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Monk's Blood - 21st Amendment Brewery

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Monk's BloodMonk's Blood

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very good

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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: taxguyjase on 09-10-2009

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Reviews: 509 | Hads: 1,334
Photo of JWU
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

a 12oz. can poured into a snifter.

A- a murky mahogany, with a thin off white head.

S- Big sweetness. Lots of dark fruit, some spice and the booze is certainly there.

T- Big dark fruit notes, fig, raisin, bing cherries, some light cinnamon and vanilla notes. Booze is there on the finish as well as some closing hop bitterness.

M- medium to full, generally a tad abrasive on the palette from alcohol and drying of the hops.

A- a good, but not great stab at a belgian dark

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Photo of ksimons
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-pours a dark chestnut with a fingers worth of khaki colored head

S-caramel malt, dark fruit sweetness, vanilla, and light cocoa

T-a caramel malt backbone, vanilla, dark fruits, and some light cinnamon spice

M-medium body, moderate carbonation

Overall a good beer, not an amazing representation of the style though. Goes down pretty easy.

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Photo of shleepy
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can into Cantillon glass.

Reddish-brown color. Dark. Small-medium head, "very off-white."

Strong smell of caramel, some spices (e.g., cinnamon).

Taste is sweet, with caramel, raisins, figs, liquorice, cinnamon, etc. Medium-heavy body. Sweet stickiness remains on lips, despite aftertaste being fairly clean.

A bit too spicy and sweet for me, but it's an OK beer, in terms of complexity. Think of it as a strong, spiced dubbel.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The color was that of cognac with a fingers worth of thin foam for a cap.

The nose is peppery with a dried fruit, plum and cola nut like aroma.

The flavor is dry, spicy and peppery with cinnamon, anise and caraway. The overall body of flavor has a fig and plum like taste.

The feel is dry but smooth, a bit sparkly on the tongue but very nice.

This is particularly diverse, certainly different and definitely original. Unfortunately it's not my favorite flavors but for all its nuance it deserves a high score.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into a standard snifter

A: Looking straight through it, it is nearly opaque. Dark amber and brown from above. Slight lacing. Minimal collar and head. Thin head on the swirl.

S: Smells like cherries. Slightly sweet. I don't get much outside of that. I can smell that it is just from the figs, Belgian yeast and candi sugar, but man does it smell fruity.

T: Weird flavors here. Lots of Belgian candi sugar and Belgian characteristics. It's good, but a bit too dry for me. Slightly tart and funky, just a bit fruity. Nice lingering slight sweet/tart cherry flavor.

M: Lots of carbonation, but it dies down and mellows out.

O: I had heard a lot of good things about this and that it had just returned. Interesting and a bit different from similar beers of this style. Still good, just not my cup of tea, but this style usually is.

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Photo of tmm313
4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep red/mahogany color. Only poured about 1/2 finger of head, but had good lacing.

S- Vanilla, fig, grape, and oak dominate. Orange, spice, and the slightest touch of booze as accents.

T- All kinds of things going on. Grape, caramel, raisin, earthy hop, spice, rum, vanilla, yeast, citrus, and cinnamon. I was enjoying it too much to give a detailed report...

M- Medium body with light viscous qualities. Virtually no aftertaste.

O- I really enjoyed this beer. It was one of those I was too busy saying "damn that's good" to concentrate too deeply on the order of things going on. I'm already planning on going back and buying more.

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Photo of msquared36
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark reddish brown, almost purple. Thin film of foam remains throughout, leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sweet plum and oak. Faint hint of alcohol.

Subtle favors. Vanilla, oak, dark cherries, toffee.

Heavy carbonation carries what otherwise feels like a watery beer.

Pretty good take on a Belgian abbey beer.

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Photo of maxcoinage
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - can (3/3/14) to tulip, big off white head, dark brown with dark red hue
S - bready, leather
T - dark fruits, cinnamon, sweet malts, some toffee
M - medium carb and body. Silky smooth
O - pretty good drinkable dark Belgian enjoying the hint of spices. Would be great for a cold winter night

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Photo of moorerm04
2.96/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- Can poured into a standard pint glass. Nice rusty amber color, with 1-1-/2 finger off white head that quickly dissipated. Zero lacing left on the glass as the head fell.
S- Standard Abby aroma's dark dried fruit, some spicy notes from the yeast, sweet, fruity, hint of oak and vanilla. Pleasant smelling beer!
T- something is off... I found this beer very astringent! I get roasted malt, dark fruits, a little warmth from the alcohol, there is oak and vanilla present as well.
M- nice bite from the carbonation. Not evervecent like a saison or blonde but done well.
O- I have had this beer in years past and it has always been a pleaser for me until this year. I had to grab a 4 pack since it wasn't available in 2013. I don't know if 21st just dropped the ball or I got a bad 4 pack. This beer tasted like a crappy home brewed Abby. I don't know if they fermented warm, if the mash PH was off or if the oak was over done. Astringent , tannins, I don't know but it wasn't the beer I remember in the past.

