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RATINGS: 625   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 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 (7930) - 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 (8663) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (9207) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2010
Pours deep red/brown with off white head, aroma is dark fruit including fig, cinnamon. Taste is huge cinnamon and vanilla up front, and leads into the figs and other dark fruits with a sweet finish. Very nice brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 27, 2010
Serving: 12 oz. can from Sperryville Corner Store. I have to say, this is the first Quad Iíve had out of a can. Here goes. It pours a very deep brown with red highlights, not unlike a Coke. It has a foamy light tan head that quickly fades into nothing. The nose has notes of raisin, caramel, slightly roasted malt, some dark fruit, and earth. The taste is an almost tart earthiness that catches me off guard. Lots of raisin, prune, a bit of choclate in the back, and quite a bit of fruity sweetness. Perhaps a bit too much. There is no bitterness to speak of. the carbonation is non-existant. This one is just too off for me to enjoy. The mouthfeel is nondeScript and lifeless. I held out a lot of hope for my first canned Abt but this one falls miserably short. I do not recommend this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2010
Enjoyed from a 12oz can in a whiskey snifter. The beer pours a medium to deep brown color, with a small light tan head that quickly moves itself to the sides of the beer/glass. The nose shows itself as being the result of a beautifully thought out dubbel recipe. Figs, caramel, toffee, burnt raisons, a bit of wood, and a subtle note of Chimay-esque yeast esters. The palate doesnít quite live up to the promise of the nose, but still delivers the goods, showing raisons, trappist esters, and a semi-sweet finish that lingers in the mouth for an enjoyable moment. Overall, one of the better American-brewed examples of dubbel Iíve experienced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2010
Pours a hazy brown. Nose is vanilla, cinnamon, figs, dark fruits, sweet malts, cherry and yeast. Flavor is sweet malts, sweet fruits, fig, raisin, spices, yeast. Very nice offering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drake (11469) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 25, 2010
12 ounce can from Whole Foods Market, Charlottesville, VA. Pours a dark, hazy bronzeish dark brown color with a medium brown head. Decent head retention and lacing. The aroma I find strange with some nondeScript maltiness punctuated by vinous grape and berry notes. Some faint herbal and plastic notes as well. The taste is dark malts, toffee, berries, herbal notes. nuts, plastic. I had a sample of this earlier and found it odd and displeasing. Now that Iím having a full can I still find it odd and displeasing, though slightly less so. Full bodied. Weird beer.

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