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Monk's Blood | 21st Amendment Brewery

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Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States | website

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Belgian Strong Dark ale brewed with cinnamon, on oak chips with figs.

Added by taxguyjase on 09-10-2009

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Reviews: 518 | Ratings: 1,378
Photo of flagmantho
3.31/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz can into a tulip.

Appearance: hazy dark, chocolatey brown with a finger of thick tan head. Looks good to me.

Smell: a little sweet and malty but I get a lot of the old band-aid aroma which, while it doesn't really offend me, doesn't seem like it would be on purpose. Underneath that is a little woodiness which is nice, but overall I'm not terribly impressed.

Taste: flavor is more complex than the aroma, but sadly it also includes the band-aids (though it is a much smaller percentage of the flavor profile). Woodiness also remains, but this is nice. There is a little fruitiness present which consists of a little plum and perhaps a little cherry. Overall, not too bad, but not great.

Mouthfeel: sticky with a medium body. Carbonation seems a little low to me, at least for the style, so there is not as much creaminess as I like. Not bad, not great.

Drinkability: this beer just doesn't come together for me. It's far from bad, but it has a few problems for which its redeeming qualities fail to compensate. I won't seek it out again, at least not this year, but I won't outright knock it, either.

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Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smells of dark fruits and spices. Taste is like it smells, dark fruit and spices, some notes of alcohol. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2/1/2010

Thanks for the extra, WorldWideStout. Poured into a snifter from a can, the beer is deep reddish brown with a frothy one inch head, good retention, and minimal lacing.

The nose is rich and of sweet plums, grapes, figs, cocoa, and spices. It's lightly tart, and there's a substantial bready malt base. Alcohol is evident in the aroma at a low level.

The flavor is lightly and pleasantly sour with a bready malt foundation and a prominent dark fruit presence in the form of plums, grapes, prunes, figs, and dates. Cocoa is evident, and alcohol is well hidden. Alcohol is most noticeable in the lightly tart dark fruit finish. A solid Belgian Strong Dark.

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Photo of stevoj
4.15/5  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....

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Photo of jdhilt
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%

Pours a one finger off-white head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Dark brown color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Burnt dark fruit nose and flavor is roasted malt and hints of brown sugar. $3.99 for a 12oz dark brown can from Julio’s Liquors Westborough, Ma. Canned Mar 3, 2014.

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Photo of corby112
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark blood red mahogany color with cloudy ruby edges and a one finger light beige head that slowly settles into a thin lasting ring.

Slightly roasted malt aroma with lots of sweet dark fruit notes, candy sugar, earthy wooden oak and subtle vanilla. Slightly vinous with lots of dark fruit, especially grape, fig, raisin and plum. Again, there is some subtle oaky tannis, vanilla and sweet alcohol from the barrel aging. Very sweet with subtle roasted character.

Slightly chewy body that's on the fuller end. Roasted chocolate/caramel maltiness balanced by lots of estery sweet dark fruit notes, candy sugar and subtle earthy oak. Very vinous from the barrel aging with lots of smooth vanilla character. Very sweet dark fruit presence, especially sour tart cherry, plum, raisin, fig and raisin. A bit too sweet for my liking but overall decently balanced. The ABV is very well masked making this beer very quaffable. Complex, flavorful and very unique. I'll definitely be drinking this again

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark reddish brown with good carbonation and a small white head Nose is dark fruits. Taste is grapes, booze, rum, figs, raisins and very good at that. Alcohol definitely shows through towards the end. Very goos overall and would drink again and recommend.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Belgian style dark ale brewed with cinnamon, vanilla, oak chips and dried figs.

A: Burnt autumn orange pour sits as a dark cranberry red in the vessel with a harvest gold tinted head that is thin and whispy and quick to dissipate leaving small speckled spots for lace. A dozen or so macro-sized yeast cake particles collect on the bottom of the vessel.

S: Oaky alcohol, caramel apples with some cinnamon and vanilla. The alcohol is quite dominant.

