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Mikkeller
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Copenhagen, Denmark

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RATINGS: 870   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gyllenbock (5728) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 14, 2010
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a tan creamy head. Sweet aroma with dried dark berries, yeast and fruit. The taste was ok but nothing special, not as tasty as I had thought. Yeast, chocolate, malt and berries.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Elkas (213) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - APR 6, 2010
750ml bottle from a private order. Dark red pour, with a nice off-white head. Aroma of plumbs, raisins, cherries, very fruity. Nice, rich mouthfeel with little carbonation. Fruity flavours, with a sweet finish. Very nice beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fratto (2835) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 28, 2010
Bottle from Grape Juice. Labeled as Monk’s Brew. Dark reddish pour with a light brown head. Aroma is fruity, spices, alcohol, and malt. Taste is caramel, alcohol, dark fruits, and sweet spice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpringsLicker (3251) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 27, 2010
Pours with a clear dark brown body that makes a fleeting tan head. Dark brown sugar aroma. The flavor is sweet malts, with some raisin & dates. The palate is a little light, but otherwise this is headed in the right direction if not right on the mark.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jesperhammer (3456) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 21, 2010
19-MAR-2010, bottle with Ulkløbben - @home, from "Magasin". Brown, nice head. Malty, cherry, fruity-like. Very strong, though not only in an alcoholic way. Very good belgian style.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dtborelli (322) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 17, 2010
Mikkeller Monk’s Brew What better way to celebrate an Irish saint than by drinking a Belgian beer brewed by a bunch of Dutch guys. Cheers. Pours dark hazy brown with a thin tan head good retention. Aroma of plums and Coca – Cola (caramel etc.) and cloves. Flavor is excellent with sweet malt, raisins, bread dough and maybe a slight bitterness on the finish (hops?). Very well balanced. Would gladly serve to anyone.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
swanmann (662) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 3, 2010
Been sittin’ on this bottle for about 3(?) months. It poured dark brown, almost black, with amber tint, and a quickly dissipating off-white/tan net of bubbles on the top. It smells of brown sugar, booze, and just a bit of resinous hops coming through. Warmed it on the counter a bit. I had it in the garage. It is sweet and syrupy. The carb may have softened up a bit with warming or age. It tastes a little chocolatey in the finish, with buttery toffee. Warms as it goes down. Oh so smooooth on the palate and down the throat. Another great one from this brewer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Bottle sampled on 8/29/08: Pours a transparent copper brown with a well-lacing light tan head. Aroma of sweet toasty dark caramel and some earthy floral character. Body starts with good fullness and sweet sugary caramel and milk chocolate notes. Finishes smooth with mild bready Belgian yeasty character and sweet dark caramel malts. A pretty good quadrupel.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
patrickfannon (1242) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2010
Bottle from Capone’s in Norristown. 25.4 oz. Pours ruby hazelnut with a firm, tall beige head. Aroma is spice, scotch, sweet malts, dough, hops, and grapes. Hints of chocolate and barley as well. Full bodied with a creamy, heavy palate. Nice carbonation keeps this brew balanced and not too oppressive. Hides the alcohol well except in the toasty finish. Great Belgian strong.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
foduck (330) - Denton, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2010
got lucky and had a night of good beers. had never even heard of this brewer before a good friend introduced me to this beer. difficult to find flaws in this beer that somehow has reproduced a kind of expert home-brewed feel to it. mine poured a dark brownish color with little head. kind of cloudy looking. aroma was pretty hard to identify except for a very refined yeast and fruit. the flavor told me that some love went into brewing this one. all kinds of stuff hitting me at once, but all very softly.


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