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Mikkeller
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Copenhagen, Denmark

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RATINGS: 882   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Brewed by Mikkeller at De Proefbrouwerij in Lochristi, Belgium. Known as Monk’s Brew in the U.S.
Ingredients : Water, malts (pils and pale), candy syrup, brown sugar, hops (northern brewer, hallertauer and styrian goldings) and ale yeast
Monk’s Elixir is a heavy dark Belgian ale inspired by the Trappist monasteries of Rochefort and Westvleteren. The beer style, characterized by its high content of alcohol, distinguishes itself by its dominant yeast character, delicious malt background and balanced hop notes.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1525) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2010
Pours a murky brackish brown with a smallish head. Cherry and sugar cookie aroma. Wonderful warm flavor of yeast, caramel, and fruit very much like its inspiration. A bit heavy on the carbonation, and finishes a touch boozy, but a really fine beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2010
This beer smells very lively. Lots of stong malt, fig, spice, earthy notes at first. After a while it smells very doughy, with some fresh alcohol and candied sugar notes. Flavor is just superb in its smoothness. It has the flavor and delicacy of a some fresh salad greens. It really reminds me of biting into some very clean and fresh dark greens. The palate is simply something to take a vacation into. It just wraps the mouth in this softness that rivals a milk chocolate mousse.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 10, 2010
Mikkeller monks elixir (750ml bottle from Andrew)... Pours a a dark caramel toffee brown with a thin wispy tan head... Sweet dark fruit plums and raisins play around with a big toffee undertone... Sweet raisin and dark fruit essence with caramel coinciding with toffee- esque malt. Finishes a bit dry. Drinkable fir a quad. 8/4/7/3/14

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drpimento (2494) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 8, 2010
Mmmmm malty heaven. Poured with a nice off white head and lots of lace. Color is a cloudy amber brown. Aroma is very malty yeast dark ripe fruit. Flavor is like nose. Easy drinking. Body is good and ditto carbonation. Finish is nice and on the short side.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (11028) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 5, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2010 Pours a purplish brown. Nose is apricot, sweet candy and molasses. Taste is grape, dark fruits, plum, brown sugar, figs, yeasts and cinnamon. Very tasty brew. It goes down very smooth with very minor chalky aftertaste and hardly a hint of its 10% alcohol content.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClubGonzo (4752) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 25, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2010 Bottle @ Henrik, Bergen. Pours a deep oak-brown body with a thin, stringy off-white head. Smells - even from a distance - of booze, figs, dates and raisins. Taste is much sharper than initially expected; boozy and thoroughly bitter. Dry hops, figs, dates. Hints of coffee and smoked wood. Complex and sippable, but a bit unbalanced as the alcohol comes through far too much.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
zeke626 (450) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 23, 2010
Corked bottle, pours a cloudy, red-amber body with a light brown foam head. Aroma and flavor of caramel, belgian malts/spices, prune, dark fruit, cider, yeast, and sugar. Rather sweet taste with a slightly sticky and syrupy mouthfeel. Medium to full body with a lively carbonation. Faint alcohol burn on the aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (2979) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 11, 2010
Tasty brew that pours liquid mahogany with a small eggshell head that left webs of lacing around the glass. Aroma is roasted malt, biscuit, brown sugar, and dark fruit. Flavor is a bit sweeter than I would have liked but fairly complex with raisin, prunes, molasses, and even a little cocoa. Medium to sticky mouthfeel. Pretty good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 6, 2010
750ml, corked & caged bottle, dated 12/10/14 from grape & gourmet. pours a deep, dark brown with a touch of red and a thick, creamy, light beige head leaving thick sheets of lace. aroma is great with huge notes of sweet caramel, toffee, and burnt maple syrup with dark, dried fruit notes of fig, raisin, and prune with a touch of spicy cinnamon and sweet, bready, belgian yeast. flavor is delicious as well and tones down the sweetness of the aroma with a very nice balance of sweet caramel, maple syrup, molasses, and sweetbread with tart black cherry, dried fig, pear juice, and light, spicy, herbal hops leading into a finish with touches of cocoa and toffee candy. palate is full bodied and creamy on the palate with high carbonation and a smooth alcohol presence. overall, a damn nice quad. i really don’t think the mikkeller boys can make a poor beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5593) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 27, 2010
Bottle - 750mL - corked and caged. Dark brown pour with a tall, but fading beige head. Aroma is dark fruit, brown sugar, cocoa, soft yeast notes and light molasses. Taste is caramel, cocoa, brown sugar, molasses, dark fruit (raisins and plums) and yeast notes. Body is chewy and has a medium-full overall feel. Carbonation is prickly and strong. Ends with more cocoa, dusty yeast, chocolate, brown sugar, dark fruits and caramel. Also some cake or brownie type flavors throughout. Very tasty! The 10% ABV was nowhere to be found.


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