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Monk's Blood - 21st Amendment Brewery

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509 Reviews
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Reviews: 509
Hads: 1,334
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 21.32%
Wants: 82
Gots: 192 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: taxguyjase on 09-10-2009

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Reviews: 509 | Hads: 1,334
Photo of beertunes
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz glass. The beer poured a clear reddish brown color with a tan head that had OK retention and lacing. there was a sweet malty scent with some spice and fruit. The flavor also had slightly fruity, slightly sweet and malty taste with a bit of a tart finish. The body was full and smooth with a slightly sticky finish.The drinkability was typical for the style. Overall, a pretty typical example of the style.

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Photo of klewis
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky, dark brown with a moderate, frothy head that leaves a thick halo. Moderate lacing.

S: Big fruity aroma with figs, prunes, and cinnamon. Light phenols.

T: Fruity with an earthy oak taste in the back. Semi-sweet with flavors of dark fruits and spice. The fruit and sweetness depart quite quickly, leaving a mild astringency.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate-high carbonation. Dry and chalky finish.

D: For a Belgian in a can, pretty solid. Worth picking up again for the price.

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Photo of stewart124
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark red with an inch of tan head. This lingers for a minute then leaves a pretty lace along the edge.

Figs, raisins, and brown sugar in the nose with just a hint of vanilla

Very strong dark belgian candy note with tangy fruit esters. Smooth and delicious mouthfeel that bodes well and lingers just enough coating the tongue and tastebuds. Very complex caramel characters and a slight biscuity note.

This is truly a treat to drink and the 8.5% is well hidden. The finish is super sharp and dry with a lingering fig character on the palate.

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Photo of organicbrewer
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Dark ruby with a small tan head. Fairly clear.

S-prunes and raisins. Light cinnamon. No hop aroma. A bit light.

T-Cherry cola. Nice caramel sweetness. Very low hop bitterness. Some fig. I don't get any of the spices listed on the can but sometimes that's the point. Medium bitterness, keeps things balanced.

M-Oak only apparant in the slight astringent mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation, could use a bit more imho.

D-Nice beer. I think this is more like a big dubbel than a dark strong. This beer would open up with more carbonation. It would kick up the aroma and flavor a bit and make it seem drier. All and all a nice beer.

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Photo of emsroth
1.99/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

12oz can

App: Deep red-hued mahogany. Fairly cloudy. Fluffy tan head, but minimal lace.

Smell: Really not much going on here despite all of the ingredients. Some caramel, some roast malt, some herbal hops, and strong alcohol, but all this only if i dive my nose deep into the glass.

Taste: Again, not much going on here. Starts slightly fruity with a strong alcoholic bite. Ends with a solid earthiness from the herbal hops and coffee/toffee roasted malts.

Rather watery, slippery mouthfeel.

I wanted to like this beer. It sounded so good!

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Photo of rhinos00
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very excited to see the 21st Amendment canned beers in the shelves in Ohio. Poured from a can into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a dark, brown color that produced maroon hues when held into light. Produced a fingers width of white head that reduced to a thin, white ring.

S- Sweetness from malts and dark fruits. Background has a distinct, yet faint hint of cinnamon. Not overly complex, could have used a lot more.

T- Upfront the beer is dominated by oak and sweet fig flavors...actually sort of digging it. As the beer settles on the tongue a lighter, fruit cinnamon flavor comes forth. Finished with a dry, oak bitterness and touch of vanilla along with alcohol notes.

M- A little pedestrian. Dry and much too light bodied for this style of beer. Definitely could be improved upon.

D- Easily would have been a 4.0, but this beer had a surprising alcohol kick in the end. I have had many high alcohol beers that did not have the effect this one had.

Overall, a pretty decent beer. I think the fact that it is canned gives this beer a leg up on other beers with similar quality. Definitely may find it's way into my golf bag this summer.

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Photo of chaz01
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A couple of sample pours at a local beer tasting event from a 12 ounce can.

A: Very dark brown, average head, some bubbles noticed rising up from the glass.

S:Sweet malty smell, earthy grains

T: A little bit on the sweet side, with lots of dark fruit flavors like raisins and plums. I was expecting a tinny metallic taste from the can, but pleasantly found none.

M: Maybe a little bit thin on the palate for such a big beer, but overall is very smooth. Nice carbonation and finish kept me coming back for more.

