Monk's Blood | 21st Amendment Brewery

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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
Ratings:
1,412
Reviews:
526
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
13.16%
 
 
Wants:
90
Gots:
219
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 1,412 |  Reviews: 526
Photo of Scrapss
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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 Circleo12
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of thequeen711
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
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 +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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Photo of Illmaticzx
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of pdoran10
3.61/5  rDev -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 +5.3%

Photo of Trombone69
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
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 stercomm
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
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 -7.9%

Photo of rumorsofsurf
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Hoptoudrop
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of GarrettMD
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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 +31.6%

Photo of vinylrooster
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of mgigs
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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Photo of RES
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of AlCzerik
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of JacobGumina
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of meich75
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of oakaged88
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Dotcubed
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Heard about this beer a while back but didn't jump on it before it sold out, or went out of season.
I knew they made interesting beers, the watermelon lager was amazing.

Cans are possibly the perfect container, but I paid 2.50 ea for four 12 oz, which was not a deal compared to the Surly tall boys.
I know Jersey can't be cheap, and I like quality, package is key to a sale off the shelf.

Looks very atypical, dark reddish with a black gradient to it.
If my tulip glass was bigger, wider...a stunningly sanguine glass chalice. Lacks stable foam that came with a pour. If it held more than the simple ring, an easy 4.0
Maybe if there was a date code a generous 4.5

Good smell, very sweet. Not as fragrant when I opened it.

Foamy in the cheeks. Char, huge vanilla. Cherries? Dry and warming, medium to heavy weight to it. Delicious Belgian feel makes me rethink not liking beers with oak to them. Love to score this higher....
Super sweet, not for some, making drinkability decline.
Not recalling much that tasted this good.

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Photo of shick1
4.75/5  rDev +25%

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