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Monk's Blood - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,062 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,062
Reviews: 478
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 69
Gots: 84 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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

A cup of zest. Looks good, cloudy grapefruit. Tasty, very drinkable, licorice, cinammon. Sweetish from the yeast and cinammon, some dark fruit. Yeast and spice aromas.Not true to the style but fun, would have this again.Thank Mike D. for ringing it back, via Jason.

Serving type: can

03-20-2011 04:27:23 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3/5  rDev -21.3%

08-10-2012 01:39:41 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 3/26/12.

Pours a murky dark brown with a 1/2 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots and streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, dark fruits, vanilla, brown sugar, and some woody aromas. Taste is of malt, prunes/figs, vanilla, brown sugar, alcohol, and a dry woody flavor on the finish. There is a slight hint of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I am enjoying the aromas coming off this one more than the flavors.

Serving type: can

06-13-2012 04:31:53 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

04-12-2012 17:49:35 | More by djrn2
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chestnut brown with red-orange highlights and bright Sunkist edges. A splendid looking crown of pale golden foam occupies the upper third of the glass, shrinks slooowly, and does a pretty good job when it comes to lace deposition.

To their credit, the brewers spent time in Belgium learning the finer points of crafting a BSDA. It shows. The nose features the usual medium-dark fruit of the style and is spicier than most, probably due to the use of cinnamon. Here's hoping they added just the right amount because too much could overwhelm the rest of the flavor profile.

I'm all for putting beer in cans, but putting beer of this style in cans just seems... wrong somehow. A pale ale? Sure. An IPA? Okay. Even an American Imperial stout? Why not? BSDAs should come in corked-and-caged 750 ml bottles. In the end, it doesn't matter because this is good beer no matter what vessel it was packaged in.

First of all, the Belgian brasseries don't need to worry that 21st Amendment has one-upped them. Monk's Blood is tasty, but it isn't anywhere near world-class. The added ingredients give it a complexity that the best Belgians achieve with malt, hops, yeast, candi sugar and water. These include cinnamon, vanilla beans and dried black Mission figs. Oh yeah, and oak aging.

Thankfully, the cinnamon isn't overdone. Flavors include dark caramel, ripe figs, vanilla, anise, clove, cinnamon, and hints of bourbon. That last one is most likely due to the oak and the vanilla. This is enjoyable beer that is even more drinkable by virtue of expertly masked alcohol.

The mouthfeel doesn't impress when beer first contacts tongue, but it holds on very well and stays (mostly) inflated until the end of each mouthful. Improvement with warming allowed me to go with the higher of the two considered scores.

Monk's Blood is a wonderful first effort at Belgian-style ale from 21st Amendment and is my favorite (so far) of their canned beers. By traveling to Belgium and learning at the feet of the masters, the brewers showed the BSDA style the respect it deserves. And they deserve respect for the end result.

Serving type: can

10-08-2010 11:56:30 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark red with a little bit of head
S: You can smell a bit of hops
T: It tastes like a strong beer with some sweetness and a bit of hops in the aftertaste
M: It goes down smooth and definitely tastes like a strong beer
D: This is a beer to sip and enjoy

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2010 16:30:10 | More by metter98
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

11-15-2011 02:40:39 | More by nmann08
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a tea brown color with a modest cap that leaves some dots and dashes of lace

Smell: Figs and caramel, with some earthy and fruity tones

Taste: Brown bread, up front, with a Juicy Fruit, fig and cherry character developing; by mid-palate, a harsh, oaky, cinnamony phenolic flavor arrives and lingers in the aftertaste, with a hint of cherry on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not too crazy about this one; Belgians are tricky and some breweries struggle to deliver the package; this beer is an example of that problem

Serving type: can

04-06-2012 22:42:34 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

another great extra thrown at me that i decided to pop open this evening. served cold and allowed to warm up, this one was consumed on 08/14/2010.

nice dark garnet pour. thick looking with a nice head of off white that caps it off quite well to a height of around two inches. smooth lacing flows down the sides of the glass

aroma is a little muddled. figs, dark fruits, lots of malts, and hints of raisins, but nothing really taking the lead and showing off for me. still though nicely put together and warming brings this out quite nicely. smooth and even feel, a bit filling at times even with more then adequate carbonation and a creamy finish. warm and soothing up front with figs, raisins, hits of spice and a touch of caramel malts, but i sit and wait for it to go somewhere that it never really does. nice clean finish with a light dryness and sweet touch to the palate.

overall not bad. i could drink it without issue but there is nothing really calling me back to it again.

