Monk's Brew | Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
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:
#6,989
Reviews:
162
Ratings:
439
pDev:
11.96%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
31
Gots:
60
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 439 |  Reviews: 162
Photo of Loveyourbeer
2.21/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This looked good, but the taste was syrupy with none of the spices I see in other quads. I love quads, but this was not for me.

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Photo of BenBreeg
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jerk_Store
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of WynnO
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Smconnor
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of comfygoodness
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cd34
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chico1985
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
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 emyers
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12.7 oz. bottle poured into a Great Lakes snifter.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy medium brown color with a billowing 2-finger off-white head.

Smell: Lots of dark fruit up front with fig and raisin, very distinct Belgian yeast ester character. Some burnt caramel, vanilla. Not really picking up the bourbon much in the aroma, but the base beer represents very well.

Taste: Bourbon is more prevalent here and is the first flavor to hit the palate (although it's still fairly mild as far as bourbon flavor goes). The base beer doesn't come on nearly as strong as in the aroma, and unfortunately that leaves the overall flavor profile come off a bit...diluted. I'd like something to come through a little stronger, either the base or the barrel.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation. Very smooth.

Overall: Very good beer, but I'd like either more barrel character or to leave it out entirely. What little presence there is sort of gets in the way of a very good base beer. A little more bourbon could have made this excellent.

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Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cjgiant
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle:
Pours a muddy brown (even on a light pour) but with a large amount of small-bubbled head. The beer itself is kind of ugly, the head is decent. The nose is weaker than I expected, light hints of dark fruits (fig/date), and a light Belgian yeast smell. With some warmth a little ginger joins the Belgian scent.

Feel is medium, body about the same. Carbonation lightens the darker tastes of fig, root, and light brown sugar lead to a somewhat cola taste. The taste mostly follows the nose, but that also includes a lack of power to the flavors. There is, however a background grassy feel that reminds me of some Saisons, but that I didn't expect from this beer.

There's nothing reallywrong with this beer. I don't feel it's too "dark" though. The dark sugar tastes appear, but seem an accent more than the contributor of flavor.

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Photo of HopDawg40
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Decent pour. Dark cloudy color. Tast was good but nothing special.

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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 nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of crosenkrantz
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stephenlee
4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Joeyphunk
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Molson2000
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 Nat1975
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Electros
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tykechandler
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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