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Monk's Blood - 21st Amendment Brewery

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86
very good

1,098 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,098
Reviews: 482
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 72
Gots: 94 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: taxguyjase on 09-10-2009)
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Reviews by beerguy101:
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beerguy101

California

4/5  rDev +5%

Sampled on 12/18/2009. This Belgian Quadruple pours a medium brown color with some very nice ruby highlights. Medium sized tan foamy head, with nice lacing and good retention. The aroma is fruity, caramel, spicy and sweet. A medium bodied quadruple. The malts are fruity and sweet. There is a hint of figs and some vanilla. The hops are earthy. Nice balance. It has that Belgian sweetness (candi sugar?) yet it doesn't have that estery yeasty flavor. Nice beer, sweet without being cloying. The cinnamon shows up at the finish. A nice quad in a can. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is sweet.

05-16-2010 18:11:44 | More by beerguy101
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utopiajane

New York

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours honey brownish with a ruby tint to it. Slight haze pretty glow. A fat head of tan foam that falls quickly and leaves a ring but no lace. Nose is soft malt with a light caramel over it. Touch of brown sugar on the nose. Soft bread and dark fruits. raisin and date, there's even some bright cherry. A touch of wood and a bit of spice. Drinks just like that. With a creamy supple mouthfeel punctuated by a touch of carbonation. It has a good lightness in the mouthfeel that I was not expecting for so high an abv. It is medium mouthfeel. A bit of alcohol grazes the palate before this sweetened bread with all it's fruit finishes dry and with a bit of earthy spice. It does finish a bit sweeter than I would like but overall very good.

08-14-2014 15:20:37 | More by utopiajane
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oberon

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -11.3%

Poured from the can a deep ruby tinged chesnut brown with a large light tannish colored head atop.Aromas of spiced cherries,brown sugar and malt loaf,maybe a bit much on the spiced cherries wich come into play even more on the palate.Dark fruit wich mainly means cherries and phenolic yeasty spice dominat the flavors with cakey brown sugar-like notes underneath,sweetish alcohol rounds out the finish.It's not horrible but there are many more complex and not so sweet versions of the style.

03-26-2012 23:35:54 | More by oberon
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aszatk01

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -21.3%

05-05-2012 19:45:01 | More by aszatk01
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MadScientist

New York

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%

It pour a hazy deep copper with a creamy light tan head

Fruit esters are the first thing you smell then the malt aromas start to dominate. The malt aromas are kind of nondescript at first then resolve into some carmel and light toffee while the strong esters are of raisins and prunes. It has nice peppery phenols and a soft perfume alcohol aroma.

The first sip is like carmel covered marshmallows from the combination of the sweetness, vanilla, carmel and mouthfeel. There is also the pepper in there along with some of the dark fruit flavors. It has a medium-dry finish

The medium light body and moderately high carbonation combine to create a creaminess and softness on the palate. There is a bit of slickness from the diacetyl probably from the oak chips. The pepper and an odd spiciness start to dominate the other flavors after a few sips; I would really call the spiciness cinnamon and defiantly not clove.

There's a lot going on in this but the flavors muted and unfocused and the oak is barley coming through. It does it the marks for the style of being dark, rich, complex and strong and possible smooth depending on home much pepper you enjoy.

06-14-2012 23:52:13 | More by MadScientist
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wrycon

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

04-29-2014 00:48:48 | More by wrycon
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BubalooBrewMaster

Nevada

4/5  rDev +5%

06-16-2014 04:45:03 | More by BubalooBrewMaster
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +5%

05-23-2014 05:08:41 | More by DaftPatrick
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csmartin6

New York

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

07-15-2012 01:45:55 | More by csmartin6
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warnerry

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5%

A - Pours a deep red with one finger of tan head. Head has decent retention and leaves a small amount of lacing.

S -- Initially sweet with big aromas of dark fruits. Lots of cherry, with some raisin, fig and plum. Dark bread, a bit of vanilla and cinnamon round it out.

T - Taste follows the nose pretty closely, with nice cherry and other dark fruits. Unlike the nose, in the taste the sweetness fruit the fruits is countered by some earthiness. Bready malts, some vanilla and some oak tannin dryness.

M - Medium mouthfeel that starts with some sticky sweetness and finishes dry.

O - Might not be the most complex BSDA, but this was very enjoyable and dangerously drinkable beer that I would have again.

01-21-2012 22:19:09 | More by warnerry
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DamDweller

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%

21st Amendment Monk's Blood

Poured the beer into a Duvel tulip glass. Has a nice deep brown maroon color to it. Smell is all about cinnamon. There are some hints of vanilla, but it seems to just add to the sweet cinnamon smell. The taste is very similar to the smell. Cinnamon and vanilla with hint of figs. Mouthfeel is good, carbonation is what is to be expected. Sits for a bit after swallowing. Overall it's a good beer. It would be nice if it cleaned off the tongue faster, but it has nice retention and pleasant smell.

Biba!

04-02-2011 03:10:32 | More by DamDweller
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marvin213

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

Looks a little blood-like, though this lifeblood would need significantly more oxygen. The mud brown liquid is just muddy enough to be opaque, but it nevertheless looks thin. Head hangs round.

