Monk's Blood - 21st Amendment Brewery

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Ratings: 1,186
Reviews: 493
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 77
Gots: 116 | 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

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(Beer added by: taxguyjase on 09-10-2009)
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Photo of chugalug06
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Aggressive pour! Holly Head! Large brown fluffy head with delicate lacing teirs left behind. Brew is very dark cloudy red with a brown and orange tint. Great head retention too.

S - Definitely has a slight Belgian scent, but by no means your "typical" Belgian scent. Raisin, dates, and caramel dominate... Smells dark! Very light scent, not a heavy Belgian.

T - Very sweet, not like your typical Belgian Dark... Good, but slightly off flavor. Not sure if it a freshy, or not... Very good, but just a little weird.

M - Very dry and catchy, I think it's from the alcohol %. Almost a sand like texture to it. Good brew. Over carbonated, but it doesn't draw too much from the texture/flavor of the medium bodied brew.

D - Very good drinkability, I may have to seek this one out in the future.

Great brew in a great trade! Super glad I go to try it! A little all over the place, but still a quality unique brew. I may just have to age one, or two....

+1 for being in an awesome CAN!

Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of the can to a goblet. A dark cherry red. A small amount of fluffy white head settled on top for about half of the beer. The nose is mainly sweet and fruity. A tangy sweetness. The flavor has a ton of sweetness dominated by raisins,figs and earthy red grape. There is a lot of sweetness but a good tingle of alcohol. I feel like there are a lot of leftover sugars.

Photo of gamwich
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the cool looking can into a St Bernardus goblet. A cafe au lait colored head dissipates quickly. The color is a striking reddish-brown, appropriate given the name. Minimal lacing. The nose is sweet, with some bready yeast and cinnamon. The flavor is mostly sweet malts and some booze. There are hints of other things, but these are fleeting. The finish is fairly dry.

Not a bad beer, but certainly not a great BSDA.

Photo of WSB
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours an amber/red color, and appeared cloudy. Nice thin head that grabs the glass

Smell was disappointing, I hoped for the cinnamon and figs listed on the label, and only got some wood notes and malt.

Taste was good. The aging on oak was obvious on the palate, as was the vanilla accents. Alcohol was pronounced.

Mouthfeel was ale-like, thick, smooth, and the alcohol numbed the tongue (8.3% will do that)

Overall a good beer, although aging it on the oak seems to have mellowed and muddled the flavors. I'd love to try this sans the aging on oak.

Photo of Paul68
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass a reddish brown color with a cream colored head that faded fast and left little lacing.

Smells a fruity like cherries,bananas,brown sugar.

Tastes is fruity and malty with cherry and cinnamon flavors. has a little bitterness at the end and some alcohol as it warms.

Overall not that bad of a beer. it does have it's belgium characteristics but is also a little different than the usual.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer pours a brown color with amber hues. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is of figs, cherries, cinnamon, and sugar. The taste is very sweet with only a mild yeast character. In fact, the sweetness overpowers everything detected in the aroma but the figs. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a cloying texture, and low carbonation. Overall, this beer just doesn't do it for me. Perhaps, someone with a severe sweet tooth could find this beer desirable, but I can't see myself drinking it again.

Photo of OrangeAmps
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in fall river, MA. poured into a large goblet. Very nice!

Pours a deep red/brown amalgam with a frothy white head. Beautiful looking beer, and in the goblet it was in it looked especially nice. The smells i was getting from this beer were great: banana, yeast, spices, dark fuits, and slight alcohol.

The taste was incredible at first. Halfway through the goblet, i began to dislike it, first a bit, and then pretty intensely. I dont know why, to be honest. But this beer definitely gets less appealing once you get deep into the glass. And its not the temperature or anything, because it didnt have time to cool very rapidly. Its just a very rich and robust beer that takes a lot to get through.

And for the style, i much prefer Gulden Draak. Its infinitely more drinkable.

still, a great beer.

Photo of rfgetz
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a mahogany brown with more noticeable red highlights when held against the light. Small bit of tan head gone quickly. Scent is filled with all things Belgian - banana, bubblegum, bready yeast, spice and dark fruit. Taste comes across as very muddled and earthen - none of the components of scent stand out particularly well against a backdrop of brown sugary sweet malt. Quite a bit of solventy alcohol, tannic woodyness and sharp bitterness prevent anything from shunning through. Medium bodied, appropriate carbonation. The listed ingredients made me very interested in trying this beer, but when they are hard to pinpoint under some harsh notes, it makes for a disappointing beer.

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark brown with tinges of red; abundant head, beautiful threads of carbonation; decent lacing
S: big burst of malty, brown sugar smell; dissipates quickly, though
T: sweet, spiced, very interesting; overtones of cherry, cinnamon, and anise; I can see why some may not like this flavor because it is both sweet and bitter (esp. in the aftertaste), but I personally enjoyed this transition

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

Dark brown with some hints of orange, pours with about an inch of head that fades fairly quickly leaving some lacing. Smell starts with some dark fruit- cherries and plums, a bit sherry-ish, cinnamon though I'm not sure if I could have picked it out without knowing it was in there. Taste, candied plums with some alcohol on the finish, some bitterness. Medium bodied, a little creamy, finishes dry.

