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RATINGS: 589   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (4549) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 31, 2010
Tap. Dark brown color with a small head. Strong fruity aroma with a hint of sourness. Big, malty flavor. An odd amount of nut for a Belgian Ale. Light fruit (cherry?). A bit yeasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Phil (178) - Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2010
From draft @21stamendment (and, yes, that’s right in a can) - prefered the draft version, very interesting beer, very drinkable, nice malts, good use of fruits and spices. Certainly one of the best beers to come from 21a.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2010
Thanks to bleeng for this beer. Pours a nice caramel brown color with red highlights. Cherry nose with nice malty aromas as well. Flavor not nearly as rich I would assume, but not bad. Some cherry and quad flavors, but very subdued.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vtafro (4222) - 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 (1554) - 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 (1478) - 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 (4586) - 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.

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