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Monk's Blood - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,178 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,178
Reviews: 491
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 75
Gots: 116 | 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 -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a Chimay goblet. Pours a hazy brown/plum with a pretty decent inch of off-white head. The lace is nice, lasting, but not for the duration of the beer.
The smell is... fault first, a little bit like candy. However, banana Runts, plum, candy sugar, floral hops and heather. Strange but good.
The taste mirrors the smell but ends up a little on the sweet side, Banana in full effect, more dried apple than pear, earth, floral hops and not as much alcohol as I expected.
The mouth is thin and the aftertaste is a little sweet and long lasting.
$1.99 for a can (haven't seen a sixer in a while) and I'm sold. I'd love to age a few and see if it chills out and shows more character and less sweet.

Photo of BostonHops
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12can served in a snifter.

pours a ruddy mahogany tone while yielding a finger of beige head; average retention and some patchy lacing evident. nose offers dark fruit, caramel, a little spice, Belgian yeast, alcohol and some candi sugar.

flavor follows the nose with plenty of dark fruit, candi sugar, oak, caramel, spice, Belgian yeast, brown sugar, and a hint of vanilla in the background. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

while this one doesn't lack for flavor, the whole is less than the sum of its parts IMO. still a tasty brew i would welcome a revisit to, but not a home run.

Photo of Pahn
2.33/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz can into a tulip.

Appearance: Careful pour yields a one and a half inch, bubbly, off-white head that dissipates slowly leaving splotchy lacing. Pours hazy dark amber, and leaves sparse lacing.

Smell: Dull, 1-note malt sweetness. Smells like a bad Euro pale lager. Probably should give it a 1.

Taste: Mildly sugary, with a kind of tangy and sour flavor that manages to have almost no character at all. Finish a little dry. At first there's some apple up front, which comes to be a little dominant as the beer warms (in other words, the beer starts to taste a bit like apple juice). There's some alcohol heat in the finish. Too often tastes like it smells (bad). Occasionally has a decent, sweet taste reminiscent of okay Belgian ales.

Mouthfeel: Rather carbonated, and between light and medium bodied (closer to light). Most sips are decidedly chalky, which is pretty disgusting.

Drinkability: This beer is unremarkable and unpleasant. I've had it twice to make sure. The second can was difficult to finish.

One of the worst Belgian style beers I've ever had. Worse than Leffe Blonde (which I hate), and insultingly priced at $3 a can--I wouldn't pay $3 for a 6pack of this. In fact, had I gotten this as a 4- or 6-pack, I would probably have sent most of it back to the brewery with an angry letter.

Photo of Kromes
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy brown color with no real head to speak of.

S: Belgian sugar, figs, alcohol, dark fruit, raisin, yeast, and a little hop.

T: A strong, sweet belgian sugar and alcohol flavor up front. There is also a sweet raisiny fruitiness in there. The alcohol flavor is a bit overpowering and it masks some of the other flavors. There is a vanilla, oak, bourbon quality to it and after a while the cinammon comes through...a bitter alcohol warmth rounds out the finish.

M: A medium, heavy feel with somewhat low carbonation. Could use a bit more.

O: Pretty good. There are no off flavors. After the alcohol assault, your tongue is able to detect more depth to the beer towards the end of the glass.

Photo of sparx1100
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

Photo of chcfan
3.2/5  rDev -16%

Photo of Tschnab
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- a brownish red with a small off white head that fades pretty quickly.

S- vanilla, artificial cherries, rum, really sweet.

T- I can do the beer geek thing where I say it tastes like oak, figs, rum, vanilla, spice, and dark fruit...but honestly, the biggest flavor I'm getting here is cherry tootsie pop (before the chocolate). The other qualities are still there, but really, I keep wondering how many sips does it take to get to the center of a tootsie pop.

O- a good beer that is quite good tasting, but suffers from being a little one dimensial. It is really, really sweet, and doesn't give me many Belgian qualities.

Photo of bluckbeyes
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of BigMike
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
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.
92/100

Photo of samie85
2.33/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes; originally 6/11/11.

A-Pours a ruby-hued brown color with two fingers of off white head.

S-Smells of vanilla and cinnamon spices with oaky and dark fruit notes.

T-Cinnamon and very overpowering dark fruit notes with some cheap cognac notes.

M-Medium bodied with very drying and hot alcohol notes that linger in the mouth and throat; low level of carbonation.

D-Pretty rough, and very alcoholic beer that's just not my thing.

Photo of carrollmel7
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of ChrisKayler
2/5  rDev -47.5%

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.

Photo of korguy123
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Special thanks to kristalynn for this.
Canned March 5th, 2012.
Consumed September 17th, 2012

Can into tulip.

A- Murky, opaque brown pour with red highlights. Finger and a half off white head with sticky gobs of lacing.

S- Brown sugar, figs, vanilla, dates, candied sugar, strawberries and a touch of alcohol. Smells syrupy and sweet.

T- Slight alcohol right up front, there is a touch of a metallic taste to it. Brown sugar, vanilla, figs, dates, cinnamon, maple syrup and some dark roasted malts.

M- Medium body, low carbonation, slightly syrupy.

O- Overall this is pretty good. Years ago the alcohol in the taste would have turned me right off, now I can appreciate how it adds to the flavour and character of the beer.

Photo of stevoj
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
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....

Photo of DavidHume
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of NilocRellim
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of alamode
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of csustar001
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of Blanco
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Monk's Blood from 21st Amendment Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 1,178 ratings.