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Monk's Blood - 21st Amendment Brewery

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86
very good

1,118 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,118
Reviews: 487
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 71
Gots: 97 | FT: 2
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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 tone77
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smells of dark fruits and spices. Taste is like it smells, dark fruit and spices, some notes of alcohol. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

tone77, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tried this before, and have had a can sitting in the fridge waiting to do a review. Then got it as an extra from womencantsail today, so I figured it was a good time to do it.

A: Large frothy big bubbled 2 finger head rises over the very dark but somewhat clear brown color.

N: Brown sugar and dark malts dominate the nose. A little hop bitterness is there, as well as some dark fruits, plum, raisin. Lots of caramelized brown sugar.

T: Starts with lots of sweet dark malts. A chewy malt flavor with some light roast, Belgian malts, and caramel malt. Lots of dark fruits, raisin, plum, fig, etc. Again tons of caramelized brown sugar comes through. A touch of hop bitterness. It gets a very slight boozy quality but hides the 8.5% well.

M: Decent body and good carbonation.

F: Finishes still pretty sweet with more brown sugar and fruit. Some strange bitterness comes through on the finish too, but its a somewhat unpleasant bitterness. The sweetness, syrup, and brown sugar never wants to go away. That is probably the only downfall of this beer. I wonder if it will mellow as it ages. With how sweet it is, it makes it a tough drink actually.

jlindros, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of HopHooligan
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was a little hesitant with this one only because it came in a can, but the can looks devilish and kinda evil so it must be worth it.

A- Deep deep rich brown coloring, little foam, medium lacing on the glass.

S- Great smelling brew, a lot of oak and vanilla. Slight alcohol scent

t- First hits the pallet with vanilla and a little cherry flavor. Afterwards strong cinnamon taste.

M- Light to medium body, same with carbonation.

D- Strong tasting beer, probably a sipper. ABV is 8% so not too many hehe

This was my first try with 21st Amendment Brewery, they make a good beer and have changed my views on canned beers.

HopHooligan, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of wagenvolks
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can into a Three Philosopher's chalice. Cheers to indiapaleale for the trade via his "Nice Cans BIF".

Monk's Blood displays a deep, dark russet hue that lightens to ruby red in the artificial fluorescent glow of my apartment. A wispy veil of khaki bubbles retains well atop the surface and momentarily clings to the side of the glass. A decidedly American take on a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, as foresty hops hit the nose first. Whiffs of raisin and fig-laden booze follow suit, with caramelized toffee and toasted chocolate malts. Enticing, to say the least...

Hoppy taste, too. Perhaps a bit much for the style, as citrus and pine override much of the caramel and dark fruit sweetness. Drying on the finish, without much of an aftertaste beside a flash of nuttiness and a sourish, near-medicinal booze note. Medium, highly carbonated body with a slick finish that drinks well for the style. All in all, 21st Amendment has crafted an interesting take on the Belgian Strong Dark Ale, but I might pass on this in favor of the originals of the style (Gulden Draak, Chimay, etc.). Still, definitely worth a try.

wagenvolks, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of Bighuge
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Bighuge, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of HitokiriNate85
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

HitokiriNate85, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of MeadGuyfromMD
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

* Poured from a can in a carboard 4 pack

A - Deep, Deep Copper with a fluffy tan head about 3/4", that dissipated fairly quick. It did leave a very nice lace behind.

S - Beautiful aroma of dark sweet fruit, noticeable maltiness, a hint of spice and banana. I also notice a mild alcohol aroma

T - Sweet, with a hair of tartness at the end. There are dark fruits and some caramels at work here. The cinnamon is there, but not overpowering, I think I taste fig or tart cherries on the tip of my tongue.

M - Very good balance on a Belgian style beer. There is light to Medium carbonation and the beer glides over my tongue with ease.

D - Very good balance, good carbonation, not to sweet and it certainly goes down easy. I can see this 4 pack going down in one night, but only if you are looking to do some chanting of your own. I could easily drink and enjoy two, but I would recommend you stop there. Respect this very fine brew, don't pound all 4 in a one session.

