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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 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 Iíve tasted to date!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
e303 (81) - - SEP 28, 2014
Bottle to pint glass. Great ruby pour with a decent off white head and nice lacing. Awesome aroma of vanilla and cinnamon and Belgian yeast plus a bit of the oak chips its aged on. The flavor is a very well balanced Belgian with lots of the vanilla and sugars coming throughout the sip. It finishes nice and smooth. Great stuff. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mep3222 (497) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2014
Nice Belgian yeast aroma, banana, nutty with slight yeasty. Roasted malty, some cocoa like flavors. Pretty nice beer. Mostly balanced. Not too sweet of a finish for a Belgian, actually maybe a bit on the bitter side for a Belgian. Pretty balanced and a nice beer overall. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken (2062) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 15, 2014
Can. Nice, brown beefy dubbel type thing, candi sugar sweetness, bit of bitterness, caramel light spice. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ericular (621) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 7, 2014
From a can, 6 months after canning. Pours a nice mahogany with head fading to a film leaving minor lacing. Aroma is cherry, vanilla, fig, oak, brown sugar. Sweet and interesting. Taste is raisin, toffee, dark fruit, more sweetness balanced by cherry tart at the end. You expect it to be cloying at some point but it never gets there. A more holiday feel as it warms. I donít get much Belgian from this, but thatís OK by me. This was surprisingly tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Homer321 (1892) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Can from the can from a box aroma. A rich malty nose with a chewy aroma. Moderate pepper notes that continue to come through in the flavor. Slightly medicinal, but I think that is just me growing tired of Belgian style beers. Overall pretty drinkable but would like more esters and less phenols.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SG111 (124) - - SEP 2, 2014
Canned. Pours a hazelnut brown color with a light head. Aroma is cherries, vanilla, some woodiness to it. Flavor is similar. Cherries, some vanilla, a distinct spiciness at the end of it. It is not cinnamon but it could be that or some other spice. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
teromous (55) - - AUG 24, 2014
Appearance: Dark black body with a very light khaki head that starts fluffy and fades to a few fluffy islands and a ring. Lots of large and small bubbles all over the glass. Aroma: I pick up the scent of oak, some pepper, and some earthy mossy woodsy scent. Taste: The taste is an interesting take on a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Right up front I get a woody flavor along with a very light pine and some spicy peppery flavor to it. The can says "Belgian-style ale brewed with cinnamon, vanilla, oak chips and dried figs." I donít notice these flavors with the exception of the oak chips and possibly the cinnamon (the spicy flavor). Overall: It is a really good tasting beer but it doesnít have the standard Belgian style flavors (dates, plums, raisins, figs, banana, clove, etc). It is a lot more woody and spicy than I would normally expect, but it works very well for this beer. The key here is that it is an enjoyable beer to drink. I would pick it up again. I would add (again) that a person should be cautious about buying it based on the text on the can stating the ingredients used. It isnít a sweet tasting beer (to me) but all things are subject to the palate of the individual.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Salmoniform (672) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Poured from can to glass. Deep amber red hue with thick creamy tan head that held. Aroma is malt, raisins, figs, cola, oak, leather, banana, clove. Mouthfeel is nice with a full body and soft carbonation. Taste is sweet throughout with a faint astringent bitterness in the following and a slight dry spiciness in the finish. Overall this is a nice play on the Trappist style brew. Iím not getting much cinnamon on the nose however it is there in the back of my throat in the finish. A good play on figs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
aracauna (3087) - Georgia, USA - JUL 27, 2014
I thought this one would be a foamer given the fact that I cracked open the can, got out my glass and saw foam almost overflowing the lip of the can before I could pour. Surprisingly, the carbonation is reasonable and the head wasnít very long lasting. Sweet. Dark stone fruit. Slight overripe sourness in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slipstream (2030) - USA - JUL 27, 2014
A cola-like pour with a foamy lid that reminded me of Swiss cheese. The label is pretty drab. Aroma of iron, fresh paint, caramel, cola, malt, and lightly tangy hops. The taste is impressive - brown bread, cola, black cherry, cinnamon, and oak. It is nicely balanced, and has a dash of acidity in it. Very tasty.

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