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Monk's Elixir (Monk's Brew) | Mikkeller ApS

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Monk's Elixir (Monk's Brew)Monk's Elixir (Monk's Brew)

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed at De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium.

Ingredients: Water, malt (pilsner and pale), candy syrup, cassonade sugar, hops (northern brewer, hallertauer and styrian goldings), ale yeast

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-22-2008

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Reviews: 151 | Ratings: 382
Photo of Andrewharemza
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From bottle, pours a hazey dark brown colour with a good creamy head that disapates to a small thin layer. Aroma dark fruit, sweet, candy, caramel. Taste candy, caramel, malt, dark fruit. Very nice.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a small flute from the tap at Skúli Craft bar in Reykjavik.

Appearance: Hazy brown color with medium bubbles a white head. Head initially rose to maybe half a finger's length.

Smell: Light hops and maybe honey, that's it. Done.

Taste: Grapes and honey with a dose of malts. Comes off a little sweet with smooth bitterness. Has a slight yeast notes which create a significant sour characteristic to the beer.

Mouth: Medium bodied with medium carbonation at best and a average stickiness. The after taste still lingers but dissipates and hard to give it that lust rating.

Overall: Pretty good brew, I personally enjoyed it compared to some prior brews but when you compared it to other quads it's quite a few tweaks to go. Salud

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Photo of h0wdy
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An honestly plain and not interesting brown coloring.

An unoriginal smell of hops that I find in most beers.

The taste is a smooth and enjoyable one.

Overall I found the taste of this beverage to be exceptional and every other part of it to be "meh". But we all know that the taste is king!

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark red-orange with a fine two finger light khaki head with great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of candi and light caramel malt, raisins, dates, apples, plums and light white wine, nice. Flavor follows, with candi and caramel malt, fresh and dried plums, dates, raisins, toffee. Semi-sweet at first, but drier into a dark fruit and hoppy finish, with a European grassy hop profile. Medium bodied with light creaminess and active, peppery carbonation. The flavor starts a classic Belgain quad, but finishes with an interesting drier, hoppy flavor with lingering grassy hop bitterness. The hops are a bit of a surprise at first, but taste good. The robust fruit flavors support the hops well. Drier in the finish than traditional quads. Alcohol covered well. A very nice off-beat quadrupel with an above average interesting flavor progression and great carbonation. Interesting and flavorful.

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Photo of Slack
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep brown in color with haze and about ½ inch of head.

Smell is mild dark fruit, malt, oak, and booze.

Taste is a lot of rich dark fruit mixed with booze and malt. Oak and anise notes are there.

Mouthful is medium, smooth, and creamy. Carbonation is medium. Finish is dry and somewhat bitter.

The beer seems to surpass a strong dark but fall short of a quad. The aroma is good and the flavors are pronounced however the mouthful is lighter and carbonation heavier than would be expected.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a decent representation of the Belgian quad style. It has the wine notes down very well, a good, rich and deep flavor of a rich dry Cabernet, but it had a sweet finish like a merlot. However, this beer did not had the date and brown sugar Flavors that I've found in the best quality quads. As it stands, a decently good representation of the style, for fans of quads, if accessible, give it a shot, but it isn't worth hunting down and waiting in line for.

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Photo of MarkQ617
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this poured into a pint glass. This is my first review where all aspects were the same rating. The color is a deep brown, not too dark. The taste is a syrupy sweet with a sour aftertaste, very nice. The mouthfeel is perfect for the genre. Really impressed.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml split amongst peoples.

A - Very dark red pour with some haze, not much clarity. Lots of beige foam eventually falls to a thick splotchy cap with lots-o-lacing.

S - Apple and raisin, red grape, touch of caramelly bread and molasses, alcohol. Kind of faint overall.

T - Big red grape, sharp boozy raisin, anise, candi sugar, some peppery spice, molasses. An improvement over the scent, but a bit muddled and boozy.

M - Pretty hefty, almost syrupy, handles all the foamy carbonation quite well. It's a bit hot, moreso than expected.

O - Some pretty good waves of sugary dark fruit spice flavors, but the syrupy sweetness and booziness kinda drag this down for me.

