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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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of TheFlern
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Jimmys
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of colforbin73
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.23/5  rDev -15%
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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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
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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2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

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2.86/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a murky dark brown color. Head is frothy and of regular stature. Head retains well and leaves consistent lacing rings.

S-Whoa big banana notes. Also some underlying cherry notes. Smells like a mixture between banana bread and cherry lozenges. Lightly oaked too. A unusual and enticing nose with plenty going on.

T-The artificial cherry flavor leaves a grimace on my face. Not too much hoppiness. The complexity is lost in the cherry cough-syrup maelstrom. Plums and figs come out too. Spices linger. Oak is masked more than in the nose. Not a big fan of the overly stressed cherry flavor.

M-Full bodied. Moderate carbonation. A bit sticky.

O/D-Not a fan of this beer. I haven't come across a brew with that artificial fruit flavor that I have enjoyed. Not my style. Glad I only bought one can. I did not enjoy this beer but I can understand why some people may. Once again, just not for me.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

Monk's Blood from 21st Amendment Brewery
3.8 out of 5 based on 1,412 ratings.
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