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.

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Photo of craigreno
1/5  rDev -73.7%

Photo of billab914
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into my Ithaca glass. It poured dark mahogany in color with a dense, tan colored head to it. Nice lacing as I drank it, nice color too.

The aroma has a rich maltiness to it with notes of caramel, brown sugar and a touch of cherry. The Belgian yeast is a noticeable, but seems to play a minor role. There is a touch or rum there as well.

The taste follows through with the rich, sweet malt flavors. I get a lot more of the dark fruit/cherry flavors coming out and a little less caramel and brown sugar. Again, the Belgian yeast is noticeable but more in the background. A little of the alcohol, slight rum like flavor is in the finish.

The mouthfeel is leaning towards the heavier side with carbonation being a little below average. Overall, I thought it was a pretty good beer. I really liked the dark fruit and cherry flavors coming out of the malts. It did feel a little overly sweet at times, but overall i really enjoyed it.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from can into a chalice. Poured a deep red-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, red wine, spice, dark fruit, and plum. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, grape, spices, dark fruit, and subtle dark chocolate. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. This one really reminded me a lot of a more toned down red wine when it came to the aromas given off here. There was a nice spice character here that was very similar to red wine as well. The addition of the dark fruit profile helped to balance this one out. The alcohol flavor was non-existant for me as the dark fruit and spices seemed to cover it up quite nicely. Definitely worth your time to try if you see it in your area.

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Photo of GregSVT
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of TeamAlphaDoG
1/5  rDev -73.7%

Photo of BeerHunter76
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of csmartin6
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of JohnBender
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Sevansmith
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of mattcrill
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Dark fruity esters up front. Raisin and plum dominate. Definite alcohol warmth detected on the nose. Light earthy/floral hop background notes but very faint.

Appearance: Murky leather brown/brick red pour with low off white head. Appears still in the glass.

Flavor: Sweet bready based that is quickly kicked to the curb by a prickling earthy hop presence, some dark fruity esters (more raisin and plum), and a slightly fusely but enjoyable alcohol flavor. The flavors all play well together and add to the complexity. The finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, medium-light body, and warming alcohol heat.

Overall impression: A definite American version of a Belgian. Hop character seems way forward and alcohol is dominate. Could stand some age. I'm enjoying it now but I can see why some wouldn't consider it a classic.

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Photo of hanlonrn
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of dextermcgurk
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of jbaker67
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of flyingmick
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of robertsp
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Abe_Froman
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of GoGators
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of shelby415
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Devi0us
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of NCbeerpirate
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of TheSixthRing
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours a deep auburn brown with light tan finger width head. Retention is average, leaving behind a thin but consistent lace. There's a considerable amount of sediment throughout.

Smell - Notes of brown sugar and clove; Belgian yeast; almost a 'rum and coke' aroma.

Taste - Sweet and sugary. Notes of dried fruit; fig, raisin and prune. Slightly sour. Plenty of alcohol burn in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Full body; slightly syrupy. Decent carbonation.

Overall - Too sweet and sugary. If I had to describe this in10 words or less it'd be 'A sugary, fruity rum and coke'. Lots of alcohol burn on the back end.

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Photo of InebriatedJoker
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of pearljam118
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned on 3/5/12

A - pours a beautiful dark brown with 2+ fingers of lush head

S - dark fruits here

T - A little watery but fruity with a little bit of cherry and a good balance with the malt.

O - I haven't had many BSDAs but this drinks really well. Great for the price too. Would definitely buy again.

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Monk's Blood from 21st Amendment Brewery
3.8 out of 5 based on 1,414 ratings.
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