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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

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#13,046
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527
Ratings:
1,416
pDev:
12.83%
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Photo of ScreamForMe
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first can of beer for review:

Inch of foam with minimal lacing.

Sweet to the taste and boozy. Perhaps a little too hot - curious what age would do to this brew.

Thin mouthfeel - but taste improves as it warms up.

A decent beer - not sure if it's a good example of the style, though.

Next review!

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Monk's Blood poured mahogany with red highlights and a one-finger tan head that quickly dissipated. The glass was left clear.

The smell and taste were like sweet dried fruit and booze. The feel was remarkably smooth with no carbonation and only a slight lingering sweetness. Despite the high ABV, this ale was light and refreshing.

Monk's Blood is dark in name and color but light in taste and feel. It doesn't seem quite heavy enough for the style, but it's delicious, warming, and so easy the alcohol sneaks up on you. It would be perfect, and dangerous, at a holiday party.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this in the fridge for like a month.

Pours out of a can into the budweiser goblet a brown with mild amber highlights.

Has a great smell to it. One of the better smelling belgians from a can. Dark fruits, vanilla, oak...a bit thin however.

Taste follows the nose. Very enjoyable. Sticky sweet. Now available in your favorite grocery store. Mama Lucia, America's favorite meatballs.

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Photo of popery
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting fruity twist on a BSDA but a bit too sweet. In my opinion, this beer could have come out a bit better with some souring and a bit of time in an oak barrel. The beer pours red-tinged brown with a dissipating, off-white head. The aroma is vanilla, cherries, caramel, cognac and some sweet fruitiness, which may be from the figs but it's more sweet than figgy. The flavor is just a bit too sweet, throwing the whole package off a bit for my tastes. I'm not saying it's terrible, but I think the beer could have really benefited from more attenuation. This is probably one of the best beers that I've had out of a can.

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Photo of tobin999
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

i just picked this up for the store because it looked interesting no other reason

from a can in to my darkness goblet

A: nice very dark brown with one fat finger of
head

S: figs fairly sweet faint vanilla

T: starts a bit tart then moves it to a vanilla carmel flavor and finishs with dark fruit sweetness

M: imo quite abit lighter then i would have thought

D: quite drinkable now if you dont mid i will now have another

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Photo of drabmuh
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My wife picked this out at the liquor store based on the crazy packaging, I didn't realize it came from 21st amendment until we opened it later that night. A pleasant surprise.

Beer poured from a can into an etched tulip glass. Beer is dark brown / red (can barely see through it). THICK! AGGRESSIVE! head. Head consists of off white small to medium bubbles and there is a ton of lacing as the initial head settles to a much more modest and practical level after a minute. Rate of carbonation is moderate and is good enough to keep the head propped up for the duration of the beer. At the corners of the glass you can see the red hue to the beer and that even though it is dark there is nothing to see here, beer is totally clear. Honestly, I think its one of the most attractive beers I've seen in a while.

Aroma is nice and spicy with the familiar smell of the esters Belgian ale yeast throw off at warmer temperatures of fermentation. Overall the aroma is a little light but its still really enjoyable. There are no hop / bitter aromas associated. There is some sweetness in the nose, could be malt or perhaps some alcohol. Aroma could have been slightly more aggressive.

This beer set me up for high hopes in a lot of ways. The flavors kind of let me down though. Beer has a medium body and there is a slight boozy character to it. There is no hint of roast or of hop based bitterness leaving the back of the palate blank when confronted with the sweetness from the alcohol and malt up front. Beer seems to be disconnected. There is no aftertaste and overall I'd say its worth a look, but I won't be very quick to finish my 4 pack.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have to say that this beer has a lot going for it, great packaging, great name, and a cool concept. The can pours a dark reddish brown beer, with about two fingers of white heading. Sort of looks like blood too. Has a red wine like nose, and something slightly sour, or vinegar like. Also I get some touches of herbs or spices. Taste is grainy, slightly sour in the middle, and ends on a note that makes it almost resemble a Flanders Red. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side. This one does not feel like it has a weight of 8.50. Drinkability is not too shabby, I suppose I was just expecting a beer that was closer to a Dubbel than a Belgian Strong Dark. The third release from these guys in cans is not a bad beer by any means. Hopefully they will continue to can new beers, and send them out here. Cheers

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had this at Stub and Herb's, didn't know I was trying anything special!

A: Dark brown with a small head. There's no active carbonation

S: Weak, vaguely Belgian.

T: Dry and grainy, almost roasted. Some good complexity

M: Smooth

D: Very drinkable

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

~ Purchased this 12 oz can from Big Z Beverage in Huntington, NY. This beer pours dark reddish brown with an off-white head that subsides rather quickly. I still cannot get over how this just poured right out of a can! The aroma consists of dark fruits, sugars, and sweet malts. The taste is very similar. Considering this beer is rated at 8.3% ABV, I found it very easy to drink.

All in all, Monk's Blood is complex, flavorful, and delicious. Thumbs up! ~

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Photo of edmedina
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pouring this beer and the head rises to two fingers high. It's a brownish color that is pretty bubbly. The color of the beer is a blood red or a burnt red color. It's very clear you can see right through it pretty easily. The aroma is a malty candy smell and it's pretty big. I can smell it a couple of feet away from my beer. I also pick up some alcohol raisin notes. My initial taste I get a fig, plum character also I picked up on a nut like flavor as well. Subsequent tastings a yeasty or a doughy feel mixed in with a brown sugar like quality is also present as well as a mild floral hoppy note but it is really in the back ground. The finish is a slight cloying taste with a mild bitterness or alcohol bite. Overall, I really find myself enjoying this beer a lot. It is a sipping beer that goes well with a cold winter night.

