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:
1,413
Reviews:
526
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
13.16%
 
 
Wants:
88
Gots:
220
For Trade:
2
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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cup of zest. Looks good, cloudy grapefruit. Tasty, very drinkable, licorice, cinammon. Sweetish from the yeast and cinammon, some dark fruit. Yeast and spice aromas.Not true to the style but fun, would have this again.Thank Mike D. for ringing it back, via Jason.

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

Photo of GRG1313
2.58/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Copper brown with red tints and a nice lighter khaki head.

Nose is big, full and rich bananas. Smells Belgian and would so identify in a blind tasting based on smell, although there is some fig and cinnamon character present.

Mouthfeel is medium thin but well balanced.

Flavors are rich and assertive but very sweet in all respects. Huge sugar front palate that goes to a sweet coffee/light carmel but retaining the sugar character and sweetness right through the palate and into the finish.

Finish is a nice toast/coffee/carmel bitter that end with a grapefruit skin oil character but with the sugar being so strong it lingers in your mouth.

Too sweet to drink and almost too sweet to even sip for my taste.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 3/26/12.

Pours a murky dark brown with a 1/2 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots and streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, dark fruits, vanilla, brown sugar, and some woody aromas. Taste is of malt, prunes/figs, vanilla, brown sugar, alcohol, and a dry woody flavor on the finish. There is a slight hint of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I am enjoying the aromas coming off this one more than the flavors.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to my buddy for sharing this one with me. cool beer with oak and cinnamon and vanilla and figs. all of those elements are in play in this burgundy cherrywood colored brew. the vanilla is most abundant in the nose, i hardly get the cinnamon at all there, and the figs are enjoyably forward too. not a lot of fig beers out there, so this is fun. i wish for more carbonation right away, it looks flat in the glass, and feels heavy on the palate because of its lack of bubbles. the flavors are great though, all united and mellowed by the oak, the vanilla is nice, and the cinnamon is a subtle accent that works really well with the figs and gives the whole thing a very winter seasonal feel. very holiday. its thick beer, enhanced more by its stillness, its palate coating and belly filling, but in a great way. the figs are distinct, especially in the finish, and all of the elements come together expertly well i think. cool beer, not hot on the booze at all, and very unique. good stuff, but i wouldnt do more than one can in a single sitting.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark red with a little bit of head
S: You can smell a bit of hops
T: It tastes like a strong beer with some sweetness and a bit of hops in the aftertaste
M: It goes down smooth and definitely tastes like a strong beer
D: This is a beer to sip and enjoy

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A powerful, yet seductively sweet American rendition of Belgian strong dark ales. Very sweet but with complex alcohols, candied sweetness, and spicy yeast character: this beer makes up a lot of ground on its more authentic bretheren.

Dark ruby and with a modest haze, the beer has a fuller look, carrying a dense lightly tanned head and solid lace. A good looking beer overall.

Grain, malt, sweetness all hit the nose with a musty and sugary scent Fruity with plumbs, raspberries, figs, dates, grape, and raisons, the beer is decidedly fruity and alcoholic to the nose. With no real hop influence, the beer relies on spicy alcohol scent and delicate sugarly malts with esters to carry the beer.

Sweet with maltiness and sugars take the flavors through a range of grainy-sweet and malty rich taste: caramelized sugars, mild maltiness, and a somewhat cola-like flavor shapes the complex barley profile. Esters bleed in and out of the sweetness and amplify the sugary affect with the figs, dates, and grape character that's described in aroma. Light herbal hops fade out of flavor quickly and only adds a slight bitter balance to assist the peppery phenolics and alcohol going into the finish.

Very sweet feeling on the palate, the beer is medium-sweet with early creaminess that allows for the take over of a tacky sugary feel in finish. Alcohol warmth and spicy dryness helps to diffuse the sweetness late but the beer only finishes semi-dry and without the true succulent feel of well made Belgian varieties.

