Monk's Blood | 21st Amendment Brewery

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3.82/5
Very Good
1,422 Ratings
Monk's BloodMonk's Blood
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States
21st-amendment.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#15,001
Reviews:
527
Ratings:
1,422
pDev:
12.83%
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0
 
 
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Ratings: 1,422 |  Reviews: 527
Photo of deuce9259
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of coalcracker
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep amber/cola color with good amount of carbonation and head.
Smell: Very fruity with dark fruits, fig, raisin, as well as cherry and oak. Mild alcohol in the nose as well.
Taste: Height of taste impact occurs a little later than expected with a slow build up to a rush of dark fruits (again cherry, fig) ahead of a wall of malty sweetness. This sweetness persists through the end of the taste. An alcohol warmth also presents now. Tastes don't mesh as well as a typical dark ale. Finish is smooth, warm, and sweet.
Mouthfeel: Smooth with a little alcohol warmth.

Overall: Good effort with requisite flavor profiles, though not quite as tame as others in its category.

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Photo of stoutfiend27
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

can sent by genghis22..thanks again bro...poured into a snifter

a-deep cola brown...one finger hazy white head...fell to a nice collar and some lacing..

s-some candy and spice up front..some nutmeg and cinnamon...prunes and a faint yeasty smell...very rich

t-starts off sweet...the phenol yeasty character steps up on this one...the spices are all in the middle..i get some cinnamon and allspice...there is a hint of vanilla and wood towards the end..finishes a bit spicy..

m-a tad thinner then i would have liked...but it is creamy as i would have expected...the spices leave a little tingling on the tongue and the carbonation is spot on...

d-i would have no problem getting through a six/four pack however this comes at all..as a package it is quite inviting just fall a little short on the mouthfeel for me..

another great beer sent my way by an ever so courteous friend...

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Photo of Scrapss
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

This was poured from the can to the weizen style glass, almost a nonic.

A: Dark, nearly opaque, looks like cherry coke. minimal lacing, with a 0.5 mm ring left from a minimal 1 finger head that disappeared very quickly.

S: It is yeasty cherry coke. Sopt on this profile.

T: Follows nose, with a bit of puckeryness. Cherry coke notes with yeasty underbite.

M: It is on the lighter side of medium full. Dry puckery notes from taste are left with a chalky undercurrent and that ephemeral cherry coke hit on the aftertaste. Faintly dry.

O: Definitely worth a quaff. Has some interesting flavors and follows the style within a shadow of a reason. The cherry coke and yeast are what I get from most belgian dubbel and this does not disappoint.

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Photo of OnThenIn
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Two fingers of light tan head on top of a very dark brown body with a ruby glow.

S: Very malty with a hint of dark fruits and a bit of spiciness.

T: The beer is a a bit bitter upfront with a nice bit of dark fruit. There is a strong presence of wood. It is very spicy like the aroma and with a bit of residual sweetness that lingers.

M: Medium body with good carbonation.

D: Not super drinkable, but with a decent mouthfeel. The beer is just whatever at best.

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Photo of Adkins721
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Circleo12
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of thequeen711
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Scary name...Monk's Blood...the hop profile is more subtle...dark Belgian candy sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, and figs.
Dark ruby red pour, leaving a beige head..Aroma is very sweet, hints of candy and figs, rich fig aftertaste. Rich, full-flavour brew with a hoppy mouthfeel, but the aftertaste is sweet figs!!!
How Healthy!!!

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Photo of poopsmitherson
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of Illmaticzx
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 Trombone69
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good, but pretty intense. I like the can. Not an everyday beer, but no obvious flaws.

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Photo of pdoran10
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a dark brown menacing color with a good amount of haze. Three fingers of off white head that leave some amazing lacing.

Smell is dark fruit a hint of booze and a slightly off putting metallic acidity.

Taste is nice plum, and sugary malt flavor. A bit of alcohol heat and not all that complex. Nice straightforward BSDA flavors, nothing special.

Moutfeel is substantial with moderate/low carbonation. Well done here.

This beer tastes a bit young and hot right now. Nice flavors, but the alcohol heat is enough to make me only want one. Seems like this beer could use a bit of age.

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Photo of scot959
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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

First off, great art work on the can and 4-pak packaging.

A - Darkamber in color, 2 fingers tan head, layered small lacing along thesides of the glass.

S - Interesting nose on this beer, figs, cloves, glycerol

T - Very nicely balanced, figs, clove,candied sugar, malty yet finishes nice and dry.

M - Light bodied, mild carbonation, starts sweet ends dry.

D - I like this, is definitely a Belgium Strong Ale, good balance, smooth finish, nice lingering tastes to savor.

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Photo of joesc230
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of rumorsofsurf
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Hoptoudrop
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of rickklein9
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GarrettMD
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice dark red hue with half a finger tan head. Head retention is good, lacing is good.

S - Malts and dark fruits dominate the aroma. Slight bready-ness comes through as well.

T - Same dark fruits and malts as the aroma. Sweet malts come through and work well with the fruits, plums, figs, cherries.

M - Medium bodied, good level of carbonation. Finish is very sweet with a nice cherry taste. Entire beer is very crisp.

D - Very good drinkability. ABV is masked very well. Despite being a sweet beer, it is very easy to go back for another sip.

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Photo of iguana1010
5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of oakaged88
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of vinylrooster
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of mgigs
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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Monk's Blood from 21st Amendment Brewery
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 1,422 ratings