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.

Added by taxguyjase on 09-10-2009

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

can generously tossed my way from ant880. enjoyed from a trois pistoles chalice.

a - brew poured a caramel amber that settled in the glass as an almost purple. nice full finger of creamy to style head. head slowly fizzed away leaving some stringy lacing. attractive...especially for an american take on one of my favorite styles.

s - figs, grapes, raisins. some nuttiness with nice malty grains and good sweetness. pretty balanced.

t - as the nose suggests dark fruit leading with figs. there is a strong presence of nuttiness and toasted malts. some sweetness but finishes malty and a bit dry.

m - not as creamy as i expect for the style, but hell of a job for something state-side.

o - overall, paint me impressed. it isn't often that you try an american take on a belgian strong dark that catches the style properly. this beer won't hold up to the true pioneers of the style and there are some american breweries that do it better, but this is definitely a beer on the top end of list for the style originating in the US. cheers 21st amendment...nicely done. will definitely be revisiting this one again.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Very dark amber, with a thin white head. Lasts decently well and leaves lots of lacing.
S- The aroma is very nice, with emphasis on sweetness with a touch of sugary notes. There is also a fair bit of very sweet chocolate. Ever so slightly yeasty.
T- Sweet, with toasted bread, sugary candy, and a fair amount of cocoa in there. A bit of yeastyness comes through in the back of the tongue.
M- Decently full body, with medium-high carb. Definitely has a sipping texture.
O- Overall a tasty beer and one of the better made examples of an American-made Belgian style.

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

Pours a dark brown with a richly frumpy head of tan foam with excellent retention. Sweet aromas of dark fruits like raisins and dates and plums. A date-like taste dominates the front and midpalate, with a lot of dark fruity sweetness and belgian spiciness growing larger on the mid to backpalates. Extremely rich and concentrated, more so than other Belgian Strong Dark Ales that I've had. I like this a lot and will definitely buy it again.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - Can

Appearance Dark tan/molasses brown. Nice 1/2 tan creamy head and good lacing.

Smell - Dark fruits like fig, rasin, plum, cherries and honey. Malts along with some cinnimon, spices, and a little vanilla note. Yeast and a little nut comes out to finish off a nice aroma for the style.

Taste - A surpising oak and sweet dark fruit flavor at first sip. Lots of spices, fruits, some sugars, cinnamon and some alcohol also. Lots of flavors in each drink, yet balanced pretty well. Some nutty malt and a little nutmeg finish this beer off.

Mouthfeel - Its medium thickness, with a ton of flavor. Tounge gets spices, oak, malts, alcohol and sugars. Palette gets more oak, fruits, sugars, and some booze. Aftertaste is sweet, malty, and spicy.

Overall - I really enjoyed this. Loved the oaked/cinnimon/nutmeg flavor it provided. Alot of flavors mixed into one beer. Its different, almost at times i think im drinking a winter warmer. Its got decent balance, the alcohol does overpower a little but if you want something different and high on flavor, give this a shot.

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Photo of jk3
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Scotchboy
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Murky pond-water brown with tinges of flat tan...translucent in spots with turbid chunks visible in others...quickly fading off-tan head with minimal lace.

S: Oaky & woody notes and dried fruits emerge first...spices, cinnamon, malts, vanilla sweetness, and dry esters...authentic Belgian notes abound and mix well with the adjuncts.

T: Malty bready notes, Belgian yeast esters, oaky creaminess, cinnamon and spices, peppery notes, figs.

MF: Dry, moderate body, pretty drinkable with good carbonation.

O: On the fence with this one, not sure I'd seek it out again but I didn't think it was bad. The oak and vanilla, cinnamon and figs are all detectable. Pretty decent.

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Photo of harrymel
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Vint 2012
Pours a diaphanous black ale with a ring and central cap of light tan foam. Smells of banana, vanilla, a hint of lemon, sugar and belgian yeast. Flavor of cola with hints of cherry/artifical strawberry. As odd as this sounds, the flavor reminds me of red twizzlers - seriously. I'm not disappointed by this, but caught off-guard. I actually, kinda dig in a novelty sort of way. Medium bodied with hi carb. Semi slick finish. Overall a decent beverage, I've got one that's a year old in the cellar, we will see how it holds up tomorrow. 2.5/2.5/3.5/3/3.5

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Photo of JackieTH
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep blood garnet, hazy mahogany body with a thick cap of khaki foam tinged red. Loads of lacing. Gorgeous. Smell is vanilla and figs, earthy, malty, sweet. Taste has a distinct sense of fig newtons..figs, cinnamon, processed bread, vanilla, raisins, spice, mildly sweet, nutty. Body could be more substantial, it falls apart just a bit. Carbonation is good. Glad I tried it, and it's growing on me with each can consumed. ABV is fairly well hidden, but not going to attempt all four cans at same sitting.

