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Monk's Blood - 21st Amendment Brewery

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1,101 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,101
Reviews: 483
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 72
Gots: 93 | FT: 1
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 cindyjeffsmith


4.33/5  rDev +13.6%

appearance: Caramel with a full tan head.
smell: oh man...fruity, vanilla goodness. That is exquisite.
taste: just as good as the nose predicts! very nice.
This is just a much better beer than i expected. must go back for more. Not sure how to compare to real Belgians but this is a fine brew.

03-19-2011 00:03:28 | More by cindyjeffsmith
Photo of BigMike


4.22/5  rDev +10.8%

Poured into a tulip. Color is like a dark cranberry. Off white head of just over a finger. It disappears quickly with minimal lacing left.

Lot's of raisins in the nose along with some bing cherry. A lot of caramel sweetness and some cinnamon.

Theres a slight tartness with the taste. Kind of like tart cherries. Lot's of raisins and a touch of oak. A very faint amount of vanilla also.

Nice mouthfeel. Kind of sticky in the mouth but very smooth. Low carbonation.

Drinkability is really good. I like this beer a lot. No alcohol presence at all. I would recommend this for sure.

02-19-2010 00:34:58 | More by BigMike
Photo of jk3

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

04-18-2012 00:51:48 | More by jk3
Photo of klewis


3.83/5  rDev +0.5%

A: Pours a murky, dark brown with a moderate, frothy head that leaves a thick halo. Moderate lacing.

S: Big fruity aroma with figs, prunes, and cinnamon. Light phenols.

T: Fruity with an earthy oak taste in the back. Semi-sweet with flavors of dark fruits and spice. The fruit and sweetness depart quite quickly, leaving a mild astringency.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate-high carbonation. Dry and chalky finish.

D: For a Belgian in a can, pretty solid. Worth picking up again for the price.

04-22-2010 16:53:34 | More by klewis
Photo of ToasterChef


3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

A fine San Franciscan Can provided as an extra in a trade with smakawhat, chilled to cellar temperature and poured into a tulip glass.

A big light brown head dominates the pour. It is thick and foamy. The liquid is brown and dark with ruby (or is it bloody) highlights. Good lacing is left behind as the head settles.

A strong malt aroma has dark fruits in it: plums and prunes and some fermented red grapes. There is sweetness that I can't quite identify. The obvious source would be Belgian candi sugar, but I can't be sure that's what is in this beer.

Heavy malts give way to a crystalline sugar sweetness. As I swallow, alcohol and some mild bitterness come in and linger on.

The beer is thick and a touch syrupy. A good sized coat is left behind. Plenty of carbonation can be felt.

Overall, an enjoyable member of the strong Belgian dark family. I'm not going to go out of my way to trade for more, but if I come across some in my travels, I would purchase this again. I do look forward to visiting my brother out in San Fran and trying this one at the brewery. I bet this beer would shine when it's super fresh.

03-30-2011 23:04:34 | More by ToasterChef
Photo of Docrock


3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

01-09-2014 02:17:21 | More by Docrock
Photo of Lanstrum


3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

04-26-2014 00:10:56 | More by Lanstrum
Photo of Arithmeticus


3.83/5  rDev +0.5%

A: dark brown with tinges of red; abundant head, beautiful threads of carbonation; decent lacing
S: big burst of malty, brown sugar smell; dissipates quickly, though
T: sweet, spiced, very interesting; overtones of cherry, cinnamon, and anise; I can see why some may not like this flavor because it is both sweet and bitter (esp. in the aftertaste), but I personally enjoyed this transition

05-04-2011 13:01:03 | More by Arithmeticus
Photo of jamie2dope


3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

I have to say that this beer has a lot going for it, great packaging, great name, and a cool concept. The can pours a dark reddish brown beer, with about two fingers of white heading. Sort of looks like blood too. Has a red wine like nose, and something slightly sour, or vinegar like. Also I get some touches of herbs or spices. Taste is grainy, slightly sour in the middle, and ends on a note that makes it almost resemble a Flanders Red. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side. This one does not feel like it has a weight of 8.50. Drinkability is not too shabby, I suppose I was just expecting a beer that was closer to a Dubbel than a Belgian Strong Dark. The third release from these guys in cans is not a bad beer by any means. Hopefully they will continue to can new beers, and send them out here. Cheers

12-16-2009 23:56:08 | More by jamie2dope
Photo of brew3crew


3.7/5  rDev -2.9%

On tap at whole Foods in norwood, Cincinnati

A-medium brown in color with a nice amount of head that retains though out.
S-dried fruit with roasted malts
T-alot like it smells with some cherries and nice roastiness to it
M-medium bdoy and very smooth
D-very drinkable and my taste was gone in no time. Very drinkable especially considering abv...