MeadGuyfromMD, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of llllDrGONZOllll
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a tulip

Tan fluffy head with bubbles ranging from micro to mondo. When Ii held this brew to the light blood was the first thing to come to mind. Light barely passes through this dark deep red canned Belgian style. The name serves the appearance and the taste with great honor. I have never had a Belgian style served from a can. until today...21 A continues to wow me with every release that comes my way. I look at this as the Belgian dark ale that can go camping and fishing.

The sweet dark roasty flavors combine to hide the 8.5% that slides by and warms the belly. Smells of sourdough bread fill the nose with the fruity esters of the Belgian yeast. Caramel and plums, raisins and honeydew melon. There is a slight sourness i just can not peg. This is a full flavored ale that coats the mouth thickly lasting only long enough to remind of how well the last sip went down before committing to another.

llllDrGONZOllll, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of clayrock81
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a brownish color, tints of red, with decent head that left some lace. A semi-sweet smell of minor sugary malt along with some tart fruits for a balanced aroma, although the typical Belgian yeast/orange smell I find in most ales is lacking. Medium-bodied beer that has a mix of tart fruit and some citric notes along with hints of caramel malt and some stickiness to it. Gets a tad too sticky and becomes chewey but other than that this is an easy drinker but just a tad too mellow for my liking.

clayrock81, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of mobyviacheslov
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

A--I poured this one into a glass, even though with most other 21st Ammendment Canned craft brews, I've tried them out of the can just for "fun". Couldn't bring myself to do it with a Belgian style ale though. There was virtually no head, though the outer rim of the beer maintained a tiny coagulation of bubbles that did leave level marks after each sip for around a minute before running back into the beer. The beer itself is a very dark, nearly opaque brown...in the low light of my kitchen it looked black. Light reveals a few ruby colors.

S--the nose was very mild, with hints of caramel and dried fruit. Not a lot of character to the nose...perhaps the canning process or the can itself reduces the smells that the lees and sediment in a bottled belgian usually benefits from.

T--First of all, I waited about an hour after taking the can out of the fridge, but it still felt about 40 degrees (problem I've had with all canned micros). My first sip, all I could taste was CAN, though this didn't happen with others from this brewery...perhaps it was mental, since a belgian in a can is still weird to me...considering that "flavor" went away on subsequent sips. There are some intriguingly tart caramel flavors, which are very contradicting but it works quite well. There are underlying tobacco flavors as well. The initial flavor burst is malty and very true to the style, and the finish brings out the tart and tobacco flavors. Its not the most sophisticated, strong, or complex ale in the world, but certainly better than I was expecting. I will let the last half of this sit out for a little while and see if the temperature can help bring out more pungent flavors.

M--This is my only real problem with the beer. Waaaay to much carbonation going on here. Its not bud-light carbonation, but its more than I expected. I have had many belgian ales with higher than average carbonation, and it generally is a plus, adding a pop to your tongue that amplifies the subtle flavors...in this case, it seems to overpower them, perhaps causing the mild flavors.

D--Well, due to the fact that I drank this waaay to cold, and its carbonation level, this beer actually comes off as very drinkable. Like, "have 10 or so at a barbeque" drinkable. Probably dangerous due to the ABV. As I've said about other 21st canned beers, this would actually be a great barbeque beer if you want to slum it out of a can, but still feel snob-superior to the MGD drinkers.
Serving Type: 12 oz can, poured in
to a snifter, probably around 40 degrees.

mobyviacheslov, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a deep crimson mahogany red hue with light tan head and speckled lacing surrounding the sides of my Allagash chalice. Light beige head with thin speckled lacing. Aroma has a sweet sugar backing with hints of vanilla and spice. Sharp sweetness filled with raisins and plum, and I guess fig additions according to my can. A touch of cider like notes to it, very cohesive with mellow booze. Flavor is nice slightly acidic with raisins and figs exchanging strokes of flavor ample bitterness to balance it out, and a touch of mellow alcohol in the finish this brew from a can for 8 bucks a 4 pack equates to a good deal. Mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied with slightly sticky edges a nice all around drinking experience especially for a canned strong Belgian style dark ale. Drinkability was solid a beer I will revisit during the next three cans offered by this small brewer.

WVbeergeek, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of Proteus93
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now that 21st Amendment has rolled into Virginia, I was able to pick up a fresh can from Beer Run in Charlottesville.

