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

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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%
 
 
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6
Gots:
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Photo of PeterIngemi
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12.7oz bottle into a dfh snifter

A: pours a deep brown with a finger of tanned mocha head that dissapates into a film. Looks nice

S: a lot of dark fruit hear, prune right off the bat, some oaky notes and then some burbon, a strange earthyness in the background that almost reminds me of peat, the burbon contributes some light vanilla notes, some chocolate notes in there as well, a nice smelling brew

T: nice notes of caramel, booze, vanilla, a touch of chocolate, light prune and raisin, then there is the oak, and the strange earthyness that again reminds me of peat, and it's really to bad, this brew is delicious other then that

M: heavy medium body, with slightly creamy carbonation, a touch viscous, with a dry finish.

O: I'm dissapointed, this beer had all the makings of a great brew, and then there was just that one thing that ruined it for me, not a bad beer, bit I'm not really looking for early peat or smoke in my burbon. Oh well

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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 mrfrancis
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brownish amber with a thick khaki head that recedes quickly.

S: I'm not getting much bourbon up front-instead scents of green apple, plum, dark chocolate, black cherry, caramel, and candy sugar dominate the nose. As the beer settles in the glass, slight scents of charred oak, toffee, butterscotch, woody spices, and toasted coconut emerge to balance the more typical quad-like scents that were initially so strong.

T: Layered notes of ripe plum, green apple, toffee, caramel, dark chocolate, woody spices, toasted coconut, dark bread, candy sugar, black cherry, charred oak, and butterscotch are balanced by peppery alcohol. The finish is long and intense with bourbon barrel notes taking over, though there are subtle hints of cherry and chocolate just below the surface.

M: Here comes this beer's only real weakness. Like the regular version of Monk's Brew, this special edition is thin and watery in the mouth. It's just too light in body to really feel like an authentic Belgian quadrupel. The barrel aging, however, imparts a nice dryness to the beer, and unlike the last bottle of Monk's Brew that I reviewed, this one displayed active, firm carbonation.

O: Not a bad effort overall. The bourbon barrel aging imparts some nice flavors that are really compatible with those one would typically expect of a quadrupel. If this beer were just a little heavier and thicker in the mouth, it would be a knockout.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, brownish-red/purple color with a large, light tan head that disappears fairly quickly. Scent is nice, smooth bourbon up front. Sweet oak with some cherry and chocolate. Dark fruits with vanilla as well. Taste is a little strange at first...has some sort of an off-taste, but it immediately changes to bourbon and dark fruits. A hint of green apple in this one, which is strange. Lots of oak, but with a somewhat watery taste. Mouthfeel is too light for this style, too watery. Drinkability is fair. Overall, not the best effort from Mikkeller. Too watery...when you pay this much for a 375ml bottle, you expect top quality. I liked the Raspberry wine version more.

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Photo of cnbrown313
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at West Lakeview Liquors in Chicago, poured into 2 snifters. $13.49 for a 375ml bottle

A - Pours a deep mahogany brown, with about 1/2 finger of light brown head. Upon pouring this into the snifters I could see pretty good sized chunks of Belgian yeast.

S - It smells like a glass of straight bourbon. It's hard to pick out any other smells because the bourbon smell is very overpowering, but this had me excited to take a sip.

T - The initial taste was not nearly as boozy as I expected. You get a dry, oak taste up front, followed by the bourbon at the end. As the beer warms up, the bourbon flavor becomes even stronger. You can also taste subtle notes of caramel and dark fruit as well. All in all this is a tasty Quad, but in my opinion, I didn't enjoy it nearly as much as something like a Rochefort 10 - which is much easier to find.

M - The mouth feel was pretty nice, with a perfect amount of carbonation. Again, it feels a little thinner than some of my favorite Belgian Quads, but still a nice mouth feel.

O - I am glad that I had a chance to try this, but I don't think that I'll be seeking out another. It was certainly a unique beer with a really nice, strong bourbon flavor. so if that's what you're after, give it a shot.

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