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RATINGS: 582   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sturmthis (612) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2380) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrinkinWell (290) - - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maxbier (401) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Syndicate (92) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Reid (1946) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kirk36 (155) - 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopbag (110) - - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stevoj (2336) - 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....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
b3shine (5844) - 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.

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