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Monk's Blood - 21st Amendment Brewery

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Monk's BloodMonk's Blood

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,039 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,039
Reviews: 474
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 66
Gots: 78 | 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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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

2.55/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into my tulip glass and a 2 finger thick light tan head formed, then almost immediately faded. The beer is a deep ruby color. No lacing to speak of.

Aroma is sweet like molasses and also smells a little like red wine.

Wow, this is sweet. There's a rough bitterness to this at the end. Certainly lots of dark fruits. Can't say that I get much cinnamon or vanilla. Certainly plenty of sweetness that could be from the figs. I get beets believe it or not. Molasses.

Thick bodied and almost cloying.

Not really excited by this. Don't find it very drinkable at all. I have one can left and I will cellar that for at least a year.. (just because it can't get much worse)

Serving type: can

12-30-2009 18:50:25 | More by Reagan1984
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SpeedwayJim

New York

2.58/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz. can into a Blue Point snifter.

A: Standard pour creates a 1 finger light brown coarse head with rather poor retention. Brew is a clear, deep, almost opaque amber. Lacing is stringy and sparse.

S: Nose is sweet vanilla, figs, grape, can't detect the cinnamon or the oak that is claimed here.

T: Opens very sweet. Grapes, booze, a bit of spice. Gets a bit syrupy towards the middle and the end and just kind of dissipates. No evolution of flavor here although there is a slight sweet and tart kick just as it finishes.

M: Light to medium bodied, relatively coarse for the style as a result of high carbonation here. Finishes relatively messy but the aftertaste is not overwhelming which is a plus.

D: Light bodied and not overwhelmingly complex, this is not close to a good representation of the style. Its not bad by any means but I expect a lot more complexity and exhilaration from a BSDA. No Belgian yeast flavor or nose, no complex fruitness, no life in this one. I'm not gonna have this one again.

Serving type: can

01-14-2010 01:00:56 | More by SpeedwayJim
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GRG1313

California

2.58/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Copper brown with red tints and a nice lighter khaki head.

Nose is big, full and rich bananas. Smells Belgian and would so identify in a blind tasting based on smell, although there is some fig and cinnamon character present.

Mouthfeel is medium thin but well balanced.

Flavors are rich and assertive but very sweet in all respects. Huge sugar front palate that goes to a sweet coffee/light carmel but retaining the sugar character and sweetness right through the palate and into the finish.

Finish is a nice toast/coffee/carmel bitter that end with a grapefruit skin oil character but with the sugar being so strong it lingers in your mouth.

Too sweet to drink and almost too sweet to even sip for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 23:25:02 | More by GRG1313
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Mcculler

Ohio

2.58/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours from the can a muddy, reddish brown with a pretty, foamy head that leaves traces of chunky lacing.

Smells of cherry cola, overripe banana peel, and alcohol.

Tastes of cherries, a little vinegar (which I dig), overripe banana peel, with a little solvent.

Medium carbonation, so so in the mouth.

Belgian abbey- style ale in a can? Cool! Unfortunately, the flaws and in this beer make it a one time pour.

Serving type: can

08-12-2012 01:39:19 | More by Mcculler
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maximum12

Minnesota

2.58/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Well, great packaging, & good to see another brewery come into Minnesota, especially another in cans.

Pours a deep, hard ruby red, so dark it's almost brown, spilling out of that little stubby black can. Smell is...lacking. Not bad. There's just less coming off the brew than any other beer I've ever had. Odd.

I feel like I've been on a run of beers that took a hard veer off into the weird side, & Monk's Blood is no exception. Taste is saccharin sweet, infused with raw, rough dark fruits, a few sour raisins tossed into the mix. The aftertaste is faintly sour, & not in a real good way. Glad there's only 12 oz. of this in my pint glass, it's going to take a while to get through this, & I'm not eager for another.

All in all a disappointment. I'm not sure what the brewer was going for, but this is just a sweet mess without many endearing qualities to it. After trying the 21st IPA with similar results, I'm going to take a pass on further brews from the brewery.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 04:01:40 | More by maximum12
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balzern

Pennsylvania

2.6/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Red/ brown with a white head. Faded pretty fast.

S- Vanilla, chocolate, dark fruits, and oak. Cherry too but mostly dark fruits. Kinda pruney plum smell.

T- Like a dark fruit cocktail with dark chocolate shavings. I didn't get much Belgian from this beer but did get a ton of the dark fruits. The alcohol was really evident in this and had a burn to it which I did not care for.

M- Moderately carbonated and crisp.

O- I did not enjoy this beer and will not get it again. The kicker for me - the alochol was too in my face and the burn was annoying.

Serving type: can

06-27-2011 18:21:58 | More by balzern
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impending

California

2.7/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz can into a tulip. Pours a deep red, nearly opaque in the glass. Short lived minor head, minor lacing.

Very sweet aroma, strong rotten banana esters atop the vanilla and figs. Hints of airplane model glue yet invitingly mysterious.

