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:
1,414
Reviews:
527
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
13.16%
 
 
Wants:
91
Gots:
218
For Trade:
2
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Photo of rbrefbeerman
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of lucasj82
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CCutch
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Wizzle32
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Act25
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I guess I was in the mood for sweet.
A) Dark ruby, modest haze, tan lasting and lacing head. Looker ruby.
S) Coffee, Grain house, wet malt, must and figgy sweetness.
T) squashed, slightly fermented, coffee soaked fruit cake and berries. Cola like, with just enough peppery bitters to finish.
F) Too sweet, but oddly, scrubbing and bittering saves it.
O) Awesome alternative to the style, Try 6.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into my Trappist Westvleteren goblet (sacrilege?).

Brooding rusty liquid with a thin active beige slick and collar. Bronze and amber highlights vanish as quickly as they appear. Thin viscous legs thwart the attempts of the sandy lacing to adhere, smothering them back down.

Figs are prominent in the nose, though the other additions (cinnamon, vanilla, oak) are less detectable. Malt adds a touch of bready sweetness while the alcohol delivers a truncated list of esters.

Big malt sweetness, then a very brief blast of hops, followed by a growing fruitiness (cherry, dates, and a hint of clove-studded orange) on the palate. Finish continues to be fruit-forward and even possesses some vague tropical notes; medium-dry overall with a lingering bready piquancy.

A bit thin and a bit hot, but not terrible.

Easy-drinking, perhaps too much so; this is a light-hearted take on a sober style, adventurously crafted at the expense of style guidelines. The best Belgian-style beer I can remember having out of a can though...

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Photo of JoelClark
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of robwestcott
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to beandip for this one.

poured from the can a deep dark ruby brown to a sun king shaped pint with a wisp of a short lasting reddish brown head with minimal retention.

aroma of belgian yeasts, dark fruits, ripe figs.

dark fruits, super sweet malts, almost to the point of cloyingly sweet. brown sugars, maple (?).

medium bodied, medium carbonation, sweet, big malts, no significant hop presence.

drinkable - perhaps one or two.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of ColSanders123
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of EnthusedAboutBeer
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of albern
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

If anything, this is a complex beer with a huge palate of overlapping flavors. The beer pours a fairly thick, syrupy, cloudy, slightly dull brown mahogany color. There isn't much head or lacing to the beer, but it has the consistency of very heavy brown sugar syrup.

The nose is woody and oaken, with plenty of ABV and raisins, and slightly rum soaked florals coming through. The taste is really complex, with a slighly different experience with each taste. This is a full bodied, Belgian dark, with lots of ABV, wooden and oaken notes, lots of spices, lots of candied sugars and probably some brown sugar too. This is a really malted up affair. There are slighly booze soaked fig or raisin notes, there are almost some nutty flavors coming through too. There is a nice dash of vanilla, although I'm not getting much cinnamon as the label proclaims. The oaky almost cherrywood flavors are the most pronounced. This is a really fine beer. The aftertaste is fairly modest, all things considered. Worth seeking out. L'Chaim.

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Photo of Marco_Gtz
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of BeerHunter76
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Gww1864
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of jagada
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sneaks2210
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of FUwolfpacker
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

Photo of jwswigs
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of powdersoldier
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of bonkers
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12 ounce can into a snifter, deep brown pour with sticky 2 finger white head, light lacing. The aroma was full of cinamon, vanilla, and oak. Lots of cinamon, but not overpowering, vanilla, and dark fruit round it out. It has a lingering sweetness. The body is medium, well carbonated. A little different take on a Belgian and I liked it.

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Photo of tvghost
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MikeWard
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

part of a flight on draft at champs sports bar in Altoona, pa. apparently a winter beer, but should hold up ok. let's see

looks nice in the 5oz glass. brown body with some burgundy tones, small dirty white head which persists leaving decent lacing.

aroma is a tad boozy, but with rich dark fruit aromas.

the alcohol is hidden a bit better on the tongue. getting an enjoyable mix of berries and plums in the taste, just enough warmth from the abv to remind you it's there. didn't get anything in the way of spices.

feel is around medium. finish doesn't linger.

all in all an enjoyable drink. pint would likely have been a bit heavy to deal with.

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Monk's Blood from 21st Amendment Brewery
3.8 out of 5 based on 1,414 ratings.
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