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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stevoj (2166) - 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 cafť....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
b3shine (5458) - Indiana, USA - MAY 22, 2014
Draft to taster. Looks good for the style; a translucent dark mahogany with light beige lacing. Smells of dark fruit and Belgian yeast. Tastes like it smells with an average mouthfeel. A solid example of the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nakedwhendrunk (2145) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAY 22, 2014
This is a live review. The date stamped on the bottom of the can says "canned on 03/03/14." Tonight, I poured this into a chalice, but there has been various times Iíve had this before and had poured it into a snifter and a tulip. The appearance is a nice dark brown close to black color with some nice purple tinges along the sides of the glass. There is a decent half finger white to off white foamy head that dissipates within about a minute. Once the head dies, the lacing clings fondly and coats the sides of the chalice superbly as thereís barely any glass seen around the coating of the lacing for a half fingerís worth high. I say - what a nice show! The smell had some dark chocolate, some milk chocolate with a nice light cinnamon and vanilla and ends up all combining and leads into a decent oakiness running about and up into my nose. The taste had a nice sweet, somewhat spicy and yet still somewhat oaky sweetness entering into my taste buds. There is no aftertaste but it still has a somewhat dry sweet finish running about it. On the palate, it sat about a medium in body with not much of a sessionable quality about it. The carbonation shows a decent amount of harshness. Overall, in my opinion, I say this was a pretty good Belgian Strong Ale that I would have again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Weezel (195) - Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2014
Awesome aromas of dark cherries like the deep red real maraschinos, prunes, and some brown sugar. The taste is great, tons of flavor with vanilla, cherries, dried dark fruits, Belgian yeast and cola. I donít pick up any of the oak chips, but it may have softened up the beer a little which is very nice. Really good interpretation of the style, easy drinking and deep flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
commonshawn (378) - - MAY 16, 2014
Tap in Schooner glass. Dark brown mahogany, small head. Raisin and chocolate aroma . Very complex. Dark Belgian yeast sour and sweet balance. Sugar, fig ,and finished with chocolate. Lots of flavor but quite drinkable. Surprisingly good. Didnít expect much from this brewery, but liked this a lot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Panzuriel (1310) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - MAY 14, 2014
This interesting beer pours a deep reddish brown with a firm head of off white bubbles. The nose is an interesting blend of typical Belgian style hops and spices like cinnamon and a hint of clove. The body is lively. The taste is slightly sweet with floral hops first over a body of medium malt finishing with the spices and a decent alcohol kick. A very different beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tmm313 (55) - Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2014
Aromas of vanilla, fig, grape, and oak dominate. Orange, spice, and the slightest touch of booze as accents. Thereís all kinds of things going on in the taste: grape, caramel, raisin, earthy hop, spice, rum, vanilla, yeast, citrus, and cinnamon. It was one of those I was too busy saying "damn thatís good" to concentrate too deeply on the order of things going on. Iím already planning on going back and buying more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sfontain (807) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 8, 2014
12 oz can. Pours a translucent garnet brown, with frothy tan head. Aroma Belgian dark fruit, solid malt backbone. Taste follows with a hint of spiciness and a boozy burn. Really solid, like pretty much everything 21st Amendment does.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
78samh (146) - Olympia, Washington, USA - APR 30, 2014
12 oz can pours very dark brown. Sweet malty and a little fruity aromas. Taste is superb! Malt, raisins, oak, brown bread, and some hints of spice makes this my favorite American-Belgian beer. WOW! and it came from a can.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
deekyn (1191) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 30, 2014
A- pours an opaque rusty, reddish brown with an off white head that dissipates quickly. No retention or lacing. S- hints of sour lager hit the nose first, followed by dark fruits such as dates and prunes and then mild berries. Some sourdough, and caramel maltiness. Light astringent. M- medium oily body with a medium chewy palate with a decent burn. Good carbonation. T- berries and dark fruits come first. Middle shows malts, continued dark fruits, some hops, lager yeast, wet wood and light dirt. Ending is efficient and has some cherry throat lozenge, soda water, soft grass and minerals.

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