Monk's Blood - 21st Amendment Brewery

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Reviews: 507
Hads: 1,310
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.61%
Wants: 83
Gots: 178 | FT: 4
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: taxguyjase on 09-10-2009

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Reviews: 507 | Hads: 1,310
Photo of ZebraCakez
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a nice red - brown color with a tan one finger head.

S: The aroma of cinnamon and fruit stand out clearly, with a nice roasted malt undertone. Very appealing.

T: The dark fruits are very prominent. The cinnamon spice is there, but we'll balanced with a pleasant sweetness. The malt element is smooth. The alcohol adds it's own kick towards the end.

F: Smooth and creamy, but not too heavy. A nice level of carbonation.

O: A great brew, one totally worth trying. The fruity and spicy notes keep this beer relevant in a world full of great beer, this one has plenty of character. (593 characters)

Photo of mikedashg
4.37/5  rDev +15.3%
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. (443 characters)

Photo of atomicbeer
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown-red with a thin tan head that does not linger long. A few bubbles rising at the edges. Big oak cinnamon aroma with brown apple, clove, and prune. Taste is again oak with bourbony alcohol, brown apple, and Fig Newton. This beer is just a bit syrupy, warming, and a little spicy. Not a bad rendition although one is plenty. (342 characters)

Photo of NinjaJesus
4/5  rDev +5.5%

I am not usually a fan of dark beers but this Ale was surprisingly delicious. The notes of vanilla and figs added to the malty sweetness of this delicious brew. A higher ABV than expected, these cans pack a punch. Definitely worth a try (236 characters)

Photo of HitokiriNate85
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Burgundy to brown with dark red highlights at the sides. Tan cap with lots of varied bubble sizes all over the surface. The head basically faded entirely after a few minutes and leaving behind just a little bit of lacing.

S - Surprised to get a little bit of vanilla and oak up front. I wasn't sure how noticeable they'd be, but they seem to play a nice, though mild part in the nose. There's a tartness in the background, presumably from the figs. It definitely reminds me a bit of brandy, though there's no real evident alcohol.

T - The vanilla and oak notes aren't quite as prominent in the taste, but they're still there. Lightly tart fruit kind of underscores the entire package. It's not necessarily identifiable as fig to me, but it's nice and not overdone. Getting a bit more of a woody character now, though again, it's fairly light. I've been wondering about the cinnamon for a few minutes now, and I realize it provides a slight spiciness instead of a strong cinnamon taste. Malts chime in with a nice dark fruitiness that surrounds the whole profile. Finishes with just the slightest tartness, then a lingering sweetness.

MF - Nicely carbonated yet still managing to be chewy. Sticks to the tongue and really lingers.

D - Pretty nice. It has the advantage of being on the lower ABV end for the style, which definitely makes having more than one manageable. Monk's Blood offers up a lot of complexity and a mildness that I associate with the Rochefort lineup. (1,478 characters)

Photo of bpw28
4.72/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Finger off white shaving cream thick head, Hazy Dark Brown (About a 27 SRM), Nice Lacing

Nose: Medium Roasted, Woody, Yeasty, Grape, Dark Fruit, Funky (The good belgian kind), spiced rum

Taste: Wow. Roasted Malt, Spicy, Dark Fruit (strong prune), Black Berries, Rum soaked Vanilla, Yeasty, Earthy, Peppery, Boozy, Funky (again, the good kind), Woody, Good Carb, Hop is clearly not the key player and theres just enough to round it out and I don't mind at all.

Final Thoughts: Wow. Alot going on in this. Alot. I was a little scared for this because of the lack of head, even though the head was a nice one despite size, but this is an amazing beer. I would drink this until my final breath. This has to be one of my favorites. Home run. Fireworks. Standing Applause. It might not be for everyone, but it sure is for me. (834 characters)

Photo of Adamdc
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into tulip.

A: Plain and simple, looks like a Coke. Very dark with some ruby highlights with a tan inch of foam. Appears very a carbonated (like a Coke).

S: Dark fruits with cinnamon and figs.

T: Lots of cherry, too much in fact. Very sweet and pretty one-dimensional. Alcohol not noticeable.

M: Pretty well-carbonated. Nice on the tongue.

D: Goes down pretty smoothly.

I didn't really love this one. Aroma was pretty subdued and taste was nothing special. My first 21st Amendment beer was a 'miss'. (525 characters)

Photo of thebeers
3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Deep ruby red with a modest tan head. Rich malts and a fruity aroma, with fig the most detectable. Allspice and vanilla hit first in the taste, with just the slightest tangy twang in the middle, and more vanilla sweetness and spice in the aftertaste and a tiny bit of alcohol warmth. Medium bodied. It's got all the flavor notes right, but not enough punch or depth to it for a sipping beer and perhaps a bit heavy-handed in the spicing. More of a crushable Belgian, which isn't really what I'm looking for from the style. (525 characters)

