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Mikkeller
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Copenhagen, Denmark

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RATINGS: 877   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (8120) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 23, 2009
On tap at Lord Nelson. Poured a dark brown with a light brown head. Aroma had notes of sweet malts and yeast. Flavor was sweet from both candied sugar and malts with a bit of an underlying alcohol bite. Nice and thick on the tongue.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 22, 2009
750 ml bottle. Brown clear. Medium offwhite head. Peppery and spicy. Sharp carbonation. Nutty chocolatey malt flavours. High carbonation level.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - NOV 20, 2009
20091120 750ml bottle from State Line dated 10/12/14. Medium brown color with medium size beige head that lingers. Pretty odd aroma is super sweet with bubblegum, cashew, vanilla, stale tobacco. Medium bodied with decent eff. Late hit of heavy alcohol. Flavor is mostly plain, sweet, caramel, toffee, vanilla, burnt pineapple, blue raspberry italian ice (what?). Mostly uninteresting quad and pretty disappointing for the money.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2009
750ml bottle shared by willblake. Pours a deep woody brown with a thinning off white head and some spotty lace. Aroma is old stale- woody cardboard oxidation, light soy, old maple syrup, lots of woody and herbal notes- shoe leather, green spicy phenolics. Flavor is overly sugary, brown sugar, off fruitiness, green apple, harsh sharp burn and leather, phenolic, herbs, grass, pear fruitiness, overly sugary sweet and candy-like, gets a bit better as it warms , but not great. Meh.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Indra (2707) - 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.

3.2
   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.

4.1
   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.

3.9
   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..

3.8
   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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (11903) - 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.


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