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

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

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark | website

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.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
98
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
27.66%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
13
For Trade:
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Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 98
Reviews by kojevergas:
Photo of kojevergas
2.44/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12.7 fl oz dark green glass bottle with foiled-over standard pressure cap served into a flared stem-tulip in me gaff in Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; this is me favourite brewery and quads are possibly me favourite style. Number on top is 4401204. 10% ABV confirmed. "Belgian ale aged in bourbon barrels." Brewed & Bottled at De Proef. Imported by the Shelton Bastards.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger head of pretty nice cream, nice thickness, and good (~5-6 minute) retention. Lacing is poor. Body colour is a murky nontransparent opaque dark caramel-brown. It's rather dull and unappealing. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. An unflattering appearance for a quad.

Sm: Off-putting, actually. Muddled imbalanced malts. Flat vanilla. Light oxidation. Stale wood. Caramel, rotted plums, raisins. A moderate strength aroma. Unappealing. Not at all to style. I'm not excited to try this.

T: Murky plums, light oxidation, cardboard, wood notes, rot, and raisin. Green apple. Poorly balanced and poorly built. Some vague poorly executed vanilla is all I get from the bourbon. It's not terrible, but I don't like it. Alcohol is hidden. Little yeast character comes through; maybe some biscuity hints. Lacks subtlety and complexity. Badly executed. Grainy.

Mf: Smooth up front, but it quickly coarsens. Wetness/dryness is all over the place, but is mainly wet. Carbonation is generally good. Poor presence on the palate. Overbearing. Too thick for the lack of flavour. Filling. Doesn't work well with the flavours; it's just badly done.

Dr: A surprisingly poorly done beer from Mikkeller. I won't be getting this again. Difficult to drink because of its poor flavour profile and overbearing mouthfeel. I'll be able to finish the glass, but I'm far from impressed. Not his best work. I definitely wouldn't recommend picking this up. Badly priced too - blame the Shelton Bastards for that. Mikkeller can do far better.

High D+

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Photo of aszatk01
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of tbryan5
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mverity
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Opaque deep brown with hints of garnet. Head is thick and tan and pretty dang persistent. Aroma is some earthy-musty dark fruits, some char notes too. Taste is considerably better. Same deep fruit character (cherry, fig, plum), red wine-like, some char too. Nice and velvety on the tongue, medium body (which I find a tad thin for a quad) and nice low carbonation. Great lingering taste.

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Photo of fionn13
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of weonfire
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of cjgator3
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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 KensWorld
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Brown body. Huge khaki head. Lots of sediment suspended in it.

Smell - Vanilla. Some oak. Dark fruits. Caramel. Belgian sweetness.

Taste - Dark fruits. Bitter burnt malts. Oak, I think. Bitter. No barrel, really. Kinda sweet.

Mouthfeel - Overcarbonated. Medium body.

Overall - I struggled through half of this before dumping it. Not worth the liver damage.

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Photo of Rborre321
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of cyrushire
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of bluejacket74
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 ounce bottle. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a mostly clear dark reddish/brown color with an inch and a half light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is very sweet, it smells like dark fruit (plums, raisins), vanilla, bourbon, maple, brown sugar, molasses, and some chocolate. It tastes like dark fruit, vanilla, bourbon, bittersweet chocolate, wood, brown sugar and molasses. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and slick, and is also well carbonated. I think it's a good overall brew, but pricey at $12.99 a bottle. Worth a try if you come across it.

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Photo of shanny_koenig
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: Poured a deep dirty brown color ale with a large foamy head with OK retention and some light lacing. Aroma of huge bourbon notes with light vanilla notes with loads of residual sugar as well. Taste is an intense mix between loads of residual sugar notes with some vanilla and bourbon with some dry raisin and heavy caramelized malt notes. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation with some warming alcohol notes. Too big and too sweet for its own good.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.76/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of peabody
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark brown semi-transparent liquid with 1/2 finger of slightly off-white suds. Smell is a bit fruity like apple peels and belgian spice.
Taste is just a sour quad type of thing. A bit woody with hints of belgian spices. Mostly malt here and the alcohol is hidden so far.
Mouthfeel is clean for the most part but the malt does stick around for a while. Mabey a hint of the 10%er comes in toward the end.
Overall this is a really nice Quad. Would def. buy this again.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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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Photo of largadeer
2/5  rDev -46.8%

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz. bottle. No apparent bottled on date present, but I'm super stoked to have landed one of these beers and trying it now! Expectations are fairly high. Uncapped and unfoiled and poured into a Boulevard tulip

A - Pours a nice sizzling two finger mocha colored head which goes down quickly. Beautiful nutty looking very dark cherry colored body.

S - Smells pretty epic. Fresh fig, date, raisin, and cherry flavors abound in there. Some kind of yeasty malt smell amidst a wonderful subtle bourbon aroma. Some roasted nuttiness going on as well. Smells very enticing. Very prominent date / raisin smell as the beer warms.

T - Tart and sweet tingly carbonated first sip mellows out nicely into a smooth creamy vanilla cherry finish. Very slight bit of alcohol warmth in the end, but this beer masks it's 10% abv very well. I could drink this stuff all day.

M - Slightly carbonated, which isn't my favorite feeling, but it sits well with this beer. The bourbon vanilla really hangs out inside your mouth, coating the palate and not letting go. Which is fine with me, so long as I can savor the taste of this brew longer.

Overall, I think it is smooth and highly drinkable, if perhaps a tad bit too carbonated for my liking, which is something I can overlook, being that the taste of this beer is fabulous. Bourbon aged beers definitely tend to be my thing, and Mikkeller nailed this one pretty well. I can't wait to try the Monk's Brew Red Wine Barrel Aged With Raspberries, which I anticipate enjoying even more than I did this. Grab a bottle and enjoy it, while you still can!

Mikkeller Monk's Brew Bourbon Barrel Aged ---4/5.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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