Monk's Brew (Red Wine Barrel Aged With Raspberries) - Mikkeller ApS
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4.41/5 rDev +11.9%
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.
10-21-2013 01:21:41 | More by Fcolle2
3.91/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
07-15-2013 19:45:36 | More by BarryMFBurton
4.4/5 rDev +11.7%
Drinking this with my corn dog Amanda. Pours up dark cloudy brown. No lacing, nice long lasting off white head. Nose is must, plums, cellared yeast, slight dark malts, subtle toffee. Flavor is big sour tart raspberries, subtle dark sweet malts, nice kiss of hop balance. Big white wine in the finish. Medium body, crispy Belgium carbo. Nice job
06-30-2013 00:17:28 | More by stumac
Monk's Brew (Red Wine Barrel Aged With Raspberries) from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.