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%
 
 
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90
Gots:
219
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Photo of ZEB89
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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

The CANQuest is achieving new heights! CAN you dig it? People are really excited to be trading CANs with me and it is much easier to do so than with bottles.

My pour created two fingers' worth of light-tan head that started to fall almost immediately, creating some nice lacing as it went. Color was a deep raspberry-red with ruby highlights and a slight haze, although it was difficult to tell, given its intense color. The nose had a mustiness driven by the Belgian yeast along with a dark fruitiness courtesy of the figs. I was reminded of being in an open-air market in Israel when smelling it. Mouthfeel was medium with an interesting layering of its flavors on the tongue. The figgy mustiness was immediate, followed by the oakiness. The finish was really dry, dusty really, with the cinnamon lingering after the swallow. As Brother Woody of the Order of Disorder, I would certainly drink this during Lent and I would NEVER take up stones against fellow pseudo-monks, especially Sean-O. I would not want a steady diet of it, but given its 4-pack packaging, I doubt that they intended it it for mass consumption. Worth seeking out/trading for.

From the CAN: "Legend has it that in the evenings, the monks would retire to their chambers & settle in with a few passages from the Good Book. But Brothers Nicolas and O'Sullivan had other plans. Working in the brewhouse all day, they were forced to repeat the same old recipes the elder monks had unveiled years before. They needed a little diversion. And found it in the cellar with a fresh must they put on the beer and the way they enjoyed it. Brother Nicolas (or 'Nico' to his close friend) brought some hand rolled cigars. O'Sullivan, the outspoken one, broke the vow of silence by spinning a remix of some Gregorian chants. Together, they'd throw down a couple nice hands of Texas Hold 'Em and savor the handcrafted brew they'd created in secret. Everything was good. Or so it seemed. But deep in his heart, Nico knew they were delving into the 'dark side' of beer. Next thing you knew, they'd be skipping Lent. Then one night, they'd face the Judgement for their actions with a hard knock on the door. Outside, the Abbot and elders would be holding stones in the air. A threat the brothers were sure would lead to the spilling of Monk's Blood. Belgian-style Dark Ale brewed with cinnamon, vanilla, oak chips, and dried figs." Whew!

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Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Kasteel chalice.

An interesting read on the outside, an interesting concoction on the inside. It pours a very dark garnet-brown topped by a half-finger of ecru foam. The nose comprises figs, dark roasted malts, raisins, and a bit of oak. The taste holds notes of everything listed above, along with brown sugar and some bitter chocolate powder. The body is a heavy medium, with a light carbonation and a thick, almost chewy feel. Overall, a strong Belgian, especially considering its aluminum origins (such has been my experience). Get some!

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Photo of thatoneguymike
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of BMart
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a deep crimson mahogany red hue with light tan head and speckled lacing surrounding the sides of my Allagash chalice. Light beige head with thin speckled lacing. Aroma has a sweet sugar backing with hints of vanilla and spice. Sharp sweetness filled with raisins and plum, and I guess fig additions according to my can. A touch of cider like notes to it, very cohesive with mellow booze. Flavor is nice slightly acidic with raisins and figs exchanging strokes of flavor ample bitterness to balance it out, and a touch of mellow alcohol in the finish this brew from a can for 8 bucks a 4 pack equates to a good deal. Mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied with slightly sticky edges a nice all around drinking experience especially for a canned strong Belgian style dark ale. Drinkability was solid a beer I will revisit during the next three cans offered by this small brewer.

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

A - Pours a nice malty murky brown. Some orange/amber through the light. No head but a slight rim around the edges.

S - Smells like tangy yeast, bannana, caramel and sweet malt.

T - Nice rich flavor with toffee, sweet malts and plenty of warm alcohol. The alcohol is sweet and smooth on the palate. Some dark sugars here as well. Oaky vanilla notes floating around. Through some more sipping, malt and faint chocolate are picked up.

M - It's pretty effervescent on the tongue but a nice medium body and well balanced with the flavors. Nothing here is overpowering. If anything the alcohol warming on the way down is noticable.

Notes - A nice solid choice here. All the expected flavors of a BSDA but not too rich or syruppy. Medium bodied and pretty easy to drink. Well balanced.

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Photo of stakem
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes taken on 5/27/10

Poured from a can into a snifter. Monk's blood appears with less than a finger of tanned head that receeds fairly fast. The color of this brew is a hazy amber color with red hues around the bottom and more of a brownish color across the top.

