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Monk's Blood | 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
3.82/5
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1,416 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#12,800
Reviews:
527
Ratings:
1,416
pDev:
12.83%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
92
Gots:
219
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 1,416 |  Reviews: 527
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

Photo of Marklaker
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DashAbu343
4.68/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Chicken69
3.32/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Steve_Studnuts
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.98/5  rDev -22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

21st Amendment's Monk's Blood pours a tawny shade with hints of burgundy and amethyst, with a tall and heavy head weighing down the body just long enough for it to catch up and diminish the head in time for me to drink. Tons of lace left behind. Beautiful view, here.

All of the elements on the can are there in the aroma, mixed together : cinnamon, vanilla, oak chips; also dark fruits of figs, plums, and some burnt candied alcohol.

The flavor starts off innocently enough, with plum, grape, raisin, and hints of strawberry. That quickly changes though - as the beer morphs into burnt alcohol, acorns, and a total wave of...play-doh.

Feel is medium bodied, harsh, and sandy. The finish is electrifying but also starchy.

I keep trying to like this, forcing myself to sip more to harvest some sort of redeeming value. I'm not finding any. I'll gladly pass next time.

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Photo of Rick778
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MikeWard
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

part of a flight on draft at champs sports bar in Altoona, pa. apparently a winter beer, but should hold up ok. let's see

looks nice in the 5oz glass. brown body with some burgundy tones, small dirty white head which persists leaving decent lacing.

aroma is a tad boozy, but with rich dark fruit aromas.

the alcohol is hidden a bit better on the tongue. getting an enjoyable mix of berries and plums in the taste, just enough warmth from the abv to remind you it's there. didn't get anything in the way of spices.

feel is around medium. finish doesn't linger.

all in all an enjoyable drink. pint would likely have been a bit heavy to deal with.

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Photo of mattreitz49
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Monk's Blood from 21st Amendment Brewery
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 1,416 ratings
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