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Monk's Blood - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

891 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 891
Reviews: 453
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%


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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TheSupremeAJ

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into Duvel tulip... luscious head fills to the top and dissipates in about 2 minutes. 40 degree pour... gonna let it warm up a bit. Aroma is smooth, fruity and rich... very pleasant and inviting. Citus hops are tangy. Flavor is very smooth, dark, rich and crisp. Ladies and gentleman, we seem to have a winner. Loses a few points for arrogant booziness, alcohol would have been hidden a little better in a 5-rated brew. Mouthfeel is smooth, lightly carbonated per style,

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 00:35:42 | More by TheSupremeAJ
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a Duvel tulip glass. Canned on 03/05/12.

Appearance: Pours a dark and very hazy brown with some hints of ruby red. Moderate amount of bubbles and a little bit of sediment. Decent two fingers of off white head that fades into a thin patchy layer. Good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A pretty vibrant and sweet aroma. Big aroma of Belgian yeast and bananas leap out to the nose. Good hints of sweet bready roasted caramel malts. Big hints of dark fruits with some dark cherries, figs, and raisins. Also some hints of candied sugar, cinnamon, oak, and vanilla. Smells somewhat boozy.

Taste: Starts out with some sharp spicy Belgian yeast and clove. Then the malts and dark fruits take over. Bready caramel malts that are lightly roasted. Big banana taste. Sweet dark fruits with notes of figs, dark cherries, raisins, and plum. Hints of candied sugar and cinnamon spice. Also some vanilla and oak chips. A pretty good tasting jammy mix.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy and somewhat sticky. Alcohol is hidden pretty well.

Overall: A pretty solid and interesting take on a dark Belgian ale. Very nice dark fruit taste and the spices add a nice twist.

Serving type: can

04-29-2012 06:34:16 | More by MattyG85
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mikedashg

California

4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours very dark brownish mahogany slight ruby orange murky with a small to medium sized tan head.

S - Dark fruits, figs, prunes, red wine

T - Similar to nose, dark fruits, figs, prunes, raisin, sort of tart zippy/spicyness, sweet red wine. Dark malts and molasses. Really good complex flavor.

M - Moderate to moderately high carbonation, crisp finish

D - Easy drinking, moderate ABV from a can with tons of flavor. Can't go wrong here.

Serving type: can

01-19-2010 05:23:37 | More by mikedashg
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BeerManDan

California

4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color was of a dark brown with a reddish hue. Foam was tan that disapated in a short time, but a medium amount of lace on the side of glass. The smell had a complex aroma of roasted malts, fruit and spices, with a hint of sweetness. The taste of roasted malts, complex spices and fruit (cinnamon, allspice, vanilla, fig, etc.) A nice balance of sweet & tart, with just a touch of sourness, to bring this ale to a nice balance of all component into one way above average beer.

Serving type: can

02-23-2011 23:43:32 | More by BeerManDan
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stercomm

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, great art work on the can and 4-pak packaging.

A - Darkamber in color, 2 fingers tan head, layered small lacing along thesides of the glass.

S - Interesting nose on this beer, figs, cloves, glycerol

T - Very nicely balanced, figs, clove,candied sugar, malty yet finishes nice and dry.

M - Light bodied, mild carbonation, starts sweet ends dry.

D - I like this, is definitely a Belgium Strong Ale, good balance, smooth finish, nice lingering tastes to savor.

Serving type: can

03-19-2011 17:55:37 | More by stercomm
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MadCat

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first can review! Something about craft in a can feels special, at least while cans aren't very common for craft. The can says it is brewed with cinnamon, vanilla, oak chips, and dried figs, which is sorta cheating to get Belgian dark ale flavors, but I don't really care because if it makes it taste good, I'm cool with it.

Appearance: Dark brown color with a small white brown head that dissipates fast, but leaves decent lacing

Smell: Plums, figs, and vanilla dominate the nose, along with hints of alcohol. As it warms, very strong fig, plum, fruit smells come out.

Taste: Plums and figs hit you up front, with some hints of alcohol following it. Leaves an oaky vanilla aftertaste, which is rather pleasant. Theres some grape and other fruity tastes in there as well, along with some malty flavors. As it warms, the alcohol flavors start to disappear, surprisingly, and are replaced with stronger vanilla and fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel: Fully body with medium carbonation, pretty good for the style, semi dry finish

Overall: Not going to knock them for the fact that some of the stuff they added dominates the flavor profile. It is pretty good, not sure if I will buy it again, but I will certainly buy more 21st Amendment brews.

