Monk's Blood | 21st Amendment Brewery

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Monk's BloodMonk's Blood

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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.

Added by taxguyjase on 09-10-2009

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Rifugium
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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Photo of pizzaman23
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.


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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Sternfels
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can into duvel tulip glass


T: Sweet fruity malts up front, sweet coffee sorta roasted malts and fruit Spicy sticxky chew sweet booze ending of great

M: warming spicy medium bodied


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Photo of CHickman
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours opaque brown color with a small foamy tan head that fades quickly, leaving decent lacing.

Smells like rum, caramel and sweet malt; very malty aroma with alcohol very present in the nose.

Tastes of sweet malt, caramel, brown sugar, toasted grains, dark fruit, light floral hops, cinnamon, and some light yeast; not as malty as expected by the nose and relatively sweet overall with a very noticeable alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel is creamy and silky smooth, with little carbonation and a medium body that goes down watery, but has enough alcohol bite to make this a slow sipper. Decent beer, but didn't live up to the hype and not one I’d seek out.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of facundoCNB
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a dark burgundy colored pour with 2 fingers of off white head. smells of grapes, alcohol, pecan, vanilla, strawberry. a very bitter sweet fruity mouthful! a hint of cherries, grapes, nuts, figs, a bit of dirt bitterness.. almost like drinking tree sap! medium bodied, nicely carbonated, light amount of creaminess. this is an overall hell of a beer. i wish it were a bit less carbonated and more syrupy on the mouthfeel, but i'll live. glad i got 3 more of these to savor throughout the next few months.

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

Poured from a 12-ounce can into a tulip-shaped Duvel glass.

A: Dark, murky, reddish brown color with a two-finger cap of tan foam that subsides to a thick ring, leaving behind a thin layer of lacing.

S: Plummy, sugary with hints of beets and raisins. An earthy, herbal aroma rises from the dark, fruity and spicy smell. Hints of dates, nutmeg, cinnamon and mace dot the lingering finish.

T: Sweet, chewy and fruity malts hit up front, delivering big doses of slick, sweet-roasted malts and fruity esters ranging from plum and raisin to figs and berries. The sweet palate breaks quickly with a hot rush of spicy, herbal and acidic booziness. The finish is sticky sweet with some traces of slick, grainy alcohol.

M: Full-bodied and somewhat acidic around mid-palate, this brew is warming, spicy and bracing.

O: The booze overpowers the fruity notes though and cut the sweetness a tad too deep. This 8.3% ABV dark Belgian strong ale would do well with some extensive wood-aging or at least to sit a while longer.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of SHODriver
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a deep brown with a small tan head that recedes quickly to a collar around the glass
S: smells sweet with notes of cherries and a little alcohol, some vanilla and an underlying oakiness
T: tastes fruity with notes of alcohol soaked cherries, a little chocolate, some oak, a bit of vanilla, and overall sweetness to it. The swallow brings about a bit of alcohol and more cherry flavor
M: meduim bodied with moderate carbonation
O: a tasty and complex belgian strong dark. it's a little harsh at times and the alcohol isn't masked well but it's pretty good. Trois Pistole is the beer that I compare others of this style to and this one falls a bit short.

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3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip from the can.

A: Dark reddish-mahogany. Does not pour with overwhelming viscosity. Rich tan head that slowly dissipates and lingers around the edges. Nice looking beer.

S: Definite yeast presence. Hint of cinnamon. Dark fruits (figs and plums mixed in with some red grapes maybe). Faintest hint of alcohol. Overall, a very nice aroma; not too overpowering yet just enough to let you appreciate all of the elements.

T: For me, yeast dominates up front; not as much as in some other Belgian Strongs that I have tasted but it is definitely there. Slightest hint of cinnamon; not much. Some definite vanilla in the finish along with some oak and faint hops as well. Dark fruits are present throughout and provide a definite richness and sweetness to this brew. Very enjoyable.

M: Pretty easy drinker. ABV is well hidden and only slightly detectable at the finish. Not as thick or viscous as some others I have had of the style; slightly thin on the mouthfeel for me.

This is the 2nd time I have tried this beer and, honestly, I like it better the 2nd time around as opposed to the first. In my opinion, there are some better BSDA's out there but this one isn't bad at all. I wish the cinnamon and vanilla elements were a little bit more prominent because this would, in my opinion, make this one a little bit more unique for the style. Still, I will enjoy the remainder of my 4 pack and would have it again (though not necessarily seek it out).

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4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Philousa
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, this looks like tobacco or leather. Good amount of initial head thins out like a high ABV beer. A few whiffs yield brown sugar, dates, raisins, allspice. No hops to speak of. Kinda woody, but it's faint. Dates are palpable. Some dark chocolate, and that too-much-candied-sugar taste is there, but faint. Rich and smooth. Touch of juicy stone fruit. Bitterness is harsh at a colder temp, but smooths out as it warms.

This one ain't perfect, but I would give it the thumbs up. The candied sugar is a little heavy handed, and the bitterness comes off like burnt sugar at a colder temperature, but both aren't as bad halfway through. It's definitely complex enough to be called a Belgian Strong Dark and own the name. Balance this one out and it's a homer.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Monk's Blood from 21st Amendment Brewery
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 1,421 ratings