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Mikkeller
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Copenhagen, Denmark

bottled
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RATINGS: 940   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (9283) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 31, 2010
Bottle, shared with Parksy. Hazy dark mahogany with dirty particulate at the bottom of the glass. Sweet dark caramel, fig paste, spices, rummy wood. Warming finish, nothing harsh. No hint of the dusty/muddy nuances that I find in so many of Mikkeller’s brews. A really drinkable and enjoyable quad.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kerolasa (409) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2010
Very brown, a bit red if you look against light. Delightful smell, malts and hops are expected to be nicely in balance. First taste is really good. Lingonberry aroma comes to my mind, but this is not quite as sour or strong in taste as the real berries are. The aroma develops in mount and ends up to be dry cereal type of taste. This is not perfect, but surely close to it. Biggest issue is that my personal preference would be perhaps a hint more sweet and malty beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HonkeyBra (4025) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2010
750 ml bottle. Dark Brown pour with this tan head. Aroma of belgian yeast, candi sugar, sweet malts. Mild plum and other dark fruits. Flavor is good: fruity with a nice belgian yeast twang, very mild bitterness. It’s good but nothing really stands out. Soft carbonation, pretty nice. Didn’t really knock my socks off though.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Butters (4038) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2010
Not as good as I had hoped. Some candi sugar and malty backbone, but with almost and orange peel undertone. Tasty, but not particularly well done.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (12007) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2010
750ml bottle at Cardinal, Stavanger. Pours dark brown with thin tan head. Nose; sweet, brown sugar, dark fruit, winter spices. Taste; brown sugar, golden syrup, caramel, some coffee, earthy, slight spice, suprisngly thin for %, but very drinkable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PotjeBier (2625) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 11, 2010
On tap @ Beer Temple. Dark color with dense off white head. Aroma’s of sugar, sweet fruit (raisins), (sticky) toffee. Flavor is not as sweet than I expected, with lots of fruit (almost a bit sour). Body is relatively thin for a 10%er. Finishes with roasted malt and some bitterness. A bit too fruity for my taste but a good brew anyway.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
altonbrownd (5416) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2010
On tap at Beer Temple. Dark brown with tan, puffy head. Nose of malts and something whisky-like. Taste of dark berries, malts and again that whiskey flavour. Prickly texture. Solid finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dEnk (4200) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 9, 2010
Draft @ Beer temple. Aroma is red fruits, caramel, earth, (roasted) malt, candy sugar. Deep and intense. Flavour is malty with red fruit, caramel, faint chocolate and spices. Quite belgian with a twist. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BelgBeerGeek (1308) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - NOV 28, 2010
head: none
colour: red/brown/hazy
smell: candy, malts, apples/pears, heavy
taste: spices, herbs, malts, candy, alcohol, dry grassy end

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (20945) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 26, 2010
Tap. Dark brown color, large, thick beige head. Aroma of pumpernickel bread and dark fruit. Taste is syrupy, caramel, cocoa, espresso. Smooth and strong.


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