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Monk's Brew (Bourbon Barrel Aged) | Mikkeller ApS

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Monk's Brew (Bourbon Barrel Aged)Monk's Brew (Bourbon Barrel Aged)

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

Added by MasterSki on 07-15-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 98 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of ccg
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can't believe this beer is from 2012! I found it on the shelf at Hop City in Birmingham, AL in June, 2016. I did notice that there was a ring around the inside neck of the bottle where the top of the liquid was, which made me nervous...

Look: Great-looking quad. Deep reddish brown, with a finger of foam that settles into a fluffy layer. Retention and lacing are both excellent. 4.25

Smell: Bourbon, sweet caramel malt, and dark, candied fruit. 4.25

Taste: Not a whole lot of bourbon character coming through. The malt is noticeable but not as strong as on the nose. It finishes with a combination of grains and something slightly sour. 3.75

Feel: Nice density, with some chewiness, and carbonation giving it a bit of a tingle. 4.0

Overall: I wish the flavor followed the smell more strongly, but it's a solid BA quad. 4.0

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of KensWorld
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of madelf66
4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cjgator3
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle poured into a snifter. I love Belgian Quads and I also love bourbon barrel aged beers so I am excited to try this brew. Dark fruits and bourbon stand out in both the aroma and taste. The taste is pretty hot with a lot of warmth from the alcohol. The taste may have been more suitable after another year or two. Overall, a solid brew that I enjoyed.

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Photo of jneff33
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Tele
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: Bottle
Consumed: 7.15.15

A: 4.5 Looks like a typical BSDA. Mostly clear, dark reddish brown with a small light tan head.

S: 4.25 Upon opening, the beer smells great. Lots of toffee, caramel, bourbon, vanilla, and light spice typical of the style. As the beer opens, some soy sauce comes through; it’s mild, but worrisome.

T: 3.25 If the beer tasted like it smelled it would be pretty great. Unfortunately, the flavors are mostly a watered down version of the aromas with the soy sauce taking a more dominant role. Some cardboard comes through as well right before the slightly harsh finish.

M: 3.75 A bit watery and undercarbonated. Not really bad, but doesn’t save the beer either.

O: 3.5 Smells great, taste is a bit off. I probably aged this one a bit too long, but fresh probably would have had similar soy sauce flavors and more heat.

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Photo of Eziel
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a dark mahogany brown with ruby highlights and a fine two finger light khaki head with great retention and pillowy lacing. Aroma of caramel and bready malt, mild bourbon, plums and vanilla, nice. Flavor is caramel malt, slightly oxidized cardboard, plums, bourbon, mild vanilla and wood. Finishes with vanilla, bourbon, a hint of char and hop bitterness. Medium bodied with spritzy carbonation. An interesting take on a quadrupel, thinner in body, somewhat drier than typical. The carbonation is very active and takes away from the mouth feel, kind of unusual for a quad. The bourbon is lightly present and there are other good vanilla woody flavors from the barrel. Somewhat modestly flavored for the ABV, but the alcohol is well covered. I'm not familiar with the base quadrupel, so it's hard to tell how much character is from the aging. This may be an older bottle, and the active carbonation may some unintended interaction in the flavors and maybe bottle activity resulting in thinner body. A tasty, but light bodied quad with a bit too much carbonation. I had no problem enjoying the bottle, however.

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3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KVNBGRY
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It tasted like a bourbon barrel aged Belgian quad. Looked bad. It looked thin, and felt a bit thin. Tasted great! Smell was a bit muted. This was a confusing beer to me. I wish I tried it fresh.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

Pours a moderately dark brown, with a large 2 inch head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells pretty richly malty, with some dark fruit flavor, and some brown sugar.

This doesn't feel as strongly flavored as I would expect a bourbon BA quad to be. It's the typical characteristics some sweet, subtle bourbon, a bit of dark fruits, some brown sugar, and caramel, etc, but none of it seems to pop the way they should. No oomph here.

This is medium bodied, with a full mouthfeel, and a lower level of carbonation- almost flat, actually.

This was slightly disappointing. By no means bad, it just didn't wow me.

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4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SteveD082791
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mactrail
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A lovely brew with a ruby brown color and plenty of foam and lacing in the big New Belgium snifter. Pleasant sudsy mouthfeel. Raisiny aroma with just a whiff of the bourbon barrel.

Smooth and mellow, for once the aging of two years has not hurt the flavors. Everything tastes like it has softened and oxidized a little. Utterly drinkable with a warm alcohol tang and a subdued Belgian yeasty murk. Still moderately sweet with just an edge of sharpness.

Purchased somewhere in Tucson. My first Mikkeller beer, I have always avoided them, but was given one by Jason. I'm happy this was a good experience.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.36/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

amazing beer here from mikkeller. i remember being floored by the original monks brew, and only so so on the red wine raspberries edition. i thought it muddled an already distinct and unique and awesome base beer. the bourbon the the opposite story, this is a great accent to the base beer, which has to be one of my favorite quads going. the bourbon on this is not subtle, huge boozy woody notes with an emphasis on char rather than vanilla sugars. its nice like that, keeps the beer coming first. so much dark special malt here, giving depth and texture. the barrels mellow the feel, but not really the alcohol presence, especially at room temperature it still feels hot, if not even hotter than i remember the base being. its got big dark stone fruit notes to it, and this fluffy white head that seems almost tart before i sink into the beer each sip. radiant toffee notes go great with the bourbon. this is layered and huge, super unique, and worth what they ask for it.

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4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Bloodbuzz99
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Surprised at the low ratings on this one, really nice Quad, not overly sweet in the finish, very clean. Alcohol is present, but not overwhelming. Would definitely pick this one up again.

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Stum-pub
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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