Monk's Brew | Mikkeller ApS

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3.93/5
Very Good
439 Ratings
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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

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-22-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,987
Reviews:
162
Ratings:
439
pDev:
11.96%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 439 |  Reviews: 162
Photo of Stofko1992
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Studfarm69
4.98/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of SirDirtJoe
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Andrewharemza
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
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 DruC4
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jack-ruby
4.36/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
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 Rockjocknroll
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Being a fan of traditional trappist and belgian yeast/beers/etc. I was excited to try this affordable beer. The look is like any other great belgian; thick and roasty dark with large carbonation. Drank this out of a St. Berndardus goblet.

The nose is delicious classic belgian with plenty of figs, caramel, dates, and brown sugar. The taste however turns off pretty quickly with uncomplimentary flavors. The tannins from the wine barrels and flavors from the added raspberries do not work very well with the yeast and roasted malt. The mix brings out too much tart and dry when the style screams for big, thick sweet flavors.

Not a bad beer and more enjoyable and balanced as it warms but I would not purchase it again. Mikkeller once again shows me that he is a gamble...sometimes you hit the jackpot and sometimes you're stuck with a drink you don't quite want to finish.

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Photo of Sak3
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
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 JoeMans
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MikeElCervecera
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You can smell the malt on the first whiff. Solid but tasteful on the palate. Perfect chocolaty aftertaste.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
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 mothman
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Corson
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of daem3384
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Piglet_rulz_da_yard
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Giggy
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Slack
3.97/5  rDev +1%
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 Rick778
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rderedin
1.95/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.25

Monk's Brew from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 439 ratings