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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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BA SCORE
89
very good

154 Ratings
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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.91%
Wants: 5
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 07-16-2012)
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Photo of Brenden
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of mrfrancis
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of dcmchew
4.51/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of DmanGTR
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of smithj4
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of ADTaber
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of barczar
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%

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

Photo of ngeunit1
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of Daniellobo
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of Stinger80OH
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of brez8791
2/5  rDev -49.4%

Photo of duff247
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of ajzy
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of adamette
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
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

Photo of brewcrew76
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of Kirk
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of brystmar
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Jas45678
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of neckbracesub
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
2.33/5  rDev -41%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of polishkaz
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Monk's Brew (Red Wine Barrel Aged With Raspberries) from Mikkeller ApS
89 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.