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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.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
17thfloor (2428) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2012
O lordy. Booze and ester city. Cold Spring strikes again. Some cherry flavor, tannic like bitterness, Belgian malt liquor. This is somewhat insulting haha and probably one of the worst ’Belgian’ beers I’ve ever had. doh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mkgrenwel (555) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - APR 15, 2014
Dark muddy reddish brown with a ring of tan head. Inviting aroma of fruit, bread, spice. Flavor is cherry, cocoa, cinnamon and rye bread. Sweet with a bit of sharp esters in the back. Palate is creamy but a little thin in body at the end. Alcohol is a little hot. Almost reminds me of a nitro beer in the way it shows lots of great flavors, but still feels a little watery and washed out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jdb288 (341) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - APR 14, 2014
Draft. Pours clear amber with no head. Aroma is lemon, cherry. Taste is sweet cherries - big and bold. This was a welcome addition. Classic belgian notes - fruity/spicy, some funky/yeast notes. Easy drinker.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
barn0216 (359) - California, USA - APR 13, 2014
Deep brown with a reddish hue. Sugary malt, light vanilla in the nose. Nutty taste, oak, lightly roasted, dry alcohol, bread. Hmm, even a little corn syrup like an American lager. Flavors are ok (except the corn syrup) but it lacks body, it feels weak. And the best parts disappear quickly after drinking anyway, leaving only the corn syrup and alcohol aftertaste. The overall impression is vaguely unpleasant without being obviously terrible.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aarond (141) - Wilmington, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2014
Can. Aroma is molasses, vanilla, raisins, and figs. Appearance is dark amber with ruby hues. Think white head. Good lacing. Taste is sweet cherries, fig, vanilla, caramel, and just a hint of cinnamon. Medium full body and moderately low carbonation. Overall a rich and complex version of the style. Worth the price.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JHeath99 (483) - - APR 7, 2014
Tap at Lazy Dog. Pours a transparent dark reddish amber with a thick ring of off white head. Aroma of raisins and cherries. Taste of alcohol with a more pronounced cherryishness mixed in with the burn.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jflopsu (437) - New Jersey, USA - APR 5, 2014
Pours a dark amber with thick brown head and carbonation. Aroma is similar to a lager with heavy malts, grains, and yeast. Taste is really unique with cherry (but not too sweet), liquorish, dark fruits, malts, wheat and yeast. A malty aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
njnut (151) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 5, 2014
Poured into tulip a nice deep reddy brown with a white head and lace. Head receded to sides of glass fairly quick. Aroma was complex, I was expecting yeast but I got Roasted malts, soy sauce, alcohol and nuts. Taste was malty and nutty with a cherry and brandy background. A thicker body but slick. Not what I was expecting. The aroma off put me but the taste was enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ESPh (48) - Branchburg, New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2014
Poured into a tulip it has a nice head and good lacing. Nice fruity aroma but not sweet. Smooth and fruity flavor without being sweet. Nice full body. Very good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NikkTwist (1383) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2014
Draft at Moriartys. Tulip. Mostly clear dark scarlet pour with some nice thick beige foam that left only spotty lace. Some ascetic notes in the nose. Thin malty dark red fruit (though not fruity at all) with some juicy blackness. Figs. Burnt celery hearts. Chocolate liquorice. Balsamic vinegar. Plum pudding. Dried blackberries. Pumpernickel. Shoo Fly pie. Smoked peppers. Black cherry pits. Freon. Leatherette. Clove cigarettes. Artichokes. Elephant ear mushrooms. Worth sipping. Lots going on here.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jayb0 (981) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - APR 3, 2014
There is something funky in the aroma, funky in a bad way for me, but it’s immediately relieved when drinking the stuff, which is pretty darn good considering it just came out of that can. The flavors lack a little bit of integration but there are plenty of good things going on here with bready malt, lots of rasins and dates, a bit of sour cherry. My new canned beer for NASCAR races :)

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