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Monk's Blood - 21st Amendment Brewery

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1,178 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,178
Reviews: 491
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 75
Gots: 116 | FT: 3
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)
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Photo of dorianmarley
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a dark, very opaque cherry-brown. It has a nice tan head that fades to a pancake, with pretty good lacing.

Nose is filled with dark fruit like a typical Belgian Strong. There is also some dark cherry, Belgian hops, and black licorice.

Taste is a slightly brighter version of a Belgian Dark. The fig actually lightens up the strong alcohol. The cinnamon blends in well, instead of taking center stage. The oak chips appear to provide balance to a typically astringent style. And all of the typical components of a Belgian dark are there: the dark fruit, the rich and chewy malt, and the easily apparent alcohol.

Mouthfeel has a perfect amount of carbonation; providing some cleanse to all the bold flavors. The alcohol provides the appropriate amount of bite.

Overall, it is subtly distinct take on a Belgian Strong. 21st Amendment shows they know their stuff, and that they have the ability to execute their own interpretation.

Photo of theempire
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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

Pours an opaque chocolaty brown with a thick light tan head. Rich aroma has a malty core and cinnamon, caramel and apple notes plus hints of wood and cloves. Excellent flavor has malty, fruity, cinnamon, horehound and hoppy notes. Bitterness is subtle and nicely balances the sweet component. Lively, fizzy texture has firm body and leaves a woody, fruity finish. Take, drink, this is monk’s blood! :D

Photo of bmur112
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of SuperSpy
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a very reddish brown with an almost pinkish head. Appropriately named.

Caramel, vanilla, cinnamon and a bit of apple make up the aroma. The aroma is exactly what the beer advertises itself to be.

This flavor is all over the place. Plenty of earthy hops to start but it's quickly overpowered by cinnamon and incredibly boozy cherries. The aftertaste is still full of alcohol and cherries, along with figs and an earthy hop dryness. Again, this is what the beer advertises itself to be, but the flavors don't seem to blend as well as they could and seem to be battling each other for dominance.

This is worth drinking once or twice but it tastes like some of the fruit needs to be tamed down a bit. I think I'll let a can or two age a few months and give it another try.

Photo of marvin213
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks a little blood-like, though this lifeblood would need significantly more oxygen. The mud brown liquid is just muddy enough to be opaque, but it nevertheless looks thin. Head hangs round.

The smell is a real nice cinnamon and vanilla. For better or for worse, it hardly smells like alcohol. It's a tangy sweet, and I'm delighted that it's not that dark-candied sugar so prevalent in other BSDAs. The feel is SO light for what I thought would be kind of a thick and chewy, Belgian yeast-dominated beer. In addition to that cinnamon and vanilla, there's only a slight Belgian twang with almost a cherry almond finish. It's like a light dessert, yet thin enough for an aperitif. In sum, it's probably the best beer I've had from the brewers at 21st Amendment.

Photo of DiscGolfRobot
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of KimenTshom
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of justinbrown
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Blackboardbrewing
2.15/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

A complete mess in a can. No direction or idealistic approach. Ugh.

Was really looking forward to can release given recipe and idea...horrendous execution and still contract brewed! Why!? Done supporting this movement.

Boozy, hazy, iPad like with some cinnamon added. Painful to finish, first dump of 2012!

Photo of Ajlvt
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Belgian style dark ale brewed with cinnamon, vanilla, oak chips and dried figs.

A: Burnt autumn orange pour sits as a dark cranberry red in the vessel with a harvest gold tinted head that is thin and whispy and quick to dissipate leaving small speckled spots for lace. A dozen or so macro-sized yeast cake particles collect on the bottom of the vessel.

S: Oaky alcohol, caramel apples with some cinnamon and vanilla. The alcohol is quite dominant.

T: The flavor is sweet caramel grains, toasted with noticeable oaky alcohol. Apple skins, worty hints, honey with some sugary raisins. Warm and spicy alcohol with a bit of acidity. Spicy alcohol laced apple skins linger about after the swallow.

M: Warm and spicy alcohol with a medium fullness. High carbonation with lingering after thoughts of alcohol.

O: The alcohol is quite noticeable, perhaps a bit overshadowing for some of the finer points of the drink preventing the complexity from being more appreciated. Warming and spicy.

Photo of SLeffler27
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer appears dark plum with a quarter inch, fine, almond head. Some lace is deposited above a viscous coating.

A tulip glass accentuates the fruits of plum and cherry. However, this one is lacking complexity and layers of progression normally associated with a BSDA.

Monk’s Blood is more hop-forward than the typical Belgian variety. This is similar to what one would anticipate from a west coast brewery. Bitterness and sweetness balance well in this dark, fruity beer, however, complexity and progression are still lacking in the flavor.

One will find this beer has a medium body with a slick texture, slight carbonation, and light alcohol.

Easy drinking, especially for the style, and quite enjoyable. While generally off style, this was enjoyable with an afternoon of relaxation.

Photo of JxExM
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of DrFunkenstein
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of thecheapies
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 Monk's Blood 12oz can poured into a Westvleteren goblet and served at cellar temperature (or maybe a few degrees cooler).

Deep red-mahogany cloudy liquid with a lumpy/fluffy finger of head with some good glass stickage. Plus lacing that is splotchy in some spots and a creamy coat in others. Sways in the glass with some body.

I get a whole lot of those dried figs and oak chips in the nose with a hint of watery vanilla. Nuances, perhaps, or just implied cinnamon. I pick up some nutty Belgian yeast and a malt reminiscent of English styles, possibly paired with musty Euro hops that have a dustiness.

The oak is more subdued in the taste and the fruits are the prime feature. A figgy brew with warm spices in the mix. Cinnamon stick, vanilla extract, fresh plums, sweet raisins, oak spirals, ripe banana (as it warmed even more), and salted peanut butter. Decent complexity and mild alcohol booziness that almost creams the brew. Good dose of spicing, but not heavily so.

Mouthfeel is plus plus. Creamy/silky texture with a light, but forgiving, carbonation. Very smooth and increasingly warming. A sipper.

A very good American representation of the style with a fruit and spice twist that doesn't muddle the concept nor fry the taste buds. Goes down pretty easy despite the strength. A prime winter brew in a can. I have another that I will experiment with aging some more. Worth a taste, and your undivided attention.

Photo of themind
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer but to be fair it's thick. Has notes of figs which compelled me to purchase this beer. After having a four pack over a stretch of time I went and got another.

Excellent beer, hides the alcohol and has great taste. The only real draw back is the thickness which doesn't bother me.

Bottom Line: try it you will like it! great beer from 21st!

Photo of bvdubn
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of joex444
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of ambruns1979
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of iAMthePHOTOman
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of poopsmitherson
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of sharpski
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of dominic4beer
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a snifter, the beer is a muddled, hazy, ruby-highlighted brown coloring with a thin, sparse, light beige film around the edge of the surface. Aromas are strong and sweet, with a nose heavy in fig and dates, with some boozey kicks. Some light spicing and rich, heavy malt, also. Flavors are rich, with a roasted, tangy caramel sweetness, as well as some dark fruit highlights of date, fig, and raisins. Some very subtle spicing throughout, with hints of clove and all spice. The aftertaste is tangy and slightly boozey, with all of the dark fruit sweetness carrying through into the finish. A slow, smooth transition over the palate leads to a somewhat abrupt, clean finish. Slightly cloying at the very end, this is a decent Belgian Strong, and I think it's the first one I've had in a can. Very interesting.

Monk's Blood from 21st Amendment Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 1,178 ratings.