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Monk's Blood - 21st Amendment Brewery

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Ratings: 1,141
Reviews: 489
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 70
Gots: 105 | 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 Pencible
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a cloudy dark mahogany with a little tan head.
S: It smelled like nuts and raisins, with some toffee and creamy yeast and a bit of coffee and chocolate.
T: It tasted very nutty, with some bready yeast and a little earthy chocolate and toffee. It had a mild and malty aftertaste, with some alcohol warming.
M: It was thick with a little carbonation. Quite full body.
D: This was not very Belgian, but it was a nice dark and malty ale. Great body, but it was fairly hot in the finish, so this needed to be sipped. Age really might help this one. It's decent fresh, but mostly enjoyable just for the novelty of drinking a BSDA out of a can.

Pencible, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of IronLover
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep mahogany with ruby red hihglights and a big soft, fluffy off-white head. Excellent retention that leaves beautiful sheets of sticky froth on the glass after each sip. Buttery smooth, thick syrupy feel. Lazy, light carbonation as the carbonation fights through this heavier bodied strong ale. Intense dark fruit aromas and flavors, figs and raisins. Aromas are mostly sweet with a bit of tartness masking the higher ABV. Intense seetness and flowery hoppy finish nicely hide the alcohol. Enjoyed this thoroughly. Definitely a sipper.

IronLover, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of augustgarage
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into my Trappist Westvleteren goblet (sacrilege?).

Brooding rusty liquid with a thin active beige slick and collar. Bronze and amber highlights vanish as quickly as they appear. Thin viscous legs thwart the attempts of the sandy lacing to adhere, smothering them back down.

Figs are prominent in the nose, though the other additions (cinnamon, vanilla, oak) are less detectable. Malt adds a touch of bready sweetness while the alcohol delivers a truncated list of esters.

Big malt sweetness, then a very brief blast of hops, followed by a growing fruitiness (cherry, dates, and a hint of clove-studded orange) on the palate. Finish continues to be fruit-forward and even possesses some vague tropical notes; medium-dry overall with a lingering bready piquancy.

A bit thin and a bit hot, but not terrible.

Easy-drinking, perhaps too much so; this is a light-hearted take on a sober style, adventurously crafted at the expense of style guidelines. The best Belgian-style beer I can remember having out of a can though...

augustgarage, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of hosehead83
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. can into a wine goblet.
Clody brown/caramel in color, with a short, frothy head of tan foam.
Aroma-caramel, cinnamon,vanilla
Taste-Very Belgianesque, plums, raisins,vanilla, oakey spiciness, brown sugar. Complex with good character, warming alcohol in the finish.
A Belgian dark ale from a can? Seems almost sacreligious! Although Belgian brewing monks should not be worried, this brew is a pretty fine offering of the style. Sip slowly and enjoy!

hosehead83, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of brotherloco
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is candi sweet. A little Belgian yeast in the background, but mostly spicy sweetness. Kind of a typical 21st Amendment sweetart smell.

Flavor is rich and fruity, banana and pineapple, spicy with a gentle dark belgian-style background. Sweetness abounds.

Very smooth mouthfeel, good level of carbonation. A touch of booze on the finish, but overall ABV is well hidden. Pleasant lingering finish.

brotherloco, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of ZeroSignal
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can with a batch code, poured into a DFH snifter

A - Dark, dark brown...almost black but I can see the shades of brown at the edges of the snifter. Tight, off white head rises about a half inch and quickly settles to a skim; light lace.

S - Ripe, dark fruits; raisins and plums.

T&M - Lot's of dark, fruity flavors. Malty and fruity sweetness is contrasted and balanced by a light bitterness, which also lends a little crispness to the drink. The alcohol is well hidden, and all told I'm finding the flavors to be somewhat simple, but very well done and balanced; medium bodied

D - Well hidden ABV, good balance and nice flavors. It's not the greatness that is Chimay Blue, but it's pretty darn good

ZeroSignal, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of mjn5036
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A canned Belgian strong dark ale? ...interesting, but let's roll with it. Popped the top and poured into a large snifter. This one pours a deep mahogany with burnt sienna highlights. A sizeable, one finger, cream colored head rises up in a surge of bubbles and quickly fades away. A fair amount of thin, wispy lacing is left on the sides of the glass.

Nose is an arrangement of dark fruits, including figs and prunes, spiced Belgian sugars and a heavy dash of cinnamon. Oak comes through slightly as well as a hint of vanilla.

Taste comes on strong with caramel and cinnamon with spiced dark fruit. It has a sweet vanilla aspect but isn't cloying. Oak and raison on the finish.

Monk's Blood is light on the tongue but a little less carbonated than I would think for the style. It is creamy throughout with a dry finish. Alcohol is noticeable but not overbearing. It is really a decent example of the style.

mjn5036, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of yourchoice
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from can into a Chimay glass.

A - Muddy, murky reddish brown. A thick, but shallow head, a very light golden color that quickly dissipates.

