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RATINGS: 587   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.


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3.8
   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!


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iznogud (1201) - CROATIA - FEB 14, 2015
On tap at Breukelen Beer Merchants, Brooklyn. Pours dark amber with tan head. Malt, dark fruits, caramel, hint of chocolate.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deepeary (227) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2015
10-month old can. Deep red-chestnut pour. Nose is fruity, dark fruit, cinnamon, figs. Taste follows the nose. Not getting much wood or vanilla. Very tasty, fruity, yeasty Belgian ale.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
penstemon (180) - Nevada, USA - JAN 2, 2015
Pours deep chestnut brown with a ring of off-white foam. Aroma is berries, vinous (sangria?), cinnamon, dried fruit, vanilla, and bread. Taste is vanilla, bread, dried fig, Dr. Pepper fruitiness, hint of oak, toffee, and warm spice. Med=full body, nice substantial mouthfeel. Delicious. Maybe a tad strong on the vanilla.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
teorn88 (3411) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2015
Backlog rating. Can at Caspar tasting at Chriso’s, London. It pours a dark copper color with a small off-white head. Aroma sweet and yeasty, ripe fruits, caramel, dough, pepper, plums. Taste is similarly sweet and yeasty, lightly boozy, with more dried fruits and caramel. Decent overall

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
bigda83 (317) - Jamestown, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2014
Pours a clear deep brown/red with small khaki head. Aroma is sweet with sugar, cherry, plum, caramel, and licorice. Taste followed the nose pretty closely. I’d consider this more of a red ale than a Belgian Strong. It just tasted too sweet to me. Canned in March, so maybe the age had something to do with it. Not bad and I didn’t mind it, just really sweet for me.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rumproasts (3498) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 15, 2014
can. deep brown with one finger head. a bit sweet with some brown sugar and dark fruit. mild yeast.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bacterial (1829) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2014
Had a few cans of this sitting in the cellar for about 1.5 years. Surprisingly, age is just fine with this beer (at least for this amount of time) - fig, malt, booze, Belgian spice notes. A touch oxidized and a little mineraly on the finish. Nice.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Danyel (1196) - Colorado, USA - NOV 4, 2014
Can. Pours hazy dark brown with light tan head. Aroma is very raisins, figs, chocolate, Belgian yeast. Taste is light to medium bodied, low carbonation. Overall, not too good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimhilt (2442) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 17, 2014
Pours a one finger off-white head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Dark brown color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Burnt dark fruit nose and flavor is roasted malt and hints of brown sugar. $3.99 for a 12oz dark brown can from Julio’s Liquors Westborough, Ma. Canned Mar 3, 2014.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dwmiller16 (110) - Delaware, USA - OCT 11, 2014
12 oz can. Pours dark chestnut brown with decent amount of tan foam. Twangy aroma from the Belgian yeast with undertones of dark fruits. Heavy on the palate with tastes of prunes and raisins that are followed by a slight alcohol burn. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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