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Mikkeller
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Copenhagen, Denmark

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RATINGS: 765   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pompey (42) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2009
Off white pour with a tan head of moderate proportion. Vinous aroma. The flavors of malt, lightly toasted grain, and toffee predominate with hints of chocolate and figs on the finish. Just enough mouth feel and balance to let all the flavors develop wonderfully. What really makes this ale is the balance and finish. A very good quad. Do these guys make anything bad? Very nice!

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TaxiDriver (1472) - Stadland, GERMANY - JAN 4, 2009
Bottle. A creamy smell of coffee and strong wine, quite malty and sweet. The normal large head is light brown and has a long duration. The body is dark red. A light sweet middle part which goes into a medium bitter finish with a long duration. Tasted a little bit like chocolate, very malty and well balanced. On the palate the beer is creamy, thick, very strong texture, the body is oily and silky with not so much carbonation. A full body. A very good beer, great for colder temperatures. A incredible full body, you can nearly chew it.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JAN 4, 2009
Slightly chilled 750ml Monk’s Brew bottle via trade with craig, user id missing from my mind. Pours dark reddish brown with a tan head. Nose is sweet and quite rich. Pretty nice. Taste is sweet and just just just ok. The nose is true to style the taste seems to sweet

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorwart (2374) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2009
Was a little worried about this one since I acedentially froze the bottle and there was some leakage. Idiot me! But it thawed slowly in the fridge. Anyway, thin head of varying sized bubbles. Rich malty aroma with some raisins and brown sugar. Pretty sweet smelling. Color is a pretty dark mahagony brown. Sweet and malty with some more raisins and prunes, some molasses and roasted malts. Finishes slick and sweet. Hides its alcohol pretty darn well. A decent brew but lacks the depth of a true quad. A decent brew but lacking for a quad.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
17thfloor (2430) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2008
Bottle shared with FunkyBrewster. Pours a dark dull brown with a s small thin fine white froth. Authentic Belgian Trappist Quad aroma, fruity, raisins, doughy sugars, red berries, light spices. Super dry first taste, dark aged berries, dark brown sugar, nutty, slight bitterness from the lightly burnt molasses, dark Belgian candi sugar, doughy yeastiness, very light esters and some powdered sugar. Finish has a bit of dry chocolate and coffee beans. Medium bodied with fluffy carbonation, a bit light for a quad, but very easy drinking. I love it a true quad.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (9681) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 22, 2008
Bottle. Pours dark brown with an average, rocky, off-white head, mostly lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, cookie, roasted grain), light hops (herbs), average yeast (leather, earth) with notes of apple, pear, and brown sugar. Medium bodied, sticky texture, lively carbonation, and a chalky finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, light acidity and bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5482) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2008
Picked this up at Wise Guys in Merrillville, Indiana, U.S.A. Why they sell it as "Brew" instead of "Elixir" in the States is beyond me,since the latter is a way cooler name. It has a Coca Cola pour except that the head vanishes more quickly. It has an aroma of purple grapes,raisins, punes, dark brown sugar, molasses, and alcohol. The flavor is pretty straight arrow, although it has a sharp flamora - pretty much the same as the nose except that the alcohol is hotter. The finish is interestingly sweet but dry. Pretty decent.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (5887) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 9, 2008
Bottle at Spuytin Duyvil, Brooklyn. Pours a deep brown. Aromas of dried fruits, raisins, coffee, toffee, chocolate. Complex brew. Taste is again dried fruit, coffee, boozy, some malty sweetness. Fuller bodied. Liked but probably wouldnt buy again at least at the prices there

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
robforbes (2073) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - DEC 6, 2008
pours a dark brown with a small tan head, and good lacing. smell is of dark fruits, malt, slight cocoa in the back, some coffee. taste is very nice, not overpowering, prunes, raisins, purple grapes, touch of sweetness, some malt, and a touch of coffee, aftertaste is thick on the tongue.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - DEC 4, 2008
Pours deep brown with a rich and earthy nose and flavor. Molasses, brown sugar, earth, caramel, leather, subtle roasted malt. Great sipper.


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