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Mikkeller
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Copenhagen, Denmark

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RATINGS: 757   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (14380) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 12, 2007
Draught at Plan B, Copenagen, 2007-05-25, 7-3-7-3-13=33
The aroma has too much yeast. The flavor is based on the caramel, with enough bitterness but not enough character; there is even a mild astringency.

Draught at Københavnske Øldage 2007, 2007-05-11, 7-4-7-3-14=35
Beautiful mahogany color. Powerful Belgian style, strong malty flavor, with caramel, candi sugar, powerful mouthfeel. Straightforward but well brewed as usual.

Bottle at Københavnske Øldage 2007, 2007-05-11, 8-5-8-4-16=41
Beautiful red mahogany color. Much more powerful aroma than the keg, where the malt and caramel become fruity. Complex flavor, malty, a lot of caramel, vanilla… Good bitterness, warming alcohol… Excellent

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RoyceH (1196) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - AUG 10, 2007
Bottle, chris_o shindig. Red-brown with a thin off-white head. Really fruity and complex nose. Apple, peach, cinnamon. Mouth is fruity with some yeast present. Palate ends sweet and slightly fizzy. Really enjoyable.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (13596) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2007
Bottle at Chris_o Shindig. Ruby. Lasting beige head. Interesting slight sourness, some bitter choc. Bit thin in mouth, not sure it all works. Over carbonated and too metallic and harsh.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maeib (8664) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2007
Bottled - Chris O shindig 2007 - A dark brown coloured beer with a ruby hue. The aroma is very fruity with good brown fruits in the Belgian mould. The taste has fruits, plums, prunes, raisins and bread. Great alcohol, great flavours and very tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rickgordon (3843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 3, 2007
Bottle, thanks Marsiblursi. Brown colour, with a thick, yet diminishing light brown head. Almonds and dough in aroma, as well as chocolate and canned fruits. Dewy and fresh. Very smooth in mouthfeel, yet vineous and full-bodied with candi sugar/syrup, X-mas spices and chocolate. Full bodied, and pretty complex.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marsiblursi (3001) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 27, 2007
(Bottle, thanks Marsiblursi) Pours dark brown. Yeasty and dough like aroma with a rather complex fruit spectra. Also some darker fruit are present like plums and raisins. Rather sweet with caramelly tones. Spicy hints of vanilla and cinnamon. Light yeasty and creamy flavour with a nice spicy and fruity backdrop. Light earthy, chocolate-ish and cardamom-ish undertones. Full, creamy mouthfeel. Medium to full body. Very good, nice too see that Mikkeller can handle a complex and difficult style like a quadrupel as good as a punch in the face US style IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (7885) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 22, 2007
Thick, creamy, beige head leaving a fine lacey film above dark brown beer, fully opaque. Very fruity nose with background hints of both chocolate and coffee. Dark, ripe fruit as plums, grapes, but also peaches and medlars; alcohol and some serious fusels. Fruity, sweet background malts at first, followed by serious bitterness, on the verge of metallic. Bitter dark chocolate, overripe plum, pipe tobacco. Long bitter, chocolatey aftertaste. Full bodied, velvety MF, hint of alcoholwarming. Rich ideosyncratic Mikkeller brew: overhopped, powerful. Aromatically speaking fruity-estery, but flavourwise, the full bitter chocolate dominates.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jazzmaster (22) - DENMARK - JUL 21, 2007
Bottle, 75 cl. Very nice "quadruple" ale. Especially the complex sweetness in the body, lots of dark caramel sugars and fruits (raisins) giving an acidic balance. Aroma is also nice and very malt based, fortunately not very phenolic. Good choice in yeast.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OleR (4801) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 17, 2007
On tap@Plan B, Copenhagen. A dark brown pour with a ruby shine. One finger lasting creamy chocolate head. Sweetish dark malts, candysugar and yeast to the nose. Some fruity and spicy scents as well. Full-flavored and complex. Sweet fruity, sweet malty and yeasty; prunes, raisins, caramel and cocoa. Very healthy body. Silky mouthfeel. Finish is dry and surprisingly short.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
larsniclas (5591) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JUL 10, 2007
Bottled. Hazy brown with a small, off-white head. Sweet malty with burnt sugar and fruits. Sweet and vinous in flavour; chocolate and sweet fruits.


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