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Monk's Blood - 21st Amendment Brewery

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Monk's BloodMonk's Blood

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1,142 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,142
Reviews: 489
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.68%
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 LilBeerDoctor
2.88/5  rDev -24.2%
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
Photo of robwestcott
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to beandip for this one.

poured from the can a deep dark ruby brown to a sun king shaped pint with a wisp of a short lasting reddish brown head with minimal retention.

aroma of belgian yeasts, dark fruits, ripe figs.

dark fruits, super sweet malts, almost to the point of cloyingly sweet. brown sugars, maple (?).

medium bodied, medium carbonation, sweet, big malts, no significant hop presence.

drinkable - perhaps one or two.

robwestcott, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of NightINgale
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 batch. 12 US.fl.oz can poured into my tulip glass...

A - Cloudy brown body, with a thin, yet frothy caramel head. Decent head retention (could be better...) and some lacing. No carbonation can be seen.

S - Dark fruit (plums, figs, raisins) dominate the nose. The aroma is also fairly roasty, with caramel notes and just a hint of woodiness and vanilla. Some hops can be distinguished. The beer does not smell yeasty like some Belgian or Canadian examples of the style.

T - Starts out with a mild tartness, which is rather unusual, yet pleasant. A strong dark fruit flavour starts coming out more and more, lingering for a while. Moderately sweet and fairly roasty. The finish is a little bitter, fairly bready, and with hints of dark fruit.

M - Medium-bodied and quite smooth. The carbonation is on the low side. Fairly spicy. Not boozy, although the alcohol taste starts coming through after the beer warms up a little.

D - Drinks pretty smoothly. For a Belgian-style dark ale, this is very drinkable.

Overall, this is an interesting twist on the Belgian style; it is similar enough, yet with its own character. One of the tastiest canned beers I've tasted to date!

NightINgale, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. Ha.

Pours murky amber with a reddish hue and a half inch head of beige. A full skim coat and sheeted lacing throughout the glass.

Aromatics lead off with raisins, cherries, cocoa, and a hint of smoke. Fruity and clovey with a sweet promise.

Medium bodied with a sticky, tacky mouthfeel. Slightly syrupy with carbonation light for the style.

Rich malt, rum-soaked raisins, and cherries start the palate. A slight tartness steps forward along with brown sugar and dark caramel.

Finishes with a faint tartness, cherries, warming alcohol and dark sugars.

Fairly tasty, but the low carbonation doesn't do the beer justice. And the can thing? Not so much.

brewandbbq, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of SkunkWorks
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a chalice. I have to say, pouring a beer like this out of a can is kinda strange but hey, why not.

Look: murky, reddish brown, with a fairly thin off white head that ends up as a thin layer of foam at the top of the beer. The beer itself is a nice color, looking fairly typical of the style. Red orange highlights lurk at the sides. There's some lacing but not a whole lot.

Smell: dark fruit, dark chocolate and some alcohol in the smell.

Taste: dark caramel, dark fruits, dark chocolate, vanilla, some hints of cinnamon and hints of oak. There's a good deal going on here. The alcohol is actually quite hidden in the taste even if its there in the smell. There are also some hints of port. The spices are very subdued.

Feel: medium bodied, sharp carbonation, alcohol is well hidden until it is room temperature and then its just a little warm.

Drink: one of the more drinkable Belgian Dark Strong Ales I've had. Easily could do two or three if I wanted to.

Overall, an interesting brew. Something is very strange about pouring a can of Belgian beer but its still damn tasty. I definitely recommend it.

SkunkWorks, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of beergod1
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When I poured it into my DFH Glass, It looked like Cherry cola, But seamed to darken to a Clear Brown with a ruby hue.Creamy light tan head about 1/4" high. Aroma is very slight. Pleasant flavor. Light sweetness with some hop bitterness. light body for an 8%. Clean palate. Not bad for an over all beer, but not something that stands out leagues above other trappist-style beer. Won't seek it out, but will buy it if the mood strikes.

beergod1, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of DmanGTR
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A ginormous thank you to BJ for this hookup! 45°F from the fridge, allowed to sit on the counter for 15 minutes before pouring into a Gulden Draak tulip.

