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RATINGS: 629   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (8012) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 4, 2010
Can at the brewpub in San Fran. Pours a brown color with a small white head. The aroma is sweet toasted fruity oak. The flavor is strawberries, oak, sweet and fruity, nutty, figs, lots of things to like. Not a overly sweet Quad which is good to see. Rich and easygoing. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2010
My first shot at the 21st Amendment Brewery.
A pretty good Belgian style ale. Flavors are little drier than what might be expected with some a hint of tart in the finish. Still contains notes of dark fruits and has a substantial yeast aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (8687) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 2, 2010
Pours murky brown with a modest tan head that disappeared in a minute or two. There is a fruity malt aroma. The flavor is mostly chocolate and treacle, making this a tasty brew. However, it does not have the complexity or the depth of the good Belgian quads.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1761) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2011 Can, thanks to Keith. Pours brown, with a tan head. Aroma is spices, malt, vanilla, and fruit. Flavor is vanilla, malt, fruit, spices, oak, and chocolate. Medium body. A really nice beer to come out of a can.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fred82 (2131) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 30, 2010
12oz can thanks to suzygreenberg
Appearance : Very dark brown almost black with a big creamy brown head.
Aroma : Some grains with hints of veggies. Dark fruits with hints of liquorice. Hints of hops. Liquorice is getting more present with time.
Taste : Lots of liquorice with some dark fruits. Hints of raisins (Expecially on the finish) with some more liquorice. Hints of hops. Dry finish, a bit warm and bitter. Finish gets sweeter as it warms up.
Overall : It got significantly better as it warmed up. There was a bit too much liquorice at first but it faded a bit at the end giving place to a more fruity and sweet molasses profile. Wow I can’t believe how this one got better heating up, especially the aroma. Nice beer. Thanks Ben !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (12576) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2010
(12oz can) Pours a hazy amber body with a medium cream head. Aroma of herbs, raisins, dates, nuts, and caramel. Flavor of caramel, raisins, brown sugar, cherry, and plum.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ROGUE (2152) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - MAR 30, 2010
12oz can. Pours a clear dark reddish brown with a light tan head, that has decent retention and lacing. Aroma is fairly strong and sweet, dark fruit, figs, yeast, lots of sugars. Balanced and creamy flavor containing dark fruit, figs, raisin, plums, bready dark malt and some molasses. The finish has a slight mild bitterness or alcohol bite. Smooth and creamy, with the alcohol well hidden. A very sessionable Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
deyholla (9717) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2010
Can at the 2010 March Metro Detroit tasting. Poured a dark amber red that was a touch hazy and a white head. Aroma had lots of spice notes (cinnamon) and yeast notes. Flavor was similar with nice spices and sweeter grain notes and yeast notes as well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ilovedarkbeer (2685) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 29, 2010
Can thanks to blutt59? Notes of burnt biscuits, raspberries, faint chocolate, and charred wood. I like my quads sweeter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 29, 2010
can thanks to Brooha, pours deep ruby red with a tall light tan head. Aroma is boozy lots of alcohol and spice. Some clove and peppermint, lots of yeast and cinnamon. Flavor is rich malts, very bready and tons of yeast and sweet raisin and candied sugar. I really like this.

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