ml bottle.

A - Pours a dark reddish with a solid 2-inch off-white head which yields splotches and spots of lace.

S - Fresh raspberries, woody/earthy, yeast, mild funk, dates/figs/raisins, vinous.

T - Tart, raspberries, oaky wood, earthy yeast, red grape skin and must.

M - Moderate body and carbonation. Finishes dry, slightly sweet, fruity, oak tannin.

O: Enjoyed. Not overly sweet with a nice balance of raspberries, funk and "quad-like" notes.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

this is extraordinary, but much much different than the regular monks brew, which I recall being so luxurious and rich, I think the acid of the wine barrels cuts through some of that delicacy, but its still lovely in this version. pours a red tinted brown color, syrupy looking in texture with a decent tan head that fades out relatively quickly. the nose is pucker, almost sour, wine tannins and acid, raspberry jam, Belgian yeast. the flavor hits hard, tart as hell from the berries, which are really fresh like all of mikkellers fruited beers. the yeast is robust, and its hard to tell if red or white wine barrels were used, but I kind of think maybe a blend of both, because this has some features of both. honestly, the fruit and barrel treatment almost overwhelm my favorite features of the regular monks brew, the rich chocolate malt interacting with that huge Belgian yeast. the feel here is acidic and thick, carbonation lacking just a bit, but it still feels like something fancy, which I cant really describe but I like it a lot. overall a clever beer, that's been turned totally upside down in this variation. the fruit adds a lot, good stuff. booze is invisible, look out.

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Photo of peabody
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice dark brown with lots of nice off-white bubbles that lace the glass. Good looking pour.
Smell is raspberry and lemon peel with a strong yeast that burns the nose. Can't smell the alcohol.
Taste is raspberry and sugar malts with Belgian spices and a slight hint of alcohol.
Mouthfeel is very clean at first then turns into a pretty sticky malt feel.
Overall this is good but the cost of the thing is a bit much. Other than that, pretty good.

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Photo of aasher
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a medium bodied raisin brown in color with only a slight off white lacing around my glass. The nose is certainly different. It features a sweet, jammy red raspberry upfront followed by raisins, prunes, plum, and a dark and bready Belgian malt. That's about as complex as the nose can be for this style. It's really impressive. The flavors are a nice mix too. There is some tart raspberry with some fruity sweetness upfront with bready malt, red grape character, some prune, and almost some raisin bread. It's enough to make you think about each sip. It really is pretty complex. It drinks a little light in body for the style. I like this one. It isn't spectacular but for $10.99 for a 375ml I can't complain at all.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Murky brownish, ruby red with a thin tan head that quickly settles to a ring of foam.

S - Raspberries, almost like raspberry preserves, oak tannins, hint of chocolate and caramel along with some red wine notes.

T - Tart raspberry with some red wine acidity followed by caramel and chocolate. Almost reminds me a raspberry, caramel fudge brownie. Oak and wine tannins linger in the finish.

M - Medium to full body, well carbonated. Finishes dry reminding me of a red wine.

D - Nice balance of sweet and tart. Would pair nicely with dessert. Reminds me of a stout raspberry brownie pairing from Matt Van Wyk and Flossmoor at an early Brewpub Shootout

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: quite dark red brown. Full tan head. Not much light getting through this.
Smell: Sublime candied raspberries. Dark fruit and thick port like heft. Great.
Taste: Similar to the nose but not as together in the taste. Wonder what this will be like with some age.
Overall: another creative and satisfying effort from the artists at Mikkeller. One was hard to come by. Wish I had another to put back for a couple of years. Bet this will be an amazing beer with some age.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 fl oz bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present, but I know this beer is over a year old by now, since it has been over a year since I reviewed the other one, Mikkeller Monk's Brew (Bourbon Barrel Aged). Expectations are fairly high, since I remember enjoying that beer.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a dark muddy mahogany colored body with three big fluffy fingers of thick beige head. Fat sheets of lacing. Dark brown speckles where the yeast collected at the bottom of the bottle. Has a pinkish sort of tint to it when swirled and held to the light.

S - Smell is very nice and has a lot going on. Fresh authentic raspberries are apparent, along with dark raisins, dates, figs, woodsy barrel character, musty yeast, caramel malt, slight notes of funk, & some creaminess. Very musty, with some vinous character imparted from the wine barrel aging. Very nice.