A - poured murky raisin-brown with a decently long lived off-white head that remained as a ring and adorning the glass with specs of lace. 4.0

S - rich maltiness of caramel, brown sugar, and prunes. A touch of fig and oak follows. Not much in the vanilla or cinnamon department. Hint of raisins as well. Very well executed. A glorified dubbel that hasn't lost its identity. 4.5

T - brown sugar and caramel dominates. Raisins and prunes follow closely but I'm afraid the vanilla and oak are lost completely. Cinnamon is noticed in the finish. This is very good for a dubbel. I was just expecting a bit more assertiveness from the oak, vanilla, and cinnamon. 4.0 (I had a 3.5 here, but as it warmed even more, the tastes came out a bit more. Sweet.)

M - nice, smooth and medium bodied. Carbonation is nicely done. I wouldn't mind a touch more though. 4.0

D - quite drinkable indeed. I would have this every week if I could. A nice fireside beer in winter. 4.5

Overall - Definitely a dynamic beer. I recommend serving it at 50°F and enjoy it up to 60°F. Thanks again BJ! This is a great nightcap!

DmanGTR, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of u2carew
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into Westmalle goblet.
A) Pours with a finger thick head, then settles slowly. Head and lacing is tan and creamy. Body is a cloudy mahogany color.
S) Cherries. Raisins. Typical Belgian style aroma.
T) Sweet up front. Great malt tones - cherries, brown sugar. Alcohol towards the finish. Hints of spices - cinnamon, anise, vanilla.
M) Medium to full body. Alcohol warmth. Smooth.
D) A well crafted Belgian brew - in a can!

u2carew, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chestnut brown with red-orange highlights and bright Sunkist edges. A splendid looking crown of pale golden foam occupies the upper third of the glass, shrinks slooowly, and does a pretty good job when it comes to lace deposition.

To their credit, the brewers spent time in Belgium learning the finer points of crafting a BSDA. It shows. The nose features the usual medium-dark fruit of the style and is spicier than most, probably due to the use of cinnamon. Here's hoping they added just the right amount because too much could overwhelm the rest of the flavor profile.

I'm all for putting beer in cans, but putting beer of this style in cans just seems... wrong somehow. A pale ale? Sure. An IPA? Okay. Even an American Imperial stout? Why not? BSDAs should come in corked-and-caged 750 ml bottles. In the end, it doesn't matter because this is good beer no matter what vessel it was packaged in.

First of all, the Belgian brasseries don't need to worry that 21st Amendment has one-upped them. Monk's Blood is tasty, but it isn't anywhere near world-class. The added ingredients give it a complexity that the best Belgians achieve with malt, hops, yeast, candi sugar and water. These include cinnamon, vanilla beans and dried black Mission figs. Oh yeah, and oak aging.

Thankfully, the cinnamon isn't overdone. Flavors include dark caramel, ripe figs, vanilla, anise, clove, cinnamon, and hints of bourbon. That last one is most likely due to the oak and the vanilla. This is enjoyable beer that is even more drinkable by virtue of expertly masked alcohol.

The mouthfeel doesn't impress when beer first contacts tongue, but it holds on very well and stays (mostly) inflated until the end of each mouthful. Improvement with warming allowed me to go with the higher of the two considered scores.

Monk's Blood is a wonderful first effort at Belgian-style ale from 21st Amendment and is my favorite (so far) of their canned beers. By traveling to Belgium and learning at the feet of the masters, the brewers showed the BSDA style the respect it deserves. And they deserve respect for the end result.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of jdense
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. can shared with buddy at end of night of beer debauchery 9.28.2010 poured into wine tumblers.

One finger of light brown head, very quick dissipation with minimal lacing on top of dark brown body with garnet highlights, a bit of visible carbonation when held up closely to bright light. Nose is fairly sweet, plums raisins, a bit of spice, and some floral hops. Taste mirror the nose, the plum esters predominate. Mouthfeel is on the full side, not a lot of effervescence, with a fairly dry finish. Certainly the best BSDA I've had in a can, but I was a bit perplexed to see this was contract brewed in Maryland. What gives on that??? Pretty wicked alcohol kick minimizes drinkability, one shared is sufficient. While I like the convenience of cans, I'll pass next time.

jdense, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of woosterbill
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into a Duvel tulip.

