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Monk's Blood - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,036 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,036
Reviews: 474
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 65
Gots: 79 | 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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orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

03-07-2013 20:14:08 | More by orangesol
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a lightly hazy very dark crimson red in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some dark brown + amber highlights. The beer has a four finger tall foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a pillowy thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to slightly stronger aromas of dark fruits (cherry, fig, and raisin) and candi sugar with quite a bit of sweetness. Light aromas of something slightly woody and dark malts + just a hint of vanilla. Notes of alcohol in the finish.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of dark malts and toasted malts with a moderate to significant amount of candi sugar sweetness. There are slightly stronger than moderate flavors of dark fruits (cherry, fig, and raisin) and some light hints of herbal hops in the finish. Very light notes of woodiness and alcohol in the finish. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish which does not linger for long.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of alcohol warming in the finish with some slightly sticky notes in the mouthfeel as well.

O: This one has a great smell and is fairly enjoyable to the taste, though I wish the alcohol was a little more well hidden. Definitely a slow sipper.

Serving type: can

06-27-2014 02:24:44 | More by dbrauneis
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

05-11-2014 03:36:58 | More by Georgiabeer
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Wasatch

Utah

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a nice dark reddish color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy tan head, with some sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, slight yeast, slight vanilla, figs, plums, raisins, very slight cinnamon. The taste is malty, with some yeast notes, slight vanilla, dark fruits, very slight cinnamon. Medium body, the brew has a weird consistency, with a dry finish. Drinkable, this is a nice brew, finally got a chance to try it. Thanks Wayne.

Serving type: can

04-24-2010 20:13:43 | More by Wasatch
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

07-30-2012 16:53:12 | More by DrunkinYogi
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can purchased as a single at Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" tan head over the slightly cloudy burgundy brew. Head lasts alright, with good legs but quick-falling lace. Aroma is dark fruits, alcohol, and spices. Taste is malty to start, fruity and tart in the middle, and then warms up with alcohol and another shot of sweetness to close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is good for the style. Better than I expected, not being the biggest spiced beer fan.

Serving type: can

12-26-2009 02:42:50 | More by ppoitras
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duceswild

Maryland

4/5  rDev +5.3%

03-25-2012 18:17:28 | More by duceswild
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had at stubs.

Poured into a goblet.

Pours hardly and head. No retention or lace. Color is a deep brown, call it black.

Aroma: Cherries, raisins, dark malts, chocolate. Decent, but nothing special.

Taste: Lots of dark fruits mixed in with a metallic taste. Some chocolate and toffee. Nothing impressing.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat smooth, a little crisp. Medium bodied with a low amount of carbonation. Ends a little sticky with malt aftertaste flavors.

Overall, this beer was unimpressive. Nothing I want to have again. I don't think they should have let cold spring brew this beer, as I think it could have turned out so much better.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2009 02:11:04 | More by mothman
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -21.1%

10-24-2013 22:51:13 | More by ejimhof
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into a tulip glass. Glad to see a BSDA in a can, what a world.

A- A sound when the can was opened, Monk's Blood pours a very light woody brown color with some reddish tints. Up towards light it looks like a very cloudy red mess. The beer looks good though with a off white beige head about a inch in height leaving marks here and there. Close enough to blood to me, nice color, I like it.

S- The smell was off centered and all over the place. Not really resembling a true BSDA, it is a good attempt with dark fruits with plum and slight cherry. Getting some small wood and oak and some light spices. Don't really get any cinnamon as advertised. Some sweet vanilla and light toffee with warming. A slight metallic/sour OFF thing going on that is noticable, maybe something with the oak.

T- This tastes good enough to be classified as such but there is that slight off taste that comes off as a glitch in the brewing process, slightly bad sour taste. Other than that this is fine, Dried figs with light plum fruit and some cinnamon sneaks in at the end with some caramel from the malt, some brown sugar as well. Getting some wood and vanilla in the middle I think more Belgian yeast would have made this a bit more authentic as I did not really see the Belgian inspiration in this.

M,D- Monk's blood has a medium body that is easy enough to drink and also does not show it's strength, the alcohol does not come into play. A off taste does but that's about it, this is a good attempt. While the carb is nice, I usually find more in many other's of the same style, blood may have used more. The drinkability is easy, I actually took my time with it to see where it was going. This just got better with time. Will be getting more and i may cellar a can or two.

