Monk's Blood | 21st Amendment Brewery

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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
Ratings:
1,413
Reviews:
526
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
13.16%
 
 
Wants:
88
Gots:
220
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2
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Photo of Sternfels
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can into duvel tulip glass
A: DARK DIRTY BROWN MMM GOOD HEAD AND SLIGHT LACING

S: PLUM BEATS SWEET SWEET RAISONS MALTY EARTH

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

O: SWWEEET AND BOOOOZZZEE TASTE THE 8.3 BUT WELL MADE FOR AN AMERICAN BREW SUGGEST A TRY

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Photo of CHickman
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
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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Photo of Chugs13
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of RoryOMoore
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of facundoCNB
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
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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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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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Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of fiveiron
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of aszatk01
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of SHODriver
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of bcostner1
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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 +25%

Photo of wembly13
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Philousa
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
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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Photo of jsnoek
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of kainzlpi
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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

12 oz can served cold into a goblet.

Monk's Blood is a hazy redish amber with thin short-lived head.

Aroma is sweet and fruity with mild oaky vanilla.

The flavor is stronger than expected with big cherry and vanilla chacter.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Alcohol is strong but not over powering.

Overall a good strong beer that makes a nice pairing with cherry pie.

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Photo of TheMadStork
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Hopstout
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a Duvel tulip glass. Canned on 03/05/12.

Appearance: Pours a dark and very hazy brown with some hints of ruby red. Moderate amount of bubbles and a little bit of sediment. Decent two fingers of off white head that fades into a thin patchy layer. Good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A pretty vibrant and sweet aroma. Big aroma of Belgian yeast and bananas leap out to the nose. Good hints of sweet bready roasted caramel malts. Big hints of dark fruits with some dark cherries, figs, and raisins. Also some hints of candied sugar, cinnamon, oak, and vanilla. Smells somewhat boozy.

Taste: Starts out with some sharp spicy Belgian yeast and clove. Then the malts and dark fruits take over. Bready caramel malts that are lightly roasted. Big banana taste. Sweet dark fruits with notes of figs, dark cherries, raisins, and plum. Hints of candied sugar and cinnamon spice. Also some vanilla and oak chips. A pretty good tasting jammy mix.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy and somewhat sticky. Alcohol is hidden pretty well.

Overall: A pretty solid and interesting take on a dark Belgian ale. Very nice dark fruit taste and the spices add a nice twist.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sweet aroma of bready malt with notes of dark fruit (cherries?) and toffee. Body is a cloudy brown color with a touch of creamy white head floating on top. Palate is sweet, fruity, and spicy, with notes of cherries, nutmeg, allspice, and vanilla. Finish is warm and sweet, a bit more than is my usual preference. This certainly isn't a subtle beer, but it's still pretty tasty.

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Photo of ridgeline23
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can into Chimay glass

Appearance – Pours a deep reddish brown color with a solid one finger light brown head. The head faded within a few minutes giving way to some nice lacing.

Smell – Yeast and banana aromas are the heaviest in the nose. There are many other very nice smells mixed with these however. Dark and tropical fruits aromas of cherries, raisin, fig , and mango are in there. There is also a good dose of malty breadiness which when mixed with the yeast and fruit and a bit of boozy aroma, create a very robust and pleasing smell.

Taste – A roasty malt backbone is present throughout the taste experience and is much heavier in the taste then was depicted in the nose. Up front some of the yeast flavors are present, but these begin to fade toward the middle. Some darker fruit flavors start developing as the yeastiness begins to fade. The fruit flavors are mainly raisin and fig in nature without a strong cherry presence even though this aroma was the strongest of the fruits. Toward the end a little bit of the yeast works its way back into the taste and is mixed with a much stronger alcohol flavor then would have been anticipated from the nose. These leave a somewhat unbalanced boozy taste left on the tongue at the end.

Mouthfeel – The body is a bit higher then medium in thickness/creaminess and the carbonation level is right around average. The body seems a bit light to me and would likely be better with some more chewiness.

Overall – While it had a very nice look and wonderful aroma, it was a bit lacking in mouthfeel and taste. It was to boozy at the end and the darker fruit flavors that I was expecting to experience were rather light in comparison to a more roasty malt flavor. Overall it is an OK Belgian dark, but not one to look for with any real frequency.

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Photo of Boitnott
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of hayesjw
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Monk's Blood from 21st Amendment Brewery
3.8 out of 5 based on 1,413 ratings.
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