Monk's Blood - 21st Amendment Brewery
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Reviews by zhooker:
3.85/5 rDev +1%
Bought my lil bro a 4-pack for his birthday, shamelessly expecting that I would be offered a can. Needless to say, he delivered. The packaging -- a 4-pack of cans sealed in a rough cardboard cube -- is quirky, unpolished, and attractive.
Cracked open the can and poured it into a large snifter-type glass. The color was brown and dark amber, with the occasional lighter caramel hue. About two fingers of head formed and quickly dissipated to practically nothing. There was little to no lacing as the glass emptied, but nice legs streaked down the glass.
A sweet, roasted aroma wafted from the glass. The sweet includes both fruit notes -- at first I thought of apricot, but the can reveals it was probably fig -- and candied scents that were caramel-esque. The roastiness softened these sweet tones.
The roasted malts were the highlight of the first sip, the sweeter tones coming in the back. The sweetness overcame the roasted flavors quickly, by the third or fourth sip. The same fruit qualities of the nose come through in the mouth. What I thought was something caramel-like in the aroma feels more like vanilla on the tongue. By the end of the glass, the sweetness has really become too much -- creating a sugary thickness on the back of my tongue. This is really a warming type of beer, perfect for a comfy winter evening.
The almost sickly sweetness dominates the mouthfeel, building throughout the glass. The roasted malt flavors are present all over the tongue.
This brew is a little too sweet for me to enjoy more than one or two on any given night. The fruits and spices and vanilla all make it feel like late fall or early winter, somewhere between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I would gladly sip another sometime when the weather cools down.
06-08-2010 02:59:27 | More by zhooker
More User Reviews:
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
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
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
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.
04-02-2011 03:10:32 | More by DamDweller
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
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
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
05-20-2011 01:25:08 | More by jmshulk
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
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
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
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
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
Monk's Blood from 21st Amendment Brewery
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