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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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
emacgee (4009) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 29, 2012
Pours a rich mahogany brown with ruby highlights and two fingers of foamy mocha tan head. Nose was very nice, lots of rich sweet fruit with notes of fig and raisin over brown sugar and spicy phenolics. I canít really explain this flavor at all. Absolute palate disaster, feels like I just drank Campari.... Iím going to come back to this one at some point and hope I had something nuts in my Karmeliet glass. Extremely bitter and astringent and altogether unpleasant. I can barely taste

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rdixon77 (664) - Georgia, USA - MAR 31, 2012
UPDATED: APR 2, 2012 "At one point in my life I wanted to be a monk. Iíve decided that everyone has had the monk fantasy at some point in their life. What isnít there to love about it? Your day to day life is all planned: you wake up, do some chants, pray a lot, commune with the sacred, work in a garden, if youíre in a dream monastery you may even make some beer. You donít have to worry about women, because you donít have sex. You canít miss a thing you havenít had, right? Well, beside the whole intercourse thing, being a monk is probably pretty awesome. Anyway, onward to the beer at hand, Monks Blood is like a sinnerís idealized version of life in the monastery wherein you get all the benefits of monastic life and break some rules. What it misses, though is that part of what makes ĎMonk Timeí so awesome is that you have all the rules set out for you and you follow them. You are not a separate, autonomous entity, rather you are one with God and all that entails, whether it be your ancient beer recipe given to you by God, your morning chants, your pea garden or whatever. So if you take this beer as an idealized, sinful version of a Belgian-strong ale, you are in for a boozy, drinkable, yet decadent treat, but donít expect it to be the disciplined and refined fruit of the holy life. " -The Wifeís Review

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2012
12 oz can. Pours deep amber with a small creamy light tan head. Aroma is kinda bland, a bit gummy, some dark fruits, banana, some sweet bread. Flavor has a bit more of the dark fruit, cherry, some vanilla, banana, some spiciness. The fruit comes more in the finish with a lingering vanilla note. Medium body and prickly carbonation. Interesting beer, not sure how I feel about it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gracefullypunk (667) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 1, 2009
Red with a beige head. Simple aromas of bubblegum and fruits. The taste was almost pure candy sugar, with not enough fruit taste to balance or provide complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BroSpud (1684) - , Massachusetts, USA - FEB 1, 2010
12oz can. Pours a dark red with very little head though plenty of effervescence (good word, gotta use that more). Alot of fruit without too much of the sweet making for a nice balanced flavor. No alcohol taste whatsoever.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sarahmarie (265) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2010
Iím always stoked to experience a new beer, especially when itís got a badass name or label likes Monks Blood. The beer has an ominous ruby complexion or dark mahogany. A large beige head sprouts up, but settles quickly. The aroma is not very striking, but conveys some cinnamon and spice with cherries. The first couple sips are really mysterious, quite an interesting flavor. Sweet vanilla, dark fruits, and a decent dosage of hops. Also coming through is a toffee/butterscotch like malt and sugary raisons. The aftertaste is funky and sweet especially on the tongue. I swear I almost taste some blood too, or I just have a cut on the inside of my mouth. Regardless, this beer falls short of expectations. By the end the flavor looses my interest, it feels watery and definitely too sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
portableparty (1909) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 8, 2010
12 oz. can. Pour is clear dark brown with red showing when held near light. Thin head that dissapears fast and little to no lacing. Aroma sweet malt and some faint spice. Taste is strong sweet malt with plenty of carbonation and booze. Palate medium feel lively dry finish. Not bad brew , but will not buy again plenty of nice belgiums to buy for $10.00

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 18, 2010
Can shared by badnewsbeers. Deep garnet red-brown body, thin/medium ring of buff carbonation. Syrupy nose, tangy, with brown sugar, caramel, and circus peanuts. Tangy, sweet body with caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit, berries, and tannic notes; there are also hints of smoke. Thin; lacked the heft or depth to carry the candy- and fruit-like sugars. Odd and possibly ambitious, but misses the mark.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
deyholla (6605) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 29, 2010
Can at the 2010 March Metro Detroit tasting. Poured a dark amber red that was a touch hazy and a white head. Aroma had lots of spice notes (cinnamon) and yeast notes. Flavor was similar with nice spices and sweeter grain notes and yeast notes as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blutt59 (6017) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2010
can, thanks to bu11zeye, almond color with short white foam, aroma is buttery sweet caramel, flavors are dark fruit, malty with some alcohol showing, plain finish

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