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RATINGS: 610   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (8672) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2010
Pours deep red/brown with off white head, aroma is dark fruit including fig, cinnamon. Taste is huge cinnamon and vanilla up front, and leads into the figs and other dark fruits with a sweet finish. Very nice brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 27, 2010
Serving: 12 oz. can from Sperryville Corner Store. I have to say, this is the first Quad I’ve had out of a can. Here goes. It pours a very deep brown with red highlights, not unlike a Coke. It has a foamy light tan head that quickly fades into nothing. The nose has notes of raisin, caramel, slightly roasted malt, some dark fruit, and earth. The taste is an almost tart earthiness that catches me off guard. Lots of raisin, prune, a bit of choclate in the back, and quite a bit of fruity sweetness. Perhaps a bit too much. There is no bitterness to speak of. the carbonation is non-existant. This one is just too off for me to enjoy. The mouthfeel is nondescript and lifeless. I held out a lot of hope for my first canned Abt but this one falls miserably short. I do not recommend this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2010
Enjoyed from a 12oz can in a whiskey snifter. The beer pours a medium to deep brown color, with a small light tan head that quickly moves itself to the sides of the beer/glass. The nose shows itself as being the result of a beautifully thought out dubbel recipe. Figs, caramel, toffee, burnt raisons, a bit of wood, and a subtle note of Chimay-esque yeast esters. The palate doesn’t quite live up to the promise of the nose, but still delivers the goods, showing raisons, trappist esters, and a semi-sweet finish that lingers in the mouth for an enjoyable moment. Overall, one of the better American-brewed examples of dubbel I’ve experienced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gkost (1710) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2010
Pours a hazy brown. Nose is vanilla, cinnamon, figs, dark fruits, sweet malts, cherry and yeast. Flavor is sweet malts, sweet fruits, fig, raisin, spices, yeast. Very nice offering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drake (10695) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 25, 2010
12 ounce can from Whole Foods Market, Charlottesville, VA. Pours a dark, hazy bronzeish dark brown color with a medium brown head. Decent head retention and lacing. The aroma I find strange with some nondescript maltiness punctuated by vinous grape and berry notes. Some faint herbal and plastic notes as well. The taste is dark malts, toffee, berries, herbal notes. nuts, plastic. I had a sample of this earlier and found it odd and displeasing. Now that I’m having a full can I still find it odd and displeasing, though slightly less so. Full bodied. Weird beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Guerde (1221) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 25, 2010
(can) Pours reddish-brown with a cream colored head that settles to a thin film and leaves some lacing. Aroma of red vines licorice, oak, cinnamon raisin rolls, and as it warms, some vanilla as well. There’s also something in here that smells a bit off towards the end of the sniff, it’s dry and slightly tart. Taste does possess some fig, candi sugar, caramel, oak, and a bit of bread and a spike of berry tartness before the finish which ends with plenty of dry oak and a subtle bitterness. Upon exhaling the flavor is reminiscent of turkey stuffing. Can’t taste the vanilla that was present in the aroma. Mouthfeel is somewhat light for the style, but the carbonation is appropriate. A decent beer which I have to award extra points in the overall because A. It’s a canned quad. and B. It’s a halfway decent beer brewed by Cold Spring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11586) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2010
12oz can @Suttree’s Nothing else to do TN Gathering. Thanks Suttree/Phil-pours a tan head and amber/red color. Aroma is medium/dark malt, barny, fruit, earthy. Taste is medium/dark malt, barny, fruit-prune, earthy. Oh yeah and I seemed to have picked up some beghelad:-)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (13603) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 22, 2010
A: The pour is a dark, reddish-brown color with perhaps a hint of orange. The head is fairly fluffy and off-white in color. S: There is quite a bit of spice (cinnamon) in the nose, along with some dark fruits as well as bready malts. T: The flavors were a bit disappointing, to be honest. Plenty of caramel malt, alcohol, spice, and overly sweet. The fruits were not as "real" as I was hoping, but more of a sugary, fake fruit flavor. M: Decent enough body (medium) with a fairly high level of carbonation. D: Perhaps my expectations were a bit too high for this one. I found it to be alright, but not amazing, and the alcohol presence doesn’t really make me want to drink a significant amount of this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sbroome (149) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2010
belgium beers do not whet my fancy. i have never been to a belgium beer festival, nor will i ever. that said, monk’s blood has a cool name and cool can. sounds interesting, let’s give it a try. pours dark red with little to no head. nose of yeast and bread, perhaps a ting of sour fruit. taste is somewhat typical of a belgium. taste is much the same, bready yeast with a little spice. i can’t really taste the vanilla. overall, not too bad, just not my style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (5579) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 21, 2010
I;m gonna be honest here. This was the last beer of the night and frankly, my notes are pretty much illegible. I can pick up up that the review was largely positive, and I also seemed to express amazement that this came from a can. I seemed to have picked up some coffee, toffee, and beghelad. Also some whiksy, which I assume to be whiskey. Thanks to Secret Sant for this one. Oh, and if anyone knows what beghelad is, drop me a line. I’d like to know.

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