03-06-2011 22:10:15 | More by brew3crew
Photo of utopiajane

New York

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

08-14-2014 15:20:37 | More by utopiajane
Photo of TheHoppiest


3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

Poured from a 12 oz can into an oversized wine glass. In my prior reviews of canned beer, I've reviewed the beer as it tasted from the can, figuring that since it was packaged that way rather than in a bottle or a keg, that it was intended to be consumed that way. However, I just couldn't bring myself to drink a BSDA from a can, so...

Pours a silty brown, with glints of garnet when held up to the light. Poured with 1/2" of off-white head that eventually reduced to a soapy lid. Nice filmy lacing as the beer is swirled.

Strong aroma of cherries, raisins, and plums, with hints of alcohol. Reminds me of a cherry cordial; sweet and fruity smelling.

Tannic fruit, yeast and malt hit up front. The fruit is more subdued in taste than it was in aroma, but there is still definite cherry, currant, and banana, with a slightly odd bitter/sour twist toward the finish of this beer. There's an oaky, earthy ending overlaid with a bite of alcohol that ends this as you finish the swallow.

Medium bodied, the mildly sour ending becomes more noticeable as you get further into this beer, and leaves the mouth feeling rather dry.

I'm certainly glad to have tasted this, but cannot say that I would hurry out to buy more. I've got a few more 21st Am beers I wish to try, ,but I'm beginning to wonder if their vision of craft beer in a can is little more than a gimmick.

04-06-2011 01:21:58 | More by TheHoppiest
Photo of Bookseeb


3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

Appearance shows a very dark brown color supporting a fair head and lace. Smell is rich in dark fruits, sweet malt, cotton candy with a light spice in the back. Taste of the rich dark fruits, light spice and having a sweetness of cream soda, hops are there but not upfront leaving a nice balance. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. A nice treat to sip upon.

12-08-2012 02:30:46 | More by Bookseeb
Photo of Vdubb86


4.13/5  rDev +8.4%

Served in a pint glass

Thanks to TMoney2591 for this the last beer of NMW.

This one pours a dark brown with garnet fringes adorned with a tan foamy head. The malty aroma is very enjoyable to myself. It smells to me of banana, coriander, cinnamon, and brown sugar. The taste however is mainly of the banana and clove from the Belgian yeasts used. There is a booze flavor to it that can be detected through the clove. The best part of the flavor is definitely the aftertaste which comprises of mainly a marshmallow flavor. When combined with the caramel and chocolate malts it gives it an aftertaste that seems almost to be like a s'more. This is really a very tasty brew and even at it's higher ABV, I feel that it's rather smooth and easily drinkable.

09-20-2010 03:59:07 | More by Vdubb86
Photo of tastymug


3.4/5  rDev -10.8%

I like 21st Amendment brewery and have enjoyed most of their beers that I have sampled, this is one of their top contenders in my book.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, deep mahogany color with a frothy head. Fair amount of sediment that appears after poured. Thin line of retention while drinking and minimal lacing.

Smell: Malty and sweet. Dark fruits like figs or raisins.

Taste: Sweet, very malty, caramel, light on the oak flavor, a little fruity.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, carbonated and crisp.

Overall: I liked this beer immediately upon trying it and would definitely drink again. The high alcohol content adds a kick, but the flavor is not compromised, and I find it a nice unique flavor that is enjoyable.

01-21-2013 19:10:52 | More by tastymug
Photo of csmartin6

New York

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

07-15-2012 01:45:55 | More by csmartin6
Photo of 510a


3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

04-13-2013 17:02:18 | More by 510a
Photo of chilidog


3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

My first craft can! Poured into a pint.

