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RATINGS: 641   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2010
ajm with the HOOK-UP! If we were monks I imagine we would have been stoned by now, too. Appears black until held to the light, revealing a garnet shade with a creamy beige head of foam that leaves plenty of lacing. Smells of oak -- which is plenty ironic considering how I just poured it out of an aluminum can. Great aroma of vanilla, figs, and pie spices. Tastes of each with added notes of hops on the mid and cocoa at the back of the palate. Not quite as earthy as I was expecting -- actually kind of Baltic -- but I certainly enjoyed this. The story on the can is the cherry on top. My head would explode if this was on tap at Papago and I could get a "monk’s pour" of Monks Blood. LIVE RATE!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kmoen (1) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 29, 2012 does not count
Caramel, vanilla, toffee notes, not too sweet, but sweet enough for this style. Great to drink by itself, poured from the can

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
onceblind (7494) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2012
Pours a dark chestnut hue accented with some ruby, under a thin but persistent light khaki head. Aroma is biscuity, dark malty, with tones of raisin and brown sugar. Flavor is pretty raisin heavy, with some chewy thick dark malt toffee tones, some molasses, and a strong body with a warming boozy finish down the throat. Mild but persistent malt sweetness throughout, with a nice chewy body, and pleasant belgian dark fruity flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopbag (157) - - MAY 29, 2014
Very dark red but still lets light through. Light brown head. Very pleasant brown sugar aroma. Quite sweet with cherry juice taste (from aging on figs). Some Belgian yeast presence, maybe a hint of banana or clove, but pretty clean overall. Full mouthfeel with tingly carbonation. Still pretty sweet, but comes off as sessionable despite the high ABV. Alcohol is well hidden until the finish, which is dominated by tart cherry.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Paincane (170) - Georgia, USA - JUL 2, 2014
Opaque mahogany colored body is topped by a creamy khaki head. Vanilla, oak, fig and spice aromas make for a beautiful bouquet. Flavors include cinnamon, vanilla, dried dark fruits and a bit of booziness. Medium bodied, very flavorful and enjoyable. Delicious, excellent brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
popkow (308) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2015
Blood from a steel can. Nice amber sunset brown body with medium tan head. Aroma of yeast and alcohol. Flavor of bread, malts, cherry and perfect amount of carbonation. Nice crisp finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2009
Tap at Mac’s. Deep red/brownish color with a quickly fading head. Sweet, dark fruit aroma and flavor, the figs really come through in the flavor. Tangy finish. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
goldfish19 (50) - Long Island, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2009 ~ Purchased this 12 oz can from Big Z Beverage in Huntington, NY. This beer pours dark reddish brown with an off-white head that subsides rather quickly. I still can’t get over how this just poured right out of a can! The aroma consists of dark fruits, sugars, and sweet malts. The taste is very similar. Considering this beer is rated at 8.3% ABV, I found it very easy to drink. All in all, Monk’s Blood is complex, flavorful, and delicious. Thumbs up! ~

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2009
12oz can poured into a glass. Very neat to see a quad in a can. Poured amber brownish in color with a quickly diminishing beige head. Aroma of dark fruit, figs, vanilla, and some malty sweetness. Taste is full bodied with notes of dark fruits, vanilla, caramel, begian candy sugars, Quite nice and kudos to 21st amendment for a quad in a can.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sledutah (7065) - 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

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