A: Rather muddy, appropriately sanguine body with two fingers of soft, pillowy tan foam. Pretty good retention and some sticky lace. A bit more sediment than I'd like, but overall pretty good.

S: Burnt sugar, dark fruit esters, candied ginger, plenty of booze, and a weird vegetal hint; rhubarb?. Interesting at times, but really not a terribly inspiring nose considering the style. A little overbearing with the sugary sweetness.

T: More straightforwardly malty here, with the candied fruit and dry esters coming on the back side, right before a huge wave of alcohol. Not bad tasting by any means, but a bit too hot for 8.3%. There really isn't all that much going on, but it's pleasant for the most part.

M: Slick, sticky medium body with low, fine carbonation. A little lifeless.

D: Quite smooth, but also rather boozy.

Notes: This is an enjoyable brew, but it doesn't come close to standing out as a BSDA. Compared to just about every other beer in this style I've had, this one falls somewhat short. Still, it's a pretty decent value, and I always like getting a tasty beer out of a can.


woosterbill, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours a tawny brown, some slight turbidity in the Sam Adams glass. A good two fingers of thick, creamy head form up and look to be around a while. The head is fading back ever slowly, leaving a thick wall of lace behind.

Aroma - had a nice toasty grain at the opening. Notes of spice, light vanilla and cinnamon ride below the Belgian yeast scent.

Taste - good toasty grain, some anise in support. Alcohol presence is felt mid-palate. Light spices follow, sort of a clovey flavor, raisiny, and more abv heat. The malt persists, keeping some of the grain element around throughout. Finishes warm, toasty, with the Belgian yeast having more impact than any added spices, though the vanilla does come through more as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel - a fair amount of smoothness, low carbonation. Creamy and full feeling.

Drinkability - the first Belgian style I've had in a can, and one of the best canned beers, period.

brewdlyhooked13, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of Offa
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep, slightly reddish brown, it has a slowly shrinking small tan head with hint of orange.

Aroma is pineapple, toasted grain, dry wood, hints of fig and sawdust.

Taste is alcoholic up front but this soon mellows, with wood, stewed fruits, dried cherries, hints of dried fig skin (only the skin - not the whole fig), lightly sweet up front with lingering light woody bitterness from finish through the aftertaste, but all is quite subdued and not firm, the elements generally fleeting traces that soon go. It still stays a bit alcoholic and the character noted above soon is muddled and more bland and subdued. It is good but not great, the character ultimately rather bland and simple, losing interest yet staying rather heavy for what you get. Feel is pretty good, but again this beer is heavy for the character.

I'll add that I find this unusual since I generally find 21st Amdt beers to be very good, often exceeding expectations.

Overall, this is decent but very unimpressive, a heavy beer with little character and less complexity to warrant such heaviness.

Offa, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of Vdubb86
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass

Thanks to TMoney2591 for this the last beer of NMW.

This one pours a dark brown with garnet fringes adorned with a tan foamy head. The malty aroma is very enjoyable to myself. It smells to me of banana, coriander, cinnamon, and brown sugar. The taste however is mainly of the banana and clove from the Belgian yeasts used. There is a booze flavor to it that can be detected through the clove. The best part of the flavor is definitely the aftertaste which comprises of mainly a marshmallow flavor. When combined with the caramel and chocolate malts it gives it an aftertaste that seems almost to be like a s'more. This is really a very tasty brew and even at it's higher ABV, I feel that it's rather smooth and easily drinkable.

Vdubb86, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of SirSketch
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Best canned beer label I've seen! Once poured, a rich, thick, tan head forms. A very eerie blood-red colored beer.

S - Very fruity aroma. The figs play a large role to that, I'm sure. Strangely, I got a tart orange juice smell. A slight acidity is reminiscent of a sweet red wine, but a solid malt presence as well.

T - More Belgian yeast characteristic than the smell gave. Still very fruity and acidic. Vanilla and oak combine to give a flavor similar to bourbon barrel aged beers.

M/D - Somewhat thin mouthfeel on this beer, but it does come off velvety, which is nice. Overall, an interesting interpretation on a Belgian dark ale, but it could pack more malt flavor inside.

SirSketch, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of GarrettMD
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice dark red hue with half a finger tan head. Head retention is good, lacing is good.