Nice pour, brownish amber, tan head that fades to not much of a film. No real lace.

Aroma's of malts, toasted grains, cane sweet barralness.

Taste of caramel malts, cane sugar, slight alcohol followed by earthy base.

Mouthfeel thins abit, most likely the metal tinge of the can.

Overall, very much suprised and enjoyed, would buy again. Nice abv. touch.

05-29-2011 19:01:05 | More by chilidog
Photo of csustar001

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

04-02-2012 00:15:13 | More by csustar001
Photo of jondeelee


4.33/5  rDev +13.6%

When I first read the box for Monk's Blood, which boasted that the beer had been made with cinnamon and vanilla, and then aged on a bed of oak chips and dried figs, I thought, This will either be terrible, or fantastic. Luckily, it was the latter. Monk's Blood smells somewhat like champagne and fine port, with a heavy swing of Welch's grape juice, a good measure of chocolate malt, and just a hint of cinnamon.

On the tongue, the brew is multi-layered and fascinating. One layer is a nice bed of chocolate malt, complete with dark and milk chocolates, and deeply toasted grains. Another layer consists of a thick spread of figs, which add a creamy dark fruit ester tang. Still another layer brings in caramelized brown sugars and vanillas, bringing in a somewhat soda/Dr. Pepper-like buzz (which I mean in the best way possible). The fourth layer contributes a nice spiciness, with cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon making small cameos. A final layer adds just the right amount of grapefruit-bitter hops to balance everything out. The aftertaste is a lighter version of the main mouthful, and fades slowly. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is a splendid brew, and well-worth seeking out.

08-04-2011 01:05:34 | More by jondeelee
Photo of ColdPoncho


3.08/5  rDev -19.2%

A - Deep hazy red, not too much brown, thick frothy tan head that dissipates quickly.

S - heat, cherries, plums, wood. Not bad, but I don't know if it's quite right for a BSDA.

T - A weird sweet thing going on. Woody. Tastes like oaked Dr. Pepper. Diacetyl aftertaste.

M - medium thin body, a bit dry. Leaves a buttery coating, makes your mouth feel dirty.

D - Well, this is not my favorite. I don't like drinking it very much, and I don't think it's a good BSDA.

02-25-2011 03:23:08 | More by ColdPoncho
Photo of sixerofelixir


4.64/5  rDev +21.8%

12 oz can. Bottled on/packaged on date stamps on outside of 4-pack carton, as well as on the can bottom. A lot of writing on the can, as well. Sampled in my Duvel tulip glass - it's already earning bonus pts.. (j/k)

Pours an un-see-thru mahogany brown. A tan head rears back after the 1st sip and becomes a ring. Smell is of the richer malts, plenty of fruitiness, fig and cherry. A smooth top, which may be the vanilla. Taste is golden: real raisins, dark berries, hard tack candies.. all sorts of goodness. A bitterness all the while fades amongst the back. A heat for the feel is dispelled by the utter smoothness of this beer. The oak is mild at best, and the cinnamon is only a smidge, thanks. Excellent beer here, one I wish to return to very soon. The best I've had in a can so far.

03-23-2011 05:30:59 | More by sixerofelixir
Photo of mbs11


3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

03-29-2012 03:06:32 | More by mbs11
Photo of kaseydad


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

Snifter pour and there is a huge two and half off-white foamy head on top of a brown ale with burgundy highlights throughout.

Aroma consists of dark fruits, oranges, nutmeg and other spices.

Creamy smooth ale on first sip. A sweetness is present on each sip with a light maltiness on the swallow followed by a unique aftertaste. There is a minor cinnamon presence and that is what I may be experiencing in the aftertaste.

Multiples are easy though the alcohol does creep up quickly.

Overall I like the attempt of an American Belgian in a can but the wide array of spices was a little too much for me. Not a bad attempt and I applaud the effort and hope to see more ale (all kinds) in cans someday.

01-10-2010 02:34:39 | More by kaseydad
Photo of Beeradelphia


3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

09-28-2012 09:26:32 | More by Beeradelphia
Monk's Blood from 21st Amendment Brewery
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