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Monk's Blood - 21st Amendment Brewery

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Ratings: 1,127
Reviews: 488
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 71
Gots: 97 | 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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Photo of Jeffreysan
5/5  rDev +31.2%

12 oz can, 2014 edition, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a pretty, completely opaque, dark mahogany color, with an eighth of a finger of white head that completely dissolved away into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Roasted malt, dried stone fruit, such as raisins, prunes and figs, dark molasses, Belgian yeast and candied sugar. Very nice.

Taste: Delicious! Strong notes of roasted malt, followed by dried stone fruit, such as raisins, prunes and figs. I also get notes of vanilla, candied sugar-like sweetness, and a touch of Belgian yeast funkiness. I love it!

Mouthfeel: Medium to slightly chewy. Very smooth, as there is practically no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 8.3%, there is a very pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: Another homerun from 21st Amendment, and one of my favorite American versions of a Belgian strong dark ale. Absolutely delicious!

Jeffreysan, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of utopiajane
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

utopiajane, Aug 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

greenspointexas, Today at 12:11 AM
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4.04/5  rDev +6%

Mikedhoppy, Saturday at 11:46 PM
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3.52/5  rDev -7.6%

Fordknox, Saturday at 04:50 AM
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

boot11222, Saturday at 04:43 AM
Photo of NinjaJesus
4/5  rDev +5%

I am not usually a fan of dark beers but this Ale was surprisingly delicious. The notes of vanilla and figs added to the malty sweetness of this delicious brew. A higher ABV than expected, these cans pack a punch. Definitely worth a try

NinjaJesus, Thursday at 06:08 PM
4/5  rDev +5%

REY_CORTEZ, Sep 24, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

skipxtracer, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of glass_house
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

glass_house, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of timothy509
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

timothy509, Sep 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

ColdWaffles, Sep 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

skynyrdbyrd, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of Immortale25
4/5  rDev +5%

Poured into a Chimay goblet. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a reddish medium brown color with a 1/4 inch light tan head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam.

S- Solid aroma of Belgian yeast, candi sugar and assorted spices.

T- Flavor mirrors the smell with some cinnamon and raisin coming through. More Belgian yeast and candi sugar. There's a noticeable alcohol presence throughout but is suitable for the overall profile. I feel like the yeast is the key player here and it's appropriate given the name of the beer. The spices complement everything but it's that Trappist-like yeast that's prominent throughout.

M- Somewhat chalky and dry but it works. Medium-low carbonation and a fullish body.

O- I know for a fact that this can has been sitting around for at least a year but time has actually done it justice. It's not outstanding by any means but it's a serviceable Belgian strong that has a good amount of character and is quite drinkable.

Immortale25, Sep 13, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

tb4475, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of pat61
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%

Dark malts, dried fruit, spice and faint vanilla dominate the nose.
Brilliant ruby brown under a 1/2" finely buddle dense lightly tan tinted foam cap. Lacy, slight legs.
Palate begins with mild dark malts, very slight roast - more dark caramel, possible chocolate, dried fruits - figs and dates. Mid-palate cinnamon and dried fruit interaction becomes more prominent with vanilla notes. Finishes with a touch of astringency from the spice, light hop accent.
Lingering aftertastes of malt and dried fruit.
Medium full body and medium to medium high carbonation, oily with a slight slickness in the aftertaste.
Good bitter mixed drink substitute.

pat61, Sep 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

jwerner23, Sep 11, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

kruky, Sep 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

aztraz, Sep 09, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

Hootie159, Sep 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

costanzo_mike, Sep 07, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +10.2%

Nicholas_Nightfoot, Sep 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

twizzard, Sep 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Bierleichen, Sep 04, 2014
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Monk's Blood from 21st Amendment Brewery
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