Monk's Blood
21st Amendment Brewery

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21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States
Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #131
Ranked #19,400
3.83 | pDev: 12.79%
May 05, 2021
Sep 10, 2009
Very Good
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Notes: Belgian Strong Dark ale brewed with cinnamon, on oak chips with figs.
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3.75 by Burg from New Hampshire on May 05, 2021
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3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

A - Garnet red color with nice clarity and a cream colored head.

S - Dark fruit, plums, and sweet caramel malt.

T - Sweet caramel malt, plumb, and dark fruit with light and delicate cinnamon.

M - Thick and full bodied with silky softness.

O - The cinnamon has definitely faded, but overall, a solid beer.

Sep 09, 2020
4.02 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania on Aug 15, 2020
3.9 by blissfulNemo from Michigan on Jul 23, 2020
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3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by GarrettB from Colorado

April 5th, 2016 - This dark and fruity beer is a fun and interesting experience, and not easily replicated in other brews or breweries. In a shaker pint it looks just like a Coca Cola, and smells of craisins, chocolate covered cherries and cinnamon crusted almonds. With all these strong aromas I thought the flavor might be quite strong, but it's actually mild up front, and blossoms on the aftertastes, with gentle and light notes of cherry, and candy coated almonds, and somewhere in the back, a slight oakiness.

Jun 17, 2020
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4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

Medium carbonation with about a medium body. Has slight slick oily feel that coats the tongue and carbonation is a little prickly
Aroma is yeast, yeasty doughy bread,dried fruit, fruit cake - I mean that in a good way. Slight cherry liqueur and brandy as well
Taste is yeasty malty bread, fruit cake, mildly sweet, some cherry juice as well
This is much better warmer than too cold. Much more flavorful and interesting as opposed to when I first poured it after taking it out of the fridge.

Apr 14, 2020
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4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by hman43 from North Carolina

Look: It pours brown with reddish hues. The head is light brown and head retention is good.

Smell: It has bread aromas with dark cherries and raisins. There are low levels of spice in the background.

Taste: It has raisin and dark cherry flavors balance with some bread. There is a moderate warming presence. There are some low spice elements in the background.

Feel: It has a medium full body with smooth alcohol warming.

Overall, plenty of bread, dark cherry, and raisin elements.

Mar 13, 2020
3.94 by Unclevince from West Virginia on Feb 16, 2020
4.3 by BKast409 from Virginia on Feb 14, 2020
4.75 by chiefz1 from New York on Feb 12, 2020
3.75 by BEER88 from Washington on Jan 22, 2020
3.58 by RochefortChris from North Carolina on Jan 18, 2020
4 by flyersfan900 from Virginia on Jan 12, 2020
4 by PapaGoose03 from Michigan on Dec 31, 2019
3.77 by Jcarriglio from Florida on Dec 29, 2019
4.24 by Humanusfermentum from Virginia on Dec 28, 2019
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4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by BucannonXC5 from California

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Monks House of Ale 12-oz. tulip
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa, Calif.
Price: $2.25
Purchased: Oct. 27, 2019
Consumed: Nov. 1, 2019
Reviewed as: Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Misc.: Unable to decipher the canned on date

Picked this up on a whim. Not a big fan of 21st Amendment Brewery, but this one sounded good on the can as a Belgian-Style Dark Ale brewed with Cinnamon, Vanilla, Oak Chips and Dried Figs.” Online description was a bunch of nonsense, so leaving that out.

Poured a reddish brown color with three fingers of frothy khaki head. Lots of bubbles coming up along the sides of the glass at different speeds. World-class foamy lacing. Excellent retention. (Sight - 4.50)

Smelled figs, raisins, dates, oak, hints of cinnamon, plum and purple grape. Not much else, not like that is a bad thing. Even earthier from the can. (Smell - 3.75)

Tasted better than the smell. Got figs, raisins, dates, oak, peppery spice, cinnamon, plum, purple grape, sugary caramel and red apple. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, slightly warming finish. (Feel - 4.25)

Thought this one was going to be good. It was actually probably better than it should have been, but not quite as good as I hoped after seeing the ingredients. Which I get does not make sense. (Overall - 4.00)

4.00 | 90 | A-

Dec 23, 2019
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3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25
by ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

Aroma is on-point, classic, cinnamon doesn’t add much, dilutes the fig / fruit ester notes, finish is too dry, average

Dec 19, 2019
4.11 by kkazemi from New York on Dec 14, 2019
3.99 by eljabak from Michigan on Dec 01, 2019
4 by Pens1967 from Louisiana on Nov 30, 2019
4.1 by drunkenmess from Michigan on Nov 22, 2019
4 by Stengelfoot from California on Nov 21, 2019
4.61 by evanwoertz from California on Oct 31, 2019
3.85 by lastmango from Pennsylvania on Oct 19, 2019
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4.8/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by andypeters1971 from Georgia

Have not had or even seen this since 2013 in Maryland. I live in Georgia now and it's apparently not available here. This stinks because this is one of my all-time favorites. It has everything that I want in a packaged beer and then some. Hopefully it will come to my parts sooner rather than later.

Oct 01, 2019
3.83 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington on Apr 21, 2019
3.93 by heymikew from California on Sep 27, 2018
5 by tp1962 from Illinois on Aug 12, 2018
4.14 by Diura from New York on Jun 06, 2018
3.28 by CMEG from Maryland on May 05, 2018
4.08 by Kragzul from Virginia on Mar 06, 2018
3.5 by dbauer from California on Feb 17, 2018
4.16 by JVasky from Pennsylvania on Feb 02, 2018
4.01 by NMC79 from North Carolina on Jan 16, 2018
4 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Dec 27, 2017
4.04 by Shortbox81 from Washington on Sep 29, 2017
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4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by SteelCity36 from Pennsylvania

Very smooth and sweet for a dark ale. Great for late fall/winter months.

Sep 20, 2017
3 by armock from New York on Jul 13, 2017
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3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

Poured into a tulip, the appearance was a dark rugged malty brown color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Slight stringy lace.
The aroma had some figs, raisins, and date-like fruity character flowing over some allspice, nutmeg, winter pie spice, light earthiness, dark bread and a little bit of cocoa powder.
The flavor brought all of those prior mentioned aromas in semi-sweetly, yet bringing a dry semi-rugged yet bitterness in as it warmed. Also, noted some brown sugar in this as it warmed. Aftertaste was moderately sweet through that dark fruity quality, just a touch of the spice hit here.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt as projected.
Overall, pretty nice Belgian strong dark ale, well worthy of having again most likely during winter and also I wouldn't mind this with some straight cheese cake.

Jul 07, 2017
Monk's Blood from 21st Amendment Brewery
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 1452 ratings