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Monk's Blood - 21st Amendment Brewery

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Ratings: 1,200
Reviews: 496
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 78
Gots: 122 | 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 TheAdventurella
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

21 Amendment's Monk's Blood pours a medium brown, though the packaging says it is red in color. The beer has an initial sting of the high alcohol content. However, the end taste and aftertaste have a very complex feeling of both different fruits and spices, including cinnamon

Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Date: 15 March 2011
Glass: Sierra Nevada XXX snifter
Type: 12fl oz can

Poured softly, producing a 1.5-finger head, reduces to a thin film, lacing is better-than-average, color is crimson-brown.

Aroma is quite complex, beginning with heavy bready malts, moving into cinnamon and nutmeg. Until this beer warms up, I can't sense anything else.

Taste is extremely bready, moderate levels of cinnamon, brown sugar, medicinal black cherries. When warmed, the black cherries match up well with the now-apparent figs. Belgian yeast flavor is subtle but makes a break backbone. Cherry attaches to the palate with some caramel and slight bitterness. Carbonation is moderate and delightful. Certainly a low-heat sipper, which is actually best between 45-50ºF. The cherries lower the drinkability. Perhaps this would be tasty with dessert.

Photo of IIKaRuII
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Arnolds Carry out for the suggestion on this one.
My first Craft can I can say, being someone who enjoys keeping one of each bottle I've tried. I am debating on trying to keep a can of this stuff as part of my collection.
Pours a cloudy dark blood red which holds true to its name, has a foamy powerful collar. very thick presence, with amazing retention.
Smells of pitted fruits. plum, cherrys. fig and vanilla. little spices at the very end that kind of stings the nostrils a bit.
taste is a very powerful dark cherry, with sugar and spices. yeasty presence. slight bananas.
Mouthfeel is a creamy and carbonated. not very bitter. Actually quiet pleasant on the palate. almost tastes like a cherry cream soda personally.
This is medium bodied. The alcohol is present but not overpowering for the high 8.3% given on the can. Is not bitter to say the least.

Photo of Dotcubed
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Heard about this beer a while back but didn't jump on it before it sold out, or went out of season.
I knew they made interesting beers, the watermelon lager was amazing.

Cans are possibly the perfect container, but I paid 2.50 ea for four 12 oz, which was not a deal compared to the Surly tall boys.
I know Jersey can't be cheap, and I like quality, package is key to a sale off the shelf.

Looks very atypical, dark reddish with a black gradient to it.
If my tulip glass was bigger, wider...a stunningly sanguine glass chalice. Lacks stable foam that came with a pour. If it held more than the simple ring, an easy 4.0
Maybe if there was a date code a generous 4.5

Good smell, very sweet. Not as fragrant when I opened it.

Foamy in the cheeks. Char, huge vanilla. Cherries? Dry and warming, medium to heavy weight to it. Delicious Belgian feel makes me rethink not liking beers with oak to them. Love to score this higher....
Super sweet, not for some, making drinkability decline.
Not recalling much that tasted this good.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Monk's Blood on tap at The Pony Bar, Hell's Kitchen, NY.

Appearance: Served in an eight-ounce glass, comes with a faint head that dissipates quickly, leaving a white mantle and bubbles around the glass. Auburn/reddish/fox-tail color, hazy and dark like a polluted estuary.

Smell: Carrot cake, walnut, dry fruit. Muddled, not much going on. Raisin puree.

Taste: Glue right away, some dark fruits, banana. Sweet, like baby food, ripe apricots and grapes. Also reminds of a dry-fruit mix, or when you pick all the dry fruit out of a granola mix and eat it.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, flavor and carbonation. Sweet, nutty. Almost feels like an energy drink, "slightly chilled and lightly carbonated".

Drinkability: Alright. Wouldn't want to drink again, but not too boozy or bothersome. Just unremarkable, boring and ultimately forgettable. You can do so much better in this style! Blah.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can. Served in a DFH Signature Glass, the beer pours a dark reddish/brown color with about a half inch light tan head. Head retention is decent, and there's a good amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is dark fruit (fig, raisin, cherry), cinnamon, candi sugar and vanilla. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of some peppery spice and a bit of oak. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy with good carbonation. Drinkability is OK, it's not hard to drink at all. I think it's a solid brew and worth trying.

Photo of superdedooperboy
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12-ounce can poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a gorgeous deep ruby-mahogany with a thick two-fingered topping of creamy light tan foam that recedes quickly, settling to a fat crown and leaving behind a beautiful latticework of lacing on the walls of the glass as it drains away.