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Photo of JebediahScooter
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of PGVG
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of Ted
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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

Appearance: Dark brown/red. Almost blackish but not really. Bone colored head. Decent lacing. Good retention.

Smell: sweet. smells like your normal belgian strong dark ale except this is a little more american. oak comes through with a little spiceyness which i assume is from the cinnamon.

taste: a little more alcohol than i was expecting. the oak is nice and smooth and very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: smooth, good amount of carbonation. Just a tad too much alcohol up front for me.

Overall: this is a very interesting beer from an interesting brewery. I hear this beer is going away which is sad. Get it while you can!

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Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of KenRapoza
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of joesc230
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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

12oz can into tulip. canned on 03/05/12.

A: very opaque dark brown. looks slightly red around the edges as well as carbonation ribbing towards the surface. reddish/white head is thick. retention is great as is the lacing.

S: small wisps of vanilla extract. oatmeal raisin cookie batter. sugar and a little bit of alcohol heat.

T: boatloads of raisins and brown sugar. a little bit of cantaloupe. roasted malt is there, but not bitter. caramel. finish has cinnamon and some nutmeg. definitely some woody/oak notes. maybe a little bit of hop bitterness? unlike the nose, i cant find any heat here.

M: pretty vigorous carbonation level on a medium/full bodied brew. works well. can conditioned i assume.

D: definitely get almost all the aspects that are written on the side of the can, vanilla, oak, cinnamon, and a fruitiness. not necessarily figs, but definitely a deep, sweet fruitiness. well-made.

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Photo of DWarcher
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of JeffTheJuice
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of colforbin73
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this is a "take" on a belgian strong ale. if a trappist rochefort 8 was average, this would certainly be below average. but i find it hard to grade an american brewer doing something unique, yet in the vein of a traditional style, too harshly.

the pour is a dark amber brown with a decent tan head which maintains and leaves good lacing. i am having to struggle to get a lot in the way of aroma here, pleasant sweet and malty is about all i can muster.

seeing as many belgian dark ales employ candy sugar and the like, it is not surprising to get that same character here but this is all together different. it is slightly medicinal, has a very complex flavor to be sure -- ripe pairs, plums, raisins.... very spicy, coriander cinnamon and sort of natural sweet -- the sweetness seems to come from whole ingredients, not a processed sugar.

this is a very intriguing beer. it deserves to be a seasonal. not something i want often or a lot of but an excellent beer on another track all together.

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Photo of jaidenjb
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of brentk56
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a tea brown color with a modest cap that leaves some dots and dashes of lace

Smell: Figs and caramel, with some earthy and fruity tones

Taste: Brown bread, up front, with a Juicy Fruit, fig and cherry character developing; by mid-palate, a harsh, oaky, cinnamony phenolic flavor arrives and lingers in the aftertaste, with a hint of cherry on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not too crazy about this one; Belgians are tricky and some breweries struggle to deliver the package; this beer is an example of that problem

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Photo of Ralphs66
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of rumorsofsurf
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Tucquan
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2012-04-05 in Columbia, PA. This can has been cellared for more than a year. See 2015 notes below.

A - Pours a cloudy, reddish brown with a short light tan head.

S - Smells of figs, vanilla, earthy spice and black pepper and anise.

T - Tastes of figs, plum, caramel, vanilla alcohol and brown and rye bread and some pepper and mild anise. Aftertaste is failry sweet with some balancing sourdough bread and a some hop bitterness.

M - Medium-heavy body and light-medium carbonation. Syrupy and full-bodied.

O - It has aged pretty well. It has fallen off some since having it fresh. It's a decent brew but I don't feel the need to rush out and have some of the new 2012 batch. The flavor profile doesn't grab me where I live.

2015 Notes - Had another cellared can from 2011 on 2015-03-14 (Pi day and Einstein's 100th birthday) and it's tasting pretty good. It really aged well. I guess my tasres have changed but I'm enjoying it more now than in 2012. The cinammon, vanilla and oak are very prominent. I raised my taste score a bit but didn't change the language of my initial review.

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