Photo of BigB415
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark red with huge head. Smells of plums and cinnamon. Taste of plums, all this plum makes the beer very sweet. First taste I get alcohol then it subsides to the sweetness and sourness but I think the sour is very nice it's not overwhelming. Overall I really like it, the sweet, fruit, and sour notes really give it a nice kick and add a nice depth to the beer. (367 characters)

Photo of IIKaRuII
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Arnolds Carry out for the suggestion on this one.
My first Craft can I can say, being someone who enjoys keeping one of each bottle I've tried. I am debating on trying to keep a can of this stuff as part of my collection.
Pours a cloudy dark blood red which holds true to its name, has a foamy powerful collar. very thick presence, with amazing retention.
Smells of pitted fruits. plum, cherrys. fig and vanilla. little spices at the very end that kind of stings the nostrils a bit.
taste is a very powerful dark cherry, with sugar and spices. yeasty presence. slight bananas.
Mouthfeel is a creamy and carbonated. not very bitter. Actually quiet pleasant on the palate. almost tastes like a cherry cream soda personally.
This is medium bodied. The alcohol is present but not overpowering for the high 8.3% given on the can. Is not bitter to say the least. (868 characters)

Photo of challenja
5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz can poured into a Redskins pint glass.

A: Dark viscous honey brown. Thick and impossibly inviting to the taste palates.
S: Sweet figs, dark malts, maple syrup, honey comb, brown sugar and prunes.
T: This is one impressive taste monster. The can says it all in taste profile. Vanilla syrup malts comes barreling through first. Cinnamon bites between the oak barrel and lays a nice slicing to the figs and back Prune tongue lashing.
M: Syrupy and refreshing. A perfect balance of carbonation and full mouthfeel. Its got a really great balance that punchs the flavors hard and lays them out wet, like a good Lesbian Porn Flick.
O: One of my top three Seasonal cold brews. This is 21st Amendments best offering to date!! (724 characters)

Photo of Wegomlegging
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours beautifully, dark amber with a textbook head that lingers and invites. Scents of burnt sugar and fruit with something slightly similar to yeasty, but not very strong. Flavor is good, malty and bitter with a sweet alcohol on the back of the throat. Mouthfeel is very nice and smooth, as is drinkability but not for all night, as this little doozy packs a punch. Overall this beer was right up my abbey (wow that was a bad joke). (433 characters)

Photo of Goldfish19
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

~ Purchased this 12 oz can from Big Z Beverage in Huntington, NY. This beer pours dark reddish brown with an off-white head that subsides rather quickly. I still cannot get over how this just poured right out of a can! The aroma consists of dark fruits, sugars, and sweet malts. The taste is very similar. Considering this beer is rated at 8.3% ABV, I found it very easy to drink.

All in all, Monk's Blood is complex, flavorful, and delicious. Thumbs up! ~ (457 characters)

Photo of CraftAleRookie
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a DFH Signature Glass- (number 10 in a series of tastings for the 2010 Holiday).

A- Deep ruby red, foamy 3/4 inch head. Head lingered nicely, and transformed into a nice sticky lace.

S- Barley, malt, bits of hop- really faint notes of dried fruits.

T- Molasses, malt, vanilla, toffee- the spices and other interesting ingredients make this more like a Holiday ale.

M- after pouring with such a large foamy head, I was expecting more fizz from this brew- I guess it lost it's punch when forming the head! A bit on the flat side, but the thicker viscosity helped make up a bit for the weakness.

D- Overall, not a bad taste for the value- and interesting a repeatable ale that's I'd likely gravitate toward over the Christmas Holiday. (748 characters)

Photo of FishGetter
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
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. (644 characters)

Photo of OrangeAmps
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in fall river, MA. poured into a large goblet. Very nice!

Pours a deep red/brown amalgam with a frothy white head. Beautiful looking beer, and in the goblet it was in it looked especially nice. The smells i was getting from this beer were great: banana, yeast, spices, dark fuits, and slight alcohol.

The taste was incredible at first. Halfway through the goblet, i began to dislike it, first a bit, and then pretty intensely. I dont know why, to be honest. But this beer definitely gets less appealing once you get deep into the glass. And its not the temperature or anything, because it didnt have time to cool very rapidly. Its just a very rich and robust beer that takes a lot to get through.

And for the style, i much prefer Gulden Draak. Its infinitely more drinkable.

still, a great beer. (809 characters)

Photo of mdr4669
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark mahogany that tames at the bottom to a ruby red color. 2 fingers of fluffy head with good retention and lacing.

Scent: Cinnamon scent with hints of vanilla and smoked oak.

Taste: This beer is the illegitimate child of a great amber brew and "Big Red" chewing gum. First thing you taste is the candy cinnamon, which fades into a fine burn a higher ABV brew. In my opinion it is quite good.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and a little heavy, but all in all quite a treat.

Drinkability: Very good, but could not have more than two of these at a time. It's just that type of brew. (588 characters)

Photo of VMWhelan
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark ruby with one finger of light tan head.

Strong scent of cherry syrup or maraschinos with lots of dark fruit (raisin/fig) and some brown or candied sugar.