T: The flavor is sweet caramel grains, toasted with noticeable oaky alcohol. Apple skins, worty hints, honey with some sugary raisins. Warm and spicy alcohol with a bit of acidity. Spicy alcohol laced apple skins linger about after the swallow.

M: Warm and spicy alcohol with a medium fullness. High carbonation with lingering after thoughts of alcohol.

O: The alcohol is quite noticeable, perhaps a bit overshadowing for some of the finer points of the drink preventing the complexity from being more appreciated. Warming and spicy.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.37/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

From can to Bruges hybrid glass on 3/16/11
*From notes

A: The crimson hue is nice, but the simple one finger head isn't. With a beer like this, I expect a really big, mammoth head and killer lacing. Not so much - this one dissipates quickly and hardly leaves anything behind.

S: Cinnamon sticks and cane sugar. It comes off a bit like Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal. After the inital bouquet, slight prunes and hard candied sugar persist.

T: Fruity complexity hit the buds first. It's also slightly yeasty on the fore to mid, with a surprising and tasty pinch of vanilla extract and sun dried fruit on the finish. The alcohol is also present throughout, and the aftertaste reminds me a bit of nutrasweet.

M: Signifigantly overcabred for the style. You've got to keep in mind that a lot of brews within the Belgian Strong Dark category will be bottle conditioned. With a canned beer like Monk's Blood, it's simply not possible. This comes off thin, flabby and brash.

O: 21st Ammendment's Monk's Blood is not half bad. I can honestly say that it's one of only two beers they make that I didn't want to drainpour. This is a reasonably good option in a pinch, but something I wouldn't reach for with better options at hand.

I should note that as this warmed, I picked up quite a bit of rubbing alcohol on the palate.

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Photo of rudzud
1.53/5  rDev -59.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A - Murkey rust color with hardly any head that immediately disappeared with hardly any lacing.

S - Has to be a bad can or something. Just smells, well, rotten. Can't pick up anything other than an offputting smell. Wow.

T - If I pinch my nose I can drink this. Not because the taste is bad, but because of the smell coming off it. I can pick up yeast, carmal, and some weird fruityness.

M - Smooth with little carbonation. Ugh, the smell.

D - Just cant get past the smell. Its horrific! Definate drain pour this can is. Very shocked. I was pretty sure I had drank this before and liked it so I went after a lone can of this. Just must have been a rotten can. This should be much lower rated, but I remember how good this was. Would probably be mostly 4's or so if I had a different can.

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Photo of beertunes
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz glass. The beer poured a clear reddish brown color with a tan head that had OK retention and lacing. there was a sweet malty scent with some spice and fruit. The flavor also had slightly fruity, slightly sweet and malty taste with a bit of a tart finish. The body was full and smooth with a slightly sticky finish.The drinkability was typical for the style. Overall, a pretty typical example of the style.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a brownish color, tints of red, with decent head that left some lace. A semi-sweet smell of minor sugary malt along with some tart fruits for a balanced aroma, although the typical Belgian yeast/orange smell I find in most ales is lacking. Medium-bodied beer that has a mix of tart fruit and some citric notes along with hints of caramel malt and some stickiness to it. Gets a tad too sticky and becomes chewey but other than that this is an easy drinker but just a tad too mellow for my liking.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can purchased as a single at Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" tan head over the slightly cloudy burgundy brew. Head lasts alright, with good legs but quick-falling lace. Aroma is dark fruits, alcohol, and spices. Taste is malty to start, fruity and tart in the middle, and then warms up with alcohol and another shot of sweetness to close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is good for the style. Better than I expected, not being the biggest spiced beer fan.