S - cherries, figs, raisins, oak. The fruits would be nice without the oak odor, which almost smells partly burned.

T - What lacks in smell, is made up for with the taste. The oak and cherry really compliments each other. Maybe even a touch sour. I'm really into the flavors this is putting out. Wow.

M - Quite a bit of carbonation. Medium body. Nice.

D - Certainly not a session beer, but it's also not intended to be. A very good "take your time" beer. I may have to run out and buy more before it's sold out.

yourchoice, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of john100
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

At first this is a great tasting beer, but has strong after taste that is not too pleasing.

All-in-all i believe this is a great beer once you get past after taste.

Suggest to keep drinking and not stop to avoid after taste

This is more of a Xmas beer with it sweet tastes...gonna keep this in the basement until next year.
also like the 4 pack packages it comes in...make for a good Xmas gift next year

john100, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of ColdPoncho
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep hazy red, not too much brown, thick frothy tan head that dissipates quickly.

S - heat, cherries, plums, wood. Not bad, but I don't know if it's quite right for a BSDA.

T - A weird sweet thing going on. Woody. Tastes like oaked Dr. Pepper. Diacetyl aftertaste.

M - medium thin body, a bit dry. Leaves a buttery coating, makes your mouth feel dirty.

D - Well, this is not my favorite. I don't like drinking it very much, and I don't think it's a good BSDA.

ColdPoncho, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of jhughes23
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on Tap into Belgium Glass

A: Dark Semi-Cloudy Red....aka Monks Blood. Definitely attracted attention from other bar patrons around me.

S: Raisony, Cherry, Malty...none very overpowering though

T: Raisons and Cherry, Alcohol, Malty.

M: Definitely an alcohol feel, Carbonation, but easier to drink than you would think

Better than I was expecting. Big Heavy Sweet Beer. In no way a Session beer. But it is a Fun beer to have when it's around.

jhughes23, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of bonkers
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12 ounce can into a snifter, deep brown pour with sticky 2 finger white head, light lacing. The aroma was full of cinamon, vanilla, and oak. Lots of cinamon, but not overpowering, vanilla, and dark fruit round it out. It has a lingering sweetness. The body is medium, well carbonated. A little different take on a Belgian and I liked it.

bonkers, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of Kenny411
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Can poured into a glass. The pour is very dark and cloudy with a reddish hint. The taste is very smooth i was able to pick up the oak and the vanilla but i wasn't about to pick up cinnamon. Slightly sweet and good taste with a lingering aftertaste. Very drinkable for 8.3%.

Kenny411, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at ChurchKey in Washington, DC. Poured into a snifter glass. Beer was served up near room temperature which is the norm for ChurchKey. Pours a cloudy, muddy dark red brown color. Small tan head but fizzles quick, but retains nice lacing throughout the session. Malty aroma, sweet dark malts, some dried fruits. The flavor starts off quite sweet and malty. Not sugary as such, but a bit sweet. Moderately balanced by a roasted maltiness and some warming alcohol. Dried fruits picking up in the flavor as well, along with a bit of Belgian yeast in the finish. There is also a tart fruit note in the finish, almost like a good kriek, albeit much more subtle. Medium bodied and decent carbonation throughout. Quite guaffable indeed.

CuriousMonk, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of grittybrews
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a murky brownish amber into a tulip with a finger of quick-receding light khaki head. Aroma dominated by the usual banana, clove, and spice of Belgian yeast with some dark fruit in the background and just a trace of vanilla.

Moderate carbonation and a creamy, slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Quite sweet up front with lots of banana, cherry, and vanilla followed by biscuity malt, grape, fig, and a hint of bitterness on the gently warming finish.

Quite tasty with a blend of flavors that may not have fully integrated, but they didn't exactly clash either. Wasn't expecting the dark fruit elements to dominate so much, but they blended fairly well with the vanilla. Didn't detect much overt oak chip character. Definitely worth trying at least once, although the sweetness became a bit much for my taste.

grittybrews, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of BeerManDan
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color was of a dark brown with a reddish hue. Foam was tan that disapated in a short time, but a medium amount of lace on the side of glass. The smell had a complex aroma of roasted malts, fruit and spices, with a hint of sweetness. The taste of roasted malts, complex spices and fruit (cinnamon, allspice, vanilla, fig, etc.) A nice balance of sweet & tart, with just a touch of sourness, to bring this ale to a nice balance of all component into one way above average beer.

BeerManDan, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter. This years batch (2011).

Pours a crimson tinged brown with tons of lacing and a ring of head. Good start.

The smell is interesting/strange with a melange of spices and fruits...Coconut, grape, oak and a little vanilla, cherry, as well as some of the dried fruit character probably from the figs.

The taste is sweet and malty overall. Some of the cinnamon and dired figs come through, with other fruits like a dark fruit punch medley almost. A little alcohol sweetness and ripe bananas come through too, overall the taste is a little confusing. There are some beers where you have different flavors poking out with each sip and its a good thing, this one that happens but it just seems a little schizo.

