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Mikkeller Monks Brew (Barrel Aged Red/White Wine and Raspberry Edition)

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Mikkeller
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Copenhagen, Denmark

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RATINGS: 205   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Belgian ale brewed with raspberries & aged in wine barrels


2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Marduk (3986) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 7, 2015
375ml bottle @martjoobolut’s, thanks. Murky copper color. Medium size, pinky-brown head, stays. Milky, sharp raspberry, punch in the face of alcohol and sweet sugar in aroma. Sour raspberry, twiggy, acidic taste. Acidic mouthfeel. I have no idea what I’m drinking.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JDBaker11058 (1538) - Maryland, USA - JUL 5, 2015
Appearance: muddy dark brown, with a thick and creamy tan head that shrinks quickly to a thick collar and thin cap. Aroma: huge aroma that changes as it warms; starts full of treacle, toffee, molasses, raisins, plums, and prunes; then it moves into sour territory with prominent balsamic and white vinegar notes over raspberry and stone fruit. Finish: aggressively tart and sour up front, with strong, woody balsamic and raspberry notes; there’s an undertone of dark bitter chocolate and fruitcake long lasting tart and sour, drying with some rising woody notes. Notes: Wouldn’t say I loved it, but I’m so glad to have tried it. A complex and creative beer. Beerthday 2015.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
FatPhil (10892) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 3, 2015
375ml bottle - thanks martjoobolut!
Ugh, what a mess in the aroma, there’s some raspberry, but it’s otherwise an sugary acidic mess. Taste not much better, sweet, sour, raspberry, lots of stuff totally not integrating with each other at all. But at least it’s not actually bad. This is prog-rock in the beer scene - sometimes it rocks, sometimes it sucks. This time, it sucks. The fruity berry sharpness is the best bit.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
suurjuust (1797) - ESTONIA - JUL 3, 2015
Brown beer with a reddish tinge, small tan head. Nose is raspberry sweetness, chocolate and some roast. Flavor is raspberry tart and some white wine notes. Finishes with roasty notes plus milk chocolate, tartness, some wood and dry notes. Weird one.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cargo150 (1022) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 28, 2015
Couleur rouge aux reflets bruns avec une tete respectable. Explosions de framboisr, bois, vineux. Tres interessante mais ce n’est pas une quadrupel plus un belgian strong ale!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (5699) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 20, 2015
pours cloudy light brown, red tint, with a small reviving light beige head, some particles, perhaps raspberry puréed chunks, minimal lacing. raspberries-plenty, other berries - borderline rotten, strong vinous character if not a tad overdone - lots of tannins; red grapes, olives - kalamatas; light sweetness - barley sugars; light citric/lactic acidity, very spicy too. average belgian carbonation - slightly foamy, medium body, very tannic and grassy-spicy finish. was anticipating a quad which seems far-fetched. anyhow, this is an interestingly unique boozy belgian strong ale with strong perfumey raspberry and winey flavors.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ABT_S54 (268) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2015
375cl bottle served in a snifter. Pours dark brown and very cloudy with hints of garnet and a short-lived off white head. Aroma is oaky red wine, sharp red fruits with a hint of dark chocolate. Aroma is perfectly balanced with sweetness from the chocolate, sharpness from the raspberries, earthy oakiness from the wine barrels and a typically nourishing Belgian ABT base. One of the best Mikkellers I have tried which is high praise indeed.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrettTaylor (637) - Radford, Virginia, USA - APR 16, 2015
Poured from bottle into snifter. Pours a brown with some red notes, thick head with soft pink color, almost like melted raspberry ice cream. Aroma - lots of raspberry with some chocolate underneath. Taste - definitely some raspberry, but lots of funk and medium low tartness. Mouthfeel is almost gritty.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ej (977) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - MAR 25, 2015
Bottle shared with BBGTC. Aroma is heavy raspberries, some bitter grassy notes and hints of wood and leather. Taste is very special. Notes of wood, red wine, raspberries, malts and leather. Medium body and co2 levels.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClubGonzo (4724) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 25, 2015
Bottle, shared with BBGTC. Pours a dark brown murky body with a medium off-white head. Nose is raspberries, wood, brown sugar, dark berries, caramel, grains and hints of alcohol, licorice and deep malty notes. Taste is raspberries, wood, red wine, grape peel, dark berries, licorice and hints of caramel and alcohol in the back. Medium body, medium to high carbonation, dry finish. Not bad at all, the combo of raspberries in a sweet quad which has dried out from the barrel aging quite a bit.


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