Serving type: can

08-15-2010 02:32:07 | More by mikesgroove
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.14/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Can: Poured a dark burgundy color ale with a large light brown foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of dry figs with quite a bit of residual sugar and some caramelized malt. Taste is also dominated by caramelized malt with too much residual sugar and some dry figs. Body is about average with good carbonation and light apparent alcohol. I thought this one was lacking balance with too much residuals sugar. It could be my mind playing tricks but I prefer my Belgian ale bottle conditioned not in cans.

Serving type: can

09-03-2013 18:33:49 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A powerful, yet seductively sweet American rendition of Belgian strong dark ales. Very sweet but with complex alcohols, candied sweetness, and spicy yeast character: this beer makes up a lot of ground on its more authentic bretheren.

Dark ruby and with a modest haze, the beer has a fuller look, carrying a dense lightly tanned head and solid lace. A good looking beer overall.

Grain, malt, sweetness all hit the nose with a musty and sugary scent Fruity with plumbs, raspberries, figs, dates, grape, and raisons, the beer is decidedly fruity and alcoholic to the nose. With no real hop influence, the beer relies on spicy alcohol scent and delicate sugarly malts with esters to carry the beer.

Sweet with maltiness and sugars take the flavors through a range of grainy-sweet and malty rich taste: caramelized sugars, mild maltiness, and a somewhat cola-like flavor shapes the complex barley profile. Esters bleed in and out of the sweetness and amplify the sugary affect with the figs, dates, and grape character that's described in aroma. Light herbal hops fade out of flavor quickly and only adds a slight bitter balance to assist the peppery phenolics and alcohol going into the finish.

Very sweet feeling on the palate, the beer is medium-sweet with early creaminess that allows for the take over of a tacky sugary feel in finish. Alcohol warmth and spicy dryness helps to diffuse the sweetness late but the beer only finishes semi-dry and without the true succulent feel of well made Belgian varieties.

Even with a few characteristics that degrade it from those authentic Belgian ales, Monks blood offers enough complexity, balance, and quality in taste to garner good marks. It's a very good beer who should win over any Belgian beer fan.

Thanks Tim!

Serving type: can

05-18-2011 05:03:29 | More by BEERchitect
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womencantsail

California

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Gilmango for bringing me a couple cans of this.

A: The pour is a dark, reddish-brown color with perhaps a hint of orange. The head is fairly fluffy and off-white in color.

S: There is quite a bit of spice (cinnamon) in the nose, along with some dark fruits as well as bready malts.

T: The flavors were a bit disappointing, to be honest. Plenty of caramel malt, alcohol, spice, and overly sweet. The fruits were not as "real" as I was hoping, but more of a sugary, fake fruit flavor.

M: Decent enough body (medium) with a fairly high level of carbonation.

D: Perhaps my expectations were a bit too high for this one. I found it to be alright, but not amazing, and the alcohol presence doesn't really make me want to drink a significant amount of this.

Serving type: can

01-19-2010 16:38:20 | More by womencantsail
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

04-22-2014 01:42:19 | More by ygtbsm94
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

07-13-2012 14:09:45 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: In the glass it's quite a dark amber-hued body under a medium-sized, off-white head.

Smell: Sweetish on the nose, toasty, caramelly, hinting of vanilla, and with a vibrantly rich scent of sugary candy-coated and cinnamon spiced fruits.

Taste: Sweet upfront, with bready, toasty, caramelized maltiness. Fruitiness tasting of black cherries and macerated figs, but it's a bit hearty, like a spoonful of jam. Yeasty, with a noted spiciness given an extra little boost from the added cinnamon. A bit of zestful oak buried in there. No more than a slight bitterness coming through all the add-ons. Finishes drying, fairly smooth, warming, and with some enduring hints of fruit and spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Just a notch above medium carbonation.