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Photo of bnes09
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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 clayrock81
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brown body with one finger head with one finger head and minimal lace. A aroma that comes across as a little bit of dark fruit, more toffee and raisins than anything, and a hint of sugar and spice. Smooth, medium body, yeast keeps it smooth while adding a little chewiness, the dark fruits come out as I get raisins, figs, toffee and there is even a little bit of booze in the finish. Spicy edge gives it a little depth and adds balance and overall a pretty good brew.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich, dark brown hue with a bit of haze and two fingers of frothy tan foam atop. Quite attractive.

Smell: malty and sweet, with nice but subtle aromas of dates, raisin and tobacco. Not overly rich but still very good.

Taste: a little sweet, dusty and with a notable bit of alcoholic heat up front. The nicely dark fruit flavors from the aroma are here as well; not especially complex, but flavorful and satisfying. I like it.

Mouthfeel: body seems a little light for a quad, but there's a big carbonation and a pretty big creaminess that is a bit evanescent for the style. Still, not at all bad.

Overall: I like this beer, probably because I like musty, dusty quads. I'd have it again, no problem.

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Photo of henkmudi
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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 lmaduells
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A beer that promised, but compared to quadruple tradiocionals, is back. Lacks depth, complexity, flavors, beer is a little worked. A bit disappointing, while being a good beer.

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Photo of BGDrock
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%

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 kevinlater
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into goblet. best before "25/06/20" clearly marked on the cap, consumed on november 29, 2014

a: very interesting. the top of the beer is an opaque mahogany, but there's a kind of gradient towards the bottom of the glass where the beer turns into a transparent caramel-ruby red mix. nearly two fingers of khaki-coloured head

s: a sweet and fantastic dark fruit profile to begin with. almost vinous. grapes, rich dates, figs, plums, cherries. banana and caramel in the middle. musty-like notes toward the end. great aroma, but could benefit from being a bit stronger

t: follows the nose. a very rich, fruity, and sweet beer. the ripe dark fruits are in the front, with subtle caramel malt in the middle, and the musty, moderate bitterness at the end. alcohol tastes are well-hidden, but you can feel a bit of heat as the beer goes down. i'm even getting notes of orange/grapefruit rind somewhere near the back end. the bitterness lingers and is appropriate to balance all the richness

m: low-to-moderate, somewhat prickly carbonation. disappears as the beer warms though. light-to-medium body. mildly sticky

o: good fruit-forward quad. expensive, but worth trying

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
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 spinrsx
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $4.60

Appearance – Brown colour with a below average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell – Malts, caramel, dark fruits

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and something astringent. There is also some dark fruit flavour; but at times it seems like a grape crush soda type taste. The booze seems really well hidden.

Overall – Decent but with so many world class quads out there not much reason to have this one again. It seems a little amateurish when you stack it up against bernardus/rochefort/chimay etc.

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Photo of mick303
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle from the lcbo, this one is tried fresh and there are two more cellaring. In a tulip glass this is a dark ruby brown colour with a nice film of light tan head and nice lacing.

S - fresh this has a pretty strong dark fruit spice to it, plums and figs mixed with some sugary/caramelly esters. Some harsher alcohol spirit aromas as well, raisins, dried cherries. Some dry hay as well.

T - big robust dark fruit profile with a lot of sweetness, transitioning into more full spices and slightly bitter dried fruit with a lot of yeasty character. Starts with lush plums, apricot, dates, brown sugar, then more dry caramelly raisin, eventually getting more spicy with dry chili maybe and loses quite a bit of the fruitiness, as more of the yeasty earthy notes come up, earthy and peppery, with a dunnage character as well, with some of the dry dry fruits hanging on as it lingers on a spicy finish.

M - Big, full bodied, but good balance as the fruitiness dries out, fairly strong satisfying carbonation throughout. The alcohol on the aroma is well hidden and intigrated in the body. Sweet and desserty on the start, getting a bit more bitter and spicy on the finish.

