Monk's Brew (Red Wine Barrel Aged With Raspberries) - Mikkeller ApS
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3.85/5 rDev -2.5%
A: Pours a murky brown in color with light amounts of visible carbonation, moderate amounts of visible sediment in suspension, and some reddish highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy dark beige head that reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a medium sized patch of medium thickness of larger bubbles and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Moderate aromas of red wine, tart raspberries, and some lighter notes of Belgian yeast.
T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of tart raspberries (like ones that had been soaked in red wine) and red wine. Lighter notes of dark fruit sweetness with a touch of plum and fig and a solid malty body. Very light notes of oak with a moderate hint of alcohol in the finish.
M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of acidic prickliness.
O: Easier to drink than I was expecting and the alcohol is well hidden - I thought there was going to be a fair amount of alcohol warming based on the smell and style. Nice complexity but not quite the combination of flavors that I was expecting for a Quad... Definitely interesting.
05-18-2013 19:34:59 | More by dbrauneis
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
4.4/5 rDev +11.4%
Pours a dark purple color. 1/3 inch head of an off-pink color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of alcohol, hint of liquor, raspberries, sweet malt, dry hops, and dark fruit/wine. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable tartness. Fits the style of a Quadruple. Tastes of raspberries, citrus, slight syrup, hint of hop, alcohol, slight grass, hint of earthy malt, and hint of wine. Overall, strong tartness, strong body, but alcohol not too strong. Great blend, body, aroma, and complexity.
04-04-2014 16:06:30 | More by Tone
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
4.18/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
08-30-2012 21:00:39 | More by mrfrancis
4.45/5 rDev +12.7%
This beer is dark brown and thick, with red-brown highlights at the edges. The brown head grows to an impressive height and thickness, has good retention, and leaves sticky patches and spots of lacing in good quantity.
The smell is potent out of the bottle. The first hit is tart and tangy raspberry but very much like red wine, vinous and ripe with tannins as expected. The initial smell (though not the look) tells me something like Flanders red, then it immediately gives more of an impression of brown ale character more like an Oud Bruin, but there's more to it. The heavy malts base, seeming addition of candi sugars, and light notes of a Belgian yeast strain make it earthier with a subtle sweetness playing well and allowing the tartness to set the stage. It gets mellower as well as more flavorful and complex as it sits and the sweetness mingles even more. The entire way there's a prominent barley-like, possibly roasted dark malts overtone. Alcohol is masked like I've ever smelled or tasted any beer with an ABV this high to manage; this is one of few beers with which it is simply impossible from the aroma or flavor to know it's got a 10% ABV. It does warm, though, and the drinker should be careful with this one.
The feel isn't bad, moderate carbonation setting the tone in a medium body with a consistent crispness.
08-23-2012 18:24:28 | More by Brenden
4.03/5 rDev +2%
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.
10-02-2012 03:25:47 | More by aasher
4.51/5 rDev +14.2%
Says it's red & white wine barreled, but i guess this is the entry.
Pours muddy dark ruby-brown, a slim cap of beige foam that lasts for a very long time.
Smell hits you with alcoholic raspberry jam, with a bit of tartness and backed by lots of Belgian sugary malts, with tons of molasses, caramel, faint butterscotch and spices. Of course, lots of fig and raisin, extra musty red grapes and some mild oaky barrel. This should be hell-a tasty.
Big mix of dark malts and fresh raspberries in the front, sourness battling it out with heavy quad dark malts, backed by caramel, some faint roast, very faint chocolate and heavy molasses. Red wine (with an extra crisp edge, i guess from the white wine barrel) mostly, mixed with dry dark fruit (fig and raisin, duh), juicy plum and forest berries. Fruitiness is so overwhelming that the barrel notes are barely felt, some oak, wet stave, very old wood. Some barnyard funk around also. Spiciness also, with faint vanilla and the Belgian-type clove, some candi sugar, faint licorice and aromatic herbs, like plantain. Finish has acetic vinegar, "twigy" white wine, green hay and alcohol, that go through to the aftertaste and set up camp, along with berry fruitiness.
Medium (maybe a bit light) bodied, medium prickly carbonation. Alcohol is felt from start to finish (more and more), boozy, yes, but manages to perfectly blend red wine with Belgian quad.
Really something else. At last i feel like i pay (handsomely) for a Mikkeller and it delivers entirely. Huge complexity, maybe a bit too much at times, trying to dazzle you.
05-25-2014 15:56:33 | More by dcmchew
4.33/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
01-30-2013 06:16:33 | More by ngeunit1
4.3/5 rDev +8.9%
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
01-29-2013 03:28:35 | More by adamette
4.1/5 rDev +3.8%
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
08-06-2012 00:51:18 | More by brewcrew76
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
Monk's Brew (Red Wine Barrel Aged With Raspberries) from Mikkeller ApS
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