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Monk's Blood - 21st Amendment Brewery

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Ratings: 1,055
Reviews: 476
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 69
Gots: 82 | 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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Photo of olympuszymurgus


4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Belgian in a can? isn't that illegal?

Red, dark, vinous, sweet, thick. It reminds me of a friends idea of heaven "Everything is made of dried medjool dates..." Dried fruits, caramel, enough hops to dull the sugar and a burst of...cinnamon?

Yes, its just another American attempt at Belgian beer. Just dont think of it that way. It's a sweet, dark red thing, high in booze and ready to dance on your palette. Be happy, pour it in a goblet and laugh at the audacity of those silly Americans putting Belgium in a can.

Serving type: can

12-31-2009 05:19:49 | More by olympuszymurgus
Photo of Chico1985


3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Moe's in Lee, MA. Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a small white head that disappears almost immediately. Smell is decent, dark fruits. Taste is interesting, grapes, sour apple, rum, raisins. Quite the strange tasting brew, couldn't really decide whether I enjoyed it or not. Alcohol definitely shows through towards the end, carbonation was low but overall mouthfeel felt a bit flat. It's interesting, I'll give it that, but I probably wouldn't get this again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2009 01:52:06 | More by Chico1985
Photo of soupyman10

District of Columbia

4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Church Key after being disappointed by another US Belgian, Allagash Four. This one held up a lot better in my opinion, although I'm not sure how Belgian-y it was - seemed a lot more like a US stout with a little extra sugar, but that's just me. It was mostly what you'd expect - dark brew with a solid head, then lots of chocolate, dried fruit, and molasses. Solid, if perhaps unexceptional (not a Gouden Carolus by any means). Would probably get it again, though, given the remarkably cheap price tag.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2009 22:34:41 | More by soupyman10
Photo of Reagan1984


2.55/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into my tulip glass and a 2 finger thick light tan head formed, then almost immediately faded. The beer is a deep ruby color. No lacing to speak of.

Aroma is sweet like molasses and also smells a little like red wine.

Wow, this is sweet. There's a rough bitterness to this at the end. Certainly lots of dark fruits. Can't say that I get much cinnamon or vanilla. Certainly plenty of sweetness that could be from the figs. I get beets believe it or not. Molasses.

Thick bodied and almost cloying.

Not really excited by this. Don't find it very drinkable at all. I have one can left and I will cellar that for at least a year.. (just because it can't get much worse)

Serving type: can

12-30-2009 18:50:25 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of tempest


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

On-tap at Stub & Herb's for $5 a goblet. Eh, this came off like another American attempt on a Belgian beer that doesn't quite make it. The aroma has a pleasant toast crust and cocoa character that reminds me of Belgian stouts. The flavor then splits into chocolate roast and cherry juice. Those would be ok, but they're accompanied by an acetone note that throws this whole beer off.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2009 06:29:57 | More by tempest
Photo of czechsaaz


4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Good fruity belgian yeast aroma. Dig it. I get a little chocolate malt too. The aroma is really impressive. Great malty base and a lot of spice. It's like a chocolate bar one smell and then a spice cake the next and then a dark malty doppelbock loaded with melanoidins the next.

Deep ruby colored beer that lets alomost no light through, clarity not an issue. Poured with a little white head but that fades and there nothing left after a minute.

Flavor has a sweet/sour interplay of dark malt and something yeasty that isn't really a sour but more a tart fruity ester. Hop bitterness is just enough to keep it honest but that's about all on the hops.

Medium bodied and very lightly carbonated.

I'm kind of torn on this one. It's interesting and shows a lot of complexity but it's not really to my personal taste. I like more of a traditional malty dubbel or a really funky belgian. This is kind of in between.

Serving type: can

12-29-2009 07:07:45 | More by czechsaaz
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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
Photo of vdoz3


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

A - deep burgundy/maroon/crimson. gets extra points for looking, in a weird way, kind of like a glass of blood. A small head appears and rescinds quickly (I can't get my head around cracking/pouring cans correctly...)

S - based on the ingredients listed on the can, would say the nose picked up most of the fig and vanilla notes...