Aroma is sweet, fruity and floral. The malt is evident in a very candy sugar sort of way. Sweetness of the aroma comes off a bit like plums and raisins with a bit of mineral character thrown in as well. Taste is very malty sweet with dark sugar flavors similar to plum and raisin with some other spices included. Moderate alcohol presence and a touch of hops on the backend.

Medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. This is quite an easy drinking brew. There is a lingering flavor somewhat like vanilla. Slightly drying as it warms and the spice character starts to stick to the tongue. The spices tasting increasingly more like a bland grated cinnamon hang in the mouth increasing it's drying aspect. This cinnamon flavor is a bit out of place and brings out more of the belgian yeast flavor that tastes a bit green.

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Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of dfhhead25
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - deep amber bordering on dark brown; thick layer of brown head; great retention

S - bread, belgian yeast, caramel

T - warm alcohol, yeast, bread, caramel, spicy, funky

M - medium bodied, warm, smooth, good carbonation

This is a decent beer. It has good flavor and drinkability. Even more evidence that good beer can come from a can.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of smakawhat
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can into a tulip glass.

Off the pour is a dark dense indian-red body with a nice settling tiny bubbles of light brown cream. Head is about two fingers tall then slowly receeds leaving a nice lace of ring. Can't see any carbonation from the bottom. This looks real good.

Fruit cherry and yeasty-brett like character on the nose. Even a hint of bread like fruitcake feeling. This really smells like fruit cake and I don't even LIKE fruitcake. This is great.

Tasty dried sweet cherries at first, followed with a quinine finish. Somewhat hop like in bitters, but a big yeasty brett feeling coupled with dried fruits and some bread character. Tastes like it smells, fruitcake in a glass. A little carbonated though and gaseous unfortunately, but leaves a nice tingle of tight tonic water feeling on the finish. Still very masked alcohol and not even boozy.

This is a real good product I am impressed. Very high drinkability for me.

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Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gotta love living in a country where its brewers will brew quality Belgian style brew and put it in a can! This one pours a nice rudy shade of dark mahogony with some ruby glimmers, loose dark khaki head, clears out pretty rapidly, leaving a thin film, a collar and ample spots of fine lacing. The nose is loaded with darker ripe fruits, cherries and figs come to mind as well as raisins and light rum. Flavorful and quite tasty, with more dark fruit notes, raisins, figs, dark grapes, vanilla and perhaps a wiff of the advertized (on the can) cinnamon. Great winter brew, pleasant and easy drinking. On the sweat side buy nowhere near cloying. Nice beer to take winter camping, easy to pack in and worth the effort...Christmas dinner desert beer and/or as a quality night capper

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Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

21st. Amendment Brewery, Monk's Blood. Belgian-style dark ale brewed with cinnamon, vanilla, oak chips, and dried figs. That's all I'll share from the label of this can. There's a long story in Gothic typeface that's difficult to read. It begins "Legend has it…" and I'll let your imagination run wild with the rest. Wait. I really should read it…. Couldn't. It's impossible. Can't make out 10% of the words. The rest are over-cooked and overly dramatic. Apparently, elder monks believe in capital punishment when dealing with young monks who tinker with old recipes. Sure, makes sense. Or maybe it was the cigars, "nice hands of Texas Hold 'Em" and "breaking the vow of silence by spinning a remix of Gregorian chants" that drew the Abbot's ire. I wouldn't know.

Unfortunately, it tells me nothing about the beer.

8.3% ABV. 12 oz. can. brewed in Cold Springs, MN.

Dark, plum brown body, opaque, smallish cream-toned head, drifts down, but leaves lace.

Aroma: dark fruit aplenty. raisins, dates, figs. Plum. With plenty of spice, as well, and a hint of sweetness. Wait, more than a hint, with the vanilla and oak coming in loud and clear.

Taste: First sip is rich and full, with a complex mix of flavors coming together in the mouth. A touch sour, lush with fruit and spice, dark, deep and delicious. Reminds me of favorite authentic Belgian dark ales, with without that rare quality from the Belgian yeast. Comes close enough. Very delicious.

Full-bodied, long finish, deeply textured, with apparent alcohol. Rises higher with each additional drink. Rich, warming, and comfortable. But I couldn't more than two of this without causing trouble. In fact, I can feel the urge to raise a ruckus right about now.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
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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Monk's Blood from 21st Amendment Brewery
3.8 out of 5 based on 1,412 ratings.
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