Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Copenhagen, Denmark


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RATINGS: 935   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PotjeBier (2532) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
altonbrownd (5280) - 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.

   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.

   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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (20242) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KUEric (930) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 18, 2010
A little sweet for my liking. Also had a n alcohol flavor, which whiIe I do like alcohol I don’t want to taste in beer (yet so many seem to on here).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nisse666 (5973) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 14, 2010
SÖF 25 year feast at Haket 2010-11-13 Göteborg - big bottle AP: heavy amber wee heasd AR: tutti frutti chewinggum F: fruity, sprity, a bit straggling - but still high quality

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 10, 2010
In short: A boozy, overly sweet (brown sugar) and nutty Belgian brown ale. Uninteresting and also off for the style
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed when almost one year of age.
The look: Cloudy purple brown body topped by a beige ring of foam
In long: Nose of sweet boozy dessert. Taste is dominated by brown sugar followed by fudge, caramel, earthy wood, baklava, peanuts. Not much fruitiness (if any), especially for the style. Alcohol is apparent. Mouthfeel is harsh, grainy and sugary. Far from rich and round. Really not what I expect from an Abt. Where are my dark fruits, raisins and rich body? More like a boosted boozy nutty Dubbel with brown sugar added. I drank one bottle one year ago and it was called “Monk’s Elixir”. I vaguely remember liking it so one year later I buy another bottler now called “Monk’s Brew” and really didn’t like it. It is supposed to be the same beer. Weird. Or maybe I don’t like the Monk’s Elixir/Monk’s Brew because of my lack of faith. If I owned a library I would shelve the bible in the fiction section.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
russwbeck (117) - Tyrone, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2010
Dark pour with an interestingly colored head. Good lacing, not much retention. Very sweet smell. Esters dominating the smell, cloves, bananas, and darker fruits. Taste is sweet like the smell. Caramel, malts, and dark fruits. Boozy finish to warm me up on this cold Pennsylvanian day. Medium bodied, smooth on the palate. Not as think as quads come.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammer (1118) - Plano, Texas, USA - NOV 5, 2010
Brownish pour from bottle. Foamy head. Sweet taste featuring figs, hard candy and malt. Cherry like, dry finish. Complex and interesting.

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