T - and the palate got the oak and cinnamon. All in all the fruity, spicy bouquet comes out nicely.

M - smooth and thick, in the way a good belgian strong dark should be

D - one definitely wasn't enough. not even sure a four pack will be enough. I could drink this all night.

Serving type: can

12-27-2009 09:30:14 | More by vdoz3
Photo of AKBelgianBeast


3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly clear ruby red dark brown color with a fluffy off white head that leaves pretty good lacing.

Nose is alot of candi sugar like sweetness and slight spice.

ugh. akwardly thin, the spice profile is a mess, and the vanilla is nearly non-existent. The base beer doesn't seem that great either, pretty boring.

Mouthfeel is about right at first, but dies off kind of thin on the finish. Slightly overcarbonated, but ok.

Drinkability would be alright if it tasted better, but as it is it still drinks pretty well for 8.5%

Overall, a boring beer to be honest. It isn't great, it isn't terrible, just messy and kind of blah. Give it a try. Cool to see a belgian style in a can at least, hopefully someone out will can a nice belgian IPA soon! Ok beer, try it when you get the time/boredom.

Serving type: can

12-27-2009 05:23:58 | More by AKBelgianBeast
Photo of ppoitras


3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
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
Photo of BARFLYB


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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
Photo of corby112


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

Pours a deep dark blood red mahogany color with cloudy ruby edges and a one finger light beige head that slowly settles into a thin lasting ring.

Slightly roasted malt aroma with lots of sweet dark fruit notes, candy sugar, earthy wooden oak and subtle vanilla. Slightly vinous with lots of dark fruit, especially grape, fig, raisin and plum. Again, there is some subtle oaky tannis, vanilla and sweet alcohol from the barrel aging. Very sweet with subtle roasted character.

Slightly chewy body that's on the fuller end. Roasted chocolate/caramel maltiness balanced by lots of estery sweet dark fruit notes, candy sugar and subtle earthy oak. Very vinous from the barrel aging with lots of smooth vanilla character. Very sweet dark fruit presence, especially sour tart cherry, plum, raisin, fig and raisin. A bit too sweet for my liking but overall decently balanced. The ABV is very well masked making this beer very quaffable. Complex, flavorful and very unique. I'll definitely be drinking this again

Serving type: can

12-24-2009 08:07:05 | More by corby112
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
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
Photo of mjl21


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

12 ounce can poured into a tulip glass. Comes in at 8.3%. No bottling date but it had been released the week before I bough it.

A-Pours a dark brown with some nice reddish hue when I put it up to the light. It has a half finger sandy head that checks out extremely fast.

S-It starts with an aroma reminiscent of cola. The figs used impart a definite sweet stone fruit aroma to this beer. There is some noticeable vanilla, Belgian yeast, and candy sugar. I get a faint amount of the oak used when they brewed this beer.

T-It starts with flavors of Belgian yeast and spices, primarily cinammon. Oak, sweet stone fruit, and a touch of roasted malt are there. The vanilla flavor is most noticeable right after the sip has gone down. The cinammon flavor lingers in between sips. It has some graininess in the back.

M-Medium to full bodied with crisp carbonation.

D-The abv is well hidden. I found one can to be enough in a night. I prefer the original Strong Beer Month version.

Overall a pretty neat canned offering. The convenience of having a flavorful beer in a can earns it some more points. This is one that really needs to warm up.

Serving type: can

12-23-2009 23:52:51 | More by mjl21
Photo of ScreamForMe


3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first can of beer for review:

Inch of foam with minimal lacing.

Sweet to the taste and boozy. Perhaps a little too hot - curious what age would do to this brew.

Thin mouthfeel - but taste improves as it warms up.

A decent beer - not sure if it's a good example of the style, though.

Next review!

Serving type: can

12-23-2009 05:21:07 | More by ScreamForMe
Photo of MetalHopHead6


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

Monk's Blood poured mahogany with red highlights and a one-finger tan head that quickly dissipated. The glass was left clear.

The smell and taste were like sweet dried fruit and booze. The feel was remarkably smooth with no carbonation and only a slight lingering sweetness. Despite the high ABV, this ale was light and refreshing.

