Monk's Brew (Red Wine Barrel Aged With Raspberries) - Mikkeller ApS
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3.68/5 rDev -6.6%
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 -6.6%
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
3.83/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
02-11-2014 22:29:10 | More by zrbeer1579
3.85/5 rDev -2.3%
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
3.88/5 rDev -1.5%
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!
11-24-2012 09:13:49 | More by TheBeerCarl
3.9/5 rDev -1%
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.
07-29-2012 05:00:17 | More by brown2cu
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
3.93/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
10-09-2012 23:58:41 | More by ToasterChef
Monk's Brew (Red Wine Barrel Aged With Raspberries) from Mikkeller ApS
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