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Monk's Blood - 21st Amendment Brewery

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1,120 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,120
Reviews: 487
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 71
Gots: 97 | FT: 2
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 Brisket
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

*Edit* I got about 2 fingers of head with my second pour. Disappated quickly with light lacing. Upped the appearance to reflect.

Picked up a 4 pack of cans at Bier:thirty in Bown Crossing. They should have it on tap soon, I'd like to try it on draught.

A- Dark red brown, no head. I suspect a dirty glass when I look at other reviews. Dinged because of the lack of head, I'll edit if the next one pours with head. *edit* see top of review.

S- Belgian fruit, fig and vanilla, some higher alcohols.

T- Flavor is unexpectedly mild. Fig and dark fruit initially, vanilla is very strong in the middle. Has a boozy finish. Not bad

M- Medium body, some malt syrupyness, carbonation pretty high, within style.

O- Solid beer, I was a bit disappointed as I'm a big fan of 21st Ammendment and the style. I was expecting an excellent beer, but this is only very good. I will buy again if I see it.

Brisket, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of Fitzgerald
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Heard about this beer on a Craft Beer podcast, they were interviewing Shaun from 21st Amendment Brewing Co. so I went down to my favorite liquor store, Dennis Brothers and bought this along with a six pack of 21st I.P.A.
A- Poured fairly hard produced a nice tan head that faded fairly quick, some lacing, color is a dark ruby brown.

S- Can smell hints of alcohol lots of dark fruit coming through maybe a little chocolate.

T- I love the taste of this beer lot of different flavors coming through fig and some other dark fruits, cherry maybe and also can taste some bourbon type flavor.

MF- A heavy oily dark ale very warm, dry finish, smooth nice after taste.

D- Very nice ale, I drank the 21st I.P.A.before this one, which really made this Monks Blood stand out with it's different style.

Fitzgerald, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of AGDMainer
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

AGDMainer, Jan 20, 2012
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 bigash
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

bigash, May 16, 2012
Photo of BrianBoruma
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into snifter glass

Appearance: Finger thick head that dissipates quickly does cling to the side as I drink down the glass. Black, but with ruby highlights when held to the light.

Smell: Spicy, I get some cinnamon and nutmeg i think. A lot of darker fruits (plums and raisins.)

Taste: The spicy from the nose definitely comes through. It apparently has oak chips in there somewhere (according to the can) but I don't taste those at all. I get a lot of the fruit and some caramel now too. It's caramel, spicy and fruit all the way. It's nice. Alcohol warmth is quite present as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium full. Carbonation is definitely present in this one. Feels a bit slick too, not sure what that's from.

Overall: Quite good. Wouldn't be pounding these back all night but it's great for what it is.

BrianBoruma, May 14, 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 mptorpey
4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A great rich brown almost rasin with a nice smooth white head.

S: A rich spice and rasin or fig jam. Cinnimum is quite also perdominate.

T: A very complex beer with lots of jam and spice. Jig is quite up frount and finishes with loads of spice like cumin and cinnimum. Very rich and dence. As it warms the ABV is hightned.

M: Very rich dnece long finish. Smooth with a some what sweentenss in the end.

O: A great beer but a little hard to drink more that one because it has such a richness and complexiness to it.

mptorpey, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of CBrown3763
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

CBrown3763, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of Nicholas_Nightfoot
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%

Nicholas_Nightfoot, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of llamakinoodle
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

llamakinoodle, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of kainzlpi
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

kainzlpi, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of gata
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

gata, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of janizzle
1/5  rDev -73.8%

janizzle, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of Tward653
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Tward653, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of DamDweller
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

21st Amendment Monk's Blood

Poured the beer into a Duvel tulip glass. Has a nice deep brown maroon color to it. Smell is all about cinnamon. There are some hints of vanilla, but it seems to just add to the sweet cinnamon smell. The taste is very similar to the smell. Cinnamon and vanilla with hint of figs. Mouthfeel is good, carbonation is what is to be expected. Sits for a bit after swallowing. Overall it's a good beer. It would be nice if it cleaned off the tongue faster, but it has nice retention and pleasant smell.


DamDweller, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of tobin999
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

i just picked this up for the store because it looked interesting no other reason

from a can in to my darkness goblet

A: nice very dark brown with one fat finger of

S: figs fairly sweet faint vanilla

T: starts a bit tart then moves it to a vanilla carmel flavor and finishs with dark fruit sweetness

M: imo quite abit lighter then i would have thought

D: quite drinkable now if you dont mid i will now have another

tobin999, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of mattg
4/5  rDev +5%

mattg, May 16, 2012
Photo of KCFaninPA
2/5  rDev -47.5%

KCFaninPA, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of keleonetti
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

keleonetti, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of toucanslam
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

toucanslam, May 01, 2014
Photo of Brewhaha83
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%

Brewhaha83, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of Rizow
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So what's in the fridge to drink during a Sunday afternoon of football? Ah, a can of Monk's Blood, and there's something all too appealing about craking open an aluminum tin of high-grade craft brew. Typically dark-ish and unassuming in its look, no head to speak of, with a withdrawn but unusal nose of grape soda and gummy cola bottles. There's a neat prune taste in the background which gives it an overall Dr Pepper quality, like a Beer Soda theme that could benefit from a little more carbonation. Does it go well with the wasabi peanuts and straight-out-the-package deli ham slice I'm "pairing" it with? How should I know, and who the hell are you to ask?

Rizow, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of anneseg
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First beer I have had out of a can in a while and I was really happy with this one. The color is a nice deep red on the edges, the smell reminded me of gulden draak. The head retention was decent and lingered longer than I expected.

The most noticeable taste is the malty sweetness. It is a little boozy but not too much. There is a bit of clove after the initial taste. Definitely worth a try.

anneseg, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of jscogggins
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

jscogggins, Aug 23, 2012
Monk's Blood from 21st Amendment Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 1,120 ratings.