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RATINGS: 531   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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sledutah (4115) - Utah, USA - DEC 23, 2009
On tap at 21A
Appearance: Dark brown with a red tint and nice tan head and lacing
Aroma: Belgian candy, raisin and yeast
Taste: Raisin, candy sugar with some fig
This is a smooth and easy drinking beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vtafro (2465) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 8, 2010
This poured a dark amber with a finger of creamy head. Aroma has some raisins, licorice and candi sugar. Body is fairly rich and full, like a good quad should. The mouthfeel is also very smooth with extremely soft carbonation. Taste has strong dark fruit like raisin and plum. Burnt caramel sweetness is also quite prevalent on the aftertaste. This is an extremely well balanced quad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rusty (1533) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 3, 2010
Can Pours a deep brownish color with a large off white to tan head. Aroma is dark fruits, candi sugar, belgian yeasts, spices and caramel. Flavor is dark fruits, belgian yeasts, esthers, spices, caramel, bread, candi sugar, well balanced and easy to drink. This is great stuff, wish I could find more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dlovell2 (568) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 8, 2010
Poured from can. Dark brown with reddish tint and tan head. Roasted aroma with vanilla and fruit notes. Sweet fruity flavors with hints of vanilla and cinnamon. Very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeff789 (1404) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2011
Clear deep amber, small tanish head, excellent retention... compact bubbles... cherry aroma, woody, light choc, touch of alcohol, light tart fruits... Cherry, belgian yeasts, woody, light light vanilla, some chocolate... medium bodied, lightly creamy, very clean tasting... cherry underneath throughout, amazing beer from can...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SSSteve (3665) - - MAR 3, 2011
can. murky reddish purple with a medium, creamy, beige head. aroma is sweet with raisin, cinnamon, flowers, candied cherries. flavors of caramel and candied red cherry, cinnamon, hint of vanilla. full body and syrupy. incredible canned nectar. reminds me of a strong bells christmas ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
abcfan (677) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2011
Mmmmm, good beer. Pours a dark red color with fluffy tan head. Aroma is full of dark fruit, with sweet candi yeast, and a hint of spice. Rolls very smooth across tongue and tastes of dark fruit, with a vanilla and cinnamon finish. Would drink again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
radioscooter (41) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2011
I confess. I have still not embraced the can. I know it’s the low-carbon-imprint wave of the future and all, but I’m just not there yet. Tried the Old Chubb by OB because of my love for Scotch Ales. Hated it. Grabbed one can of this with no expectations. Strike that, I had negative expectations. First - color is beautiful dark brown mahogany. Uncloudy. Beautiful stiff foam with a med-aggressive pour. Smell says - surprise - Belgian dark ale. Great hints of dark fruit, fig, earthy and a little ether. Taste just blew me away. All the malty, fruity, figgy, oaky, spicy goodness you’d expect out of some obscure imported Belgian bomber. Rich, medium to full bodied, mid to high flavorful. Carbonation is a tiny bit high and I can’t imagine how they’ll pull off bottle-conditioning? (probably some memo I missed) which means it needs to be really drinkable as it leaves the brewery. This is pretty close. Aftertaste is where it fails a bit - not a lot mind you, nothing as horrible as the chemicals Ommegang wants you to believe are all natural. But there’s a tinge there. A little "canniness" maybe. But not enough to complain about. Final: A wildly pleasant surprise. Drink again? Absolutely. A little pricey here at $4 a can, otherwise, I’d buy a case.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
shroud0fdoom (150) - Maryland, USA - JUN 25, 2012
Looks like day old iced tea. Cinnamon and Oak prevail at first whiff, figs shortly follow through. Taste is first banana, vanilla, spicy yeast and alcohol. Medium bodied. Overall this is a very good offering of an American brewer to pull off a BSDA.

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