Even with a few characteristics that degrade it from those authentic Belgian ales, Monks blood offers enough complexity, balance, and quality in taste to garner good marks. It's a very good beer who should win over any Belgian beer fan.

Thanks Tim!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

355ml can served into a conical USC branded mini pint glass in me friend Bo's gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the style.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with extra vigor by accident; I'm used to pouring from bottles.

Paired with pretzel rods.

A: Pours a four finger khaki head of nice cream and thickness, and great retention (though the pour was very aggressive). Colour is a nontransparent caramel-copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Predictable for the style, but appealing.

Sm: Fig, raisin, alcohol, biscuit malt, dark malt, caramel, some plum, and toasted malt. Very appealing and enjoyable. Fig is dominant. A somewhat strong aroma.

T: Raisin and fig over top a caramel and dark sugar build, with biscuit malt throughout. A tasty little beer. Hints of plum - though not in a dark quadrupel sense. Nicely balanced, though the style demands more of a yeasty build. I do like it. No alcohol comes through.

Mf: Far too light and smooth. Needs more of a presence. Wet and refreshing, but no beer in this style should be refreshing. Way too thin. Weak.

Dr: Quite drinkable. It doesn't hold a candle to other better beers in the style, but I quite like it. Hides its ABV quite well. A great effort from 21st Amendment.

Low B-

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Photo of brentk56
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a tea brown color with a modest cap that leaves some dots and dashes of lace

Smell: Figs and caramel, with some earthy and fruity tones

Taste: Brown bread, up front, with a Juicy Fruit, fig and cherry character developing; by mid-palate, a harsh, oaky, cinnamony phenolic flavor arrives and lingers in the aftertaste, with a hint of cherry on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not too crazy about this one; Belgians are tricky and some breweries struggle to deliver the package; this beer is an example of that problem

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.16/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Can: Poured a dark burgundy color ale with a large light brown foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of dry figs with quite a bit of residual sugar and some caramelized malt. Taste is also dominated by caramelized malt with too much residual sugar and some dry figs. Body is about average with good carbonation and light apparent alcohol. I thought this one was lacking balance with too much residuals sugar. It could be my mind playing tricks but I prefer my Belgian ale bottle conditioned not in cans.

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Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 3/26/2012. Pours lightly cloudy red copper color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of molasses, banana, clove, pear, fig, cinnamon, allspice, dark bread, candi sugar, oak, pepper, and yeast spiciness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of prune, brown sugar, fig, dark bread, toast, cinnamon, clove, ripe banana, oak, candi sugar, earth, and yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of dark fruit, brown sugar, dark bread, toast, candi sugar, clove, cinnamon, banana, earth, oak, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Solid flavor balance and good complexity; a touch too bready and spicy; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a creamy, slick, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good Belgian strong dark ale. Nice complexity and solid flavor balance; and very smooth to sip on. I enjoyed this quite a bit.

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Photo of mothman
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had at stubs.

Poured into a goblet.

Pours hardly and head. No retention or lace. Color is a deep brown, call it black.

Aroma: Cherries, raisins, dark malts, chocolate. Decent, but nothing special.

Taste: Lots of dark fruits mixed in with a metallic taste. Some chocolate and toffee. Nothing impressing.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat smooth, a little crisp. Medium bodied with a low amount of carbonation. Ends a little sticky with malt aftertaste flavors.

Overall, this beer was unimpressive. Nothing I want to have again. I don't think they should have let cold spring brew this beer, as I think it could have turned out so much better.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of oberon
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can a deep ruby tinged chesnut brown with a large light tannish colored head atop.Aromas of spiced cherries,brown sugar and malt loaf,maybe a bit much on the spiced cherries wich come into play even more on the palate.Dark fruit wich mainly means cherries and phenolic yeasty spice dominat the flavors with cakey brown sugar-like notes underneath,sweetish alcohol rounds out the finish.It's not horrible but there are many more complex and not so sweet versions of the style.

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Monk's Blood from 21st Amendment Brewery
3.8 out of 5 based on 1,413 ratings.
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