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Photo of John_M
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

After just trying the back in black, I'm almost wondering if these beers didn't travel very well from SF (I don't travel very well from SF myself, so I can hardly fault these beers). There are some similarities that I normally wouldn't expect in the aroma and flavor profile. In any event, I get something of a dark brown color with very good head retention and lacing. On the nose I get brown sugar, a hint of chocolate, and some cola. On the palate this beer is much better tasting, with some nice chocolate, maraschino cherry, a touch of cola, brown sugar, vanilla and underlying spice. Mouthfeel is fairly decent and is surprisingly light. Still, this beer has plenty of flavor with the alcohol well disguised. The beer menu at Max's says the abv. is 11.7%, which would be pretty astonishing. The 8.5% listed on this site seems much more in line with what I'm drinking.

A nice beer from this brewery. Probably the best I've had from them.

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Photo of Mistofminn
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a chance to sample this at Beer Geek Christmas at Heritage, and picked up a can to enjoy at home, which I did tonight.

This was a big hit at the tasting, and I can't say I've ever had a Belgian Style Ale of any kind from a can before, so here goes. I have my opinion of Cold Spring (contract brewed this can) so I'll try and put that aside and enjoy this.

Pours a clear dark reddish brown, with a light tan head with decent retention. Leaves some stringy lacing over the glass.

The nose is strong with a lot going on. Mainly dark fruits such as figs and raisins, with Belgian yeast and a steep malt backbone. It's almost a little sour, tangy is a better word to describe it. The alcohol is very well hidden in this one.

The taste is very similar to the nose, no false advertising here. Sweet dried dark fruits, raisins and figs, then the tangy sourness comes. Big malt backbone and surprisingly a light hop character comes through. Not much in the way of spices that I'm used to from other Quads, but thats nit-picking.

Mouthfeel is medium, maybe on the lighter side, with a slow laboring carobonation. Light lingering bitter aftertaste kind of throws me off a little. Drinkability is ok, I can't imagine drinking more than a can in a sitting.

Overall, a nice shot at a Quad by 21 Amendment. It's definitely not bad, and I will have it again. Belgian Quad in a can? I'm all for it. This could still be worked on a tweeked just a bit.

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Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gotta love living in a country where its brewers will brew quality Belgian style brew and put it in a can! This one pours a nice rudy shade of dark mahogony with some ruby glimmers, loose dark khaki head, clears out pretty rapidly, leaving a thin film, a collar and ample spots of fine lacing. The nose is loaded with darker ripe fruits, cherries and figs come to mind as well as raisins and light rum. Flavorful and quite tasty, with more dark fruit notes, raisins, figs, dark grapes, vanilla and perhaps a wiff of the advertized (on the can) cinnamon. Great winter brew, pleasant and easy drinking. On the sweat side buy nowhere near cloying. Nice beer to take winter camping, easy to pack in and worth the effort...Christmas dinner desert beer and/or as a quality night capper

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Photo of yourefragile
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can with pretty cool artwork. I think this is the first Belgian-style beer I've had from a can.

Pours into a tulip, a dark, clear mahogany red color with high carbonation and an airy, thick beige head. Quickly fades to a crown and broken rings of clumpy lacing. Aroma is fairly strong and sweet, dark fruit, figs, yeast, lots of sugars. Mild tangy sourness to the nose but little presence of hops or whatever oak aging occurred. Flavor throughout is dominated by tangy and sweet notes, very little alcohol presence. Flavor starts on front of palate with sweet dark fruits, figs, candi sugar, raisins, etc before becoming drier and more tangy toward the finish with a light hop bite. I also pick up a little cinnamon in the finish, but little in the way of other spices. Mouthfeel is medium full, with low carbonation, probably more carbonation would help clean up the finish. Interesting beer, but overall this is a little too sweet for my tastes and the dry, slightly bitter finish clashes with the flavors in the body.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this on tap at the brewery, 2 Dec 2009.

Pours with a small tan head that quickly dissipates. Clear dark reddish brown in color. Lightly carbonated. Aroma is moderate, smells of figs, raisins, brown sugar.

Starts fruity tart, dried fruit dominates, fig, raisin, plums. Lots of fig throughout, some brown sugar. Cinnamon is definitely noticeable, vanilla not so much. Medium body.

Finish is slightly tart with a lingering hint of sugar and fig, some alcohol.

Figs as an ingredient sounded a bit odd but worked nicely with this beer.

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Photo of taxguyjase
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was extremely tasty, offering a nice blend of caramel, coffee and malt flavors with a medium body. With 35 IBUs, this beer has a hint of bitterness, but not much. The head was lacking on this one (sad face), but the color was a rich brown. You can smell the malt on this one, but it lack any alcohol scent, which was nice. No aftertaste on this one, you can expect the taste to be sharpest on the tip of your tongue, then fading as it goes down your throat. Be careful with this one, as it weighs in at 8.5% abv.


Taste - 4.5/5.0 - caramel, coffee, malt, oat - very tasty, medium body
Appearance - 3.5/5.0 - no head, but nice rich brown color
Smell - 3.5 - malty with oats - no alcohol scent
Feel - 4.0 - no aftertaste, taste sharpest on tip and middle of tongue
Drinkability - 4.0 - good beer, would definitely get again.

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Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 1,416 ratings
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