Side note: BA says 21st is from San Francisco, CA, but my can of beer says it is from Cold Spring, MN. Dunno if it is contracted out or what, but I though that was interesting to note.

Serving type: can

03-24-2011 02:13:58 | More by MadCat
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optimistictour

Michigan

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
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themind

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer but to be fair it's thick. Has notes of figs which compelled me to purchase this beer. After having a four pack over a stretch of time I went and got another.

Excellent beer, hides the alcohol and has great taste. The only real draw back is the thickness which doesn't bother me.

Bottom Line: try it you will like it! great beer from 21st!

Serving type: can

02-28-2012 13:03:11 | More by themind
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - Can

Appearance Dark tan/molasses brown. Nice 1/2 tan creamy head and good lacing.

Smell - Dark fruits like fig, rasin, plum, cherries and honey. Malts along with some cinnimon, spices, and a little vanilla note. Yeast and a little nut comes out to finish off a nice aroma for the style.

Taste - A surpising oak and sweet dark fruit flavor at first sip. Lots of spices, fruits, some sugars, cinnamon and some alcohol also. Lots of flavors in each drink, yet balanced pretty well. Some nutty malt and a little nutmeg finish this beer off.

Mouthfeel - Its medium thickness, with a ton of flavor. Tounge gets spices, oak, malts, alcohol and sugars. Palette gets more oak, fruits, sugars, and some booze. Aftertaste is sweet, malty, and spicy.

Overall - I really enjoyed this. Loved the oaked/cinnimon/nutmeg flavor it provided. Alot of flavors mixed into one beer. Its different, almost at times i think im drinking a winter warmer. Its got decent balance, the alcohol does overpower a little but if you want something different and high on flavor, give this a shot.

Serving type: can

04-18-2012 01:20:58 | More by wvsabbath
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edmedina

Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pouring this beer and the head rises to two fingers high. It's a brownish color that is pretty bubbly. The color of the beer is a blood red or a burnt red color. It's very clear you can see right through it pretty easily. The aroma is a malty candy smell and it's pretty big. I can smell it a couple of feet away from my beer. I also pick up some alcohol raisin notes. My initial taste I get a fig, plum character also I picked up on a nut like flavor as well. Subsequent tastings a yeasty or a doughy feel mixed in with a brown sugar like quality is also present as well as a mild floral hoppy note but it is really in the back ground. The finish is a slight cloying taste with a mild bitterness or alcohol bite. Overall, I really find myself enjoying this beer a lot. It is a sipping beer that goes well with a cold winter night.

Serving type: can

12-13-2009 05:06:21 | More by edmedina
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Burgundy pour...light off white head..

S-A lot of dark fruits...cherries, plums, figs, prunes..

T-Dark fruits again...with a drying alcohol rip on the finsih

M-medium to full bodied...creamy...

D-Very well done...I love the abundance of dark fruit like flavors and the creamy texture to this.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2010 05:17:03 | More by ZAP
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stewart124

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark red with an inch of tan head. This lingers for a minute then leaves a pretty lace along the edge.

Figs, raisins, and brown sugar in the nose with just a hint of vanilla

Very strong dark belgian candy note with tangy fruit esters. Smooth and delicious mouthfeel that bodes well and lingers just enough coating the tongue and tastebuds. Very complex caramel characters and a slight biscuity note.

This is truly a treat to drink and the 8.5% is well hidden. The finish is super sharp and dry with a lingering fig character on the palate.

Serving type: can

04-22-2010 01:42:01 | More by stewart124
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rubbernubbybeerhead

Texas

4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Characteristics: CHUCK NORRIS AWESOMENESS. Need I say more?

Likes: Roundhouse kick to your beer snob senses!

Constructive Advice: Pick up a four pack and enjoy or punch yourself in the face (repeatedly) for not.

Supercalafragilisticexpyaladoshis..

How's my spelling MOM?

