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Monk's Blood - 21st Amendment Brewery

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Ratings: 1,211
Reviews: 500
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 78
Gots: 127 | FT: 3
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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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Ratings: 1,211 | Reviews: 500
Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of jbakajust1
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz pour into a Tear Drop snifter @ Bier Stein

A - Pours a deep garnet w/ ruby highlights, semi clear, fluffy 1 finger beige head that slow fades to a thick cap and leaves decent lacing.

S - Smells of caramel and toffee, chocolate, metal/blood, raisins & cherries, spicy phenols, floral, and sweet breads, yeasty, alcohol.

T - Tastes of chocolate, raisins & plums, caramel, biscuits, alcohol tastes of spices and rose water, floral, cloves & cinnamon.

M - Smooth, medium body, light semi dry finish w/ lingering spice and alcohol. Fizzy carbonation.

O - Very good Belgian. Impressed; I haven't enjoyed a 21 A beer I've had yet til now. Deep, rich, drinkable, complex. Metal/blood aroma is slightly off putting, but fades quick.

Photo of sponch51
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of doughanson78
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Darker brown with red tint. Minimal light getting through. Two finger off white head with good retention and lacing.

S: Light floral hops upfront with lots of dark fruity malts coming through, with figs, plums and cherries. Decent Belgian yeast aromas mixed with alcohol.

T: Dark fruits, figs and plums, some light cherries. Belgian yeast with some floral hop bitterness. A different type alcohol bite coming through in the end that faintly resembles hairspray. Finishing with a slight nuttiness.

M: Medium body. Medium carbonation. A slight crispness. Slightly dry.

O: An alright beer. The hairspray alcohol flavor throws it off a tad. Not really a beer for me.

Photo of alpinebryant
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Bruery Tulip

A: Pours a dark amber / ruby color with heavy lacing and a strong head.

S: Strong caramel aromas, cocoa, light belgian yeast and a bit of a spicy rye aroma that I could pick up.

T: Sweet and very well rounded. The belgian yeasts are not pronounced so there is a very close proximity in this one to an English Barleywine. I find this nearly identical to Monster from Brooklyn brewing, but with a darker color and a more pronounced cocoa flavor.

M: Medium body with a mild carbonation. For the 8.3%, this has a good body.

O: This is tasty and glad to finally have it. Thanks Reja!

Photo of coalcracker
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep amber/cola color with good amount of carbonation and head.
Smell: Very fruity with dark fruits, fig, raisin, as well as cherry and oak. Mild alcohol in the nose as well.
Taste: Height of taste impact occurs a little later than expected with a slow build up to a rush of dark fruits (again cherry, fig) ahead of a wall of malty sweetness. This sweetness persists through the end of the taste. An alcohol warmth also presents now. Tastes don't mesh as well as a typical dark ale. Finish is smooth, warm, and sweet.
Mouthfeel: Smooth with a little alcohol warmth.

Overall: Good effort with requisite flavor profiles, though not quite as tame as others in its category.

Photo of Ryan011235
2.88/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Duvel tulip on 10/21/11

I don't know how old this is; been in the fridge for quite a while.

Medium ruby-hued; not as dark as, say, grape juice. Two finger head drops over several minutes leaving a thinner patch of foam. Some bands of lace remain.

Dry erase marker. Dark cherry scratch-n-sniff. Car air freshener spray. Fruit esters and notions of juice. Nips of plum. As it warms - straight up cherry soda with hints of dry spice. Strange aromas. Strangely alluring.

Huh. Tastes just as strange but not as strangely pleasant. Starts off dry with hints of spices. The middle is more fleshed out with notes of grains, nondescript dark fruit and a dusting of cocoa. Herbal notions, especially as it gets warmer. Finishes dry, more so than the at the start, but it's a accompanied by something that resembles aerosol spray accidentally catching your tongue.

Medium feel and a tad juicy, despite the dryness. Nimble enough carbonation seems well suited to the overall feel. The abv isn't standoffish.

Overall impression - not great by any means, but it's not terrible either. Consider the brewery.

Photo of corylew
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This stuff is pretty good. The first thing you get from this is the Belgian yeast characteristic. Lots of clovey yeasty taste in there. After that comes a malt background complimented by strong cinnamon. The body is nice and light, packing a good amount of yeasty cinnamony flavor complimenting the traditional abbey flavor.

