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RATINGS: 598   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   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 (3600) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 30, 2009
On tap at 21st Amendment during SF Beer Week. Not bad, but really didn’t 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 don’t 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 (6493) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tonkun (975) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2010
Can. Refreshing carbonation. Dark pour with minimum head that diminished quickly. Light flavor with spice and a lot of vanilla. A bit too sweet for me. Short finish with sweetness that lingers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (12286) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 22, 2010
A: The pour is a dark, reddish-brown color with perhaps a hint of orange. The head is fairly fluffy and off-white in color. S: There is quite a bit of spice (cinnamon) in the nose, along with some dark fruits as well as bready malts. T: The flavors were a bit disappointing, to be honest. Plenty of caramel malt, alcohol, spice, and overly sweet. The fruits were not as "real" as I was hoping, but more of a sugary, fake fruit flavor. M: Decent enough body (medium) with a fairly high level of carbonation. D: Perhaps my expectations were a bit too high for this one. I found it to be alright, but not amazing, and the alcohol presence doesn’t really make me want to drink a significant amount of this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11337) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2010
12oz can @Suttree’s Nothing else to do TN Gathering. Thanks Suttree/Phil-pours a tan head and amber/red color. Aroma is medium/dark malt, barny, fruit, earthy. Taste is medium/dark malt, barny, fruit-prune, earthy. Oh yeah and I seemed to have picked up some beghelad:-)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BiddleBrau (998) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2010
Dark red with just off-white head. Fruity malty nose. This beer goes through a few stages with its taste: 1) sweet malt 2) caramel 3) hops 4) dry hop flavor low carbonation gives fuller mouthfeel but still maltiness is low. not too shabby from a can.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beergodd1 (400) - Conneaut, Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2010
When I poured it into my DFH Glass, It looked like Cherry cola, But seamed to darken to a Clear Brown with a ruby hue.Creamy light tan head about 1/4" high. Aroma is very slight. Pleasant flavor. Light sweetness with some hop bitterness. light body for an 8%. Clean palate. Not bad for an over all beer, but not something that stands out leagues above other trappist-style beer. Won’t seek it out, but will buy it if the mood strikes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theis (14087) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2011
Can at Papsø’s - Thanks. Cloudy red/brown - offwhite head. Sweetness, red berries, high malty, roasted, nutty, yeasty, phenols, light messy, spicy, brown sugar, light syrup, rubber, marzipan, dried fruits. Too much !!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thornecb (4694) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 1, 2011
Pours deep mahogany into a snifter. Off-white head recedes to nothing leaving no lacing. Vanilla and molasses aromas. Dry, sweet raisins uypfront turning to vanilla in the sweet lasting finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dfonorow (1707) - 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.

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