Monk's Brew | Mikkeller ApS

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3.93/5
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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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-22-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,420
Reviews:
163
Ratings:
443
pDev:
11.96%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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31
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Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rudzud
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Was given a bottle of this for attending the 2016 Boston Copenhagen Beer Fest.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice dark brown almost like a deep chestnut with a big off white two finger head that fades nice and slowly to leave some light sticky lacing and a dense creamy head.

S - Aromas of belgian sugars and esters, light fruitiness. Very nice dark fruits (raisins and figs), flashes of coca powder as well.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Very nice belgian sugars and esters. Loads of dark fruits as well, little bit of toffee malt sweetness. Not overly sweet or cloy and the alcohol is hidden. Finish has just a little bit of lingering bitterness that is offset by the toffee and raisins.

M - Mouthfeel is almost brightly carbonated, slightly on the aggressive side. Alcohol is hidden quite well though!

O - Overall this beer had a really, really nice appearance and a lovely flavour profile. Drinking super, super pleasant right now...not sure how any lengthy aging to improve this.

Serving Type: Bottle

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Photo of DBosco
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bill69
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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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Monk's Brew from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 443 ratings