Monk's Blood
21st Amendment Brewery

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21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States
Belgian Dark Strong Ale
3.83 | pDev: 12.79%
May 05, 2021
Sep 10, 2009
Belgian Strong Dark ale brewed with cinnamon, on oak chips with figs.
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Rated: 3.75 by Burg from New Hampshire

May 05, 2021
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Reviewed by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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
Rated: 4.02 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Aug 15, 2020
Rated: 3.9 by blissfulNemo from Michigan

Jul 23, 2020
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Reviewed by GarrettB from Colorado

3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
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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Reviewed by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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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Reviewed by hman43 from North Carolina

4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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
Rated: 3.94 by Unclevince from West Virginia

Feb 16, 2020
Rated: 4.3 by BKast409 from Virginia

Feb 14, 2020
Rated: 4.75 by chiefz1 from New York

Feb 12, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Jan 22, 2020
Rated: 3.58 by RochefortChris from North Carolina

Jan 18, 2020
Rated: 4 by flyersfan900 from Virginia

Jan 12, 2020
Rated: 4 by PapaGoose03 from Michigan

Dec 31, 2019
Rated: 3.77 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Dec 29, 2019
Rated: 4.24 by Humanusfermentum from Virginia

Dec 28, 2019
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Reviewed by BucannonXC5 from California

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
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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Rated by ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25
Aroma is on-point, classic, cinnamon doesn’t add much, dilutes the fig / fruit ester notes, finish is too dry, average
Dec 19, 2019
Rated: 4.11 by kkazemi from North Carolina

Dec 14, 2019
Rated: 3.99 by eljabak from Michigan

Dec 01, 2019
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