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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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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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%

Photo of JustinQ
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%

Photo of Cyberkedi
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%

Monk's Blood from 21st Amendment Brewery
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