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Monk's Blood - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,200 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,200
Reviews: 496
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 78
Gots: 122 | 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:
Beer added by: taxguyjase on 09-10-2009

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Photo of smchenry75
5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of edmedina
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pouring this beer and the head rises to two fingers high. It's a brownish color that is pretty bubbly. The color of the beer is a blood red or a burnt red color. It's very clear you can see right through it pretty easily. The aroma is a malty candy smell and it's pretty big. I can smell it a couple of feet away from my beer. I also pick up some alcohol raisin notes. My initial taste I get a fig, plum character also I picked up on a nut like flavor as well. Subsequent tastings a yeasty or a doughy feel mixed in with a brown sugar like quality is also present as well as a mild floral hoppy note but it is really in the back ground. The finish is a slight cloying taste with a mild bitterness or alcohol bite. Overall, I really find myself enjoying this beer a lot. It is a sipping beer that goes well with a cold winter night.

Photo of Katahdin
4.64/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very rich, garnet red color which easily makes one think of the beer's name right away. A joyous bouquet of fruits such as grapes and plums mixes with spices and earthy aromas of malt. Very inviting in the mouth as the tartiness of the fruits combines with the malt to balance out perfectly. An aftertaste of plums and chocolate or maybe cocoa beans keeps the bigness of the alcohol well hidden. Goes down very easily with a crisp, fruity, slightly tangy finish. Very enjoyable!!!

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of skipxtracer
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of llllDrGONZOllll
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a tulip

Tan fluffy head with bubbles ranging from micro to mondo. When Ii held this brew to the light blood was the first thing to come to mind. Light barely passes through this dark deep red canned Belgian style. The name serves the appearance and the taste with great honor. I have never had a Belgian style served from a can. until today...21 A continues to wow me with every release that comes my way. I look at this as the Belgian dark ale that can go camping and fishing.

The sweet dark roasty flavors combine to hide the 8.5% that slides by and warms the belly. Smells of sourdough bread fill the nose with the fruity esters of the Belgian yeast. Caramel and plums, raisins and honeydew melon. There is a slight sourness i just can not peg. This is a full flavored ale that coats the mouth thickly lasting only long enough to remind of how well the last sip went down before committing to another.

Photo of StoutFox
4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of shadyside
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of moneyfunnel
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of Pocketharpy
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of TeamAlphaDoG
1/5  rDev -73.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of athesing10
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of corylew
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This stuff is pretty good. The first thing you get from this is the Belgian yeast characteristic. Lots of clovey yeasty taste in there. After that comes a malt background complimented by strong cinnamon. The body is nice and light, packing a good amount of yeasty cinnamony flavor complimenting the traditional abbey flavor.

Photo of sponch51
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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

A Poured from can ~ 1.5 years old into tulip glass. Decent head but receded quickly, little to no lacing, little carbonation, reddish brown color.
S Definite fig smell noticed, biscuity, liquorice, maybe some oak?
T fig, slight oak, decent maltiness.
M slight oily feel on tongue and cheeks, lingers.
O I would recommend and will buy some more if it is still being made.

Photo of eweneek83
4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance - e beautiful looking beer, much like a dry stout.

Smell - Smells like jesus muffins. chocolate, cinnamon, molasses, and a tiny bit of malt.

Taste - A bit of a vanilla rush at 1st that gives way to an oak-like chocolate taste, then rolls out into a Belgian Style ale. A big taste, but not overpowering. very well balanced. I am totally impressed. some other dominant taste too, but can't put my dick on it.

mouthfeel - Just when you curl up in a ball in the corner of your bedroom, the beer comes to you and says "It's okay, i'll never overpower you, taste how smooth and inviting I am." Very smooth sweet and creamy for a belgian style ale.

Drinkability - for such a high ABV (8.3) the drinkability is very good. I could waste 4 cans of this stuff and still want more. 21st Ammendment is on to something.

Photo of astidad
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of dzni
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from can into snifter.

A - Dark brown, head dissipates quickly
S - orange, milk chocolate, cinnamon
T - Milk chocolate, toffee, slight woody note (i guess the oak?), plum (or is that the figs?)
M- Heavy body
D - I thought this was a pretty nice beer overall. The nose and taste were reasonably complex, in my opinion.

Photo of MikeGill
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tasting notes from visit to The Lark in East Northport, NY. This strong ale was on tap and served in a standard pint glass. The bartender explained that the name of the beer relates to monks fasting.

No head, only a small layer of bubbles which quickly dissipated. Dark reddish brown color. Subtle aromas of dried fruits and malt. Raisinets? Some spice. Thought there was an interesting connection between the name of the beer and it's flavor profile because to me the beer had a sangria-like quality to it. Cherry and black currant flavors. Smooth mouthfeel. Good balance between fruit, body and alcohol.

I enjoyed the beer very much but found myself looking forward to switching to something else toward the end of the glass.

Photo of MeadGuyfromMD
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

* Poured from a can in a carboard 4 pack

A - Deep, Deep Copper with a fluffy tan head about 3/4", that dissipated fairly quick. It did leave a very nice lace behind.

S - Beautiful aroma of dark sweet fruit, noticeable maltiness, a hint of spice and banana. I also notice a mild alcohol aroma

T - Sweet, with a hair of tartness at the end. There are dark fruits and some caramels at work here. The cinnamon is there, but not overpowering, I think I taste fig or tart cherries on the tip of my tongue.

M - Very good balance on a Belgian style beer. There is light to Medium carbonation and the beer glides over my tongue with ease.

D - Very good balance, good carbonation, not to sweet and it certainly goes down easy. I can see this 4 pack going down in one night, but only if you are looking to do some chanting of your own. I could easily drink and enjoy two, but I would recommend you stop there. Respect this very fine brew, don't pound all 4 in a one session.

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