Photo of bfree
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: nice 1 1/2" head that lingers for a while, sitting atop a dark brown beverage with some decent carbonation
S: malts, brown sugar, figs, cherries, hint of bourbon/alcohol
T: very malty and sweet at first with some bourbon flavor, fruity with hint of cherry and brown sugar, with a strong oaky taste at the end that lingers on the back of the tongue
M: medium bodied, bubbly carbonation that lasts throughout
D: overall it is a tasty beer and pretty complex with the fruity, malty, and oak/bourbon all rolled into one beverage, I would definitely recommend it if you like oak aged/bourbon barrel aged beers

Photo of nickd717
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review dated 3/30/2009.

On tap at 21st Amendment during SF Beer Week. Not bad, but really didn’t do it for me overall. Dark blood-like red color with a small off-white head. Aroma of sweet malt, dark fruits, sugar, and yeast. Flavor was similar - really fruity with sweet and sour notes as well as some roastiness. Complex for sure, but I don’t think it came together all that well. Fairly full palate. Not too drinkable.

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from can into snifter, got a fizzy half finger of head that dissipated to a ring and a speckling within a couple of minutes. The body is a dirty brown with a slight orange tint to it, similar to what root beer might look like. There are some bubbles rising to the top, and a few floaters can be seen at the bottom of my glass.

The main aroma is figs and raisins, with some cinnamon and spice to help flesh it out. Vanilla and hints of sweet malt and oak round it out.

The flavor is true to the nose, but definitely talks to me more. The figs, vanilla, malt and wood are all much more well developed on the taste buds than they were in the nose. I also get hints of cherries on the back end, it was like they danced on my tongue, adding an excellent extra dimension to the flavor.

This beer was medium bodied and only a little sticky. The carbonation is heavy, helping push the beer over your tongue and down your gullet. Very refreshing.

Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into Duvel tulip... luscious head fills to the top and dissipates in about 2 minutes. 40 degree pour... gonna let it warm up a bit. Aroma is smooth, fruity and rich... very pleasant and inviting. Citus hops are tangy. Flavor is very smooth, dark, rich and crisp. Ladies and gentleman, we seem to have a winner. Loses a few points for arrogant booziness, alcohol would have been hidden a little better in a 5-rated brew. Mouthfeel is smooth, lightly carbonated per style,

Photo of Crossmd
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured 40 degrees into a Sam Adams pint glass.
4x12oz cans for $13USD.

Appearance is gorgeous, with a milky opacity - dark copper in color, with reflections of orange-red butterscotch.

Smell is huge, projecting strongly of banana and clove, spices and cream. Tertiary smells of vanilla and molasses maybe.

The taste doesn't realize the sweetness that the nose suggests. The banana and spice are there for sure, but it's dryer, and leaves the mouth feeling the same. More vanilla than was present in the nose. Rich and opulent though.

Mouthfeel is largely dry as stated, but isn't as heavy as I expected, and pleasingly slow. Tinged with effervescence.

I respect this beer more than I think that I actually enjoy it right now. I would love to try it again during the winter with foods that would match it in weight. Doing this in August I would imagine isn't the same.


Photo of jondeelee
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I first read the box for Monk's Blood, which boasted that the beer had been made with cinnamon and vanilla, and then aged on a bed of oak chips and dried figs, I thought, This will either be terrible, or fantastic. Luckily, it was the latter. Monk's Blood smells somewhat like champagne and fine port, with a heavy swing of Welch's grape juice, a good measure of chocolate malt, and just a hint of cinnamon.

On the tongue, the brew is multi-layered and fascinating. One layer is a nice bed of chocolate malt, complete with dark and milk chocolates, and deeply toasted grains. Another layer consists of a thick spread of figs, which add a creamy dark fruit ester tang. Still another layer brings in caramelized brown sugars and vanillas, bringing in a somewhat soda/Dr. Pepper-like buzz (which I mean in the best way possible). The fourth layer contributes a nice spiciness, with cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon making small cameos. A final layer adds just the right amount of grapefruit-bitter hops to balance everything out. The aftertaste is a lighter version of the main mouthful, and fades slowly. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is a splendid brew, and well-worth seeking out.

Photo of SFLpunk
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

12oz can thanks to Robtobfest! Bottom stamped 1038 0646...whatever that means.

Pours a mellow dark brown with some thin off-white head. Nose smells like your traditional Quad, vanilla, dried figs, oak...but of course those were added to this beer, so says the can.

Palate is sharp with an alcohol tinge. Boozy for sure. Flavors are a bit thinner than I expected based on the nose, but dried dark fruits (figs, dates, etc), vanilla, toasted oak, milk chocolate, dark wool, etc. Medium-light-bodied for the style. Semi-short finish.

