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 KimenTshom
3/5  rDev -21.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Blackboardbrewing
2.11/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

A complete mess in a can. No direction or idealistic approach. Ugh.

Was really looking forward to can release given recipe and idea...horrendous execution and still contract brewed! Why!? Done supporting this movement.

Boozy, hazy, iPad like with some cinnamon added. Painful to finish, first dump of 2012!

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Belgian style dark ale brewed with cinnamon, vanilla, oak chips and dried figs.

A: Burnt autumn orange pour sits as a dark cranberry red in the vessel with a harvest gold tinted head that is thin and whispy and quick to dissipate leaving small speckled spots for lace. A dozen or so macro-sized yeast cake particles collect on the bottom of the vessel.

S: Oaky alcohol, caramel apples with some cinnamon and vanilla. The alcohol is quite dominant.

T: The flavor is sweet caramel grains, toasted with noticeable oaky alcohol. Apple skins, worty hints, honey with some sugary raisins. Warm and spicy alcohol with a bit of acidity. Spicy alcohol laced apple skins linger about after the swallow.

M: Warm and spicy alcohol with a medium fullness. High carbonation with lingering after thoughts of alcohol.

O: The alcohol is quite noticeable, perhaps a bit overshadowing for some of the finer points of the drink preventing the complexity from being more appreciated. Warming and spicy.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer appears dark plum with a quarter inch, fine, almond head. Some lace is deposited above a viscous coating.

A tulip glass accentuates the fruits of plum and cherry. However, this one is lacking complexity and layers of progression normally associated with a BSDA.

Monk’s Blood is more hop-forward than the typical Belgian variety. This is similar to what one would anticipate from a west coast brewery. Bitterness and sweetness balance well in this dark, fruity beer, however, complexity and progression are still lacking in the flavor.

One will find this beer has a medium body with a slick texture, slight carbonation, and light alcohol.

Easy drinking, especially for the style, and quite enjoyable. While generally off style, this was enjoyable with an afternoon of relaxation.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of thecheapies
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 Monk's Blood 12oz can poured into a Westvleteren goblet and served at cellar temperature (or maybe a few degrees cooler).

Deep red-mahogany cloudy liquid with a lumpy/fluffy finger of head with some good glass stickage. Plus lacing that is splotchy in some spots and a creamy coat in others. Sways in the glass with some body.

I get a whole lot of those dried figs and oak chips in the nose with a hint of watery vanilla. Nuances, perhaps, or just implied cinnamon. I pick up some nutty Belgian yeast and a malt reminiscent of English styles, possibly paired with musty Euro hops that have a dustiness.

The oak is more subdued in the taste and the fruits are the prime feature. A figgy brew with warm spices in the mix. Cinnamon stick, vanilla extract, fresh plums, sweet raisins, oak spirals, ripe banana (as it warmed even more), and salted peanut butter. Decent complexity and mild alcohol booziness that almost creams the brew. Good dose of spicing, but not heavily so.

Mouthfeel is plus plus. Creamy/silky texture with a light, but forgiving, carbonation. Very smooth and increasingly warming. A sipper.

A very good American representation of the style with a fruit and spice twist that doesn't muddle the concept nor fry the taste buds. Goes down pretty easy despite the strength. A prime winter brew in a can. I have another that I will experiment with aging some more. Worth a taste, and your undivided attention.

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Photo of themind
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer but to be fair it's thick. Has notes of figs which compelled me to purchase this beer. After having a four pack over a stretch of time I went and got another.

Excellent beer, hides the alcohol and has great taste. The only real draw back is the thickness which doesn't bother me.

Bottom Line: try it you will like it! great beer from 21st!

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a snifter, the beer is a muddled, hazy, ruby-highlighted brown coloring with a thin, sparse, light beige film around the edge of the surface. Aromas are strong and sweet, with a nose heavy in fig and dates, with some boozey kicks. Some light spicing and rich, heavy malt, also. Flavors are rich, with a roasted, tangy caramel sweetness, as well as some dark fruit highlights of date, fig, and raisins. Some very subtle spicing throughout, with hints of clove and all spice. The aftertaste is tangy and slightly boozey, with all of the dark fruit sweetness carrying through into the finish. A slow, smooth transition over the palate leads to a somewhat abrupt, clean finish. Slightly cloying at the very end, this is a decent Belgian Strong, and I think it's the first one I've had in a can. Very interesting.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep red with one finger of tan head. Head has decent retention and leaves a small amount of lacing.

S -- Initially sweet with big aromas of dark fruits. Lots of cherry, with some raisin, fig and plum. Dark bread, a bit of vanilla and cinnamon round it out.

T - Taste follows the nose pretty closely, with nice cherry and other dark fruits. Unlike the nose, in the taste the sweetness fruit the fruits is countered by some earthiness. Bready malts, some vanilla and some oak tannin dryness.

M - Medium mouthfeel that starts with some sticky sweetness and finishes dry.

O - Might not be the most complex BSDA, but this was very enjoyable and dangerously drinkable beer that I would have again.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Monk's Blood from 21st Amendment Brewery
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 1,420 ratings