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RATINGS: 600   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 16/20
SG111 (410) - New York, USA - SEP 2, 2014
Canned. Pours a hazelnut brown color with a light head. Aroma is cherries, vanilla, some woodiness to it. Flavor is similar. Cherries, some vanilla, a distinct spiciness at the end of it. It is not cinnamon but it could be that or some other spice. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
teromous (119) - - AUG 24, 2014
Appearance: Dark black body with a very light khaki head that starts fluffy and fades to a few fluffy islands and a ring. Lots of large and small bubbles all over the glass. Aroma: I pick up the scent of oak, some pepper, and some earthy mossy woodsy scent. Taste: The taste is an interesting take on a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Right up front I get a woody flavor along with a very light pine and some spicy peppery flavor to it. The can says "Belgian-style ale brewed with cinnamon, vanilla, oak chips and dried figs." I don’t notice these flavors with the exception of the oak chips and possibly the cinnamon (the spicy flavor). Overall: It is a really good tasting beer but it doesn’t have the standard Belgian style flavors (dates, plums, raisins, figs, banana, clove, etc). It is a lot more woody and spicy than I would normally expect, but it works very well for this beer. The key here is that it is an enjoyable beer to drink. I would pick it up again. I would add (again) that a person should be cautious about buying it based on the text on the can stating the ingredients used. It isn’t a sweet tasting beer (to me) but all things are subject to the palate of the individual.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Salmoniform (1193) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Poured from can to glass. Deep amber red hue with thick creamy tan head that held. Aroma is malt, raisins, figs, cola, oak, leather, banana, clove. Mouthfeel is nice with a full body and soft carbonation. Taste is sweet throughout with a faint astringent bitterness in the following and a slight dry spiciness in the finish. Overall this is a nice play on the Trappist style brew. I’m not getting much cinnamon on the nose however it is there in the back of my throat in the finish. A good play on figs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
aracauna (3189) - Georgia, USA - JUL 27, 2014
I thought this one would be a foamer given the fact that I cracked open the can, got out my glass and saw foam almost overflowing the lip of the can before I could pour. Surprisingly, the carbonation is reasonable and the head wasn’t very long lasting. Sweet. Dark stone fruit. Slight overripe sourness in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slipstream (2159) - USA - JUL 27, 2014
A cola-like pour with a foamy lid that reminded me of Swiss cheese. The label is pretty drab. Aroma of iron, fresh paint, caramel, cola, malt, and lightly tangy hops. The taste is impressive - brown bread, cola, black cherry, cinnamon, and oak. It is nicely balanced, and has a dash of acidity in it. Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chudwick (2346) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - JUL 23, 2014
Expectation: I figure this will lead to a good experience
Motivation: So far I’ve enjoyed most 21st Amendment beers I’ve had
Hardware: 12oz can (canned on 3/3/14) into Le Duvel
Nose: Raisins (figs) and Belgian sugars
sip: booze, white wine (vanilla and oak chips) and I can’t detect cinnamon even though I usually can
Taste: sweet
Misc: light to medium body
Conclusion: kind of drinks like the champagne of cough syrups, score says it all

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chinchill (2662) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 22, 2014
The 12 oz can poured clear, dark red-brown with a semi-durable tan head that left fine sticky lacing. Feel: Full body with excellent, soft carbonation. Cinnamon, vanilla and figs in the nose. Cinnamon, vanilla and figs dominate the flavor which also has a touch of oak and a malt base. Moderately spicy. About equal balance of bitter and sweet. O: tasty and complex.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (14619) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2014
Can at Casper is back tasting. Mid brown lasting beige head. Sweet malt aroma. slightly average quad. Sweet and ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leighton (13270) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2014
Can shared in London. Pours lightly hazy amber with a creamy off-white head. Strong malt aroma, toast, ripe fruits, brown sugar, dates. Medium sweet flavor with some grapes, toasty bread, mild leaves, alcohol, wood. Medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Lightly warming to finish with old, leathery berries, wood, grape skins, cherry, toast. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scopey (8329) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2014
Can thanks to Caspar. It pours hazy brown with a medium yellow-white head. The nose is roasty, spicy, figgy pudding, caramel, roasty and wood. The taste is bitter, spicy, earthy, wood, vanilla, toasty, caramel, warming alcohol, fig, decent bitterness, mild acidity and toast with a dry, spicy finish. Medium body and average carbonation. Pretty alright.

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