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RATINGS: 613   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DenisLD (87) - Montreal, Quebec, - DEC 10, 2010
Cloudy brown body, with a thin, yet frothy caramel head. Decent head retention (could be better...) and some lacing. No carbonation can be seen.

Dark fruit (plums, figs, raisins) dominate the nose. The aroma is also fairly roasty, with caramel notes and just a hint of woodiness and vanilla. Some hops can be distinguished. The beer does not smell yeasty like some Belgian or Canadian examples of the style.

The taste profile opens with a mild tartness, which is rather unusual, yet pleasant. A strong dark fruit flavour starts coming out more and more, lingering for a while. Moderately sweet and fairly roasty. The finish is a little bitter, fairly bready, and with hints of dark fruit.

Medium-bodied and quite smooth. The carbonation is on the low side. Fairly spicy. Not boozy, although the alcohol taste starts coming through after the beer warms up a little.

Drinks pretty smoothly. For a Belgian-style dark ale, this is very drinkable.

Overall, this is an interesting twist on the Belgian style; it is similar enough, yet with its own character. One of the tastiest canned beers I’ve tasted to date!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tightslice (597) - Redwood City, California, USA - NOV 18, 2015
On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt in Redwood City, CA. Pours a beautiful deep burgundy. Aroma is dark fruits, figs, strong cherries. Taste is fruited bread pudding with yeasty / chalky floral flavors on the finish. Solid American Belgian Strong Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mbgrayson (649) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - OCT 16, 2015
Pours cleanish, with a good tan head. Aroma of dried fruits and sugars. Taste is a bit different, smooth and rich, notes of malt and a bit sweet. A very good beer, a bit more than a typical Belgian. Thumbs up!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thisis12ptfont (1018) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - SEP 16, 2015
Aromas of malt funk, metal, licorice, toffee, dark fruits and tangy malts. Pours a dark brown with a crimson tint and lively carbonation. Taste brings assertive carbonated dark fruit, black cherries, blackberries, raisin, malt funk, toffee, musty grape juice and merlot. Finishes with Belgian yeast funk and old pomegranate. Overall, a moderately decent brew with funky overtones. Nothing really stands out though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
musinj6 (477) - Dedham, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 8, 2015
Pours a murky ruby with one finger head and no lacing. Aromas of cherry, plums, candy sugar, a little boozy heat. Moderate body with medium sweetness and mild tart taste. Medium finish. Soft carbonation. Tasty dark belgian.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bankerbeernerd (11) - Ames, Iowa, USA - JUL 27, 2015
A lot of complexity, some subtle fruit notes but I could not pick out what fruit I tasted. Alcohol is present in taste and aroma, almost too much so. Could not evaluate appearance because I did not have a glass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jb (2635) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 18, 2015
My kind of brew. Mostly clear, a touch of haze, dark brownish red, beautiful. Head is there, tan. Minor lacing and retention. Dark fruit, cherries, plums in the nose along with a bit of cola. Mouth feel is medium, not super sticky or lush, but the body is there. Finishes sticky. Taste is a touch tart, then sweet, and is a bit subdued. Nice all around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (5924) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUN 15, 2015
Very nicely done. A hint of smoke, with some florals and light prune. Pours dark cloudy brown with decent initial head and lacing. Bittersweet finish. Very nice, and a great package all around. Well balanced, and good justice to style. A hint of barley and oak in finish. Can from Total Wine.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ordybill (824) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - JUN 11, 2015
Poured from a 12 OZ can into a tulip glass. Aroma- A nice blend of yeast, pepper and vanilla Appearance- A dark brown color with a medium sized tan head. Taste- Has a really good wood and fruit blended flavor with a hint of vanilla, really good. Palate-A medium bodied beer with light carbonation. Has a dry finish. Overall- A really flavorful and satisfying Belgian Strong Dark Ale, highly recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GIJOE (1000) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - MAY 31, 2015
Pours a dark reddish-brown with a foamy off-white head that stays a while. Nose is that dank aroma of Belgian brew with notes of prunes and dates. Taste is on the sweet side, but there’s a nice hop bite that follows the sweetness. Medium body. Lively carbonation. Tasty brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
glennmastrange (2488) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2015
Can. Heavy roasted and caramel for the malt, light cooked orange for the hops, moderate dough for the yeast, with notes of date and fig. Head is small, fizzy, off-white with some slippery lacing and good legs, and is mostly diminishing. Color is murky dark brown. Flavor starts moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then the long finish is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. Palate is on the fuller side of medium, syrupy, with a fizzy carbonation and a moderately alcoholic finish. A nice smelling Belgian Strong Ale with rich flavors, but it’s just a bit cloying in the finish.

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