D: I think this would go great with a hearty meal, or stands up well by itself. Despite the 8.3 ABV, was very smooth -- could drink more than one of these. The cans would make it ideal for some place where bottles are prohibited like a pool, etc.

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Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from can into Snifter.

Appearance: Dark brown with a reddish-orange tint. Minimal head and lacing.

Smell: Figs, vanilla, dark fruit, clove and an overall stale mustiness.

Taste: Nice balance of sweet and earthy malts, with notes of vanilla, brown sugar, figs, oak, and maybe just a hint of the cinnamon that is supposedly there. Definitely finishes more on the musty side than sweet.

Feel: Low carbonation, syrupy but relatively light body in comparison to the malty taste.

Drinkability: This is a very nice example of a Belgian Strong Ale that somehow manages to be full-flavored yet easy to drink, while also masking its high alcohol quite well.

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Photo of pwoody11
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed at just below room temp. Maybe 67F?

Poured a dark red almost mahogany color. With off white head.

Aroma is a bit sour. Dark fruit mostly.

Taste is cherry-like. Cinnamon. Nice balance between sweet and sour. A little heat pokes through, but it's welcomed and not overpowering.

Decent brew.

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Photo of Beejay
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark murky brown, with light tan colored head

S: Fruity, maybe some bubblegum. Cloves, dried fruit, banana bread, and perhaps some woody scents. To be honest i thought i would pick up more, but perhaps not.

T: Yeasty at first, followed by a punch with fruits and spices. Dark fruits dominate, with some undertone from the fig. Sadly I don't pick up a lot of the oak or vanilla. Still tastes real nice.

M: Thick, slightly syrupy, with good carbonation.

D: Good, not amazing. But good. I have had this twice now, and really enjoy it, but I feel like the cinnamon, oak, and vanilla get lost. And there are a lot of other brews in this style that are excellent.

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Photo of mcallister
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Brick colored with a crimson hint when held to light. Medium off white head fluffy and thick, thin layer of lace.

Dark fruits and red currant with thick dark malts, slightly spicey with an edge of sweetness. Fig, date, raisin, and plum. Full of dried fruit ester. Hints of chocolate.

Flavor very much like the aroma. Very dry anhydrous finish, bitter hops and long finish. Fig, and plum lead the way, alcohol burn in the chest, bitey carbonation and black cherry. Mouth is just kinda blah on this one very homebrew like.

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Photo of number1bum
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mymrnngjckt for a can of this puppy.

Pours a reddish dark brown, sort of a mahogany color, with a good three fingers of creamy tan head. Keeps a pretty full lace and leaves some good webbing on the sides.

First thing I smell is the figs, or at least dark fruit; but since I know this is brewed with figs I can sound smart. Shit, I gave it away. Anyway...there's some sweet dark malts here too, caramel and maybe some molasses. A bit of an earthy, peat moss sort of aroma too. All that said, it's a struggle to find much more in this nose; I know there is cinnamon in here, but I have to go searching for it and try to convince myself that I smell it. Vanilla and oak? Not so much. It seems a little more simplistic than it should.

Taste starts off with some dark fruits and dark caramel sweetness. Like the nose I'm thinking there is more to this sweetness; molasses maybe? Doesn't really strike me as candi sugar. Whatever. Hey there are those figs again. A bit of cherry too. I get more cinnamon now than I did from the nose; it mingles with some earthy flavors and forms a nice element to this beer. I get a hint of vanilla, and I think the oak is probably contributing a bit of peppery spice and some of that earthiness. Still, like I said before, it seems like this should be more complex than it is. Did they use a Belgian yeast strain here? Doesn't show.

This mouthfeel is rich and thick, with a very full body that is downright chewy. It's very creamy, although it's tempered just a bit by some very active carbonation. Nevertheless, the feel on this one is really nice.

This is pretty tasty stuff, although as I've said a few times, with the various ingredients they list on the can it seems like it should be more complex than it is. It's also pretty lacking in any character that seems "Belgian." All that said, it's still pretty tasty and worth picking up.

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Photo of FishGetter
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fairly dark brew, dark cherry color when held to the light. Thin head fades.
Sour cherries, vanilla, some hints of spices like cinnomon,canndied fruits, and light waffs of oak barrel. Great nose on this one.
Vannila bean flavors blend with cherries, faint sour, some cinnomon too. Not a big grain or hop profile however some hints are present. Great complexity, very distinct flavors. Sweet flavors knocked down with sour. Nice clean brew.
Heavy mouthfeel, especially when aggitated. Syrupy feel but not too over the top.
This one didn't disapoint. Great pairing of sweet and sour from a belgian ale. Proves great craft beer does come in a can.