S - Malts and dark fruits dominate the aroma. Slight bready-ness comes through as well.

T - Same dark fruits and malts as the aroma. Sweet malts come through and work well with the fruits, plums, figs, cherries.

M - Medium bodied, good level of carbonation. Finish is very sweet with a nice cherry taste. Entire beer is very crisp.

D - Very good drinkability. ABV is masked very well. Despite being a sweet beer, it is very easy to go back for another sip.

GarrettMD, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

another great extra thrown at me that i decided to pop open this evening. served cold and allowed to warm up, this one was consumed on 08/14/2010.

nice dark garnet pour. thick looking with a nice head of off white that caps it off quite well to a height of around two inches. smooth lacing flows down the sides of the glass

aroma is a little muddled. figs, dark fruits, lots of malts, and hints of raisins, but nothing really taking the lead and showing off for me. still though nicely put together and warming brings this out quite nicely. smooth and even feel, a bit filling at times even with more then adequate carbonation and a creamy finish. warm and soothing up front with figs, raisins, hits of spice and a touch of caramel malts, but i sit and wait for it to go somewhere that it never really does. nice clean finish with a light dryness and sweet touch to the palate.

overall not bad. i could drink it without issue but there is nothing really calling me back to it again.

mikesgroove, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of russpowell
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to WoodyChandler for this one!

Pours a garnet hued chestnut with 2+ fingers of khaki colored head. Nice oily sheen to this, average head retention & lacing

S: Dark fruit, cherry & dark chocolate, plus plums. Holds up pretty well over the course of 12 ozs..

T: Plums, figs, faint brown sugar & a touch of prunes up front. Oaky dryness, leafy hops, more pruney action once warm, faint dark cherry as well. Finishes with a bit too much woody dryness, port notes, figs & plums

MF: Medium bodied, slick, but carbonation is a bit sharp. Becomes somewhat warming after a while

Drinks pretty easy for the ABV & style, but more of a good entree' to the style versus a great example...

russpowell, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of rudzud
1.55/5  rDev -59.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A - Murkey rust color with hardly any head that immediately disappeared with hardly any lacing.

S - Has to be a bad can or something. Just smells, well, rotten. Can't pick up anything other than an offputting smell. Wow.

T - If I pinch my nose I can drink this. Not because the taste is bad, but because of the smell coming off it. I can pick up yeast, carmal, and some weird fruityness.

M - Smooth with little carbonation. Ugh, the smell.

D - Just cant get past the smell. Its horrific! Definate drain pour this can is. Very shocked. I was pretty sure I had drank this before and liked it so I went after a lone can of this. Just must have been a rotten can. This should be much lower rated, but I remember how good this was. Would probably be mostly 4's or so if I had a different can.

rudzud, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of DoctorDog
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz can poured into a snifter.

A: Dark brown/ruby appearance, and nearly opaque. ~1/2 fingers of tan, effervescing head, which dissipates rapidly to an oily cap.

S: Rich with raisins / dark fruits and cherry, quite vinous. Hints of alcohol.

T: Dark fruits abound. Sweetness is slightly on the high side. The oak notes come through fairly pronounced here, while I did not detect them in the aroma. A bit of a spicy bitterness to the finish, perhaps contributed to by the cinnamon (?). Alcohol presence is noted, but blends well into the mix.

M: Slightly low carbonation- Falls a bit short of where it needs to be here, and the beer suffers slightly for it. Medium feel.

D: Decent. Nice flavor and aroma....lags in the mouthfeel....one and done sipper

Future outlook: An enjoyable beer that could use some slight tweaking to make really good. First BSDA I've ever had in a can, and I'm inclined to snag a few sometime to see how they age.

DoctorDog, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into Orval chalice.

A. Poured 1/2 finger of head that disappeared very quick. Not much lacing. Color is chestnut brown.

S. Dark fruit, cherries, candi sugar, spices, some alcohol, raisins. Nice complex aroma. Nice fruit smells.

T. Caramel malt. Candi sugar. Sweet dark fruit. Cinnamon, was kind of faint but added a nice touch.

M. medium/full bodied. Low carbonation. Smooth. ABV is well hidden.

D. I can easily say this is the best canned BSDA I have ever had. Easy drinking. Nice mix of spice flavors and dark fruit.

siradmiralnelson, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of stakem
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes taken on 5/27/10

Poured from a can into a snifter. Monk's blood appears with less than a finger of tanned head that receeds fairly fast. The color of this brew is a hazy amber color with red hues around the bottom and more of a brownish color across the top.