A little thinner than I would had liked with a little burn but not too bad overall. Not the best drinker in the world. Had with some friends that were not big beer guys and they didn't really enjoy this one, and I wasn't too impressed either, but it was interesting I'll give it that.

Dreadnaught33, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of fastsrt
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce pour at blind tiger

A: dim lighting, but real dark amber

S: spicy, malts, belgan yeast.

T: Christmas ale like Spice Ginger figs nutmeg cinnomon

M: mild carbonation, sweet

D: good I had this one on draft and have a can in my fridge, I don't think I would drink this beer again, it is good but not stand out, tastes like something I have had before

sat down with a can and found it Has a very perfumy taste to it

fastsrt, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can into a tulip glass.

Off the pour is a dark dense indian-red body with a nice settling tiny bubbles of light brown cream. Head is about two fingers tall then slowly receeds leaving a nice lace of ring. Can't see any carbonation from the bottom. This looks real good.

Fruit cherry and yeasty-brett like character on the nose. Even a hint of bread like fruitcake feeling. This really smells like fruit cake and I don't even LIKE fruitcake. This is great.

Tasty dried sweet cherries at first, followed with a quinine finish. Somewhat hop like in bitters, but a big yeasty brett feeling coupled with dried fruits and some bread character. Tastes like it smells, fruitcake in a glass. A little carbonated though and gaseous unfortunately, but leaves a nice tingle of tight tonic water feeling on the finish. Still very masked alcohol and not even boozy.

This is a real good product I am impressed. Very high drinkability for me.

smakawhat, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of iRoy
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

21st Amendment really never ceases to amaze me. Been looking forward to copping this Seasonal Brew and I'm so glad I did, County Wide in Valley Stream just got it in. Nice head with an average smell, nothing special in that department. Great tasting though and very drinkable for a beer with ~8%, already on my second can. Appearance wise it's a nice dark ruby red and like I said very drinkable. I just had my first can with an Italian Sub and enjoyed every bite, def. a good beer to have with food. Nothing really to complain about. Slightly sweet aftertaste.

iRoy, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a Unibroue tulip. 8.3% ABV, "Brewed with cinnamon, vanilla, oak chips, and dried figs." No date.

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for can #3/3!

A - Monk's Blood certainly seems like blood with it's deep crimson color. Beautiful clarity and a quickly forming, slowly fading white oak head. Good lace left on the glass is icing on the bloody cake.

S - Dried figs are most predominant with a mild Belgian candi sugar and yeast background. Mellow malt with hints of vanilla, suggestions of honey-draped, gooey bread follow through as it ends with traces of oak chips. No cinnamon in here so far.

T - This subtle-yet-complex beer offers new flavors to find with each sip. Lots of Belgian influence from the yeast and dark fruit esters of plum and cherry to the lingering sweet sugars. Figs add a very nice touch. Vanilla pokes in and out while honey and smooth caramel malt provide a base for this beer. Again, no cinnamon though.

M - Medium-bodied and smooth, Monk's Blood is fairly carbonated with a subtly dry finish that balances the sweetness well.

D - Very good Belgian-style beer. The yeast is well-done and the subtle nuances beg for another sip. A great brew all around!

BeerFMAndy, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from Jayli so a big "Thank You" goes out to her. Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, brown sugar, fruit, some spices and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of fruit, brown sugar, caramel and some spice. Then a hearty malt character comes in along with some Belgian yeast. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it's a decent beer to drink for a while but there are others in the style that I would choose first.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of gameface23
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Ruddy brown with an off-white head that doesn't last very long.

S: Vegemite, dried dark fruits.

T: Starts off with sweet prunes and plums, brown sugar sweetness, and finishes with a gentle warming of cinnamon spice.

M: Medium bodied.

D: Not my favorite.

gameface23, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of CraftAleRookie
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a DFH Signature Glass- (number 10 in a series of tastings for the 2010 Holiday).

A- Deep ruby red, foamy 3/4 inch head. Head lingered nicely, and transformed into a nice sticky lace.

S- Barley, malt, bits of hop- really faint notes of dried fruits.

T- Molasses, malt, vanilla, toffee- the spices and other interesting ingredients make this more like a Holiday ale.

M- after pouring with such a large foamy head, I was expecting more fizz from this brew- I guess it lost it's punch when forming the head! A bit on the flat side, but the thicker viscosity helped make up a bit for the weakness.

D- Overall, not a bad taste for the value- and interesting a repeatable ale that's I'd likely gravitate toward over the Christmas Holiday.

CraftAleRookie, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.88/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed on 4/15/2010. Can. Pours a clear dark brown with a small white head. Aroma of sugary malt, soda, vegetal spices. Flavor of sweet, candy-like malt (like Sour patch kids), super sweet with some fruity notes. Very sugary and a touch of sour. Wow, really weird quad. Nothing really comes out except the sugary sweet candy-like notes. Sugar bomb.

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 23, 2010
Monk's Blood from 21st Amendment Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 1,141 ratings.