Monk's Brew | Mikkeller ApS

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3.93/5
Very Good
443 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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-22-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,293
Reviews:
163
Ratings:
443
pDev:
11.96%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Ruddy brown with a nice 1" head that recedes to about a 1/4". A few yeasty floaties.

Smell: Dark fruit sweetness with molasses..

Taste: To style, dark raisin flavor with molasses an some bready malt. Well balanced complexity and like most quads it gets better as the temperature rises. The flavors all work very well together, the alcohol adds some warmth but is otherwise masked..

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy on the palate,.

Overall: A very solid example of a Belgian quad, delicious.

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4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I let this warm a bit before opening. Pours a very dark brown with some amber and orange highlights, a bit of a head that is gone right quick. Rum raisin smell, bready, prunes, juicy fruit gum, good maple syrup.

The taste is more fruit, soaked in cognac: raisins, plums, dates. A bit of a smoky, burned taste, like crunchy, darkened pie crust. Tart apples, port.

This one stays with you for a while. Chewy mouthfeel but not overly syrupy. A lot is going on, and a lot is done very well.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle (no date) into tulip

A- dark cola-colored hue with glimpses of amber in the light. Small 1-finger head with good retention and nice steady lacing. A really good-looking brew.

S- Belgian maltiness with breads, raisins, and booze.

T- the candied sweetness comes out first but quickly fades into plums, prunes,molasses. Also, a good roasted malt flavor with some woody smokiness but not much. A bit dry on the back end.

M- light to medium carbonation and a medium-sized mouthfeel. A little boozy but not as heavy as you would think for a 10% abv brew.

O- pretty good quad. A little heavier and darker than some of my normal faves. Seems a bit more like a BSDA. It was one I wanted to try but would be 10deep on my list of quads that I would seek out at the store.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into chalice; no bottle dating, but likely at least a few years old.. Pours hazy extremely dark brown, almost black color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass; with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, prune, molasses, cocoa, toast, pepper, clove, toffee, roasted malt, dark bread, dark candi sugar, dark earthiness, and yeast spiciness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark malt and spicy yeast esters. Taste of raisin, prune, date, cocoa, molasses, toast, toffee, dark bread, dark candi sugar, light clove, and dark earthiness. Lingering notes of dark fruit, cocoa, molasses, toast, toffee, dark bread, dark candi sugar, light clove, and dark earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance and complexity of robust dark malt flavors with fruity/spicy yeast esters; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish; but still definitely a slow sipper. Overall this is an excellent Quadrupel style. Great balance, complexity, and robustness of dark malt and fruity yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on slowly. A very enjoyable offering; this ages very nicely.

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