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Photo of pat61
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%

Dark malts, dried fruit, spice and faint vanilla dominate the nose.
Brilliant ruby brown under a 1/2" finely buddle dense lightly tan tinted foam cap. Lacy, slight legs.
Palate begins with mild dark malts, very slight roast - more dark caramel, possible chocolate, dried fruits - figs and dates. Mid-palate cinnamon and dried fruit interaction becomes more prominent with vanilla notes. Finishes with a touch of astringency from the spice, light hop accent.
Lingering aftertastes of malt and dried fruit.
Medium full body and medium to medium high carbonation, oily with a slight slickness in the aftertaste.
Good bitter mixed drink substitute.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
2.86/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a murky dark brown color. Head is frothy and of regular stature. Head retains well and leaves consistent lacing rings.

S-Whoa big banana notes. Also some underlying cherry notes. Smells like a mixture between banana bread and cherry lozenges. Lightly oaked too. A unusual and enticing nose with plenty going on.

T-The artificial cherry flavor leaves a grimace on my face. Not too much hoppiness. The complexity is lost in the cherry cough-syrup maelstrom. Plums and figs come out too. Spices linger. Oak is masked more than in the nose. Not a big fan of the overly stressed cherry flavor.

M-Full bodied. Moderate carbonation. A bit sticky.

O/D-Not a fan of this beer. I haven't come across a brew with that artificial fruit flavor that I have enjoyed. Not my style. Glad I only bought one can. I did not enjoy this beer but I can understand why some people may. Once again, just not for me.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can. Served in a DFH Signature Glass, the beer pours a dark reddish/brown color with about a half inch light tan head. Head retention is decent, and there's a good amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is dark fruit (fig, raisin, cherry), cinnamon, candi sugar and vanilla. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of some peppery spice and a bit of oak. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy with good carbonation. Drinkability is OK, it's not hard to drink at all. I think it's a solid brew and worth trying.

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Photo of DrJay
3.12/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a chalice. Looks a bit hazy, deep reddish brown with a fine beige cap. Sticky, spotty lacing. The aroma was heavy on malts and fruits - bread and toffee, raisins and figs, earthy, slight alcohol, brown sugar and cocoa. Sweet toffee flavour up front, spicy notes appear mid-palate along with dried fruits with a fair bit of alcohol and grain character bringing up the rear. It's not immediately clear to me whether the flavours are just subtle, or are a little thin when compared to the aroma, but it's pretty mild tasting overall. Full bodied with very fine carbonation, alcohol warmth, decent texture. Not bad, but a little underwhelming. After getting through the full can, it seems like the flavour just didn't come together for me - too much alcohol for the rest of the flavour profile.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally a can review!

A - Well besides the kickass name and label you get a dark amber hue with slight carbonation and mild bubbly head.
S - Wow the Belgian yeast is strong in this one! Along side is muted figs and slight herbal.
T - Well tastes of well balanced fruit, cinnamon, and vanilla all oak cast. Very minimal bitterness from the yeast vet alcohol is only present when warmed.
M - Very light and carbonated surprising for the ABV.
D - Well at 4 dollars a can or 50 dollars a case, PA is pretty strict when enjoying this beer in say a reasonable 10 dollars a four pack. Ow well some day yet great brew.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark iron rich blood appearance. Bubbly beige head has some stick to it. rum, figs, raisins, cinnamon, tree bark. Lots of stuff going on here in the nose. Same on the buds. Lots of flavors and depth. Cherry based fig backbone. Cinnamon and vanilla accent nicely. Raisins. Woodiness. Fairly sweet, but not overly so. This is good. I'd give it a 4.25 in flavor if I could, but this is on the 4 side o fit rather than the 4.5 side of it. Mouthfeel is very even keel. Lightly carbonated and the alcohol is hidden quite nicely.

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Photo of Immortale25
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Poured into a Chimay goblet. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a reddish medium brown color with a 1/4 inch light tan head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam.

S- Solid aroma of Belgian yeast, candi sugar and assorted spices.