A: Deep bronze, sporting a nice finger and a half tall head that strings lace around the glass walls.

S: Malts, Belgian yeast esters, and vanilla - though, like a vanilla extract rather than straight up beans. I don't pick up the 'oiliness' of the vanilla beans, so it has me wondering what was used. Nonetheless, it's pleasant and complements the other aromas nicely. Oak scents pair evenly with it, a nice balance of flavours.

T: Vanilla is quite a big flavour on my palate, as well. There's a bit of a buried 'slightly burnt' toffee flavour that comes out under it all - it's very subtle, and I find it to be a really nice touch. I do find that the vanilla and cinnamon pretty much dominate, though... even the wood notes are a bit subdued to them, and I am not really picking up on the figs that the can states are in there much.

M + D: It has quite a robust body, giving it almost a chewy mouthfeel, but falling a little short of that. A nice 'end of the night' beer that has served well as my nightcap. Not bad at all!

Proteus93, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of smcolw
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours ruby brown with a glowing clarity. Thick beige head that settles slowly, but doesn't leave much lace.

Sweet caramel aroma of darker crystal malts. No notable hop to the nose.

This is a tale of a sweet, rich beer. Here, I can detect the slightest of hop bitterness. Lots of sweet cola flavor. The alcohol doesn't show up until the swallow. Very true to the style even with the oily body.

smcolw, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of SRossman
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

SRossman, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of BigMike
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.
92/100

BigMike, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of GreenCard
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: ruddy rusty-brown, slight haze, not much head formation

Aroma: biscuity malt, raisins, brown sugar, rum, oak

Flavor: sweet maltiness with notes of dark caramel, molasses, vanilla, and a sour-milk tartness; finishes sweet a raisiny aftertaste

Mouthfeel: full body, pert carbonation, slick, and alcohol warmth in the throat

Other comments: I've got a bone to pick with the can/package design because you can barely read it! The font and white-on-black makes it almost illegible.

GreenCard, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of hawks10
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ScreamForMe for this one...

12oz. can poured into FFF's pint glass...

Dark ruby/purple when held up to the light, small half finger light tan head which dissipates into a thin film which lasts for the whole glass...

Wow, very sweet smell up front, dark fruits, fig and raisin...no hint of hop or alcohol...

Taste is very sweet, thick, bready...the dark fruits in the nose are very apparent on the tongue, slight alcohol tinge after a few sips and once the brew becomes slightly warmer...

Decent mouthfeel, thick and chewy, loads of flavor, not much hop presence at all to balance things out, but still nice to drink. Slightly warming...

With how sweet this beer is I can't see myself throwing a lot of these back, the one I had however was very easy to drink...

hawks10, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of Reswald
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Monk's Blood is a Belgian-style dark ale, brewed with dark candi sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, and dried dark figs; it's aged on oak chips to add in some woody flavors as well. I'd say it's roughly in the style of a dubbel, though its 8.3% ABV pushes it toward being a Belgian Dark Strong Ale, like the Chimay Grande Reserve or Rochefort 10. It pours a deep, rich brown, with a rocky tan head. The aroma speaks of the spices and the figs, perhaps with a touch of alcohol. On the tongue, it is gratifyingly complex, with the dark figs very evident. Perhaps a little too evident, as they make the beer seem a bit too sweet. The Amarillo hops give it a few citrusy notes, something you don't really expect for this style, but not unpleasant. It finishes slightly thin, but it is still delicious and very drinkable.

Reswald, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of kbutler1
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this one on a whim as I have seen it before a couple times and 21st is new to Minnesota.
Pours a nice dark candy color reddish tan with a nice offwhite hear.
Smells almost like a sour but that might be the cinnamon I am smelling.
Sweet initial taste that moves to a ever so slight bitterness. Tastes of fruit and spices.
Great mouthfeel.
For 8.5% I don't get a real boozy taste from this.
Good beer.

kbutler1, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of vacax
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can from Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa. Pours clear, dark brown-red and mildly translucent. Around a finger of light tan head, fair retention and some lacing. For a Belgian ale, actually much less head than I expected, though I dig the color (get it? Monk's Blood...). Aromas of fig, prune, grape skins, then some herbal notes and slight phenols.

