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RATINGS: 531   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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Monk’s Blood pays homage to the monks of Belgium’s monasteries who have been brewing some of the world’s great beer for centuries. During times of fasting, the monks subsist solely on beer, which they refer to as “liquid bread”. Beer, quite literally, is in their blood. The most sublime of the monk’s premium brews is dark like blood, rich and nourishing. 21st Amendment founders Nico Freccia and Shaun O’Sullivan traveled to Belgium to develop the recipe for this special beer, visiting small, traditional breweries in the hop fields of west Flanders, not far from the famous Trappist abbey of Westvleteren. Monk’s Blood is designed to pair beautifully with rich winter stews, creamy cheeses, unctuous desserts or just by itself, in a Belgian tulip glass, with a good book by the fire.


4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
njnut (156) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 5, 2014
Poured into tulip a nice deep reddy brown with a white head and lace. Head receded to sides of glass fairly quick. Aroma was complex, I was expecting yeast but I got Roasted malts, soy sauce, alcohol and nuts. Taste was malty and nutty with a cherry and brandy background. A thicker body but slick. Not what I was expecting. The aroma off put me but the taste was enjoyable.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ESPh (48) - Branchburg, New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2014
Poured into a tulip it has a nice head and good lacing. Nice fruity aroma but not sweet. Smooth and fruity flavor without being sweet. Nice full body. Very good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NikkTwist (1390) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2014
Draft at Moriartys. Tulip. Mostly clear dark scarlet pour with some nice thick beige foam that left only spotty lace. Some ascetic notes in the nose. Thin malty dark red fruit (though not fruity at all) with some juicy blackness. Figs. Burnt celery hearts. Chocolate liquorice. Balsamic vinegar. Plum pudding. Dried blackberries. Pumpernickel. Shoo Fly pie. Smoked peppers. Black cherry pits. Freon. Leatherette. Clove cigarettes. Artichokes. Elephant ear mushrooms. Worth sipping. Lots going on here.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jayb0 (981) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - APR 3, 2014
There is something funky in the aroma, funky in a bad way for me, but itís immediately relieved when drinking the stuff, which is pretty darn good considering it just came out of that can. The flavors lack a little bit of integration but there are plenty of good things going on here with bready malt, lots of rasins and dates, a bit of sour cherry. My new canned beer for NASCAR races :)

4.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
HellesBunny666 (77) - Virginia, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Smells sweet, a little bit like chocolate syrup. Dryish, hoppy, light carbonation. Dried fruit, obviously figs, also a really pronounced cinnamon finish. Cola like notes. Warming boozy finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hfmejias (618) - Dover, Delaware, USA - MAR 30, 2014
12 Fl. Oz. Can. Poured in a reddish shade of brown, huge, foamy, tan head that left spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark fruits, malts, some spices and booze. Taste is also heavy in the alcohol department, however there are several layers to this beer, somewhat complex; flavors include vanilla, fruit, yeast. Very nice beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (3863) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Batch 1 cans and onwards, as recent as 2013
Typical pour from Cold Springs brewery, that is, clear (though translucent) body with a dark tan head that is initially full but quickly recedes to cover, with little lacing. Body is a garnet/dark mahogany.
Sweet prunes, raisins, cherries and a very soft caramel sweetness are very full. The relatively lower abv helps keep the nose mostly free of alcohol fumes, though some fusels are noted with warming. Vanilla, more chocolate/caramel sugars and some phenols add a light coffeeish note.
Sweetness is certainly the first thing noted. Very smooth, creamy, even slick mouthfeel from the sugars, yet Iím surprisingly not cloyed to death. Itís odd because thereís nothing there to really balance. No drying phenols, alcohol or particularly interesting house yeast character, as the best of the style exhibit, but yet the flavor lacks any real vinousness, roastiness or astringent breadiness that you often see in the style. How does that play out for the beer? Well, itís sweetly malted and easy to drink up to a point, but yet the complexity is certainly lacking. Still, for a canned, industrial-brewed, American trappist-style, you could do ALOT worse.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cakes (349) - New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2014
12 oz. can Pours dark brown with plenty of head and moderate carbonation. Taste is dry but finishes with some really nice but subtle complex tones of dates, cinnamon, and vanilla, very mild spice, and various other flavors that stay in the background. Alcohol warmth is pretty noticeable, somewhat boozy,

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwalking05 (3498) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2013
(Backlog). Can at Bluebonnet Brew-off. Dark red in color with a decent beige colored head, and clear. Aroma is fruits, caramel, sweet, caramel, and yeast. Taste is of dried fruits, other fruits, caramel, sweet, yeast, sugar.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
reberiii (262) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Poured from 12oz can, cloudy deep brown. Barely translucent. Poured with one finger of foam that dissipates quickly. Tart grape nose. Lacing is light and delicate. Sweet malt front, Cola taste and effervescence, red wine tanin finish. Warming. Excellent winter brew.


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