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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Ratings: 1,421 |  Reviews: 527
Photo of sparx1100
2.75/5  rDev -28%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

Photo of VelvetExtract
2.86/5  rDev -25.1%
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 +11.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of mechamifune
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours brown with a bit of a reddish tinge to it. Slight tan head. Cabonation and lacing evident.

Smell is straight up fruit punch.... I mean like Hi-C fruit punch. No real hoppiness or earthiness to be found. Some sweet malt notes I suppose, but mostly all fruit all the time here. I love it personally.

Taste is somewhat in line with the smell. Fruity and sweet upfront, then finishing with the slightest of bittnerness and dryness. Nothing I would call complex.

Mouthfeel is relatively smooth, doesn't have that "full" mouthfeel that most belgian styles seem to have . Nothing wrong her per se, but it feels a little muddled.

Overall, this is an interesting beer. For the style, this is a departure. Far sweeter than most examples of style and far less of a full and thick mouthfeel. The complexity isn't really there, but it is still enjoyable. If you don't like strong fruit notes in your beer though, you won't like this all that much IMO.

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Photo of oberon
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can a deep ruby tinged chesnut brown with a large light tannish colored head atop.Aromas of spiced cherries,brown sugar and malt loaf,maybe a bit much on the spiced cherries wich come into play even more on the palate.Dark fruit wich mainly means cherries and phenolic yeasty spice dominat the flavors with cakey brown sugar-like notes underneath,sweetish alcohol rounds out the finish.It's not horrible but there are many more complex and not so sweet versions of the style.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of dorianmarley
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a dark, very opaque cherry-brown. It has a nice tan head that fades to a pancake, with pretty good lacing.

Nose is filled with dark fruit like a typical Belgian Strong. There is also some dark cherry, Belgian hops, and black licorice.

Taste is a slightly brighter version of a Belgian Dark. The fig actually lightens up the strong alcohol. The cinnamon blends in well, instead of taking center stage. The oak chips appear to provide balance to a typically astringent style. And all of the typical components of a Belgian dark are there: the dark fruit, the rich and chewy malt, and the easily apparent alcohol.

Mouthfeel has a perfect amount of carbonation; providing some cleanse to all the bold flavors. The alcohol provides the appropriate amount of bite.

Overall, it is subtly distinct take on a Belgian Strong. 21st Amendment shows they know their stuff, and that they have the ability to execute their own interpretation.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque chocolaty brown with a thick light tan head. Rich aroma has a malty core and cinnamon, caramel and apple notes plus hints of wood and cloves. Excellent flavor has malty, fruity, cinnamon, horehound and hoppy notes. Bitterness is subtle and nicely balances the sweet component. Lively, fizzy texture has firm body and leaves a woody, fruity finish. Take, drink, this is monk’s blood! :D

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of SuperSpy
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a very reddish brown with an almost pinkish head. Appropriately named.

Caramel, vanilla, cinnamon and a bit of apple make up the aroma. The aroma is exactly what the beer advertises itself to be.

This flavor is all over the place. Plenty of earthy hops to start but it's quickly overpowered by cinnamon and incredibly boozy cherries. The aftertaste is still full of alcohol and cherries, along with figs and an earthy hop dryness. Again, this is what the beer advertises itself to be, but the flavors don't seem to blend as well as they could and seem to be battling each other for dominance.

This is worth drinking once or twice but it tastes like some of the fruit needs to be tamed down a bit. I think I'll let a can or two age a few months and give it another try.

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4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks a little blood-like, though this lifeblood would need significantly more oxygen. The mud brown liquid is just muddy enough to be opaque, but it nevertheless looks thin. Head hangs round.

The smell is a real nice cinnamon and vanilla. For better or for worse, it hardly smells like alcohol. It's a tangy sweet, and I'm delighted that it's not that dark-candied sugar so prevalent in other BSDAs. The feel is SO light for what I thought would be kind of a thick and chewy, Belgian yeast-dominated beer. In addition to that cinnamon and vanilla, there's only a slight Belgian twang with almost a cherry almond finish. It's like a light dessert, yet thin enough for an aperitif. In sum, it's probably the best beer I've had from the brewers at 21st Amendment.

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