Serving type: can

10-24-2012 12:47:15 | More by rubbernubbybeerhead
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femALEist

California

4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This dark belgian is brewed with 8 malts, Belgian candi sugar, cinnamon, vanilla bean, dried local black mission figs and aged in oak barrels. Now this wasn't the first time I have had this beer- I have been enjoying it since it has come out but I have finally been able to take some notes on it last weekend. It poured a dark mahogany. It smelled like cinnamon, prunes, dates and some cereal malts. It tasted like caramel, roasted malt, figs, stewed raisins, molasses and some cinnamon spiciness. Ironically this beer is quite light bodied for 8.3%. It goes down easily and with much enjoyment on my part. Kudos!

Serving type: can

03-25-2010 20:03:39 | More by femALEist
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ngeunit1

California

4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark mahogany-brown color with a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some good lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet dark fruits with some cinnamon and other spices, vanilla, oak, Belgian yeast, and a bit of booze.

T - Starts off with some figs and other dark fruit sweetness with some cinnamon, vanilla, and caramel. Through the middle, some oak and more Belgian yeast flavor comes through with some more spices and a bit more vanilla. The finish is mix of sweet dark fruits, vanilla, cinnamon, Belgian yeasts, and a bit of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, spicy, and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Very nice BSDA. I like the cinnamon and vanilla flavors alongside the Belgian yeast and dark caramel malts.

Serving type: can

06-08-2012 09:58:37 | More by ngeunit1
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BasementBrewerSF

California

4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Due to a winter cold that wont go away I am unable to smell this beer but will review on the senses that are still available.

The color of Monks blood is dark amber/brow, fairly opaque and instyle with a dark Belgian. I would have liked to see a really deep red color instead of a brown (with the names "Monks Blood') and really wanted the raisin taste from Dingimans Special B malt which also gives a rich red color.

The head is lacking. I expect a rich hearty two finger head and even when pouring almost half the can from a 90 degree angle, I am left with litter more than a thin white ring around my chalice.

The taste is sweet and complex, figs hitting the back of the tongue in the aftertaste. Very malt and candi sugar forward. Light hops, almost none detectable.

Very light on the mouthfeel. Not too heavy, not thick like a stout or porter, and espically since the alcohol level is fairly high (8.3%abv) the syrupy maltiness in most high abv beers is not there, only a crip clean dark ale.

I especially enjoy dark Belgian ales and find this one of the better lower priced varietys that is constantly delicious and always hits the mark.

I also really like 21st Amendments canning process. They are bringing back the can and putting craft beer in it. Respect!

Serving type: can

01-23-2010 03:54:31 | More by BasementBrewerSF
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FishGetter

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fairly dark brew, dark cherry color when held to the light. Thin head fades.
Sour cherries, vanilla, some hints of spices like cinnomon,canndied fruits, and light waffs of oak barrel. Great nose on this one.
Vannila bean flavors blend with cherries, faint sour, some cinnomon too. Not a big grain or hop profile however some hints are present. Great complexity, very distinct flavors. Sweet flavors knocked down with sour. Nice clean brew.
Heavy mouthfeel, especially when aggitated. Syrupy feel but not too over the top.
This one didn't disapoint. Great pairing of sweet and sour from a belgian ale. Proves great craft beer does come in a can.

Serving type: can

04-02-2010 12:40:11 | More by FishGetter
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yourchoice

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from can into a Chimay glass.

A - Muddy, murky reddish brown. A thick, but shallow head, a very light golden color that quickly dissipates.

S - cherries, figs, raisins, oak. The fruits would be nice without the oak odor, which almost smells partly burned.

T - What lacks in smell, is made up for with the taste. The oak and cherry really compliments each other. Maybe even a touch sour. I'm really into the flavors this is putting out. Wow.

M - Quite a bit of carbonation. Medium body. Nice.

D - Certainly not a session beer, but it's also not intended to be. A very good "take your time" beer. I may have to run out and buy more before it's sold out.

Serving type: can

02-26-2011 03:58:24 | More by yourchoice
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a dark burgundy colored pour with 2 fingers of off white head. smells of grapes, alcohol, pecan, vanilla, strawberry. a very bitter sweet fruity mouthful! a hint of cherries, grapes, nuts, figs, a bit of dirt bitterness.. almost like drinking tree sap! medium bodied, nicely carbonated, light amount of creaminess. this is an overall hell of a beer. i wish it were a bit less carbonated and more syrupy on the mouthfeel, but i'll live. glad i got 3 more of these to savor throughout the next few months.

Serving type: can

05-08-2012 22:20:13 | More by facundoCNB
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eweneek83

West Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance - e beautiful looking beer, much like a dry stout.

