Hantverksbryggeriet AB

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Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #190
Ranked #29,130
3.81 | pDev: 9.45%
Hantverksbryggeriet AB
Very Good
Notes: The monk is a rich and complex abbey beer with a cascade of aromas and flavors. Well malt in combination with a special kind of raw gives the beer its distinctive characteristics. We have even heard Belgians exclaim, "This is the best tasting beer I ever drank!"
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rolltide8425 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5%

Jul 17, 2012
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

4.41/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two finger khaki head that fades quickly leaving traces of lace. Opaque brown color, ton of yeast left in bottle. Prickly carbonation and medium bodied. Sugar and dark fruit nose and flavor is malt, dark fruit and yeast. 8.5% ABV is hidden. 330ml bottle $7.99 Julio's Liquors Marlboro, MA.

Nov 14, 2013
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

£4.99/330ml bottle.
I set the page lines up above to review it, opened the bottle, then thought to abandon that when I realised this recently bought beer was BB: Sep-2019, about a year ago. But then hey, at this ABV% that matters less eh? I don't think the flavour is clearly negatively impacted. It's very drinkable, has notes of cherry-pudding to it, baked raisons and Xmas/festive spice.

Aug 13, 2020
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

2.63/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours out a clear, mahogany-hued body with a thin ring of tired-looking bubbles (despite being a gusher upon opening).

Smell: A sniff of unwrapped mentholated cough drops, tart berry skins, toasted bread, sweetish caramel, and a jigger of spirits. Not exactly an aroma that bades you to proceed further.

Taste: Mentho-lyptus and alcohol soothed only by a hint of sweet caramel candy and nutty, toasted malt. Sliver of berryesque fruitiness. Then, it's back to the menthol and booze, growing in intensity midway and downright spoiling everything until the spicy, yeasty, unclean finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-light carbonation.

Overall: I sat down to a few Hantverksbryggeriet beers, generally not liking any of them, and finding this one to be the most unpleasant.

Feb 04, 2012
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nickfl from Florida

3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - poured with two fingers of white foam on a hazy, amber brown body. The head dissipates slowly and leaves light lace.

S - dark sugar and spicy notes of cinnamon and clove.

T - dry caramel and clove up front. Some cinnamon and coriander in the middle. Finishes with spicy yeast and bready caramel malt.

M - medium thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - a bit dull in my opinion. The yeast character is overly spicy without any dark fruit to balance the malt. drinkable, but not up to the level of the better examples of the style.

Feb 10, 2012
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metter98 from New York

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

A: The beer is cloudy brown in color and poured with a thin beige head that faded away rather quickly and left a ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: The nose has light to moderate aromas of dark fruits and yeast.
T: The taste is somewhat complex and has flavors of brown sugar, caramel, raisins, spices and yeast.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish has notes of alcohol warming and hints of dryness.
O: The taste is rather interesting but this is a beer that could probably taste better with aging to help round out the flavors.

May 12, 2011
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Cyberkedi from Georgia

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is malty with an apple overtone rather like a cider. It pours a clear amber-brown with a very thick, fine-bubbled, persistent ivory head that leaves some good lacing. Flavor has earthy, apple, malty and woody tones and just a whisper of sweetness - as well as an occasional nip from the alcohol. Smooth texture is a bit syrupy and has a fair amount of tingle. Overall, not too (sh)abby.

Dec 13, 2011
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Mora2000 from Texas

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the toffee with a touch of dark fruit and brown sugar mixed in. The flavor is more of the same. I get quite a bit of dark fruit and cherries, with some toffee mixed in. The alcohol is well hidden. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Sep 25, 2011
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avalon07 from South Carolina

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

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a murky brown color and a thick texture. There was an inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A nice smell of hops, malt, and some fruit.

T: Tasted of malt, a certain nutty quality, and dark fruit. Phenols made an appearance as well. A generally well-balanced flavor. A good version of Belgian beer.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a very smooth and dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Overall, a solidly made, drinkable beer.

Feb 23, 2011
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Bananaman from Sweden

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My first really strong beer on-tap, about time I think! Munken from Hantverksbryggeriet is almost like an Swedish interpretation of an American interpretation of a Belgian Strong Ale. Confusing? Sure is.

The beer pours a deep brown color with a large beige head. The head lasts as a nice, smooth, lid of foam even until the beer is finished.

Aroma holds lots of hops (because of the huge amount of hops one almost confuses it with an American barley wine) but also wineous and yeasty notes. Quite nice smell anyway, but not what I expected.

When it comes down to the taste things get better. Still a load of hops, but also really intresting notes of raisins, yeast, caramel but also some plums I think. I really like it actually, but it feels a bit unmature. I think it's probably because it's so fresh! The mouthfeel is stunning anyway, haven't felt anything like this before! The thing that keeps this beer from being a real top-notch beer is the extreme sweetness.

