Monk's Blood | 21st Amendment Brewery

Monk's BloodMonk's Blood
BA SCORE
69.5%
Liked This Beer
3.82 w/ 1,415 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:
#11,973
Reviews:
527
Ratings:
1,415
Liked:
984
Avg:
3.82/5
pDev:
12.83%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
91
Gots:
219
Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,415 |  Reviews: 527
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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Photo of dgherm
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mflamar
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drtth
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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 +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HermitDan
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Gajo74
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can into a glass; brown color with a thick foam head that soon disapated and did not retain as well as traditional BSDA.
Sweetness in the aroma; malts, vanilla, cinnamon, bubblegum and figs with a slightly tangy scent. The aroma was not particularly strong, rather, it tends to come and go.
Sweet on the tongue and mouth. Creamy and smooth. Medium to full bodied. Easy to drink. A bit too sweet for my taste, however, there is some alcohol spice.
Not a bad approximation of style, but nothing near the authentic Belgian classics.

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Photo of Walleybeer
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark, ruby red with a thin, off-white head.
Smells of dark fruits, such as cherry, and malt.
Tastes of burnt cherry and other dark fruits. Carries a bite, then a medicine/cough syrup finish. Definite alcohol burn. As I let it warm, the medicine and alcohol burn disappeared, and allowed the taste and feel to flow together. After it warmed, I got a little vanilla and the cinnamon. A good winter sipper.

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Photo of rickklein9
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrinkThemAll
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FrancisM12
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Monk's Blood from 21st Amendment Brewery
Beer rating: 69.5% out of 100 with 1,415 ratings
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