Overall, I really enjoy this beer though it does seem a bit rough. I would really like to try an aged version.

Photo of zeledonia
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a deep, dark amber brown. Shows reddish when held to the light. A decent but not amazing amount of off-white head that recedes rather quickly but leaves good lacing.

Smell is a whole lotta sweet malt, figs, some Belgian-y yeast, and a bit of spice. Solid, but not super complex. Good enough that I'm definitely excited to taste it, but not so good that I'm convinced it'll be delicious. There's something hiding there in the background that doesn't feel quite right - an over-sweetness, or a touch of unpleasant bitter.

Taste is not so good. It starts out well enough, with caramel malts, brown sugar, some dark fruit. But then a sharpness comes in, a bit of acrid bitterness, that really doesn't go well with the other flavors in the beer. This flavor dominates the finish, and lingers beyond its welcome. Very un-smooth. And sadly, as it warms up and I taste it more, it just gets worse. This is the second beer I've had recently that reminded me of cough syrup. Fortunately, there are some good tastes in there, and the bad ones aren't totally overpowering.

Mouthfeel is okay; a bit syrupy, medium-bodied, light on the carbonation, holds the flavors in the mouth well. The only problem is, those flavors it holds in the mouth (especially the finish) are just bad.

This came damn near to being a drain-pour (in fact, I drain-poured the last quarter - a first for me). I continued on with the beer more to document exactly why I dislike it. Blech. The bitterness in the latter half of the flavor really kills this beer. I do NOT plan on drinking this again.

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

from a 12 oz can

A- it pours a murky dark mahogany brown with a small tan head.. lacing appears and coat's the glass as you drink it

S- is dark fruits with sweet malts some belgian yeast ,with vanilla bean and an aged oak smell

T- follows the nose dark fruits meet belgian funk with very sweet malts..some hops with a vanilla wood finish

M- is full and robust,creamy smooth and very sweet and fruity

O- nicely done with lots of belgian goodness would only want one of these in an evening but do want to have this several more times

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

12oz Can into a Snifter Glass

Served at fridge temperature.

A- Pours a really nice dark reddish brown with a thin less than a finger off white head that doesn't stick around at all. Leaves a small amount of splotchy lacing on the glass but not much and also some nice alcohol legs on the glass as well for only %8.3.

S- Up front I'm getting a lot of notes from the Belgian yeast like banana, clove like spice, and the cinnamon as well. Digging deeper i get subtle hints of oak, vanilla, dark fruits, and some alcohol but not much.

T- Creamy malts and oak hit the palate first leading into some really nice sweet burnt sugars and dark fruits. But surprisingly the taste finish's off with a some what bittersweet cinnamon and more oak and vanilla. The taste is definitely more dark ingredient oriented for example the usual fruity Belgian yeast flavors don't come through as much as the aroma and are pretty much non existent. Plenty of raisins, figs, burnt sugars, and sweet vanilla from the oak.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice slight bitter finish but more sweet.


Photo of Kromes
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy brown color with no real head to speak of.

S: Belgian sugar, figs, alcohol, dark fruit, raisin, yeast, and a little hop.

T: A strong, sweet belgian sugar and alcohol flavor up front. There is also a sweet raisiny fruitiness in there. The alcohol flavor is a bit overpowering and it masks some of the other flavors. There is a vanilla, oak, bourbon quality to it and after a while the cinammon comes through...a bitter alcohol warmth rounds out the finish.

M: A medium, heavy feel with somewhat low carbonation. Could use a bit more.

O: Pretty good. There are no off flavors. After the alcohol assault, your tongue is able to detect more depth to the beer towards the end of the glass.

Photo of Daktyls
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark cherrywood color with a very small head that dissipates leaving a patch of very tiny bubbles.

S: Belgian yeast is immediately apparent (what with this being a Belgian and all) followed by a sweet maltiness and some dark fruits. There is also a slight hint of vanilla and a little bit of oak.

T: A little bit of spicy-ness up front followed by a malty flavor that also has a slight brown sugar taste. I'm also picking up a little bit of banana bread and a little bit of caramel.

M: Big body with a very light amount of carbonation.

O: Overall, this is quite a tasty beer, easy to drink, I'd buy it again.

Photo of capeannbass36
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A fairly clear. deep reddish brown...maybe mahogany. Can definitely see through glass. 1 inch light coffee ice cream colored head that ran away quickly. Leaving decent lace.

S- Little sweet malt, hint of pepper. Do not smell the label ingredients mentioned. No vanilla, no cinnamon. Do not know what a dry fig smells like. Could be a hint of oak. I am trying, but not getting very much!

