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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sigmund (5987) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 9, 2009
1 pt. 9.4.fl. oz. corked "champagne" bottle, as Mikkeller Monk’s Brew, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 10%. Very dark brown colour, slightly hazy, huge tan head. Malty and vinous aroma, notes of brown sugar, oak and spices. Rich and warming mouthfeel. The flavour is sweet and malty, again notes of brown sugar, oak and spices, nicely balanced with the hops. Hints of chocolate and coffee. Maybe not quite a trappist, but nearly there. If Mikkel is as skilled at paternosters and avemarias as he is at brewing, he may sign up as a trappist monk any day!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KnutAlbert (6398) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 2, 2009
Bottle at Olympen. Sweet, chewy beer, very dark ruby. Heavy on the malt, sugary. Dry cocoa, a little coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
timfoolery (1125) - California, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Bottle from Monument in Concord, CA. Being a product of Taco Bell and Doritos as a child, I completely understand why brewers would throw sugar into beer. It covers odd flavors and smooths things out. That being said, I couldn’t help but notice how close this brew got to the Trappist Rochefort 8. I must be a slave to the machine, but I love it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (13931) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 27, 2009
Dull murky light brown. Rich, raisiny aroma with light alcohol and a mix of dark fruits. Sweet but soft palate, showing lighter fruits at first, then picking up mild brown sugar notes. The finish takes on an almost vinous quality as the alcohol emerges more. As it warms, a rich cocoa note comes through.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - FEB 26, 2009
Bottle from Monument in Concord, CA. Poured a dark brown with the aroma of dark fruits. Maybe I’m a sucker for big beers, but I thought it was very well made. Tasted of sweet malt and of course dark fruits. Great of the palate. Will try again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Palidor19 (3096) - Brandon, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2009
This has a great aroma of alcohol sweet malts and fruits. the palate is nice and smooth with lots of caramel and fruit at the end it reminds me of grape cough syrup. little hops but has lots of alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
nick76 (4322) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2009
The aroma has alcohol, malt, caramel, fruit, and hops. The appearance is red/brown with a nice head and some haze and particles. The flavor is like the aroma with an acidic and paper finish. The palate is thin. Overall it’s drinkable but nothing special.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JPDIPSO (5133) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 24, 2009
Brown liquid with some small "swinkles and fish food". Modest khaki head that settles gradually to a fine lid. Slow gusher. Aroma has a mix of Dark grain, earthy honey and spice, over-ripe dark berries, and hint of alcohol. Easily from the first sip I could tell this was a quad and a decent one. Dark chocolate, and berries are dripping of the lightly toasty malt. A burst of alcohol in the finish. and a touch of warmth in the linger. A luscious feel. Some granary dust and dust in the middle. Finish is slightly acidic with a slight vinous quality. Linger has some lightly roasted grains and hint of cocoa. Glad I picked this one to start my lenten journey without beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2009
Bottle. Dark brown with small tan head. Nice malty aroma is very dubbely. Spicy with cinnamon, nice molasses, demerara dark sugars. Also spicy chocolate like Mayan chocolate with cinnamon and chili. Soft mouthfeel with low carbonation is slick, slightly oily. Carob, medium-dark chocolate, like a 65%, coffee, and more spices that evoke Westy, and impressive on that level. The predominant impression is earthy-spicy-sweet. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2009
Bottle into chalice. Pours a murky brown, dark, with a fluffy off-white head that settles quickly into a thin creamy cap. Nose is dark fruit and brown sugar, with some yeast coming through as well. Taste is light. Some doughy brown sugar up front, lots and lots of dark fruit/raisins. Hint of cocoa. Very light, earthy bitterness towards the finish. Almost no alcohol in taste, but a bit spicy and warming on the finish. Lacks depth and complexity for the size of the beer. On the flip side, still quite flavorful, and very drinkable for a 10% beer. Carbonation is light, delicate, a bit fluffy, medium bodied.

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