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Photo of Flightoficarus
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving type - Can into glass

A - Pours a murky mahogany color, with a light, off-white head.

S - Lots of dark fruits, especially cherries, plums, raisins

T - Similar to the smell, lots of dark fruit (espeically cherry), brown sugar, molasses, and just a hint of booze, but the ABV is very well concealed.

M - Super smooth and creamy, and quite decadent!

D - Goes down pretty damn easily. Could sneak up on ya if you're not careful!

Overall - an excellent American example of a Belgian style, and at the price it goes for, a steal of a deal! (It's like half the cost or sometimes less than the actual Belgian examples). Will be buying more of this. Prost!

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Photo of ZAP
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Burgundy pour...light off white head..

S-A lot of dark fruits...cherries, plums, figs, prunes..

T-Dark fruits again...with a drying alcohol rip on the finsih

M-medium to full bodied...creamy...

D-Very well done...I love the abundance of dark fruit like flavors and the creamy texture to this.

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Photo of Jayli
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed this at Gordon's on Main St.

A: This beer pours a mahogany/brownish color with a one finger of sudsy one finger head. Head recedes nicely leaving spotty legs of lacing.

S: Nose is of spice, spice, and spice - all fig, some mild oak, hints of banana and apple... but all very light and airy.

T: Taste starts with fig and dark fruits up in the forefront. Fig is extremely present with just a hint of plum and date. Moves to a hint of vanilla, oak, some prune, and a bit of caramel and molasses. Finish continues on the molasses taste with mild flavoring of banana and apple. Just a light hint of alcohol remains in the finish.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, a mixture of creamy yet oily on the tongue.

D: Well balanced, rather light, but nice kick to it. Sits well on the tongue and goes down easily. Not one to kick back with all night, but a nice beer to sit and enjoy one or two.

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Photo of femALEist
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This dark belgian is brewed with 8 malts, Belgian candi sugar, cinnamon, vanilla bean, dried local black mission figs and aged in oak barrels. Now this wasn't the first time I have had this beer- I have been enjoying it since it has come out but I have finally been able to take some notes on it last weekend. It poured a dark mahogany. It smelled like cinnamon, prunes, dates and some cereal malts. It tasted like caramel, roasted malt, figs, stewed raisins, molasses and some cinnamon spiciness. Ironically this beer is quite light bodied for 8.3%. It goes down easily and with much enjoyment on my part. Kudos!

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Photo of CaliBeerLover86
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - The color is reddish-brown. Moderately carbonated, with a ¾ inch head with a moderate pour into a standard pint glass.

Smell - The smell is sweet, dark, roasty, and the slightest hint of dark chocolate.

Taste - Starts off immediately sweet, then a taste of alcohol, with a finish that tastes something like raisins or tart cherries (must be the fig), then maybe a hint of vanilla. There is definitely an oak undertone to the entire beer and the beer tastes almost like a red wine to me. I'm having a hard time tasting the vanilla or other spices. Tastes a lot like Dogfish head's Palo Santo Marron to me, but not as complex. My suggestion is to let this beer warm up before you drink it, I feel like you get more of a taste of alcohol when it's cold- much more enjoyable warmer. By no means a session beer, something to sip and savor.

Mouthfeel - Thick and mildly-heavy body. Chewy. Moderately carbonated.

Drinkability - I might have another if the price was right. Not a very drinkable beer, in that I could not drink one after another. But hey, it has 8.3% abv, not many beers at that high of an alcohol content would be. My opinion: not bad, not great, worth trying again on tap.

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Photo of CPeterson
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A -- Pours a deep crimson amber, very fitting name for the beer. A thick head that dissipates into a thin skim and leaves traces of lacing.

S -- Smells light and airy, almost contradictory to the appearance with hints of dark fruit (figs evidently) and smoke.

T -- Tastes of dark fruit, spices, light wood, and light hops. Even with a solid 8.3 %, I can't really detect the alcohol. None of the flavors are overbearing, and blend very nicely.

M -- Light without being thin and proper carbonation levels for the style I would think.

D -- Very drinkable and approachable even for the uninitiated. Solid brew all around. Outside of brand whores, I would recommend this to anyone.

