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Monk's Blood - 21st Amendment Brewery

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Ratings: 1,201
Reviews: 496
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 78
Gots: 122 | FT: 3
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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 KeefD
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber with some orange highlights topped off with an inch high khaki colored head that left light lacing on the glass. Strong alcohol upon first smell, but it followed up by some cinnamon, vanilla, and Belgian yeast. Taste is stronger than what I expected. Lots of different things going on here, sweet, oaky, with a touch of vanilla and some very soft vanilla. Not picking up on too much figs, but there's a definitely a dark fruity background. The alcohol is a bit hot, however. I think this one will actually age pretty well as some of the additional flavorings added will fade and the alcohol will mellow. Medium bodied, amost creamy with light carbonation. Not a bad brew. I'm going to let a few cans of this sit in my basement for a few months and see where it goes.

Photo of Iamjeff6
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of NightINgale
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 batch. 12 US.fl.oz can poured into my tulip glass...

A - Cloudy brown body, with a thin, yet frothy caramel head. Decent head retention (could be better...) and some lacing. No carbonation can be seen.

S - Dark fruit (plums, figs, raisins) dominate the nose. The aroma is also fairly roasty, with caramel notes and just a hint of woodiness and vanilla. Some hops can be distinguished. The beer does not smell yeasty like some Belgian or Canadian examples of the style.

T - Starts out with a mild tartness, which is rather unusual, yet pleasant. A strong dark fruit flavour starts coming out more and more, lingering for a while. Moderately sweet and fairly roasty. The finish is a little bitter, fairly bready, and with hints of dark fruit.

M - Medium-bodied and quite smooth. The carbonation is on the low side. Fairly spicy. Not boozy, although the alcohol taste starts coming through after the beer warms up a little.

D - Drinks pretty smoothly. For a Belgian-style dark ale, this is very drinkable.

Overall, this is an interesting twist on the Belgian style; it is similar enough, yet with its own character. One of the tastiest canned beers I've tasted to date!

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a fluted ping glass, color is murky amber with copper edges and a light brown head that sits thick on top.

Smell yeast, bready, caramel, hints of raisans and light spices like cinnamon.

Taste is not overly sweet with a suprisinglyl dry overall presence; flavors are yeast and breadiness, caramel, raisans, figs and a mixed spice profile, getting some light cinnamon and esters also.

Mouthfeel is a little too drying, some flavors linger but not a big presence; I can't pin point it but the scent and flavor would seem to indicate a stronger presence.

Overall, a very solid beer from a can and a solid belgian; flavors are interesting and unique but it's missing something in its mouthfeel and presence.

Photo of powdersoldier
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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

Poured from the can into a tulip glass

A- Pours a cherry wood color (reddish brown) with a two and a half finger yellowish-brown head with lots of tiny bubbles. The head dissipated rapidly and left little lacing.

S- Dark fruit (raisin, fig), alcohol, cherry, and the slightest bit of vanilla

T- Dark fruit, mildly sour cherry notes, rock candy sugar, the alcohol lets itself me known, and some indistinct bitterness

M- A little syrupy and sticky, but has pretty decent carbonation to get it from being too cloyingly sweet and syrupy

O- I enjoyed this beer, it had quite the alcohol kick that I was not expecting, it let itself be known but it was not too much. I was hoping for some yeasty aromas and flavors to show up in this beer a little, but there were absent. Overall a pretty unique beer that kept me interested in this brewery.

Photo of ksimons
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-pours a dark chestnut with a fingers worth of khaki colored head

S-caramel malt, dark fruit sweetness, vanilla, and light cocoa

T-a caramel malt backbone, vanilla, dark fruits, and some light cinnamon spice

M-medium body, moderate carbonation

Overall a good beer, not an amazing representation of the style though. Goes down pretty easy.

Photo of Ralphs66
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of elgiacomo
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz canned Feb 7, 2011. Served at cellar temp in a goblet.

Pours reddish brown with a fair light brown head that recedes to a wispy cap and leaves a few spots of lacing.

Aroma is dark fruits such as raisins, black cherries, figs, plums, some caramel, can pick up hints of the cinnamon, vanilla and oak additions which become more prominent as the beer warms. Fair to good strength (also improving as it warms).

Flavor is rich and rather sweet featuring dark fruits, cherries, dates, figs, raisins, caramel, vanilla, very little hop or yeast presence, alcohol is also very well hidden.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily, slick, a bit sticky, low to medium carbonation.

Very good BSDA with all the fruity esters one expects in the style, although it is lacking that signature Belgian yeast kick that others have.

Photo of ttylicki
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of ridgeline23
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of sparx1100
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

Photo of devilfluff
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of polopaul20
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Nugganooch
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can purchased from the Trader Joe’s in Santa Rosa, CA
Noted on 06/13/2014 with a hotel tumbler type glass

A: A lively Belgian from the can. Produces a massive khaki billow with insane amount of hang time on it. Locks in a garnet looking body underneath it all with some midway lucidity to it. Dem ruby tones. Looks fantastic really despite the ridiculous amount of head that formed. Leaves the glass caked with stick.

S: Dark toasted caramels and date sugars with dark fruit accents of plum and fig abound from the can. Definitely smells sugary sweet and I get some subtle cinnamon and cardamom type spices mixed in. Bread crust and yeasty aromas round out the rest of the nose. Smells a bit sweet but gives you a good sense of the complexity to this one.

T: Starts off sweet with loads of malt sugars and dark Belgian candi giving likeness to dark breads, date, and fig. There is a light dusting of cinnamon and cardamom type spices mixed in and everything comes together like a spiced raisin bread. There is a moderate level of hoppy bitterness with moments of orange peel that starts to thin and dry the finish out. I get some woodland earthiness in the end followed by a wash of warming alcohol presence. A bit on the sweet side but in the end this is very tasty.

M: The body is certainly on the fuller side however mouth feel is smooth and lush on the palate. Leaves you with some sticky sugary residues and some warming alcohol.

D: I think user Sammy said it best…Not true to the style but fun to try and would definitely have again. Lots of integrated flavors built into this one and fairly easy to quaff on account of the great mouth feel. But they give you a lot to explore so it’s fun to take your time with this one. My highest score from 21st Amendment yet.

Photo of dsshuck
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of csustar001
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Tschnab
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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 DrFunkenstein
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of chcfan
3.2/5  rDev -16%

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Monk's Blood from 21st Amendment Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 1,201 ratings.