Monk's Blood - 21st Amendment Brewery
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Reviews by optimistictour:
4.38/5 rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This is definitely the best beer I've had in a can.
Looking very dark red (hence the name I guess), slightly opaque with a proper medium thickness head, this fits the Belgian Dark tag perfectly.
It smells of fruits and spices, raisins and cinnamon, a bit muted but solid and expected.
The taste is positively bursting with everything I can smell, and comes across almost refreshing, especially for the style. Caramelly yet 'bright' - most examples of this style weigh me down (in a good way) but this one feels great for a hot day outside, even.
It feels spectacular going down. A very full, textured experience, it's indeed lighter feeling and masks its considerable alcohol more than other Belgian Darks I've had. In fact it could easily pass as a lighter offering if it weren't for the full bodied taste - even my gf enjoys this one and she isn't normally a fan of anything "too dark" or "too heavy."
It's not the best of its kind but the unique packaging, reasonable price, and friendly demeanor means it's one of my favorites, a beer I share with friends whenever possible.
Serving type: can
05-17-2011 19:29:58 | More by optimistictour
More User Reviews:
3.98/5 rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
A - Dark mahogany body with an ambivalent combination of bright ruby and muddy brown highlights. Khaki head with ok retention and low lace.
S - Sweet cherry cordial, muscat grape. A little artificial on the cherry note. Touches of cedar and caramel.
T - Very similar to the nose. Sweet (maybe overly sweet) cherry pie filling. Oak, caramel, molasses, pumpernickel bread, and raisin bran muffins.
M - Medium body. Nice carbonation.
O - The style edges sweet, but this beer still a touch too sweet. That said there's a really nice, well balanced complexity to the flavor profile.
Serving type: bottle
07-30-2014 00:15:18 | More by vfgccp
3.99/5 rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
The 12 oz can poured clear, dark red-brown with a semi-durable tan head that left fine sticky lacing.
Feel: Full body with excellent, soft carbonation.
Cinnamon, vanilla and figs in the nose.
Cinnamon, vanilla and figs dominate the flavor which also has a touch of oak and a malt base. Moderately spicy. About equal balance of bitter and sweet.
O: tasty and complex. Worth seeking.
Serving type: can
07-22-2014 14:07:10 | More by chinchill
3.73/5 rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
A- Limited head quickly dissipates over a brown ale. Slight effervescence continues throughout the drinking experience.
S- As it warms, the baking spice autumnal smells come through. A pleasant smelling beer.
T- Stays in keeping with the smell, not overpowering with any booze flavor. At the colder temp, the flavors aren't too pronounced. (Probably intensifies and smooths out as it warms up)
M- A little thin for a high alcohol ale, no burn present.
O- Definitely a drink that I should have left on my counter for a while before drinking it. I'm not running to the store to get another but I certainly wouldn't turn one down if it were offered to me.
Serving type: can
07-15-2014 01:41:11 | More by EdwardK77
Monk's Blood from 21st Amendment Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 1,058 ratings.