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RATINGS: 641   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - DEC 31, 2009
Cloudy dark brown with a small head. Aroma is sweet, some yeast, faint fruit and mild spice. Doesn’t scream cinnamon or vanilla or even wood for that matter. Does have a nice flavor. Sweet, some light wood comes through here with some mild spice and sweetness. Some caramel and molasses with some fruity esters. Not bad I just wanted more out of those ingredients.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (3077) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2010
Pours out a ruby hues brown color with a moderate off white head. Aroma is of dried dark fruit, spice and some candi sugar. Smooth mouthfeel, but a little bit light on the body for packing over 8%. Notes of dried fruit, mainly fig and raisinand light cherry, some candi sugar, and some alcohol creeps in on the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2010
Pint – Eastside Club Tavern – Olympia, WA
Aroma – Nice light Belgian yeast aroma with a good roasted malt aroma lingering.
Appearance – Light Brown in color, Clear with a light head.
Flavor – Nice Quad with good malt flavors the added Belgian yeast gave the spice and dry fruit flavors.
Palate – Dry finish with a nice Mouthfeel.
Overall – There where tons of flavors, Chocolate, yeast, died fruit this beer had a ton going for itself. Liked this beer can’t wait to try more.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
troopie (2295) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - JAN 19, 2010
Tin. Poured deep deep ruby with thin tan head. Caramelly and fruity aroma, lots of raisin. Full flavour, fruity, almost sweet. Unsweetened Cherry finish. Flat body, little carbonation

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bleeng (1668) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sbroome (149) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2010
belgium beers do not whet my fancy. i have never been to a belgium beer festival, nor will i ever. that said, monk’s blood has a cool name and cool can. sounds interesting, let’s give it a try. pours dark red with little to no head. nose of yeast and bread, perhaps a ting of sour fruit. taste is somewhat typical of a belgium. taste is much the same, bready yeast with a little spice. i can’t really taste the vanilla. overall, not too bad, just not my style.

3.4
   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 I’ve 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.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (12878) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 5, 2010
A dark reddish brown ale with thin light moka head. In aroma, pleasant dark fruits, caramel and alcohol, with notes of bubble gum, wine, and licorice. In mouth, a rather tart burned caramel, leading the way to molasses, wood extracts, herbal hops, a bit cloying and over the top to my liking. Still, rich and challenging in mouth. Can bought at Whole Foods, DC.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MeadMe (1602) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2010
A: A very deep shade of amber with a nice tall off white head. No real retention but it does leave behind some spotty lace. S: Aromas of sweet caramel and brown sugar malt. Light cherry with a nice addition of spice. T: Malty for sure. Lots of caramel and dark molasses. Light dark fruit and a tinge of cinnamon. M: Medium in body, pretty smooth, nicely carbed.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2010
Awesome looking can that deserves high praise. Unfortunately the beer inside did not quite live up to the expectations. Pours a dark cherry color with a quickly fading collar of froth. Aroma is fairly muted with a bit of dried fig, caramel and a touch of wood. Flavor is complex with the cinnamon dominating and layers of vanilla, oak, candi sugar and some spicy Belgian yeast notes. Carbonation is minimal and the palate is slightly thin. Ends with a lingering spicy yeast note that is uninspiring. Not a bad attempt and definitely the best ever in a can, but not on par with other commonly available quads.


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