1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Monk's Blood - 21st Amendment Brewery

Not Rated.
Monk's BloodMonk's Blood

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
86
very good

1,101 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,101
Reviews: 483
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 72
Gots: 93 | FT: 1
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,101 | Reviews: 483 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of kuhndog
kuhndog

New York

4/5  rDev +5%

08-11-2014 02:44:15 | More by kuhndog
Photo of Extol
Extol

Georgia

3/5  rDev -21.3%

08-10-2014 20:26:54 | More by Extol
Photo of TheTinDoor
TheTinDoor

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

08-10-2014 11:21:35 | More by TheTinDoor
Photo of BraveMountie
BraveMountie

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

08-10-2014 00:26:18 | More by BraveMountie
Photo of JParkin
JParkin


4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

08-09-2014 16:38:30 | More by JParkin
Photo of TomG2751
TomG2751

Maryland

4/5  rDev +5%

08-09-2014 16:14:31 | More by TomG2751
Photo of BeerLovinBuckwildUnicorn
BeerLovinBuckwildUnicorn

New York

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

08-07-2014 20:11:32 | More by BeerLovinBuckwildUnicorn
Photo of JamesMN
JamesMN

Minnesota

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
Photo of BamfBacon
BamfBacon

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

08-06-2014 00:20:28 | More by BamfBacon
Photo of MystikCelt
MystikCelt

New York

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

08-05-2014 07:46:56 | More by MystikCelt
Photo of zestar
zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

08-04-2014 19:39:55 | More by zestar
Photo of Schimms
Schimms

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

08-04-2014 02:09:03 | More by Schimms
Photo of therealsikes
therealsikes

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

08-03-2014 15:03:37 | More by therealsikes
Photo of JoelClark
JoelClark

Idaho

4/5  rDev +5%

08-03-2014 05:59:38 | More by JoelClark
Photo of ChaseBacon
ChaseBacon

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

08-03-2014 00:58:39 | More by ChaseBacon
Photo of Doomcifer
Doomcifer

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

08-01-2014 13:51:31 | More by Doomcifer
Photo of DeltaFour
DeltaFour

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

08-01-2014 06:25:33 | More by DeltaFour
Photo of schoolboy
schoolboy

Ohio

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
Photo of Jack_Frost79
Jack_Frost79

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

07-31-2014 19:33:13 | More by Jack_Frost79
Photo of BarrelAgedG
BarrelAgedG

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

07-30-2014 04:22:05 | More by BarrelAgedG
Photo of Spiral517
Spiral517

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

07-30-2014 00:49:12 | More by Spiral517
Photo of vfgccp
vfgccp

New York

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
Photo of xbrettfavrex
xbrettfavrex

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

07-27-2014 18:12:09 | More by xbrettfavrex
Photo of dtomes
dtomes

New York

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

07-26-2014 03:30:39 | More by dtomes
Photo of Lehighace06
Lehighace06

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5%

07-25-2014 04:36:48 | More by Lehighace06
Monk's Blood from 21st Amendment Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 1,101 ratings.