Aromas are lovely, with wonderful fruity notes of fig, dark cherry and raisin, with some mixed spice notes including cinnamon and peppercorn, with a hint of clove. A hint of alcohol peeks through the mix as well.

Fairly light in body with a moderate carbonation with tight, tiny bubbles tickling the tongue. The melange of flavors mimics the aroma rather well, with some sweet malt flavors of caramel and a hint of chocolate showing themselves up front, stepping alongside notes of dried calimyrna fig pulp, sweet dark cherries, cinnamon, faint vanilla bean, pepper and clove, with a mild boozy alcoholic note coming through and warming things a bit, leading into a semi-dry, fruity-spicy finish with hints of white pepper and smoke alongside a touch of dried fig lingering afterward.

An rather excellent example of the rather ambiguous "Belgian Strong Dark" style, the figs employed in the brew really enhance the fig notes that would normally be present in such a beer; the vanilla, oak chips and cinnamon play a bit more of a background role, though, and likely are hidden mostly by the yeast character, though they do seem to add a slight bit of character. Though alcohol is not extremely well-hidden, it actually adds to the beer and gives it a bit more depth of flavor. Drinkability shouldn't really be an issue in the style, and this is definitely not worthy of drinking in multiples. Two servings max would be a blessing worthy of monastic servitude.

Photo of nova009
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a Chimay chalice

A- pours an opaque dark brown with a slight red tint to it, small fizzy tan head appears and quickly dissipates, spotty lacing

S- definitely get dark fruits on the first hit, figs and raisins, a little plum as well, sweet candied sugar mixes in, im getting some ripe banana as well, getting very little spice on this

T- dark fruits dominate the palate, definitely getting banana in this and a too much for my liking, very sweet and sugary, slight alcohol burn, im not getting a lot of belgian yeast with this which is disappointing, not a lot of spiciness either

M- medium body, slightly high carbonation but not overly so, sticky and somewhat chewy as well

D- this beer is okay, it is entirely too sweet and has too much banana, i can drink this but only to a certain extent, considering the style there are a lot better beers out there

Photo of ne0m00re
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Live review of a 12 oz can stamped 1038 0815 on the bottom.
A: Dark mahogany, it poured with a dark cream two-finger head that died slowly to a good film and collar with lacing, but the bubbles are a bit big and not as tufty as I'd like.
S: Mild. Raisins and some craisins, very earthy with some walnuts, brown sugar and honey, somewhat floral with a slight alcohol on the nose... pretty good.
T: A very woody and earthy bitterness on the finish... not bad, but just interestingly rustic with the hops. Grape juice, vodka alcohol character that isn't overpowering, and a mild nuttiness throughout. It seems like they shot for Rochefort 6 possibly? Not bad, but not outstanding either.
M: Slightly syrupy, develops a froth, and then turns crisp. Not bad.
D: This isn't too bad... it is certainly worth getting a four-pack or trying it on-tap. There are much better examples of this style, though.

Photo of TheDudeRules
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can to a Darkness snifter,

Pours a nice ruby color with almost a finger of head. Every whiff seems to bring a different smell to me. Tart cherry and some fig. This beer dances across the tongue nicely. Cherry blended with oak and the slightest hint of vanilla. I seem to get a tiny bit of tartness up front, then it quickly fades. Man, I remember not liking this when I had it on tap last year. For an 8.3% abv beer it goes down easily. Actually quite a nice brew. Certainly pick some up.

Photo of VMWhelan
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark ruby with one finger of light tan head.

Strong scent of cherry syrup or maraschinos with lots of dark fruit (raisin/fig) and some brown or candied sugar.

Taste is similar to the smell. Cherries and dark fruits dominate followed by some toasty but sweet malt, as well as some spicyness and slight alcohol. Very sweet overall but balanced with some tartiness (from the Belgian yeast I'd assume).

Mouthfeel is medium-full with average carbonation.

Drinkability is decent. A little heavy but not too much. Tasty so it goes down easily.

Photo of radioscooter
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I confess. I have still not embraced the can. I know it's the low-carbon-imprint wave of the future and all, but I'm just not there yet.

Tried the Old Chubb by OB because of my love for Scotch Ales. Hated it.

Grabbed one can of this with no expectations. Strike that, I had negative expectations.

First - color is beautiful dark brown mahogany. Uncloudy. Beautiful stiff foam with a med-aggressive pour.

