Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Copenhagen, Denmark


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RATINGS: 903   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5686) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 27, 2010
Bottle - 750mL - corked and caged. Dark brown pour with a tall, but fading beige head. Aroma is dark fruit, brown sugar, cocoa, soft yeast notes and light molasses. Taste is caramel, cocoa, brown sugar, molasses, dark fruit (raisins and plums) and yeast notes. Body is chewy and has a medium-full overall feel. Carbonation is prickly and strong. Ends with more cocoa, dusty yeast, chocolate, brown sugar, dark fruits and caramel. Also some cake or brownie type flavors throughout. Very tasty! The 10% ABV was nowhere to be found.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JulienHuxley (4635) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - APR 24, 2010
Bottle via trade with Bobsy. Pours a dark muddy brown with ever so thin head. Aroma is quite full of hops, cherries and yeast. Taste is very sweet with some molasses and soy sauce, a sort of yeasty acidic twist in it... strange. Palate is nice, but nothing compared to the trappist quads. Overall very intriguing, not bad but not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - APR 14, 2010
750 ml bottle - SJ BevMo

Aroma - lots of sweetness in the aroma, overripe fruits, nutty, caramel with a background of chocolate dipped dried apricots.

Appearance - hazy dark brown body, thick creamy beige head with some nice last power. Nice lacing left behind, but thin.

Taste - chocolate, dried fruits..lots of residual sugars here. Plums, rum raisins, lightly herbal...some roasted notes on the back end.

Palate - medium/full bodied, creamy and finishes with a quick bite of alcohol.

Overall - very nice, quite drinkable but a bit overpriced at $15 a bottle. A special occasion beer for sure.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gyllenbock (6285) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 14, 2010
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a tan creamy head. Sweet aroma with dried dark berries, yeast and fruit. The taste was ok but nothing special, not as tasty as I had thought. Yeast, chocolate, malt and berries.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Elkas (213) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - APR 6, 2010
750ml bottle from a private order. Dark red pour, with a nice off-white head. Aroma of plumbs, raisins, cherries, very fruity. Nice, rich mouthfeel with little carbonation. Fruity flavours, with a sweet finish. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 28, 2010
Bottle from Grape Juice. Labeled as Monk’s Brew. Dark reddish pour with a light brown head. Aroma is fruity, spices, alcohol, and malt. Taste is caramel, alcohol, dark fruits, and sweet spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpringsLicker (3288) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 27, 2010
Pours with a clear dark brown body that makes a fleeting tan head. Dark brown sugar aroma. The flavor is sweet malts, with some raisin & dates. The palate is a little light, but otherwise this is headed in the right direction if not right on the mark.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jesperhammer (3686) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 21, 2010
19-MAR-2010, bottle with Ulkløbben - @home, from "Magasin". Brown, nice head. Malty, cherry, fruity-like. Very strong, though not only in an alcoholic way. Very good belgian style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dtborelli (322) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 17, 2010
Mikkeller Monk’s Brew What better way to celebrate an Irish saint than by drinking a Belgian beer brewed by a bunch of Dutch guys. Cheers. Pours dark hazy brown with a thin tan head good retention. Aroma of plums and Coca – Cola (caramel etc.) and cloves. Flavor is excellent with sweet malt, raisins, bread dough and maybe a slight bitterness on the finish (hops?). Very well balanced. Would gladly serve to anyone.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
swanmann (684) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 3, 2010
Been sittin’ on this bottle for about 3(?) months. It poured dark brown, almost black, with amber tint, and a quickly dissipating off-white/tan net of bubbles on the top. It smells of brown sugar, booze, and just a bit of resinous hops coming through. Warmed it on the counter a bit. I had it in the garage. It is sweet and syrupy. The carb may have softened up a bit with warming or age. It tastes a little chocolatey in the finish, with buttery toffee. Warms as it goes down. Oh so smooooth on the palate and down the throat. Another great one from this brewer.

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