Dark fruits nicely dominate the initial flavor. The oak, cinnamon and vanilla are barely perceptible. Fleeting taste of a zinc slug. The phenolic solvents come back strong on the aftertaste, this is its major weakness. Medium bodied mouthfeel.

cheers
jd

Serving type: can

04-01-2011 21:35:50 | More by impending
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whiterabbit

Ohio

2.71/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A - pours a darker brown slight ruby when held to light. Some dark gold. Nice looking in glass.

S - raisin, plum, spice. Good, nothing jumps out.

T - alcohol, some raisin, some grape, mostly alcohol

M - again alcohol. Not well hidden, warming, but not inviting

O - to each his own, totally missed the mark for me. Far better and enjoyable Belgians out there. Dispite some cellering, a boozy mess. Lacked depth, flavor, and body. Will have another down the road to see if opinion changes, and if so, will edit post.

Serving type: can

06-17-2014 02:20:18 | More by whiterabbit
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TheSixthRing

California

2.73/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours a deep auburn brown with light tan finger width head. Retention is average, leaving behind a thin but consistent lace. There's a considerable amount of sediment throughout.

Smell - Notes of brown sugar and clove; Belgian yeast; almost a 'rum and coke' aroma.

Taste - Sweet and sugary. Notes of dried fruit; fig, raisin and prune. Slightly sour. Plenty of alcohol burn in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Full body; slightly syrupy. Decent carbonation.

Overall - Too sweet and sugary. If I had to describe this in10 words or less it'd be 'A sugary, fruity rum and coke'. Lots of alcohol burn on the back end.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 06:29:46 | More by TheSixthRing
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st9647v3

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

06-14-2012 03:27:34 | More by st9647v3
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FUwolfpacker

South Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

11-19-2013 04:28:46 | More by FUwolfpacker
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oregonskibum

Oregon

2.75/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a small snifter glass.

A: Color is a dark brown with a strong red/amber tint. I wouldn't go so far as to call it blood, but there's definitely some red tints. Head is a thin tan color that disappeared quickly, leaving a ring around the edge of the glass and quite a bit of lacing.

S: Noticed raisins, earthy spices, and alcohol on first smell. Some sour notes as well, along with other dark fruit flavors (prunes).

T: Weird. Taste is all over the place. Raisins and prunes. Some sweetness (brown sugar), light spices, bready notes, lightly sour at times, etc. Odd finish with some slight heat from alcohol. As it warms, picking up some apple too.

M: Mouthfeel is oily, almost cloying. Very low carbonation.

D: It was certainly complex, but not necessarily enjoyable. Perhaps it's a style thing, but I'm not sure that I'll buy this again.

Serving type: can

05-12-2010 02:48:29 | More by oregonskibum
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sparx1100

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

04-05-2012 02:54:08 | More by sparx1100
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DefenCorps

Oregon

2.75/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

mmmm... canned BSDA. Thank you, Peter!

A deep ruby red with a really dense and creamy light-brown head, this beer is quite gorgeous. With nice, red highlights, this is really a beautiful beer. The nose? Not so much. Plenty of adjuncts atop a very big and sweet beer, this is a touch disappointing. The dried fig character is immediately noticeable, along with the vanilla, some raisin character and a touch of alcohol. The cinnamon doesn't really jump out and the oak is noticeable as a mildly woody character. There's also a touch of chocolate syrup and some raisins. Decent.

Jesus Christ, what is this shit? Well, that was my initial reaction, but as I revisit this, what I'm struck by is the massive fig character of this beer, just so in your face. With a big fruity character, there's also some cherry juice and a mild tartness. Oak and vanilla appear mid-palate with a moderate grainy astringency. Quite cola-like, this is drying on the finish with a blend of cherry juice and figs, this is not particularly exciting. Medium-light in body with a high level of carbonation, this is a passable attempt at a Belgian dark, but it lacks nuance, complexity and enjoyability.

Serving type: can

03-08-2010 04:41:22 | More by DefenCorps
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artoolemomo

Oregon

2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

03-31-2013 05:57:20 | More by artoolemomo
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

2.83/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a murky dark brown color. Head is frothy and of regular stature. Head retains well and leaves consistent lacing rings.

S-Whoa big banana notes. Also some underlying cherry notes. Smells like a mixture between banana bread and cherry lozenges. Lightly oaked too. A unusual and enticing nose with plenty going on.

T-The artificial cherry flavor leaves a grimace on my face. Not too much hoppiness. The complexity is lost in the cherry cough-syrup maelstrom. Plums and figs come out too. Spices linger. Oak is masked more than in the nose. Not a big fan of the overly stressed cherry flavor.

M-Full bodied. Moderate carbonation. A bit sticky.

O/D-Not a fan of this beer. I haven't come across a brew with that artificial fruit flavor that I have enjoyed. Not my style. Glad I only bought one can. I did not enjoy this beer but I can understand why some people may. Once again, just not for me.

Serving type: can

03-30-2012 04:00:07 | More by VelvetExtract
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Ryan011235

Ohio

2.85/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Duvel tulip on 10/21/11

I don't know how old this is; been in the fridge for quite a while.