Overall: A nice albeit gussied up beer. The slight rise in carbonation aids in the overall drinkability of this one, though a bit less sweetness would be appreciated. Pretty enjoyable.

Serving type: can

03-25-2011 14:51:34 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

07-13-2012 00:53:39 | More by Texasfan549
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oberon

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can a deep ruby tinged chesnut brown with a large light tannish colored head atop.Aromas of spiced cherries,brown sugar and malt loaf,maybe a bit much on the spiced cherries wich come into play even more on the palate.Dark fruit wich mainly means cherries and phenolic yeasty spice dominat the flavors with cakey brown sugar-like notes underneath,sweetish alcohol rounds out the finish.It's not horrible but there are many more complex and not so sweet versions of the style.

Serving type: can

03-26-2012 23:35:54 | More by oberon
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GRG1313

California

2.58/5  rDev -32.3%
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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TMoney2591

Illinois

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

Served in a Kasteel chalice.

An interesting read on the outside, an interesting concoction on the inside. It pours a very dark garnet-brown topped by a half-finger of ecru foam. The nose comprises figs, dark roasted malts, raisins, and a bit of oak. The taste holds notes of everything listed above, along with brown sugar and some bitter chocolate powder. The body is a heavy medium, with a light carbonation and a thick, almost chewy feel. Overall, a strong Belgian, especially considering its aluminum origins (such has been my experience). Get some!

Serving type: can

06-23-2010 14:28:38 | More by TMoney2591
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

11-15-2011 19:45:11 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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largadeer

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

04-04-2014 05:29:59 | More by largadeer
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nickfl

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

01-15-2012 21:07:10 | More by nickfl
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5%

10-15-2012 01:18:20 | More by RblWthACoz
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from Jayli so a big "Thank You" goes out to her. Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, brown sugar, fruit, some spices and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of fruit, brown sugar, caramel and some spice. Then a hearty malt character comes in along with some Belgian yeast. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it's a decent beer to drink for a while but there are others in the style that I would choose first.

Serving type: can

01-25-2011 04:15:30 | More by TheManiacalOne
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

21st. Amendment Brewery, Monk's Blood. Belgian-style dark ale brewed with cinnamon, vanilla, oak chips, and dried figs. That's all I'll share from the label of this can. There's a long story in Gothic typeface that's difficult to read. It begins "Legend has it…" and I'll let your imagination run wild with the rest. Wait. I really should read it…. Couldn't. It's impossible. Can't make out 10% of the words. The rest are over-cooked and overly dramatic. Apparently, elder monks believe in capital punishment when dealing with young monks who tinker with old recipes. Sure, makes sense. Or maybe it was the cigars, "nice hands of Texas Hold 'Em" and "breaking the vow of silence by spinning a remix of Gregorian chants" that drew the Abbot's ire. I wouldn't know.

Unfortunately, it tells me nothing about the beer.

8.3% ABV. 12 oz. can. brewed in Cold Springs, MN.

Dark, plum brown body, opaque, smallish cream-toned head, drifts down, but leaves lace.

Aroma: dark fruit aplenty. raisins, dates, figs. Plum. With plenty of spice, as well, and a hint of sweetness. Wait, more than a hint, with the vanilla and oak coming in loud and clear.

Taste: First sip is rich and full, with a complex mix of flavors coming together in the mouth. A touch sour, lush with fruit and spice, dark, deep and delicious. Reminds me of favorite authentic Belgian dark ales, with without that rare quality from the Belgian yeast. Comes close enough. Very delicious.

Full-bodied, long finish, deeply textured, with apparent alcohol. Rises higher with each additional drink. Rich, warming, and comfortable. But I couldn't more than two of this without causing trouble. In fact, I can feel the urge to raise a ruckus right about now.

Serving type: can

05-22-2012 06:19:21 | More by feloniousmonk
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Monk's Blood from 21st Amendment Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 1,062 ratings.