A nice beer, with a crushingly nice mouthfeel. Think Guinness, and double it! Good, but I think the keg could have been kept in a cool cellar for a year or two.

Mar 14, 2009
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flagmantho from Washington

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip. My bottle notes 8.5% ABV rather than the above-noted 9.5%.

Appearance: this brew started to foam up the moment I uncapped it. Nice murky brown bod with a good effervescence and three thick (if inconvenient) fingers of frothy tan foam. Quite good indeed.

Smell: somewhat light aroma but with a good complexity. I'm getting dark fruits; raisin, cherries, tobacco, plus an alcohol bite. I like it.

Taste: rich malty flavor with a surprising component of roasted malt character and a very light hint of smokiness. Dark fruits remain with a very light mustiness which works well. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big carbonation which yields a nice creaminess. Not quite as much body as I usually like from the style, so it is not as creamy as it *could* be, but still quite nice.

Overall: I actually rather like this quad. I'd be glad to drink it again.

May 04, 2012
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass. Pours a very dark chestnut brown with a massive, fine, half glass light tan head with great retention and pillowy lacing. Aroma of dark dried fruit, molasses, dark malt with hints of wood; lightly earthy. Flavor is a very pleasantly integrated caramel with hints of toasted malt, dark dried fruit, plums, brown sugar and hints of lighter stone fruit. Flavors are melded nicely. Excellent creamy medium bodied; excellent mouth feel. If I were tasting this blind, I would guess barrel aged and bottle aged although there is no sign of oxidation. It has the mellowness and balance that aged beers tend to get. A very nice, understated, but complex, well made quad that I will buy again despite its tough price point.

Apr 08, 2013
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BeerNemesis from New York

3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Munken | 330 ml. | 8.5% ABV | 2011

Brewer: Hantverksbryggeriet AB [Sweden]
Style: Quadrupel (Quad)
Glass: Duvel tulip

Hazy burnt umber with a cream-colored crown of foam that quickly dissolves away.

Scotch, brown sugar, roasted malts, hints of plum, fig, and dates.

This brew from Vasteras, Sweden opens with gobs of roasted malts and hints of scotch and bourbon. Mid-sip, an oily hop presence slips in, complemented by trace amounts of dark fruit (though it's difficult to pin down what they are). The finish is clean, and leaves behind a wispy alcoholic tinge and just a touch of brown sugar.

Light and peppy for a quad, though it probably ranks as medium-bodied. There's a slight astringency and stickiness to the overall mouthfeel.

Simpler than most quads I like, it nevertheless delivers a pleasing experience. There is some nice balance between the brown sugar/roasted malts, oily hops, and hints of scotch that ties together the experience nicely. However, flavors seem crammed together into one sensory layer, making it difficult to distinguish between flavors. This also has the negative side effect of making the brew less interesting the more it is drunk.

Would I get it again?:
Probably not. It's an average contender in a field with many superstars.

Bottled: unknown
Served: May 5, 2011

Price = $5.99 at Whole Foods (NYC)

May 05, 2011
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Munken starts off with a deep orange color with a thin tan head. The aroma is sweet with malts not much hops on the nose or dark fruits. The taste is decent, a little lighter than I expected from a quad. The mouthfeel was also a bit lighter than I thought it'd be too. A little disappointed with this quad not a lot of great thing in my opinion with it.

Apr 06, 2011
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AngusOg from North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

May 24, 2013
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patm1986 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5%

Nov 22, 2011
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olradetbalder from Sweden

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Dec 01, 2014
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kylehay2004 from Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: two fInger frothy head with some lacing and excellent retention on a hazy, amber with garnet hues body.

S: Caramel, toffee, corriander and touch of fig.

T: very interesting. This one was actually very smokey, almost rauchbeir-like with a mild tart fruity and semisweet finish. Lots of caramel throughout.

M: fuller bodied than I was expecting with light to moderate carbonation.

Overall the aroma for this one does not forebode the flavor. Very interestIng beer but too discontinuous and random in the flavor for my liking.

Feb 10, 2012
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raszputini from North Carolina

3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In a belgian stem glass. Pours very dark amber with a tannish white head. Very little nose. It's almost non-existent. Taste is overwhelming and surprising. My first thought was this is barrel aged, but its not. There are recurring notes of bourbon barrel aging throughout the experience. Taste is slighty yeasty, distinctive malts, and again the bourbon tones. Finishes bitter with a hit of bourbon.

Mar 17, 2011
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Harkrank from Sweden

4/5  rDev +5%

Jul 07, 2012
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DrBier from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Jul 27, 2014
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godmare from Florida

4/5  rDev +5%

Jan 08, 2012
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aztraz from Sweden

4/5  rDev +5%

Jul 06, 2012
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WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Dec 09, 2014
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Hultkrantz from Sweden

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Jan 21, 2013
Munken from Hantverksbryggeriet AB
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 28 ratings