DenisLD (87) - Montreal, Quebec, - DEC 10, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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!
esjaygee (3844) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Particulate laden chestnut amber with a thin tan had. Aroma of oak, vanilla, figs, yeast, alcohol and fruit. Taste is yeasty with alcohol, vanilla, oak and finishes up spicy.
merc7186 (1470) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: Deep Brown/Amber Hue, Passes Almost No Light, Thick Off White Head, Great Lacing
S: Dark Cherries, Fig, Cinnamon, Mild Vanilla
T: Fig, Cherry, Mild Vanilla, Mild Cinnamon, Metallic
M: Great Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Metalic
Overall, this beer looks great and then starts to drop off from there with a decent nose but the metalic taste and mouth is overwelming and really takes away from a decent beer. I would like to try this on tap, but my can tasted like a can.
Thewade (225) - USA - OCT 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I really like Monk’s Blood. Bought a 4 pack, and was able to drink one every couple months. Rich and slight plums on the nose. Nice brew
Boutip (4292) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 3, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can: Poured a dark burgundy color ale with a large light brown foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of dry figs with quite a bit of residual sugar and some caramelized malt. Taste is also dominated by caramelized malt with too much residual sugar and some dry figs. Body is about average with good carbonation and light apparent alcohol. I thought this one was lacking balance with too much residuals sugar. It could be my mind playing tricks but I prefer my Belgian ale bottle conditioned not in cans.
Ed5388 (1235) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 12, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz can. Pours a dark reddish/brown color with a large tan head. Aroma of burnt sugar, dark fruit, chocolate, and hints of peppery spice. Taste of dark fruit, roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, pepper, and cinnamon.
traviskurowski (18) - - JUL 22, 2013
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Can, from March 2012. Little aroma (just out if fridge.), but hints of honey, sweetness. Appearance is thick, "scary," lots of floating sediment, "like a potion." Tastes relatively like fresh batch: malty, hi ya of cherry, root, impressively complex. "Definitely Bock-y---like a Troegenator. Carbonation is mild, light on the tongue. Recommended for the cellar. (Got three more in there...)
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
AirForceHops (2367) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. can courtesy of Phatdog1. Can date stamped 03/26/12. Pours a deep brown with thin head. The aroma is a mix of dark fruits. (Figs, dates, raisins) Flavor is again dark fruit with Belgian yeast and spices and a bit of oak which is strange since it wasn’t aged in a barrel. Interesting… Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Finish is sweet with a warming finish. Overall very drinkable and pleasant, I would buy more of this.
Imaena (1630) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 21, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Barcade: Brooklyn. Great bar and a great beer. More expensive than I would have liked.
CanIHave4Beers (2758) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUN 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big thanks to Durhambeer for this one
Pours a very dark brown with a smallish espresso swirl head that fades kind of fast.
The aroma has some really nice pear, apple rind, and mild nuttiness. There is some mild plum & alcohol, it smells nice... it also smells a touch sweet.
The flavor is rich, boozy, & woody. Decidedly not as sweet as it smells, with some dark fruit and drier nutty hazel & brazil nut character. Plenty of that grapey alcohol character. A touch of bitterness is nice.
vvesside (256) - California, USA - MAY 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can from timfoolery. Really tasty Belgian strong ale. Taste is Belgian yeast, raisin, cooked vegetables, malt and light hops.