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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
THE BROS
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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.91%
Wants: 5
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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 ToasterChef
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of aasher
4.03/5  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.

Photo of JasonSiedman
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of anders36
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of PeterIngemi
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Infamous7100
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

375ml green glass bottle with very faded label and foiled over pressure cap served into an Antwerp beer passion weekend 2011 stemglass in me friend Bo's gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Acquired at Wally's Wine yesterday. I'm really excited as Mikkeller is my favourite brewery in the world and I love quads (if this is, in fact, a quad). The barrel aging sounds fantastic.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm considerably over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger khaki colour head of nice thickness, good cream, and impressive retention considering the high ABV. Colour is a nontransaprent extremely dark caramel-fig brown with ruby hues. Opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. It's appealing in a general sense. Lacing is decent.

Sm: Heavy raspberry and slight tart fruits, with even some questionable syrupy fruit notes. Lychees come through. Red wine. Tannins. Plum. Yeast. Sour yeast/bacteria. Pleasant plentiful fig. Heavy sugars, with slight caramelization. It's a strong, very fruit forward aroma. I'm not sure if it will taste good or bad based on the aroma - it could go in either direction. It's bold, in any case - and that commands some respect.

T: Heavy fruit joins with some biscuit and light dark malt to form the body. Tartness is good but not overdone. The lychee sort of tanks the balance for me; it's too sweet. Red wine comes through on the fringe, rounding out the profile nicely and lending needed consistency. Some hints of sour yeast and bacteria here and there, but nothing puckerworthy. Light bright plum. Bright fig. It's strange to taste a quad where the fig and plum notes aren't dark; I'd prefer them to be so. Alcohol is very well hidden. Malts are well chosen. Hopping is light yet complementary, lending some nice floral and light vague fruit tones. Caramel aids it. It's certainly complex and features some subtlety, but the flavours feel a bit shallow. It's a strange quad, but I do like it.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Moderate on the palate. Carbonation is spot on. Neither too thick nor too thin, though some of the fruit flavours (especially the lychee) do evoke a syrupy vibe.

Dr: Drinkable. Worth the price and quite enjoyable - even unique within the style. The tartness was a welcome surprise. Mikkel's certainly made his stamp here, but I do prefer well-executed traditional quads. This would likely improve with age. The red wine is also surprisingly timid compared to Mikkel's other red wine barrel aged offerings. This will make you re-examine quads, but it's not fantastic. Just another solid brew from Mikkeller that pushes boundaries. Hides its ABV very well.

B-

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.99/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to wethorseblanket for sharing this one at Benny’s tasting.

Pours a murky reddish-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, moldy raspberries, earth, funk, and wet cardboard. Taste is much the same with a distinct weed flavor as well. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that tastes better than it smells but it’s still not very appealing.

Photo of mtlasley
2.63/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A deeply murky reddish brown pours to the glass and obscures light almost completely. A two and a half finger head is a light mocha color and really sticks around.

Overwhelming. There's a ton of "barnyard" here and it's really hard to get past. There's a strong vinous taste following this with almost no sweetness present. This scent is decent but it's a bit too much.

Lots of wine like tartness up front followed extremely quickly by a strong dirt and hay flavor. The wild here is overwhelming all the other flavors. I still pick up some dark fruit flavors on the end but there's no sign of raspberries here and I'm let down.

Thick and sticking.

A bit too strong on the wild notes and too hodgepodge for me to really enjoy. She's a trainwreck.

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 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 Huhzubendah
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of peabody
4.03/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of kdown
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of duff247
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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 jrpapajcik
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of DovaliHops
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of jlenik
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a: pours an incredibly dark amber brown, hints of dark ruby can be made out in light. brownish red head comes and goes

s: oh! I get a lot of fruit notes at first along with some acidity from the wine barrels. this is definitely a dessert beer (or not in my case!)

t: Lot's of raspberries upfront, acidity, dark malt sweetness, dark chocolate flavors, and a bit of oak finishes the taste.

m: This is one smooth beer. Alcohol is very well hidden and the raspberries and wine barrel aging really put this beer over the top!

o: I'm always hesitant about Mikkeller but this one blew me away! Price is high but I would totally pay it again.

Photo of kevanb
3.95/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Dontcounttoday
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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

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