Smell - Smells like jesus muffins. chocolate, cinnamon, molasses, and a tiny bit of malt.

Taste - A bit of a vanilla rush at 1st that gives way to an oak-like chocolate taste, then rolls out into a Belgian Style ale. A big taste, but not overpowering. very well balanced. I am totally impressed. some other dominant taste too, but can't put my dick on it.

mouthfeel - Just when you curl up in a ball in the corner of your bedroom, the beer comes to you and says "It's okay, i'll never overpower you, taste how smooth and inviting I am." Very smooth sweet and creamy for a belgian style ale.

Drinkability - for such a high ABV (8.3) the drinkability is very good. I could waste 4 cans of this stuff and still want more. 21st Ammendment is on to something.

Serving type: can

03-10-2010 07:01:28 | More by eweneek83
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JayS2629

Alabama

4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very dark, muddy mahogany with a thin ring of creamy head that lingers well and leaves nice lacing. The smell is of dark fruits and brown sugar. Sweet smelling with ripe banana and belgian yeast. prune, raisin, dark cherry, vanilla, carmaels, oak and cinnamon. Sweet caramels, vanilla, a touch of chocolate, dark fruits, canamon, brown sugar, and a touch of earthy tones. Very sweet. Delicious. Medium bodied and very drinkable.

Serving type: can

04-02-2011 00:03:52 | More by JayS2629
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mptorpey

Delaware

4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A great rich brown almost rasin with a nice smooth white head.

S: A rich spice and rasin or fig jam. Cinnimum is quite also perdominate.

T: A very complex beer with lots of jam and spice. Jig is quite up frount and finishes with loads of spice like cumin and cinnimum. Very rich and dence. As it warms the ABV is hightned.

M: Very rich dnece long finish. Smooth with a some what sweentenss in the end.

O: A great beer but a little hard to drink more that one because it has such a richness and complexiness to it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2012 04:53:57 | More by mptorpey
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Snow81

Minnesota

4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Heavy amber with a thick haze

Head: Nice frosty dark tan head

Smell: Heavy sweet malt, coriander is there with some heat

Taste: Get some heat right off the bat that turns into a rich malty layer with a subtle bitter hop

Weight: Light body with a high to medium carbonation

Finish: Bit of a dry on the end with a rich maltyness and back notes of a subtle bitter hop. Very sticky on the lips

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2011 06:01:31 | More by Snow81
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adamette

Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. can that I bought as part of a 4 pack for $8.99 from World Wines & Liquor in Mentor a few weeks ago into my Brewery Ommegang gold rimmed Westvleteren style goblet. My favorite “group” of beers are the Trappists so I am sucker for anything related to “monks” I guess. Who knows, this could be my new favorite beer from a can (although it will have to quite something to replace Oskar Blues Ten Fidy).

A Nice fluffy brown head over a dark caramel, mahogany body that looks in the neighborhood of a blood color. Good, solid look. 4.0

S Somewhat distant Belgian yeast and lightly sweet malt scent. I expect those notes to really come through in the taste, however. I like the smell since it reminds me of a mature version of the style, not trying too hard. 4.0

T Very, very good indeed. The light sweetness to the nose now presents as a solid force in the taste but the sweetness is a nice earthy sweetness with hints of the cinnamon, vanilla and oak chips mentioned on the front of the can. All of it just really works. I cannot understand how the taste of this beer can be improved. Bravo! 5.0

M Very nice thickness which you would expect from the style. Again, good for this category. 4.0

D Well I simply cannot taste the 8.3% ABV if that tells you anything. I could have 3 or 4 of these with ease. 4.5

Notes: I will certainly need to try more from this brewery (this was my first) due to the excellent presentation that this one showed me tonight. I think that it is a bargain at this price too!

Serving type: can

06-08-2011 01:55:40 | More by adamette
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Katahdin

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very rich, garnet red color which easily makes one think of the beer's name right away. A joyous bouquet of fruits such as grapes and plums mixes with spices and earthy aromas of malt. Very inviting in the mouth as the tartiness of the fruits combines with the malt to balance out perfectly. An aftertaste of plums and chocolate or maybe cocoa beans keeps the bigness of the alcohol well hidden. Goes down very easily with a crisp, fruity, slightly tangy finish. Very enjoyable!!!

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2010 21:06:25 | More by Katahdin
Monk's Blood from 21st Amendment Brewery
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