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Monk's Blood - 21st Amendment Brewery

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1,139 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,139
Reviews: 489
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 70
Gots: 104 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

nygannon, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of Lanstrum
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Lanstrum, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of bernat1971
4/5  rDev +5.3%

bernat1971, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of sparx1100
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

sparx1100, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of Blanco
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark brown color with a slight reddish hue. Small and lively tan head. decent lacing. smells of belgian spices, malt and a hint of cinnamon. taste is fairly basic. slight hint of cinnamon, almost like a dr. pepper. decent mouthfeel. Overall, this is a decent beer. a little basic in flavor, but a nice sipper.

Blanco, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of VncentLIFE
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lets see how age has done this ting (well 3 months at least).

Pour is a very murky brown, with hues of purple. Really hope real Monk's blood doesnt look like this (I kid, I kid). Initial thick white head fades to a small ring.

Very complex and sweet smell. Dark Belgian I think so. Sweetened figs for sure, vanilla, strong yeast, and even a bit of cherries. Overall, it smells sweet.

The taste is no where near sweet. Very light and almost watery, but the yeast is peppery and spicy (I dont like it here). It smells so complex and fruity, but it honestly tastes dry and yeasty. not a great combination in my book. I get some underlying sweetness and accent flavors, but I want more. Its just dry and spicy up front, and finishes the same.

As it warms, it gets more smooth oak and vanilla flavors, and picks up a good hint of the dried fruits. I like it more warmer and decanted, honestly.

It leaves a slightly sweet feeling on the tongue (which is a bit better than the actual taste), but the dry oak doesnt work with the dry yeast.

Seems like an overly yeasty jumbled mess to me.

VncentLIFE, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of alamode
4/5  rDev +5.3%

alamode, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of JackieTH
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep blood garnet, hazy mahogany body with a thick cap of khaki foam tinged red. Loads of lacing. Gorgeous. Smell is vanilla and figs, earthy, malty, sweet. Taste has a distinct sense of fig newtons..figs, cinnamon, processed bread, vanilla, raisins, spice, mildly sweet, nutty. Body could be more substantial, it falls apart just a bit. Carbonation is good. Glad I tried it, and it's growing on me with each can consumed. ABV is fairly well hidden, but not going to attempt all four cans at same sitting.

JackieTH, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of BigMike
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Color is like a dark cranberry. Off white head of just over a finger. It disappears quickly with minimal lacing left.

Lot's of raisins in the nose along with some bing cherry. A lot of caramel sweetness and some cinnamon.

Theres a slight tartness with the taste. Kind of like tart cherries. Lot's of raisins and a touch of oak. A very faint amount of vanilla also.

Nice mouthfeel. Kind of sticky in the mouth but very smooth. Low carbonation.

Drinkability is really good. I like this beer a lot. No alcohol presence at all. I would recommend this for sure.

BigMike, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of stevoj
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

More then pleased to see an American brewery nail the Belgian style. True to character throughout. Deep dark brown/ruby. with oily beige head. Nice aroma of dried fruit and wood, taste more of the same, mild hops bitterness. Would not be out of place in a Brussels street café....

stevoj, May 26, 2014
Photo of NilocRellim
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can.

Cloudy, brownish-red in colour. There was an interesting nose to it: vanilla, malts, raisen, oak and you could definitely smell the alcohol in it. The taste had a heavy oak taste with a hint of bitterness. Sweet, Belgian-yeast finish. You could tell that it is 8.3% ABV.

Would I buy it again? Yes.