T - Tart juicy authentic raspberries come through nicely on the taste, also. I haven't had many raspberry beers, but this one makes good use of them. Woodsy, oaky, and earthy afterwards. Notes of caramel and toffee. Lightly vinous and tart, with a wine-like dry pucker on the end.

M - Feel finishes dry and lightly sticky. Tart with some raspberry lingering on the finish. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, another nice beer from Mikkeller, I am glad I finally got around to picking this one up. A very nice showcase for the raspberries and the red wine barrel aging, vastly different from it's bourbon barrel aged counterpart. Both are recommended if they are still available to you.

Mikkeller Monk's Brew (Red Wine Barrel Aged With Raspberries) ---4/5.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky brownish amber with a creamy, lingering khaki head.

S: Aromas of caramel, red raspberry, plum, black cherry, oak, and dark chocolate fill the nose.

T: Notes of plum, raisin, fig, dark chocolate, black cherry, oak, caramel, toffee, woody spices, and red raspberry fill the mouth. The finish is prickly and dry with robust notes of plums, black cherry, red raspberry, and oak.

M: Medium in body, chewy, and a bit dry for the style. Carbonation is active, but very restrained. Alcohol presence is subdued.

O: Of the three Monk's Brew variations that I've tried to this point, this one is by far the best. The addition of raspberries and aging in wine barrels give this beer a very distinct aroma and taste that I'm finding difficult to compare to anything else. I really like it. Recommended.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a dark, ruby hue to it. Large reddish tan head that takes some time to go down. Very good-looking beer. Scent is quite vinous. Tart red wine aroma with some strong, fresh tart raspberries in the nose. Dark fruits from the base beer, but the raspberries take over. A ton of oak and wine aromas. Very interesting aroma. Taste has some rich, dark fruits at first. Sweet chocolate with some oak and dark fruits, then it becomes tart raspberries. Smooth chocolatey rich beginning, with a tart raspberry, wine-like finish. Some warming booze in the finish as well. The quad is there, but there is also a huge, tart raspberry flavor. I was worried about this one having a slight medicinal flavor, but none whatsoever. Mouthfeel has some nice carbonation, possibly just a tad bit too much. Full bodied with a tart, lip smacking finish. Drinkability is fairly high. Overall, this is one unique beer. This is better than the wine versions of the other dark mikkeller beer.

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Photo of barczar
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I love raspberry! Very tart raspberry aroma, nice funkiness, with a great raspberry tartness and acetic character. Smells like olives, strangely. Good barrel character.

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Photo of Infamous7100
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a deep and opaque brown with a half finger khaki head. Nice retention and lacing. Hints of ruby do make themselves evident as well.
S: fruit forward! Raspberries are quite evident on the first whiff and its aroma is eeriely similar to a wine. As it warms, the tart raspberry aroma subsides a bit and mixes beautifully with sweet malts, sugar and other dark fruits. Complex and fantastic.
T: not to state the obvious, but its quite tart. However, as it warms, the sweetness of the malt does well to cut the tartness a bit and provide a suitable balance. The sugary notes and vinious qualities resemble a slightly less sweet and more carbonated port wine. Not as boozy as a 10%double abv would normally drink.
M: creamy, slick, carbonated. Not as full bodied as other quads I have tried. The finish is dry, but bittersweet. Its unique and pleasant.
O: not your typical quad, but I love the interpretation. Let this one warm a bit before you drink it as the warmth really brings out the sweetness that provides levity and really makes this brew work. Highly complex and very enjoyable.

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Photo of larryi86
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz bottle poured into a goblet

A- Dark brown with a two finger tan head.

S- Raspberries and some more raspberries, red wine, some dark fruits, slightly tart, some typical Quad smells.

T- More tart raspberries than the nose, still has a lot of fruit, mainly raspberries, red wine, some earthy spices, sweet malts, yeasty, again can tell the base is a Quad.

M- Full body, carbonation is a little prickly at first.

O- A tasty, tart raspberry beer. Gets better as it warms, but does not taste as good as it smell. Alcohol is very well hidden. This is a unique and complex beer.

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Photo of match1112
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

murky brown body with some amber hues around the edges. thick light brown head settles in to a frothy wispy cap. spotty lacing is left behind. at arms length away there are huge notes of raspberries and red wine. this is not your typical quad, the big malty body and abv are hidden by the rspberries and merlot notes. very tart with a long bone dry finish that leaves me wanting more. carbonation might be a touch much, as it seems very lively on the tongue. didn't think i would end up liking this straight from the fridge but as it warms it really grows on me.

