Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Copenhagen, Denmark


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RATINGS: 777   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 17, 2009
bottle. Pours a deep amber with a ruby hue. Head was tan and about 2 fingers thick. Aromas of raisins, plums, candy sugar, clove and some yeast. Flavor was burnt caramel and a touch of booze......great stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2009
[Bottle] Pours a hazy brown with a medium/large beige head. Aroma is some alcohol, raisins, figs, and malty notes. Flavor pretty much matches. Really nothing exciting. Has plenty of carbonation, but just lacks the depth of flavor that the yeast provides in the trappist brews.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rederic (2987) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 13, 2009
750ml bottle, dark brown hue, with a small creamy tan-colored head, yeasty, fruity, sweet toasted, caramelized malt nose, with some figgy, plummy, raisiny, datey esters, with a nice chocolatey, molases, brown sugar accent, with a hint of Grand Marnier liqueur in the aroma follows through on a full-bodied palate with a yeasty, toasty, caramel, biscuity malt, fruity, chocolatey character, with some juicy plummy, raisiny, datey flavors, with a nice molasses, brown sugar sweetness, and some fruitcake, dark chocolate praline accents and a spicy note of nutmeg, leading towards a warming, spicy, malty, chocolatey, datey finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnar (5461) - Sandnes, NORWAY - MAR 11, 2009
Bottle at Olympen, Oslo. Pours almost dark brown, with a big frothy tan head. Sweet and gentle aroma. Sweet taste consisting of cocoa and liquorice, some peppers as well. Well balanced , nice palate

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sigmund (5179) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 9, 2009
1 pt. 9.4.fl. oz. corked "champagne" bottle, as Mikkeller Monk’s Brew, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 10%. Very dark brown colour, slightly hazy, huge tan head. Malty and vinous aroma, notes of brown sugar, oak and spices. Rich and warming mouthfeel. The flavour is sweet and malty, again notes of brown sugar, oak and spices, nicely balanced with the hops. Hints of chocolate and coffee. Maybe not quite a trappist, but nearly there. If Mikkel is as skilled at paternosters and avemarias as he is at brewing, he may sign up as a trappist monk any day!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KnutAlbert (6136) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 2, 2009
Bottle at Olympen. Sweet, chewy beer, very dark ruby. Heavy on the malt, sugary. Dry cocoa, a little coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Bottle from Monument in Concord, CA. Being a product of Taco Bell and Doritos as a child, I completely understand why brewers would throw sugar into beer. It covers odd flavors and smooths things out. That being said, I couldn’t help but notice how close this brew got to the Trappist Rochefort 8. I must be a slave to the machine, but I love it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12723) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 27, 2009
Dull murky light brown. Rich, raisiny aroma with light alcohol and a mix of dark fruits. Sweet but soft palate, showing lighter fruits at first, then picking up mild brown sugar notes. The finish takes on an almost vinous quality as the alcohol emerges more. As it warms, a rich cocoa note comes through.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - FEB 26, 2009
Bottle from Monument in Concord, CA. Poured a dark brown with the aroma of dark fruits. Maybe I’m a sucker for big beers, but I thought it was very well made. Tasted of sweet malt and of course dark fruits. Great of the palate. Will try again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Palidor19 (2966) - Brandon, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2009
This has a great aroma of alcohol sweet malts and fruits. the palate is nice and smooth with lots of caramel and fruit at the end it reminds me of grape cough syrup. little hops but has lots of alcohol.

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