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RATINGS: 639   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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.

Cakes' rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cakes (411) - New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2014
12 oz. can Pours dark brown with plenty of head and moderate carbonation. Taste is dry but finishes with some really nice but subtle complex tones of dates, cinnamon, and vanilla, very mild spice, and various other flavors that stay in the background. Alcohol warmth is pretty noticeable, somewhat boozy,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gregwilsonstl (2050) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 21, 2016
Can. Figs are dominant. Kinda boozy. Oak. Enjoyed in a hammock in eugene. Thx joey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
J_man (919) - Tustin, California, USA - JUL 26, 2016
Rich, sweet dark fruit aromas with vinous notes and of course some Belgian yeast. Beautiful clear brown with deep ruby color. Sweet dark cherries and light molasses in the flavor with a touch of vanilla. Body is light and creamy. The alcohol is present but not as strong as expected. All these components work together beautifully. Finishes with caramel sweetness and a lasting woody, yeasty taste. Excellent American version of a Belgian strong.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryanscourt (1360) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2016
Farely decent belgian to me, in a can. Has a lot of dubble notes to me. Never had a 21st ammendment belgian, i like.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bconch (356) - - JUL 22, 2016
Dark brown pour with nose of dark fruits. Taste follows with a hint of cinnamon. Good Belgium

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gripweed57 (1344) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - JUL 8, 2016
12 ounce can. Dark copper color topped by a small beige head. Sweet malt nose has a dark fruity nuance. Upfront, notes of dark fruit, cinnamon and vanilla. Some yeasty Belgian notes, but not as complex as a typical Belgian Abbaye style. None the less, this is a tasty endeavor. Chewy mouthfeel and complex flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arnold931 (1263) - Iowa, USA - JUL 2, 2016
Can. Pours clear dark brown with off white head. Nose and taste is raisins, prune and cinnamon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thepatrickman (778) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 29, 2016
Can at home. I’d call this "Belgian-ish." It’s definitely got the Belgian abbey yeast smell going on, and there was a good amount of sweet, fruity malt flavors as well, but it’s also definitely less complex than real trappist stuff. I can’t quite put my finger on it; it just felt thinner, sweeter, and more one dimensional. Still, I’d definitely drink it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChadPolenz (1676) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 13, 2016
2015 BJCP Category: 30A Spice/Herb/Vegetable (base style: 26D Belgian Dark Strong Ale)

AROMA: Dark fruit is prominent plus a general spice scent. Malty, but not indications of faux sweetness. No hops or alcohol presence. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Burgundy hue; dark but mostly transparent. Small, tan, foamy head. 2/3

FLAVOR: Malty sweet throughout with some spice on the finish. Spices and additives are subtle. The base brew carries most of the weight. On-point for specs, but not to a commendable degree. Palette is enjoyable, but mild. 14/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium light body; well carbonated but not spastic or sharp. Alcohol comes through in the flavor, but not as heat. Finishes entirely too clean. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Doesn’t seem very authentic, though the taste is good. Works better as a 30A than a 26D. 6/10


DISCLAIMER: The author is not a certified BJCP judge; therefore, this score sheet is not necessarily indicative of proper BJCP judging techniques and protocol. The author is grading to 2015 BJCP Guidelines in order to prepare for examination.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lefossoyeur (584) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 3, 2016
Pours dark ruby Brown with a beige head that leaves a small ring. Cinnamon, mexican chocolate and a bit of dark cherries for the bouquet. Surprisingly light bodied, low to medium carbonation, a bit of figs, kirsch and a slightly sticky finish. Interesting take on a belgian dark.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
S_Side_Smitty (702) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2016
Pours deep red with a medium light tan head. Aroma is Belgian yeast with overtones of lemony sourness. Taste is initially Belgian yeast (which overwhelms me as I’m not a Belgophile) and bready thickness, but it quickly gets smooth chocolatey overtones and maybe some red ale-like qualities. Definitely a hybrid beer, tastewise anyway. Overall, I just had a meal.

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