RateBeer
overall
96
93
style

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 574   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
Share this beer with friends!
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Darkmagus82 (1268) - - JUN 12, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 4-28-12- Poured from can into Chimay glass Appearance – Pours a deep reddish brown color with a solid one finger light brown head. The head faded within a few minutes giving way to some nice lacing. Smell – Yeast and banana aromas are the heaviest in the nose. There are many other very nice smells mixed with these however. Dark and tropical fruits aromas of cherries, raisin, fig , and mango are in there. There is also a good dose of malty breadiness which when mixed with the yeast and fruit and a bit of boozy aroma, create a very robust and pleasing smell. Taste – A roasty malt backbone is present throughout the taste experience and is much heavier in the taste then was depicted in the nose. Up front some of the yeast flavors are present, but these begin to fade toward the middle. Some darker fruit flavors start developing as the yeastiness begins to fade. The fruit flavors are mainly raisin and fig in nature without a strong cherry presence even though this aroma was the strongest of the fruits. Toward the end a little bit of the yeast works its way back into the taste and is mixed with a much stronger alcohol flavor then would have been anticipated from the nose. These leave a somewhat unbalanced boozy taste left on the tongue at the end. Mouthfeel – The body is a bit higher then medium in thickness/creaminess and the carbonation level is right around average. The body seems a bit light to me and would likely be better with some more chewiness. Overall – While it had a very nice look and wonderful aroma, it was a bit lacking in mouthfeel and taste. It was to boozy at the end and the darker fruit flavors that I was expecting to experience were rather light in comparison to a more roasty malt flavor. Overall it is an OK Belgian dark, but not one to look for with any real frequency.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sturmthis (449) - Ohio, USA - JUN 8, 2014
12oz can. Ruby brown color with a thin off white head. Can definitely smell the figs. Such a sweet smell. Sweet fig taste and slight hint of vanilla. Good beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2059) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 8, 2014
Can shared by Yasunori. A dark ruby brown, with a thin filmy beige head. A great rich malty aroma of figs, oak & caramel. Medium fullness, spritzy mouthfeel the taste is sweet & malty with vanilla, cinnamon & malty goodness. A bit boozy. Pretty damn good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrinkinWell (265) - - JUN 6, 2014
Pours a cloudy orangish brown with little head and lacing. Butterscotch, maple syrup, candied sugar, and sweet malts on the nose. Medium bodied, slightly creamy mouthfeel. Malts, molasses, vanilla, and dark tropical fruit. A really nice dark Belgian-like ale.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maxbier (260) - Maryland, USA - JUN 2, 2014
Dark ruby brown pour, aroma of raisins, dried fruits, sour cherries, Belgian yeast flavors present. Hint of banana, cinnamon and vanilla. Not picking up the oak presence, but I suspect it has contributed to the character of the beer. Very nice, would have figured it Belgian if I didn’t know any better. Another great 21A beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Syndicate (89) - Idaho, USA - JUN 1, 2014
Pours a ruby/brownish color with thick beige head. Some lacing on the glass. Nose is dark fruits, fig, and raisins. Taste is a an oakey fig, with some spice forward warmth.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Reid (1899) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAY 30, 2014
12 oz single can bought from LIfesource Natural Grocer in Salem OR. $2.59 Pours a brown with garnet aspects around the edges. Large creamy thick light tan coloured head. Creamy fudge like aromas foillowed by raisin and spice. Slightly cheesy and earthy ,complex. Very smooth and balanced taste with the same as the aroma, but a touch of alcohol and herbal bitterness. Palate is just fine..reasonably smooth and easily drinkable. Its OK but not up to the Belgian standards.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kirk36 (133) - Peabody, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 30, 2014
My goto 4 pack for satisfying brew. Two and I'm feeling it. Pleasurable sip, vanilla forward with alcohol back-stroke. I am a convert. This monk has me at hello. candy-quad from Belgium. Dark and raisin- like. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopbag (89) - - MAY 29, 2014
Very dark red but still lets light through. Light brown head. Very pleasant brown sugar aroma. Quite sweet with cherry juice taste (from aging on figs). Some Belgian yeast presence, maybe a hint of banana or clove, but pretty clean overall. Full mouthfeel with tingly carbonation. Still pretty sweet, but comes off as sessionable despite the high ABV. Alcohol is well hidden until the finish, which is dominated by tart cherry.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stevoj (2160) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 25, 2014
More then pleased to see an American brewery nail the Belgian style. True to character throughout. Deep dark brown/ruby. with oily beige head. Nice aroma of dried fruit and wood, taste more of the same, mild hops bitterness. Would not be out of place in a Brussels street café....


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page  1 2  3  4 5 6 » 58


Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2014,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
reserved.
about us
About RateBeer
FAQ
Contact/Feedback
New Beers
add
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Events
membership
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50