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RATINGS: 586   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vtafro (3913) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2010
Draft @ Hulmeville Inn. Very nice brune burgundy pour, with some tan head. Can’t sense any alcohol as far as tastes or smell. Cherry, belgian candi, slight chocolate malt, maybe vanilla, very smooth brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 24, 2010
Courtesy of wavers1. Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Smells of sweet malt, tea, spicy. Tastes of dark fruit, chocolate, some brown sugar, some peppery hints. Nicely balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tripplebrew (778) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 24, 2010
Pours a hazy copper brown with really thin cream-colored head. Aroma is very raisiny with nutty undertones. Flavor is heavily of candi sugar, sweetened dried fruit (raisin) and vanilla. Body is light to medium with high carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 23, 2010
Tap at Rattle. Very sweet aroma, with a lot of vanilla, prune. Tons of vanilla, sweet bark, maple syrup and corn syrup flavor. It is beyond me how they can call this a quad, let alone mention Westvleteren in the name. Not cool. A cloying mess.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bleeng (1548) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2010
Can thanks to CA Jimmy-thanks buddy!! Nice black can with some strange gothic writing that is very hard to read. Pours dark red, filtered with a nice but rapidly diminishing head. Nose is sour cherries, a bit of funk. Remnants of a Belgian sour-not sure about this being a quad. Tastes is sour cherries, tart, some sweetness but not overwhelming. Alcohol is well hidden. Fluffy palate that seems to thin out on the end. Overall not a bad beer-unique for sure.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
coldbrewky (1461) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - JAN 22, 2010
Unctuous deserts? WTF?!!? Can at the rip and run. A ruby red in the glass with a disgusting cotton candy nose.First sip reflects the same. Some droopy legs. Candi sugar finally burns off after a 30 minute sit in the glass. Body diminishes and is a bit watery towards finish. Blargh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markwise (4544) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 20, 2010
Thanks to joeneugs for this extra. What a unique beer! Pours a thick, well-carbonated red-brown with a khaki head. Nose is malt, dark fruit, spice, date, and some tartness/ vinegar. Flavor is malt, vinegar/ tart, spice, fruit, dates, and vanilla/ oak coming in during the latter part of the beer. Medium-bodied and very enjoyable, especially the vanilla that lingers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
troopie (2291) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - JAN 19, 2010
Tin. Poured deep deep ruby with thin tan head. Caramelly and fruity aroma, lots of raisin. Full flavour, fruity, almost sweet. Unsweetened Cherry finish. Flat body, little carbonation

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ben4321 (4260) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 19, 2010
Location: 12 oz can from Gilly’s, 1/19/10

Aroma: Dark fruits (cherry, raisin, maybe fig), some wood, caramel, and spice
Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany color with a fizzy tan colored head
Flavor: Fairly sweet from the dark fruits, with almost no bitterness to it at all
Palate: Soft, almost flat, carbonation, it really hides the alcohol well with really no burn
Overall Impression: This beer seems to have a lot of fruit flavor to it, particularly the cherry. I like it, but it could probably use a little balance. Seems to be a lot going on though. Pour a huge head, but I blinked and it was gone, leaving just a small ring around the glass. Still, I liked the color quite a bit, a nice looking beer. Something I’d probably not drink very often, but if you are looking for a sweet "change of pace" beer, this one is certainly suitable. The nose is probably the best component, but the rest is pretty solid as well. This one kind of grows on you, and it is probably a sipper more due to the sweetness then the booze, but if a sweet finish is an issue for you, I’d probably say stay away.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - JAN 16, 2010
On tap @ The Hop Yard, Pleasanton. Love this quad! Pours a ruby red with frothy white head. Flavor is clean, smooth, a little tart, a little dry but finishes clean. Notes of wood, and a little vanilla in there.

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