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RATINGS: 590   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nickd717 (3595) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 30, 2009
On tap at 21st Amendment during SF Beer Week. Not bad, but really didnít do it for me overall. Dark blood-like red color with a small off-white head. Aroma of sweet malt, dark fruits, sugar, and yeast. Flavor was similar - really fruity with sweet and sour notes as well as some roastiness. Complex for sure, but I donít think it came together all that well. Fairly full palate. Not too drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
after4ever (6474) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2009
12 oz can. cloudy ebony. caramel and toffee at the edges. loose tan foam falls quickly away to nothing. basementy nose with cola and wet leaves. creamy and fizzy medium body. figs, vanilla, cola, and wet leaves on the mid palate. mild cola finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dfonorow (1676) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
Pours dark brown with a slight red tint and a thin just-off-white head. Aroma is fairly sweet and boozy with notes of cherries, plums, brown sugar, bread. Flavor is slightly metallic and a little bit too sweet for my liking. Finish is of burnt brown sugar and alcohol. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nickls (1916) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 4, 2011
Can. Pours a lighter murky brown with a slightly tan head. Spices and light vanilla in the aroma. Lightly pruney, but not overly sweet with some toffee and toast. Lighter body with bubbly carbonation. Just OK.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MarinaMarket (218) - POULSBO, Washington, USA - JUN 9, 2011
Pour into goblet. Malty and sweet aroma with hints of dark fruit. Decnet head dissipates quickly but leaves a moderate ring with some legs. Taste is average Belgian Strong, light bittering, and not nearly as sweet as its aroma. Kind of a dry finish to be honest, and although I get some vanilla notes, the cinnamon is barely there. I guess it could be called balanced, but just a tad bit light on flavor. I have tried some of 21st Amendment beers and not enjoyed them, but I have to admit, this one is pretty good. Perhaps using a good glass helps out a bit. I am pleasantly surprised and would probably buy this again. Tasted @ 50F from the can.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (7799) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2011
12oz can. Super hazy brown/red appearance, minimal khaki head. Looks like a doppelbock. Some lacing. Really sharp and spicy belgian yeasty note - that caramel, toffee esque malty flavor. Definite alcohol note. Mildly bitter, and sweet. A bit thick on the carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (29987) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2011
Can. A hazy dark red beer with a thin orangey head. The aroma has notes of alcohol, spices, malt, and caramel. The flavor is sweet with notes fo malt, caramel, and alcohol, as well as lighter notes of straw, leading to a dry alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tripelthreat (190) - Soquel, California, USA - DEC 29, 2011
Can. Brown with some orange and a light tan head. A good amount of artificial candied cherry in the nose, reminiscent cheap jam or cheap maraschino, along with some vanilla and brown sugar as it warms up. Taste is thankfully only medium sweet considering the nose with mild bitterness. Flavors of cinnamon, some sweetness, alcohol, and bitterness. Finishes lightly sweet and bitter. On the lighter side of medium with and average carbonation. Not my favorite combo of flavors but it improved a bit as I drank more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadIndian (2512) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2012
I loved the can. Nice aroma of Belgian spices and bread. The flavors are warming and spicey. Itís a Belgian, whatís not to love?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
emacgee (4244) - 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

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