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Monk's Blood - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,055 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,055
Reviews: 476
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 69
Gots: 82 | FT: 2
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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Ratings: 1,055 | Reviews: 476 | Display Reviews Only:
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - deep dark plum in color but glowing blood red when held to the light. Head is fizzy and about an inch to start before it slinks away rather quickly and leaves just a wispy ring around the inside of the glass.

Aroma - dark cherry, bitter fruits, caramel/brown sugar and some sourness.

Taste - starts off sweet and estery/fruity (sweet dark fruits like plums and cherries) with a crisp tart finish. Vert smooth but without the spices I was expecting. This is actually a very subtle beer with a lot of nice flavor, it's almost juicy tasting with some hints of vanilla. It all comes together very nicely and even at 8.5% this is a beer that drinks well below its weight.

Overall - one hell of a canned beer. This is such a departure from 21st Amendment's other canned offerings. I really like how all of the flavors and spices come together not to produce something extreme but something very easy drinking and flavorful. I am looking forward to trying their next limited canned release.

Would I buy more of it? - possibly, this is a great canned beer with a very unique taste.

Serving type: can

01-21-2010 03:06:07 | More by indiapaleale
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Sarmartay

California

4/5  rDev +5%

05-24-2014 02:15:44 | More by Sarmartay
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bbrown12

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5%

01-04-2013 00:16:02 | More by bbrown12
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jera1350

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost opaque deep reddish brown color with a one finger finger tight head.

Big fruity smell with some sweet malt. Dark, ripe berries. Blueberry, blackberry and black cherry.

Rich malts with lots of dark fruits. Raisin, figs, dried plum, black cherry and blackberry are all present. Slightly tart grape tannins and a hint of dark rum.

I would call this a bit more than medium bodied. Nice soft carbonation lends a creamy/velvety feel. Smooth with a dry finish.

Nice drinkability. Well hidden alcohol. Very unique belgian and coming out of a can adds to the uniqueness. A good beer that I would drink again.

Serving type: can

01-05-2010 02:50:06 | More by jera1350
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THECPJ

Delaware

4/5  rDev +5%

11-14-2011 21:34:50 | More by THECPJ
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johnny29er

California

4/5  rDev +5%

08-07-2013 15:43:02 | More by johnny29er
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hayesjw

California

4/5  rDev +5%

04-28-2012 17:41:02 | More by hayesjw
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paulish

New York

4/5  rDev +5%

07-13-2014 01:44:06 | More by paulish
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JohnSnowNW

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +5%

07-06-2014 04:04:38 | More by JohnSnowNW
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JxExM

New York

4/5  rDev +5%

03-05-2012 00:10:44 | More by JxExM
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smithj4

New York

4/5  rDev +5%

06-19-2014 23:19:40 | More by smithj4
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bleedsblu

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5%

03-31-2014 02:29:30 | More by bleedsblu
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Goldfish19

New York

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

~ Purchased this 12 oz can from Big Z Beverage in Huntington, NY. This beer pours dark reddish brown with an off-white head that subsides rather quickly. I still cannot get over how this just poured right out of a can! The aroma consists of dark fruits, sugars, and sweet malts. The taste is very similar. Considering this beer is rated at 8.3% ABV, I found it very easy to drink.

All in all, Monk's Blood is complex, flavorful, and delicious. Thumbs up! ~

Serving type: can

12-14-2009 01:47:43 | More by Goldfish19
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cwalter

New York

4/5  rDev +5%

06-10-2013 07:00:33 | More by cwalter
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +5%

11-25-2011 15:02:23 | More by Rochefort10nh
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horrorspecialty

Virginia

4/5  rDev +5%

11-16-2011 21:45:50 | More by horrorspecialty
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thearsenal

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5%

11-16-2011 19:56:32 | More by thearsenal
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docrates

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5%

05-15-2012 01:44:08 | More by docrates
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ChrisDragon

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +5%

04-27-2014 03:04:48 | More by ChrisDragon
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark red brown color with a decent light tan head and some lacing

S-dark fruit, brown sugar, milk chocolate, hint of pepper and cinnamon

T-dark fruit, roasted malt, toffee, chocolate, pepper, cinnamon, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and slightly creamy

O-a nice sipping ale, has a good mix of flavors, would be interesting to barrel age this

Serving type: can

03-02-2013 22:37:17 | More by MDDMD
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5%

07-07-2012 12:41:57 | More by jbaker67
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CreightonSM

New York

4/5  rDev +5%

02-01-2013 20:57:00 | More by CreightonSM
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BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice malty murky brown. Some orange/amber through the light. No head but a slight rim around the edges.

S - Smells like tangy yeast, bannana, caramel and sweet malt.

T - Nice rich flavor with toffee, sweet malts and plenty of warm alcohol. The alcohol is sweet and smooth on the palate. Some dark sugars here as well. Oaky vanilla notes floating around. Through some more sipping, malt and faint chocolate are picked up.

M - It's pretty effervescent on the tongue but a nice medium body and well balanced with the flavors. Nothing here is overpowering. If anything the alcohol warming on the way down is noticable.

Notes - A nice solid choice here. All the expected flavors of a BSDA but not too rich or syruppy. Medium bodied and pretty easy to drink. Well balanced.

Serving type: can

03-18-2011 14:53:33 | More by BeerForMuscle
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jriggins6

Colorado

4/5  rDev +5%

01-04-2012 19:46:30 | More by jriggins6
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alex_hart

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +5%

06-09-2014 02:52:59 | More by alex_hart
Monk's Blood from 21st Amendment Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 1,055 ratings.