Notes: The nose is pretty friggin' great. The palate feels thin for the style and the flavors that it's supporting. Seems a bit thinned out by the alcohol presence. Solid though, my first Belgian-style canned beer.

Photo of joefuzz
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So a coworker bought a 4 pack of this based on how cool the can looked. He hated it so he gave me the remaining 3.

Poured from a can into a snifter.

Pours a lighter shade of brown with a redish hue with a small tan head.
Smells of cherry vanilla and oak with some slight alcohol burn.
Tastes strongly of belgian yeast cinnamon and dark fruits with a nice oak aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is pretty on point for the style.
Overall pretty good beer, I don't think I have seen many belgian style beers in cans. Pretty suprising.

Photo of mntlover
3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a murky amber brown with a two finger tan head that falls to a cap with some lace.

Aroma is dark fruity malts some cherry hints with light spice. Overall seems little subdued for the style.

Taste is brown sugary malt with some dark fruits and spicy alcohol notes and light vanilla hints. Not really bad but then again not very complex or exciting either.

Mouthfeel is good medium body with descent level of carbonation.

Overall eh worth a try, I know I have been wanting to try it, but wont be trying it again.

Photo of Bonis
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes: 3/29/11

A - Very dark amber in color. 1/2 inch tan foam fades quickly. Appears quite bubbly.

S - Spicy, yeasty, fruity, boozy. Figs and cinnamon are noted, and a touch of vanilla, but no real oak is apparent. Very sweet from the malts, little to no hops are present, as I expected.

T - Not the greatest tasting example of a BSDA, but they did a nice job here. The spices and additives to this beer actually mingle fairly well to produce a nice Americanized version of this ale. Fruity and sweet, spicy and phenolic at the same time. There is a touch of warming booze on the back end, but nothing offensive or anything.

M - A little bubbly for my liking, but definitely on par for the style.

Overall, a good beer that I look forward to having next year. Just disappointed that I only picked up one 4 pack.

Photo of vande
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Mahogony in color with a tannish top to it. Somewhat thicker in appearance.

S: Sweetness. Vanilla blended nicely with dark cherries, plums, malty with sugar...brown sugar...

T: Sweet like the smell. The darker fruits come through sprinkled with sugar, malt on top. Tasts like a Belgian out of can..Interesting :)

M: Tad lighter than I thought, but still decent. Medium bodied, soft beer.

O: Likeable! I have a couple more in the fridge in which I'll enjoy or introduce to a friend..

Photo of atomicbeer
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown-red with a thin tan head that does not linger long. A few bubbles rising at the edges. Big oak cinnamon aroma with brown apple, clove, and prune. Taste is again oak with bourbony alcohol, brown apple, and Fig Newton. This beer is just a bit syrupy, warming, and a little spicy. Not a bad rendition although one is plenty.

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

Never been too impressed with 21st Amendment's stuff, but had to pick this up. If nothing else, the name alone merits a try. Can into Belgian glass.

Pours a dark murky brown with a thick and creamy beige head. Carbonation eventually fizzles out but quickly returns with a swirl of the glass.

Nose is full of dark fruit, mainly plum with some pretty viscous surrounding spices. Very prevalent vanilla and cinnamon aromas. A lot going on here...

Tastes just as the nose leads on. Dark fruit and malt sugary sweetness up front, leading way into some vanilla spiciness. Finishes off boozy warm with a kick of... figs? I couldn't quite put my finger on it, but that's what it is according to the label. Interesting finish that grows on me as the beer warms. Definitely most enjoyable at cellar temp.

Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Slick mouth feel with a slight, but not overpowering alcohol presence. One in a night is probably enough for me.

Overall, a nice offering. Not the greatest thing ever made, but a solid and creative American Belgian, especially for the price point. The fact that it's sold in a can earns bonus points, but please use a glass. Cheers!

Photo of avaldivia
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Reddish brown with a head that was about 2 fingers wide.

S: Fruity, bit of an oak scent. Smells boozy, definitely made my nostrils flare a bit but in a way I liked.

T: Boom! Starts of with a fruity spicy kick that then goes a bit malty and finishes off with a bite. I really enjoyed the boozy kick to this beer. It was noticeable but not overpowering.

M: Nice medium body. Good carbonation.

O: one I always pick up as soon as it is released. Very enjoyable and a good beer to have every now and then.

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Monk's Blood from 21st Amendment Brewery
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