Smell says - surprise - Belgian dark ale. Great hints of dark fruit, fig, earthy and a little ether.

Taste just blew me away. All the malty, fruity, figgy, oaky, spicy goodness you'd expect out of some obscure imported Belgian bomber. Rich, medium to full bodied, mid to high flavorful.

Carbonation is a tiny bit high and I can't imagine how they'll pull off bottle-conditioning? (probably some memo I missed) which means it needs to be really drinkable as it leaves the brewery. This is pretty close.

Aftertaste is where it fails a bit - not a lot mind you, nothing as horrible as the chemicals Ommegang wants you to believe are all natural. But there's a tinge there. A little "canniness" maybe. But not enough to complain about.

Final: A wildly pleasant surprise.
Drink again? Absolutely. A little pricey here at $4 a can, otherwise, I'd buy a case.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can at 48 degrees into a Chimay chalice.

A: This pours an opaque dark red color with a finger of lightly tanned head that does not last but it laces okay.

S: Intense dark fruits, some candi sugar, and some spiciness. It is a somewhat mild nose for its style.

T: Sweet dark fruitiness dominates with light banana, candi sugar, and peppery yeast playing lesser roles. The fruit-forward flavor is very nice.

M: The body is medium with some creaminess and a sticky finish.

D: This is not very complex but its fruitiness really spoils my palate.

Photo of BarrelO
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a snifter.

A: Mahogany body. Pretty big head that dies quickly and leaves little lacing.

S: Figs, vanilla, and yeast.

T: Oak, dried figs, and some spices. Vanilla in the aftertaste. Alcohol is surprisingly strong.

M: Medium in body and carbonation.

D: All the elements of a solid Belgian are here, but it just doesn't come together. For fanatics only.

Photo of BB1313
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a nice hazy brown, slightly transparent with an off-white head and nice lacing. The aromas are really nice, and get even better as it warms up. Smells sweet with candied sugars and dark fruits w/ some cherries in the mix. The taste is somewhat off, IMO. I'm picking up on the oak and vanilla, not really picking up on the cinnamon and spices. Finishes pretty bitter. Mouthfeel is okay, pretty carbonated; medium-bodied. Drinkability is average, since the flavors aren't that interesting, I started milking it. The pleasant aromas kept me going. Once again, there was also an unpleasant bitterness.

Not a bad beer at all, but if you're seeking a Belgian fix, why settle for this?

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

A: Very dark cloudy maroon color, with a ridiculously frothy and over-the-top 2 finger + head. I had to wait a few minutes before drinking for that sucker to subside.

S: Despite all of the yummy ingredients in this brew, the figs took center stage on the nose. The vanilla also gave this a very dessert-like quality. Once I worked harder for it, I found the cinnamon and oak.

T: Very high pitched, bright and colorful use of the figs. Sure this was a dark brew overall, but the figs made this one fruity mother! A bit of Belgian funk wrapped itself around the other spices. Awesome!

M: Thick, carbonated enough for this style, and VERY spicy! The sweetness was more of the brown sugar variety.

D: I know I am giving this a higher review than many others on here, but I found this brew very memorable and feel it flat out deserves high kudos!

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a Chimay goblet. Pours a hazy brown/plum with a pretty decent inch of off-white head. The lace is nice, lasting, but not for the duration of the beer.
The smell is... fault first, a little bit like candy. However, banana Runts, plum, candy sugar, floral hops and heather. Strange but good.
The taste mirrors the smell but ends up a little on the sweet side, Banana in full effect, more dried apple than pear, earth, floral hops and not as much alcohol as I expected.
The mouth is thin and the aftertaste is a little sweet and long lasting.
$1.99 for a can (haven't seen a sixer in a while) and I'm sold. I'd love to age a few and see if it chills out and shows more character and less sweet.

Photo of ajfa531
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I wish I had this beer when I was reading The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco.

Can poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Pours a dark, hazy brown with almost a finger's worth of foam. The head is an off-white color. There IS retention, but, expected a bigger head. Maybe a little darker than off-white. Holding the glass up to a light, the dark orange, slight red colors come out. There is still a noticeable haze. Blood is a good descriptor. Fine bubbles than stick to the glass.

The biggest aroma are dark sugars and spiciness. The can says cinnamon, but, it's more of a Big Red/Golgschlager hot cinnamon. It could be the slight booze in the nose. Slight oak notes. The latter two come out most in the second pour after warming up. It's nice.

