Monk's Brew | Mikkeller ApS

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3.93/5
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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

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#7,080
Reviews:
162
Ratings:
440
pDev:
11.96%
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Photo of sd123
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jonj
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BGDrock
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%

Appearance: medium brown and dull red body - like strawberry juice; satiny, fine head, sticky but not much retention; hazy

Aroma: light; stewed dark fruit - prune, dark cherry, raisin

Taste & Mouthfeel: loads of caramel, deep and rich, pairing nicely with dark fruit flavours - raisin, plum, dates; medium body and the heat of 10% alcohol is warming and pleasant; delicate carbonation adds a layer of sophistication; acidic, slightly tart finish cuts the sugary sweetness nicely

Overall: great ale with some well developed fruity notes, but not quite the depth of flavour to match the best of the style

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy dark brown with beautiful ruby highlights when held to light. Huge fluffy off white head persists forever. Smells of dark fruits, brown sugar, spicy yeast, and a touch of alcohol. Taste is very nice with lots of dark fruits, spices, sweet malts, maybe a touch of alcohol. Mouthfeel is creamy and a little syrupy, body is full, carbonation is crisp but not overpowering. I liked this one a lot.

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Photo of bnes09
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Milk chocolate brown color. Very hazy. Pours an enormous , Irish cream-colored head which sticks around forever. Leaves silky lace reminants all over the glass.

Huge, malty, caramel aroma with hints of oak, bourbon and yeast.

Flavor follows the nose. Malt quality is dense with figs, dates and caramel. Mild hop presence suggesting herbs and leaves. Hint of oak but enough to mellow it out. Has a somewhat spicy aftertaste.

Full bodied. Low carbonation. Dense feel.

Overall, a solid barrel-aged quad. Nothing stands out from other examples. Its just complex and tasty.

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Photo of smcolw
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Minor head but typical of the style. Some spots as lace. The color is a cloudy neutral brown.

Awesome smell of roasted malts. Comes across as molasses without being too sweet. Beautiful.

This sweet but not overwhelming. There's a touch of bittering hop that provides balance without deviating from the style. Rich as one would expect.

This is a special brew worth seeking out.

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Photo of theboozecruise
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a Chimay tulip glass. Not much pop on the cork, and not much head on the pour. I sure hope I didn't get a bad bottle.

The appearance is a dark brown with hints of crimson... what little head there was was a tannish color, but didn't last long.

A smell that brings about what I'd expect from a Belgian Quad, a little malt, a definite alcohol presence, a lot of fruit in the aroma. Very nice aroma.

The taste is more of the same, no surprises. Very well balanced but nothing that blows you away either. Fantastic mouthfeel, the carbonation is present despite the fears that I had a flat bottle.

Hard to give it more than a 4.0 on the drinkability... the alcohol presence is there and the taste is pretty strong, but I'm sure going to enjoy wiping out this 750ml of beer.

Enjoy!

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Photo of Dzu
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of travolta
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of becktone
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 12-5-09

Eye: Exactly as expected; dark brown with garnet hues at the edges. Head is creamy in appearance and tan in color. Formation is nice but retention is a bit lacking, less its the glass. Sheets of lace coat the glass. I'm only left wanting for a thicker head.

Edit: Upon second pour of this beer into the Chimay goblet retention is much better, I don't think I could really ask for more from this beer in terms of appearance.

Nose: Nice dark caramel and dark malt aroma. Some dark fruit too, but quit easy going...like plums. Alcohol is noticeable, adds some sweetness. Hints at dark sugar, rumminess. Use of Belgian yeast is apparent but its hard to put a finger on any specific qualities it has besides that its belgian. No spiciness to this strain, no noticeable esters, fruitiness but thats about it. Very nice smelling, Would like it to be more potent though and a bit easier to get into.

Edit: Going back to the aroma after the first glass I'm almost getting like a milk chocolate covered dark fruit...dark cherry or raspberry...light on the chocolate though heavier on the cherry or raspberry. Nice!

Tongue: Right on for what this beer is. Some nice sweet mild colored and caramel malts at the finish, mixed with alcohol. Alcohol is evident but is a part of the style and adds to the beer, it fits. Fruitiness is underneath everything, very subtle...hints of black/sour cherries hide beneath everything creating depth. Some chocolate from darker malts is in here too. After a bit the alcohol starts to become annoying. If only it were hidden better....still nice to drink though, but.... I'm getting some slight spice from the alcohol, like a light white pepper. Balance for sweetness and underlying dark fruit comes from alcohol. Overall a very nice beer

Feel and Drinkability: Finish is dry, leaving alcohol on the palate, leaving the palate wanting another drink to soothe it. Medium heavy on the palate, not quite as full as I expected it to be. First of all, I mean full for a belgian is different than full for a RIS, but still, I think that this one is a bit lesser than what I'd expected. Carbonation is low, which is good, adds to a fuller body. I'll definitely enjoy the rest of this beer, and I'm glad I picked this one up. Definitely worth it, however I'll prolly not visit it again anytime soon. I think there are better out there...Rochefort 10... but still a solid offering, well more than solid, great. One bottle is enough, don't think I could drink more than one 750 in a sitting, and I'm prolly not meant to, thats why its packaged this way.

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Photo of FLima
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color, poured 3 fingers of head with a long retention.
Predominant sour and fruity aroma.
Caramel taste with hints of citrics, lemon type, and cherries and plum. Also, notes of licorice and fig. Mildly sour and acid. Aftertaste is a bit dry. Its 10.5% ABV is well hidden.
Light to medium body with light carbonation and small bubbles.
Really interesting and surprising beer, it smells sour but when you taste it, it is just like someone added just a few lemon drops. I hope they did not target to do a copy of Belgian Quads, which is not Mikkeller’s style, I believe they just got a base to brew something new and challenging. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of STEG
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A special thanks to jefferz5000 for trading this to me.

