Monk's Blood | 21st Amendment Brewery

Monk's BloodMonk's Blood
1,416 Ratings
Monk's BloodMonk's Blood

Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States

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

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally a can review!

A - Well besides the kickass name and label you get a dark amber hue with slight carbonation and mild bubbly head.
S - Wow the Belgian yeast is strong in this one! Along side is muted figs and slight herbal.
T - Well tastes of well balanced fruit, cinnamon, and vanilla all oak cast. Very minimal bitterness from the yeast vet alcohol is only present when warmed.
M - Very light and carbonated surprising for the ABV.
D - Well at 4 dollars a can or 50 dollars a case, PA is pretty strict when enjoying this beer in say a reasonable 10 dollars a four pack. Ow well some day yet great brew.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Can into a Snifter Glass

Served at fridge temperature.

A- Pours a really nice dark reddish brown with a thin less than a finger off white head that doesn't stick around at all. Leaves a small amount of splotchy lacing on the glass but not much and also some nice alcohol legs on the glass as well for only %8.3.

S- Up front I'm getting a lot of notes from the Belgian yeast like banana, clove like spice, and the cinnamon as well. Digging deeper i get subtle hints of oak, vanilla, dark fruits, and some alcohol but not much.

T- Creamy malts and oak hit the palate first leading into some really nice sweet burnt sugars and dark fruits. But surprisingly the taste finish's off with a some what bittersweet cinnamon and more oak and vanilla. The taste is definitely more dark ingredient oriented for example the usual fruity Belgian yeast flavors don't come through as much as the aroma and are pretty much non existent. Plenty of raisins, figs, burnt sugars, and sweet vanilla from the oak.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice slight bitter finish but more sweet.


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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The CANQuest is achieving new heights! CAN you dig it? People are really excited to be trading CANs with me and it is much easier to do so than with bottles.

From the CAN: "Legend has it that in the evenings, the monks would retire to their chambers & settle in with a few passages from the Good Book. But Brothers Nicolas and O'Sullivan had other plans. Working in the brewhouse all day, they were forced to repeat the same old recipes the elder monks had unveiled years before. They needed a little diversion. And found it in the cellar with a fresh must they put on the beer and the way they enjoyed it. Brother Nicolas (or 'Nico' to his close friend) brought some hand rolled cigars. O'Sullivan, the outspoken one, broke the vow of silence by spinning a remix of some Gregorian chants. Together, they'd throw down a couple nice hands of Texas Hold 'Em and savor the handcrafted brew they'd created in secret. Everything was good. Or so it seemed. But deep in his heart, Nico knew they were delving into the 'dark side' of beer. Next thing you knew, they'd be skipping Lent. Then one night, they'd face the Judgement for their actions with a hard knock on the door. Outside, the Abbot and elders would be holding stones in the air. A threat the brothers were sure would lead to the spilling of Monk's Blood. Belgian-style Dark Ale brewed with cinnamon, vanilla, oak chips, and dried figs." Whew!

My pour created two fingers' worth of light-tan head that started to fall almost immediately, creating some nice lacing as it went. Color was a deep raspberry-red with ruby highlights and a slight haze, although it was difficult to tell, given its intense color. The nose had a mustiness driven by the Belgian yeast along with a dark fruitiness courtesy of the figs. I was reminded of being in an open-air market in Israel when smelling it. Mouthfeel was medium with an interesting layering of its flavors on the tongue. The figgy mustiness was immediate, followed by the oakiness. The finish was really dry, dusty really, with the cinnamon lingering after the swallow. As Brother Woody of the Order of Disorder, I would certainly drink this during Lent and I would NEVER take up stones against fellow pseudo-monks, especially Sean-O. I would not want a steady diet of it, but given its 4-pack packaging, I doubt that they intended it it for mass consumption. Worth seeking out/trading for.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12can served in a snifter.

pours a ruddy mahogany tone while yielding a finger of beige head; average retention and some patchy lacing evident. nose offers dark fruit, caramel, a little spice, Belgian yeast, alcohol and some candi sugar.

flavor follows the nose with plenty of dark fruit, candi sugar, oak, caramel, spice, Belgian yeast, brown sugar, and a hint of vanilla in the background. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

while this one doesn't lack for flavor, the whole is less than the sum of its parts IMO. still a tasty brew i would welcome a revisit to, but not a home run.

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12 oz can into duvel tulip glass


T: Sweet fruity malts up front, sweet coffee sorta roasted malts and fruit Spicy sticxky chew sweet booze ending of great

M: warming spicy medium bodied


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Monk's Blood from 21st Amendment Brewery
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 1,416 ratings
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