Serving type: can

12-25-2009 08:17:04 | More by BARFLYB
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

10-20-2013 23:52:26 | More by BillRoth
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John_M

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

After just trying the back in black, I'm almost wondering if these beers didn't travel very well from SF (I don't travel very well from SF myself, so I can hardly fault these beers). There are some similarities that I normally wouldn't expect in the aroma and flavor profile. In any event, I get something of a dark brown color with very good head retention and lacing. On the nose I get brown sugar, a hint of chocolate, and some cola. On the palate this beer is much better tasting, with some nice chocolate, maraschino cherry, a touch of cola, brown sugar, vanilla and underlying spice. Mouthfeel is fairly decent and is surprisingly light. Still, this beer has plenty of flavor with the alcohol well disguised. The beer menu at Max's says the abv. is 11.7%, which would be pretty astonishing. The 8.5% listed on this site seems much more in line with what I'm drinking.

A nice beer from this brewery. Probably the best I've had from them.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2009 22:13:36 | More by John_M
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

01-16-2013 04:35:57 | More by brandoman63
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superspak

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 3/26/2012. Pours lightly cloudy red copper color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of molasses, banana, clove, pear, fig, cinnamon, allspice, dark bread, candi sugar, oak, pepper, and yeast spiciness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of prune, brown sugar, fig, dark bread, toast, cinnamon, clove, ripe banana, oak, candi sugar, earth, and yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of dark fruit, brown sugar, dark bread, toast, candi sugar, clove, cinnamon, banana, earth, oak, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Solid flavor balance and good complexity; a touch too bready and spicy; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a creamy, slick, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good Belgian strong dark ale. Nice complexity and solid flavor balance; and very smooth to sip on. I enjoyed this quite a bit.

Serving type: can

12-17-2012 04:00:52 | More by superspak
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plaid75

New York

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at DEKs, Rocky Point, New York.

Poured a deep black hue with a two finger foamy off white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured sour notes, soft cocoa and a slight ester.

The taste was a bit more sour than I had expected. Otherwise sift malts, cocoa and caramel appeared. Not as much dark fruit as expected.

The mouthfeel was toward the smoother side of the style.

Overall a tasty ale. The sourness was a bit off putting however.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2009 23:39:11 | More by plaid75
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Belgian style dark ale brewed with cinnamon, vanilla, oak chips and dried figs.

A: Burnt autumn orange pour sits as a dark cranberry red in the vessel with a harvest gold tinted head that is thin and whispy and quick to dissipate leaving small speckled spots for lace. A dozen or so macro-sized yeast cake particles collect on the bottom of the vessel.

S: Oaky alcohol, caramel apples with some cinnamon and vanilla. The alcohol is quite dominant.

T: The flavor is sweet caramel grains, toasted with noticeable oaky alcohol. Apple skins, worty hints, honey with some sugary raisins. Warm and spicy alcohol with a bit of acidity. Spicy alcohol laced apple skins linger about after the swallow.

M: Warm and spicy alcohol with a medium fullness. High carbonation with lingering after thoughts of alcohol.

O: The alcohol is quite noticeable, perhaps a bit overshadowing for some of the finer points of the drink preventing the complexity from being more appreciated. Warming and spicy.

Serving type: can

03-13-2012 23:46:01 | More by beerthulhu
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark iron rich blood appearance. Bubbly beige head has some stick to it. rum, figs, raisins, cinnamon, tree bark. Lots of stuff going on here in the nose. Same on the buds. Lots of flavors and depth. Cherry based fig backbone. Cinnamon and vanilla accent nicely. Raisins. Woodiness. Fairly sweet, but not overly so. This is good. I'd give it a 4.25 in flavor if I could, but this is on the 4 side o fit rather than the 4.5 side of it. Mouthfeel is very even keel. Lightly carbonated and the alcohol is hidden quite nicely.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 05:35:44 | More by Bighuge
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can into a tulip glass.

Off the pour is a dark dense indian-red body with a nice settling tiny bubbles of light brown cream. Head is about two fingers tall then slowly receeds leaving a nice lace of ring. Can't see any carbonation from the bottom. This looks real good.

Fruit cherry and yeasty-brett like character on the nose. Even a hint of bread like fruitcake feeling. This really smells like fruit cake and I don't even LIKE fruitcake. This is great.