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Photo of Beerlover
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

been waiting a while to try this one, 21st did not can this one last year or if they did none ever made it to MN.

Pours very dark brown with a half inch off white head that dissipates rather quick, doesn't look like there's a ton of carbonation to it, hopefully it stays true to that in the mouthfeel for my sake. Smells very fruity, tons of bananas on the nose! Smells delish, also some ripe dark fruits - plums and grapes, smell kind of jammy, some slight malty breadiness as well.
Taste is great! All of what you pick up in the aroma translates to the flavors, the banana does not come through nearly as much in the flavor as the nose but still noticeable, great example of a Belgian dark, 21st does it again! I'll be buying a 4 pack of this guys for sure!

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Photo of dank203
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

pours pretty brown. all the flavors come through in this beer, and everything listen on the can, vanilla, fig, all blended well. sweeter than i prefer, and not getting the bite that I usually am tickled by. it does have its own character, a nice variation of a Belgian dark ale. unique

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Photo of Brisket
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

*Edit* I got about 2 fingers of head with my second pour. Disappated quickly with light lacing. Upped the appearance to reflect.

Picked up a 4 pack of cans at Bier:thirty in Bown Crossing. They should have it on tap soon, I'd like to try it on draught.

A- Dark red brown, no head. I suspect a dirty glass when I look at other reviews. Dinged because of the lack of head, I'll edit if the next one pours with head. *edit* see top of review.

S- Belgian fruit, fig and vanilla, some higher alcohols.

T- Flavor is unexpectedly mild. Fig and dark fruit initially, vanilla is very strong in the middle. Has a boozy finish. Not bad

M- Medium body, some malt syrupyness, carbonation pretty high, within style.

O- Solid beer, I was a bit disappointed as I'm a big fan of 21st Ammendment and the style. I was expecting an excellent beer, but this is only very good. I will buy again if I see it.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark red, actually looks a bit like coagulated blood, with a mocha head. Good for halloween I guess.

S: Grape, lemon and vanilla in an interesting nose.

T: Cherry and grape are the dominant flavors and it is delicious. Some orange rind and fruity Belgian yeast esters are present as well.

M: Medium-full bodied and smooth.

O: Delicious and well worth a try. If you can find it, try it.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.16/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Can: Poured a dark burgundy color ale with a large light brown foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of dry figs with quite a bit of residual sugar and some caramelized malt. Taste is also dominated by caramelized malt with too much residual sugar and some dry figs. Body is about average with good carbonation and light apparent alcohol. I thought this one was lacking balance with too much residuals sugar. It could be my mind playing tricks but I prefer my Belgian ale bottle conditioned not in cans.

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Photo of BriantheBeerGeek
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into DFH signature glass. Canned on 3-26-12.

Appearance: Hazy, dark reddish-brown, 1/2 finger head, some lacing, not much, some sediment chunks falling to the bottom. Hmmm..

Aroma: Here we go...cinnamon, oak, vanilla, fig, raisin, caramel, dark fruit, some banana and clove from the yeast, sweet malts, not much alcohol.

Taste: Sweet malts, caramel, light cocoa, oak, fig, vanilla, banana, clove, spices, again not much alcohol in the taste if any.

Body: Pretty rich, almost like a good scotch ale.

Finish: Oak, fig, caramel and some chocolate. Overall its pretty amazing stuff. I think I like it better fresh though. I don't think that this improved any with age. But at 8.3%, I don't think it was really meant to age.

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

A-dark red brown color with a decent light tan head and some lacing

S-dark fruit, brown sugar, milk chocolate, hint of pepper and cinnamon

T-dark fruit, roasted malt, toffee, chocolate, pepper, cinnamon, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and slightly creamy

O-a nice sipping ale, has a good mix of flavors, would be interesting to barrel age this

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Photo of tastymug
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I like 21st Amendment brewery and have enjoyed most of their beers that I have sampled, this is one of their top contenders in my book.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, deep mahogany color with a frothy head. Fair amount of sediment that appears after poured. Thin line of retention while drinking and minimal lacing.

Smell: Malty and sweet. Dark fruits like figs or raisins.

Taste: Sweet, very malty, caramel, light on the oak flavor, a little fruity.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, carbonated and crisp.

Overall: I liked this beer immediately upon trying it and would definitely drink again. The high alcohol content adds a kick, but the flavor is not compromised, and I find it a nice unique flavor that is enjoyable.

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

I've been aging cans of this beer for the last two years. I finally opened the last can today. My last can (at 18 months of aging) was really impressive.

I poured this beer into a chalice.

I enjoy the aroma coming off this beer. I like the sweet smell and raisins from the top of Monk's Blood.

The flavor is really good. The richness makes for a good sipper. You get more of the dark fruit in the body.