Looks as a quad should, deep brown, ruby highlights when held up to the light. Creamy one finger off white head with moderate retention dissipates to a collar of bubbles.

Smell has sugar cookie, molasses, wheat bread and some dark fruits, a typical quad nose.

Taste has some breadiness up front and then there's almost a cooling mint like sensation that permeates throughout the progression. It ends with some bready yeast flavors and that odd cooling presence.

Mouthfeel is silky with mild carbonation a tad bit too light for me though.

Highly drinkable given the ABV, I will easily finish this.

Thanks Jeff

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Photo of nick0909
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thehyperduck
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

330 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; best before June 25 2020. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours a dark, brownish-amber colour with some lovely crimson tinges under the light. It's crowned with one finger of creamy, resilient light beige-coloured head that very gradually recedes into a thinner, lumpier cap and collar. The aroma is rich and yeasty, offering up fruity notes of prune, raisin/red grape, fig and cherry, all atop a backbone of sugary caramel sweetness. Minor hints of cocoa and anise are also detectable. Not bad at all, but still tame for a quad.

Delicious, malty, strong and complex; exactly what I am looking for in this style. Treacle and candi sugar are a constant underlying presence, but it is the range of dark fruits that demands my taste buds' attention. Flavours of plum, red grape and black cherry are loudly and clearly present, in addition to banana, fig and apple flesh. A mild note of chocolate is soon overtaken by a spicy finish that includes a mixture of clove and anise, accompanied by an herbal bitterness. The aftertaste includes a roasted note, which slowly fades into a raisiny booziness. On the lighter side of full-bodied, with rather weak carbonation levels that provide this abbey-style ale with a smooth, creamy feel in the mouth.

Final Grade: 4.17, an excellent A-. Monk's Brew is certainly not the best quad I've ever had, but it's still a pretty damn good one. I love the flavour profile of this one, but unfortunately it suffers from a few forgiveable flaws - namely, the relatively limp mouthfeel and (comparatively) straightforward bouquet. Like all Mikkeller beers this is not a cheap tipple, but going by the typical price point of an imported quad, it's certainly not unreasonably expensive for this market. Very good stuff, and definitely worth a try for any BSDA/Quad fans, but not world-class.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A bomber (25.4 oz.) for $14.99. Poured into a chalice.

Starts sweet but then the dark fruit dark fruit followed by faint whiskey takes over and ends with the whiskey/alcohol warming the palate. But this is not a beer with a bourbon chaser. I like this brew and at a 10+% ABV it has a great taste that will knock you on your ass if you are not careful. 4.25

A - Pours an opaque brown with garnet highlights with a one-finger tan head (halfway between rocky and mousey). Nice lacing. Minor alcohol legs. 3.75

S – Dark fruit, spicy, a bit of vanilla hidden behind everything else. 4.25

T – Malty, sweetness (not cloying), a bit of raisins and licorice, some alcohol. 4.25

MF – Med-heavy body, semi-dry finish, alcohol lasts on the palate, warming. 3.75

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

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 jkhara12
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of megahurts4
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mikkeller Monk's Brew (also known as Monk's Elixir)

Appearance: Dark brown (orange tint) with good lacing.

Smell: Prunes, dark fruits, and roasted malts.

Taste: Prunes, dark fruits, very subtle hops, and warm roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light and smooth.

Bottom line:
This is a very good beer. It is very smooth and inviting. This has a very pleasant flavor that will make you want more. It is not hoppy like other Mikkellers. There is a very slight sweetness in with the slight-bitter finish.

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

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

Dark brown, long lasting light brown head. Raspberries, wood, fruits, chocolate and wine. Sour at start, sweet all the way after, with bitter strong and acidic finish. Medium body and carbonation. Nicely balanced with a great barrels and fruits at mouth feel. Caramel yeast and wood prevail later. Could easily drink it instead dinner.

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

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

Bottle into chalice.

Pours a murky brown, dark, with a fluffy off-white head that settles quickly into a thin creamy cap.

Nose is dark fruit and brown sugar, with some yeast coming through as well.

Taste is light. Some doughy brown sugar up front, lots and lots of dark fruit/raisins. Hint of cocoa. Very light, earthy bitterness towards the finish. Almost no alcohol in taste, but a bit spicy and warming on the finish. Lacks depth and complexity for the size of the beer. On the flip side, still quite flavorful, and very drinkable for a 10% beer.

Carbonation is light, delicate, a bit fluffy, medium bodied.

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

Poured from 750ml into Chalice.

A. Poured a well carbonated 3 finger head. Thick lacing. Very good retention. Color is a dark ruby brown.

S. Nice quad smell. Dark fruit, spices, belgian yeast. Has the nice dark grape aroma of good quads. Smells very sweet and appealing. Really good aroma. Complex and inviting.

T. Taste is very good as well. Dark fruit. Nice sweetness. Pretty impressed with this beer. Lacks some of the complexity of the very top Quads.

M. Medium bodied. Well carbonated. Finishes with just a bit of lingering sweetness.

O. Overall I am pretty surprised at the quality of this beer. Great aroma. Good taste. Missing some of the complexity of the very best quads. This is one that I would definitely seek out again. I like that it is a touch on the sweet side.

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Monk's Brew from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 440 ratings