bhensonb (10951) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 22, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, c&c, from Liquid Solutions. As Monk’s Brew. Hazy dark garnet color with a decent creamy beige head. Aromas of softly roasted malt and berries. Flavors of lightly roasted malt, fresh red berries and touches of chocolate and coffee. It’s very laid back and delicious. Goes down incredibly well. Though quite different it has been reminding me of Westvleteren - and I just noticed this is a quad. So I am learning. Perhaps there’s some slight chalkiness; not sure.
austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - OCT 20, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at EBF. Murky brown, small tanned head. Sourish, berry nose, some dry fruitiness. Fruity, berryish flavor, little cocoa and syrupy malts. Medium to full bodied, smooth carbonation. Maybe even too easy to drink.
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep murk brown with a dark head. Aromas of malts, caramel, and dark fruits. Flavors ver much the same, with a somewhat nutty flavor in the finish. Good stuff, I would drink again.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 18, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown, light tan creamy head. Dried dark fruit aromas ride soft hints of toasted brown sugar and bread. Caramel coated raisin and toasted sugar plum flavors round to lightly bitter finish. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation. Decent, but not a favorite from these guys…
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ruddy brown color with a thin sparse light tan head. Mild spicy grains, light Belgian yeast, candi sugar, very rich aroma. Smooth velvety mouthfeel. Rich taste, spicy malts combine nicely with sweet dark fruit tastes, nice clean finish. A nice quality quad.
thornecb (4367) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 11, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep brown into a trappist glass. Off-white head with medium retention recedes to hug rim. Pit fruit aromas. Upfront prune and raisin turning to a lasting licorice finish.
drfabulous (3937) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 11, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very interesting. Strong toffee aroma. When I taste, I’m expecting lots of caramel, but instead I get fruit...maybe raspberry...mixed in with a nice Quad malt taste.. Then I get plumb. A very different take on the Quad. Not as heavy as I would want it, but very nice. For me, it’s like thinking about Grant Achatz or Thomas Keller. Mikkeller has done something different and interesting with the style, enough to make you stop and wonder what it is you are experiencing. Rather than encountering a carbon copy style, I enjoy these surprising encounters.
buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - OCT 7, 2008
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
First of all, Monk’s Elixer is more of a tribute to Belgian brew rather than a carbon copy of it; once you understand that, then this may seem a bit more easy to understand. Appearance is fairly nice, deep dark body but a rather small head that (when compared to real Abt/Quadrupel beers) doesn’t really act as a lively element to the proceedings. In other words, it was a bit weak. Upon my first sip, the first thought was "Is this really a 10 percenter?" Holy hell, where did all that alcohol go? Kind of a shame because with this style of beer, one thing I look forward to is a little bit of that rub; that burn. Second thought was "wow, this is way more roasted than I was expecting." Which I like, but I was expecting something a bit more sweet and tart and rummy. Overall, this is not a bad beer, but not one of my favorite Mikkeller selections.
CelticBrew (752) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - OCT 3, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours from 750 ml bottle a very dark and hazy brown, nearly blackish. Formed nice size light brownish foamy head. Aroma of cherries, grapes, malts, and sweet sugar candy. Flavour of dark and bitter chocolate, dark and slightly burnt plum and fig fruits, with a tinge of malted hop character. Overall good beer, would love to try on tap and/or cask.
ilovedarkbeer (2279) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 3, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of BMan1113VR via his gf. Pours a murky brown color with a thick off white colored head. Body has odd orange hues when the light hits it. Nose is artiifical grapes, sweat, and flowers (maybe violets). Taste is like watery grape koolaide that packs a punch up front and has nothing on the midpalate or finish. Very odd beer and nothing like a quad. I don’t really know what to say.