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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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - deep amber bordering on dark brown; thick layer of brown head; great retention

S - bread, belgian yeast, caramel

T - warm alcohol, yeast, bread, caramel, spicy, funky

M - medium bodied, warm, smooth, good carbonation

This is a decent beer. It has good flavor and drinkability. Even more evidence that good beer can come from a can.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

21st. Amendment Brewery, Monk's Blood. Belgian-style dark ale brewed with cinnamon, vanilla, oak chips, and dried figs. That's all I'll share from the label of this can. There's a long story in Gothic typeface that's difficult to read. It begins "Legend has it…" and I'll let your imagination run wild with the rest. Wait. I really should read it…. Couldn't. It's impossible. Can't make out 10% of the words. The rest are over-cooked and overly dramatic. Apparently, elder monks believe in capital punishment when dealing with young monks who tinker with old recipes. Sure, makes sense. Or maybe it was the cigars, "nice hands of Texas Hold 'Em" and "breaking the vow of silence by spinning a remix of Gregorian chants" that drew the Abbot's ire. I wouldn't know.

Unfortunately, it tells me nothing about the beer.

8.3% ABV. 12 oz. can. brewed in Cold Springs, MN.

Dark, plum brown body, opaque, smallish cream-toned head, drifts down, but leaves lace.

Aroma: dark fruit aplenty. raisins, dates, figs. Plum. With plenty of spice, as well, and a hint of sweetness. Wait, more than a hint, with the vanilla and oak coming in loud and clear.

Taste: First sip is rich and full, with a complex mix of flavors coming together in the mouth. A touch sour, lush with fruit and spice, dark, deep and delicious. Reminds me of favorite authentic Belgian dark ales, with without that rare quality from the Belgian yeast. Comes close enough. Very delicious.

Full-bodied, long finish, deeply textured, with apparent alcohol. Rises higher with each additional drink. Rich, warming, and comfortable. But I couldn't more than two of this without causing trouble. In fact, I can feel the urge to raise a ruckus right about now.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

By the time I tasted this, my palate was pretty much wrecked by the terrible Iron Fist Spice of Life, but I still got a pretty good impression from this one. Served in a ball-stem goblet, a hazy, dark, reddish-brown color with a small off-white head. Aroma of bready malts, caramel, soft fruits and spice. Taste was a bit muted at first, but fleshed out a bit mid-palate onward. Caramel and candi-like sugars, bready, cinnamon and spice, and more of the soft, indistinct fruit I got on the nose, hints of cola and some phenol. Medium-bodied, fairly chewy, some alcohol warmth. Overall pretty decent, but I don't see myself having more than one glass in a session before moving on to something else.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of PeterIngemi
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a duvel glass.

A: dark brown with a slight ruby tinge to it... Get a nice three finger tannish head that dissapates nicley, but not really leaving any lacing to speak of, deffinatly a nice lookin brew although, due to the name, I expected it to be more red... But not the case

S: comes wafting out of the can the moment I cracked it.... a blend of caramel and vanilla with toasty oak, the dried figs ate deffinatly apparent in the aroma as well... Along with a bit alcohol heat, complex and inviting.

T: much like the nose, I get figs and oak up front blending into vanilla and caramel, I'm not really getting the cinnamon, perhaps a touch on the finish witha bit of alcohol? A touch of chocolate and brown sugar in there as well, and now the beer has warmed a bit I deffinatly feel the cinnamon on the finish. Like the nose I find the flavor to have excellent complexity and balance.

M: medium bodied with lower carbonation, finishes dry, with a slight touch of bitterness. A bit of an oaky/spicy/bitter aftertaste that lingers for a bit.

O: a very nice brew that displays a nice amount of complexity and balance that I have not found in many of 21st amendments othe brews... I really enjoyed this beer and understand why it has the cult following that it does. Deffinatly a must try.

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3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 4pk at Wegmans in Warrington, PA

4pk - $10.99

Poured and enjoyed in a DFH Signature Glass

A - Beer pours a deep brown with a slightly reddish hue. Almost totally opaque but a bit of light shines through. Little to no head on the initial pour. Decent lacing left on the glass.

S - A slightly malty, fruity aroma with a hint of booze.

T - A beer that initially hits you with its pretty high booziness. The beer has a mixture of sweet malts, caramel, vanilla and something like raisins (dark fruit). This is a sipper for sure but overall is pretty good. Not a beer you'll be rushing through.

M - Light carbonation, medium mouthfeel.

O - I've heard a lot about this beer so decided to give it a try. Overall, it's good but not a beer I'd probably re-visit. It's good but just not as great as I was expecting.

Cheers!

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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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