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:
#6,980
Reviews:
162
Ratings:
439
pDev:
11.96%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.74/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ccg
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep chestnut color with a creamy layer foam and great retention.
The smell is surprisingly powerful. As soon as it's poured, I can immediately smell jammy and tart raspberry and a deep sweetness, like port or sherry. Getting closer, it has a distinct, slightly sour funk to it, along with unsweet chocolate.
The taste is mostly tart. The raspberry appears mid-palate, but it's tart all the way through. I might have misunderstood what this beer was going to be, but I was expecting more Belgian-style fruity/malt sweetness to balance the tart and funk. There is a bit of earthiness as well, probably from the wine barrels.
The mouthfeel is a little difficult for me to judge. With that funk on the nose and the tart flavor, my senses are a little overwhelmed. It has a little bit of a syrupy effect but also comes across a little bit on the thin side.
Overall, I'm glad I went outside of my comfort zone to try a new style. As somebody who mostly enjoys stouts, English-style barleywines, quads, old ales, and scotch ales, I found it a little bit challenging, but if you like tart funk and don't have a huge sweet-tooth, give this one a try.

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4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.51/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

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4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
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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3.44/5  rDev -12.5%
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4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 11.2 oz bottle
Look: Dark brown color with a good head
Smell: Faint for the most part but caramel stands out
Taste: Pretty light for a 10% but the syrup taste is nice
Feel: Best part of the experience, just let that nectar go down
Overall: Another winner from Mikkeller

Would be good with pancakes!

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