NilocRellim, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of utopiajane
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours honey brownish with a ruby tint to it. Slight haze pretty glow. A fat head of tan foam that falls quickly and leaves a ring but no lace. Nose is soft malt with a light caramel over it. Touch of brown sugar on the nose. Soft bread and dark fruits. raisin and date, there's even some bright cherry. A touch of wood and a bit of spice. Drinks just like that. With a creamy supple mouthfeel punctuated by a touch of carbonation. It has a good lightness in the mouthfeel that I was not expecting for so high an abv. It is medium mouthfeel. A bit of alcohol grazes the palate before this sweetened bread with all it's fruit finishes dry and with a bit of earthy spice. It does finish a bit sweeter than I would like but overall very good.

utopiajane, Aug 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

djre4orm, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: Caramel with a full tan head.
smell: oh man...fruity, vanilla goodness. That is exquisite.
taste: just as good as the nose predicts! very nice.
This is just a much better beer than i expected. must go back for more. Not sure how to compare to real Belgians but this is a fine brew.

cindyjeffsmith, Mar 19, 2011
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3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep mahogany color with a thick foam head that leaves nice lacing.

S- Strong dark fruit aroma with some caramel and sweet malt. Vanilla is easy to pick out.

T- Quite sweet and boozy initially. Strong brown sugar flavor mixes with some figs, oak, and dark syrup. A touch cloying.

M- Full bodied and sweet with lower than average carbonation considering the BSDA designation.

O- Overall a decent brew that doesn't quite stack up against other more popular Belgian Darks.

projectflam86, Apr 18, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

ccozzi, May 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

jk3, Apr 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

csustar001, Apr 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

510a, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of klewis
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky, dark brown with a moderate, frothy head that leaves a thick halo. Moderate lacing.

S: Big fruity aroma with figs, prunes, and cinnamon. Light phenols.

T: Fruity with an earthy oak taste in the back. Semi-sweet with flavors of dark fruits and spice. The fruit and sweetness depart quite quickly, leaving a mild astringency.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate-high carbonation. Dry and chalky finish.

D: For a Belgian in a can, pretty solid. Worth picking up again for the price.

klewis, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of ToasterChef
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A fine San Franciscan Can provided as an extra in a trade with smakawhat, chilled to cellar temperature and poured into a tulip glass.

A big light brown head dominates the pour. It is thick and foamy. The liquid is brown and dark with ruby (or is it bloody) highlights. Good lacing is left behind as the head settles.

A strong malt aroma has dark fruits in it: plums and prunes and some fermented red grapes. There is sweetness that I can't quite identify. The obvious source would be Belgian candi sugar, but I can't be sure that's what is in this beer.

Heavy malts give way to a crystalline sugar sweetness. As I swallow, alcohol and some mild bitterness come in and linger on.

The beer is thick and a touch syrupy. A good sized coat is left behind. Plenty of carbonation can be felt.

Overall, an enjoyable member of the strong Belgian dark family. I'm not going to go out of my way to trade for more, but if I come across some in my travels, I would purchase this again. I do look forward to visiting my brother out in San Fran and trying this one at the brewery. I bet this beer would shine when it's super fresh.

ToasterChef, Mar 31, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +25%

briandaube, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of Arithmeticus
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark brown with tinges of red; abundant head, beautiful threads of carbonation; decent lacing
S: big burst of malty, brown sugar smell; dissipates quickly, though
T: sweet, spiced, very interesting; overtones of cherry, cinnamon, and anise; I can see why some may not like this flavor because it is both sweet and bitter (esp. in the aftertaste), but I personally enjoyed this transition

Arithmeticus, May 04, 2011
Photo of jamie2dope
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have to say that this beer has a lot going for it, great packaging, great name, and a cool concept. The can pours a dark reddish brown beer, with about two fingers of white heading. Sort of looks like blood too. Has a red wine like nose, and something slightly sour, or vinegar like. Also I get some touches of herbs or spices. Taste is grainy, slightly sour in the middle, and ends on a note that makes it almost resemble a Flanders Red. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side. This one does not feel like it has a weight of 8.50. Drinkability is not too shabby, I suppose I was just expecting a beer that was closer to a Dubbel than a Belgian Strong Dark. The third release from these guys in cans is not a bad beer by any means. Hopefully they will continue to can new beers, and send them out here. Cheers

jamie2dope, Dec 16, 2009
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3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
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
Monk's Blood from 21st Amendment Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 1,139 ratings.