Monk's Brew | Mikkeller ApS

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3.93/5
Very Good
438 Ratings
Monk's BrewMonk's Brew
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Monk's Elixir

Belgian Strong Dark Ale brewed with raspberries and aged in wine barrels.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-22-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,650
Reviews:
162
Ratings:
438
pDev:
11.96%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of Patches826
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gbiello
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AyatollahGold
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of xungmound98
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of khargro2
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SayBoom
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mmilyko
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of igl
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of AlvinLin
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kmat10
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rangerred
4.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jtee
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 330ml bottle served at 14 degrees Celsius into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a veiled brown with 2cm of dense, tan head that settles into a cap within 3 minutes.

Aroma: Rich and complex - very inviting. Faint alcohol, chocolate, and underlying hops. Malty caramel and toffee along with dark fruits (figs, raisins, cherries) dominate the nose.

Taste: Follows suit with the aroma. Malty-rich caramel with strong notes of dark fruit (raisins and figs). I'm also noticing a faint chocolate note. The hops are overpowered by the malts and estery notes which contribute to the brew's low bitterness. The balance is sweet but not cloying. Faint alcohol shows up in the finish which is long, fruity, and malty.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium to full with surprisingly low carbonation. Creamy and smooth with a warming feeling from the alcohol. The finish is medium dry.

Overall: A delicious quad no doubt. For such high ABV the alcohol is well-hidden. Not your classic example of the style, but maybe that's what makes it interesting. Even though it's not my favourite within the style, I'd have it again given the chance. I'm looking forward to a chance to cellar one for some time.

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Photo of janubio
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown colour, small head with long retention, good lace. Aroma of caramel, sugar, dark fruits. Medium to full body, average carbonation, sticky. Taste of dark fruits, caramel, wine, dark fruits.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured to a Ledge chalice.

A: The body is opaque black to purple with some coppery hues. The head is beige and almost non-existent. A bit of lacing. No retention.
S: The aroma is very fruity, having tons of blackberries, blueberries, grapes. In the back, there's a bit of alcohol already showing up.
T: The taste has a big sugary to toffee base where all the fruit is able to shine through. However, you lose some of the acidity of these berries.
M: Body is medium to medium high. Carbonation is high. Alcohol shows its presence but isn't that strong. Bitterness is medium low.
O: Already expecting a rather interesting quad but far from the best ones.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dutchcraftbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Is this a Belgian strong ale, or a quad?
Anyway, very good beer.

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Photo of rjvanston
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Everydayoff
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap served in a stemmed glass at Mikkeller Bangkok.

Very deep chestnut brown color, it comes with a finger of frothy tan head that stays for a while before collapsing to some bubble film atop and leaving lots of lacing patch and spot on the glass-side.

Quite interesting, strong note of black grape together reinforcing with prune, dark raisin, raspberry, and cherry. It is also with a touch of barrel yet with phenolic spice, winy, candy sugar, and molasses. Malt is not sunken but nicely presented with its bread, candy, and caramel.

Wow this one is so tasty. Everything is very well control in good harmony. The taste is a delicious and complex blended between all the characters, solid bready and caramel malt as a backbone, black grape, prune, dark raisin, raspberry, cherry, winy, barrel, phenolic spice, candy sugar, molasses, tasty indeed.

The body is medium with some bold touch through the palate, some crispness and moderate carbonation, smooth through the mouthfeel with a very dry finish.

Complex, refined, but easy to drink Quad, alcohol is very well hidden, great brew.

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Photo of mjgsilva
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnTurano
4.73/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of moose1980
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review for the non-fruited/non-BA version (there is a separate listing for that beer, to which I believe the 'Notes / Commercial Description' for this listing is referring).

Brown/dark caramel and muddy. Dense, three-finger, cream-colored head that dissipates slowly. Looks like many Quads - not the most appealing looking beer, but at the same time it somehow fits perfectly with the dark fruit aromas and flavors. Aroma is super fruity: everything from red grapes, apples, prunes, and crushed blueberries, to hints of passion fruit and pomegranate. Additional notes of bready malts bring to mind jam-smeared toast. No real spiciness. The taste is not as sweet as the nose leads one to expect. Malty indeed, but with a bitter middle and ending, though not overly dry. The 10% ABV is very well-hidden. While the flavors are not as complex as the aromas, the beer is certainly very well-balanced. Medium body and carbonation.

Overall, for the style, an impressive beer from Mikkeller.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a single-serve bottle

Look--Pours like a BDSA should (this is mislabeled as a pale by the way--this is a Quad all the way)--A two finger tan/brown mottled head that quickly settles to a persistent ring on the glass. A bit darker than most of the style.

Smell--Toasty, bready, and dark-fruity with some coffee notes. Excellent aroma--just wish there was a wee bit more of it.

Taste--Like a Cabernet/Shiraz blend of red wine, this is Quad meets Imperial Stout. Sweet dried fruit, burnt/brown sugar (this one is brewed with both demerara AND dark cassonade--WOW), and forward malt meets bitter dark chocolate and coffee in an excellent balance. The alcohol (yes is this 10%) is barely noticed. If there is one complaint, it is that it might be shaded a little to sweet--but this is awfully good.

Mouthfeel--Full bodied but not heavy. Could maybe use just a little more carbonation.

Overall--This is an excellent Belgian Dark Strong. I will definitely purchase again.

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Photo of Stofko1992
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Monk's Brew from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 438 ratings