Taste is similar to the smell. Cherries and dark fruits dominate followed by some toasty but sweet malt, as well as some spicyness and slight alcohol. Very sweet overall but balanced with some tartiness (from the Belgian yeast I'd assume).

Mouthfeel is medium-full with average carbonation.

Drinkability is decent. A little heavy but not too much. Tasty so it goes down easily. (548 characters)

Photo of SRossman
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out of its can into my Chimay glass with a small beige head building to about a 1/4inch which fades quickly. One thing that American breweries seem to often fall short on, in terms of replicating Belgian beers, is that huge pillowy head and this one isn't an exception. It has a dark cherry cola like color to it.

Aroma: Lots of intense malt sweetness that is accentuated by a rich dark fruit character and some spice. I get the faint hint of cherry along with cinnamon and vanilla.

Taste: Very balanced flavor profile. Exhibits what is expected in subtle form, dark burnt sugars, some spice and that dark fruit. Booze is there but not too overwhelming. Nothings popping really, all subtle flavors.

MF/D: It feels just a bit thin for its style and ABV. The carbonation helps keep it together but it could benefit from a slightly fuller body.

This is a solid offering. Nothing mind blowing but certainly not weak by any means. I look forward to trying more 21A in the future. (997 characters)

Photo of Kranders
3.06/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An interesting dark Belgian beer. A little spicy with a big body. Kind of hard to describe in my opinion, and overall, I actually wasn't a huge fan. The whole beer just seemed kind of muddled to me. If I saw mix packs from 21st, I wouldn't be upset if this beer was in it, but I'd probably never pick up the beer on its own aging considering all the other really good beer they make. (383 characters)

Photo of esv
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served on tap from a jockey box in a coffee shop. Surprisingly, the ice was set to the side in the cooler and beer was served at a near perfect temp.

A) Opaquish brown, nearly no head. Falling to a white ring. Looks like very little carbonation.

S) Try as I might, the odds were against me smelling this beer. 16oz of beer in a 16oz glass. Even after drinking and I had a bowl, the coffee shop had burnt some beans in the roaster and I couldn't get it out of my nose. I thought I picked-up some fruit but who the hell knows. It seems to have a smallish nose.

T) Bubble-gum everywhere. Spicy perfume and alcohol permeates the experience. Sickening sweet, bitter finish. Definately improves as it warms. More raisins, less candy and stickier.

M) Medium-full mouthfeel, more carbonation than it looks. Cloying flavors that stick to the mouth. Not as sticky sweet as you might think.

BJCP says high carbonation. I didn't get that.
D) Is it suppose to be, is it relevant? ... but yeah, it's kind of down there for me. I'd love to have another Brother Thelonius to compare; that's the only other belgian dark strong ale I think I have had and I can't remember it but I gave it high ratings. (1,189 characters)

Photo of GregPearson33
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep maple amber color with an inviting one-finger thick head of almost indiscernibly small bubbles that dissipated after about a minute. The smell is a little fruity and sweet, with an inviting malt aroma.

Wow this is drinkable! For 8+% ABV I was expecting a heavy brew, but the first thing I noticed was its relatively light the mouthfeel, probably aided by substantial carbonation. The taste is sweet with some faint cherry and vanilla. The fruitiness is particularly evident in the finish, as is some spice (cinnamon?). While this isn't a beer I'd choose for myself, I think it's worth a try. I think next time I have it -- or offer it up -- it will be as an apre dinner brew -- I could see it going really well as a with some sort of dark chocolate/raspberry creation!

Also, really dig the can -- awesome art/labeling. (835 characters)

Photo of MinnesotaRIS
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a can, four pack in Minnesota. Ruby plum appearance. Slight haze throughout. Cleat through the edges. Two short fingers of head. Leaves little lacing and very little foam.

S prune, raisiny, alcohol, slight cinnamon. Rounded malt.

T alcohol that is a touch potent. Figs are there along with specialty grains enveloping malt. Belgian, definitely Belgian. Bitterness that is well-balanced.

M smooth aftertaste for all the potency of the flavors. Nice taste.

Recommend it highly. Somewhere between a dubbel and a imperial stout. Glad to have 21st in MN. (560 characters)

Photo of jorg2619
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at wegmans only regular 21 a beer I had not tried.
The pour on this quad or strong ale is good as to be expected opaque ruddy rubby come crayon brown. there is substantial light tan head that disapates into a halo of bubbles and a few clumps of head
The smell is heavy in Belgiun yeast spice malty sugary syrup smell very quad like.
The taste of Monks Blood is sweet dark fruits such plums and raisins flood my mouth the yeast spice is very subdued clashing with the mulled sweetness of the malts and hint of figs. I am not detecting much oak or vanilla. There is good mouthfeel and I find this a very drinkable strong ale. Definitely worth picking up a few to explore. (687 characters)

Photo of edmedina
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
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. (831 characters)

Monk's Blood from 21st Amendment Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 507 ratings.