Monk's Blood | 21st Amendment Brewery

Monk's BloodMonk's Blood
BA SCORE
3.82/5
1,416 Ratings
Monk's BloodMonk's Blood
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
Ranking:
#12,363
Reviews:
527
Ratings:
1,416
pDev:
12.83%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
92
Gots:
219
Trade:
2
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Photo of Shortbox81
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SteelCity36
4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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Photo of armock
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of colbywatts
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Commandophile
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrewSTL
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
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 -3.7%
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 +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AnitaBrewski
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of timmos1
4.24/5  rDev +11%
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 +1.3%
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 -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jahbless
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BIGPOPPAS
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of onlymurderers
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WritersBlock
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PprBurke
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of J_Starr
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BigBry
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oldvines
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of travelguy
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of breardon1776
4.65/5  rDev +21.7%
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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