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Monk's Blood - 21st Amendment Brewery

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Ratings: 1,120
Reviews: 487
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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3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

skipxtracer, Today at 02:02 AM
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, Saturday at 10:25 PM
Photo of timothy509
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

timothy509, Friday at 10:44 PM
Photo of ColdWaffles
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

ColdWaffles, Thursday at 01:11 AM
Photo of skynyrdbyrd
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
Photo of tb4475
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
Photo of jwerner23
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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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Mantooth, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev +5%

A: Medium dark brown, 4 fingers of beige head. A fair amount of fine bubbled carbonation rising within is seen more as a movement with the glass due to the colour. Horizontal, chunky lacing.

S: Vanilla, figs, dates, brown sugar, cinnamon, coke, very sweet and candy like. Very enticing.

T: Vanilla, candy, like strawberry Charleston Chews, Roman candles, or salt water taffy. Figs, raisins, clean linen, light bitterness on the end. Crème brule. really well balanced and melds together well. Overall, reminds me of Gulden Draak.

M: Thick but smooth body, medium high foamy carbonation.

O: Really well done brew. I now appreciate the diversity this brewery produces, from IPA’s to saisons, to Belgian dark ales. This brew is up to standard. Bought at Bruisin Ale’s in Asheville, NC, now drinking in Kunming, China.

patre_tim, Sep 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

EEscobar, Sep 01, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

A: Pours dark amber with a big, fizzy head that dissipated very quickly. It looked a lot like a cola to my eye.

S: Fruity with a bit of vanilla and spice. Pleasant.

T: Dark fruit with some hints of vanilla and a flavor I'm having trouble describing; the can says it's brewed with figs, so that might be it.

M: Medium; it isn't as heavy as some higher ABVs I've tried, but far from watery. Not bad, overall.

O: Very interesting beer; I would definitely recommend it if you're in the mood for something flavorful and just a bit different.

OldeSchool, Aug 31, 2014
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1.32/5  rDev -65.4%

se4, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of Scrapss
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

This was poured from the can to the weizen style glass, almost a nonic.

A: Dark, nearly opaque, looks like cherry coke. minimal lacing, with a 0.5 mm ring left from a minimal 1 finger head that disappeared very quickly.

S: It is yeasty cherry coke. Sopt on this profile.

T: Follows nose, with a bit of puckeryness. Cherry coke notes with yeasty underbite.

M: It is on the lighter side of medium full. Dry puckery notes from taste are left with a chalky undercurrent and that ephemeral cherry coke hit on the aftertaste. Faintly dry.

O: Definitely worth a quaff. Has some interesting flavors and follows the style within a shadow of a reason. The cherry coke and yeast are what I get from most belgian dubbel and this does not disappoint.

Scrapss, Aug 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

CreekyJarls, Aug 29, 2014
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Monk's Blood from 21st Amendment Brewery
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