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RATINGS: 630   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 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 (3159) - 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 (12403) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 4, 2010
THOUGHTS: Not as good as I was hoping for, but still incredible for being in a can. I was a little surprised by the ABV, because I thought a quad had to be stronger. It was probably the best non Oskar Blues canned beer Iíve tried. It had a very complex flavor. The flavor was way better than the aroma, but both seemed a little artificial or forced to me. Maybe it will age better. Overall, very intense. TECHNICAL: Can. Poured a clear, dark, brownish red that looked bright red in light with a small to average, off-white head that mostly diminished and left good to fair lacing. The aroma was light to moderate grain and caramel malt; light yeast; wood, brown sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla, cola, alcohol and dried mission figs. The combination made me think occasionally of a little of wet dog and dog shampoo. The initial flavor was sweet; while the finish was rather sweet, slightly bitter and lightly sour with an average duration. There was candy sugar, wood, cherry, slight alcohol, cinnamon, hints of cola or maybe vanilla, fig, fruits, maple syrup and a little hairspray maybe. The medium body was syrupy with fizzy carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7960) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 3, 2010
Courtesy of bvc. Can pours ruby blood red with light tan head. The aroma is mildly roasted malts and winter like spices. I canít put my finger on some of this aroma. It almost seems to have a brown sugar cinnamon encrusted graham cracker sense. The taste is smooth with malty sweetness, some cherry fruitiness, some spices as well as sugar stewed prunes and figs. Overall this is one smooth brew where the flavor notes blend together as to defy description.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2010
Quad in a can?! Cool! A deep, dark body looks pitch black at first glance, but as you pull the glass closer you realize it is actually the darkest crimson color imaginable. A small, taught head of smooth, beige tinted foam settles in slowly to a wispy, swirly film. Tattered, sheety ribbons of lacing circle the glass, coating it well. The aroma is based in dark candy sugar and caramelized grain, with loads of sweet, dark fruit elements, including fermented figs, prunes, and raisins. Cinnamon and vanilla are present in the background, playing a subtle but complimentary role. The flavor is again quite sweet, showing loads of dark candy sugar, burnt honey, and scorched caramel, hinting at dry cocoa, and loaded with sugary fruit. Figs and raisins are prominent, lending further earthy sweetness, while cinnamon and earthen hops offer peppery-sweet spice and countering bitterness, respectively. The palate gets most of its heft from the sugars, it seems, while ultra-fine, lively carbonation distributes the flavors well without coming across too intense on the finish. Overall, itís a fine brew, and it gets mega cool points for being in a can.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sebletitje (8841) - Enghien, BELGIUM - FEB 28, 2010
courtesy of ibrew2or3. pours brown, light tan head. aroma found this one to have plenty of dark fruit sweetness, candi sugar aroma leaning on the Belgian strong character. flavor, smooth, sugary, mild malts and dark fruits, caramel malts, Belgian yeast and grainy mouthfeel. The fruits made this one almost too sweet for my taste. Wouldnít mind trying it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
allendodd (116) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 27, 2010
Pours a dark brown under a thin and quickly dissipating head. Nose in malt and vanilla with some wood. First taste is big and sweet malty with the vanilla and oak expanding quickly under it. Palate is creamy and smooth with a little bite that seems mostly alcohol. Finish has a long and lingering vanilla, and Iím not convinced that I like that especially. Midway through the drink, the malt helps make the vanilla part of a bigger picture and I like it there just fine. This is a nice beer and Iíll keep coming back for more.

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