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Monk's Blood - 21st Amendment Brewery

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1,181 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,181
Reviews: 492
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 76
Gots: 115 | 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 astidad
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of dzni
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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
3.58/5  rDev -6%
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
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of ssmilkstout
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of skipxtracer
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

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

This is definitely the best beer I've had in a can.

Looking very dark red (hence the name I guess), slightly opaque with a proper medium thickness head, this fits the Belgian Dark tag perfectly.

It smells of fruits and spices, raisins and cinnamon, a bit muted but solid and expected.

The taste is positively bursting with everything I can smell, and comes across almost refreshing, especially for the style. Caramelly yet 'bright' - most examples of this style weigh me down (in a good way) but this one feels great for a hot day outside, even.

It feels spectacular going down. A very full, textured experience, it's indeed lighter feeling and masks its considerable alcohol more than other Belgian Darks I've had. In fact it could easily pass as a lighter offering if it weren't for the full bodied taste - even my gf enjoys this one and she isn't normally a fan of anything "too dark" or "too heavy."

It's not the best of its kind but the unique packaging, reasonable price, and friendly demeanor means it's one of my favorites, a beer I share with friends whenever possible.

Photo of DWarcher
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of jaay
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of ShaneSmith
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of Srabe
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of BillHem
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of asmangat
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of nsabo
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a Belgian strong ale reminiscent of a barleywine. Malt is the dominant taste, but the mouthfeel is a bit thin for a barleywine. 8.3% doesn't seem a terribly high abv to me, but this feels boozier than it is. The beer is aged with oak and brewed with vanilla, cinnamon, and figs. The nose is whiskey and raisins. I can't distinguish whether the faint vanilla taste comes from the oak or the vanilla or both, but it's subtle and goes well with the malt, even if this is sweeter than it could have been. Only the cinnamon feels out of place here. It's in the background, but it has a sharp spiciness to it that contradicts the otherwise smooth richness of the other flavors here.
Usually it's only popular styles with lower abvs - wheat beers, IPAs, etc. - that I see canned. It's always exciting to see a rarer style canned and ready for a hike.

Photo of turtlemead
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of Nightkota
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

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

Pours from the can a muddy, reddish brown with a pretty, foamy head that leaves traces of chunky lacing.

Smells of cherry cola, overripe banana peel, and alcohol.

Tastes of cherries, a little vinegar (which I dig), overripe banana peel, with a little solvent.

Medium carbonation, so so in the mouth.

Belgian abbey- style ale in a can? Cool! Unfortunately, the flaws and in this beer make it a one time pour.

Photo of jmshulk
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep red-ish brown, small head that dissipated quickly to a ring.

Aroma: Some dark fruit, plums and cherries, with little hints at cinnamon, vanilla and bourbon.

Taste: There is some more cherry/plum like flavors up front. It's not too boozy, but there is a little bit there to balance out the sweetness. It finished with a touch of bitterness. Could finish a little more dry.

Feel: It has a decent amount of carbonation and a nice medium body.

Overall: I really enjoy this beer, its a nice one to sit down with and slowly sip and enjoy as the flavors change with warmth. This is a beer I hope to see pop up in stores around February for a long time!

Serving: 12 oz. can
Date: 5/19/2011

Photo of JobyBroBeerski
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Cincy_Brew
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of bfree
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: nice 1 1/2" head that lingers for a while, sitting atop a dark brown beverage with some decent carbonation
S: malts, brown sugar, figs, cherries, hint of bourbon/alcohol
T: very malty and sweet at first with some bourbon flavor, fruity with hint of cherry and brown sugar, with a strong oaky taste at the end that lingers on the back of the tongue
M: medium bodied, bubbly carbonation that lasts throughout
D: overall it is a tasty beer and pretty complex with the fruity, malty, and oak/bourbon all rolled into one beverage, I would definitely recommend it if you like oak aged/bourbon barrel aged beers

Photo of jhughes23
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on Tap into Belgium Glass

A: Dark Semi-Cloudy Red....aka Monks Blood. Definitely attracted attention from other bar patrons around me.

S: Raisony, Cherry, Malty...none very overpowering though

T: Raisons and Cherry, Alcohol, Malty.

M: Definitely an alcohol feel, Carbonation, but easier to drink than you would think

Better than I was expecting. Big Heavy Sweet Beer. In no way a Session beer. But it is a Fun beer to have when it's around.

Photo of Montrose79
4/5  rDev +5%

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 1,181 ratings.