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RATINGS: 564   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - JAN 14, 2010
Can. Poured a reddish brown with a thin head. Nose was sweet with Belgian yeast and dark fruits. Medium thin mouthful. Decent depth of flavors. Dark fruit, candied sugars and belgian yeast. Nice quad, a touch thin, but nice flavors and very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dogfish120love (915) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 13, 2010
Pours a brownish cherry wood color with very little head. The aroma is rather sweet and smells of dark fruits such as figs, cherry and plum. The 8.3 ABV warms the nostrils. the flavor starts off sweet, but ends with a slight tinge of sourness. The alcohol shines through somewhat significantly, but not to the point in which it is overwhelming. The texture is rather thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3283) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2010
12 oz can. Dark chestnut brown with a ring of foam. Nose is fig, raisin and vanilla with a faint cinnamon burn. Medium body with a tang. Taste is fig, vanilla and candi. Dry finish with bitter spices. Pretty tasty but more a spiced ale than a quad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
carruthm (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 13, 2010
on tap at tap house - seattle. I really liked this, complex, sweet, dark reddish brown in color, definitely a call back to belgian strongs

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mora2000 (5539) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2010
Pours dark red/brown with a khaki head. The aroma is a mix of dark fruit (figs, prunes) with a sour note, not what I was expecting but still a good smell. The flavor is more of the same with dark fruit and vanilla with some sour aspects, but not quite as much sourness as was in the aroma. The vanilla is strong in the aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel and lower carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2010
Tap at Rattle n Hum: Amber bronze pour with a tan film of head. Very fruity aroma- quite sharp and berryish with an underlying dry toasted malt character- the body is fairly light and slick. The flavor is fruity as well with a touch of rich tartness and sugary notes to balance. There’s some underlying woody/tobacco-like notes underneath the berryish fruitiness. Quite unique and rather eloquent, but loses points for not hitting the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4100) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 10, 2010
Tap @ Bailey’s Taproom... Poured dark brownish with a thick, tan head. Sweet, well carbonated with a good malt presence. Caramel, chewy, dark fruits and sugars with a slight alcohol character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftbeerdesign (2166) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2011 2009 vintage. pours a murky brown with a 1 finger off white head. sherry, sweet fruit and sugar on the nose. med body with light spice, dark fruits, cinnamon and light vanilla with wood notes. sweet / smooth finish with raisins, grapes and figs. ages well.

pours a light brown with a thin off white head... aromas of dark fruit and some faint yeast... medium body with cinnamon, nutmeg and some dark fruits such as raisins.... somewhat abrupt finish... lingering spice... not bad, not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillKismet (3321) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2010
Mahogany body with briefness of head. Deep varied malt and barley grain nose with mild roast about it. Good complexity of crystal malts and melanoidins with a muskiness in the air. Solid ale body with malt-wine on the back of the palate. Characterized by a mild esteriness and notes of caramel and chocolate. This dark Belgian quad. also shares heavy complexity in common with a Scottish Wee Heavy. It exudes a barrel-aged quality of an Old-ale as well, seeming to marry multiple styles.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - JAN 9, 2010
12 oz can from BevMo, Jack London Square. poured a deep hazy oranges with a nice white head, mildy sweet aroma. Nice sprice in the flavor with lots of dark fruit. finishies smooth with lingering sweetnes. Best beer I’ve ever had out of a can.

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