Aroma is sweet, fruity and floral. The malt is evident in a very candy sugar sort of way. Sweetness of the aroma comes off a bit like plums and raisins with a bit of mineral character thrown in as well. Taste is very malty sweet with dark sugar flavors similar to plum and raisin with some other spices included. Moderate alcohol presence and a touch of hops on the backend.

Medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. This is quite an easy drinking brew. There is a lingering flavor somewhat like vanilla. Slightly drying as it warms and the spice character starts to stick to the tongue. The spices tasting increasingly more like a bland grated cinnamon hang in the mouth increasing it's drying aspect. This cinnamon flavor is a bit out of place and brings out more of the belgian yeast flavor that tastes a bit green.

stakem, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Revisiting this one over a year later. Ratings remain the same, still quite delicious.

Pours a reddish brown color, somewhat cloudy with not much head and a fair lacing.

Smells spicy and sweet, with dark fruits, brown sugar, and a little bit yeasty.

Tastes very much like the style should, spices, yeast, fruits, and a sweet brown sugar flavor that lingers. There's a slight alcohol taste. Very nice overall flavor.

Mouthfeel is rich and smooth, not much carbonation, and just a faint sweet to bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability is a tad heavy going down, but when you're in the mood for something thick and flavorful, this is a great beer.

Got this one as an extra in a trade, and a very fine extra it was! The revisit was also obtained in a trade, and I was quite happy to have it again!

AlCaponeJunior, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of GbVDave
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a St. Bernardus goblet.

A: Pours a muddy, caramel-brown with some rust colored highlights. The head is tan colored and nearly non-existant, mostly just a full bubbly ring that doesn't leave much lace. Carbonation is lazy.

S: I shared a can of this at DLD '10 with brokenleadedcask and that particular can had a definite asparagus aroma. This can smells more like what I imagine the brewers intended. Caramel, molassas, and candi sugar with raisins, booze muddled figs, cocoa, brown sugar, and ok maybe just a miniscule asparagus scent.

T: See above. Loads of caramel, dark fruit, and candi sugar. The dark fruit and alcohol are both more pronounced in the taste compared to the smell.

M: Starts off like it's going to be a huge sweet and syrupy mess. Those hints, however, quickly turn quite bitter and dry. In fact, it finishes very dry.

D: I really like the idea of a BSDA in a can. I certainly don't think this would be a great beach/picnic/bbq/block party beer, but it would be so fun to unleash this on BMC drinkers at a pig roast!


GbVDave, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of bamadog
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I received this as an extra in a trade a few months ago, and I wish I could remember who sent it to me as I would gladly thank him. So, if he happens to read this and knows who he is, thanks! Review is from notes taken on 7/7/2010 and poured from the can to a tulip.

Appearance: Pour is a deep and rich mahogany brown with some slight amber highlights; starts with a 1 and 1/2 finger light tan fluffy head; body is pretty clear and shows light and slow carbonation and modicum of bubbles sticking to the sides of the glass; head fades slowly to an uneven and incomplete skim; only a couple of spots of lacing are left behind.

Smell: Hmmm... Not very strong or robust, but there are hints of dark fruits, mostly figs and raisins, and a slight hint of tart cherries.

Taste: Much the smell, not especially potent, but the dark fruit (figs and raisins) and the lightly tart cherries are present (mostly in the aftertaste); there's a bit of a burnt sugary/caramel maltiness in the middle; slight vaporous alcohol lingers.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is present, but it comes across as mostly soft and the body is pretty smooth overall; a moderately moist stickiness is left all over the palate; the belly is actually left a little warm.

Drinkability: It's not bad, and I kind of dig it, but I do wish the scents and flavors were much more potent and robust, and with an ABV of 8.3% and the slight lack of flavors, it wouldn't be worth drinking more than one in a sitting. Definitely worth a shot though, especially for something that comes in a can.

bamadog, Jul 08, 2010
Monk's Blood from 21st Amendment Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 1,142 ratings.