Monk's Blood is dark in name and color but light in taste and feel. It doesn't seem quite heavy enough for the style, but it's delicious, warming, and so easy the alcohol sneaks up on you. It would be perfect, and dangerous, at a holiday party.

Serving type: can

12-23-2009 01:42:51 | More by MetalHopHead6
Photo of Murchmac


3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this in the fridge for like a month.

Pours out of a can into the budweiser goblet a brown with mild amber highlights.

Has a great smell to it. One of the better smelling belgians from a can. Dark fruits, vanilla, oak...a bit thin however.

Taste follows the nose. Very enjoyable. Sticky sweet. Now available in your favorite grocery store. Mama Lucia, America's favorite meatballs.

Serving type: can

12-20-2009 22:33:16 | More by Murchmac
Photo of popery


3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting fruity twist on a BSDA but a bit too sweet. In my opinion, this beer could have come out a bit better with some souring and a bit of time in an oak barrel. The beer pours red-tinged brown with a dissipating, off-white head. The aroma is vanilla, cherries, caramel, cognac and some sweet fruitiness, which may be from the figs but it's more sweet than figgy. The flavor is just a bit too sweet, throwing the whole package off a bit for my tastes. I'm not saying it's terrible, but I think the beer could have really benefited from more attenuation. This is probably one of the best beers that I've had out of a can.

Serving type: can

12-20-2009 06:44:55 | More by popery
Photo of tobin999


3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

i just picked this up for the store because it looked interesting no other reason

from a can in to my darkness goblet

A: nice very dark brown with one fat finger of

S: figs fairly sweet faint vanilla

T: starts a bit tart then moves it to a vanilla carmel flavor and finishs with dark fruit sweetness

M: imo quite abit lighter then i would have thought

D: quite drinkable now if you dont mid i will now have another

Serving type: can

12-20-2009 04:58:43 | More by tobin999
Photo of drabmuh


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

My wife picked this out at the liquor store based on the crazy packaging, I didn't realize it came from 21st amendment until we opened it later that night. A pleasant surprise.

Beer poured from a can into an etched tulip glass. Beer is dark brown / red (can barely see through it). THICK! AGGRESSIVE! head. Head consists of off white small to medium bubbles and there is a ton of lacing as the initial head settles to a much more modest and practical level after a minute. Rate of carbonation is moderate and is good enough to keep the head propped up for the duration of the beer. At the corners of the glass you can see the red hue to the beer and that even though it is dark there is nothing to see here, beer is totally clear. Honestly, I think its one of the most attractive beers I've seen in a while.

Aroma is nice and spicy with the familiar smell of the esters Belgian ale yeast throw off at warmer temperatures of fermentation. Overall the aroma is a little light but its still really enjoyable. There are no hop / bitter aromas associated. There is some sweetness in the nose, could be malt or perhaps some alcohol. Aroma could have been slightly more aggressive.

This beer set me up for high hopes in a lot of ways. The flavors kind of let me down though. Beer has a medium body and there is a slight boozy character to it. There is no hint of roast or of hop based bitterness leaving the back of the palate blank when confronted with the sweetness from the alcohol and malt up front. Beer seems to be disconnected. There is no aftertaste and overall I'd say its worth a look, but I won't be very quick to finish my 4 pack.

Serving type: can

12-17-2009 21:28:06 | More by drabmuh
Photo of jamie2dope


3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Serving type: can

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


3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had this at Stub and Herb's, didn't know I was trying anything special!

A: Dark brown with a small head. There's no active carbonation

S: Weak, vaguely Belgian.

T: Dry and grainy, almost roasted. Some good complexity

M: Smooth

D: Very drinkable

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2009 02:05:26 | More by mdwalsh
Photo of Goldfish19

New York

4/5  rDev +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! ~

Serving type: can

12-14-2009 01:47:43 | More by Goldfish19
Photo of edmedina


4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Serving type: can

12-13-2009 05:06:21 | More by edmedina
Photo of John_M


4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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
Monk's Blood from 21st Amendment Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 1,055 ratings.