Monk's Brew (Barrel Aged - Brett Edition) | Mikkeller ApS

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Monk's Brew (Barrel Aged - Brett Edition)Monk's Brew (Barrel Aged - Brett Edition)

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Known as Monk's Elixir outside of the USA.

Added by eric5bellies on 01-27-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 7
Photo of MasterSki
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jeffo for this rare and obscure tick. Served in a snifter and consumed out on the lake at the cottage.

A - Tan foam settles to a thick collar, wisps, and no lace. Turbid dark brown with a hint of transparency when held to the light.

S - Dark fruits, red wine, a bit of funky, sweaty Brett, and perhaps some tropical notes too. Still, the fig and plum base dominates the aroma.

T - Taste is more oaky and vinous; I think the Brett has dried things out by consuming some of the residual sugars. Restrained sweetness, with notes of candi sugar, berries, and perhaps a light caramel note as well.

M - Medium-full body, with pleasant carbonation. Dry, with a mild dose of tannins. Very mellow for 10.5; no booze after a few years of age.

D - Surprisingly good, and the best variant I've had of this beer. I'd drink it again if it weren't super expensive. The combination of elements works well here; I think Mikkel was a bit more judicious in his experiments back in 2011.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with an off-white head. Plenty of dark fruit notes on the nose, mostly cherry, raisin, and grape. A little bit of tartness balances out the sweetness somewhat. Dark candi sugar and toasted malts are also prominent. The palate is fairly sweet and malty with a good amount of dark fruit flavors to it. Just a hint of Brettanomyces funk, and maybe a light tartness. Just kind of okay.

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Photo of spicelab
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With huge thanks to Lukie for surprising me with this in a BIF. Shared with mulder1010. Reviewed from notes.

Decent hiss on opening. Muddy toffee body with a moderately dense cappucino head that falls slowly and stealthily with nice lacing.

Brandied dark fruits and lots of sweaty Brett. Rum-and-raisin, stewed plums and hints of candy-cane sweetness. Can't discern the red wine character as yet.

Flavours bring the red wine barrel characteristics to the fore. Lots of tart grape skin and tannins. More one-dimensional than the aroma but a very smooth profile.

Belies its ABV with a medium body and no hint of booze. Spritzy carbonation leads into a moderate, cleansing dryness with decent length.

Quads are a style I'm rarely in the mood to endure, but the barrel-aging and Brett character serves to nullify the sweetness and yield a surprisingly approachable and easygoing brew. Good stuff.

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Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Sessions here in Greensboro a few days back,(Monks Brew here in the States).Poured into a tulip glass a deep garnet color with a sticky slightly off white head atop.Must be aged in red wine barrels because you get a big whiff of it in the nose,brown sugar and vanilla round it out.Mellow wood alcohol dipped dark fruit and brown sugar-like flavors,the alcohol brings more sweetness but it never really overpowers at any point.Rich and mellow at the same time if that's possible,a great beer to sip and conversate with,one of the best Quads I have had.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Duvel tulip

A - Pours a very cola like appearance with an Ivory coloured head that reduces quickly

S - Very interesting aromas of chocolate liquor, oak, red wine and sweet brown sugar.

T - Up front some nice sweet flavours of plum and fig. The oakyness kicks in with red wine hints that really set this brew apart from the standard elixir. It is vinious and sweet with a decent level of tartness. Very different and very enjoyable. No sign of the 10.5 % alcohol.

M - Medium body and fullish carbonation.

O - Best beer of 2012 so far. I will buy again. This Mikkeller guy is growing on me !

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Monk's Brew (Barrel Aged - Brett Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
4.02 out of 5 based on 7 ratings.
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