Sweet flavor. Dark sugars. Yeast spiciness. The vanilla is subtle after I swallow. It comes out with hot cinnamon. I'm getting a lot of belgo yeast flavor. (I don't think I decanted very well. Is this possible with a can?) However, this is not the worst thin in the word. I enjoy the flavor.

I feel that the yeast suspended in the beer adds to the mouthfeel. Medium body. The beer sticks to the glass and it sticks to my mouth and tongue. The lingering flavors are pleasant, so, this is a good thing.

A solid beer. I don't pick up Belgian-styles to often, so, I'm glad this one was nice. I wouldn't have multiples of this in one night, but, I'd look for a single every now and then.

Photo of Groucho75
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmmm. Been looking forward to this since I read about it a few months back on 21st's website. $9 for a four-pack from my ever-reliable S&N Package.

Can with 1038 0630 marked on the bottom. I guess I should really be enjoying this from the can, but I couldn't help but pouring into my Duvel goblet.

Nice plummy/brownish tinge to fit the profile. Some carbonation with average lacing. The one to two fingers of foam lingers for a little while, but eventually evaporates.

Hints of figs, vanilla, candy sugar, and bourbon on the nose.

The taste tells me up front that while not Belgian, 21st has done their homework. That forward banana flavor and maltiness is unmistakable. Taking my time to savor the sips here. Their Fireside Chat left a bad taste in my mouth (literally) so I'm happy to find their next offering to be more to my liking.

The texture is smooth and the alcohol balances nicely. Not too heavy, but you can taste the ABV for sure.

*Very* drinkable. Just my luck that there are some really nice Belgian style craft brews out right now, because if I polish off too many of these, I can always get something else.

Well done, 21'st. Keep brewing this one.

Photo of brew3crew
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at whole Foods in norwood, Cincinnati

A-medium brown in color with a nice amount of head that retains though out.
S-dried fruit with roasted malts
T-alot like it smells with some cherries and nice roastiness to it
M-medium bdoy and very smooth
D-very drinkable and my taste was gone in no time. Very drinkable especially considering abv...

Photo of pdoran10
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a dark brown menacing color with a good amount of haze. Three fingers of off white head that leave some amazing lacing.

Smell is dark fruit a hint of booze and a slightly off putting metallic acidity.

Taste is nice plum, and sugary malt flavor. A bit of alcohol heat and not all that complex. Nice straightforward BSDA flavors, nothing special.

Moutfeel is substantial with moderate/low carbonation. Well done here.

This beer tastes a bit young and hot right now. Nice flavors, but the alcohol heat is enough to make me only want one. Seems like this beer could use a bit of age.

Photo of pmccallum86
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark cloudy maroon brown color.

Smell is of stale fruits and malts.

Dried fruits and brown sugar upfront. A little off taste in the finish, very average.

Medium carbonation, pretty average.

Definition of average beer. Nothing speacial and every aspect mediocre.

Photo of tchenery
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark body with some highly visible carbonation. It has a very thin layer of off-white head for the style, but it looks like it will lace though.

The smell is on point. Very smoked/tobacco/roasted smell of malts and a slight raisin smell as well. It has a very faint 'belgian' smell to it.

The beer itself is pretty smooth, but it tastes like circus peanuts, quite literally. I like circus peanuts though. That being said, it's really sweet. This taste lasts throughout the beer. I'm looking forward to this one warming up a bit in the glass.

Mouthfeel is very smooth but not too silky. It almost feels like a milk stout on the tongue.

Totally drinkable beer, nice that it is in cans.

Photo of GRG1313
2.58/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Copper brown with red tints and a nice lighter khaki head.

Nose is big, full and rich bananas. Smells Belgian and would so identify in a blind tasting based on smell, although there is some fig and cinnamon character present.

Mouthfeel is medium thin but well balanced.

Flavors are rich and assertive but very sweet in all respects. Huge sugar front palate that goes to a sweet coffee/light carmel but retaining the sugar character and sweetness right through the palate and into the finish.

Finish is a nice toast/coffee/carmel bitter that end with a grapefruit skin oil character but with the sugar being so strong it lingers in your mouth.

Too sweet to drink and almost too sweet to even sip for my taste.

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

ruby tea...colored...

smell..bubblegum sour stone fruits...some wheat there..

mouhted...moar bubblegum...a smidgen of cherries...plenty of malt...hops are well balanced with the other dark fruits...i cannot really taste the cinnamon or vanilla that the can says is in there...

will not need to try this again unless it is on draft....

Monk's Blood from 21st Amendment Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 1,200 ratings.