Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Copenhagen, Denmark


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RATINGS: 847   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Brewed by Mikkeller at De Proefbrouwerij in Lochristi, Belgium. Known as Monkís 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
Monkís 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 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - OCT 22, 2009
Brown with a tight off white head. Aroma is raisin, alcohol, yeast, malty, caramel, brown sugar. Taste is light alcohol, raisin, prunes, caramel, yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
legion242 (2306) - Richardson, Texas, USA - OCT 17, 2009
I just donít know about this one. I think what sticks to me most is the price I paid v. what I got in return. A solid enough brew, but nothing that wowed me and for the price, I was looking to be wowed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - OCT 17, 2009
Pours a deep brown with a perfect medium beige head. Aroma is full of cinnamon, brown sugar, spice, gentle malt. Smells sweet, smells good. Flavor repeats the aroma theme, and adds cream, yeasts, and a touch of hop. Not as sweet as anticipated, which is just fine in this case; thereís enough going on anyway - very complex. The alcohol is pretty evident, surprisingly; usually Mikkeller isnít known for that (except in the case of Black, of course). The mouthfeel is just average, a little thin for the style, but decent overall. Okay, so itís not one of the Big Three (Westy, Bernie, Rochefort), but it is an easily likeable and accurate impression of them and the style. Pretty authentic and not a bastardization, in other words. In the end, I could dig this over and over. I would rank this 4th in all the quads Iíve had thus far, above De Koningshoeven/La Trappe and the others. Easily. Overall, excellent to world class.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ober (2812) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - OCT 6, 2009
A dark brown colored beer, with a thick beige head. The aroma of dark malts, with coffe candy with some chocolate. Some sweetness with spices. The taste of dark fruits like prunes and raisins. There is chocolate bitter with some sweet. The aftertaste is bitter with a little sweet and chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2009
BB 04-14. Pour is a hazy, sediment-filled, chestnut-maroon color with an average, foamy, beige head which diminishes to a thin, lasting layer and leaves tight lacing. Nose is quite pleasant with a nice fruity tone of figs and dates, plenty of spice notes and a warm, toasty note reminding me of cinnamon toast, caramelized notes, and hints of chocolate. Flavor is very similar with a plenty of malt notes and complementary fruit; cinnamon toast is again quite prominent, some chocolate richness reminiscent of chocolate cake, dates, raisins, dark caramelized sugars, faint anise, and very light hints of mild Kona coffee in the end. The yeast is great lending some nice fruity notes and some bready/cake-like notes. The palate is good but not as full or chewy as great abts; nearly full, soft to lively, velvety, and surprisingly not warm. Finishes with mild bitterness from the faint coffee notes, the chocolate which is almost dark chocolate-like now, and maybe some mild hop bitterness; other notes of spicy cinnamon, toast, and cake notes lingering. Only on the very, very end of the flavor after the beer is almost at room temp do I notice some spicy alcohol notes. Really a very good abt with all the right pieces just not exceptional at one of them, from appearance to finish. A better palate and a tad more complexity would make this one truly great. But everything was balancing, the use of yeast was exceptional, and I found that every drink was better than the last. I usually like more of an alcohol presence in these biggest of the Belgian spectrum but the drinkability almost made up for it. Truly an experience from Mikkeller to imitate one of my favorite styles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TopTekeUWM (25) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2009
Birthday Brew! Pours a beautiful plum color with a thick white head. Sweet, fruity, candy, with hints of dark chocolate. Taste has sweet malts with the hops present at the finish. I get plenty of rasin, candy sugar, mellow alcohol, and spices. Mouthfeel is big with plenty of carbonation. Better than a birthday cake!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2009
Bottle from Kegs & Barrels in Plano, TX. Pours a dark brown with beige head. Aroma of light dark roast, pepper, faint baking chocolate. Flavor of light dark roast, pepper, nice alcohol spice. Mouth feel is medium-heavy body with medium-high carbonation. Overall, not bad, but I was expecting more from this brewer....needed a little more punch compared to other brews from them I have had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (7457) - Tel Aviv, - SEP 30, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2010 [9/11/09] Draught at De Wildeman in Amsterdam. Dark brown with a beige head. Sweet fruity candy aroma with spices, yeast and some alcohol. Very sweet flavor with licorice, spices, fruits, caramel and alcohol. Medium-bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dyetube (1243) - McKinney, Texas, USA - SEP 28, 2009
This beer pours a deep brown with a thin tan head leaving little to no lacing on the sides. The aromas are raisins, dates, caramel and dark fruits. On the palate itís very sweet, light bodied for a quad with caramel, raisins and sweet candied sugar. This was a great representation of the style. You hardly taste the strength of this beer! Cheers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 27, 2009
750ml Bottle. Pours very dark brown, almost black, with a light tan head that lasts well and leaves plenty of lacing. Nose has aromas of caramel, malt, spice, dark fruit and a hint of chocolate. Hops are noticeable in the aroma as well as the flavour, which also has toffee, sweet malt, dark fruit (raisins, dates), brown sugar, chocolate and a touch of spice. Alcohol is well hidden but makes its presence felt with a nice bit of warmth. Full bodied, medium to long finish and a very creamy, smooth mouthfeel round off this excellent interpretation of a belgian quad from Mikkeller. Rating #150

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