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Mikkeller
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Copenhagen, Denmark

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RATINGS: 796   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shigadeyo (3059) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2009

4/25/2009: Like so many of the other Mikkeller brews, Monk’s Brew didn’t really do mucyh for me. It is good, but just isn’t anything special. The aroma and flavor include deep dark fruits, caramel, fruity malt, and bubblegum. This beer also has a sticky texture.

Sample from bottle at Dark Lord Day 2009. Rating #227 for this beer.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2009
Style; glass: ABT/Quadrupel; Trappist 25.4 fl oz x 10% ABV = 254 / 60 = 4.23 beers * 150 C = 634.5 calories (est.) Purchased at: The Foodery at 3rd and Arch, Philadelphia, PA for $25.00 Aroma: caramel, tar, dirt, dust, earth, wine, fruit, cherries, mold, cellar, dank Visuals: brand conscious packaging, stylish, deep dark copper body, tan head, staying, looks like an illustration of hell, in a good way. Taste: well balanced, sweetness up front gives way to funky sourness, and finishes with a delicate bitterness. Phenomenal. Palate: active carbonation, not drying, rounded mouthfeel. Overall: Delicious, if expensive. Like many other Mikkeller brews, this one is a great take on the style.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
General66 (203) - Streator, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2009
Bomber shared with soccer290. Poured a deep and hazy amber color with a nice one finger width tan head. Swirls lasted on top of the beer throughout the duration of it. It also had a good amount of yeast floating in it. The aroma consisted of plums, raisins, other dried fruit, and a lot of caramel malt. A lot of the more pleasant aromas came out as the beer warmed. The taste consisted of a lot of raisin, plum, and caramel malt with a bit of an alcohol warming. I was extremely surprised with the light mouthfeel of this brew also. Overall, a good quadruple that gets better as it warms.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (9417) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2009
Graciously shared at DLD. Nice brown pour wtih a small whitish head. Very spicy aroma that smells quite sweet. Yeasty and fruit also peek out int he aroma. Flavor is rich and spicy. Sweet, powerful with yeast and a very slight bitterness. Yep its good. Hella good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
soccer290 (225) - Highland Park, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2009
22 oz bottle shared with General66 (thanks Bobby!). Pours an apple cider brown with a small off white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of plum, raisin, fresh red grapes, and caramel malt. Tastes of raisin, though upon warming the plum comes out, and the malt disappears with warmth, bringing a nicer flavor. I thought it was a little difficult to drink when it was more malt, but it was fine after a few minutes. Very good beer, but not the best Quad I’ve had.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - APR 21, 2009
Tasted during the Nor Cal Beer Geek Tasting on 3/11/2009. This abbey quad pours a murky medium amber color from the bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruity, sweet, touch of caramel and some yeast. Medium bodied quad. Malts are fruity an dswet. Hops are spicy. Nice balance. Good carbonation. A big, sweet, fruity quad with a nice slightly dry finish. Hides the 10% alcohol very well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is sweet with a touch of alcohol.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trapez (1521) - Hilleroed, DENMARK - APR 21, 2009
Bottle. Dark chocolate, fruits and styrian Golding hops in aroma. Unclear dark brown colour witj small light brown head. Intense, spicy and slight bitter flavour. Liquorice, apples and malts. A tribute to brewing in monasteries. Ora et labora et Mikkeller.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9388) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 14, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2009 Bottle… mgumby10’s & hopscotch’s WtFFfFDotF Throwdown … Murky, dark caramel ale with millions of little white floaties and a small, creamy, off-white head. The nose is of cocoa nibs and dark fruits – raisons and dates. Full-bodied and lightly creamy with restrained carbonation. Sweet and bursting-at-the-seams with dates and figs. A little yeasty as well – reminiscent of Russian black bread. Sweet, breadsy finish. Thanks to mgumby10 for sharing the bottle!

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Merrill (78) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2009
Lovely Beer. Pours a dark brown with ruby opacities, a yellow, white head and a fast lace.Slight aroma of kiwi and fresh water. Sweet malt is apparent Stranger sweet malt, rimarkablily refreshing with strong bitt. Sweet malt flavor with mango and bitter spice, There is a depth set up between the bitter and broad malt profile. Caramel, very slight chocolate, with some bread. The finish is warm malt with bitter htat maintais its balance for some thime.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gary07734 (500) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2009
Pours classic dark brown with a foamy brown head which dissapears quite quickly. Aroma is yeasty, belgian sugar and malt. Taste is spicy, fruity and lots of yeast flavours, also banana, caramel, sugar, a little oaky. Finishes slightly thin, and with a fair ammount of alcohol. Very reminiscent of Bernardus 12. A good beer.


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