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RATINGS: 625   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2011 Can, thanks to bleeng. Pours a reddish-brown with white bubbles instead of head. Nose is of figs and cinnamon. Taste is of cinnamon, figs and vegetal. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBunn (2643) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2010
Can (and there is something horrendously sacrilegious about a quad in a can). Pours nicely enough, though and the can is long forgotten by the time I sit down to enjoy (well... not really). Anyhow, body is a deep, dark copper and supports a dense, but thin, head. Aromas of brown sugar, caramel, light raisins and maybe cherries. Quite intriguing and fortunately Iím not picking up any aluminum. Flavor is luxurious... lots of sugary sweetness and dark fruits swirling around. Cherries seem to come through the strongest, but there is a pretty good alcohol kick, too, which is hard to miss. At a couple of points on the race to the bottom of the glass it seemed a little like cough syrup (which I detest), but those moments were ephemeral. Itís pretty sweet, though, and now Iím wondering how this will age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
decaturstevo (5743) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 10, 2010
Deep amber pour with tan head and lace. Aroma of brown sugar and dried fruit. A bit mettalic and fruity. Thin and foamy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2010
Awesome looking can that deserves high praise. Unfortunately the beer inside did not quite live up to the expectations. Pours a dark cherry color with a quickly fading collar of froth. Aroma is fairly muted with a bit of dried fig, caramel and a touch of wood. Flavor is complex with the cinnamon dominating and layers of vanilla, oak, candi sugar and some spicy Belgian yeast notes. Carbonation is minimal and the palate is slightly thin. Ends with a lingering spicy yeast note that is uninspiring. Not a bad attempt and definitely the best ever in a can, but not on par with other commonly available quads.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MeadMe (1570) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2010
A: A very deep shade of amber with a nice tall off white head. No real retention but it does leave behind some spotty lace. S: Aromas of sweet caramel and brown sugar malt. Light cherry with a nice addition of spice. T: Malty for sure. Lots of caramel and dark molasses. Light dark fruit and a tinge of cinnamon. M: Medium in body, pretty smooth, nicely carbed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - MAR 8, 2010
Aroma real good some sourness comes through which is great. Taste is a little too sweet with a sour finish. Very faint oakeyness. Too much vanilla. Caramel and chocolate is enjoyable. The sour notes really do it for me. So if you like sours I recommend this. There is a lot going on here.... maybe too much but I still really enjoyed it over all. Appearance like a beautiful sunset.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
portableparty (2263) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 8, 2010
12 oz. can. Pour is clear dark brown with red showing when held near light. Thin head that dissapears fast and little to no lacing. Aroma sweet malt and some faint spice. Taste is strong sweet malt with plenty of carbonation and booze. Palate medium feel lively dry finish. Not bad brew , but will not buy again plenty of nice belgiums to buy for $10.00

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 8, 2010
Figs come out big in the aroma, along with vanilla and other spices. Flavor seems to have an edge of fig-skin tannin to it. I would have preferred a less heavily spiced version, but it might mellow with some aging.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LinusStick (3136) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2010 Meh....a decent beer but obviously an American interpretation. Aroma was decent. Cinnamon, dark cherry and plum. Pour was a nice enough murky deep red with a thin off white ring for a head. Taste was a little too fruity for me. Strong cherry, plum and cinnamon with a yeasty bite. The wood starts coming out as it warms. Not overpowering, but lends a vanilla note to the aftertaste. Not bad, but not great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (12284) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 5, 2010
A dark reddish brown ale with thin light moka head. In aroma, pleasant dark fruits, caramel and alcohol, with notes of bubble gum, wine, and licorice. In mouth, a rather tart burned caramel, leading the way to molasses, wood extracts, herbal hops, a bit cloying and over the top to my liking. Still, rich and challenging in mouth. Can bought at Whole Foods, DC.

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