Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Copenhagen, Denmark


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RATINGS: 853   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Indra (2689) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 18, 2009
750ml bottle, as Monk’s Brew. Cellar aged for about 8 months. Nose is comprised of dark, sweet malts and dried fruits, full and estery with notes of raisin, date, black cherry, dark brown sugar, cookie, milk chocolate and faint licorice. Deep, dark mahogany color, mostly clear, with a very fine head. Flavor is similarly sweet and fruity, some cocoa and dark bread up front, turning fruitier and showing hints of alcohol before the very lightly bitter, warming finish. Lingering suggestions of watermelon and peppery spice. Mouthfeel is smooth, somewhat thin, coating and low in effervescence, body is quite full. Very quaffable for the strength, and a good attempt at a Trappist style overall, even if it lacks the mind-numbing complexity of the world-renowned brews that inspired it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - NOV 17, 2009
Cola colored body with a bubbly tan head showing lots of carbonation coming through. Sweet aroma, has a touch of red licorice, plums, and brown sugar. Light flavor, hides the alcohol well. Has some character of plums or raisins, with a candy sugar finish. Very light palate and the carbonation that was present at the pour disappears by the end of a glass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MagisterLudi (11) - Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2009
750 ml. All round nice ale with lots of complexity and character. Comes in the usual uninspired bottles of the Mikkeller brand.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ciciorock (40) - , ITALY - NOV 11, 2009
On draft @ 4:20 in Rome, 2008 keg. Si presenta color brawn molto suro, quasi nero,La schiuma è cremosa e persistente e scivola via molto lentamente dalle parete del bicchiere sicuramente per l’alto contenuto di zuccheri..Al naso parte un po svantaggiata, ciò che si avverte subito sono esteri eterei ed alcol in surplus.oltre questo note intense di caramello..Migliora leggermente con il passare dei minuti. Al palato un altra birra una morbidezza incredidile e l’alcol ben mascherato(nonostante i 10 gradi) dalle note di caramello. Luppolo assente sia al naso che al palato..Davvero morbida nel finale..Non molto persistebte ma invita a farsi bere..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2009
Corked bottle.
Pours a nice, thick mahogany with a heft beige head. Aroma is Norse Nut, which is the aroma I will henceforth give to the scent that is a sweet, buttery nut in a northern European beer. Hints of toffee and Butterfinger in there as well. Flavor is a Norse-esque buttery toffee nut, with hints of raisin and dark cherry. Nice mouthfeel; full, coating, and thick. An interesting quad; not what I would expect but something I wouldn’t mind having again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (11582) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2009
Bottle. Poured a hazy brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted malt, caramel, chocolate and small alcohol aroma. Medium body with a smooth sticky texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy chocolate sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Solid complex brew.

   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 (2314) - Richardson, Texas, USA - OCT 17, 2009
I just don’t 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; there’s enough going on anyway - very complex. The alcohol is pretty evident, surprisingly; usually Mikkeller isn’t 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 it’s 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 I’ve 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.

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