The smell is a real nice cinnamon and vanilla. For better or for worse, it hardly smells like alcohol. It's a tangy sweet, and I'm delighted that it's not that dark-candied sugar so prevalent in other BSDAs. The feel is SO light for what I thought would be kind of a thick and chewy, Belgian yeast-dominated beer. In addition to that cinnamon and vanilla, there's only a slight Belgian twang with almost a cherry almond finish. It's like a light dessert, yet thin enough for an aperitif. In sum, it's probably the best beer I've had from the brewers at 21st Amendment.

03-19-2012 21:11:15 | More by marvin213
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TimoP

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5%

05-07-2012 00:33:10 | More by TimoP
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

08-01-2014 13:51:31 | More by Doomcifer
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JakerLou

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +5%

04-17-2014 23:41:22 | More by JakerLou
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glaze0101

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%

So what is this bloody beer anyway? Well, to start with, it kinda looks like blood. It is a brownish red colour like a blood stain that has been through the wash. This ale has little to no head, and no lacing (though I must admit I'm not sure my glass is "beer clean" tonight) The aroma is kinda like a rotten fruit, in a good way. Figs, some citrus and vanilla are in the aroma and the flavour. The yeast is very strong and present with only a slight bitterness from the hops. Well balanced and odd. So odd, I think I like it!

03-03-2010 03:14:23 | More by glaze0101
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jmshulk

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +10.2%

Appearance: Deep red-ish brown, small head that dissipated quickly to a ring.

Aroma: Some dark fruit, plums and cherries, with little hints at cinnamon, vanilla and bourbon.

Taste: There is some more cherry/plum like flavors up front. It's not too boozy, but there is a little bit there to balance out the sweetness. It finished with a touch of bitterness. Could finish a little more dry.

Feel: It has a decent amount of carbonation and a nice medium body.

Overall: I really enjoy this beer, its a nice one to sit down with and slowly sip and enjoy as the flavors change with warmth. This is a beer I hope to see pop up in stores around February for a long time!

Serving: 12 oz. can
Date: 5/19/2011

05-20-2011 01:25:08 | More by jmshulk
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Billolick

New York

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

Gotta love living in a country where its brewers will brew quality Belgian style brew and put it in a can! This one pours a nice rudy shade of dark mahogony with some ruby glimmers, loose dark khaki head, clears out pretty rapidly, leaving a thin film, a collar and ample spots of fine lacing. The nose is loaded with darker ripe fruits, cherries and figs come to mind as well as raisins and light rum. Flavorful and quite tasty, with more dark fruit notes, raisins, figs, dark grapes, vanilla and perhaps a wiff of the advertized (on the can) cinnamon. Great winter brew, pleasant and easy drinking. On the sweat side buy nowhere near cloying. Nice beer to take winter camping, easy to pack in and worth the effort...Christmas dinner desert beer and/or as a quality night capper

12-11-2009 00:17:48 | More by Billolick
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

Appearance: red/brown in color, 1/4 inch head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: bread and alcohol

Taste: bread, dark fruit, spice, alcohol, and sugar

Mouthfeel: very sweet and sticky, moderate carbonation, medium bodied

Drinkability: A nice malty, bready Belgian treat that I want more of. The alcohol is there but not overpowering. The best of what they have sent east so far.

01-19-2010 13:31:51 | More by tigg924
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Mora2000

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +10.8%

Thanks to exiled for sharing this can.

Pours dark red/brown with a khaki head. The aroma is a mix of dark fruit (figs, prunes) with a sour note, not what I was expecting but still a good smell. The flavor is more of the same with dark fruit and vanilla with some sour aspects, but not quite as much sourness as was in the aroma. The vanilla is strong in the aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel and lower carbonation.

01-11-2010 20:37:52 | More by Mora2000
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Katylou7

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

11-24-2012 23:34:39 | More by Katylou7
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bsp77

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +5%

Serving glass: Poured from can into Snifter.

Appearance: Dark brown with a reddish-orange tint. Minimal head and lacing.

Smell: Figs, vanilla, dark fruit, clove and an overall stale mustiness.

Taste: Nice balance of sweet and earthy malts, with notes of vanilla, brown sugar, figs, oak, and maybe just a hint of the cinnamon that is supposedly there. Definitely finishes more on the musty side than sweet.

Feel: Low carbonation, syrupy but relatively light body in comparison to the malty taste.

Drinkability: This is a very nice example of a Belgian Strong Ale that somehow manages to be full-flavored yet easy to drink, while also masking its high alcohol quite well.

04-09-2010 01:15:08 | More by bsp77
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ImFlyerThanYou

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5%

04-08-2014 03:19:37 | More by ImFlyerThanYou
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NilocRellim

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Poured from the can.

Cloudy, brownish-red in colour. There was an interesting nose to it: vanilla, malts, raisen, oak and you could definitely smell the alcohol in it. The taste had a heavy oak taste with a hint of bitterness. Sweet, Belgian-yeast finish. You could tell that it is 8.3% ABV.

Would I buy it again? Yes.

09-17-2012 20:26:09 | More by NilocRellim
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MisterWalk


4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

11-25-2012 17:25:24 | More by MisterWalk
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Monk's Blood from 21st Amendment Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 1,098 ratings.