21st Ammendment made a good brew in Monk's Blood.

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Photo of Fish113d
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass, it pours a dark chestnut color w/ hints of ruby red. A 1-finger thick tan dense head forms on top quickly and slowly dissipates to a very nice surface layer w/ some lacing on the glass.

Heavy on the plums with some brown sugar...very sweet on the nose. Some spices also come through as well, but not as apparent. Cherries also to accompany the plums.

Sipping reveals a very interesting flavor. Much more malty and "nutty" than expected. The fruits come through (plums or cherries) but not tart as thought. Some biscuits come through as well w/ the yeast flavor. Alcohol burn is there for sure on the swallow as well as a very flavorful aftertaste.

Big bodied brew w/ some nice carbonation balance and a nice burn on the finish. Maybe more burn than hoped for on the finish, but the feel is overall nice!

Overall, I love 21st Amendment, but honestly as much as I like the dark belgian style, this is not one of my favorites. I tend to enjoy some of their other offerings a bit more. Not a bad brew to say the least, but I was slightly disappointed for $12 for a 4 pack.

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Photo of BlueShirtMember
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Head poured thick but fell back quickly leaving nice lace. Liquid is a nice dark color. Served in a chalice from a can.

S - Like any great dark Belgian, strong notes of dark fruits and spice

T - Like the smell, it does not disappoint. Raisins and clove foremost plus candy sugars, other spices I can't identify and dark fruit flavors throughout.

M - Medium to light mouthfeel, maybe a bit thinner than I'm used to from the style.

O - One of the better US made Belgians. Particularly impressive coming from a can. Strong heavy flavors make it a great sipping beer and not very sessionable.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can at Firehouse No. 1 in San Jose, Calif. Reviewed from notes.

A- Finger width white head, somewhat low retention. Nice lacing. Mahogany color with low clarity.

S- Coppery, chocolate, roast marshmallow. Sweet and metallic scent.

T- Rich, roast malts and some subdued hops. Roast marshmallow and campfire kind of tastes. Quite nice. Finishes bitter and metallic.

M- Rich and creamy, nice feel.

O- Rich and very heavy beer all around. Filling.

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Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 3/26/2012. Pours lightly cloudy red copper color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of molasses, banana, clove, pear, fig, cinnamon, allspice, dark bread, candi sugar, oak, pepper, and yeast spiciness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of prune, brown sugar, fig, dark bread, toast, cinnamon, clove, ripe banana, oak, candi sugar, earth, and yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of dark fruit, brown sugar, dark bread, toast, candi sugar, clove, cinnamon, banana, earth, oak, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Solid flavor balance and good complexity; a touch too bready and spicy; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a creamy, slick, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good Belgian strong dark ale. Nice complexity and solid flavor balance; and very smooth to sip on. I enjoyed this quite a bit.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance shows a very dark brown color supporting a fair head and lace. Smell is rich in dark fruits, sweet malt, cotton candy with a light spice in the back. Taste of the rich dark fruits, light spice and having a sweetness of cream soda, hops are there but not upfront leaving a nice balance. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. A nice treat to sip upon.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1604th Review on BA
Can to Goose Island Chalice

Canned 03/12
Thanks to my brother in law for this one from DC. (Go figure)

App- It poured out like a soda. Very brown with some light notes on the bottom of the pour. A little bit of a rust tinge. The head was a small thin off tan color. It faded quickly and didnt leave any cling or lace.

Smell- The aromatics came together nicely on this one. The vanilla was a bit mellow and the fig and dark fruits created a nice blend of BSDA and then a bit of a cinnamon note came through. It wasnt the most aromatic but it pulled together nicely.

Taste- I liked it. It had a nice spice note to it. The flavors melded well and calmed down with a bit of time in the can (I know 7 months isnt long). It was flavorful and semi balanced with a bit of the vanilla coming in waves and the figs adding a good layer to it. Not as big as other BSDA but was a good format in the can to enjoy.

Mouth- This was a bit light for the style and was almost too thin. A bit like a soda really thats been watered down. The carbonation was nice and high. The bubbles created a nice effect and the residual spice and fig/vanilla was a good flavor.

Drink- I am still pissed we cant get 21st in So. Cal. This had to come all the way from DC from my bro-in-law. Oh well. Still a nice beer. Id have again, but fresh.

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

12can served in a snifter.

pours a ruddy mahogany tone while yielding a finger of beige head; average retention and some patchy lacing evident. nose offers dark fruit, caramel, a little spice, Belgian yeast, alcohol and some candi sugar.

flavor follows the nose with plenty of dark fruit, candi sugar, oak, caramel, spice, Belgian yeast, brown sugar, and a hint of vanilla in the background. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

while this one doesn't lack for flavor, the whole is less than the sum of its parts IMO. still a tasty brew i would welcome a revisit to, but not a home run.

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