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Monk's Blood - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,139 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,139
Reviews: 489
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 70
Gots: 104 | FT: 3
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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Ratings: 1,139 | Reviews: 489 | Display Reviews Only:
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

jawas, Jul 15, 2014
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3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Limited head quickly dissipates over a brown ale. Slight effervescence continues throughout the drinking experience.

S- As it warms, the baking spice autumnal smells come through. A pleasant smelling beer.

T- Stays in keeping with the smell, not overpowering with any booze flavor. At the colder temp, the flavors aren't too pronounced. (Probably intensifies and smooths out as it warms up)

M- A little thin for a high alcohol ale, no burn present.

O- Definitely a drink that I should have left on my counter for a while before drinking it. I'm not running to the store to get another but I certainly wouldn't turn one down if it were offered to me.

EdwardK77, Jul 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

RupertRonco, Jul 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

paulish, Jul 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

MikeDAdams, Jul 11, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +25%

Sir_Goatman, Jul 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

SpAiReArGsEonNE, Jul 10, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +25%

keleonetti, Jul 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

DavidHume, Jul 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

pat_usher, Jul 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Mikecap, Jul 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

JohnSnowNW, Jul 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

NickThePyro, Jul 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

vinylrooster, Jul 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

burnzgtm, Jul 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

JakeBarnett, Jul 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Opaque mahogany colored body is topped by a creamy khaki head.
S: Vanilla, oak, fig and spice aromas make for a beautiful bouquet.
T: Flavors include cinnamon, vanilla, dried dark fruits and a bit of booziness.
M: Medium bodied, very flavorful and enjoyable.
O: Delicious, excellent brew.

Paincane, Jul 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

samtrillo, Jul 02, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

cmgage, Jul 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Pocketharpy, Jul 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

craftbeerdiva, Jul 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

bigbeers84, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of Nugganooch
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can purchased from the Trader Joe’s in Santa Rosa, CA
Noted on 06/13/2014 with a hotel tumbler type glass

A: A lively Belgian from the can. Produces a massive khaki billow with insane amount of hang time on it. Locks in a garnet looking body underneath it all with some midway lucidity to it. Dem ruby tones. Looks fantastic really despite the ridiculous amount of head that formed. Leaves the glass caked with stick.

S: Dark toasted caramels and date sugars with dark fruit accents of plum and fig abound from the can. Definitely smells sugary sweet and I get some subtle cinnamon and cardamom type spices mixed in. Bread crust and yeasty aromas round out the rest of the nose. Smells a bit sweet but gives you a good sense of the complexity to this one.

T: Starts off sweet with loads of malt sugars and dark Belgian candi giving likeness to dark breads, date, and fig. There is a light dusting of cinnamon and cardamom type spices mixed in and everything comes together like a spiced raisin bread. There is a moderate level of hoppy bitterness with moments of orange peel that starts to thin and dry the finish out. I get some woodland earthiness in the end followed by a wash of warming alcohol presence. A bit on the sweet side but in the end this is very tasty.

M: The body is certainly on the fuller side however mouth feel is smooth and lush on the palate. Leaves you with some sticky sugary residues and some warming alcohol.

D: I think user Sammy said it best…Not true to the style but fun to try and would definitely have again. Lots of integrated flavors built into this one and fairly easy to quaff on account of the great mouth feel. But they give you a lot to explore so it’s fun to take your time with this one. My highest score from 21st Amendment yet.

Nugganooch, Jun 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

JohnK17, Jun 27, 2014
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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.

dbrauneis, Jun 27, 2014
Monk's Blood from 21st Amendment Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 1,139 ratings.