Medium ruby-hued; not as dark as, say, grape juice. Two finger head drops over several minutes leaving a thinner patch of foam. Some bands of lace remain.

Dry erase marker. Dark cherry scratch-n-sniff. Car air freshener spray. Fruit esters and notions of juice. Nips of plum. As it warms - straight up cherry soda with hints of dry spice. Strange aromas. Strangely alluring.

Huh. Tastes just as strange but not as strangely pleasant. Starts off dry with hints of spices. The middle is more fleshed out with notes of grains, nondescript dark fruit and a dusting of cocoa. Herbal notions, especially as it gets warmer. Finishes dry, more so than the at the start, but it's a accompanied by something that resembles aerosol spray accidentally catching your tongue.

Medium feel and a tad juicy, despite the dryness. Nimble enough carbonation seems well suited to the overall feel. The abv isn't standoffish.

Overall impression - not great by any means, but it's not terrible either. Consider the brewery.

Serving type: can

10-22-2011 04:52:26 | More by Ryan011235
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4000qtrap

Missouri

2.85/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Source/serving: 12oz. can, no expiration date.
 
Smell: ripe fruits like cherries and figs, and little yeasty, sour, cidery and vanilla.
 
Taste: Like a black forest cake. Initially sour but then becomes quite sweet with some cherry and ripe fruits along with brow sugar, but then this is partially balanced out by bitterness. However, a third, very interesting wave of dark chocolate dries the palette up nicely. Medium body. Finish lingers for a very long time and is really delicious, chocolate, bitter, and cherry. Unfortunately however, as the beer warms it loses much of the interesting character except for the sweetness and becomes quite cloying. However, its quite tasty cold.

Serving type: can

01-09-2010 20:24:01 | More by 4000qtrap
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

2.88/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed on 4/15/2010. Can. Pours a clear dark brown with a small white head. Aroma of sugary malt, soda, vegetal spices. Flavor of sweet, candy-like malt (like Sour patch kids), super sweet with some fruity notes. Very sugary and a touch of sour. Wow, really weird quad. Nothing really comes out except the sugary sweet candy-like notes. Sugar bomb.

Serving type: can

12-23-2010 20:22:49 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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moorerm04

Ohio

2.93/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- Can poured into a standard pint glass. Nice rusty amber color, with 1-1-/2 finger off white head that quickly dissipated. Zero lacing left on the glass as the head fell.
S- Standard Abby aroma's dark dried fruit, some spicy notes from the yeast, sweet, fruity, hint of oak and vanilla. Pleasant smelling beer!
T- something is off... I found this beer very astringent! I get roasted malt, dark fruits, a little warmth from the alcohol, there is oak and vanilla present as well.
M- nice bite from the carbonation. Not evervecent like a saison or blonde but done well.
O- I have had this beer in years past and it has always been a pleaser for me until this year. I had to grab a 4 pack since it wasn't available in 2013. I don't know if 21st just dropped the ball or I got a bad 4 pack. This beer tasted like a crappy home brewed Abby. I don't know if they fermented warm, if the mash PH was off or if the oak was over done. Astringent , tannins, I don't know but it wasn't the beer I remember in the past.

Serving type: can

04-20-2014 22:22:22 | More by moorerm04
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aszatk01

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -21.1%

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

New York

3/5  rDev -21.1%

11-15-2011 04:32:17 | More by mjtiernan
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doremite

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -21.1%

07-03-2013 20:34:33 | More by doremite
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ohiobeer29

Ohio

3/5  rDev -21.1%

06-21-2013 06:34:47 | More by ohiobeer29
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Philabeerphia

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Can pops open with a nice carbonated hiss. I pour this can's contents into my snifter, revealing a dense, cola-colored beer. Light can move around well enough through this body: the beer possesses good clarity, but is so deeply shaded that only around the ruby edges is this quality apparent. Up top, a tight bone colored head appears but almost instantly fades into only a wisp, and then disappears completely. As you might guess, this beer leaves legs, not lacing on the side of the glass.

On the nose: The sharpest notes are like a root of some sorts, ginger-like almost, surrounded by rum soaked cherries. A yeasty spiciness warms things at the back. Otherwise this beer is floated by a backing of generic sugary syrup - bright and slightly cloying.

On the tongue: A heavy smothering of sweet rhubarb and cherry filling catch me by surprise on the first sip. Not sure I want to go back for a second sip of this "pie"... but I do and I find it better with each. Sweet, hot and messy... but also full and complex. Minced meat, flaky dough and raisins. Opens up into some tantalizing smoky and tart notes towards the back of the tongue. There is salvation in that finish, providing enough dry balance to render the glass palatable. The echoes of darker fruit are promising, but never fully develop. For each weakness there is a strength here. One of it's strengths is the full feel of carbonation and body, without too much coating.

Serving type: can

01-25-2010 01:35:34 | More by Philabeerphia
Monk's Blood from 21st Amendment Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 1,039 ratings.