Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Copenhagen, Denmark


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RATINGS: 903   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - JUL 27, 2010
A dark brown pour with a one finger tan head that subsides into a veneer. Lots of yeasty dough and dark fruits in the nose- bread, caramel, raisin, plum, fig, grapes, brown sugar, candi sugar, and some nasal warming booze. The flavor follows suit with huge dark fruit notes that manifest with port, sherry, caramel, fig, raisin, and molasses. The yeast character is more subdued, but still pronounced. The palate is thick, rich, pillowy, velvety, and supple with low effervescence and a sticky finish. A great quad indeed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (6787) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 19, 2010
Bottle [750ml] shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, jerc & mabel -- c/o of HogTownHarry. Pours a murky deep orange-brown with lots of sediment and an average size creamy off-white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, lots of fruit, sweet malt, some spices -- it does smells like a "Trappist" beer. Sweet flavour of Belgian yeast, sweet malt, dark fruit, spices and just a bit of alcohol. Average to medium bodied. Fantastic stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RasmusOtt (1763) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2014 Pours a deep brown color with a frothy beige/brown head. Aroma of Dark malts, sugar, dark fruits and some chocolate cake. Taste is sweet and pretty simular to the aroma. Some milk chocolate and coffee feel to it also.. Go monks - Go Mikkeller!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (7712) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2010
[2913-20100618] 750mL bottle. Raisin bark aroma with date malt. Murky, dark brown body with a quick foamy off-white head. Thick date malt flavour has a little meaty treacle and is sweet throughout. Medium-full body. Interesting to try, if a little odd.
(c/o HogTownHarry, w/ him, blankboy, GregClow, jerc)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhops (433) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2010
Bottle, pours dark brown, thick head. Aroma of caramel, candy sugar, yeast. Flavor is nice, caramel and fruity. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 4, 2010
Shared with Hatchattack. Red brown with thin tan head. Aroma is caramel, and dark berry fruits ( Oh yes the ones I love), with red wine marinated lamb chops--just gamy as hell. Flavor is also similar with bitter bite boozy shining through a fairly sweet beer. Tickles the tongue all delicate and all beautiful.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thedm (5215) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUN 26, 2010
This cork and caged bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a large sized head of foamy with a frothy top fine to medium sized light brown colored bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a very hazy brown colored body and a thick foamy lacing. The mild aroma was brown malt and musty. . The strong flavor contained notes of vinegar brown malt dark malt and hops. A decent one that I would consider drinking again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hatchattack (255) - Virginia, USA - JUN 25, 2010
Bomber. shared with potbeercollege. poured a dark dark brown, red color with a big aroma of dark rasberries and blackberries, candied sugar, and roasted . I get a sweet taste off at first from the fruits mixed in with the aromas, big gamey taste, kind of like duck in a red wine reduction sauce, little good boozy taste, and then good carbonation rolling off at the end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JUN 23, 2010
Smells and tastes like sweet creamed coffee with some cake bread notes. Good texture, color, lingering head. Theres an annoying cola and citric acid thing going on here. Overrated for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DerWeg (1568) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 22, 2010
Thanks to Tupalev. Pours a murky brown with red tinge & fine, dark tan cap drops to a ring. Emits aromas of hay, dry dark fruit, yeast, demarara. Taste immediately reminds me of Westvleteren and Westmalle. Has a pretty heavy solid feel and sweetness, but cellaring this bottle a while has achieved balance. Candi Sugar character is Rochefort-like, yeast is like Westmalle. Unusually distinct and perfumey red grape note, like a Pinot. A bit crisp on palate despite sweetness. Late finish shows a prickle of bitter hop and a touch of lemon. Extremely pleasing beer.

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