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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%


Brewed by:
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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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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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stumac

Texas

4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 00:17:28 | More by stumac
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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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PeterIngemi

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 20:14:00 | More by PeterIngemi
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Fcolle2

Illinois

4.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 01:21:41 | More by Fcolle2
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Infamous7100

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 18:39:27 | More by Infamous7100
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Trilogy31

California

4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy chestnut brown with thick puffy foam that leaves chunky lace in its wake. Beautiful nose of intense raspberries (chambord, jammy notes). A touch of funky earth, bakers chocolate and some bramble along with a balsamic note before the beerbegan to warm. The taste brings beautiful sweet and sour raspberries, mexican oregano?, plum and raisin with a slight sherry rancio note and a vinous almost chateaunuef du pape character in this beer, really enjoyed its complexity and i am struggling to come up with descriptions. Very refreshing and hides its abv well with a slight sourness and good carb cleaning up for the coming sip. Well done and as usual i just wish his beers weren't so expensive.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 03:00:02 | More by Trilogy31
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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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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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TheBeerCarl

Idaho

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2012 09:13:49 | More by TheBeerCarl
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zrbeer1579

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 22:29:10 | More by zrbeer1579
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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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BeerNotes

Ohio

3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark, dark brown with the slightest ruby hint. Khaki head. Very light lacing.

S: Fresh raspberries and red wine mixed with champagne. Oak. Hints of black cherry. Very effervescent on the nose.

T: Holy hell, this is a difficult beer to describe. There’s so much going on. Mixes of raspberry, plum, fig, and cherry. There’s a subtle sweetness that turns a bit sour near the end.

M: Very prickly. Bubbly like a champagne. The mouthfeel reinforces the aroma. Dry at the very end.

O: The fact that this is a beer astounds me. Supersedes any lambic I’ve had. It has so many wine/champagne characteristics. The alcohol is masked almost completely until the very end, but you can feel it on the way down. The only hint of grains comes up front, but dissipates quickly. The finish is unlike almost any other beer. That being said, I wish it had just a touch more beer to it; something to really let me know what it is I’m drinking. It’s really delicious, though. An excellent dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 18:25:17 | More by BeerNotes
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Monk's Brew (Red Wine Barrel Aged With Raspberries) from Mikkeller ApS
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