Tastes of prune, brown sugar, grape skins and figs, slightly phenolic and warming. Quite fruity on the midpalate and a bready finish. While it is brewed with vanilla, oak chips, and cinnamon they are all quite mild elements. The cinnamon is questionable as to whether I pick it up, as are the others, they all enhance the flavor rather than dominate.

Body is full, slight silken quality, medium carbonation, not too high, though it doesn't feel like the bottle conditioned smoothness I prefer a Belgian ale. This is a tasty beer, and in the world of Belgian dark ales it is not as phenolic and quite drinkable for me.

vacax, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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

JohnGalt1, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of meatyard
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear, dark ruby color with a short head that quickly falls to splotches of foam. Has a fairly active carbonation stream.
The smell is ripe but sour plum.
The taste includes sweet & sour dark fruits, red wine and some fruit skin bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium, slightly carbonated and drying.
Drinkability is fine, alcohol is not hidden but it's not in your face apparent and it's not a beer that I'd drink two of at a time but would have one at another time. It doesn't seem like any other BSDA though fits some characteristics. I would recommend giving it a try though it may not please a lot of people.

meatyard, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After Med invites me over, feeds me beer and tolerates me singing Iron Maiden on Rock Band, he still has the decency to send me home with a can of Monk's Blood. What a guy. Cheers to Med!

Well, it's red. That's a relief. I was a little worried, what with the name and all. Actually it's a ruby port color with a dull brown to it. This one has just a slight haze. The head here is an irregular tan film with a thick collar.

Smells of dark dried fruits and a hodgepodge of light but pungent, earthy herbs. There's a touch of charred sugars here too with a touch of distant sour.

Tastes of an eclectic buzz of flavors. There seems to be a sour snap running down the middle with some soft sweetness off to the sides. The sour is a touch of plumb skin, rhubarb and under-ripe strawberry that fades to tobacco. The sweet picks up on this too with similar sweet fruity notes that fades to light garden flowers and a touch of birch bark. There's quite a bit going on here.

Feels dense but slick and smooth with a very softly stated carbonation.

Very nice. Definitely one to share with wine-snob friends who think beer lacks character, especially coming from a can! Maybe a little too busy to drink many of, but it is quite an accomplishment.

DarkerTheBetter, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of beer2day
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This came from a can?!?!?

Pours a deep mahogany red. Thin head, very little retention, but nice lacing. The color is extraordinary.

Nose is extremely complex. Lots of fruit here. Reminds me slightly of aged SA triple bock. Plum, fig, black grape, all ripe and all present. Bread and yeast slip in there, too. Candy sugar rounds things out.

From the nose, I was hoping for something more palate-wise. I'm gettin the ripe fruit from the nose, but not much else. Weaker taste profile than expected. It's not bad, just leaves you wanting more of what's offered.

Very smooth up front. Slight fizziness midway through but finishes more syrupy. Body is pretty much right on.

Easy enough to drink for a beer as heavy as this style is. Definitely one to try, but maybe more of one to share.

beer2day, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of jmalex
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yay 21A! This has got to be the most intense beer I've ever had in a can.

APPEARANCE: Pours into my New Belgium tulip a deep ruddy amber with a moderate off-white head. It gradually shrinks to a full unbroken cap with a few curtain-like patches of lacing.

SMELL: Quite bready with only a moderate Belgian ester profile. Some dark fruits come out as well as the slightest hint of vanilla and spice. Not particularly intense though, at least at first. As it warms, some woodiness starts to come forward, but just a bit.

TASTE: It takes a while to get going, but finally a nice burst of fig and cherry fruitiness fills the flavor. Some really authentic Belgian yeast breadiness carries through to the finish alongside before giving way to a smooth dark chocolate flavor at the end. Any oakiness is quite subdued (in stark contrast to the draft version), but some light vanilla manages to come through slightly.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied with a lower carbonation. I'd prefer a bit more bubblage, but this isn't too bad.

DRINKABILITY: Very nice, and it hides the 8.5% exceptionally. I'd gladly pour myself another can.

A fine, fine beer, though it falls short of the upper tier of the style. It's certainly worth trying if you come across it, and lovers of the style should consider seeking it out. A nice choice!

jmalex, Feb 03, 2010
Monk's Blood from 21st Amendment Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 1,118 ratings.