T- Unique for sure. What am I tasting? The dried figs?? Again no vanilla, no cinnamon. Have not tasted a beer remotely similar to this. Sweet malt maybe.

M- Medium. A little oily. A little sticky. Slightly dry at end.

O- I waited a couple weeks before purchasing this due to it being in a can. Tried it a month ago. Didn't know what to think. Still don't. Palate needs more of an education??
It really is not that bad. is far from great.

Photo of uustal
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep reddish brown with a bit of a purple hue. One-finger coffee cream colored head. Decent lacing and retention. Aroma of plums, raisins, cherry, bit of spice. Flavor started off with a sweet burst of cherry initially. Dark fruits, dates, plum, sticky sweet bread malt before the spicy finish. Good amount of pepper to go along with the Belgian spices.

Photo of McNealc31
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not red like you might imagine, but more of the brown of a Monk's Robe, keeping with the Abbey style. While the nose is nothing but sour, it would be nearly impossible to pick out all the subtleties. Cinnamon, vanilla, wood, caramel sweetness, clove spice, sweet malt. There is some sourness at first and at the very finish, but not as much as the smell would have you expect. A ton going on with this one, and at 8.3% ABV, by the time you figure it all out, you won't be able to figure anything!

Photo of projectflam86
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep mahogany color with a thick foam head that leaves nice lacing.

S- Strong dark fruit aroma with some caramel and sweet malt. Vanilla is easy to pick out.

T- Quite sweet and boozy initially. Strong brown sugar flavor mixes with some figs, oak, and dark syrup. A touch cloying.

M- Full bodied and sweet with lower than average carbonation considering the BSDA designation.

O- Overall a decent brew that doesn't quite stack up against other more popular Belgian Darks.

Photo of wac9
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this beer comes in a can never thought i buy in a can, something diffrent tonite, it said belgian style ale brewed with cinnamon , vanilla and oak chips and dried figs, how can i say no , pours a drak red , with a taste from that get better as you drink it , banna , oak chips and vanilla , a bit diffrent then whay i usually drink but wow a great taste in my mouth gotta drink another so try it you may enjoy it

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

A nice extra thanks to beerworld.

A - Poors a reddish brown color with an off-white head that didn't leave much on the sides.

S - Belgian yeast, bananas, cinnamon, oak, vanilla. Really kind of a mix of sweet stuff that is not bad at all.

T - It's a bit on the sweet side, but you really are able to pick out the different flavors that are present. Cinnamon and vanilla are a nice touch to the oak and dark fruits.

M - Good carbonation, full, slightly syrupy.

O - Not a bad beer, not great, but the taste was enjoyable.

Photo of Malison
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Some nice foam when poured.

Dark brown/copper appearance

Not too much in the nose, but smells vaguely of Belgian yeast

Spice up front, sweeter flavor and then ending with a cinnamon and alcohol taste. Notes of vanilla and banana.

Overall a good beer but could use some subtlety.

Photo of gopens44
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark reddish brown with a thin foamy head.

S - Bananas, circus peanuts. That's all I could get out of it at varying temperatures.

T - Bananas, a little malty with a very pleasant Belgo thing going on but this finishes with a bit of an astringent alcohol taste.

M - Creamy and full bodied yet well carbonated with a touch of a hotness in the aftertaste

O - Very noble effort and possibly better with age to calm down the heat a little.

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

appearance: deep dark brown, lackig had retention

smell: cinnamon and belgian yeast, banana, borwn sugar

taste: carmelized malt, brown sugar, cinnanmon, lots of banana, but belgian yeast flavor taked over the beer. oak aging is lost or not present, awful sweet and weird finish

mouthfeel: medium bodied, good carbonation, not over done

drinkability: It's a interesting and pretty good beer, but it's not great by any means. figuring all the additives of flavor... it should be more complex and have better balance.

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a dark raisiny reddish-brown with golden date-like highlights. Substantially murky. A decent two-finger khakhi head has decent retention, fading to a collar that leaves behind fair gobs of lacing.

Dark fruit. Raisins and figs. Candi sugar. Characteristic belgian esters. Apple, a hint of clove, hint of cinnamon. Not bad, but not all that enticing.

Hmm... sugar, alcohol heat, cinnamon, clove, brown sugar, hints of belgian doughiness. Raisins. Maybe it's the figs? Kind of lacking something, but not sure what. Seems fairly typicial bsda profile, with a hint more sugar and spice. Almost reminds me of a pound cake with belgian yeast.

Mouth is full and creamy with ample carbonation that helps carry the flavors decently. A drying finish that is surprisingly potent for the level of syrupiness here. An interesting twist, although I'm not sure it's necessarily working together... cloying opposites don't always make harmony.

All in all, I was really hoping this one would be stellar. The vanilla and oak chips seem kind of lost to me, with the fruitiness and belgian esters taking center stage. Admittedly, I'm not a huge bsda fan, so that could be part of the deal here, but I'm just not quite as impressed as I was hoping.

Monk's Blood from 21st Amendment Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 1,186 ratings.