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:
#11,996
Reviews:
527
Ratings:
1,415
Liked:
984
Avg:
3.82/5
pDev:
12.83%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
91
Gots:
219
Trade:
2
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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a deep red with a small amount of tan head, which dissipates to a ring around the edge of the glass with some spotty surface film.

S: Sweet and lightly boozy, with notes of dark fruit.

T: Also sweet and a bit boozy, leading into some amount of yeast and astringent notes.

M: Medium to full body, medium carbonation.

Overall, quite pleasant. I probably wouldn't get a lot of this, but it's a bit different and certainly worth a try.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark coppery brown in the Gulpener tulip. Quite sudsy in the mouth. The aroma is really unusual. It's a fruit candy smell, or something like cranberry fudge.

This is on the sweet side with an expansive cedar wood flavor. The flavorings are hardly restrained, and it does taste like Fig Newtons. Sugar and spice and a cookie dough flavors. Brown sugar and fruitcake soaked in sweet wine. It's the citrus and vanilla aromatics of Cuarante Y Tres liqueur.

Spicy dessert in a bottle. The vanilla seems to get stronger as the Belgian yeast works on it. Fairly dry at the finish, but the next sip starts out just as sugary. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can from 2012 at the brewery, San Francisco.
Muddy oxblood with tan film.
Barrel, candy sugar, rum, and cherry stones on the nose.
Brown sugar, a flash of vanilla, spicy warmth, cream soda, and fig chutney.
Brandy finish and sweet linger.
Med-full, chewy, round.

Two years on this and it’s way mellow and smooth. Don’t so much get figs, but good balance of sugar and spice. Broad strokes of a Belgian more than nuance, but solid and moreish.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I first developed a taste for Monk’s Blood during a judging competition -- I was ranking brews for a medal round at the 2014 AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival. As the tasting was blind, I didn’t know what the beer was at the time. All I knew was that, as soon as that beer hit my lips, it was love. The brew reminded me of candy I had devoured when younger, though I couldn’t -- and still can’t -- determine what kind of candy it was. Those caramel-coated green apple suckers, maybe? Fig Newtons? It was something sweet and delicious, anyway -- much like this beer.

Beneath an aroma replete with fig and sweet cherry, caramel and maple, we get a flavor that leads with candy sugar, oaky vanilla and fig before giving way to green apple, bread crust and booze in a slightly drying finish. I like to let the glass warm a bit, as the malt sweetness that makes this beer so unique and tasty becomes more apparent with heat.

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