Overall, this was a satisfying dessert-like quad. Very assertive strength and yeasty spiciness, while it maintains a satisfying drinkability, I feel it lacks the finesse of some premier Belgian examples, this (at least young) has an assertive rich fruit character, with more cinnamon/nutmeg/pepper spice developing to carry through to a dry finish with sticky caramel throughout. Enjoyable, and I hope to see it develop some complexity and nuance.

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

(4.0) A: Dark mahogany brown with a tall head that quickly recedes to a thin ring. Nice lacing that clings.

(3.75) S: Caramel, toffee, oak, raisins, plum, nutty qualities, and mix of spices. Smooth with a nice woody-toffee aroma overall.

(4.0) T: Caramel, brown sugar, plum, oak, raisins, spices, and hints of cherries. A very good mix of different textbook quad flavours, each identifiable separately and combined. Not the boldest and most flavourful quad but agreeable nonetheless.

(3.75) M: Lighter bodied with a standard higher carbonation for the style. Pleasantly dry and chalky.

(4.0) D: Pretty good quad highlighted by smooth caramel, woody, and dark fruit flavours.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Purchased at the LCBO for a steep $4.60 for a 330ml bottle. Served at 8deg C in a tulip.

A- 4.25- Opens well and pours a ton of head that is gone in 1min. VERY dark.

S- 4.0- Roasted malt and some nuts. Caramel. Traditional quad

T- 3.75- Pretty good but not a Roch10 or anything. Priced above the 10 too! LOL

M- 3.75- Lots of carbonation. Sickly sweet and heavy

O- 3.80- Not the greatest beer especially at this price point

Food Pairing

This pretty good quad went well with...... Brazed beef short rib with root vegetables and potato


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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazed brown with a white head.
Smells of fruit, leather, must, stale breath.
In the taste, sugary with figs and brown sugar.
Nice Trappist abbey vibe going on here.
Medium bodied, medium carbonation.
Overall, this is a good abbey style quad, much better than the usual American craft versions of the style. Definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of NVP12345
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I wouldn't call this a conventional quad -- the roasted malty flavor and lighter, less-carbonated mouthfeel combined with the usual fruit and spice make this beer feel more like a blend of a quad and stout. It's highly drinkable and enjoyable, but I prefer a quad to be slightly less sweet and to have a fuller body. Worth trying, but I wouldn't go out of my way to pick it up again as it's more expensive than some other truly great quads (namely St Bernardus ABT12).

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Photo of BlazerT
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Teku glass/trappis glass.
A: Very dark copper, medium, light tan colour head with good lacing.

S: Complex malty sweetness - caramel, toast. Moderate, perfumy alcohols aroma. Moderatly low dark fruits esters - plum, rasins, dried cherry. No recognizable hop aroma.

T: In taste very malty complex, bread/toast malts, moderatly sweet. Low bitterness. Finish is semi-sweet to sweet with characteristic dried fruit esters.

M: Medium to high carbonation. Medium to full body. Oily texture. Alcohol warmth is not as noticable, as its perfumy aroma, it’s rather smooth.

O: In overall complex malty beer, not the ideal because of too perfumy alcohol aroma, and too little dried fruits. Worth trying.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
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 Hopswagger
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

P: Pours a dirty brown body with chunky floaters and a airy khaki head that settles to a swirled wake. Milky lacing slips and slides around the edges.

S: Oxidation has set in. A treasure trove of dark fruits soaked in spiced rum, old leather, slight vegetable matter, graham cracker pie crust, and faint whiffs of banana bread.

T/M: Oxidation has hit this hard with a soapy residue masking the flavors and covering the palate. Dark fruits, heavy handed spice and bitter apple peels still shine through. Anise star, clove, cinnamon, and pippali pepper, cardboard, bready yeast and Belgian candy sugar. Stick body that has wondered on the side of light-medium. A hefty dose of carbonation allows this brew to tingle the entire mouth.

O: This bad boy has been in my closet for about 2 years and I kept forgetting about it. Glad I finally pulled it out and enjoyed it. Slightly oxidized but overall a great beer. I really enjoyed the dark fruits, spices and rum mingled into the yeasty backdrop.

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Monk's Elixir (Monk's Brew) from Mikkeller ApS
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