Tasty dried sweet cherries at first, followed with a quinine finish. Somewhat hop like in bitters, but a big yeasty brett feeling coupled with dried fruits and some bread character. Tastes like it smells, fruitcake in a glass. A little carbonated though and gaseous unfortunately, but leaves a nice tingle of tight tonic water feeling on the finish. Still very masked alcohol and not even boozy.

This is a real good product I am impressed. Very high drinkability for me.

Serving type: can

02-19-2011 22:02:28 | More by smakawhat
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Latarnik

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.3%

05-24-2014 00:01:11 | More by Latarnik
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a chalice. Looks a bit hazy, deep reddish brown with a fine beige cap. Sticky, spotty lacing. The aroma was heavy on malts and fruits - bread and toffee, raisins and figs, earthy, slight alcohol, brown sugar and cocoa. Sweet toffee flavour up front, spicy notes appear mid-palate along with dried fruits with a fair bit of alcohol and grain character bringing up the rear. It's not immediately clear to me whether the flavours are just subtle, or are a little thin when compared to the aroma, but it's pretty mild tasting overall. Full bodied with very fine carbonation, alcohol warmth, decent texture. Not bad, but a little underwhelming. After getting through the full can, it seems like the flavour just didn't come together for me - too much alcohol for the rest of the flavour profile.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 19:27:09 | More by DrJay
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - deep amber bordering on dark brown; thick layer of brown head; great retention

S - bread, belgian yeast, caramel

T - warm alcohol, yeast, bread, caramel, spicy, funky

M - medium bodied, warm, smooth, good carbonation

This is a decent beer. It has good flavor and drinkability. Even more evidence that good beer can come from a can.

Serving type: can

05-27-2012 16:02:06 | More by tdm168
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can picked up Saturday at Brewforia... Cool to see this one. Poured into my Delirium goblet.

1" lite tan head goes away pretty quickly... the brew is very deeep red.

Nose is mild dark fruits.. lite caramel.. raisins and mild fig blossom a bit with alot of warmth... so do some tannic elements... just sooo mild.. I can't go higher than a 3.

Is this brewed with a Belgian yeast? Mild dark fruits remind me of sweet cherry essence and some old raisins.. something that reminds me of black tea tannins.. none of the advertised spices are crossing my palate.. and really, none of the expected phenols or esters are either.

No alcohol to really be found ... Body is about right for the style but the carbonation is too light .. the overall lack of an sort of Belgian complexities really make me turn my shoulder on this brew... that said, I is pretty okay for what it is, but to allude to any "Belgian" characteristics is a bad misstep. The bad thing for me, is the drinkability is actually pretty high if I look beyond my above negatives.. this would be a great camping beer where I want something different without having to think too much.

I appreciate ALL American breweries that are experimenting with Belgian styles, but this seems like it was brewed with a clean American yeast and then tried to mask that folly with spices and oak.

4/3/3.5/4/4.5

Serving type: can

02-08-2010 08:08:58 | More by JohnGalt1
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glid02

Georgia

3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel malts with moderate amounts of vanilla and sugar-coated dark fruits. Also present are hints of brown sugar and lighter hints of molasses.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though more nuanced. Robust caramel malt flavors with hints of toastiness and nuttiness kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are solid amounts of brown sugar and booze-soaked raisins. Near the end of the sip mild amounts of vanilla come into play - sweeter and somewhat resembling extract more so than vanilla in other beers I've had - before fading out into a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass without a problem however I'm not sure about another.

Overall I wasn't a big fan of this beer - there was a lot going on and the levels of each flavor didn't seem to be as they should be. Far from a bad beer but one not worth seeking.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2011 23:08:05 | More by glid02
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sendbeer

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

10-22-2012 16:48:57 | More by sendbeer
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beertunes

Washington

3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz glass. The beer poured a clear reddish brown color with a tan head that had OK retention and lacing. there was a sweet malty scent with some spice and fruit. The flavor also had slightly fruity, slightly sweet and malty taste with a bit of a tart finish. The body was full and smooth with a slightly sticky finish.The drinkability was typical for the style. Overall, a pretty typical example of the style.

Serving type: can

04-23-2010 01:05:39 | More by beertunes
Monk's Blood from 21st Amendment Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 1,036 ratings.