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Photo of stoutfiend27
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

can sent by genghis22..thanks again bro...poured into a snifter

a-deep cola brown...one finger hazy white head...fell to a nice collar and some lacing..

s-some candy and spice up front..some nutmeg and cinnamon...prunes and a faint yeasty smell...very rich

t-starts off sweet...the phenol yeasty character steps up on this one...the spices are all in the middle..i get some cinnamon and allspice...there is a hint of vanilla and wood towards the end..finishes a bit spicy..

m-a tad thinner then i would have liked...but it is creamy as i would have expected...the spices leave a little tingling on the tongue and the carbonation is spot on...

d-i would have no problem getting through a six/four pack however this comes at all..as a package it is quite inviting just fall a little short on the mouthfeel for me..

another great beer sent my way by an ever so courteous friend...

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Photo of CoolJosh
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ran across this at 3 Sons in Wexford. TenFidy taught me that you shouldn't just a beer by it's container. I thought that I had seen everything, until I ran across this Belgian-in-a-can...

Pours a pretty hideous rusted brown body, full of haze. Some decent light yellow head rests nicely on top, but doesn't kicks too soon.

The smell and taste are subpar, which definitely exceeds expectations. Their watermellon wit was one of the worst beers I've ever had, surprisingly they've done a half decent job at hitting the main points of the style. By no means does this compare to the more complex quads out there, but it holds its own. The taste and smell are of cola, vanilla, belgian candied sugar, raisins, fig, and light cocoa nibs.

The mouthfeel is fairly substantial and a little bit on the heavier side. All in all, I would recommend this beer, but by no means would I point to this as best within style. OLE!

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Photo of chicagobeerriot
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly veiled medium-brown that shows off crimson highlights when held to the light. A thin, off-white head rapidly dissipates to whisps that provide a little bit of lacing as you sip.

For me, the smell is the best aspect of this beer as it shows off the complexity of the ingredients. Hearty bread and toffee notes are complemented by cherry (not an actual ingredient), cinnimon, nutmeg (not an ingredient), plum (probably from the figs) and vanilla. Although brewed with oak chips, I don't get a lot of wood characteristics on the nose, but let's see what the flavor brings.

The flavor isn't quite as immersive as the smell, but it still shows off a lot of tricks. Bread and earth flavors are complemented by some really nice plum and toffee sweetness and even some light fruit notes at the end. The finish shows a bit more alcohol than some of the champions of the style, but it is still relatively smooth for an 8.3% beer. There is a trace of vanilla and spice in the background, but otherwise some of the complexity that showed up on the nose didn't arrive when it came time for the main event. One word of advice: the beer definitely opens up as it approaches room temperature, so try to be patient. Seems like you could work out some really good food pairings with this one(duck?, coq au vin?). On it's own, Monk's Blood is a perfectly fine evening sipper.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.24/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-this looks awesome, it is a dark hazy red looking like a thick deep color of blood, seriously it does, I didn't even realize the name when I thought it looked like blood. The head is a dark tan, almost a woody brown. It is thick and creamy, tight, with huge retention and a thick lace that pretty much coats everything it touches

S-bready malts are strong up front and have a real presence. Notes of phenol comes in towards the middle but is then taken over by an immediate presence of rum soaked dark fruits in the form of dark cherries and plum

T-the taste follows the nose and seems quite boozy. Toasted biscuit and bready malts are right up front. Light phenols and caramel lie underneath the initial bready malt and the dark fruity finish. The dark fruits are strong in the back, the alcohol is definitely present and it finishes quite tart. Tart cherries, rum soaked plums.

M-it is pretty thin and light in body. It is very smooth on the palate and the carbonation seems to be well done. The finish is lightly crisp and astringent.

D-this is quite boozy and seems a little all over the place in terms of taste. The flavors are there to be solid but they don't blend well together.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can thanks to ericwo.

Pours a deep clear ruby color with one and a half fingers of creamy off white head.

Scent of sweet dark fruit, sugars, sweet juicy hops, and soda. I would almost consider this more of an American Strong Dark Ale; a little different, but I like it.

Taste of sweet dark fruit, a bit of vanilla, a hint of alcohol, and sugars. Finishes dry with a sugary sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium heavy bodied and has a smooth carbonation.

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Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark red with a little bit of head
S: You can smell a bit of hops
T: It tastes like a strong beer with some sweetness and a bit of hops in the aftertaste
M: It goes down smooth and definitely tastes like a strong beer
D: This is a beer to sip and enjoy

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Monk's Blood from 21st Amendment Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 509 ratings.