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RATINGS: 587   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tonkun (940) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2010
Can. Refreshing carbonation. Dark pour with minimum head that diminished quickly. Light flavor with spice and a lot of vanilla. A bit too sweet for me. Short finish with sweetness that lingers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (4529) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 31, 2010
Tap. Dark brown color with a small head. Strong fruity aroma with a hint of sourness. Big, malty flavor. An odd amount of nut for a Belgian Ale. Light fruit (cherry?). A bit yeasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Phil (178) - Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2010
From draft @21stamendment (and, yes, that’s right in a can) - prefered the draft version, very interesting beer, very drinkable, nice malts, good use of fruits and spices. Certainly one of the best beers to come from 21a.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5695) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2010
Dark fruity nose, plum, cherry, spice, brown sugar. Pours dark reddish brown with a decent beige head and a light lace. Lots of dark fruit, brown sugar, toast, roasted notes, plum, cherry. Fruity finish. Lighter bodied for style. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrChopin (3474) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 9, 2010
Hazy red-brown body with a bubbly beige head. Spices override much of the nose, still detect some plum, almond, cocoa, and oxidation. Thin body delivers some fruit, almond, faint bubblegum, Would like more body on this one, less spice and more coherence in the nose, and more nuance in the flavor. That said, this is still a decent quad, from a can at that.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
elihapa (1532) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - FEB 9, 2010
21st Amendment Monk’s Blood 2/8/10 (Pours blood red with some ruby undertones, white head. Aroma is minerally, some prune and bready notes. Palate is medium in fullness, not all that dry. Flavor lingers on a bready-fruit, candi sugar, slightly coppery note, I couldn’t get over the comparison to BLOOD. Uggh. And sweet in that "candi" way. Shall I retry this? I’d like to, but for now we shall say that I just couldn’t get into this beer. Coolest part is the color!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2010
Can thanks to the random chaps who came in the rake that night. Alround rating: Sweet candy sugar belgian character, has a small tartness to it, but its primarily all about the yeasty fruity sweetness and the small tartness just keeps it in check. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerman6686 (4840) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2010
This one poured a very dark red almost purple with a very small beige head. Aroma was lots of candi sugar, some fig and other dark fruit character too. Flavor was a bit yeasty, very sweet, with a little off flavor tinge in the swallow. All an all a decent beer bit a little weak for a quad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BelgianBeerGal (3279) - Panama City, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2010
Traded 12oz can. Pours a relatively dark brown with a small khaki head that dissipates quickly. Faint aroma of sour cherries, Belgian yeast and candy sugar; maybe even a little vanilla. Pretty light for a quad but I think that keeps it from being cloying and sticky sweet. Sweeter than expected but decently balanced by some spice. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BroSpud (1772) - , Massachusetts, USA - FEB 1, 2010
12oz can. Pours a dark red with very little head though plenty of effervescence (good word, gotta use that more). Alot of fruit without too much of the sweet making for a nice balanced flavor. No alcohol taste whatsoever.

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