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Monk's Brew (Red Wine Barrel Aged With Raspberries) - Mikkeller ApS

Monk's Brew (Red Wine Barrel Aged With Raspberries)Monk's Brew (Red Wine Barrel Aged With Raspberries)

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BA SCORE
88
very good

120 Ratings
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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 13.49%


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Denmark

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 07-16-2012)
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 23:05:16 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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UCLABrewN84

California

3/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 01:43:14 | More by UCLABrewN84
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mtlasley

Illinois

2.63/5  rDev -33.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 02:42:17 | More by mtlasley
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

2.33/5  rDev -40.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 03:12:37 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 21:00:39 | More by mrfrancis
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 03:50:33 | More by Huhzubendah
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peabody

Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 02:23:44 | More by peabody
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Brenden

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 18:24:28 | More by Brenden
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DovaliHops

California

4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 06:25:15 | More by DovaliHops
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jlenik

New Jersey

4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 21:37:46 | More by jlenik
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kevanb

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 04:04:35 | More by kevanb
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 00:51:18 | More by brewcrew76
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brown2cu

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 05:00:17 | More by brown2cu
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Monk's Brew (Red Wine Barrel Aged With Raspberries) from Mikkeller ApS
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