Monk's Blood - 21st Amendment Brewery
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3.54/5 rDev -7.1%
Canned on 3/3/14.
Appearance: Intense dark brown with a touch of red and quite murky, although it didn't look like much sediment came out of the can. About one finger of light tan froth. Patches of effervescence stuck to the sides of the glass about halfway down. Doesn't look super appetizing but doesn't repulse me either.
Aroma: Clean yeasty bread. Bit of dark belgian malt depth and a hint of vanilla. Some deep red wine notes.
Taste: Very sweet up front. A mix of raisin and fig flavors combine with the malt to deliver a serious sweet liqueur flavor. This nearly cloying flavor is broadened during the finish. A more subtle red wine flavor really deepens the experience and carries through the aftertaste. A moderate bitterness appears in the aftertaste as well and is the last thing to fade. Don't detect the vanilla or oak chip additions but this is still a full flavored brew. Slight warmth from the 8.3% ABV, which only heightens the experience.
Mouthfeel: Full in body with unobtrusive carbonation supplied by very tiny bubbles akin to the belgian style. A bit below average in drinkability because it feels so viscous from all the sugar.
Final Thoughts: While it's very good, I have a hard time rating Monk's Blood as exceptional. This is due to the almost dabilitating amount of sweetness in this beer. Wish the oak chips could have shined through to bring a little balance. As it stands, Monk's Blood is just too sweet to be completely enjoyable. Would I drink it again? No, but I would recommend it to fans of the style.
08-06-2014 00:58:42 | More by JamesMN
4.25/5 rDev +11.5%
Monk's blood has been a go to, over the top Belgian style for me for years. It is a great example of A,merican brewers doing Belgian better than the Belgians.
It has that red tinge that have it a banner. The aroma is fruity and real.
The taste bites nice and big, like a double should. The aftertaste is log lasting and slightly sour.
This is a beer you will want again and again, as I do.
08-01-2014 00:39:37 | More by schoolboy
3.98/5 rDev +4.5%
A - Dark mahogany body with an ambivalent combination of bright ruby and muddy brown highlights. Khaki head with ok retention and low lace.
S - Sweet cherry cordial, muscat grape. A little artificial on the cherry note. Touches of cedar and caramel.
T - Very similar to the nose. Sweet (maybe overly sweet) cherry pie filling. Oak, caramel, molasses, pumpernickel bread, and raisin bran muffins.
M - Medium body. Nice carbonation.
O - The style edges sweet, but this beer still a touch too sweet. That said there's a really nice, well balanced complexity to the flavor profile.
07-30-2014 00:15:18 | More by vfgccp
Monk's Blood from 21st Amendment Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 1,101 ratings.