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Photo of Trilogy31
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy chestnut brown with thick puffy foam that leaves chunky lace in its wake. Beautiful nose of intense raspberries (chambord, jammy notes). A touch of funky earth, bakers chocolate and some bramble along with a balsamic note before the beerbegan to warm. The taste brings beautiful sweet and sour raspberries, mexican oregano?, plum and raisin with a slight sherry rancio note and a vinous almost chateaunuef du pape character in this beer, really enjoyed its complexity and i am struggling to come up with descriptions. Very refreshing and hides its abv well with a slight sourness and good carb cleaning up for the coming sip. Well done and as usual i just wish his beers weren't so expensive.

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Photo of adamette
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from the 12.7 oz. bottle that I bought at Save-On in Mentor for $12.99 last week. 4401204 stamped on the top of the cap, over the gold foil which covers the cap. I am not sure what that might mean or if it is even significant. Poured into a clean, clear glass.

A Murky dark black cherry body that does not let light through but there are edges of dark black cherry. On top of that body is a significant 3 inch light brown head with only moderate pour that lingers for 3 minutes. Additionally, a LOT of sediment in the bottom of the bottle makes it even more murky as you get closer to the bottom of the bottle. Great look. 4.5

S Sweet malt with raspberries. I expected this given the style and the inclusion of raspberries. I guess it is even more sweet with a "deeper" raspberry smell than I might have guessed. The smell is magnetic! 4.0

T Wow, there is so much going on with the taste of this beer....where to start?
First is a Kriek like tartness, the middle is a very sweet malt, there is a sense of red wine also in the middle and then a finish of some heat (alcohol). The raspberry is certainly there too but not like a raspberry from, say, Lindeman's Framboise (a kind of candy or fruit punch raspberry) but more of (like mentioned already) a tart Kriek like raspberry. This might be the most dynamic tasting beer that I have ever tasted! It is nothing if not challenging and complex. 4.5

M The kriek tartness, the significant malt sweetness, the sense of red wine and the heat of the alcohol all drive up the mouthfeel for me. The beer dances across my tongue in a symphony of tastes. 4.5

D/O Drinkability is not that good. The huge ABV and "big" tastes means that I could only ever have one of these in an evening (as I will this evening). Additionally, it costs more than $1 per ounce so that drives down the drinkability for me. Overall this is a very interesting beer. I suspect, though, that only beer geeks (like me) would be interested since it is so
1. expensive and
2. complex, challenging rating: 4.0

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Photo of yamar68
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark beer even for a quad... silent chocolate body with an edge of burgundy clarity, a healthy tan head dissipates after a few minutes leaving all kinds of lacing - great looking beer.

The red wine and raspberry really do take over the aroma... faint barrel character, some powdered sugar, pretty fruity between the grapes and berries, a bit of smooth vanilla, the classic quad characteristics take a back seat to the adjustments made and I'm not complaining.

On the tongue, raspberries really take the reigns. Not overly sweet but definitely focused - raspberry shortcake next to a glass of merlot. Like nothing else I can think of, this certainly isn't brewed strictly to style but it presents a very intriguing pallet of flavors.

Super drinkable given the ABV... would buy again for sure.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
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, plums, raisins, other dark fruits, raspberries, oak, red wine, Belgian yeast, clove and other spices, candi sugars, some booze.

T - Sweet dark caramel malts, lots of raspberries, plums, raisins, dates, other dark fruits, oak, vanilla, red wine, some sourness and sour cherry, Belgian yeasts, clove, other spices, candi sugars, some booze.

M - Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, spicy, lightly sour, and warming finish.

D - Really nicely balanced Quad with a great mouthfeel. Raspberries and red wine add some great complexity.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours mahogany in colors with light red juicy hue and a fizzy thin tan head that dissipates quickly.

Nose has some bright fruity and wood aromas. Oak and an apple like ester sweetness give it an aroma similar to that of a crisp caramel apple. Light malt sweetness and raspberry tartness add some great complexity.

Taste is awesome. There is a good presence if oak and wine forward before a huge rush of raspberry juicy tartness washes over the entire palate. There is a cranberry like tartness also present that works reall well with the dry oak and wine flavors.

Mouthfeel has great complexity. Juicy crisp feel along with a big tartness gives this a very refreshing feel that has an incredibly complex finish.

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Monk's Brew (Red Wine Barrel Aged With Raspberries) from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.