T- Flavor mirrors the smell with some cinnamon and raisin coming through. More Belgian yeast and candi sugar. There's a noticeable alcohol presence throughout but is suitable for the overall profile. I feel like the yeast is the key player here and it's appropriate given the name of the beer. The spices complement everything but it's that Trappist-like yeast that's prominent throughout.

M- Somewhat chalky and dry but it works. Medium-low carbonation and a fullish body.

O- I know for a fact that this can has been sitting around for at least a year but time has actually done it justice. It's not outstanding by any means but it's a serviceable Belgian strong that has a good amount of character and is quite drinkable.

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.81/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

mmmm... canned BSDA. Thank you, Peter!

A deep ruby red with a really dense and creamy light-brown head, this beer is quite gorgeous. With nice, red highlights, this is really a beautiful beer. The nose? Not so much. Plenty of adjuncts atop a very big and sweet beer, this is a touch disappointing. The dried fig character is immediately noticeable, along with the vanilla, some raisin character and a touch of alcohol. The cinnamon doesn't really jump out and the oak is noticeable as a mildly woody character. There's also a touch of chocolate syrup and some raisins. Decent.

Jesus Christ, what is this shit? Well, that was my initial reaction, but as I revisit this, what I'm struck by is the massive fig character of this beer, just so in your face. With a big fruity character, there's also some cherry juice and a mild tartness. Oak and vanilla appear mid-palate with a moderate grainy astringency. Quite cola-like, this is drying on the finish with a blend of cherry juice and figs, this is not particularly exciting. Medium-light in body with a high level of carbonation, this is a passable attempt at a Belgian dark, but it lacks nuance, complexity and enjoyability.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a mahogany brown with more noticeable red highlights when held against the light. Small bit of tan head gone quickly. Scent is filled with all things Belgian - banana, bubblegum, bready yeast, spice and dark fruit. Taste comes across as very muddled and earthen - none of the components of scent stand out particularly well against a backdrop of brown sugary sweet malt. Quite a bit of solventy alcohol, tannic woodyness and sharp bitterness prevent anything from shunning through. Medium bodied, appropriate carbonation. The listed ingredients made me very interested in trying this beer, but when they are hard to pinpoint under some harsh notes, it makes for a disappointing beer.

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Photo of claspada
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aromas begin with your typical Belgian yeast smells: clove, banana and a little peppery spice. You are then greeted with caramel and toffee malts which are quite enticing.
The tastes begin in the opposite direction with waves of caramel and biscuity maltiness. You then get the yeasty, estery, phenols Belgian yeast flavors, but they are not overwhelming by any means which is good because I dislike overly aggressive strong Belgian yeast flavors. The flavors finish with a sweet toffee finish.
Mouthfeel is quite full and sweet. Carbonation is enough, but I could have used a little more for the style.
Overall this is a good Belgian Dubbel style ale, wouldn't classify it as a Belgian dark strong because it is lacking any of the dark fruitiness that complements that style. A bit sweet overall but still tasty; worth a taste if available.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a chalice

The beer pours a deep reddish brown with a thin off-white head. Head falls to form a powdered sugar coating with some dots of lace inside the glass.

The aroma is of caramelized malt, figs, dates, brown sugar, cherries and cocoa powder. A little shallow.

Brown sugar, plums, cherries, dates, figs, caramel and some cocoa powder in the finish. Pretty much follows the nose. The finish is dry and slightly sugary. Not a bad take on the style, but its missing something I can't quite put my finger on.

Medium body, carbonation seemed to be tuned up a little too much. Some mild warming comes out over time.

This is a nice take on the style. A good BSDA, but nothing more. A good intro to the style.

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Photo of tigg924
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: red/brown in color, 1/4 inch head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: bread and alcohol

Taste: bread, dark fruit, spice, alcohol, and sugar

Mouthfeel: very sweet and sticky, moderate carbonation, medium bodied

Drinkability: A nice malty, bready Belgian treat that I want more of. The alcohol is there but not overpowering. The best of what they have sent east so far.

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Monk's Blood from 21st Amendment Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 518 ratings.