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RATINGS: 636   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cavie (4233) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 30, 2010
Bottle courtesy of fata2683. I mean can. Not bottle. Sorry. Dark red ruby color. Smell is of deep rich fruit and malts. Taste is dry and slightly cloying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
boamr (310) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2010
Pours a nice dark brown color with a tan head. Has a nice smell Belgian yeast, dark fruit, and a little nutty taste. Has a caramel, figs, little bit of nut also in the taste. Very little cinnamon taste but it’s there. It’s actually a pretty good beer considering it came from a can.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nephilium (1658) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2010
Nice spiced aroma, with hints of dark fruit and caramel. Pours a reddish-brown, with just a dusting of foam. This beer is on the sweeter side, with a touch of roast in the finish. A bit of stickiness to the mouthfeel, but a quite tasty beer, especially out of a can.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2010
Can. A clear, dark, copper beer with a thin beige head. Nose is toasted malt, caramel, cherry, and alcohol. Medium body with a smooth mouth feel. Flavor has a good amount of caramel, brown sugar sweetness with some big vinous fruity notes of cherry and fig. Mid way through I pick up some light tartness and some subtle wood notes. Finishes with light warming alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (8679) - Ohio, USA - APR 22, 2010
12 oz. can from Tmoney99. Thanks Tom! Pours a nice brownish orange color with a medium sized fine beige head that collapses to a thin sheet. The aroma is caramel/toffee, somewhat fruity with hints of spice and light metallic notes that may just be a weird hoppiness. The flavor has some sweetness early, that goes away with the spices and the dry bitterness in the back. Fruits, figs, a hint of molasses, earthy bitterness and some alcohol notes all interact with a caramel/toffee base. Medium plus bodied. This has a little bite to it as it goes down, but I like it. I am glad this is new to the area and can grab a few for the golf league.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GRM (3669) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - APR 21, 2010
Can, 355 ml, gift from Luc Bourbonnière or Karl Probst (merci!), savoured on April 21 2010; eye: copper with a reddish hue, clear, no effervescence, tiny ring of beige head, good lacing; nose: malt, caramel, light fruity, alcohol, “nutty”; mouth: lots of malt, caramel, “nutty”, light fruity, alcohol, finale in malt with presence of “nuts” and alcohol, light astringency, medium body, average carbonation, slick texture, mildly sweet; overall: interesting FRANÇAIS Canette, 355 ml, cadeau de Luc Bourbonnière ou Karl Probst (merci!), savourée le 21 avril 2010; œil : cuivrée avec une teinte rougeâtre, claire, pas d’effervescence, petit anneau de mousse beige, bonne dentelle; nez : malt, caramel, léger fruité, alcool, noix; bouche : beaucoup de malt, caramel, noix, léger fruité, alcool, finale en malt avec présence de noix et d’alcool, légère astringence, corps moyen, carbonatation moyenne, texture coulante, moyennement sucrée; en résumé : intéressante

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 20, 2010
12oz can: Pours a transparent dark mahogany with ruby hues and a stringy-lacing coating of light tan head. Has sweet toasty dark caramel malts and fruity esters throughout the nose with some brown sugar and cherries. Starts with pretty good fullness and sweet sugary caramel malts with some dark fruity raisin and milk chocolate complexity before a slightly warming black cherry finish. A unique and enjoyable brew.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - APR 20, 2010
Colour is sort of a deep copper over-brewed Earl Grey with a fairly thin off white head of foam. Not an incredible array of smell coming to me...some raisin and prune essence and maybe some doughy shortbread kind of feel. Taste resembles more of the sugared dark fruits, some yams, banana, slight herbal and clove tastes happening. The body seems really thin and the overall taste is a little too sweet for my liking. but this was a fine drink to try, nonetheless.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2010
(Sample Date: 4/12/2010 Source:Other) Chocolate and bubble gum aroma. Clear deep amber. Chocolate and yeast fruitiness with some hot alcohol. Quite sweet and syrupy. Lacks a lot of complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
chaz01 (190) - Miamisburg, Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2010
A couple of sample pours at a local beer tasting event from a 12 ounce can. Very dark brown, average head, some bubbles noticed rising up from the glass. Sweet malty smell, earthy grains A little bit on the sweet side, with lots of dark fruit flavors like raisins and plums. I was expecting a tinny metallic taste from the can, but pleasantly found none. Maybe a little bit thin on the palate for such a big beer, but overall is very smooth. Nice carbonation and finish kept me coming back for more. I think this would go great with a hearty meal, or stands up well by itself. Despite the 8.3 ABV, was very smooth -- could drink more than one of these. The cans would make it ideal for some place where bottles are prohibited like a pool, etc.

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