Monk's Blood | 21st Amendment Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States
21st-amendment.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Belgian Strong Dark ale brewed with cinnamon, on oak chips with figs.

Added by taxguyjase on 09-10-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,412
Reviews:
526
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
13.16%
 
 
Wants:
90
Gots:
219
For Trade:
2
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Photo of colbywatts
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Commandophile
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrewSTL
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

(12 oz can, canned on 02/25/16... poured into a Chouffe tulip)

L: clear, garnet liquid with little to no foam action... slight haze with the remainder of the can poured in; tan head forms without lasting long

S: port, prune, hint of brown sugar, cherry brandy... the label says 'cinnamon' and 'vanilla', but there seems to be only background hints of each, while the woodiness of the oak slowly emerges... pungent, inviting, balanced portions of fruity and sweet... the booze isn't hot but it opens up the sinuses... overall, lovely, and doesn't smell of extract or candy

T: richly dark-fruity, lightly roasty, with a thread of leather and tobacco... the vanilla of the oak lingers in the aftertaste, while the character of the fruit dies away a bit leaving more of a dark-caramelized sugar flavor... I suppose the fruit nuance falls between fig and prune, though more much more the latter... the cinnamon flavor does slowly emerge in the aftertaste along with its phenolic effects... overall, flavor clarity is muddled but altogether rather bold

F: glassy-smooth, soft-slick flow, firm shock... subtle hot, astringent shock on the front of the tongue, while a mildly fiery hum hangs in the backs of the palate... very delicate gassy tingle, but otherwise relatively still... palate goes a little numb (see: 'cinnamon' above) and mouth gets slightly parched after the first few sips - the numbness (c/w the booze) seems to make this feel drier than it may actually be

O: the addition of the figs seems superfluous - such flavors can be achieved perhaps better through dark sugars/crystal malts... all in all not bad - this was maybe my 3rd or 4th time having this, first time really picking it apart... could do another if the mood/atmosphere allows; doable all seasons minus summer

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Photo of detgfrsh
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a can brewed on 2/26/16. Accidentally aged, in that case. Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a finger of tan head. Not much smell, a hint of spice and caramel. Generously carbonated with a slightly syrupy feel. Tastes of dark fruit and coffee. Alcohol very noticeable. Very sweet, and not quite as complex as the Belgian versions of this style.

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Photo of Bartleby91
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JustinSparks
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AnitaBrewski
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of timmos1
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at 21 a. Had it in can now at brewery on a cold January day. The can was better. Dark leather if it was soaked in brown sugar. Very sweet, warm. Not getting much in the way of Belgian yeast flavor. Don't compare to westmalle or st Bernardus. It's a California thing. Finishes hoppy bitter, not sweet. Tasting a bit of star anise here. It's good warmed up. If you want a warm beer take this over fireside chat.

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Photo of Act25
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I guess I was in the mood for sweet.
A) Dark ruby, modest haze, tan lasting and lacing head. Looker ruby.
S) Coffee, Grain house, wet malt, must and figgy sweetness.
T) squashed, slightly fermented, coffee soaked fruit cake and berries. Cola like, with just enough peppery bitters to finish.
F) Too sweet, but oddly, scrubbing and bittering saves it.
O) Awesome alternative to the style, Try 6.

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Photo of Timtac
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jahbless
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BIGPOPPAS
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of onlymurderers
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WritersBlock
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PprBurke
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of J_Starr
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BigBry
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oldvines
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of travelguy
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of breardon1776
4.65/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow...loved this beer. Super smooth and refreshing for a dark Belgian ale. Served in glass while at 21st Amendment Brewery. Not as heady a I would normally like but hat was about the lowest rating I gave (3.75). Great color and aroma. Taste and feel both got a 5.0...truly impressed. Overall a 4.5 I would order this beer over and over again.

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Photo of dgherm
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mflamar
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drtth
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a clear, slightly reddish brown color with a 1/4" light tan head that soon recedes to a ring and a thin layer on the surface. Sipping creates a couple of arches and some scattered small patches of lacing on the side of the glass.

The aromas include some dark fruits (the figs) with a touch spiciness and some malt.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose, with the dark fruit resolving itself to be almost a blend between figs and some sweet cherry. The malt sweetness is much like brown sugar with an undertone of slight spiciness of vanilla and cinnamon in the background. That background also seems to have an almost smoky or charred character.

The mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied and slightly prickly with the light but persistent carbonation. The finish begins as the fig-cherry sweetness becomes slightly bitter and somewhat dry with the vanilla and cinnamon spiciness showing a bit more. Meanwhile the dark fruit lingers a bit in the back of the palate until everything just fades away.

This is an interesting take on a BSDA and while I could have another I don't think I'll be repeating the purchase since I prefer the flavor profile of the Unibroue Maudite which is just as accessible and a BSDA I enjoy more and the flavor profile seems better integrated.

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Photo of bgold86
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Monk's Blood from 21st Amendment Brewery
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