Monk's Blood | 21st Amendment Brewery

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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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3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Served at approx 45 degrees
Big thanks to mikecharley for hooking me up with this one.

This pours an almost dark shade of mahogony in color with some light hints of red. (This seems only appropriate from the name.) The off-white head of foam reaches a height of about one-finger then recedes to about 1/16 of an inch. The retention is very good, lasting throughout the duration of the glass. The lacing is in thin, segmented, strands and spots which are very sticky.

Big notes of belgian yeast almost explode from this snifter. They are accompanied by lots of dark fruit notes, but they are nicely co-existing and not trying to dominate. Black cherries, dates, figs. Brown sugar and light hints of caramel. Nice maltiness here, also. A good hint of cinnamon and a touch of vanilla. There is a light hint of booziness, but that's to be expected at 8.3%abv.

I didn't really find the oak in the nose, but it's definitely here in the taste. A strong presence of oak. The malt and dark fruit notes attempt to counter balance it. Then the cinnamon comes in. It finishes dry, thanks to the oak. I find this 'odd' for the style, but a welcome difference.

The body is medium-to-full. The carbonation level is mild-to-medium. It has a clean feel with a light touch of creaminess.

I am very thankful that I've had the chance to try this one. It may not be my immediate favorite of the style, but it's definitely a good one....and one that I'd love to have again.

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2/5  rDev -47.6%

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3.36/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a chalice

The beer pours a deep reddish brown with a thin off-white head. Head falls to form a powdered sugar coating with some dots of lace inside the glass.

The aroma is of caramelized malt, figs, dates, brown sugar, cherries and cocoa powder. A little shallow.

Brown sugar, plums, cherries, dates, figs, caramel and some cocoa powder in the finish. Pretty much follows the nose. The finish is dry and slightly sugary. Not a bad take on the style, but its missing something I can't quite put my finger on.

Medium body, carbonation seemed to be tuned up a little too much. Some mild warming comes out over time.

This is a nice take on the style. A good BSDA, but nothing more. A good intro to the style.

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3.44/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance.. dark brown color. Pours with about a half inch of fluffy cream colored head. Visible yeast and residue in glass. Probably not filtered.

Smell... Strong fruity and banana notes.

Taste... tastes a bit malty. A little sweet with slight sourness in the middle. Moderate bitter finish

Mouthfeel... The beer has nice density or depth. Not too light or watery. Slight sting on the tongue because of the alcohol.

Overall... A nice enjoyable beer, but there is nothing spectacular about the beer.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.06/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An interesting dark Belgian beer. A little spicy with a big body. Kind of hard to describe in my opinion, and overall, I actually wasn't a huge fan. The whole beer just seemed kind of muddled to me. If I saw mix packs from 21st, I wouldn't be upset if this beer was in it, but I'd probably never pick up the beer on its own aging considering all the other really good beer they make.

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Monk's Blood from 21st Amendment Brewery
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 1,422 ratings