Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Copenhagen, Denmark


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RATINGS: 716   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   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 15/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - MAY 15, 2008
Bottle. Body-dark almandine body with a medium patchy ring of bubbles. Nose-raw, leather, sweet metal, tobacco, wheaty, licorice, brown sugar. Taste-abrasive, low sweetness, odd, raisin, light cherry, starts off rough and abrasive but gets better as it warms. Has the typical Mikkeller low key flavor profile that is hard to describe (like a mix of metal, berry, apple, cherry, must, and unrefined brown sugar). Kind of thin and light smoke.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (4688) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2008
25 oz bottle, via Papsoe. Pours a clear dark amber to brown body. An almost one finger foamy off-white head that retained as a thin film. The nose is huge fruity esters with bananas, rum soaked raisins, candied plums, candi sugar, and vanilla. Minimal alcohol showing. The flavor is big fruity malts up front, lots of caramel and toffee that gives way to big yeast derived byproducts of plum, fig, and raisin bread. A little bit of chocolate even. A little too much alcohol on the finish, some lingering honeydew like notes and candi sugar. There’s a ton going on here, I’m not sure that it’s overall that great, but it is complex. There’s something to the finish that actually reminds me of Avery’s The Reverand, I think it’s the risidual candi sugar, but it’s not necessarily a wonderful thing to be associated with The Reverend for me. Mouthfeel is full bodied and a little cloying as it got warmer. Moderate soft fizzy carbonation. A lot of alcohol heat after the swallow. Overall, this was very very complex, but not the best Quad for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StefanSD (2015) - Lakeside, California, USA - MAY 3, 2008
Bottle at Toncatcher’s tasting. Poured a dark brown color with an off-white head. The aroma contained mellow raisins and dates. The flavor contained more dark fruits and some cola. The mouthfeel was full and creamy, but not as good as the Southampton Abt 12 that we had just finished sampling. The finish was long with a bit of lingering dates. Overall: A well put together quad. will drink again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bragesnak (5331) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 27, 2008
DØ meeting, Aarhus Syd Feb 2008 Bottled Much too alcoholic. Small bubbled carbonation and also in flavor a presence of added (brown) sugars

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
sfhodense (4791) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - APR 17, 2008
Bottle. Dark amber with off white head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of fruit. Flavour is sweet and alcohol, with notes of fruit and the yeast. To much alcohol for my taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
mjs (4277) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 15, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2011 (Bottle, 0.75 l - BBE 08/10/11, at Pikkulintu, 20111209) The beer poured dark brown and quite clear. Its head was small and white. Aroma had port wine, alcohol and raisins. Palate was watery, medium bodied, warming and dry with medium carbonation. Flavours were raisins, plum, malts and low bitterness. Aftertaste was very short and had raisins in it. The thinness and short taste were disappointin. Aroma was very good. (From old notes. Bottle at Pikkulintu on 2007-12-31.) Lots of malts and their sweetness, but not too sweet. Also, contained pleasant fruitiness normally found in Belgian beers. I really liked this one. Total: 4.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slayer85 (1041) - Firenze, ITALY - APR 13, 2008
750 ml bottle. An unclear and muddy dark red beer with a medium sized and quite persistent light brown head. The aroma is complex with caramel, fruits (plums, figs and maybe raisins), spices and light alcohol. The flavour is very sweet and complex too and feels really Belgian with its fruitiness and softness (inspite of The ABV). Full body, average carbonation, long finish with light to medium bitterness (maybe slightly higher than usually for the style), lightly alcoholic. Complex yet drinkable; one of the best Mikkeller offerings

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Habanero (2163) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - APR 6, 2008
Bottle, pours dark amber with a big, rocky, tan but short lasting head. Virtually no lacing. Nose of roasted malt and caramel. Sweet flavour with caramel, dark malt and raisins. Sweet finish with a little dryness at the end. Syrup texture. Full bodied. OK, but not a great brew. Qardruples is one of my favorite beers, but I prefer the Belgian ones.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thomat (1875) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 29, 2008
Dark, redish brown with a nice off-white head. Lots of sweetness and fruity aroma.Alcohol, sweet fruit and chocolate. Full body with a long, malty / sweet finsih.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Blom (809) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2008
Brown with an acceptable head that drops quickly. Aroma of cucumber, basement, spice and dark fruits. The flavour is sweet, but more bitter than the normal trappist strong ale/quadrupel. It ends like bitter liquorice. The palate is way too thin and the carbonation too flat to really match the best of the trappists.

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