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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4110) - 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 (2167) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 8, 2010
12 oz can. Pours a deep hazy amber brown with a initial fluffy beige gray head- some spotty lace - head fades. Aroma is toasted nuts, light metallic, copper piping- slight though- orange, and fruity esters, sweet, toffee caramel, deep special b fruits and caramel with earth and spicy phenols. Flavor is sweet upfront- almost soda- cola like, fruits, prunes and very sugary sweet- honey, dark sucrose syrup, treacle, and molasses- spicy phenols, earth leather, dirt, - and despite the sweetness upfront and the middle- it actually finishes out a bit airy and fairly dry which is surprising. Pretty good and drinkable- about the same as I remember on tap at RnH- this may be even a bit better in a can.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - JAN 7, 2010
Reddish brown with a fluffy white head. Chocolate and vanilla aroma. Amazing taste of chocolate vanilla fig some bourbon and oak notes and a sweet roasted coconut finish. Wow. Very well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zdk (1809) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2010
tap @ RnH. Pours dark brown, A nice arouma is fruity, raisins and plums, woody with a trace of alcohol. A bit bready and sour/tart. Finishes smooth and clean. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10802) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 5, 2010
Can from Malt & Vine. Pours dark amber with a huge foamy tan head. Smells a bit like wet dog - plus caramel and odd bits. Not funk, but related. Or could be fig. Medium body with mild carbonation. Flavor is fruit of the medium dark type, with caramel, wood and some floral hop. Weird and wild stuff. Yet strangely mellow. There should be more beers like this. Almost develops chocolate in the finish. Ends a bit sweet, but that’s fair Belgian. It’s fair growin on me. I’d drink this anytime.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
deadoralive (11) - California, USA - JAN 5, 2010
Bought this at Bi-Rite in San Francisco. I really loved it. I wish I could find it in Southern Cal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
adrian910ss (2328) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2010
12 oz can. Pours a dark, yet clear reddish brown maple with a medium sized beige head. Has a ruby red tint to it. Aroma of sweet malt, light vanilla and dark fruit. Taste of watery dark fruit(dates, raisins, plums and prunes), lightly sweetened malt, toffee, vanilla and oak. A lot going on here, but the flavors just don"t stand out.

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