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RATINGS: 613   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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (14042) - San Leandro, 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 (5685) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
obguthr (4900) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Smells of toejam, rad grapes, and pineapple. Ochre pour, with a medium tan head, decent lacing. It tastes of rust, must, sweaty feet, and elderberries. Finishes with red grapes. This was a very strange brew. Point for originality, but a point off for enjoyability. Not particularly well executed, but certainlt unique.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (5860) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2010
(12oz can thanks to a generous BA at BA La Muerta release) pours clear brown with nice bubbles and lacing. Nose of pomegranate, apricot. Taste of chocolate, bread, cranberry with a good fruity finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smcolw (613) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 20, 2010
Pours ruby brown with a glowing clarity. Thick beige head that settles slowly, but doesn’t leave much lace. Sweet caramel aroma of darker crystal malts. No notable hop to the nose. This is a tale of a sweet, rich beer. Here, I can detect the slightest of hop bitterness. Lots of sweet cola flavor. The alcohol doesn’t show up until the swallow. Very true to the style even with the oily body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (5063) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2010
can thanks to a ba at the balm bottle release. deep amber with a cream head. pomegranate, apricot, dried fruits, yeast and no alcohol. nice on the palate, flavors of mixed dried fruits, light yeast and a light alcohol finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6463) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 18, 2010
@Taphouse Grill. Clear ruby garnet color/ tan head. Mild cherry, toffee, malt powder aromas. Rich smooth mouthfeel. Good toffee sweet n’ spicy flavors with cherry, light roast finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - FEB 17, 2010
On tap @ Lures, Crownsville Md - Dark ruby red pour w/a moderate tan head. Classic sweet Belgian aroma. Flavors of dark fruit, candied sugar, vanilla, figs, roasted malt, & cherries w/some woodsy/oak overtones. Had a good bit of carbonation as well. Alcohol was well hidden, very smooth & easy to drink. This could be a session brew if not for the high alcohol, it was that smooth. Long malty finish. Good Brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Capa (2417) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - FEB 16, 2010
Beautifully deep ruby red with a medium head. Sweet, malty, dark and ripe fruits, plums, cherries, slightly tart aroma. Medium body. Real tasty, this one. Fruits, sweet malts, slight wood, and a bit of fruity tartness. Finish is drying. A real good drink; would like to pick up more of this one.

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