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Monk's Blood - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,141 Ratings
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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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Ratings: 1,141 | Reviews: 489 | Display Reviews Only:
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

roach4230, Jan 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

ericlawton007, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of tastymug
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I like 21st Amendment brewery and have enjoyed most of their beers that I have sampled, this is one of their top contenders in my book.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, deep mahogany color with a frothy head. Fair amount of sediment that appears after poured. Thin line of retention while drinking and minimal lacing.

Smell: Malty and sweet. Dark fruits like figs or raisins.

Taste: Sweet, very malty, caramel, light on the oak flavor, a little fruity.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, carbonated and crisp.

Overall: I liked this beer immediately upon trying it and would definitely drink again. The high alcohol content adds a kick, but the flavor is not compromised, and I find it a nice unique flavor that is enjoyable.

tastymug, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

imperialking, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

brandoman63, Jan 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

CanisMajor, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of Mtooman
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Mtooman, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of jmmy3
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

jmmy3, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of IDontBelieveYou
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

IDontBelieveYou, Jan 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

bbrown12, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of Charlie_Hoss
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Charlie_Hoss, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of ummswimmin
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been aging cans of this beer for the last two years. I finally opened the last can today. My last can (at 18 months of aging) was really impressive.

I poured this beer into a chalice.

I enjoy the aroma coming off this beer. I like the sweet smell and raisins from the top of Monk's Blood.

The flavor is really good. The richness makes for a good sipper. You get more of the dark fruit in the body.

21st Ammendment made a good brew in Monk's Blood.

ummswimmin, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of Fish113d
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass, it pours a dark chestnut color w/ hints of ruby red. A 1-finger thick tan dense head forms on top quickly and slowly dissipates to a very nice surface layer w/ some lacing on the glass.

Heavy on the plums with some brown sugar...very sweet on the nose. Some spices also come through as well, but not as apparent. Cherries also to accompany the plums.

Sipping reveals a very interesting flavor. Much more malty and "nutty" than expected. The fruits come through (plums or cherries) but not tart as thought. Some biscuits come through as well w/ the yeast flavor. Alcohol burn is there for sure on the swallow as well as a very flavorful aftertaste.

Big bodied brew w/ some nice carbonation balance and a nice burn on the finish. Maybe more burn than hoped for on the finish, but the feel is overall nice!

Overall, I love 21st Amendment, but honestly as much as I like the dark belgian style, this is not one of my favorites. I tend to enjoy some of their other offerings a bit more. Not a bad brew to say the least, but I was slightly disappointed for $12 for a 4 pack.

Fish113d, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of BlueShirtMember
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Head poured thick but fell back quickly leaving nice lace. Liquid is a nice dark color. Served in a chalice from a can.

S - Like any great dark Belgian, strong notes of dark fruits and spice

T - Like the smell, it does not disappoint. Raisins and clove foremost plus candy sugars, other spices I can't identify and dark fruit flavors throughout.

M - Medium to light mouthfeel, maybe a bit thinner than I'm used to from the style.

O - One of the better US made Belgians. Particularly impressive coming from a can. Strong heavy flavors make it a great sipping beer and not very sessionable.

BlueShirtMember, Dec 30, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

TrickkyGangsta, Dec 26, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

jco3rd, Dec 22, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

astidad, Dec 20, 2012
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5/5  rDev +31.2%

Philly82785, Dec 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

grahamboudreaux, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of Murrhey
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can at Firehouse No. 1 in San Jose, Calif. Reviewed from notes.

A- Finger width white head, somewhat low retention. Nice lacing. Mahogany color with low clarity.

S- Coppery, chocolate, roast marshmallow. Sweet and metallic scent.

T- Rich, roast malts and some subdued hops. Roast marshmallow and campfire kind of tastes. Quite nice. Finishes bitter and metallic.

M- Rich and creamy, nice feel.

O- Rich and very heavy beer all around. Filling.

Murrhey, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 3/26/2012. Pours lightly cloudy red copper color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of molasses, banana, clove, pear, fig, cinnamon, allspice, dark bread, candi sugar, oak, pepper, and yeast spiciness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of prune, brown sugar, fig, dark bread, toast, cinnamon, clove, ripe banana, oak, candi sugar, earth, and yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of dark fruit, brown sugar, dark bread, toast, candi sugar, clove, cinnamon, banana, earth, oak, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Solid flavor balance and good complexity; a touch too bready and spicy; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a creamy, slick, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good Belgian strong dark ale. Nice complexity and solid flavor balance; and very smooth to sip on. I enjoyed this quite a bit.

superspak, Dec 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

stript, Dec 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

CBrown3763, Dec 14, 2012
Monk's Blood from 21st Amendment Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 1,141 ratings.