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Mikkeller
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Copenhagen, Denmark

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RATINGS: 860   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (7625) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dyetube (1271) - 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!

4.1
   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

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AndyReynolds (1037) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - SEP 21, 2009
Bottle. Pours a rich brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is caramelized malts and dark fruits. Notes of candy sugar, caramel, a bit of bread, and a bit of alcohol. On the palate, it is nicely carbonated and more refreshing than I thought it would be. The flavor brings out a bit of fruity yeast. The finish is a bit dry, but it leaves a nice alcohol burn. I little strong, but still very good.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fly (1425) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - SEP 18, 2009
Started into this in a rather foul mood carried over from long work day and no dinner. Initial response reflected that, but quickly dissipated as the depth of the beer became present and the alcohol (which is not so detectable) worked its magic. It does a marvelous job in reaching the lofty goal of mirroring Westy, which is giving this praise indeed.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 15, 2009
On tap in Copenhagen. Dark brown color with a smallish head. Lightly sour aroma but a full roasted bitter malt flavor. Decent kick for its palate.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2009
Dark brown pour with creamy tan head. Aromas of caramel, fruits and chocolate. Flavor is chocolate, dark fruits, mocha and sweet malts. Good palate with nice carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Borresteijn (5238) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 13, 2009
On tap at In de Wildeman. Deep dark brown colour, creamy light beige head. Aroma of dried fruits, chocolate, caramel. Flavour is imo highly similar to Rochefort 8, just a bit sweeter and less dry, really nice chocolate and dried dark fruits, lots of malt flavours and yeast, nice chocolate bitterness in the finish. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel, fullbodied. I loved it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (5060) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 12, 2009
Bottle: Poured a slightly cloudy deep brown color ale with a super huge foamy head with great retention and some very good lacing. Aroma of sweet caramelized malt with notes of light dry fruit and some fruity ester. Taste is also dominated by sweet caramelized malt with some notes of candi sugar and cookie dough. Body is quite full with great carbonation and no signs of alcohol. Well done thought it is lacking some complexity compared to some of the best from this style.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
dec23 (52) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 11, 2009
This is a wonderful looking beer with great smell, great complex taste, absolutely nothing wrong with it all around. Why do I rate it so low overall then, you might ask. Well, I happened to drink this beer one evening, followed by a Chimay Bleu. I have to say, to me they seemed to be almost exactly the same. Maybe I have a dulled sense of taste, but since that evening this beer appears in a new light to me. It is a nice and well done version of a trappist quad, but it is in no way original or distinctive. Itís a reproduction, not an interpretation of a style.


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